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Saturday, February 1, 2020

No Injuries And Minor Damage In Collision with Deer

Vehicles Crunch Mirrors On RT.219

Troopers Investigating Explicit Photos Sent To Juvenile In Mount Jewett

Suspected Serious Injuries In One Car Crash On Montmorenci RD. In Ridgway TWP.

DUI Charges Pending Following Traffic Stop On Main Street In Fox TWP.

Fire Police Dispatched For Crash on Rt. 255 North of St. Marys

At 10:40 PM on Saturday, PSP have requested St. Marys Fire Police to assist them at a one vehicle crash on Rt. 255, a half-mile past Taft Road. 
Responders reporting slippery road conditions.

Port Allegany Dispatched To One Car Crash on Rt. 155 North

At 10:17 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the area of 2972 Rt. 155 north for a one vehicle crash with unknown details.

Kenneth M. Bowers, 77, Andover, NY

Kenneth M. Bowers

Kenneth M. Bowers, 77, Andover, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday (Jan. 31, 2020) at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.

US Air Force Veteran
Mr. Bowers was born on Oct. 2, 1942 in Punxsutawney, Pa. to Martin E. and June O. (Korb) Bowers. He was a 1961 graduate of DuBois Area High School in DuBois, Pa. at which time he joined the United States Air Force. He served tours of duty in Germany and Turkey and was discharged in Sept. 1968. On Dec. 28, 1964, in Freden, Germany, he married Helga Joerissen, who survives.

Ken founded Mikro Telecommunications in Andover in 1980 where he was an equipment installer. In 1996, he founded and operated Andover Hardware until his retirement in 2005. He had previously worked for Contel of New York based out of Alfred.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Ken is survived by two sons, Robert E. (Deborah) Bowers and Michael G. (Kara) Bowers, both of Andover; four brothers, James (Shirley) Bowers of Morrisdale, Pa., Mervin (Cathy) Bowers of Coudersport, Pa., Melvin (Donna) Bowers of DuBois, Pa. and Bradley (Kathy) Bowers of Luthersburg, Pa.; two sisters, Barbara Larrabee of Reynoldsville, Pa and Beverly (Don) Bailey of Pleasant Gap, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Douglas Larrabee; five grandchildren, Aimee (Bryan) Dodge of Alfred Station and Daniel (Brittnay) Bowers, Dylan Bowers, Rachel (James Wilson) Bowers and Rebecca Bowers, all of Andover; three great grandchildren, Trixie Bowers, Grace Bowers and Colin Dodge with a fourth Baby Girl Wilson on the way; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Bowers; a sister, Shirley Larrabee; and a brother-in-law, Ken Larrabee.

Ken was a family man. He had the great joy of working together with his two sons straight out of high school. After retirement, when he wasn’t tending the store, Ken enjoyed the life of a homebody spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. His favorite activities were mowing the yard, chopping wood and riding the gator with his dog Max. He was a big Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Ken was a life member of the Andover American Legion Lynch-Burgett Post 397 and was a member of the Andover Masonic Lodge Post 558 F. & A. M. and the Andover Rod and Gun Club.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service will be held on Friday at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Christian Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church officiating.

​Memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be made to Andover Volunteer Fire Department, 60 S. Main St., Andover, NY 14806 or to SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 SR 19, Belmont, NY 14813.


Bolivar New York Fan Page


It's about time the Fan Page put a spotlight on this guy. KELLY LOUNSBERRY retired from his teaching career several years ago to become a workaholic on behalf of the Pioneer Oil Museum and Bolivar in general -- places where he had only been an over-the-top hobbyist for years already.

Since the creation of a museum Board of Directors in 2000, those folks have "taken the Pioneer Oil Museum and run with it!" And Kelly has been the board's boots running on the ground and leading the charge to get things done. The things that have been done have been amazing.

