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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Smethport and Port Allegany Dispatched To Possible House Fire At 389 Rielly RD.

On April 4, at 10:07 pm Smethport and Port Allegany were dispatched to Rielly Rd for a possible structure fire chief on scene reports nothing showing

Donna L. Martin, 73, of Galeton, PA

Donna L. Martin

Donna L. Martin, 73, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born on December 11, 1946 in Coudersport, PA, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Marjorie (Mewherter) Hinkley. She was a 1964 graduate of Galeton High School.

 On October 9, 1966, she married Robert Martin, who survives. Donna and Bob co-owned and operated Martin’s General Store in Galeton for many years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, was a member and a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, was a member of the Galeton Women of the Moose, was a member of the Galeton Library Board for over 50 years and was a past President, and she was the first female employee of the PA Game Commission.

 Surviving in addition to her husband, Bob, are a son, Justin (Jalaine) Martin of Manassas, VA, and a brother, Howard (Linda) Hinkley of Kittanning, PA.

 In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by a son, Timothy Martin and a sister, Wanda Zeigler. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Moose or to the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

Kane Fire Dept Were Dispatchedto Assist Highland Fire With A Structure Fire On Sacket Lane

On April 4, at 4:22 pm Kane fire Dept. were dispatched to assist Highland fire dept. for a working structure fire on 175 Sacket lane in Highland TWP.Kane recalled and the fire is out

Carrie K. (Niles) Daugherty, 41, of Holliday

 Carrie K. (Niles) Daugherty

Carrie K. (Niles) Daugherty, 41, of Holliday, passed away Wednesday April 1, 2020 at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport. Born July 10, 1978 in Wellsboro to Richard and Suzanne (Cuda) Niles, Carrie grew up and went to school in Wellsboro.

 On June 11, 2005, she married Raymond “JR” Daugherty. Carrie worked at Niles Transportation, Inc. as a driver and an accountant. She had attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wellsboro.

 Carrie loved the outdoors, and was a Life Member of the NRA. She also enjoyed cooking, but family was most important in her life, she loved family time and was devoted to taking care of their daughter Gabriella.

Carrie is survived by her husband JR Daugherty and their daughter Gabriella Grace Daugherty both of Holliday, her parents Richard and Suzanne Niles of Wellsboro, her brother Donald Niles and Erica Butler of Wellsboro, and her grandmother Jean Niles of Wellsboro.

 She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Donald E. Niles, her maternal grandfather Frank G. Cuda, and her maternal grandmother Ann Snyder.

Her family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA with her arrangements. Due to the social concerns at present, Carrie’s private graveside service will be at Wellsboro Cemetery, and a public memorial service will be held at a later date. To share a memory or condolence with her family, please visit www.tusseymosher.com. Any who desire to make a donation in Carrie’s memory are encouraged to support the Gabriella Daugherty Education Fund set up at the Wellsboro Branch of First Citizens Community Bank.

Port Allegany Rotary Club is asking to partner with restaurants that are providing delivery or pick-up services

In order to help our community residence, restaurants and businesses, the Port Allegany Rotary Club is asking to partner with restaurants that are providing delivery or pick-up services. This program will operate through local restaurants. If your restaurant is interested in participating please contact Jim Young @ jyoung14750@gmail.com

Shinglehouse Fire Dept. Dispatched To RT. 417 And Kossuth RD. For A Structure Fire

On April 4, at 12:52 Shinglehouse Fire Dept. were dispatched to RT. 417 and Kossuth Rd. for a structure fire in Bolivar .Also dispatched Allentown, Richburg,Bolivar, and, Clarksville also requesting all interior firefighter.Roulette called to stand by at Shinglehouse.Shinglehouse was released from the scene and Roulette was recalled.Portville was also released from the scene.

Photos from Rain or Schine Fire on South Kendall Friday

Foster Township Police Department
2 hrs ·

Friday April 3rd 2020 @ 16:27 hrs.

Foster Township Police, Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Smethport Fire Department, Ambulance 9 and McKean County EMA responded to a working structure fire at 374 South Kendall Ave.

Map of open essential services in Potter County.

https://pottercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=16f3981eef4b4548957a2f926a40bd2c&fbclid=IwAR3T0_z9CWZ1cbkVvXQ17KDao73VtEjYBS0v_UrQAQQ2CHfBdt2-6rLrr4c
This map is designed to provided information of open essential services in Potter County.

These details are related to businesses that are considered essential services by Governor Wolf.

