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Plant Sale

Pollinator Plant Sale - Perennials Annuals, Vegetables, and Herbs. Saturday, May 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Penn State Extension, 17129 Rt 6, Smethport, PA. Sponsored by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Coudersport Ambulance To Station

At 9:40 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to station for a psychiatric emergency.

Kaye Harrison of Roulette is a Winner in the "To Fill a Backpack" Christmas Raffle

St. Marys House Fire Ruled Accidental; Damage Estimated At $100,000.

SAINT MARYS, Pa (WJAC) — According to a release from Ridgway state police, a house fire that occurred on Friday in Elk County has been investigated and was ruled accidental.

Troopers say the fire broke out at approximately 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at a two-story home along the 300 block of High Avenue in Saint Marys.

The report states that both the fire marshal and Saint Marys city fire department investigated the fire and it was determined that the cause was accidental in nature.

No injuries were reported but damage is estimated at $100,000.

Robert E. SHEAHEN, Jr., 63, of Bolivar, NY

Robert E. SHEAHEN, Jr.

Robert E. SHEAHEN, Jr., 63, of Bolivar, NY, died Saturday, December 21, 2019 in Wellsville Manor Care Center. 

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Gertrude M. DUNHAM, 93, of Genesee, PA

Gertrude M. DUNHAM

Gertrude M. DUNHAM, 93, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, December 20, 2019 in her home. 

Born October 26, 1926, in Genesee, she was the daughter of E. Avery and Zelma Kuhn Eaton. On July 17, 1945, in Wellsville, NY, she married Charles B. Dunham, who predeceased her on March 30, 2002. 

A homemaker and self-employed beautician, she was the oldest and longest member in years of the Genesee United Methodist Church, where she served as church secretary and UMW member. 

Gertrude was a member of the Genesee Grange, the National Campers & Hikers Association, the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, and the Genesee Rebekahs. She served as a 4-H leader for over 20 years and was an organizer of the Genesee Bi-Centennial Committee. 

Surviving are: three children, Jeannette Inzana of Genesee, Rickie (Kathleen) Dunham of Barstow, CA, and Leona Pensyl of San Bernardino, CA; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Leo Eaton of Wellsville, NY; two sisters, Marjorie Guido of Butler and Betty (Robert) Carroll of Millport; and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons-in-law, Peter J. Inzana and Gary Pensyl; three brothers, Clifton Eaton, Elwyn Eaton, and Richard W. Eaton; and two sisters, Pearl Baldwin and Genevieve Stuckey. 

Friends may call Friday, December 27, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery. 

A Memorial Service will be held in Spring 2020. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923. Online condolences may be expressed at

Judith “Judy” Post ARTHUR, 70, formerly of Galeton, PA

Judith “Judy” Post ARTHUR

Judith “Judy” Post ARTHUR, 70, formerly of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, December 19, 2019 in Darway Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Forksville. 

Born October 26, 1949, in Corry, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Gladys Lindberg Post. She was married to Donald Arthur, who preceded her in death. 

Surviving are: a son, Charles “Chuck” (Debra) Evans of Galeton; two grandchildren; three sisters, Linda D. (Charles) Shearer of Cambridge Springs, Patricia G. (Terry) Howard of Covington, and Janet M. Merel of Las Vegas, NV; a brother, Jeffrey A. (Lesley) Post of Galeton; nieces and nephews; and her step-mother, Helen Post of Spartansburg. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents. 

A graveside service will be held on a later date. 

Memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Winners Announced In Ulysses Christmas Decorating Contest

Sandy Kibbe Petsch‎
Ulysses Area Improvement Association
46 mins ·

The winners of the decorating contest
1st place - Nancy & Scott Bice
2nd place - John & Lorrene Freeman
3rd place - The Mercantile

Congratulations to all of the winners. And a special thank you to all those that participated.

Canon Pixma 9500 All in One Inkjet printer $25.

Canon Pixma 9500 All in One Inkjet printer, scanner, copier w/ extra black cartridge. $25. 814 642 2494.

Fred R. LONG, 88, of Galeton, PA

Fred R. LONG

Fred R. LONG, 88, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, December 20, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. 

Born February 2, 1931, in Galeton, he was the son of John J. and Mary Carney Long. On July 20, 1952, in Galeton, he married the former F. Virginia Hartman, who predeceased him on November 7, 2009. 

They owned and operated a dairy farm on the Long Farm on West Branch Road. 

Surviving are: a daughter-in-law, Deborah J. Long of Galeton; three grandsons, Joshua E. (Carrie) Long of Knoxville, Chad E. (Heather) Long of Milford, DE, Brett A. Long of Johnson City, TN; a great-granddaughter, Jaley Long; four step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Art Long of Rochester, NY; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Roger E. Long; and seven siblings, Mildred, June, Charlie, Johnny, Harry, Sam, and Judy. 

Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to the Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Mansfield Dispatched For Automatic Fire Alarm

At 12:57 PM on Saturday, Mansfield Fire Dept. dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 275 St. James Street, Building B.

A Living Nativity At the First Baptist Church in Roulette on Dec. 21st

The Youth Group, God’s Adventure Camp, the Crusader Club, volunteers from the First Baptist Church and other churches will present a Living Nativity Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st from 6-8 pm. It will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Roulette. It will be a drive or walk-through theater with four life scenes of the First Christmas. (Or, at least our depiction of them.)

You'll be greeted by a Roman Centurion taking the census. This was one of the reasons Mary and Joseph were to go to Bethlehem- to register for their taxes.