Also amazing is Kelly's energy level. Maybe he keeps it up by sniffing from a sample bottle of local crude oil (as sold for souvenirs at the museum). Whatever the source, it's fired him up to be a major Bolivar booster of his generation. Briefly stated, Kelly has been vice president of the board, chief project pusher and ace funding rustler. In 2018 he was presented a Community Service Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution, prompting a news article that also noted, "He has been instrumental in expanding the museum to include the Hahn and Schaffner complex of display buildings, and he serves as the president of the Bolivar Free Library Board."

And over the years, in his spare (?) time, Kelly has been an amateur archeologist -- locating, preserving and documenting a circa-1650 Native American settlement in the hills near Bolivar.

So if you're in the area and happen to see Kelly, tell him "thanks" for making good things happen in town -- IF you can get him to slow down enough to hear you.


Informational meeting for boys (K-12) and their parents February 4, 2020

Portville Dispatched For ATV Accident with Injury

At 8:25 PM on Saturday, Portville Ambulance & Olean 10 dispatched to 74 Barbertown Road for an ATV accident with a female with a leg injury.
9:06 PM--Patient enroute to Olean General by Ambulance. Air medical not available due to weather.


The last free Coffee and Conservation session for farmers and woodland property owners will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Landing Strip Family Restaurant at 8586 State Route 414 in Liberty.

Those attending will have a chance to connect individually with representatives from six organizations to learn about available programs, funding sources, and educational opportunities. The organizations are: the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Pheasants Forever, the Tioga County Conservation District, Tioga County Woodland Owners Association and the Tioga County Planning Department.

Attendees at Liberty can get answers to questions related to farm and woodland management projects, such as creating and supporting wildlife on their land or learning about ways to integrate trees with crops and livestock, about Farm Bill programs, and loan and grant opportunities to fund new or existing farming practices.

"Fifteen people attended our first Coffee and Conservation session in Westfield on Jan. 22 and 16 others attended the second session in Tioga on Jan. 24," said Barbara St. John White. In addition, six organization representatives attended on Jan. 22 and and eight on Jan. 24 to answer questions.

"We are very happy with the turnout," said St. John White. "People are getting their specific questions answered and individual attention."

Discussed on Jan. 22 and 24 were the Environmental Quality Incentives, Conservation Stewardship, Conservation Reserve and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement programs, she said.

Among the questions asked was "Are there any opportunities to fund establishment of pollinator or wildlife habitat on my land?" The answer is "Yes. The option might be through the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program. This program also helps support farm or woodland owners who would like to increase crop resiliency, improve grazing conditions, or conserve fuel in their field or maple operations," St. John White noted.

Another question was "Do I have to be enrolled in an NRCS, FSA, or other agency program in order to receive technical assistance?" The answer is "No. The NRCS staff is glad to help with a conservation plan or provide other assistance to all landowners whether or not they're enrolled," St. John White said.

For more information, email Barbara St. John White of the Tioga County Planning Department at or call her at 1-814-933-6877.

Hit And Run In Exxon Parking Lot On High Street In Liberty Township

Potter County Democrats Announce Petition Signing Party


​Anglers will notice more trophy-sized trout, encouraged to assist with stocking local waterways

HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 31) – Excitement for the spring trout fishing season begins today as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to make its 2020 adult trout stocking schedules available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.

“Winter may be with us for a little while longer, but this is a great reminder that spring is right around the corner,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “Now is the time to take a good look at the trout stocking schedules, get your gear ready, buy your fishing license, and start planning your opening day fishing adventure.”

View the Schedule Now

Trout stocking schedules can be accessed quickly and easily through the increasingly popular, free FishBoatPA mobile app for smartphones, or at The schedule is searchable by county, lists the waterways in alphabetical order, and indicates stocking dates and the species of trout that will be stocked. 2020 Pennsylvania fishing licenses are available for purchase online through The Outdoor Shop (, or by visiting any of the more than 700 retail license issuing agents across the state. To participate in trout fishing and keep trout, anglers ages 16 and older require both a fishing license and a trout/salmon permit.

“If trout fever is already starting to set in and you’re looking to get outside, we welcome everyone to join us for a stocking event and help put the fish in the water,” added Schaeffer. “Not only is it a fun, educational, and rewarding experience, but it’s also a very big job to pull off every season. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers.”