We can help you can find contact information, special statements related to business operations, and services provided as essential services

If you would like to add your essential business to this map please fill out the survey below:
Essential Business Survey

We are also providing location information for school lunch drop off locations.

If your business has been effected by COVID-19 Please fill out the following surveys
Economic impact survey

Map and data by Potter County Planning & GIS Department, and economic development department

Mount Jewett, Hamlin Township Dispatched for Injured Logger

At 10:49 AM on Saturday, Hamlin Township & Mt. Jewett have been dispatched to a land rescue of a logger with a traumatic injury to the leg in the area of 879 Halsey Road.

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Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

 
Coronavirus Update: April 3

With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to grow, the entire Commonwealth has been placed under a “stay-at-home” order by Gov. Tom Wolf, effective at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. This means people should stay home except to complete certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services. Many of us have already been operating this way for a while, so the order may not change your day-to-day routine very much. It will be in place through April 30.

Essential activities under the order include going to the grocery store or pharmacy, visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies you need to work from home. Residents may also travel to get necessary services or supplies for their family members, or volunteer to distribute meals or other life-sustaining services to those in need. Outdoor activities, such as walking or hiking, are permitted as long as you practice social distancing. Prior to the April 1 order, residents in about half of Pennsylvania’s counties had been ordered to stay at home. For full guidance from the Wolf administration on the order, click here. 

Also this week, Pennsylvania received a “major disaster” declaration from the federal government, making the Commonwealth eligible for additional funding support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits.

Under the declaration, eligible entities can receive reimbursement for up to 75% of eligible expenses related to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible expenses can include but are not limited to costs associated with paying overtime, or materials and equipment purchases. The declaration also provides direct federal assistance, which provides federal materials and supplies to support state and local response efforts.

According to administration officials, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will reach out to potential applicants to review the application process and necessary documentation. As the response period for the COVID-19 outbreak is continuing, the process will take weeks. All reimbursements are handled electronically.

Other key developments this week related to COVID-19 include the extension of school closures indefinitely, the expansion of stay-at-home orders to more counties and a new end-date of April 30 for those orders.

News about COVID-19 is constantly changing. For real-time updates, please follow me on Facebook. A comprehensive collection of resources, including the state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is also available at my website. While my district offices are currently closed to in-person service, we remain available to serve you by phone or internet. Call the Bradford office at 814-362-4400; the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769; or the Kane office at 814-837-0880. Contact us online here.  

If you received this email because it was forwarded to you, please visit my website to subscribe to receive regular updates. You can do so here.  

As state and federal health officials continue to remind us, it is important to stay calm and stay home if possible. If you are out at a grocery store or pharmacy, for example, be sure to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) and promptly wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available).

It is also important to stay informed, so please take a moment to review some of the latest news and updates.
 

 
Notes About the Federal CARES Act

Last week, Congress approved and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. While this is a federal law, I wanted to share a few highlights:

Unemployment Compensation Update: Benefits for Self-Employed
Many people who are self-employed or working as private contractors are now eligible for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. PLEASE NOTE: Claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program will be filed through the state Department of Labor and Industry; however, the application must be handled separately and is not yet available. As soon as the program is up and running, I will share information about how to apply. You should not file under the current system, as your claim will be rejected.

Economic Impact Checks
The majority of Americans will receive “economic impact” checks to help during these challenging times. Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

PLEASE NOTE: the U.S. Treasury Department announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 relief payment. This is a correction of prior guidance offered by the IRS.

Please be aware of any scammers contacting you asking for Social Security or bank account information; do not provide such information. More guidance from the IRS available here. 

Assistance for Employers, Small Business
To help small businesses keep their employees and stay open (or reopen), the federal CARES Act creates a “Paycheck Protection” program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance

through 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll. The program is open to small businesses, veterans organizations, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals and independent contractors, so long as each entity has 500 or fewer employees. The application period for small businesses and sole proprietors will open on April 3. Self-employed individuals and contractors can apply starting on April 10. Read more here.
 

 
SCAM WARNING

The Office of Attorney General is warning that scammers may try to take advantage of recent news about a federal stimulus check to steal personal information. You are advised not to take unsolicited calls that claim to be about the COVID-19 pandemic or the federal stimulus, and report suspicious emails and calls to the attorney general at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.
 

