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Saturday, January 12, 2019

S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library hosting a Book Sale

The Friends of the Library will be hosting a Book Sale from 9:30-3:30 at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library at 201 East Maple Street in Port Allegany on January 18-19.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Saturday, January 12, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Thank you!
  • On the Road Again
  • Attention Veterans
  • Sow Down to Get Around law Now in Effect
  • Road Trip!
  • Way to go Abri!
  • It’s About Jobs
  • Pennsylvania Seedling Sale Begins

Thank you….

….to everyone who had a hand in putting together last Friday’s “Welcome Home” event at DuBois Central Catholic.

While I will never forget my deployment to the Middle East, I will always cherish the greeting I received at my alma mater.

Thanks to my friend and legislative “neighbor,” Rep. Tommy Sankey, as well as Pennsylvania State House Speaker Mike Turzai, for their kind words.

It’s good to be home, and it’s good to call this place home.

On the Road Again

Preliminary work on replacement of the Route 255 bridge over Silver Run just northwest of St. Marys will begin next week.

Crews will start by preparing the area for various utility relocations that are expected to last through May. Traffic may be controlled by single lane closures and flaggers on an intermittent basis.

The existing bridge will be demolished in June and replaced with a new precast box culvert. The project is expected to be completed in early October.

Attention Veterans

The new year is a good time for veterans to review their benefits with a professional to ensure they are receiving all they have earned through their service and sacrifice.

This month, a representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for the men and women who serve or have served our country to check out programs and benefits that may be available to them.

You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service.

Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.

Road Trip!

I enjoyed meeting Tuesday in Harrisburg with these students from Johnsonburg Area High School.

If you are planning a trip to the state Capitol, please contact my district office and let us arrange a tour for you.

Way to go Abri!

Abri Assalone owns the month of December in the 2019 Office of Attorney General Drug-Free Calendar.

Abri, a fifth-grade student at South Saint Marys Elementary School, submitted this entry to the calendar contest last October and the draw

It’s About Jobs

The workforce development board Workforce Solutions-Business and Education Connect has received a more than $164,000 grant to connect businesses and schools to provide students with job training and development.

The Business-Education Partnership awards, which are federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, increase awareness of in-demand technical careers for students, parents, guardians, teachers, and school faculty.

Pennsylvania Seedling Sales Begin

If you’re interested in purchasing seedlings to grow wildlife food and cover, watershed protection, soil-erosion control, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has what you’re looking for.

Please click here for more information on the program, which began last Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Mardi Gras tickets available!

Tickets for the Mardi Gras Party to be held February 9 at the Veterans Memorial, Inc. are on sale now at the Port Allegany Borough Building at a cost of $25 or two for $45. 

Tickets are also being sold at Nancy Simar’s Beauty Shop, Melissa Smoker at the VMI, Kelly Tarbox, Emily Schultz, Kylie Donovan, Kari Stake, Beth Stauffer, Jill Stuckey, Mary Lashway, Elizabeth Valentine and Pam Fischer. 

There will be no tickets available at the door. 

Menu for the evening: Jambalaya, kick-up creole sausage balls, Brown sugar glazed meatballs, ham and cheese sliders, pulled-pork sliders, muffaletta pasta salad, chocolate fountains and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 6 p.m. 

Costumes are welcomed! A King and Queen of the Night will be selected. Liz Valentine will be taking pictures with a Polaroid camera that one lucky party-goer will win at the end of the night. Music will be provided by DJ Shon James. 

Pictured is Beth Naylor of the Recreation Board, sponsor of the event. Proceeds will benefit the Port Allegany Community Pool Renovation Fund.

Broadband Presentation Scheduled - Galeton Development Corporation Meeting - 1/16/19

Bill Gerski, Senior Vice President, Business Development, at Tri-Co Connections, an LLC of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be giving a presentation to the Galeton Development Corporation on the broadband project in our area.

The meeting will be held at the Brick House Deli, located at 4 West Main Street in Galeton on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00a.m.

The public is invited to attend. For more information on the project click here

Open Arms launching groups across region

Open Arms Church is launching groups across the region focused on the key to peak happiness, thinking and health.

The groups, which will be held in Bradford, St. Marys, Port Allegany and Keating Summit, will cover the book “How to Switch On Your Brain” and run from the beginning of February to the end of April.

“I truly believe that learning and applying what is in this book would transform every single person's life and through them, their family and community,” said Pastor Mike McAvoy. “At times the book can be technical, but it is always practical.”

McAvoy said that Dr Leaf is not only a Christian but a leading neuroscientist.

