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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Move Your Clocks Ahead One Hour Tonight

Jay Township Fire, Bennetts Valley Ambulance Dispatched To crash On Rt. 555

At 6:14 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. & Bennetts Valley ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at Rt. 555 & Dents Run Road. A male is self extricated and injured.

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Arboretum Victory Honors Community Spirit

Opinion Letter

by Georgeanna DeCarlo

We are fortunate to have a unique community asset; a living tribute that inspires in each of us recognition that our loved ones will always be remembered, instills a sense of reverence, mindfulness to be thoughtful of how we will be remembered.

Coudersport Arboretum is one of the local projects assisted by former Coudersport Borough Manager Marlin “Mud” Moore who passed away last April. Through the nearly 30 years that Moore was manager, he was dedicated to improving our community without passing the financial burden to the public. He became adept at updating or implementing community attributes by reusing historical properties in a new way, securing grant monies; new Borough Maintenance Facility was paid for when it was finished, and in 2013 when Moore retired, the only debt that the borough had was related to the recent overhaul of updating water and sewer.

It's no easy task to grow a community economically while balancing needs and will of the people. But Mud did it with a smile on his face. He encouraged people to be involved and had an easy going attitude, was eager to support people's initiatives. He was friendly and I always enjoyed talking to him when I saw him around town.

Fourth Street Bridge, thanks to a recommendation from longtime Coudersport Borough Street Foreman Jeff Schroeder, was dedicated to Moore who took on the project of moving and placing the bridge there to be used as a pedestrian bridge after it became unsafe for vehicle travel. Formal dedication of the bridge took place just a week before Moore passed, on April 27, 2018.

In the narrative summary of 2007 Community and Economic Development Grant application, Moore listed goals of the Arboretum:

“(1) create spaces that remove visitors from the surrounding environment physically and emotionally, (2) provide an area of serenity, beauty, and education, (3) create areas for continuing education, and memorials, and (4) create a valuable asset that continues to grow with the community for generations”

and noted, “The Arboretum also showcases an historical Caboose on the Rt. 6 end of the property,” and that in addition to plantings and brick walkways, the grant money would be used to create a brick half circle seating area, which is now between the sidewalk and the caboose.

Coudersport Borough offices and Coudersport Borough Police Department are located in the old train depot. Arboretum grounds are the last portion of what was relegated by community leaders nearly 100 years ago to be a “Beauty Spot” in a Municipal Park.

Potter County Journal, October 25, 1928: TO BE BEAUTY SPOT, C. & P. A. by Beautifying Its Property Provides Fine Municipal Park, “Under the leadership of its progressive and enterprising superintendent, Mr. R. A. Knox, the Coudersport and Port Allegany Railroad is landscaping the public square near the station. The square between Main street, the Roosevelt Highway, and the Station in former years was an unsightly accumulation of railroad tracks, ties, lumber, stone, wood and in fact a little of all commodities handled by the railroad.

“Mr. Knox has had all of this removed, leaving an open square...Native shrubbery is being brought from Potter county woods and basic planting and other ornamental shrubbery adapted to this climate is being used to complete the planting. Artistic paths are being made for the use of the public and to protect the grass...This public square will be used by the extension service as a demonstration in landscape architecture. It will serve to show people the proper arrangement of the various shrubs and trees. It will be an incentive to individuals to plant their home grounds. Coudersport with her setting among the hills will be made more beautiful with home planting...The railroad company and Mr. Knox are to be commended for this progressive step and the people of the town will no doubt appreciate the work being done.”

Coudersport Borough Council members Todd Husson, George Hults, Wayne Hathaway, Gary Walaski and Coudersport Mayor Andy Dubots all voted to pursue sale of Arboretum grounds despite legal conclusion of Coudersport Borough Solicitor Dan Glassmire, however their action was fully supported by every member of our Housing and Redevelopment Authority board and decades long Executive Director John Smith and Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover.

Borough Council members April Castano and Brian Ruane were the only two who remained resilient to opposing pursuing sale of Arboretum grounds, supporting conclusions reached by numerous former borough council members since Tom Majot first approached Borough Council with an offer to buy the Arboretum in 2007.