The PFBC will continue to stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 707 streams and 130 lakes open to public angling. These figures, which are consistent with the number of trout stocked over the past decade, include approximately 2.2 million Rainbow Trout; 660,000 Brown Trout; and 360,000 Brook Trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.

In 2020, anglers will have a better chance than ever before to catch large, trophy-sized trout. This year, the PFBC will stock approximately 60,000 brood fish, which are 2 ½ year-old and 3 ½ year-old hatchery-raised Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout measuring 14”-20”. The allocation of these large trout will be more than double the allocation in 2019. Roughly 70% of these large fish will be stocked into streams and lakes during the preseason prior to opening days of trout season, and 30% will be stocked during in-season replenishment stockings.

The PFBC will also increase the number of golden Rainbow Trout that will be stocked in 2020. In addition to being stocked during the preseason period before opening day, these highly prized fish featuring vibrant golden-orange pigmentation and weighing an average of 1.5 pounds, will be stocked during in-season replenishment stockings. The allocation of approximately 13,000 golden Rainbow Trout in 2020 exceeds the 2019 allocation (9,500) by roughly 40%. Approximately 80% of golden Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason, and approximately 20% will be stocked in-season.

“The addition of more trophy-sized trout is something every angler can get excited for,” said Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries. “We’ve been able to produce more of these beautiful, large trout at our hatcheries thanks to our talented staff, equipment upgrades, innovations and increased efficiencies in the process. Because we’ll be stocking these fish in many places ahead of the mentored youth days and regular opening days, and then adding more in the weeks after the season opens, everybody has a great chance to catch one of these special trout.”

In addition to trout raised at state fish hatcheries, PFBC cooperative nurseries operated by sportsmen’s clubs across the state will add another 1 million trout to waters open to public angling.

Once again included in this year’s stocking lists are the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a program where sections of 23 streams across the state are stocked with large 14” - 20” trout and managed under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only catch-and-release regulations. Under the program, approximately 9,600 large trout will be distributed among the streams. The trout will be stocked at a rate of 175 to 225 per mile of stream, which is comparable to the numbers of similarly sized fish in Pennsylvania’s best wild trout waters. Locate Keystone Select waters here.

“What makes the Keystone Select streams and other special regulation waters unique is that you don’t have to wait until the regular opening day to start fishing,” said Eric Hussar, PFBC Board President. “These are catch-and-release areas that are open year-round, so it’s not unusual for many volunteers to spend the morning stocking with us in March before spending the afternoon throwing some lures or fly fishing. It’s a great opportunity.”

Important 2020 Trout Season Dates

The 2020 trout season will officially open Saturday, March 28 with the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York.

The following weekend – Saturday, April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.

A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the April 18 regular statewide opening day of trout season.

To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit, or a voluntary youth fishing license (only $2.90 including all fees). Both are available online or through issuing agents.

For every voluntary youth license sold, the PFBC receives approximately $5 in federal revenue from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Act program, which provides funds to states based on a formula that includes the number of licenses a state sells. All revenues earned from a voluntary youth fishing license are dedicated to youth fishing programs.

2020 Adult Trout Stocking Program Changes

Each year, the PFBC adjusts its adult trout stocking program based on several factors. A waterway may be added, extended, reinstated or removed depending on existing or pending changes to angler access, changes to designations on streams managed for wild trout populations, water quality issues that may threaten the survival of stocked trout, and maintenance being performed to dams and other infrastructure that result in the drawdown of impoundments or decreased water flow.

Area Waters Added or Extended:

Chapman Dam Reservoir, Warren County

Adult trout stocking will be reinstated at this 68-acre state park lake following the completion of maintenance and repairs to the dam and spillway. The lake will be stocked during the preseason, in-season, and winter stocking periods.

Cold Stream, Centre County

Due to an increase in accessibility, the stocked portion of the stream was extended by 0.3 mile upstream. The revised stocking limits will extend for 1.3-mile from the State Game Lands boundary downstream to the inflow of Cold Stream Dam.
East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Potter County
An in-season stocking will be added to the 6.4-mile section of stream extending from Mud Lick Run downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis.