The first scene will be of the angels announcing the glad tidings of Jesus' birth to the shepherds. There will be real sheep, horses and live people depicting the angels and shepherds. The Biblical narrative will be heard over a sound system, and carolers will interject Christmas carols. Imagine the shepherds’ shock!

The second scene will be the actual Nativity at the stable. All the real animals -, cow, calf, sheep, goat, donkey and mule will be there. A live Mary, Joseph and innkeeper will be there as well. A real baby Jesus may be there, depending on the weather. The Biblical story will be heard here. Pause to drink in the enormity of it all- Almighty God becoming human flesh!

The third scene is the palace scene of the time when the wise men come to see King Herod. They are inquiring as to where they can find the newborn King of the Jews. King Herod is jealous of a new king. Hear the Bible account from the Gospel of Matthew.

The fourth and final scene is the home where the wise men bring their gifts to the young child, Jesus. Rejoice with them as they see the star and find the Savior. Our stand-in camels, (alpacas) and other means of transportation will be here. Hear the rest of the story and enjoy beautiful Christmas music.

There is no admission charge. Free hot chocolate, cookies and literature will be available.

Animals may be petted. Pictures and videos are encouraged. Donations may be made to the Roulette Youth Ministry or God’s Adventure Camp.

Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative Announces Results of Firearms Deer Check Station in McKean County

Bradford, Pa.: The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) thanks the hunters that brought their deer to the KQDC check station on SR 59 in McKean County. Here are the primary results of the KQDC deer check station that was operated for three days of the firearms deer season. The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.

· The winner of the rifle was Dustin Passinger, 17-years old, from Jamestown, NY. Dustin selected a 7mm08 Thompson-Venture rifle as his rifle of choice from Tall Tales Sporting Goods in Russell, Pa.

· The heaviest deer brought to the check station was a 170-pound, 3 and ½ old, 8-point buck harvested on the first day by Aston Little of Bradford, Pa.

· The second heaviest deer was a 152-pound, 4 and ½ year-old, 7-point buck harvested on the second day by Brendell Martin from Northeast, Pa.

· The heaviest doe was a 110-pound, 4 and ½ year old harvested on the second Saturday by David Miklos of Vermilion, Oh.

· The oldest deer was a 5 and ½ year old, 9-point buck harvested on the opening day by Brent Haines of Wetmore, Pa.

The cooperators within the KQDC are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Forestry Sciences Lab of the Northern Research Station, Bradford Water Authority, Conservation Forestry, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products. Additional information can be obtained at or KQDC.

You're Invited For Cocoa With Santa Today from 1 to 4 PM at Fickinger Funeral Home in Coudersport

Please join us today from 1-4:00pm at the Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.

Cocoa with Santa

This is a free community event.

Current Events

12-21 Basket Raffle, Hamlin Library

12-22 Christmas Carol & Candlelight Service

12-22 Christmas Carol & Candlelight Service

12-22 Candle Light Service

12-22 Candle Light Service

12-22/24 Gold Church, Ulysses

12-22/25 Christmas Services at Sartwell Creek Union Church

12-22/25 Christmas Services at Sartwell Creek Union Church

12-23/24/25/26 Barbara Mosanto Brown Library, Emporium

12-24 Christmas Eve Service, Riverside UMC, Roulette

12-24 Christmas Eve Service, Riverside UMC, Roulette

12-24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Brookland, PA

12-24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Brookland, PA

Lafayette Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash on Lafayette Avenue

At 10:23 AM on Saturday, Lafayette Township Fire Dept. dispatched for a 2 vehicle crash near 199 Lafayette Avenue in Lewis Run. Caller reports Fedex truck vs passenger vehicle, no injuries. Both vehicles in the roadway leaking fluids.
10:45 AM--Lafayette RECALLED

Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Department Officers for 2020

Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Officers for 2020

Fire officers:
Chief - Mark Miller
1st Asst- Wes Burkett
2nd Asst- Brian Bundy
3rd Asst- Ed Burtop
Capt - Rich Mooney
1st Lt- Zach Burtop
2nd Lt- Ethan Fritz

Fire police:
Capt- Gene Fritz
Lt- Shirley Fritz

Administration officers:
President- Lee Miller
Vice President- Wes Burkett
Secretary - Ethan Fritz
Treasurer -Donny Leidel

Congratulations to everyone.

Canaseraga Dispatched for Crash on SR70

At 12:04 AM on Saturday, Canaseraga Fire &  EMS dispatched to SR 70 & Kennedy Road for a one vehicle crash. Unknown details. Caller reports heavy front end damage.
12:20 AM--No occupants found in vehicle.

Candlelight Service Saturday, Dec. 21st At Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse, PA

Friday, December 20, 2019

Norma J. Rosenswie, 86, of Elm Street, Eldred, PA

Norma J. Rosenswie, 
beloved and loving mother and grandmother

ELDRED, Pa. — Norma J. Rosenswie, 86, of Elm Street, passed away Thursday (Dec. 19, 2019) at Olean General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 3, 1933, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Edward “Ted” and Jessie Mae Barton Bell. On April 26, 1952, in Allegany, N.Y., she married William G. Rosenswie, who passed away June 22, 2013.

She was a 1955 graduate of the Eldred High School and was a lifetime resident of Eldred. Norma had been employed for 30 years as a teacher’s aide for special needs children through the IU 9 system, retiring from the Eldred Elementary School.

She was a member of the St. Raphael Church and the Altar Rosary Society.

Norma loved her family and also all her special needs children at school that she spent many years caring for. She also enjoyed the summers at Chautauqua Lake with Bill and her family and watching the birds.

