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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Charges Pending After Police Find Open Alcohol And Marijuana During Traffic Stop

Driver Arrested For DUI After Crashing Into Parked Car and C&N Bank In Liberty Bourough

Minor Injuries Sustained In Rollover Crash On SR.660

No Injuries Sustained In Rollover Crash On Route 15

Mansfield PSP Seeking Information On House Shooting In Covington

Port Allegany Dispatched To Outside Fire On Rt. 155 North

At 9:10 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to the area of the Two Mile Inn for an outside fire.

Rick Long of Coudersport is a Winner in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

ATV Into Tree With Injury in Jay Township

At 7:02 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. and Bennetts Valley ambulance have been dispatched to 232 Apple Street for a 4 wheeler into a tree with a 22 year old male driver pinned and injured.
7:07 PM--Stat 9 Air medical dispatched to LZ at Weedville Wesleyan Church.
7:58 PM--Stat 9 transporting patient to Altoona Trauma Center.

Nelson & Elkland Dispatched To House Fire On route 49

At 3:56 PM on Saturday, Nelson & Elkland have been dispatched to 9700 Route 49 for a house fire.
Second call reports a grill fire on the porch. Think fire is out by homeowner.

William.“Bill” Cloak, Sr., 94, of Gaines, PA

William.“Bill” Cloak, Sr.

William.“Bill” Cloak, Sr., 94, of Gaines, PA, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. 

WWII Veteran
Born November 7, 1925, in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Russell and Lydia (Geary) Cloak. On September 3, 1946, in Elkton, MD, he married the former Elaine Hopkins, who preceded him in death in 2015. 

Bill was a Veteran having served in the United States Marines during WWII. 

He taught at Cowanesque Valley High School, worked in Real Estate and was a Postal worker in Galeton. He was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church and was an avid hunter, fisher and trap shooter. 

Surviving are two sons, William Cloak Jr., Levittown, PA and John (Shelley) Cloak, Langhorne, PA; two daughters, Susan E. Williams and Dolly (Mike) Lazorchak, both of Galeton; 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; a son-in-law, Ron Pifer, Galeton; a sister, Mildred Carney, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, Bill was predeceased by a daughter, Lydia Pifer; a daughter-in-law, Eleanor Wurtz Cloak; two brothers, Russell and Stephen Cloak; and a sister, Jane Klein. 

Friends may call at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10:00–11:00a.m., with a Memorial Service following at 11:00am. The Rev. Nate Reeve will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

New US Law Prohibits Tobacco Product Sales To Anyone Under 21 Years Old

Wolf Administration Announces Newest Participants in Rural Health Model

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today that eight more hospitals and one additional payer have agreed to participate in the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, aimed at ensuring the financial viability of hospitals in rural areas across Pennsylvania, and the latest step in transforming health care delivery in the commonwealth. The model is the first of its kind in the nation.
“I am especially pleased to see more hospitals joining this important initiative to improve their financial viability so that every Pennsylvanian has access to quality health care within a reasonable distance from home,” said Gov. Wolf.
The governor recently signed Senate Bill 314Opens In A New Window, which establishes the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund. The authority and fund will administer the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model once established.
“The Rural Health Model is a transformative step that changes the financial model for hospitals in rural areas,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This is a step that will help achieve financial stability for these facilities and aims to improve the overall health of the community.”
The model will help ensure that rural hospitals, which are often an economic driver in rural areas, stay open, that jobs stay local and that sustainable access to health care is available to residents living in rural areas.
Nearly half of all rural hospitals in Pennsylvania are operating with negative margins and are at risk of closure. The department has worked closely with the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Office for Rural Health to develop the model and to ensure the success of the mode. The first five participants were announcedOpens In A New Window earlier this year. Those hospitals are Barnes Kasson, Endless Mountains, Geisinger Jersey Shore, UPMC Kane and Wayne Memorial.
Now joining those hospitals are the following eight hospitals:
  • Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning, Armstrong County
  • Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber in Windber, Somerset County
  • Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Fulton County
  • Greene Hospital in Waynesburg, Greene County
  • Monongahela Valley Hospital in Monongahela, Washington County
  • Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County
  • Tyrone Hospital in Tyrone, Blair County
  • Washington Hospital in Washington, Washington County
A total of 67 hospitals are eligible for participation in the model based on the definition of a rural hospital developed by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. With the above 13 hospitals involved in the program, nearly 20% of eligible hospitals will be participating in the program in 2020. While this is a credit to the desire of these hospitals to provide transformative care in their area, it also means there is still much work to be done to bring sustainability to rural hospitals in Pennsylvania.
In addition, Aetna will join the five insurance providers previously announcedOpens In A New Window as private insurance payers for the model to make up a total of six participating insurers. In addition to Aetna, Gateway, Geisinger, Highmark, Medicare and UPMC are also participating in the program. Together, the commercial insurers represent nearly half of the individual and small group market insurance population in the state.
The Rural Health Model is an alternative payment model, transitioning hospitals from a fee-for-service model to a global budget payment. Payment for the global budget comes from multiple-payers, including private and public insurers. Instead of hospitals getting paid when someone is admitted to the hospital, they will receive a predictable amount of money at a specified time to provide services in the community.
Through this change in payment model, the hospitals will be able to transform care locally to better meet the health needs of the community. This includes opportunities to assess items that may traditionally fall outside of the role of the hospital, such as transportation, broadband internet access, etc.
The Department of Health has developed three main strategies for improving health in rural communities. Strategies being carried out include: transforming health care delivery in rural communities; improving the population health status in rural communities; and creating health care services that match the needs of the community.
For more information about rural health, visit the Department of Health website at In A New Window or follow them on FacebookOpens In A New Window and TwitterOpens In A New Window.