Area Waters Replaced:
When survey data suggests that a waterway is no longer suitable for adult trout stocking based on a loss of angler access, environmental factors, or designation as a Class A wild trout stream, the PFBC makes every attempt to reallocate fish to a comparable location nearby. When inadequate angler access is the reason for a removal, locations are monitored for improvement, so these waters can be considered for reinstatement to the stocking program if access is improved.

Akeley Run, Warren County

An increase in landowner posting has led to the removal of trout stocking at a 2.3-mile section of stream extending from the confluence of Reynolds and Priest Hollow runs downstream to Widdlefield Run. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in Jackson Run, Warren County.

Brooks Run, Cameron County

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brook Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the section of stream extending from the state forest road bridge 1.8 miles upstream of the mouth downstream to the mouth. Formerly, this water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Cameron and Potter counties.

East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Potter County

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brown Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 3.3-mile section of stream extending from Dolliver Trail downstream to Wild Boy Run. Formerly, this water was stocked in both the preseason and in-season stocking periods. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in the following Cameron and Potter county waters: East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 05, and First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

Based on the presence of a Class A wild Brown Trout population, trout stocking will be discontinued in favor of wild trout management on the 1.2-mile section of stream extending from Camp Run downstream to Mud Lick Run. Formerly, this water was stocked on a preseason only basis. Fish previously stocked in this stream will now be stocked in the following Cameron and Potter county waters: East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, Section 05, and First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek.

Coudersport Ambulance To Lower Lane

At 6:19 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance called to Lower Lane for a person unresponsive.

Lindholme Appears In Movie Showing At Coudersport Theatre



Pictures of Berwyn Calcote's Snowmen Superbowl teams. San Francisco 49ers & Kansas City Chiefs 2020

Kip G. Astle, 77, of Wildwood Avenue, Bradford, PA

Kip G. Astle

Kip G. Astle, 77, of Wildwood Avenue, Bradford, PA, passed away Saturday February 1, 2020, at his residence.

At Kip's request, no services will be observed. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Canaseraga Disapatched For Rollover Crash With Injuries

At 1:10 PM on Saturday, Canaseraga Fire & EMS dispatched to County Road 15A near Ames Nichols Road in the Town of Grove for a one vehicle rollover crash with 2 injured occupants self-extricated.

Black Forest Falcons Youth Trap Team - Season begins next week

The Black Forest Falcons Youth Trap Team gets started next week with a mandatory safety briefing for students & parents. Practice on Monday, 03 Feb is for returning shooters. New shooters should attend on Wednesday, 05 Feb. Practice will be 6-8pm and is located at the Black Forest Conservation Association Club House located at 189 Back Road, Coudersport. We’re asking parents to bring proof of Insurance cards if their students are not enrolled in another school sport.

All students 12 and older from Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, and Northern Potter are eligible to participate. The 2020 season runs from February-May. This will be our fourth season competing in the Southern Tier Scholastic Youth Trap League (STSYTL) PA Conference. No experience necessary.

Please contact Loren Fitzgerald at (814) 274-7825 for any questions.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates: The library is once again selling Gertrude Hawk Chocolates for Easter! You can place an order at the library or through a board member. To order online visit and search for “Oswayo Valley Library”. There is no shipping charge if you order online and have your order shipped to the library. The deadline for ordering is March 2nd and chocolates will be received in time for Easter.

February Game Night: A game night will take place on Tuesday, January 18th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please come out and bring a game and a friend!

Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge: We had so much fun at January’s Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge that we decided to do it again in February! If you would like to get in on the fun, stop by or give us a call at 814-697-6691 to register. This month’s challenge will take place on Saturday, February 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registrants will work as a team on a 500 piece puzzle. Registration deadline February 15th. 

The next book discussion will take place on Thursday, February 13th, at 10:00 a.m. The group will be discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Books are provided by the Potter-Tioga Library System. All are welcome!