As we move forward following ruling of Judge Williamson in favor of Friends of the Arboretum, Inc. who were sued by Coudersport Borough for blocking sale of Arboretum grounds, I hope that at this election time, incoming officials will be mindful of putting integrity, honor and yes, even joy - back into what it takes to grow a community.

Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Kaytee's Restaurant

At 2:03 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Kaytee's Restaurant for a woman ill.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service State College PA


* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations
of up to two inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth
are expected.

* WHERE...Potter, Tioga, Northern Lycoming, Sullivan and
Columbia Counties.

* WHEN...From 10 PM EST this evening to 11 AM EDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The ice will result in difficult travel
conditions late tonight and early Sunday morning.


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on
driving conditions as winter weather impacts Pennsylvania
roadways. Visit for the latest travel, roadway and
traffic conditions.

Winter Weather Advisory issued March 09 at 12:54PM EST until March 10 at 7:00AM EST by NWS Buffalo

* WHAT...Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of less than one tenth of an inch expected.
* WHERE...Wyoming, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.
* WHEN...From 10 PM EST this evening to 8 AM EDT Sunday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...A period of freezing rain will result in
untreated surfaces becoming very slippery and hazardous.

INSTRUCTIONS: Periods of freezing rain will result in slick roads. Slow down
and use caution while driving.
Submit ice reports through our website or social media.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

PA Lumber Museum Has Free Admission Sunday, March 10th For Charter Day


Roulette Township office will be CLOSED on Monday, March 11

Roulette Township
**Public Announcement**
The Roulette Township office will be CLOSED on Monday, March 11.

Fire, EMS Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 660

At 12:47 PM on Saturday, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a 2 car crash at Rt. 660 & North Williamson Road with one reported injury.

Drilling Permits Issued; Drilling Started

PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Norwich Twp Township
Description: PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC reports drilling started on 2019-03-09 00:00:00 at site REED RUN POTATO CREEK PAD A 2756 in Norwich Twp township, McKean county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-09 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-03-04 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site REYNOLDS 7H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-03-04 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site REYNOLDS 6H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-03-04 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site REYNOLDS 3H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-03-04 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site TLC 7 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-03-04 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site TLC 5 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Hours-long police standoff in Sandy Twp ends peacefully

 WNEP Update: 

An hours-long police standoff ended peacefully Friday night, after officers responded to a psychological emergency call, officials said. Sgt. Kris Kruzelak of the Sandy Township Police Department said the call came in around 2:30 p. m. for a man with a gun threatening to hurt himself. 

The Pennsylvania State Police SERT team responded to the scene of the incident at Spafford and Oklahoma Salem Road where negotiators were able to talk the man out of his home around 8 p. m....  more

Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 11:45 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cole Manor for a man ill.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit For Gordie Visseau Today At Richburg Rod & Gun Club

Falcon Basketball, PIAA Class AA Boys Basketball Playoffs

Falcon Basketball
PIAA Class AA Boys Basketball Playoffs

9-2 Coudersport Falcons v.s. 7-3 South Side Beaver Rams

Time:7 PM
Location: St. Mary's HS

Broadcast will begin following the conclusion of the game being played at 5:30.

Broadcast link:

Bradford Twp. Dispatched for Traffic Control

At 11:17 AM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Police dispatched for traffic control for a one vehicle crash on Interstate Parkway near the NY Line. No injuries in this crash.

Emporium Man Injured In Bennetts Valley Highway Crash on Thursday

The Progress News 

On March 7 at 12:10 p.m., PSP responded to a crash on SR 255 on Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township, Elk County. 

This crash occurred as a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Paul D. Leonard, 82, of Weedville, was turning left onto SR 255 from Chestnut Ave. 

A 2009 Saturn Outlook driven by Nicholas J. Botera, 70, of Emporium, was traveling North on SR 255. Leonard failed to observe Botera’s vehicle and struck the drivers side door area with the front right of his vehicle. 

Botera was transported to Penn Highlands DuBois by Bennetts Valley Ambulance with injuries of unknown severity.  Read more...

Sandra L. Kerr, 73, of Route 6, Port Allegany, PA

Sandra L. Kerr

Sandra L. Kerr, 73, of Route 6, Port Allegany, PA, passed away Thursday (Mar. 7, 2019) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born May 24, 1945, in Springville, NY, she was a daughter of Earl and Mabel Keller Spencer. 