Surviving are three sons, Michael and Patti in Coffee Springs, Ala., Marty and Sharon in Port Allegany and Wm. ‘Crop’ and Ursula in Port Allegany; four daughters, Laurie (Joe) Kahle in Windsor, Colo., Dede (Ned) Van Epps in Shippenville, Beth (Harold) Young in Avon, N.C. and Trisha (Stacy) Tyler of Eldred; 16 grandchildren, Derek (Jane) Kahle, Justin (Cassidy) Kahle, Sarah (Tim) Reed, Christopher VanEpps, Michael (Jenn) Rosenswie, Jamie (Luke) Mikolajczyk, Jonathan (Ryan) Rosenswie, Joshua Rosenswie, Billy Young, Thomas Young, Andrew Rosenswie, Mary (Noah) Jordan, Steve (Brandi) Rosenswie, Scott Coneys, Gregory Tyler and Sophia (Virgil) Graham; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Frederick and Edward Jr. Bell; and three sisters, Thelma Bradt, Joanne Bradt and Nancy Martz.

At Norma’s wishes, there will be no public visitation, but friends and family are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday (Dec. 23, 2019) at the St. Raphael’s Church in Eldred, with the Rev. Thomas Brown as celebrant. The family wishes to invite everyone to a visitation dinner at the Coleman Center immediately after the mass is over. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sartwell.

Donations may be made to the St. Raphael’s Altar Rosary Society.

Online condolences may be made at

Does anyone around Shinglehouse recognize this dog

Thank you for posting this…The fur baby is back home with his family. Merry Christmas!

Wanda Lentz and Nancy Gular of Roulette are Winners in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Corydon, Bradford Dispatched To Crash on West Washington Street

At 9:04 PM on Friday, Corydon & Bradford Township Fire Departments & 3 ambulances from Bradford City dispatched to a crash near 2275 West Washington Street with 4 possible patients.

Bill Pekarski: Living life on my terms, Day 1206.

Bill Pekarski is in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.
16 hrs ·

Living life on my terms, Day 1206.

There are few times in our lives when we get the opportunity, while doing something we intend to be for ourselves, to actually enrich the lives of others. Over three years ago, I started a project that grew beyond my initial intentions and then completely outgrew my wildest expectations.

That project was “Living Life On My Terms”, and it helped me mark my progress as I worked to regain my health. It helped me to realize the things that were important to me as well the people, places, and things that helped to shape me into the person I was and who I continue to be.

Since that time, I have had many people express to me how much they miss my stories and how my writing inspired them. I usually reply that I miss writing but I just don’t have the time like I did when I was laid up and unable to work.

However, I had a feeling that as Christmas Day approaches, I needed to dust off my old moniker and put some thoughts together; so here we go.

First and foremost, I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. Even though miles may separate us and it may be years since we have seen each other, I need to close my eyes and I can remember the times we shared.

There are so many great things to remember like the last day before winter break in elementary school when we would have a party with a secret Santa gift exchange. The spending limit for the exchange would only be a couple of dollars so we were a little limited as to what we could buy, but it was always a joy to open something from a classmate.

One of the things I really miss as I have gotten older is getting ready for all of the Christmas music performances. From grade school through all of my college years, Christmas concerts and shows always held a special place in my heart. Music has the innate ability to unite everyone in the warmth and joy of the season, even if only for a little while.

Then there were the Christmas Dinner Date nights my roommates and I used to have in college back at IUP. The apartment was cleaned front to back, the Boys to Men Christmas CD was playing in the background, Lasagna was cooking in the oven, the wine was ready to be uncorked (or valve-opened as I think we got boxed wine), and we were all dressed to the nines for a special and romantic night.

All great memories, but none of them hold a candle to the Christmas Days where my mother and father were still alive and all of us kids would gather at our humble home down on Elk Street. By the time all of the presents were under the tree, you could barely find a path to walk through the living room.

We would be patiently (or impatiently) waiting for mom to come in from the kitchen, where she was working to get the turkey into the oven in order to have it ready for dinner. She would finally make it to the living room with flour adorning her pants and shirt and a dish towel laid across her shoulder to watch as we dove into all the festive packages.

Our father would sit in his rocking chair with a smile on his face as he observed our happiness at the bountiful gifts that he and mom somehow managed to provide. I still don’t know how they did it, but they never failed to make each Christmas special.

Then there were my special Christmas drives with my mother to see all of the houses decked out with a multitude of lights and decorations. She and I would sip our cappuccinos and cruise all throughout the town. The cold and snow didn’t bother either of us; actually, it enhanced the entire experience.

I hold these memories very close to my heart and recall them often. Each and every one means the world to me and I am lucky to have so many experiences.

I also realize that there is a great deal of sadness and hardship for some people, especially this year. There are so many, both young and old, who have health problems and they are praying for a miracle. Some are just humbly praying for one more day. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I pray that God wraps his arms around each of you and brings healing and comfort.

There are many other hardships being faced by others. I pray that they can find the strength and ability to overcome those adversities and achieve prosperity in the New Year.

As for me, I have come full circle in my return from illness as I officially start working full-time as an Emergency Nurse again. The reality is that four years ago, I faced a grave potential diagnosis. Three years ago, it seemed only a dream that I would ever work again. Two years ago, I was finally starting to breath somewhat normal again and last year I was just working part time. Perseverance and prayer have paid off for me.

