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Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Smethport, Norwich Dispatched To Truck Crash on Rt. 46 Near Betula

At 8:40 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Rescue, Norwich Township Fire & Smethport Ambulance dispatched to a truck crash off the roadway on Rt. 46 near the county line south of Betula. Caller said one person is still in the vehicle, unknown entrapment or injury.
8:48 PM--Chief 12-10 reports Rollback truck into the guard rails with entrapment. 
9:17 PM--Helicopter requested airborne by Smethport Ambulance to Crosby Ball Field landing zone. 

Smethport Fire Department Inc.

SFD dispatched earlier tonight for an MVA with Station 12. Chief 12-10 reported entrapment and assumed command. Engine 24 and Utility 25 responds along with Norwich units. Chief 220 had operations with SFD and NTVFD units, they made quick and successful extrication of the patient. Chief 2 requested Station 20 to standby at Station 2, they were upgraded to establish the landing zone in Crosby for Stat Medevac 9, Priority Care Ambulances transported the patient to the LZ. Engine 201 and crew established the LZ. PSP is investigating, SPD assisted on scene.

Another great dispatch by McKean County DES!

Charles P. Ross, 46, of 102 Wellsville Street, Bolivar, NY

Charles P. Ross

Charles P. Ross, 46, of 102 Wellsville Street, Bolivar, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was born November 11, 1972 in Gates, the son of Anthony C. and Cynthia (Kirby) Ross. On April 10, 2010 in Olean he married Stacie Mascho who survives.

“Charlie” was raised in Gates-Chili, and was a 1991 graduate of Bolivar Central School. He attended Alfred State College, and was formerly employed at Air-Preheater Company in Wellsville, the Gunlocke Company in Wayland, and Heritage Cutlery in Bolivar. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed comics and gardening.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Samantha (Joseph) Phillips of Bolivar, Rosemary (Ronnie) Rhodes of Perry, and Sylvia (Brennen) Sharp of Canisteo, a son, Wilbur (Brittany Spring) Fountain of Limestone, 13 grandchildren, his father and step-mother, Tony and Catherine Ross of Hornell, his father-in-law, Darwin Mascho of Bolivar, two brothers, Anthony “TJ” (Lena) Ross Jr. of Canisteo, and Peter (Jennifer) Ross of Hornell, one aunt, two uncles, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, two sisters, April Carr, and Annette Ross, and his mother-in-law, Nancy Mascho.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA. 

Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Centerville & Mutual Aid Fire Companies To House Fire on North Hill Road

At 7:30 PM on Saturday, Centerville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 11445 North Hill Road for a house fire.
8:33 PM--Fire investigators to the scene.

Richard M. “Dick” SHERWOOD, 89, of Hallsport, NY

Richard M. “Dick” SHERWOOD

Richard M. “Dick” SHERWOOD, 89, of Hallsport, NY, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 in his home. 

Born August 3, 1929, in Hallsport, he was the son of Milo and Mable Simmons Sherwood. On July 28, 1951, in Hallsport, he married the former Vivian L. Perkins, who survives. 

He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville for 32 years. An avid sportsman, he loved to fish and hunt. 

Surviving besides his wife, Vivian, are: six children, Sharri (Wendell) Weirich of Wellsville, Timothy R. (Darlene) Sherwood of Hallsport, Randy (Sandy) Sherwood of Bradford, PA, Joan (Donald) Pakis of Hallsport, Fran (Deborah) Sherwood of Campbell, and Christine Coats of Hallsport; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by three sisters, Valda Helmhold, Wilma Robbins, and Beatrice Hazzard; and a son-in-law, Guy Coats. 

The family will hold a private serviceat Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. 

Burial will be in Hallsport Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

G2 Gymnastics – Level 4 State Results

Recently, G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse, traveled to Philadelphia, PA for the USA Gymnastics Level 4 PA State Championships hosted by Somerton Gymnastics. Over 500 Level 4 athletes represented almost 80 USAG clubs across Pennsylvania. Both members of the G2 Level 4 team qualified to the large event. Members in attendance included: Brielle Fidurko and Kendra Niver.

Despite the rigorous judging and competition, G2 turned in a strong performance against some very prestige gyms. Kendra Niver claimed a 5th place medal on the balance beam with a 9.15. Both gymnasts had a great performance and we are very proud of all their accomplishments this season.
G2 Gymnastics offers year round opportunities. If you are interested in our Preschool, Recreational, or Competitive programming, contact us today at or

9.0 CLUB:
Beam: Kendra Niver-9.15

Full Meet Results:
Brielle Fidurko: vault-7.90, bars-7.25, beam-8.525, floor-8.975, AA-32.65
Kendra Niver: vault-7.55, bars-7.15, beam-9.15-5th, floor-8.85, AA-32.70