In September 2005, in Coudersport, she married Daniel W. Kerr, Jr., who survives.
Sandra enjoyed and loved all her animals.

Surviving in addition to her husband Daniel of Smethport, are a son, Shagahra “Shag” (Stacey) Ramadhan of Port Allegany; three daughters, Julie Ann Newman of Springville, NY, Zareysah (Michael) Lentz of Keating Summit, PA, and Marie Hall of Gowanda, NY.

As Sandra’s request, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Condolences can be made to: 
Shag Ramadan
412 Lower Grimes Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Pool Fundraiser Tickets at the Shop n Save

Pool fundraiser committee will be selling tickets for the Saturday March 30 th pool gala at 6 pm at Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department Hall. 

Tickets are $20 and include Bones n Banter bbq with sides, along with a night of auctions. All donations go toward free swim lessons for Potter County youth and pool maintenance. 

Thanks again for all your support. And a big thanks to Stan and his wonderful Staff at the Shop n Save for allowing us to be part of their big day.

Thanks again
Pool Committee

Facts About Maple Syrup

Joseph D. Fiske, 19, of Mainesburg, PA

Call James Young In Bradford To Save Money On All Kinds Of Insurance Needs

Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Invite You To Come & Visit Our Sugar Houses on March 16 & 17, 2019

Aveanna Healthcare Needs RN's, LPN's, HHA's & DCW's In Bradford, Eldred, Emporium, Kane, Port Allegany, Rew, St. Marys, Shinglehouse, Sugar Grove, & Wellsboro

Hamilton's Maple Products & Pancake House Open For Breakfast Sat. & Sun.


Mountain Laurel Recovery Center Has Openings For Full & Part Time LPN's & RN's In Westfield, PA

Olson & Tenglund, Inc. is Taking Applications For a Parts Clerk at Coudersport Store

Saturday is the LAST DAY To Take Advantage Of These March Madness Sale Deals At Your Local Shop 'n Save

Bradford Travel Sponsored Motorcoach Trips Scheduled For 2019

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast At Brydonson Farm Saturday & Sunday For $5.

Burkhouse Presents Leffler Estate Auction, Part 1, Sunday at the Auction House in Bradford

Catalus Corporation is Hiring Utility Workers In Galeton Facility

Friday, March 8, 2019

Port Allegany ESP Updates "Our Town, Our Jobs"................

Ad sponsored by Port Allegany ESP.

Coudersport Fire Dept. Reports on Accidental House Fire At 9 Woodlawn Avenue

Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI


Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.

Arrangements will be announced by Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Kane woman arrested for DUI

PSP Lewis Run investigated a suicide attempt

PSP Emporium investigating a Theft from a vehicle

Smethport man charged with Assault after a domestic dispute

John Dorman Wallace, 92, of Port Allegany, PA

John Dorman Wallace

John Dorman Wallace, 92, of Port Allegany, PA, passed away Friday (March 8, 2019) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 11, from 4-7 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 Main St., Port Allegany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 AM in St. Gabriels Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford. 

A Christian Wake service will be held on Monday in the funeral home at 3:45 PM. 

Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Raymond E. LEMIEUX, Jr., 73, of Alma, NY

Raymond E. LEMIEUX, Jr.

Raymond E. LEMIEUX, Jr., 73, of Alma, NY, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 

US Air Force Veteran
Born August 27, 1945, in Worcester, MA, he was the son of Raymond and Agnes Jolly Lemieux. 

A Veteran, he served honorably in the Air Force. 

He was employed by Commonwealth Gas in Worcester, MA. 

Surviving are: a son, Raymond (Darleen) Lemieux III, of Rochdale, MA; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David Lemieux of Cherry Valley, MA; nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents. 

Services will be private. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Minor injuries for driver who lost control on slushy roads

Allegany, Ny man arrested for Drug Possession

53rd Annual Maple Tioga Car & Truck Show

Winter is almost over and spring is coming. That means it's time for the 53rd Maple Tioga Car &Truck show in Coudersport PA. There are several new things this year one being our New Facebook page for both the Maple Fest Show and the Falling Leaves Show. Please like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and pictures. You can like our page by going to the link below.

Thank you from all of us and we hope to see you there.

Chicken and Biscuit Benefit for Kari Stake is Friday, March 15

The outpouring of this community and beyond to make the March 15th benefit for Kari Stake a success has been overwhelming, according to members of Team Kari, sponsor of the benefit. 