Returning to a final sad note, this will be our first Christmas Day in 15 years without Smitty. He was family for us and it was a delight to have him as part of our celebration. As Beth decorated our tree this year, she realized that our tree-top angel wasn’t working. She immediately remembered that we had Smitty’s angel here with some of his other stuff that we have accumulated since he passed. Needless to say, Smitty is here for our Christmas as his spirit is represented by his angel that now rests peacefully atop our tree.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Robert Smith, or “Smitty” as we all remember him. I pray that he rejoices this Christmas in the house of the Lord and that he looks down fondly upon us as we celebrate and remember everything that is good about this time of year.

Christmas Carol and Candlelight Service in Port Allegany

Christmas Carol and Candlelight service at the First Baptist Church, Main Street, Port Allegany.

It will be Sunday, December 22 at 7pm. 

EVERYONE is welcome! 

Pastor Jeff Sweigart will lead the message. Christmas carols will be sung ending with the sharing of Christs' bright by the lighting of everyone's candles.

Bolivar woman arrested for welfare fraud, filing a false instrument

On December 18, 2019, SP Amity Troopers arrested Vicky M. Braund, 41, of Bolivar, NY for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree and Filing a False Instrument 1st Degree.

An investigation led Troopers to discover Braund had filed false paperwork with Allegany County DSS while applying for public assistance and SNAP, which resulted in Braund receiving $9,109.50 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Braund was arrested and issued an appearance ticket for Belmont Village Court, where she is due to appear in January.

Larry Dean Himes, Warren, PA

Larry Dean Himes

Larry Dean Himes passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019. 

He is survived by his lifelong companion and wife Susan Himes as well as his four children, Matthew and his wife Julie, Curtis and his partner Allison, Leslie and her husband Jim, and Tyson and his partner Charlotte, his father Clair and mother Beverly, his three sisters, Sherry, Judy, and Julie, and his grandchildren, Braidin and Mason. Along with his immediate family, Larry is survived by uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces living in and around Warren County.

Larry held the family together. He was a steady and positive influence in everyone's lives. He loved sports, his Penn State Nittany Lions and Cleveland Browns, the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and boating, as well as hunting. He loved the beauty of the outdoors. Sometimes he would just sit all day in the stillness and quiet, completely at peace. Though he tried to hide it, Larry had a softer heart than us all. He cared so deeply and beautifully. It was in these small, hidden moments that his deep humanity was exposed, and we will cherish those memories forever. He will live on through his family and many friends. He will live on through the stories he would tell with so much charisma. One time he told a story so hard he broke a coffee table. 

Those stories will continue to be told and the children of his children will know him so well. He had a terrific sense of humor and always lifted the spirits of those around him. He was rock solid, a true working class hero. He gave his children a chance to succeed through a lifetime of labor at Penelec, the Seneca hydroelectric power plant, and through his membership in IBEW 459. He is proof that hard work, commitment, and living with dignity pay off enormously. Larry left behind an enviable legacy. 

He will be sorely missed. 

There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at the Allegheny Community Center, 42 Clark Street, Warren, PA, at 2pm on Sunday December 22, 2019. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Fatal collision on I-86 Near Friendship

Captain Daniel Lyons
Acting Troop A Commander


On December 18, 2019 at 8:29 A.M., Troopers out of SP Amity responded to I-86 eastbound in the town of Friendship. 

 Further investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford Econoline traveling eastbound in the driving lane and went into the passing lane striking the front bumper of a 2000 Peterbilt tractor trailer hauling thirty-two cows. Both vehicles left the roadway striking a ditch then a tree. 

The operator of the 2007 Ford, John R. Shaw, 32 of Newfane, NY was ejected and deceased at the scene. Nine cows were deceased at the scene.

NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit and NYSP Commercial Reconstruction Unit assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.


Destined to be a game-changer in grouse restoration

Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a tool to identify prime grouse recovery areas.

“The Game Commission recognizes that all conservation partners must work smarter, not just harder, to restore the King of Thunder,” said Lisa Williams, the agency grouse biologist who identified West Nile’s role in Pennsylvania’s grouse-population collapse. “It’s not enough to simply create grouse habitat. For best success, habitat must be created in areas buffered from disease-carrying mosquitoes and close to existing grouse populations so birds can quickly colonize new sites.”

The Grouse Priority Area Siting Tool (G-PAST) identifies areas with landscape features that stave off mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. When combined with information on local grouse populations, G-PAST identifies priority sites where disease risk is low and probability of grouse benefit is high.

G-PAST has the potential to be a game-changer in grouse restoration, because it focuses the attention of all conservation partners on areas where grouse can best recover.

“We know high-quality grouse habitat is the best way to offset losses from West Nile virus,” said Matthew Schnupp, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management director. “But if we create better grouse habitat in places with high disease risk, we may be setting grouse up to fail.

“This tool combines cutting-edge geographic-information-system (GIS) analysis with our wildlife research and habitat-management information to identify where we can best help grouse. It’s an approach that puts us in the best position possible to help our state bird.”

G-PAST can be used by habitat partners to focus habitat restoration, develop grant proposals, initiate collaborations at priority sites, enlist high-priority private landowners, and guide their own local clubs and chapters on where to undertake habitat projects.

“G-PAST is a great example of how leveraging geospatial technology in decision-making can advance objectives and goals throughout the agency and among our partners,” said Bob Blystone, the GIS technician who created the tool.

“Agency foresters and land managers have been rapidly increasing efforts to restore the whole community of species that rely on young forests,” explained Pete Sussenbach, Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management director. “Creating healthy forests through management provides unique opportunities to meet many different wildlife-management objectives. The agency strives to improve forest health and resilience, and wildlife health and abundance, all at once. G-PAST is the key. It provides a level of guidance unknown in grouse conservation before now.”