L-R: Brielle Fidurko, Kendra Niver

Local Equestrian Team Heads to Oklahoma City

TMC Equestrian Team located in Cuba, NY coached by Tonya and Mike Cooper heads to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 14-16 with 14 qualified riders from their Interscholastic Equestrian Teams (IEA). This organization consists of grades 6 – 12th grade students. The 2020 season will open its doors up to 4th and 5th grade students as well. “The unique aspect of the competitions, both at the local and national level, is that none of the riders will supply their own horses or tack. Instead, the host team arranges for the horses and equipment. Since the horse is new to the rider, the scores are based upon horsemanship and equitation. All disciplines offer a variety of ability levels from beginner through advanced.” (taken from

The Coopers have been coaching IEA riders now for the past 7 years, but this season made history. Qualifying 3 out of 4 teams from the farm, TMC Equestrian Team Middle School (Allie Stayer - Olean, Lindsey Kolb - Allegany, Kendyl Rogers – Portville, Katherine Riley-Allegany) TMC Too Upper School (Megan Wells – Bradford, PA, Savanna Wilson – Hinsdale, Erin Washburn-Little Valley, Rodney Doran-Coudersport, PA) and TMC Too Middle School Team (Garrett Cooper-Cuba, Dakota Hultberg-Frewsberg, Zane Gleason-Allegany) and 7 individually qualified riders (Baileigh Loucks-Cuba, Hayden Kolb – Allegany, Kendyl Rogers, Garrett Cooper, Dakota Hultberg, Katherine Riley, Reese Gabreski – Coudersport, PA) to the National Championship show in OKC. This has been the largest accomplishment in the history of NY State IEA competition teams.

These teams/riders must compete through the regular season and are limited to five shows to accumulate 15 individual points and 20 team points to advance to the next level of competitions. At the Regional show, riders and teams must place in the top 3 to advance to Semi-Finals. In order to qualify for Nationals, riders and teams must place in the top 6 to advance. Tonya and Mike are very proud of every rider that comes to their farm. It is a true honor to be a part of such a rewarding experience building better horseman/women one day at a time.

TMC Performance Horses is located at 4783 Rt 305, Cuba NY 14727. Lessons, board and training are available year-round. Please text/call 607-769-2526 or email for more information about joining the TEAM, scheduling a riding lesson, or attending one of the Horse Retreats this summer. Summer Dates are July 8-10, July 15-17 & August 5-7.

Photo Credit TMC
TMC Too Middle School Team
Left to Right: Lacy LaChine, Dakota Hultberg, Garrett Cooper, Zane Gleason, Reese Kinney

Photo Credit TMC
TMC Equestrian Team Middle School
Left: Lindsey Kolb, Hayden Kolb, Katherine Riley, Allie Stayer, Kendyl Rogers, Jolene Lucas

TMC Too Upper School: Savanna Wilson, Erin Washburn, Megan Wells, Rodney Doran

TMC Too Upper: Erin Washburn, Savanna Wilson, Rodney Doran, Megan Wells, Mike Cooper

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Saturday, June 08, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Fighting Local Jobs in the Coal Industry
  • Protecting a School Van’s Valuable ‘Cargo’
  • Update on St. Marys Road Project
  • Fixing the Road to Sandy Beach and the ANF
  • Attention Landowners!

Fighting for Local Jobs in the Coal Industry

This Tuesday, June 11,
the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will vote my legislation that would allow coal refuse disposal sites to stay in business during tough times.

Right now, Pennsylvania limits the temporary cessation of operations at a disposal site to no more than one year. House Bill 1557 would bring us more in line with Federal provisions and other state regulations that ensure mining operators are empowered to prevent permanent shutdowns as a result of temporary market conditions.

You can watch the meeting on my website,, beginning at 10 a.m.

Protecting a School Van’s Valuable ‘Cargo’

 Click here to view video.

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed my legislation that would allow school transportation vehicles that are smaller than school buses to include revolving and flashing yellow lights.

Please click on the video above for more information on why this is not already a law.

Update on St. Marys Road Project


There has been some miscommunication regarding the Route 255/Joseph Road construction project.

Here is the latest from PennDOT:
  • Another message board is being set in Johnsonburg on the Route 219 bypass, facing south. It will direct drivers heading to the St Marys hospital area to use the official detour of Route 219 and 120.

  • East Joseph Road was blocked on Thursday for a few hours due to a stuck tractor trailer.

  • East Joseph Road access from Route 255 is blocked intermittently by the contractor in order to perform work. When that access is blocked, drivers can access East Joseph Road by using N. Michael Street

  • West Joseph Road access from Route 255 will be blocked today (Friday) and tomorrow for crane positioning and work. Drivers can access West Joseph Road from Cross Road.

  • Only emergency vehicles can cross the temporary access at the bridge during the bridge closure.

  • Older GPS systems will not identify alternate access around the closure.