The event will be held from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial and will feature a chicken and biscuit dinner with a hot dog option available at a cost of $10. There will be a bake sale, basket auction, 50/50 and more. 

Delivery is available locally by calling Tammy Boyd at 585-610-0979. 

Monetary donations can be sent to 308 E. Mill Street, Port Allegany, PA 16743. 

Kari is battling breast cancer. She and her husband, Jason, have two children - Mikya and Kason. 

Three members of Team Kari - Lynn Farber, Becca Nick and Tammy Boyd - are pictured with some of the donations for the basket raffle/silent auction.

Oklahoma-Salem Road in DuBois Has Reopened After Police Incident

Maxine M. McIsaac, 82, of Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA formerly of Driftwood

Maxine M. McIsaac

Maxine M. McIsaac, 82, of Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA formerly of Driftwood died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday evening (March 7, 2019). She was born January 29, 1937 in Sinnemahoning, PA a daughter of the late Irvin L. and Celesta Fiscus Dempsey. On August 24, 1957 in Castle Garden she married the late Gaylord G. McIsaac, Sr.

Maxine was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed bingo, going to the senior center and attending church at the Down County Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Rachel Moate, Sterling Run and Mary Catalone, Emporium; two sons, Gaylord G. (Analie) McIsaac, Jr., Driftwood; and James E. McIsaac, Driftwood; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond (Cindy) Dempsey, Driftwood and Jim (Janice) Dempsey, Terre Hill, PA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Irvin L. Dempsey, Jr.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM. Funeral Service will be held at the Down County Baptist Church Route 555, Driftwood, PA on Monday (March 11, 2019) at 2:00 PM with Pastor Richard Bennett, officiating. Burial will be in the Castle Garden Cemetery, Driftwood, PA.

Memorials can be made to Sinnamahoning Ambulance Association or to the Driftwood Senior Center, PO Box 99, Driftwood, PA 15832

Recalls For 3-8-2019

Norbrook Laboratories Limited Recalls Veterinary Products for Health Risk

Norbrook Laboratories Limited of Newry, Northern Ireland is recalling two lots of Enroflox® 100 Injection (enrofloxacin), two lots of Noromectin® Injection (ivermectin) and two lots of Ivermax® 1% Injection (ivermectin) to the veterinarian/consumer level as a precautionary measure as product sterility cannot be assured. There is a concern that if the sterility of these products has been compromised, use of these products could result in introduction of infectious agents to the animal. This may result in the need for medical intervention(s) including, but not limited to the need for supportive care, antibiotics, and/or antifungal drugs.

Norbrook Laboratories Limited discovered that product tested, released and distributed within the USA was manufactured on an aseptic line that subsequently did not pass process simulation tests.

House Action for the Week of March 11, 2019

Workforce Development Hits the House Floor

A bipartisan package of workforce development bills is on the move this week. These bills reflect House Republican goals of moving Pennsylvanians beyond minimum wage jobs and into family-sustaining careers. The bills will increase access to training, better connect employers to qualified workers, and build stronger pathways for students entering the workforce.

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

Lucinda Joan "Cindy" White, 53, of 130 Greeves Street, Kane PA.

Lucinda Joan "Cindy" White

Lucinda Joan "Cindy" White, 53, of 130 Greeves Street, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at her residence in Kane.

Born May 20, 1965, in West Palm Beach, FL, she was a daughter of the late Joan M (Hurd) Yaros and Robert C. Benson who survives of West Palm Beach, Fl.

Surviving in addition to her father and step mom, Patti Benson, is one brother, Robert "Rob" (Cathy) Benson of Bradford, one aunt, Denise (John) Law, of Yardville, NJ, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother who died July 26, 2010 and a sister Julia "Jules" Petitt, who died February 13, 2017.

At the request of Cindy there will be no public services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made

Coudersport, Port Allegany Dispatched To House Fire On Woodlawn Avenue in Coudersport
At 3:31 PM on Friday, Coudersport & Port Allegany Fire Departments have been dispatched to 9 Woodlawn Avenue for a structure fire.
3: 35PM--Request second alarm. Roulette, Austin & Galeton dispatched. 
4:06 PM--Fire under control.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office -- Arrest Hinsdale Man

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office


Hinsdale, NY - On March 7, 2019 at approximately 8 pm, Alexander W. Johnson, 31, of Hinsdale, NY was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child after patrols responded to a domestic on Main St in Hinsdale. 