Williams said she’s now more optimistic about the potential for meaningful grouse management than she’s been in years.

“Our research on West Nile virus since 2015 has always had one focused goal: Find a way to mitigate West Nile virus impacts so we can recover populations,” Williams explained. “There are many issues facing grouse, but G-PAST is making solid progress on mitigating the two primary drivers of decline: habitat loss and disease exposure.”

Now, anyone in Pennsylvania can look at the G-PAST map and identify the best areas to invest in grouse habitat work, Williams noted.

“Whether you’re a landowner with 20 acres or a land manager with 20,000 acres, G-PAST shows where you can best benefit grouse,” Williams said.

“Although the tool was developed with grouse in mind, we’re excited to incorporate G-PAST in our management efforts for other declining species, such as the Canada Warbler,” said Dan Brauning, Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Division chief.

G-PAST provides important siting information for species that occur in high elevations, species that rely on young forests, and the many other wild birds that are susceptible to West Nile virus, Brauning said.

G-PAST supports at least a half-dozen habitat objectives in the agency’s Pennsylvania Ruffed Grouse Plan. The Game Commission has several large-scale habitat restoration projects planned or already being implemented in high-priority landscapes identified by G-PAST. The identification of landscape-scale restoration priorities can serve as a model for other Eastern states to proactively restore grouse where it makes the most sense.

To check out G-PAST, go to Once there, zoom into your area of interest. G-PAST uses a color-coded format of Good (orange), Better (blue) and Best (purple), so it’s easy to find important restoration sites in an area. There also are links to view a quick how-to tutorial, to contact the Game Commission grouse biologist and to view agency webinars on grouse management. More-advanced users can upload their own GIS data layers to see if their projects fall into grouse priority areas. All users can contact the agency grouse biologist to find out if local grouse populations occur in an area where they plan to create habitat.

DEP Details Effects of Underground Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania, Reminds Residents to Check for Mine Subsidence Risks

Harrisburg, PA – Strict oversight of restoration of streams and other water supplies impacted by coal mining in western Pennsylvania led to a dramatic decrease in resolution times, according to a report prepared by the University of Pittsburgh for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The report, which is required under Act 54 of 1994, outlines the impacts of bituminous coal mining on land and water. The report covers 2013-2018 and is the fifth assessment of the program. Underground coal mining, including longwall mining, can have impacts on surface structures like homes and buildings and on water resources like streams, rivers, and lakes. The report documents these impacts and the actions taken to remediate them.

The report found that mining operations were responsible, and the company liable, for 192 impacted water supplies from 2013-2018. This is down from 371 for the previous reporting period (2008-2013). The time to resolve operator-liable water supply issues dropped from 415 days in the 2008-2013 report to 302 days in the 2013-2018 report. DEP has been working with the industry to improve response times.

“This report is a good reminder of the effects of mining, and the need to mitigate those effects to ensure that underground mining can coexist with neighbors on the surface,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This is also a good reminder to residents to check to see if their homes could be at risk of subsidence related to historic coal mining activity.”

A total of 28,854 acres were mined in Pennsylvania, with longwall mining accounting for 62 percent of the total acreage, room-and-pillar mining 29 percent, and pillar recovery 9 percent. This reflects a 7 percent decrease from the previous 5-year reporting period, even though more mines are in operation.

Cracked foundations, collapsed walls, and even homes sinking into the ground are all possible impacts of underground mine subsidence, which is not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. A subsidence event can occur at any time and cause sudden, significant damage, often exceeding $100,000 or total loss of the structure. Mine subsidence occurs when the ground above an old or abandoned mine cavity collapses.

Residents are encouraged to check for risks of mine subsidence here.

DEP administers low-cost mine subsidence insurance (MSI) coverage through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The average policy of $160,000 costs about $7 a month, and senior citizens are eligible for discounted rates.

The 2013-2018 Act 54 Coal Mining Report can be found here.

More information on Mine Subsidence Insurance, including a Risk Assessment Tool, can be found here.

Bradford Dispatched to Garage Fire on Congress Street

At 3:57 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters dispatched for a garage fire in the area of 50 Congress Street.

St. Marys Dispatched To House Fire on High Avenue

At 3:28 PM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a house fire at 325 High Avenue where there is a fire in the wall.

Kersey dispatched mutual aid to assist.

Delores A. Smith, 83, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA

Delores A. Smith

Delores A. Smith, 83, of 54 Huckleberry Circle, Emporium, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA on Thursday morning (December 19, 2019) following a lengthy illness. 

She was born October 7, 1936 in Morgantown, West Virginia a daughter of the late George M. and Anna Mae Flynn Austin. On January 8, 1994 in Artesia, California she married the late William R. Smith.

Delores retired as an operations manager of Crowell Weedon & Company in Long Beach, California where she worked many years. In the year of 2000, Delores and her husband, William R. Smith moved to Emporium. She was an active member of the Kersey Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Delores is survived by two daughters, Debra K. (David) Kloss, Arizona; and Cheryl L. Barthlett, California; one son, Steve C. Malesovich, Emporium; step-son, Steve M. (Lisa) Smith, California; step-daughter, Christina (Mike) Briggs, California; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren and a brother, George "Ron" (Heidi) Austin, California.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Malesovich and later by her second husband, William R. Smith.