Kelly Nelson Seymour, 59, of Port St. Lucie, Florida and formerly of Warren, PA

Kelly Seymour

Kelly Nelson Seymour, 59, of Port St. Lucie, Florida and formerly of Warren, PA., died peacefully surrounded by her family, on December 18, 2019 after an illness of the past 2 ½ years. 

She was born May 9, 1960 in Jamestown, N.Y. Kelly was the daughter of the late Lauritz and Joan Rugg Nelson. She was a 1978 graduate of Jamestown High School? Kelly was employed as a billing clerk with Martin Health Systems of Stuart, FL.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Timothy Seymour whom she married October 14, 1989 in Jamestown, N.Y.

2 Children – Heidi Seymour and fiancĂ©, Henry Trochez of Oviedo, FL., Corey Seymour and his wife, Jena of Allison Park, PA., 2 Sisters – Karie Carlson and husband, John of Jamestown, N.Y., Kathy Crawford and husband, Denny of Cooperstown, PA., 2 Grandchildren – Blake and Ruby Seymour, several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon when a funeral service will be conducted by Fr. Richard Tomasone, Pastor of St. Joseph R.C. Church, officiating. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through American Cancer Society.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor

At 10:00 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a woman ill.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Shippen Township

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Shippen Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-12-23 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC WT 2353 361H 53346 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-12-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Shippen Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-12-23 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC WT 2353 360HU 53338 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-12-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Shippen Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-12-23 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC WT 2353 359HU 53337 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-12-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Mosherville Baptist Bible Church was struck by a pickup truck

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FNN Article © 2019. Church images provided by MBBC.

GILLETT, PA - The Mosherville Baptist Bible Church was struck by a pickup truck around 3:55PM on Friday, December 27, 2019, in Wells Township.

Fire crews from Big Elm (Daggett) and Millerton, as well as, police were dispatched to 9914 Coryland Road in Gillett, PA, although some will argue the church is located in Millerton but has a Gillett address.

The male driver was able to climb out of his truck in which both airbags were deployed when the truck hit the church head on.

According to a church member the church was hit on the side wall of their library and the front door entry area of the building, closest to the nearby graveyard parking lot.

The collision of the truck with the church exterior wall caused structural damage to the building, as the ceiling and wall were damaged. Part of the ceiling and a section of wall broke apart. Wood debris could be seen laying on the floor of the church as fire personnel checked out the scene.

Church attendees are being asked that on Sunday, December 28th that those coming use only the side doors on the cemetery side of the property, as the front entrance will be closed due to the damage caused by the accident. Morning worship will be held at 10:30AM. No one should enter the chapel area either.

The church is having the damaged section of teh church checked out and will be keeping people from that section of the church until they can get it checked over and estimates on the cost to fix the area damaged in the crash.

The driver was seen walking around and talking. It was reported to FNN that it was believed the driver did not suffer any injuries in the incident, however, FNN could not confirm that information at this time.

Police are handling the investigation of this accident scene.

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Only Minor Injuries In A Car Crash Infront Of The Coach Stop Inn

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Laurie Rees of POrt Allegany & Nancy Stanley of Shinglehouse are Winners in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

Olney Donates To Genesee Area Library

Benjamin R. Olney, of Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, presenting a Christmas donation to Christine Moser of the Genesee Area Library.

Coudersport Dispatched For 3 Vehicle Crash On Main Street

At 5:35 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire & EMS dispatched to 3 South Main Street for a 3 vehicle crash with possibly no injuries.
5:43 PM--Hold in quarters. RECALLED by command.