Investigation revealed that Johnson put his hands on a minor. Further investigation revealed that he broke multiple items in the house. 

Johnson was charged with Attempted Assault 3rd, 2 counts of Harassment 2nd, Criminal Mischief 4th, and 2 counts of Harassment 2nd degree. Johnson was taken to Town of Humphrey Court for arraignment and released.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 2:05 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cole Manor on Maple Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Register by March 29 for UPMC Senior Day Out on April 10, 2019

Thompson Votes Against H.R. 1

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019:

“Our country was founded on the notion that governments derive their power from the people.

“Unfortunately, House Democrats voted to uproot this core principle and would prefer the federal government dictate how registration and voting practices occur in individual states. Today’s vote on H.R. 1, amounts to no more than a federal takeover of our election system for the benefit of a few.

“H.R. 1 invests in the political class and seeks to line campaign coffers with taxpayer funds, through a six-to-one government match. This means for every $200 in private contributions, the federal government will pony up $1,200. Hardworking men and women do not want the federal government to subsidize candidates with their tax dollars.

“If that were not egregious enough, H.R. 1 would change the Federal Election Commission’s bipartisan makeup to create a new partisan majority. This will have the chilling effect of limiting speech and the voices of the minority, which runs counter to our longstanding American traditions.

“House Democrats have packaged this as a bill for the people, but refused to accept countless amendments to ensure the integrity of our voting system. A prime example was the failure of an amendment that expressed a sense of Congress that allowing illegal immigrants to vote devalues and diminishes the voting power of citizens. The cheers of the radical socialist left this afternoon are an affront to the safety and security of our democracy.”

Rep. Thompson voted against H.R. 1. The measure was approved by a vote of 234-193.


In the attached photo, a member of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s new esports team plays League of Legends during an esports event on campus.
BRADFORD, Pa. -- The last time Bret Butler, Gen-Xer and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford athletic director, played video games, Donkey Kong took quarters and pay phones took dimes.

Nevertheless, Butler knows a trend when he sees one and, in this case, it was not too subtle.

“My interest in esports was piqued last year at the NCAA convention, where the president of Division III said in his keynote address that universities need to be paying attention to esports,” he said.

For those not in the know, esports is competitive multiplayer video gaming. The games themselves have progressed since the 1980s from two-dimensional, one-on-one games to three-dimensional worlds where players work as teams to achieve common goals through planning and strategy.

Why should a university care about it?

Esports are expanding faster than Sonic the Hedgehog collecting Chaos Emeralds.

Some facts: Worldwide revenues from esports are projected to surpass $1 billion this year. Tournaments boast millions of dollars in prize money for professional players and are played in professional sports venues around the globe. The NBA has its own video game league for the NBA2K game, which even held its own draft for players. Anticipating the growth of esports, Amazon bought the game-streaming service Twitch for $1.1 billion in 2014. The 2017 League of Legends World Championship had more viewers than the Super Bowl.

If you are old enough to remember David Letterman’s sketch, “Is this anything?” the answer is definitely, “Yes.”

Butler came to the same conclusion. Upon returning from the NCAA convention in 2018, he huddled up with faculty in the university’s computer information systems and technology program and computing staff to form a steering committee for esports.

Information systems instructor Jeremy Callinan became the point person and advisor/coach for a club team that drew dozens of sign-ups from interested incoming students even before classes started last fall.

In its first year, the club has formed teams to compete in some of the most popular esports games, including Super Smash Bros., Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnight and CSGo.

The games will likely change each year, Callinan said, as the popularity of games rises and falls.

Unlike other college sports, there is no clear governing body or method for developing varsity teams. Many teams, such as Pitt-Bradford’s, choose to remain unaffiliated with college sports’ chief oversight agency, the NCAA, because of rules about what constitutes an amateur athlete. Many e-athletes will arrive at college having already won cash prizes at tournaments, which would be an NCAA violation.

For now, every other weekend, dozens of players wander in and out of gaming events sponsored by the club in large classrooms on campus. Those players include high school and sometimes middle school students.