 
Teaching Our Kids Despite School Closures

The Wolf Administration announced this week schools will remain closed until further notice. To help ensure our children are continuing to learn at this challenging time, the Department of Education (PDE) has released a set of statewide resources educators can use to help teach their students. The resources secured by PDE are intended to help all schools that want to use them, including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. These additional resources follow the technical support that was formally initiated last week through the state’s intermediate units. Click here for more information.

Also, the department is allocating up to $5 million in state funding for equity grants for schools to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or to use toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. The department will also allocate new federal money to these grants as the federal appropriations become available.

Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources will be given priority in receiving the grants. Grant applications will be available on April 6 and must be submitted through the PDE e-Grants system by April 10.

Finally, the department has partnered with Pennsylvania’s public television stations to provide instructional programming to students through the seven individual Public Broadcasting System (PBS) member stations in the state. Public television reaches over 12.4 million Pennsylvanians serving large diverse, rural and underserved audiences. These free “Learning at Home” resources are available to families and educators at https://www.learningathomepa.org. Additional information will be added as the partnership expands.
 
 
Other Notable News Regarding COVID-19

Food Distribution Assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a waiver to allow the Commonwealth to distribute more food at hundreds of locations across the state, while temporarily waiving the need to verify household eligibility. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) will help provide critical food supplies to Pennsylvanians left unemployed or otherwise adversely affected as a result of statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts through the state’s network of food banks, food pantries and pop-up distribution sites.

License to Carry Extension
If you have a license to carry permit that is set to expire as of March 19 or later, the Pennsylvania State Police announced this week those permits will remain valid through May 30. An additional extension may be considered as that date gets closer.

Emergency Medical Services Staffing Exceptions
To help ensure vital ambulance services remain ready and available to help people in need, the Department of Health has issued exceptions to several staffing requirements. Specifically, the minimum staffing complement for a Basic Life Support ambulance has been adjusted to one emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a driver; the minimum staffing complement for an iALS ambulance has been adjusted to one Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and a driver; and the minimum staffing complement for an ALS ambulance has been adjusted to one Paramedic and an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). The requirement that an Emergency Medical Services Vehicle Operator be credentialed in order to operate an EMS vehicle of any type, including QRS, is also suspended.

Be Counted! 2020 Census Underway Despite COVID-19
You probably already received a letter from the Census Bureau encouraging you to be counted, as it impacts our representation in Congress and how much federal funding comes here to help our state and communities. This year, you have the option of completing the Census online, by phone or the traditional paper questionnaire. The Census Bureau has suspended its field operations as a result of COVID-19, and workers looking to complete the more detailed surveys will be calling rather than visiting the homes of citizens designated to participate. However, it’s important for the Census to move forward with your participation. Learn more at www.pa.gov/census/.

Election Deadline Changes
As a result of legislation passed last week to postpone the primary election until June 2, you now have until May 18 to register to vote and until May 26 to sign up to vote by mail-in ballot. Click here for more information.

Transportation
PennDOT has further extended the expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections. If you have a driver license, photo ID card or learner’s permit scheduled to expire between March 16 and April 30, it will now be valid through May 31. The same applies to vehicle registrations, safety inspections, emissions inspections and parking placards for people with disabilities. All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center are closed for counter service until further notice.

The Department also announced this week that work is continuing on 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects to ensure a reliable transportation system for the Commonwealth. Projects include things like landslide repairs; critical bridge, tunnel and drainage repairs; and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the movement of life-sustaining goods and services.

Housing
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) is offering loan forbearance on the home loans it services for more than 60,000 borrowers across the state. Borrowers will not be charged any late fees during the forbearance period, and their credit rating will not be negatively impacted. The forbearance may be extended if homeowners are unable to resume full loan payments at the end of the forbearance period. PHFA has frozen evictions and foreclosure actions for all of its home loan customers who are delinquent on their mortgage accounts.

As the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) administrator for Pennsylvania, PHFA has also been in contact with apartment owners and managers who receive tax credits and provide affordable rents to their residents. The agency has strongly encouraged LIHTC recipients to be flexible with late payments from renters hurt by the current economic slowdown. Managers of these multifamily buildings have been asked to refrain from evictions during these difficult times.

Also this week, Attorney General Josh Shapiro stressed that Pennsylvanians cannot be evicted at this time. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered courts closed to eviction proceedings due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. The court’s order is applicable to all Pennsylvania property owners, managers and landlords, as well as mortgage brokers and lenders.

If you are facing challenges with your mortgage or rent payments, you are encouraged to contact your lender or landlord to discuss your payment options. If you believe you were wrongfully evicted from your home or wrongfully had your property foreclosed, you may file a complaint here.