There will be No Visitation. Memorial Service will be held at the Kersey Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA on Saturday, (January 11, 2020) at 2:00 PM with Mr. Robert Suladie, delivering the memorial service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pinecrest Manor, Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857 or to Penn Highland Community Nurses, HOSPICE, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Marsha L. Jerman, 67, of 431 Bayard Street, Kane, PA

Marsha L. Jerman

Marsha L. Jerman, 67, of 431 Bayard Street, Kane, PA, a resident of the Warren Manor for the past two years, died Thursday afternoon, December 19, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie.

Born April 12, 1952 in Kane, she was the daughter of Donald and Joria Chandler McLaughlin. On August 23, 1975 in Kanesholm, she married Steven M. Jerman, who died in 1999.

Marsha attended nursing school in Jamestown, graduating in 1975. She was an LPN at the Kane Community Hospital for many years and also practiced as a private duty nurse.

Surviving are a daughter Mary (Scott) Dinger of Kane and a son Donald (Stephannie) Jerman of Great Valley, N.Y.; siblings Allen (Patty) McLaughlin of Kane, Sandy (Daniel) Cline of Windsor, Colo. and Jackie (the late Rodney) Boschert of Kane. Also surviving are her grandchildren Emilie, Mollie and Patric Dinger and Steven and Catherine Jerman, plus her good friends at the Warren Manor.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 27 from 11:00 until 1:00 at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda for the December 19th meeting

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes for the December 5th meeting

A Living Nativity At the First Baptist Church in Roulette on Dec. 20 & 21st

The Youth Group, God’s Adventure Camp, the Crusader Club, volunteers from the First Baptist Church and other churches will present a Living Nativity Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st from 6-8 pm. It will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Roulette. It will be a drive or walk-through theater with four life scenes of the First Christmas. (Or, at least our depiction of them.)

You'll be greeted by a Roman Centurion taking the census. This was one of the reasons Mary and Joseph were to go to Bethlehem- to register for their taxes.

The first scene will be of the angels announcing the glad tidings of Jesus' birth to the shepherds. There will be real sheep, horses and live people depicting the angels and shepherds. The Biblical narrative will be heard over a sound system, and carolers will interject Christmas carols. Imagine the shepherds’ shock!

The second scene will be the actual Nativity at the stable. All the real animals -, cow, calf, sheep, goat, donkey and mule will be there. A live Mary, Joseph and innkeeper will be there as well. A real baby Jesus may be there, depending on the weather. The Biblical story will be heard here. Pause to drink in the enormity of it all- Almighty God becoming human flesh!

The third scene is the palace scene of the time when the wise men come to see King Herod. They are inquiring as to where they can find the newborn King of the Jews. King Herod is jealous of a new king. Hear the Bible account from the Gospel of Matthew.

The fourth and final scene is the home where the wise men bring their gifts to the young child, Jesus. Rejoice with them as they see the star and find the Savior. Our stand-in camels, (alpacas) and other means of transportation will be here. Hear the rest of the story and enjoy beautiful Christmas music.

There is no admission charge. Free hot chocolate, cookies and literature will be available.

Animals may be petted. Pictures and videos are encouraged. Donations may be made to the Roulette Youth Ministry or God’s Adventure Camp.

Railroad Ave is now open in Roulette Township

Roulette Chemical Engine #1
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Railroad Ave is now open. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation while clean up efforts were completed.

Wreaths Across America Ceremony December 14th at North Bingham Cemetery

St. Marys Area United Way Celebrates Campaign Goal

Photo: L-R
Lewis Murray, Board Member; Becky Piccolo, Board Member; Jason Gabler, Vice-President; Don Fleming, Board Member; John Dippold, President; and Kris Kronenwetter, General Campaign Chair.
Elk County- The St. Marys Area United Way would like to thank the community for their generosity and support of the 2019 Campaign. The United Way board is pleased to report that the community has exceeded the $150,000 campaign goal for 2019. The St. Marys Area United Way relies on contributions from companies and local individuals. Those donations support the financial needs of non-profit agencies that serve the health and human welfare needs of our community. John Dippold, Board Presidents states,” We are grateful for the overwhelming support from the community and thankful we will be able to support so many well-deserving non-profit organizations in Elk County.”

Funding raised in the 2019 campaign will support nonprofit organizations in 2020. The grant deadline to apply for the 2019 Campaign funding was December 16, 2019. Currently, the organizations seeking funding for 2020 are Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys, Boy Scouts Bucktail Council, CAPSEA, Catholic Charities, Dickinson Center, Girl Scouts, Guardian Angel Center, Life and Independence for Today, St. Marys Public Library, St. Marys Recreation Board, and the Veteran Memorial. The St. Marys United Way board will be conducting agency reviews by the end of January and determining the grant awards amounts at that time.

The United Way campaign will continue until December 31, 2019. Any donations received after that date will be applied to the 2020 campaign. If you would like to become one of these individual or corporate donors, please call 781-6000 or mail your check to the St. Marys Area United Way, 44 So. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Students pitch business ideas to economic developer

Noah Rankin, at the podium, was among the business students who presented potential ways to spur economic growth to representatives from Clearly Ahead Development.
Penn State DuBois business majors had the opportunity to significantly impact the region’s economy this semester. Juniors in Business Administration 321 were assigned a project in which they broke up into teams to research ideas that could stimulate the growth of the local economy. They then pitched these ideas to representatives from Clearly Ahead Development, an economic development corporation serving Clearfield County.