Callinan loves to see the young players because they keep college-age players sharp. Fast reaction time is such a requirement that 14-year-olds routinely beat 18-year-olds, he explained.

He also has been working with local high schools on a league for their clubs and hosting gaming events on campus.

“In terms of general recruitment, it’s a slam dunk,” Callinan said.

Dr. James Baldwin, vice president for enrollment management at Pitt-Bradford, agrees.

Baldwin attended several esports events this year and loved what he saw.

“There is a camaraderie that’s awesome to watch,” he said, between players who are younger and older, male and female, different races, different majors and even different temperaments. Esports is a place where introverts can connect, find common interests, friends and support, which makes for more happy students. Happy students stay enrolled.

Unlike traditional sports, Baldwin adds, “Esports provide opportunities beyond the game. Someone has to develop the team website; post to social media accounts; oversee the Twitch stream; run the in-game camera; manage team logistics; act as team statistician, journalist and videographer, and provide the color commentary and play-by-play of the games -- all of which helps students to develop soft skills that may help them become more marketable and successful professionals when they begin their careers.”

Next academic year will bring a practice facility and competition space to the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center on campus. “That will give these students a place to call home,” Baldwin said.

For more information about esports at Pitt-Bradford, contact Callinan at

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 8, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol

Examining the PA Ag Budget

Earlier this week, I took part in the annual budget hearing with the state Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. The hearing covered a wide variety of issues, including the governor’s proposed elimination of several programs, including hardwoods development; efforts to support the dairy industry; financial challenges faced by the Farm Show; opportunities presented by industrial hemp; investing in the future agriculture workforce; methods to control the spread of spotted lanternfly; and more.

I shared my concern about the elimination of hardwoods funding to Secretary Russell Redding and then asked about increased funding for the agricultural excellence line item, a new proposal to better respond to ag-related emergencies, and support for the Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence. Click below to watch my comments.

Click here to view video. 

Thank you Kane Rotary!

Thank you to the members of Kane Rotary and to Kane Mayor Brandy Schimp for welcoming me to the Rotary luncheon on Monday. We had a great discussion about a variety of state-related issues, including the state budget, agriculture and the hardwoods industry, the Wolf administration's proposed fee for state police coverage, and the importance of supporting our local fire and EMS companies. I really appreciated the opportunity and the warm welcome. Pictured with Mayor Schimp and me is Jill Grosch of my Kane district office.

Mark Your Calendars for Veterans Resource and Job Fair April 9

Veterans and their families are invited to attend a FREE one-stop shop to learn about VA services and community resources during the McKean County Community Veteran Engagement Board’s Veteran Resource and Job Fair. The event will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 2-7 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Tom L. McDowell Fieldhouse, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford.

Erie VA Medical Center and McKean VA Clinic health experts will be on-site to provide free blood pressure screenings and information about a variety of VA health topics, including eligibility, behavioral health, whole health, women veterans services and more.

Representatives from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), McKean County Veterans Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Department of Military Veterans Affairs will also be on hand with benefit information.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College will have representatives on site from their admissions offices to discuss educational opportunities and the use of veterans benefits.

Additional vendors include the Mobile Vet Center, Careerlink, various local business, state and federal government representatives, and homeless and transitional housing organizations Soldier On and the Northern Tier Community Action.

Veterans who have never enrolled in VA healthcare are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 service discharge papers and speak with an eligibility representative right on-site to see if you are eligible for VA services. Veterans interested in speaking to a VBA representative or a county service officer about filing a claim should also bring a copy of their DD-214.

Veterans looking for employment are encouraged to bring a resume to meet with local businesses on-site. Job Fair vendors will showcase career opportunities and services available to help veterans find meaningful employment. The PA Careerlink Office will provide employment support to connect you with the right representatives and services.

I hope to see you there!

Supporting PA National Guard Families

Ensuring a better future for our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families is the driving force behind a first-of-its-kind Military Family Education Program. The proposal builds on the state’s existing National Guard Military Education Program by extending benefits to a guard member’s spouse or children in exchange for the guard member committing to a second obligation of six years in the Guard.

The initiative not only recognizes the sacrifices made by Guard families but also helps retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania. The program would provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education and would have to be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved educational institution.

Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., so be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before heading to bed.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms should also be replaced every 10 years.

Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 3.