  • If drivers are using their phones or an application such as WAZE, the information should be up-to-date, and they should be directed to the official detour and/or alternate routes.
I know full well road projects can test our patience. I also know they are necessary infrastructure improvements.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Fixing the Road to Sandy Beach and the ANF

The Laurel Mills Road construction project near Ridgway is underway to make it easier for residents and visitors to reach sites Sandy Beach and the Allegheny National Forest.

The work zone begins about two miles west of Ridgway and continues for another seven miles toward Hallton. Flaggers in the roadway are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern through most of the work zone.

Overall work includes widening and restoration of the deteriorated roadway, drainage improvements, guide rail replacement and pavement markings.

A section of Laurel Run Road between Arroyo Road and the Irwin Run Bridge will be closed next month from July 8-19 with traffic detoured onto Route 949 and Belltown Road before reconnecting with Route 3002. Local traffic will be able to use the closed section, allowing residents to access their homes.

Thanks to PennDOT, the Allegheny National Forest, Spring Creek Township, Ridgway Township, and the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission for partnering to make this possible.

Attention Landowners!

Cuba Dispatched For Male That Car Fell On

At 5:56 PM on Saturday, Cuba Fire & EMS dispatched to Maple Street for a male with a vehicle fallen on him, entrapped.
6:00 PM--Male removed from under car. Helicopter to Firemen's park.
6:35 PM--Mercyflight  airborne to ECMC.

Smethport Dispatched For Traffic Control At Crash on South Marvin Street

At 4:48 PM  on Saturday, Smethport Fire Police  dispatched to a vehicle crash near 207 South Marvin Street for traffic control. Caller reports no injuries.

Highland, Kane, Mt. Jewett Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 2:09 PM on Saturday, Highland Fire Dept, Kane Ambulance, Mt. Jewett Ambulance dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash assisting Elk County at 1536 Rt. 66 near the Russell City Store. No entrapment, unknown injuries, one vehicle with fire.
At least 3 injured including a 2 year old. 8 total possible patients. 
Jones Township dispatched to assist.

Smethport Fire Dept. dispatched for tree on lines

At 11:24 AM  on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. dispatched for large tree on lines on Baker Road near Rt. 6.

Kane Dispatched For Possible Natural Gas Leak

At 11:23 AM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. called to Wetmore Avenue for a possible Natural gas leak.

Public Input Welcome On Comprehensive Plan

Residents of Potter, Cameron and McKean counties have another chance to speak their minds about their communities’ future during a public hearing on the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan. 

A project of commissioners and planning boards from the three counties, the plan will guide decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy areas for the 2020-29 decade. Its implications will be felt in everything from economic development, environmental conservation, transportation, employment, education, small business, community facilities and other areas. 

After the first round of public input, during which nearly 2,400 people participated across the three counties, the top issues that have emerged for action are:

  • business attraction and workforce development;
  • protection of clean air, water and natural places;
  • expansion of infrastructure (including public works and high-speed internet);
  • enhanced attractions for tourism and recreation;
  • strengthening downtown amenities and community services;
  • investing in expanded housing;
  • addressing issues related to drug addiction.

Focus groups have been meeting to provide the framework. The public will have another opportunity to be heard during a three-county public meeting scheduled for 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 27, at Port Allegany High School. Input is also being accepted by planning directors Will Hunt (Potter), Jeremy Morey (McKean) and Cliff Clark (Cameron), and by consultant Joe Passmore at or 717-221-2061.

Initial research cited multiple public policy challenges that will be posed by declining population, combined with steady increases in median age. Implications will be felt in terms of needed services, changes in the job market, economics and other areas. While the master document covers a three-county region, the plan will include sections that are exclusive to each county. 

The plan is mandated by the state and must be updated every 10 years. Total cost is $115,000, with $80,000 covered by federal funding and the remaining $35,000 shared equally among Cameron, Potter and McKean counties.

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Fritter Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Tyson Foods, Inc., a New Holland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 190,757 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fritter products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic.  Read more....

PA Drilling Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-29 to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming county. 78a56(a) - TEMPORARY STORAGE - Operator failed to contain regulated substances and wastes used at or generated at a well site in a tank, series of tanks or other storage structures approved by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-29 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-29 to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-29 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-29 to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming county. OGA3218.2(A) - CONTAINMENT FOR UNCONVENTIONAL WELLS - SITES - Failure to design and construct unconventional well site to prevent spills to the ground surface and off well site.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-29 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-29 to Bkv Opr Llc in Washington Twp, Wyoming county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or unauthorized by the rules and regulations of DEP.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-29 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Estate Sale, June 13/14/15 at 2554 Route 155 North of Port Allegany