“It’s about working in teams, learning about the county, polishing presentation skills, and learning about future employment opportunities,” said Assistant Teaching Professor of Business Administration Laurie Breaky, explaining some of what her students learn from the experience. She also said the project is a mutually beneficial partnership between students and Clearly Ahead, with the students’ work helping to fuel Clearly Ahead’s mission. Breaky said, “They’re presenting ideas that Clearly Ahead could really pursue. They don’t have a large staff, and it would take one person so long to gather this information, complete the research, and compile it into a full business report. And that’s what the students did here.”

The initiatives students researched and compiled reports on included attracting business and industry to make a home in Clearfield County. Areas that the groups researched included the dairy industry, transportation, and the food and beverage industry. They completed market studies and compiled reports that could be presented to companies to demonstrate why a move to Clearfield County would be lucrative. Specifically, they focused on enticing industry to move into the Clearfield Commerce Park, a 162-acre site near Interstate 80 with rail access, as well as access to full utilities.

Other groups researched ways in which Clearly Ahead could expand upon marketing to industry by employing the latest methods for optimizing their web presence, using direct mailings, and more.

Student Noah Rankin, of Clarion, said the real-world experience is something he can carry into his career. “Working together with others to find a common goal and complete a big project successfully feels like a huge accomplishment,” he said.

Clearly Ahead CEO Rob Swales said the students proved themselves with high quality work. “I thought they did really well. We helped them identify some things their groups could research, and they took it from there,” Swales said. “You could tell they took this seriously, and we’re very pleased with that. They actually opened up some potential initiatives for us to dig into deeper.”


Four oil paintings by Samila Sosic, director of study abroad and international services at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will soon hang in the home of the U.S. ambassador in Abidjan, Cȏte d’Ivoire, in West Africa.

Sosic, who also teaches in Pitt-Bradford’s art program, submitted the paintings, which depict pastoral barn scenes from the region, to the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program in 2014 while earning her Master of Fine Arts in painting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

When senior foreign service officer and Pennsylvania native Richard K. Bell was selected to become the U.S. ambassador to Cȏte d’Ivoire, he wanted to display the work of Pennsylvania artists in the embassy and ambassador’s residence in Abidjan. Sosic has agreed to lend her paintings to the State Department for two years, which is the length of an ambassador’s tour of duty.

The Arts in Embassies program registers artists willing to loan their work to the State Department. The works are entered into a database that officials at the State Department can peruse to bring American artwork abroad as a means of visual diplomacy.

The program contacted Sosic in October to request the loan of her four paintings, “Valente Farm,” “Old Lady,” “Grandpa’s Farm” and “Elliot’s Gate.”

They had been on display in the office and home of Pitt-Bradford’s president, Dr. Catherine Koverola. The Arts in Embassies program sent fine arts handlers to pack, crate and safely ship the works to their new home.

Sosic said she was invited to visit her works in their new home but has no plans at this time to do so.

Wildlife Technology student’s work garners University-Wide Award

Photo: Eli WL Award
Assistant Teaching Professor of Wildlife 
Technology Keely Roen with student 
Eli DePaulisat the awards ceremony where 
DePaulis received the John Roe Student 
Sustainability Award.
Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology student Eli DePaulis recently received the John Roe Student Sustainability Award from the Council of Sustainable Leaders at the Sustainability Institute at University Park. He earned the award for his work to eliminate an invasive species of shrub honeysuckle from wetlands near the Penn State DuBois campus.

DePaulis developed and drafted the plan to eradicate the honeysuckle from the tract because it was a serious threat to native plant species that could have been overcome by the quickly spreading shrub. This could have resulted in a loss of food and habitat for native animal and bird species. The area where this work was completed is frequently used by faculty and students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program for bird banding studies and other lab exercises.

“Eli is really a leader on this campus. He helps motivate students to do big things – whether it be removing invasive species and teaching them vegetation sampling, to getting them to meet with the chancellor about starting a tree nursery. I am incredibly proud of Eli’s accomplishments, but am also indebted to him for the contributions he has already made to our program and campus,” said Assistant Teaching Professor of Wildlife Technology Keely Roen. “He developed an eradication and research plan, and secured funding and assistance. He spent well over 100 summer and fall hours developing a protocol and advertising for volunteers - training them on vegetation and snake surveys and teaching them how to safely and manually remove the invasive plant species.”

The John Roe Student Sustainability Awards recognize exemplary performance by individuals who consistently excel at cultivating opportunities to advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals while demonstrating personal integrity, an unwavering commitment to their values/morals, and a commitment to the mission/values of Penn State. The awards are named in honor of the late Penn State mathematics professor John Roe, who was passionate about sustainability and the outdoors and incorporated these values into his teaching. His wife, Liane Roe, established the Dr. John Roe Fund for a Just and Sustainable Future in the fall of 2019.

Graduates honored at Penn State DuBois Fall Commencement

LuAnn Demi, program director of the Penn State DuBois Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and 2019 DEF Educator of the Year, advised students to find balance in their lives during her commencement address.
Fall Commencement was celebrated at Penn State DuBois on Thursday, December 19, in the campus gymnasium. Chancellor M. Scott McBride presided over the ceremony, with Professor of Chemistry Arshad Khan serving as faculty marshal.LuAnn Demi, the 2018-19 DuBois Educational Foundation Educator of the Year, offered the commencement address. Academic achievement awards were presented to JoeleneMurawski, for associate degrees, and to Emily Donahue, for baccalaureate degrees, for achieving the highest GPA’s in their class. 

McBride opened the ceremony saying, “These degree candidates would not be here today without the love, support, and encouragement of family and friends. On this day, we thank all of you,” before Demi would address the graduates. 