“Whether you are a spiritual person or not, you cannot argue with the science,” he said. “Imagine a life and community where people did not live as victims, but took responsibility for their own life and well-being. Imagine how this would affect families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Imagine people taking responsibility instead of making excuses, and that think and act in ways that are constructive for their own benefit and the benefit of those around them.”

In this book, participants will learn how to live above the circumstances that they find themselves in, McAvoy said.

“We will learn that we do not have to be victims, and while we cannot control our circumstances we always control our response,” he said. “The hard pill to swallow, is that we are our own biggest problem. By what we think and how we think about things, we are shaping the life we're living in every area of our lives; relationships, careers, health, our sense of peace and fulfillment, etc.”

He said that people will learn that it is not only important what one thinks about, but how one thinks about those things.

“We are not responsible for what happens to us, but we are responsible for how we react and respond to life,” he said. “We are responsible for the choices that we make to move forward as a victor or a victim. There are far too many examples of people who have overcome and found victory to say that it isn't possible.”

McAvoy said that these testimonies of victory prove that people are simply making excuses to avoid the hard work of taking responsibility and doing the right things to truly be free and whole.

“I believe this is so important and so relevant to the people of our community, that we are putting our money where our mouth is and offering to provide the book for free to every person who is willing to commit to participating in a group,” he said.

Books will be distributed to participants at the first group meeting.

Register for a group at or contact Open Arms connections coordinators Alex Davis at 814-806-2301 or Heather Postlewait at 814-558-2643.

Bradford Little Theatre Announces the Cast of Upcoming Show!

A talented cast of local kids and adults will hit the stage when Bradford Little Theatre presents Steph DeFerie’s ‘The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel’. Performances will be at Togi’s Playhouse on January 25-27.

You may think you know the story of poor Hansel and Gretel, how they were abandoned in the forest by their father and step-mother to fend for themselves and eventually came upon a house made of candy where they were locked up by a wicked witch. Well, it’s time to think again! This time, Hansel and Gretel are being accused of property damage, mischief and assault as well as affecting the lives of several famous storybook characters found in the forest. Can they convince the police of their innocence? Plan to see this comical twist of the well-known classic tale.

Directed by Kristin Asinger, this version of Hansel and Gretel will delight all ages. “The cast and crew are brilliant and a pleasure to work with, they are developing this show into a very clever and entertaining comedy. From the “bopping” scene with the three bears and three little pigs to the delicious candy house, colorful costumes and witty scenes, this show is a must-see for all.”

Newcomers to the BLT stage include Caroline Todd from Smethport playing Streptococcus, the storytelling fairy godmother, Sebastian Greene from Olean as The Big Bad Wolf, and Bradford residents Arick Close as Wilhelm, Lori Vickery as Lilah, Mason Close as Jack and Selah Stavish, Jack’s favorite cow Blossom.

Adults returning to the BLT stage include Connie Shanks as an ogre named Snow White, Laura Piccioli as Brunhilda, Chris Lathrop as the Magic Mirror, Tiffany Mager as Marta, Shelley Greene from Olean as the wicked witch Amanita Phalloides, Thomas James as Papa Bear, and Anne Bouquin as Mama Bear.

BLT’s veteran kids in the cast are Jeffrey Thacker as Hansel, Samaria Campbell from Duke Center as Gretel, Danica Austin from Eldred as Inspector Wombat, Leyna Easton as Sergeant Ringworm, Eliana Lewis as Red Riding Hood, Sean Fox as Baby Bear, Addie Haviland as Flopsy, Autumn Neumann as Porkchop, Jennifer Bouquin as Fargo, Kali O’Neil as Goldilocks, Joseph Thacker as Prince Charming, and Lillian South as fairy godmother Flitsy.

The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Tickets are now on sale through ticket outlets Graham Florist and Togi’s Family Restaurant. $10 Adults. $8 Students/Seniors. Tickets will also be sold at the door (if available). Performances will be January 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM and January 27 at 2 PM. A lift is available at Togi’s Playhouse for those who prefer to not use the stairs. For questions and ticket information call Marcia Morrison at 814-598-1101.

Tori Miller Pa Maple Ambassador at PA Farm Show

Tori receiving certificate from 
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture 
Russell Redding
Tori’s display educating and promoting
Maple industry at the Pa Farm show

Tori helping at the Maple Booth

Tori observing and learning how to judge the maple products


Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship established to support “Eva Strong” Portville students

The phrase “Eva Strong” may have resonated most during Eva Taggerty’s battle with cancer, but those who knew her know that she lived her entire life Eva Strong.

The recently established Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship Fund will ensure that the “Eva Strong” mentality lives on by supporting area students that share Eva’s perseverance, dedication to community, citizenship and character.