Mt. Jewett, Hamlin, Dispatched For Possible Wildfire

At 4:55 PM on Friday, Mt. Jewett & Hamlin Township Fire Departments have been dispatched to Rt. 219 & Old Bradford Road for possible wildfire.
5:02 PM--Units hold in quarters per Chief 10-20.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Kelleytown Road

At 4:20 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance was dispatched to Kelleytown Road for a woman fallen.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce announcing new hours for 2020.

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce announcing new hours for 2020.

Starting January 5 the chamber will be closed on Sundays. 

All other hours will remain the same. 

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. 

Tuesday night 6:30-9:00 

Saturday 8am-2pm.

Winners Announced

The votes have been tallied. Since December 13 people have been traveling the roads in Cameron County voting for what they feel is the best decorated home. 

The annual David Karkoska prize voted on by the TheHygrade Inn Carolers awarded to 373 Carson Street (Whitcomb Family). 

The public voted first place award to 2331 Old West Creek Road (Krieg Family), second place awarded to 957 Hillcrest Drive (Blose Family) and third place to 109 West Fourth Street (Reid Family).

Many thanks to those that brightened Cameron County with their decorations!

Millerton, Big Elm Dispatched For Vehicle Into Church Crash

At 3:54 PM on Friday, Millerton & Big Elm Fire Companies and Erway Ambulance have been dispatched to the Moshierville Baptist Church at 9914 Coryland Road for a vehicle crash into the church. Occupant is self extricated. Unknown injury status.

Beverly Ann Pulliam Davis, 81, of Bradford, PA

Beverly Ann Pulliam Davis

Beverly Ann Pulliam Davis, 81, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born in Yale, OK on September 18, 1938 to the late James W. and Madalyn (McGaha) Pullium. On October 31, 1954 in Norris City, IL she married Lloyd B. Davis, who preceded her in death exactly six months to the day of her passing.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her four sons, Terry Davis, Larry Davis (infant son), James Davis, and Kevin Davis, two sister in-laws, Linda Field and Ruth Ann Dunbar, as well as three brother in-laws, Jack Dunbar, Chester Passmore, and Lindell Hoy.

Beverly was a loving wife, mother, Gram-Gram, Great Gram-Gram, Great-Great Gram-Gram, sister and friend to those near and dear to her heart. She was a hardworking homemaker and an avid sewer and quilter often sewing costumes, clothes, and quilts for her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. She enjoyed traveling, taking drives, playing jacks, and word search puzzles. 

 Beverly's cooking was a pleasure to everyone who was fortunate to enjoy it. Her family enjoyed gatherings and holidays at her home with the specially prepared food, including her famous mashed potatoes. Christmas for her grandchildren would consist of gifts stacked as high as the tree was tall. She was a very generous and giving person. She will be greatly missed by all, especially by her Pug, LeRoy.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Ann Moyer (Greg) of Lewis Run, PA, son, Mark A. Davis (Cathi) of Erie, grandchildren, Philip (Ann) Davis of Bradford, PA, Melissa Stratos (Michael) of Mars, PA, Mary Anne Obermeyer of Bradford, PA, Kyle Davis (Kortney) of Bradford, PA, James Davis (Elaine) of Johnstown, NY, Ladi Davis of Johnstown, NY, Darci Corignani (Mike) of Bradford, PA, Ashtin Sirabella (Anthony) of Gibsonia, PA, Mark Davis II of Warren, PA, Elizabeth Davis of Erie, PA, and Evan Davis of Erie, PA, 15 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Patricia Passmore of Carmi, IL and Janice Hoy of Norris City, IL, brother in-law James Davis (Alma) of Oklahoma City, OK, sister in-law, Nellie Essary (Ernest) of Lewisville, TX, and brother in-law Robert Davis (Judy) of Tyron, NC.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, December 30, 2019 from 5 to 8 and again Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Mascho Funeral Home, 75 Kennedy Street, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Max Simms officiating. Burial will be at McKean Memorial Park Cemetery, Lafayette, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Garr-Davis Funeral Home, Erie, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A., 80 Glenwood Dr., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be expressed at

Barbara Moscato Brown Library to extend weekend hours in February

The Barbara Moscato Brown Library is excited to announce that beginning February 1, they will be offering new, extended hours of operation on Saturdays thanks in part to an increase in state funding.
Beginning in February, the library will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday instead of the current 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. schedule.

“We’re really excited about the change as it will allow us to offer more of our services and programs to the community over the weekend,” said Librarian Yelena Kisler. 