Demi is program director of the Penn State DuBois Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program, and is also an assistant teaching professor in the program. Since 1999, Demi has coordinated the OTA program, collaborating with faculty throughout the University system to update offerings in order to meet accreditation standards, industry trends, and student needs. She has implemented mandatory service-learning activities, recruited community-based clinicians to guest lecture, and organized hands-on training workshops for students.

Demi earned her master’s in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College in 1993, and her bachelor’s in rehabilitation education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1984. She is a certified occupational therapist with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed through the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board.

“My objective tonight is to help you think more broadly about what you want to do with your time moving forward,” Demi told the graduates.“Because there is no syllabus for this next chapter of your life.”

Stressing that the graduates embrace the experience of life fully, Demi advised them to find balance. She told them to work hard at building a career, but to also look for passions outside of work that can enrich their lives. She said, “I’ve learned over the years that a one-dimensional person doesn’t fully live or succeed in life.I hope that if someone were asked, ‘what’s LuAnn like?’ the descriptors would be more about my character and what makes me a person than any educational or career accomplishments.Clearly you want to start a meaningful, rewarding career. But I’d also like to suggest you think about the importance of creating balance in your life.”

Penn State DuBois Fall 2019 Graduates are:

College of Agricultural Sciences
Degree of Bachelor of Science

Wildlife & Fisheries Science
Taylor Gillette Emporium, PA

University College
Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Administration of Justice
Duncan LaValle Ridgway, PA

Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Donald Guthridge Clearfield, PA

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Administration of Justice
Carlee Hidinger Brookville, PA
Hayley Knepper DuBois, PA

Emily Donahue Penfield, PA
Brent Mazary DuBois, PA
Koren McCullough Cherry Tree, PA
Brittany McLaughlin Hammond, WI

Human Development and Family Studies
Stephanie Fegert Curwensville, PA
Danielle VanSteenberg Corsica, PA

Information Sciences and Technology
Yusuf Adekunle Philadelphia, PA
Jerred Amick DuBois, PA
Daniel Delaney Reynoldsville, PA

College of Agricultural Sciences
Degree of Associate in Science

Wildlife Technology
Cassandra Cooper DuBois, PA
Ethan Dennis Smethport, PA
Gunnar Emberg Warren, PA
Colin Moore Homer City, PA

College of Engineering
Degree of Associate in Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Damon Clark DuBois, PA
Seth Connors Curwensville, PA
Nicholas Semanek Bedford, PA

University College
Degree of Associate in Science
Business Administration
Noah Rankin Clarion, PA
Melinda Washburn Ridgway, PA

Information Sciences and Technology
Cory Anderson Bellefonte, PA
Jonathan Ingham Punxsutawney, PA
Nathaniel Rodgers Granbury, PA

Occupational Therapy
Capri Clark Emporium, PA
Kirsty Fry Brockway, PA
Kayleigh Glatfelter York, PA
Emily Haldeman Punxsutawney, PA
Rachel Homan Clearfield, PA
Megan Liebal Roaring Spring, PA
Ashley MacKinlay Emlenton, PA
Kennedy McLendon Knox, PA
JoeleneMurawski Clearfield, PA
Jada Palmer Brookville, PA
Robert Pearce Morrisdale, PA
Samantha Robbins Rockton, PA
Alyssa Simbeck Saint Marys, PA
Shannon Sullivan Emporium, PA
Nicole Zeigler York, PA

‘Concert for a Cure’ will benefit THON

The Penn State DuBois Benefiting THON committee has organized “Concert for a Cure” in order to raise funds for the Penn State Dance Marathon dedicated to battling childhood cancer. The event will include dinner and the show, and is planned for 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 in the Hiller Auditorium at Penn State DuBois.

The concert will feature local acts including Jessica Clontz, Natalie Dewyer, Nate Horner, Gary Bickerstaff, Carrianne Psomas, and Alaina Shaffer. The cost is $10 per person and will directly benefit THON.

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, engaging more than 15,000 students across Pennsylvania, THON has raised $157 Million for the Four Diamonds Fund since its inception in 1977. The event's sole beneficiary, and a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer, the Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.

For more information, contact Katelyn Long at

Seniors 2 Seniors technology course offered at each of the four senior centers in Potter County

Potter County Education Council

The Seniors 2 Seniors technology course is being offered at each of the four senior centers in Potter County on an eight-week rotating schedule, meeting on Wednesdays from 12:45 – 1:45 PM (following the school districts’ calendars), throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The first Seniors 2 Seniors course at the Shinglehouse Senior Center recently concluded. The course at the Coudersport Senior Center has started and will run until February 5th. The course is scheduled at the Ulysses Senior Center (February 12th – April 1st) and then at the Galeton Senior Center (April 8th – May 27th).

Joseph P. Daly, 80, of Galeton, PA

Joseph P. Daly

Joseph P. Daly, 80, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. 

Born May 8, 1939, in East Orange, NJ, he was a son of the late John and Mary (McKenna) Daly. On December 6, 1958, at the Holy Name Catholic Church in East Orange, NJ, he married the former Marjorie Scott, who survives. 

Joe was a talented mason and mechanic and worked in construction for many years and owned and operated J.S.M. Auto in Stanhope, NJ. 

He enjoyed watching TV and motorcycles. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Marjorie Daly, are two sons, Joseph and Stephen Daly, both of Galeton; two daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) Falco, Hackettstown, NJ and Marjorie Daly, Melbourne, FL; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 

Friends may call on Thursday December 26, 2019 from 10:00-11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. Sherry Elliot officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.