Spring Story Hour: Story Hour for ages 2 and up will take place on Saturdays in March at 10:30 a.m. Call the library at 814-697-6691 to register. 

Children’s Game Night: We will be hosting a game night for children/families on Tuesday, March 3rd, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Bring your favorite game board or play one of the new ones that the library has!

Craft group: The crafting group meets on Thursday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All crafters are welcome. We would love to have you join us!

Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Book discussion: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:00AM
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30PM
● Stitch Together Crafting Group: every Thursday afternoon, 1-3PM

The Oswayo Valley Historical Society is open for research in the library basement every Friday afternoon 1-4 and the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Memorials & Donations:
● Donations:
○ Hebron Township
○ Arthur & Berdina Dunn

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve.

Board of Trustees Meeting: The monthly board meeting is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Roulette Ambulance To Sartwell Creek Road

At 10:38 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been called to Sartwell Creek Road for abdominal pain.

Coudersport Ambulance To East Second Street

At 9:51 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to East Second Street for a patient with back pain.

Roderick D. "Moose" Persing, age 73, of Knoxville, PA

Roderick D. "Moose" Persing

Roderick D. "Moose" Persing, age 73, of Knoxville, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Green Home in Wellsboro. 

Born September 11, 1946 in Knoxville, PA, he was the son of the late Lester and Frances (Kio) Persing. 

Moose retired from the Dresser Rand in 2006. He played softball for many years and was a lifetime member of the Elkland Softball Association. He was a certified umpire for high school baseball and was an umpire for Elkland Little League and softball for years and had received the Umpire of the Year Award in 1980. 

He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandkids. 

Moose is survived by his wife, Jennie (Hill) Persing; son, Steve Persing of Gettysburg; two grandchildren, Jillian and Dalton Persing; brother in law, Russell Jelliff and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by two young daughters, Tessie and Dawn; a brother, Claude Persing and sisters, Diane Jelliff and Thelma Stewart. 

There are no services scheduled at this time. 

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.

Phillip L. Mesler, 86, of 4192 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY and a former Bolivar resident

Phillip L. Mesler

Phillip L. Mesler, 86, of 4192 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY and a former Bolivar resident passed away on Wednesday January 29, 2020 in the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a lengthy illness. 

Born on July 20, 1933 in Weston Mills, NY, he was the son of Raymond and Marion Newton Mesler. Phil married Maryann Klien on September 29, 1990; Mrs. Mesler preceded him in death on August 30, 2005.

US Navy Veteran
Phil was employed as a machinist with Dresser Rand Company in Olean for over thirty years prior to his retirement. Phil was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1952-1956. In his retirement Phil was a dedicated volunteer at Jones Memorial in Wellsville for eleven years. He was a longtime member of the Southside Union Chapel Olean and Faith Bible Church Little Genesee. He was a member of Heritage AFlame Ministries traveling to India on a missionary trip to help dig water wells. Phil also was a volunteer driver for the Allegany County Office of the Aging.

Surviving are five children. Destry (Sheryl) Mesler, Panama City Beach, FL, Meg (Tim) Ingram, Charlotte, NC, Wendy (Kirk) Orr, LaPorte City, Iowa, Lisa Mesler, Niagara Falls, NY and Vicki Mesler, Niagara Falls, NY. Also surviving are sixteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, one brother Raymond Mesler and one sister Bernice Clark, Hamburg NY. 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Audrey White and JoAnn Haynes.

There will be no prior visitation. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date which will be announced. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.

Immediately Hiring 5 Class A CDL Drivers

Antique Roadshow Appraisal & Purchasing Day Feb. 7th At Carter Event Center in Allegany, NY

Morgan seeking Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Coudersport Dispatched To Fire Alarm At Truck-Lite

At 12:24 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Truck Lite on Market Street for an automatic fire alarm.
Fire Personnel found no fire at that location.