Finances
The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) is warning of an anticipated surge in fraudulent investment schemes. Potential investors should be on the lookout for investments specifically tied to the threat of COVID-19, such as those falsely purporting to raise capital for companies manufacturing medical equipment or miracle cures; touting get-rich-quick schemes that will help pay basic expenses; and targeting retirees and senior citizens, promising to safely recoup any losses to their retirement portfolios. For tips on how to protect yourself from fraudulent investments, click here. 

Recreation
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging boaters and paddlers to take advantage of a wealth of online educational resources. Many of these resources, designed to enhance knowledge of boating regulations and best safety practices, are free of charge, while some providers charge nominal fees for services. This online learning library can be accessed

through a computer, phone or tablet. These online educational experiences will help the entire family learn how to be a safe boater and direct them to the best local boating or paddling destinations when you are ready to spend time on the water. For more information, click here.


 
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Roulette Township Sewer Customers

Roulette Township

***ATTENTION SEWER CUSTOMERS*** Apparently some took our statement to not flush paper towels and baby wipes as a challenge to see if they could flush more and more of them. Yesterday and today our Water/Sewer operators had to pull the main lift pumps at the sewer plant and clean them out of wipes and paper towels. If this problem persists and equipment is damaged, the Township will have no choice but RAISE the sewer RATES to cover the repair/replacement.  
DO NOT FLUSH THESE ITEMS!

Fire Remains Under Investigation In Foster TWP.


Coudersport Shop 'N Save Senior Shopping Hours

Morgan Advanced Materials Seeking Machine Operators For Their Coudersport Facility

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM POTTER COUNTY SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work through this serious situation. WE DO NOT HAVE A DATE SET TO RE-OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THIS TIME. We are working on that on a daily basis.
These operational modifications are being made in response to the COVID-19
crisis and we are steadfast to do so in a manner that reduces public and
employee risk of exposure.

WHEN we re-open to the public our NEW GUIDELINES will be
as follows:

1. OUR EMPLOYEES WILL NOT HANDLE ANY WASTE OR RECYCLING.

2. CUSTOMERS MUST UNLOAD THEIR OWN WASTE ONTO THE TRANSFER
STATION FLOOR. BRING YOUR OWN HELP IF NEEDED.

3. ALL WASTE MUST BE BAGGED, NO LOOSE WASTE,
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VERY LARGE ITEMS.

4. APPLIANCES, TV’S, COMPUTERS AND TIRES WILL STILL BE
ACCEPTED AS THEY WERE PRIOR TO THE SHUTDOWN.

5. A RECYCLING CONTAINER WILL BE PLACED OUTSIDE FOR RECYCLING,
EMPTY ALL BAGS INTO THE CONTAINER THEN PUT THE BAG IN THE
CONTAINER OR TAKE BACK FOR REUSE.

HAULERS YOU MAY CONTACT FOR GARBAGE PICKUP ARE:

B&S Disposal – 814-274-7028
SB Disposal – 570-295-2978
West Disposal – 585-307-4172
Foils Disposal – 814-435-6646
LaForge Disposal – 888-593-7122
Casella Waste – 877-372-6905

April 6, Regular Meeting For Sylvania TWP. Cancelled


Country Boy Excavation & Demo Can Do What You Need

Germania 2020 Ham & Leek Smorgasbord has been CANCELLED

Friday, April 3, 2020

Phyllis M. Hancock, age 91 formerly of Westfield

Phyllis M. Hancock

Phyllis M. Hancock, age 91 formerly of Westfield passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, where she was a resident for 8 years.

 Born August 12, 1928 in Belmont, NY, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Ima (Stone) Burdick.

 She married Robert T. Hancock on August 17, 1947; they shared 54 years together until his passing on Sept. 24, 2001. She is also predeceased by their daughter Gloria and great grandson Tanner Matthew.

 Phyllis owned and operated a personal care home for many years after retiring from Galeton Production. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Happy Hour Club, Meet & Eat Galeton Girls, Republican Women and the Peoples Church of Potter Brook.

 She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Hancock of Westfield; granddaughters, Daphne (Matt) Ehlermann of Westtown, NY and Marci Ahearn of Macedon, NY; great grandchildren, Stephon Ahearn, Merranda (Joshua) Taylor, Orion Ahearn, Danielle and Brayden Ehlermann; great great grandchildren Dayton and Robert Tanner Ahearn, Ainslee Taylor and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. Memorial donations can be made in Phyllis’ honor to Alheimer’s/Dementia Research or the Sweden Valley Manor. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield. www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.