To keep the schedule even, Wednesday hours of operation will shift an hour later and the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The remainder of the week’s hours of operation will remain from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday (except Wednesdays) and the library will remain closed on Sundays. No program or club schedules will be affected by the new hours. 

Anyone with questions can call the library at 814-486-8011, email, or message us on Facebook or Instagram.

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Austin Dispatched For Rollover Crash with Confinement

At 3:39 PM on Friday, Austin Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover on the Bailey Run Road about 3 miles from Route 872. Occupants are reported to be confined to the vehicle. Unknown status of injuries.
This is a third party call received by CB radio.

Veronica M. Jeselnick, of Elk Towers, St. Marys, PA

Veronica M. Jeselnick

Veronica M. Jeselnick, of Elk Towers, St. Marys, PA, went to heaven Thursday (Dec. 26, 2019) at Elk Haven Nursing Home, following a brief illness. 

Born Nov. 28, 1919, in Brooklyn, NY, “Ronnie” was the last of two sisters and four brothers: Marie, Josephine, Joseph, George, Peter and Rudy. 

Veronica left school at age 15 to help the family income. She worked at a convent on weekends where she earned 50 cents per session.

In young adulthood, Veronica worked in a bank in Manhattan and a defense factory during WWII. She is remembered as a feisty, amiable lady with a sharp wit and a ready smile. She loved card games “California” and “5 Card Bingo” that she played with sons and friends at Elk Towers, her home for 32 years. Ronnie was cherished by many residents. In recent years, she’d yell out “Come in, come in!” from her wheelchair or couch. Loyal neighbors Diane, Joan, Rosemary, MaryAnn and Theresa often visited.

After the war, Veronica married John S. Jeselnick in 1946 in Brooklyn and lived in Somerville, New Jersey where they had five boys. In 1958, John left the Ford plant and moved the family to St. Marys, his hometown. In 1961, their sixth son, Gregg, was born.

Veronica stayed home to raise six boys. In her 40s she worked as a Green Thumb nutrition aide and in ECC’s kitchen. John fondly recalls her making hearty dinners before the sons’ HS games. Veronica was very opinionated on cooking and cleaning. She meticulously kept a gourmet spice cabinet and handwritten recipes and often watched chef shows. She insisted on beefy chili, as her CN aides know.

Ronnie is preceded in death by her husband, John S. and two sons, Francis J. and Robert G. Surviving are sons John G. (Kathy) of Eldred, PA; Michael G. of St. Marys; Gerald of Rossiter, and Gregg (Renee) of Littleton, CO; and two grandchildren, Jared Jeselnick of Colorado and Michelle Culbert of Florida.

Veronica’s expertise as a baker is highly renowned throughout her family and friends. An incredible walnut bread or “baboulasie” is the family favorite. Over 70 years her sons and relatives anticipated this holiday treat; sons continue the tradition. Ronnie’s baking won several ribbons at the Elk County Fair. One of her favorite phrases is “What do you got to go with that coffee?”

Although Veronica never drove a car, she enjoyed traveling to see her youngest son’s family in Denver and trips to NJ. In early 2000s she rode Amtrak, flew to Denver and rode the bus to Olean, NY to visit John and Kathy in Eldred. She accidentally fell in 2012, breaking her left hip. After surgery in Olean the surgeon jovially told her to “stay out of Olean.”

When Veronica reached her 90s, her family honored several birthdays at Gunners Restaurant with dinner parties. She was always thrilled to see her sons, grandson, local nieces, three NJ nephews and a niece and their children. Her recent 100th birthday parties were beautiful events in her life. At the zenith of her life she was determined to enjoy people.

A Mass of celebration will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2019 at the Sacred Heart Church, Center Street, St. Marys at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Indiantown Gap Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

Smethport woman pulled over, police find marijuana and paraphernalia in the car

Garage near Penfield destroyed by fire

Posted on December 27, 2019 by wcednews

Penfield, PA – UPDATE: More information is being revealed about a fire that destroyed McCandless Towing near Penfield on Thursday morning, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.

McCandless Towing, which is located on Hickory Road, near Route 255/Bennetts Valley Highway, caught fire around 5 a.m. Thursday.

By the time fire crews arrived, the building was already fully involved and flames were through the roof of the garage.

Fire departments worked together to make sure the fire didn’t spread. Read more....


FIRST News Now
5 hrs ·  6:03 AM

FNN Article Update © 2019.

MIDDLEBURY TOWNSHIP, PA - A single vehicle accident was reported around 5:44AM, Friday morning, December 27, 2019.

The single vehicle accident occurred in the area of 1982 Route 249.