Part-Time Activities Aid Wanted At Lakeview in Smethport, PA

Shop n' Save Super Bowl Rib Fest Saturday, February 1st in Port Allegany, PA


Morgan seeking Process Engineer

Register Online For Coudersport Area Spring Soccer Season

Carter Winter Antiques Extravaganza Auction, Saturday, Feb. 8 in Allegany, NY

Breakfast At Hamilton's Pancake House in Ulysses Starts Saturday From 8 to 2

Dominion Energy Is Hiring Technicians For Westfield, PA Facility

Friday, January 31, 2020

Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 11:37 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cole Manor for a fall victim with a head injury.

Barbara Scott Fickinger, 85, of Coudersport, PA

Barbara Scott Fickinger

Barbara Scott Fickinger, 85, of Coudersport, PA, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020, at her home. 

Barbara was born on September 7, 1934 in Coudersport the daughter of the late Kenneth and Clara (Drabert) Scott. She married Thomas E. Fickinger on August 13, 1958 at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport. They celebrated 47 years of marriage together until his passing on November 16, 2005. 

Barbara graduated from Mansfield College and was a teacher at Corning High School and then at Coudersport High School. In 1973 she and her husband purchased the Grabe Funeral Home from Tom’s stepfather and mother, George and Ellen Grabe. They owned and operated the funeral home together until 1991. Barbara loved to play bridge and was an avid reader. She was a warm and welcoming person who loved people. 

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Pam Szkodzinski of Lodi, CA and Lisa (Robert Waters) Fickinger of Pottstown; a grandson, Paul (Kiersten) Fickinger of Lodi, CA; a sister, Carolyn Moran of San Diego, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and three great great nephews, and her loving caregivers, Mary Freeman, Joanne Morey, Cathy Lent, Connie Sue Olney, Jennifer Cavanaugh, Kathy Williams, Gina Minor, and Sandra Lewis who were a very special part of her family. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, John Scott. 

Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Barbara’s life on Thursday February 6, 2020 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport. A funeral service will be held, Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 am with Co-Pastors Donald R. Caskey and Warren B Cederholm Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in Barbara’s name be made to UPMC – Cole Hospice, 102-108 South Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Ave., Coudersport, PA 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Barbara or to sign her guestbook, please visit

Richard “Rick” Earle, age 55, of Blossburg, PA

Richard “Rick” Earle

Richard “Rick” Earle, age 55, of Blossburg, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. 

He was married to Rhonda Earle, who survives. He was born on March 25, 1964, in Coudersport, the son of the late Richard Earle and Diane Dynda. 

Rick was a dedicated man, whether he was performing duties as the Health, Safety and Environment Director for Principle Enterprises, or proudly coaching football and softball for North Penn and Mansfield High Schools. 

More importantly, he was dedicated to his family and loved spending time with them, especially his cherished grandchildren. Rick would often escape to his family camp on Lake Chautauqua to enjoy some camping and fishing with family and friends. Along with coaching North Penn Football for 21 years, he also had a passion for archery and teaching his children to shoot competitively. 

Rick’s love for life and great sense of humor will be dearly missed by family and friends. 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Rhonda Earle, of Blossburg; children, Colton (Whitney) Earle, of Mansfield, Lindsey (Jim) Myers, of Mt. Joy, Justin (Megan) Earle, of Millerton, Shelby (John) Davis, of Sebring, Derek Corwin, of Blossburg, Noah (Kryslynne) Corwin, of Blossburg, and Alyssa (Cody) Corwin, of Blossburg; grandchildren, Jameson, Hadley, Serenity, Max, Oaklynn, Kaisley, and Copelan; father, Bob Gross, of Texas; many brothers and sisters; several nieces, nephews and dear friends. 

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Sam and Bobby. 

Rick’s family has requested that any memorial contributions be made to Madeline, an eleven-year-old who is very important to Rick’s family, as she is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For more on her courageous story or to donate, visit

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 4 – 7 p.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. Rick’s funeral will immediately follow visitation at 7:00 p.m., with Pastor Todd Lamer officiating,

Bradford Dispatched For Water Emergency

At 9:50 PM on Friday, Bradford Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Leigh Street for a water emergency.

Criminal Mischief In The McKean County Jail