PITT-BRADFORD RECEIVES FOUR NATIONAL ADVERTISING AWARDS

BRADFORD, Pa. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received four awards in the 2019 Collegiate Advertising Awards program, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities for excellence in communications, marketing, advertising and promotions.

Pitt-Bradford received two awards for the materials its admissions counselors use to recruit new students: a Gold Award in the Recruitment Series category for a series of brochures, postcards, posters and flyers; and a Silver Award in the Direct-Mail category for a postcard sent to prospective students who originally applied to the University of Pittsburgh and were accepted at Pitt-Bradford.

Pitt-Bradford received another Silver Award in the Brochure-Multiple Pages category for a case statement of support that is being used to raise funds for a new STEM building, which will house the university’s two new engineering technology programs -- mechanical engineering technology and energy engineering technology -- and two existing programs, computer information systems and technology and petroleum technology.

The third Silver Award was in the Newspaper Ad -- Series category for print ads published in regional newspapers last spring that featured Pitt-Bradford students and graduates, including Katie Treat, a biology major from Cyclone, and Kacie Appleby, a criminal justice major from Port Allegany.

“The fact that these pieces received recognition is a testament to our successful students and alumni, who were featured in them,” said Pat Frantz Cercone, executive director of communications and marketing, “as well as the talented designers, writers, photographers and proofreaders who helped to develop them.”

John Sizing of JS Publication Design in Wellesley, Mass., designed the award-winning admissions publications. Diane Fitzgerald-Harris of Fitzgerald Harris Design of Rochester, N.Y., designed the case statement. Mark Zampogna, a 1988 Pitt-Bradford alumnus and owner of Laser Layouts of Bradford, designed the award-winning newspaper ads.

Typically, the Collegiate Advertising Awards program receives more than 900 entries from colleges and universities throughout the United States. A panel of design and education marketing professionals judge the entries on creativity, layout/design/topography, production, quality and overall effectiveness.

To date, Pitt-Bradford has received 23 Collegiate Advertising Awards.



Barbara A. “Barb” Watterson, 77, Millport, Pa

Barbara A. Watterson 
“loving wife, mother and grandmother”

FONDA, N.Y.---Barbara A. “Barb” Watterson, 77, of Fonda, formerly of Millport, Pa., passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown, after an extended illness.

Born on Saturday, April 25, 1942 in Marion Center, Pa., she was a daughter of Lucille Sheesley and lovingly raised by her foster parents, Clair and Mary Minser of Marion Center. On August 11, 1962 in Indiana County, Pa., she married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Robert L. “Bob” Watterson, who passed away on May 8, 2014.

Barb was a graduate of Marion Center High School. she was a homemaker and the secretary for her husband’s real estate office, Fairman Real Estate Agency in Millport. For many years she worked on the Clara Township election board.

Barb was a member of the Millport United Methodist Church. She had many friends in the Shinglehouse area and loved getting together with “the girls” to play cards. In her younger years, she enjoyed hunting with her husband and her children, Robin and Brent. She also enjoyed traveling across the country with her husband and their friends.

 For many years, she was the chairman of the canned goods section at the Potter County Fair in Millport. She won many blue ribbons for her flower arrangements and house plants at the fair. Along with her husband, Barb loved gardening and for many years they had a very large vegetable garden. Barb was always a happy, kindhearted soul. She moved to Fonda when Bob became ill, spending the last nine years living there to be close to her granddaughter, Taylre, who was the light and joy of her life.

Surviving are a daughter, Robin L. (Jim) Estep of Troy, Pa.; a son, Brent R. (Tracy) Watterson of Johnstown; three grandchildren, Taylre Watterson, Michelle (Scott) Harkness, and Ryan (Samantha) Estep; and two great-granddaughters, Peyton and Emma Harkness.

In addition to her mother and foster parents, Barb was predeceased by a foster brother, Bill Minser; and two foster sisters, Nova Ahl and Ethel Stennman.

Private funeral services are being held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. A celebration of Barb’s life will be held at a time and date to be announced.

Barb entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Millport United Methodist Church, c/o 57 S. Branch Canada Hollow Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. 