Hershey Farms Market Now OPEN 7 Days; Weekend Specials; Fresh Produce

Howard's In Coudersport is Your Husky Headquarters

JVB Seeking Part-Time Teller For Coudersport Office

Call For Limestone, Mulch, Top Soil, Mushroon Soil & Bulk & Bagged Coal Available In Coudersport

LEEK 11th Annual Open House Fundraiser & Benefit Motorcycle Run June 14/15/16

Morgan Advanced Materials Seeking Industrial Master Mechanic for Coudersport Facility

UPMC Cole Has Opportunities For Direct Care Workers In Potter, McKean, Cameron & Tioga Counties

Burkhouse Public Auction, Sunday, June 9th, Bradford, PA

Friday, June 7, 2019

Coudersport Ambulance To Mapleview Lane

At 11:26 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance to Mapleview Lane for a "Link to Life" call.

Here are the 2019 Queen contestants with Miss McKean County Fair Emily Gustafson.

Bradford Firefighters Tackle Fire In Wall of Room at Holley Hotel

24 Year Old Smethport Man Accidentally Shot Removing Handgun From Holster

DUI Charges Pending Blood Results For Gifford Man

Victim Doesn't Press Charges After Being Threatened

Lawrenceville Man Arrested After Domestic

State Police Continue To Investigate Domestic Assault

Several Injured In Rear End Crash In Charleston Township

Mansfield Man Identified As Motorcycle Crash Victim in Covington Township


Photo by John EatonDrowsy Maggie rehearses for their upcoming Laurel Concert Series performance on Tuesday, June 11. Shown are: (from left) Carl Conn on fiddle, Bruce Smith on bass, Daria Lin-Guelig on concertina, Molly Cary, vocalist on percussion, and Danny Shipe, lead vocalist on guitar.

The 2019 Laurel Concert Series offers five musical performances that are free and open to the public. Donations to support these concerts are always appreciated.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, with Chris and Megan McGarry in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This father/daughter duo combines the rich sounds of fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar and mandolin with Megan's distinctive voice to perform an engaging blend of original songs and American roots music.

Drowsy Maggie will take the Coolidge Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 to sing and play a variety of new material and old standards that draw from bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and Americana traditions. Vocalists are Danny Shipe and Molly Cary. They and Daria Guelig, Carl Conn and Bruce Smith play guitar, banjo, percussion, hammered dulcimer, concertina, fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and bass.

The Wellsboro Town Band will perform outdoors on The Green at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic supper and enjoy. Rain location: Auditorium, Wellsboro School District Administration Building, 227 Nichols Street.

Be entertained by the town’s talented Wellsboro Men's and Women’s choruses as they each lift their voices in song at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 13 in the First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main Street in Wellsboro. They will present a range of styles from Broadway show tunes to American folk, spirituals, gospel and pop songs.

The band 3D will open the Pennsylvania Laurel Queens Preview at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 on the Deane Center's outdoor stage at 104 Main Street. The Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced at 5 p.m. and the band will close the event with musical fun. Daria Guelig on hammered dulcimer, Dave Milano on guitar and Dave Driskell on clarinet, flute, whistle and musical saw will perform traditional old-time, Celtic, jazz, ragtime, folk, pop and Americana music with the audience and queen candidates joining in on spoons, shakers and drums. Rain location: Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre.

For more information about the concerts and other Laurel Festival activities, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at 570-724-1926, email or visit

Police Chief Tackles Teenage Runaway with Knife In Ulysses Borough

Sweden Township Police Department

This morning while investigating a teen run away in Ulysses boro Chief Phelps received a call from a local business that a teen was behind his store in the creek w/lg knife.

Chief Phelps responded from the boro office and made contact with the teen. This was the teen that had run away in the early morning hours and he did in fact have a LG knife, a backpack and attempted to flee on foot.

He failed to obey orders to drop the knife and continued to flee and was tackled and forced to drop the knife and taken into custody.

Once in custody the teen was found to have a key from a nearby UTV that was parked at the local dealer that he had attempted to steal but was unable get it in reverse.

In the backpack he had on him was other items that he'd stolen from his Residence along with items that he took after breaking and entering KOSA's market on Main st and The Methodist Church located on North  Water St.
Charges will be filed in juvenile court.
Assisted at the scene by PSP Cdspt.

Two Rochester individuals will be charged in district court with Drug and drug Possession after a traffic stop on N Hollow Rd for 61/45mph zone.
Assisted by Cdspt Boro PD

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 6:31 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 6 West for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Woman Sentenced For Injuring Her 3 Month Old Baby; More


In McKean County Court …

A woman who seriously injured her three-month-old baby has been sentenced to three to six years in state prison. 21 year-old Alana Dinch of Bradford pleaded guilty in May to aggravated assault with extreme indifference to value of human life after her baby suffered a brain hemorrhage, fractured skull and…Read more...

Potter County Commissioners Meeting May 23, 2019

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For June 6, 2019