According to her daughter, Beth Taggerty, who established the fund in her mother’s memory, Eva gave her all to the things she loved, including her career in construction, her family and her community.

“Nothing stood in Eva’s way. She could and would do anything she put her mind to,” said Beth. “At a young age she began to help her dad, Bernard, do small construction jobs around the Portville area. As she grew older her love for the construction industry deepened.”

Out of that love, Eva decided to attend BOCES and studied electrical engineering, despite being the only female student in that class.

Beth recalls her mother telling her she had a little bit of fear, being the only female, but she loved construction and just had to tackle the course and any stereotypes that were around. She followed her heart, not the crowd. She never cared what others thought, she lived her life as she saw fit, with pride and integrity.

At 16, she dove into the retail lumber industry, following in her father’s footsteps at Olean Lumber. She remainder there until it closed, never losing her love and passion for the construction industry. Following the close of operations at Olean Lumber, she began working for Close’s Lumber of Olean, until her illness prevented her from continuing.

“She loved going to work every day,” said Beth. “She strived on being able to help her customers achieve their building needs. She was always willing to offer advice or a helping hand. She would go above and beyond to ensure a happy, satisfied customer. Their projects were her projects.”

And so the Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship, established at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, will make possible an annual scholarship for graduating seniors of Portville Central School who plan to seek a two- or four-year degree in a construction industry-related career/technical field.

Preference will be given to female students, students who have attended BOCES or students who are planning to attend Alfred State College.

Student will be asked to include in their application goal statement why they have a passion for their chosen career/degree choice. Applicants should demonstrate academic promise and be involved in extracurricular activities at school or in the community. They should display good citizenship, moral character and kindness toward others. They also should display a positive attitude and possess leadership abilities.

Beth thought it important to include a consideration of character and citizenship as part of the scholarship because, she said, her mother shared the same fire for community and giving back as she had for her career.

“Eva loved her community and family just as much as she loved the construction industry,” said Taggerty. “She was always willing to help a function that helped others.”

Taggerty said her mother was a devoted member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Weston Mills Fire Department. She often volunteered her time at fundraisers and special events that raised money to support those in need.

It was during her battle with cancer that a name was given to the attitude and ethic that pervaded throughout Eva’s life, Beth said.

“During her battle with cancer others started saying ‘Eva strong,’” Taggerty recalled. “It was so fitting. She continued to work as she battled cancer. She still volunteered and did everything she could until she could not.”

Eva Taggerty passed away July 30, 2018, but this scholarship fund will ensure her legacy will live on for years to come.

“This scholarship is set up to continue the legacy she left behind and continue developing ‘Eva strong’ individuals,” added Taggerty.

CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit said that the Foundation is honored to play a role in perpetuating the ethos of such a strong-willed, passionate and loving woman.

“Eva’s story is one of those that particularly touches your heart,” said Buchheit. “We are proud to be able to ensure that the ‘Eva strong’ individuals at Portville Central School receive the needed support to chase their dreams in the same way Eva did.”

Donations can be made to the Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at

For 25 years, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has been the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF 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).


The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is excited to be participating in the 34th annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show fueled by Sunoco & distributed by Insinger Performance January 18-20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. The Show boasts 240,000 square feet of nothing but racing! Matt Hill, the 2018 Delaware International Speedway RUSH Late Model track champion, will have his #84 on display throughout the three-day event.

"We're looking forward to finally having our display setup at this show with Matt Hill's RUSH Late Model," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "The Sammons Family that produces Area Auto Racing News does a tremendous job with the show and has hoped we would take part over the years. This is probably the biggest racing shows in the East, and with our growth in the Mid-Atlantic region over recent years we felt it was important for us to have a presence. We have to thank Matt Hill for his willingness to have his car part of our display."

RUSH most recently took part in the Northeast Racing Products Auction & Trade Show in Syracuse, NY in November, which is another very large area that's an integral part of RUSH. 2018 Sweeney RUSH Late Model Touring Series Champion, Jeremy Wonderling, has his #3J on display at that show.

The 2019 Sweeney Touring Series season will open April 17-20 for the second annual "Battle of the Bay" Mid-Atlantic Speedweek featuring the $4,000 to-win "Raelyn Huffman Memorial" at Delaware followed but now what will be $3,000 to-win events at Georgetown, Potomac, and Winchester Speedways!

The Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show is located at the GPS address of 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19450. Show hours are 2-9 PM on Friday the 17th, 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday the 18th, and 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday the 20th. Adult admission is $15 each day or $30 for a three-day ticket. In addition to numerous race cars, speedways, series, and vendors on display, many seminars, autograph sessions, and the popular Ms. Motorsports contest will take place. For more information, check out their website at

2018 RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl's Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Racing Electronics, Dirt Defender, Dynamic Drivelines, Wrisco Industries, Frankland Racing Supply, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, TBM Brakes, Lincoln Electric, Pancho's Racing Products Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Landrum Performance Spring, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance,, Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

No injuries in two vehicle accident

No injuries for driver that was unable to see a tree down across the roadway

No injuries in car vs deer accident

Westfield man arrested for DUI

Burglars attempt to remove a tv from a residence

No injuries in one vehicle accident

Galeton residents victim of burglary

Three peope in two car accident taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries

Two Harrison Valley residents charged with drug possession after traffic stop

Coudersport man threatens man and his dog with a fillet knife

Two Ulysses men charged with Harassment for prank calling

Galeton man charged with criminal mischief

No injuries in one vehicle accident

Emporium man charged after breaking in and damaging the victim's apartment

Kane man charged with Drug Possession

Emporium woman arrested for harassment after a domestic dispute

2019 PA Farm Show Winds Down

Saturday, January 12, 2019
We’re all part of the Pennsylvania Farm Show story, and we can’t tell that story without you. Thank you to everyone who joined us today. For those who were unable to attend, here’s what you missed (hint: FFA students talkin' tractors, the final livestock showdowns, and horses pulling Farm Show to a big finish!).

Tractor-rific Restorations Presented at 103rd PA Farm Show
Ten FFA chapters presented their antique tractor restoration projects at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday, January 12, 2019. More...

Lehigh County Nubian Takes Best of Open Dairy Goat Show
CH Lilac Corners Choclit Sundae, a Nubian goat exhibited by Diana Heimbach, was named the Overall Best Doe of Show during the Open Dairy Goat Show at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Diana Heimbach helps run Lilac Corners Farm located in Macungie, Lehigh Co. More...

Bradford Co.’s Shoemakers Pull Back-to-Back Victory for 103rd PA Farm Show
Returning victors Kris and Dwight Shoemaker of Columbia Crossroads, Bradford Co., drove their team of horses to a winning full pull at 6,650 pounds Farm Class Horse Pull at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. More...

Plus we look back on the entire week with...
2019 PA Farm Show Tells Story of $135.7 Billion Ag Industry, Showcases Youth, Heritage, Innovation
Despite the unseasonable and damp weather, throngs of visitors and exhibitors came out to experience the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event during the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show where they learned that Pennsylvania has a story, and agriculture is on every page. More...
Don't forget to check our Farm Show social media accounts:
Thank you for joining us, in person or vicariously through our coverage! See you next year, January 4-11, 2020, for the 104th PA Farm Show!

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5 – 12, 2019. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.


Emporium man charged for making threats and returning to a property where he was told to stay away from

Speed and road conditions factors in one vehicle accident

Jay Township Dispatched For Side by Side Accident On Gray Road

At 6:39 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Department & EMS have been dispatched to Gray Hill Road off Route 555 for a side by side that went over the embankment about a mile up Gray Hill Road. Unknown extent of injuries.

Otto Dispatched For Rollover Crash on Looker Mountain Trail

At 5:38 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Looker Mountain Trail near Burger Hollow for a rollover crash. One patient is reported self-extricated.

Coudersport Rotary Meets

Former Rotary Asst. Governor Bill Olivett, Coudersport Rotary President, Ruth Sallade, Linda Lundberg, and Rotary Asst. Governor, Blair Lundberg, joined Coudersport Rotary Club at our January 7, 2019, meeting.

Citizens of Tomorrow, Rodney Doran, Jr., Jayden Gaskins, and Travis Gleason, along with Coudersport Rotary President, Ruth Sallade at Coudersport Rotary Club's January 7, 2019, meeting.

Elk County man attempts to shoot at another man; no injuries

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Wilcox, PA – An Elk County man is in jail after he reportedly shot at another man.

33-year-old Brandon Dilley went to the home of 34-year-old James Biel in Wilcox last Tuesday to retrieve a personal belonging, though police don’t say what it was.

Biel got a gun from his home and allegedly fired a shot past Dilley’s head.

Police put out a search warrant for Biel and found him a few days later, on Thursday.

Unable to post the $50,000 bail, he remains in the Elk County Jail on charges of assault with a weapon.

Belmont, Amity Dispatched For Crash on South Street

At 3:52 PM on Saturday, Belmont Fire & Amity Rescue have been dispatched to the area of 52 South Street for a vehicle crash breaking off a power pole.