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Barb, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Derrick City And Otto TWP. fire Dept. Were Dispatched To Rain Or Shine Auto On S. Kendall AVE. For a Commercial Structure Fire

On April 3, at 4:30 pm Derrick City And Otto TWP. fire dept. were dispatched to Rain or Shine auto on S. Kendall Ave. for a commercial structure fire with smoke and flames showing.Third alarm ringing stations 8,2,6,11,15, and 18 also dispatched.At 5:49 all units were ordered to evacuate the structure

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Jean Mae Masson, 93, of 227 Wendel Road, St. Marys

 Jean Mae Masson


Jean Mae Masson, 93, of 227 Wendel Road, St. Marys, and most recently of the Elk Haven Nursing Home, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Jean was born July 18, 1926, in Newark, NJ, daughter of the late Hazel Farley Ford and Charles Augustus Ford. She married George Masson on December 26, 1950, in East Orange, NJ, and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1965.

Jean graduated from Clifford Scott High School in East Orange, NJ, in 1943. Having known since 4th grade that she wanted to be a teacher, she next graduated from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University) in 1947. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, teaching in the South Orange-Maplewood and East Orange School Districts. After moving to St. Marys in 1960, she resumed her teaching career and taught kindergarten in the St. Marys Area School District from 1965 until her retirement in 1991. During that time, she was also head teacher for the Spruce Street School.

An Episcopalian in faith, Jean was a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church in Ridgway, where she served on the vestry.

Jean served her community as a director of the Christian Food Bank for some 20 years and with the Elk County Society for Special Services.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, C. Robert Ford, in 1997.

Jean is survived by her two sons, Richard (Marti) Masson of St. Marys, and Robert (Hannah) Masson of Culpeper, VA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Ian (Jacqueline) of Culpeper, VA, Hannah of Pittsburgh, Kyle (Ally) of Levittown, PA, and Damian, Adele, and Susannah, all of Culpeper, VA. In addition, she is survived by five great-grandchildren, Magdalena, Bernadette, Stephen, Emelia, and Eammon; her niece, Cassandra Goldmark; and her goddaughter, Joyce King, and her family.

Jean loved dogs, nature, flowers, and watching the birds that came to her yard visiting multiple bird feeders. She touched many lives as a teacher and friend, and in return was blessed by her many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA 15857; the Elk Haven Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.
There will be no visitation.

Under the current circumstances, a funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church will be conducted at a future date, after which Jean will be interred at Pequest Union Cemetery, Vienna, NJ.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

George E. “Pee Wee” BARLOW, Jr., 91, of Scio, NY

U.S. Navy Veteran
  George E. “Pee Wee” BARLOW


 George E. “Pee Wee” BARLOW, Jr., 91, of Scio, NY, died Thursday, April 2, 2020 in his home. Born January 30, 1929, in Wellsville, he was the son of George E. and Effie M. Young Barlow.

 On July 25, 1948, in Wellsville, he married the former Reta Krusen, who survives. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served honorably from 1948 – 1950. George was employed as an inspector by Worthington in Wellsville for 40 years. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge, Scio Volunteer Fire Co., and volunteered many years with the Lions Club.

 Surviving besides his wife, Reta, are: two children, Greg (Linda Stuck) Barlow of Scio and Gail (Rodney) Nobles of Zephyrhills, FL; three grandchildren, Keith, Kristy, and Karen; eight great-grandchildren, Camilla, Megan, Courtney, Hunter, James, Conner, Gregory, and Josh; two great-great-grandchildren, Cora and Myla; nieces and nephews.

 He was predeceased by a grandson, Bradley; brothers, Richard E. Barlow, Norman R. Barlow, and Louis D. Barlow; sisters, Florence Weber, Sarah Phillips, Lois Benjamin, June Layman, Beverly Rogers, Ethyl Stover, Doris Meise, Georgeanna Weber, and Ruth Barlow.

 Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Scio Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 231, Scio, NY 14880. Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

THE CERES TOWNSHIP REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, SCHEDULED FOR 7 APRIL 2020, HAS BEEN CANCELLED

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS INCIDENT, AND TO KEEP OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS SAFE FROM CONTACTING COVID-19, THE CERES TOWNSHIP REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, SCHEDULED FOR 7 APRIL 2020, HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 5 MAY 2020. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CALL 814-697-6948.
THE CERES TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS ALSO REMIND THE RESIDENTS TO FILL OUT YOUR 2020 CENSUS FORMS, AND SEND BACK.

During a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes

Harrisburg, PA – During a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

“Two days ago, I amplified our social distancing efforts by instituting a statewide stay-at-home order, and today I am asking all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask any time they leave their houses,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks help prevent people from sharing illnesses. But, they don’t do a great job at keeping people from getting sick; and, they’re not foolproof, so it is critical that our first act is to ask ourselves if we really need to leave our house. If we don’t really, truly need to leave, then we shouldn’t.”