Middlebury fire personnel arrived on scene by 5:54AM and confirmed that the vehicle was off the roadway and had struck a tree.

Early reports indicated that the driver was confined in her vehicle, however, she was able to get herself out of the vehicle around the time that the first fire personnel arrived.

The vehicle was removed and the scene was cleared by 6:17AM. It is unknown if the female driver was injured or not. All crews returned to their station a few minutes later.

Coudersport Ambulance to Avenue B

At 10:34 AM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance to Avenue B for a man fallen.

Coudersport Ambulance to Rt. 44 North

At 9:51 AM on Friday, Coudersport ambulance dispatched to Rt. 44 North for difficulty breathing.

Weight Restriction Announced for Route 414 in Bradford and Tioga County

​Montoursville, PA – PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford and Tioga Counties that a road is now posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restriction.

A portion of Route 414 now has the weight restriction between Route 14 in Canton Township, Bradford County to Route 2005 (Old Route 15 Road) in Liberty Borough, Tioga County. In Tioga County, Route 414 goes by the common street name of East Pond Road in Liberty Borough.

The posting is being made based on a traffic-and-engineering study indicating that this highway may be damaged by vehicles that exceed the restriction.

School buses, emergency vehicles and local-delivery trucks are exempted from the postings.

The restriction is now in effect and the required signs were erected by a PennDOT maintenance crew.

Coudersport Kindergarten Kids Pajama Drive Helps Christmas House

Fire Units Dispatched For Structure Fire on County Road 39

Allegany County Fire Wire
6:33 AM

Willing, Whitesville, Genesee and Andover dispatched for a structure fire on County Rd 39.

Otto Dispatched For Crash on Main Street

At 8:37 AM on Friday, Otto Township Fire Dept. dispatched for traffic control for a 2 vehicle crash across from 626 Main Street in Duke center. Caller reports no injuries.

UPMC Cole Express Care Clinic CLOSED Friday, 12-27-2019

Think About It


by Pastor B.J. Knefley

It’s a quiet Christmas morning at my house. Children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will be arriving later today. Not all of them, just a few that live close by but that will still mean a house full. I’m going to cook prime rib outside on the grill and my mouth is watering already.

Christmas is most often viewed as a joyous time. A time for family and friends to gather together. But for some it’s not joyous. In fact, I would venture a guess that all of us can look back and remember a Christmas or two that were not joyous. For some, Christmas has a new normal, one that they hadn’t anticipated or even considered would be their new experience. I like the saying that says, “Life happens while we’re making other plans”. It’s true isn’t it? Just in my own circle of friends and family there are some who are experiencing their first Christmas without their loved one. Another is in a place that they would have never predicted a year ago. A young mother is saying goodbye to her husband who heads back out to the oilfields to work on Christmas morning.

I don’t know how often we think about it, but Christmas is about Christ. I wonder how often we think about him beyond the holiday season? I read of a Pastor who said that we need to take Christ out of the manger and bring him into the rest of our lives each and every day. Why? Simply because the manger is only one side of the coin, the other side has a cross. And although we may not like it, life too has a cross. Sometimes it’s hard. We don’t get everything we want. Jesus said that he had come to give life, (John 10:10). Yet in the giving of life to us, it had a cost.

I don’t know what this new year will bring and neither do you. But what I do know is that I can choose to live like Jesus lived and I can love like Jesus loved. I may not do it perfectly, but I can try and when I fail, and I will, I can get back up and start again. The manger is about new beginnings. The year is full of hope, embrace it, it is yours to grasp, but it is a choice. 

Think about it.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

First Day Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, start the new year on the right foot with a First Day Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Have fun outdoors with an easy 2.5-mile guided hike on fairly level trails near the Wildlife Center. Search for dens, nests, and other animal signs, as you learn about DCNR’s trail system and additional hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the coming year.

This free program will meet at the Wildlife Center at 1:00 p.m. The group will return to the Wildlife Center around 3:00 pm. No pre-registration is required.

Hikers should dress for the weather, bring water and wear waterproof shoes or boots. Recommended for adults and children age 8 and over. Well-behaved dogs on short leashes are welcome. Program will be held regardless of weather. For current road conditions, please call the park office.

For more information on park programs and events, please contact Sinnemahoning State Park at (814) 647-8401 or or visit the online DCNR Events Calendar at

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least seven days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Mandy Andreano of Roulette & Mary J. Freeman of Coudersport Are Winners in the "To Fill A Backpack" Christmas Raffle

2 Vehicle Crash At Rt.219/59 Results In Multiple Injuries

DUI Charges Pending For Bradford Man

Items Stolen From Residence In Ulysses