“Staying home is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandana across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection.

“You don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. We have guidance on universal masking on our website, including instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home.”

As of midnight, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases stand at 8,420 in 63 counties with 102 deaths. Gov. Wolf’s statewide stay-at-home order asks Pennsylvanians in all 67 counties to not leave their homes unless it’s for life-sustaining reasons. Today, he asked that wearing a mask during those life-sustaining trips becomes the norm.

“Wearing a mask will help us cut down the possibility that we might be infecting an innocent bystander, like the grocery store cashier, the pharmacist, or someone stocking shelves,” Gov. Wolf said. “These people are keeping us alive by getting us the supplies we need. We owe it to them to do everything we can to keep them safe. Right now, that means wearing a mask.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

Borough of Coudersport Preparedness for the 2019 Novel Corona virus

The Federal and State governments are responding with abundance of caution to the threat of the 2019 Novel Corona virus causing a COVID-19 epidemic. Coudersport Borough will comply with Federal and State directives as they come. Coudersport Borough is exercising preparedness and caution in the following ways.

The primary responsibilities of the Borough are to provide essential services and public safety.

Staffing will continue to provide essential services is assured and essential services can continue to be provided.

A sick leave benefit removes the need for employees to come to work sick putting other employees at risk of getting sick.

The health insurance benefit provides for treatment to minimize the duration of illness and hasten the return to work.

The doors to the Borough office are locked for the safety of our office staff but the office is occupied to serve the needs of their residents and can be called at 274-9776 or emailed at coudyboro@gmail.com

Coudersport Borough, Coudersport Borough Authority and Coudersport Area Municipal Authority will continue to provide safe drinking water, collect and treat wastewater and keep the roads passable.

For water and wastewater, the treatment technologies employed are effective in killing corona viruses. This assures the COVID-19 will not spread through Coudersport as water borne disease. Drinking Borough water or the discharge of treated Coudersport wastewater does not spread disease. Sufficient inventory of treatment chemicals are maintained to endure delays in deliveries.

Removal of refuse assures that there will not be an increase of a health risk. Coudersport Borough residents have five (5) permitted refuse haulers to choose from. They are: B & S Disposal – 814-274-7028, S.B. Disposal – 570-295-2978, Casella Waste – 1-800-292-0297, Foils Disposal - 814-435-6646 and LaForge Disposal - 585-593-7122.

The streets will remain open and passable to assure the free flow of traffic.

Should the threat of the spread of COVID-19 continue decisions will have to be made relative to other services including the parks and swimming pool.

The Coudersport Borough Police Department, Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and the Coudersport Area Volunteer Ambulance association continue to serve the community around the clock every day of the year. They are currently adequately supplied and staffed to respond as needed. In the event that demands exceed supply, mutual aid agreements are in place.

Coudersport Borough Implements Measures to Mitigate the Potential Spread and Impact of Corona Virus

In connection with measures taken by the Federal, State and County branches of government the Mayor of Coudersport, Andrew Dubots, has taken a preemptive, protective measure to assure the Health, Safety and welfare of the residents of the Borough of Coudersport by proclaiming a state of emergency due to the potential threat associated with the 2019 Novel Corona Virus.

This action puts into action the standing Emergency Response Plan of the Borough. Residents can rest assured that all emergency and essential services provided by the Borough remain available.

This action positions Coudersport Borough to access federal and state funds for reimbursement of expenses associated with local response to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Further, it frees the borough from some time consuming requirements of the Borough Code relative to purchases, contracts and meetings required to deal with the Corona Virus threat.

Residents of the Borough of Coudersport can be confident that their local government has taken action and will take further action as needed so that everyone can keep calm and stay healthy.

Potter County Commissioners and Potter County Emergency Management Agency continue to update the county website with timely, locally relevant information on the local response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic

Potter County Commissioners and Potter County Emergency Management Agency continue to update the county website with timely, locally relevant information on the local response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. The site can be accessed at: pottercountypa.net.

Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. Gun Bash cancelled

due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Mt. Jewett fire department is forced to post pone their gun bash to a later date. the date will be announced when the threat of COVID-19 is over. thank you for your support and understanding. we wish everyone to be safe and healthy.
                                                   
                                                  Sincerely,
                                             gun bash chairperson
                                                Scott Reynolds

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,404 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 8,420

Harrisburg, PA- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 3, that there are 1,404 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 8,420 in 63 counties. The department also reported 12 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 102. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
“The continued rise in cases combined with our increasing deaths from COVID-19 reflects the seriousness of this situation,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need everyone to listen to the orders in place and to stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We know that these prolonged mitigation effects have been difficult for everyone, but it is essential that everyone follows these orders and does not go out unless they absolutely must.”

There are 53,695 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
1% are aged 13-18;
8% are aged 19-24;
Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
Nearly 20% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 2:

Announced Pennsylvania State Police non-life-sustaining business closure enforcement numbers.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
Clean surfaces frequently.
Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.

Bradford Man Aressted For False Imprisonment, And Other Charges

On 03/31/2020 Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at 2 Bushnell Street, apartment 217. On arrival officers knocked on the door and could hear a female yell for help. Officers made contact with the occupants inside the apartment and learned that a physical domestic situation did occur and the male inside, Marvin Baskerville (B/M 52 yrs. old) would not allow the female inside to leave the residence. Officers then attempted to detain Baskerville and he resisted and had to be physically removed from the location. Baskerville was charged with Simple Assault, Harassment, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, False Imprisonment and Criminal Mischief.

 He was then arraigned before Judge Cercone and bail was set at $25,000. He was unable to post bail and was remanded to McKean County Jail. Arrest Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Reference ID: 2020-03311200 Charges: False imprisonment Simple Assault criminal mischief Resisting Arrest DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND HARASSMENT


Free Webinar On April 9


Sba Loans For Small Businesses


Gov. Wolf: Support & Referral Helpline Created for Pennsylvanians in Need of Behavioral Health Resources and Referrals During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

“Pennsylvanians will overcome this crisis together by following the guidance of public-health professionals who advise social-distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but physical isolation does not mean social isolation,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We must support people where they are during this time of crisis.”

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational today, Thursday, April 2. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler County and licensed to provide crisis services.

CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.

CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.

“We recognize the significant strain this crisis is putting on families across Pennsylvania, and we want you to know that you do not have to struggle alone. If you need help, reach out,” said Secretary Miller. “The compassionate caseworkers staffing the Support & Referral Helpline will be there to answer your call and be a line of support during this difficult time.”

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357

Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

Additional resources for citizens and DHS providers related to COVID-19 is available here.

Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church Annual Ham and Leek Dinner CANCELLED

Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church

Annual Ham and Leek Dinner

CANCELLED

due to the Covid outbreak, hope to see you next year

Investigation Ongoing for retail Theft Of Walmart In Richmond TWP.


WeedVille Womans Death Ruled Accidental


Man Charged With DUI In Ridgway TWP.


Woman Arrested For Retail Theft in Richmond TWP.


No Injuries In One Car Crash On Rt.287 In Lawrence TWP.


Danielle Marie Elliott, 36, of Emporium

 Danielle Marie Elliott

Danielle Marie Elliott, 36, of Emporium, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Penn Highlands Elk Hospital in St. Mary's, PA.

She was born on December 10, 1983, and was the daughter of Roy and Sharon Elliott.

Danielle, known as Dani or Duck to many, was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

Duck is survived by her father, Roy Elliott on Emporium; her grandmother, Donna Roberts of Roullette, PA; three brothers, Brad Elliott and his wife, Bridgette of Emporium, Jason Elliott of Sarasota, FL, and Victor Elliott of Emporium; and one sister, Crystal (Jesse) Hebert of Bolivar, NY. Also surviving are two nieces, Breana Hebert and Allyson Hebert, both of Bolivar, NY; four nephews, Austin Elliot of Hope Mills, NC, Trey Elliott of Emporium, Caine Wilson and Jax Wilson, both of Bolivar, NY; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.

She also leaves behind her long-term companion, Christopher "John" Burger of Emporium.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sharon Elliott; grandmother, Ruby Rossman; and great-grandmother, Blanche Gross.

At the request of the family, there will be no visitation or service.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 229 E. 2nd Street, Emporium, PA.

Family and friends may light a memorial candle, leave an online condolence, order flowers, or obtain additional information at www.furlongfuneralhome.com.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Danielle M. Elliott, please visit our floral store.

Coudersport Shop 'N Save Senior Shopping Hours


Morgan Advanced Materials Seeking Machine Operators For Their Coudersport Facility

Clara Township Cancels April 7 Meeting

Germania 2020 Ham & Leek Smorgasbord has been CANCELLED