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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Town Hall Meeting Monday by Potter County Commissioners


Lafayette Dispatched for Crash with Confinement

At 3:42 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. dispatched to 1652 West Warren Road for an MVA.

Roulette Recycling to Open Saturday From 12 to 2

Roulette Township

1 hr ·

We will open the recycling bins on Saturday, April 18 from 12 pm - 2 pm. Please enter from Railroad Ave. and exit onto Ought St. toward Center St. 

We will only allow 1 car at a time at the bins to practice social distancing. 

This WILL NOT be the only weekend that we do this, so if you cannot make it Saturday, you will have another chance. 

If you have any questions, please contact the office or one of the Supervisors.

Kane fire Dept. and Ambulance was Dispatched To Longhouse Scenic Drive And Rt 321 For A Rollover Crash

On April 18, at 12:57 pm Kane fire Dept. and Ambulance was Dispatched To Longhouse Scenic Drive And Rt 321 For A Rollover Crash Possibly no injuries

Coudersport fire Dept. was Dispatched To 200 Radio Tower Lane For An Automatic Fire Alarm

On April 18, at 12:48 pm Coudersport fire Dept. was Dispatched To 200 Radio Tower Lane For An Automatic Fire Alarm.The Alarm Was accidental

Remote learning connects Penn State DuBois Wildlife students with PGC Commissioner, Alum

DuBOIS – Students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology degree program are used to being remote; but perhaps not in the way that the current COVID-19 pandemic has made learning necessary. While these future conservation professionals are accustomed to life in remote outdoor areas, indoor remote learning is something they now have mastered thanks to dedicated faculty.
Recently, Assistant Teaching Professor of Wildlife Technology Keely Roen took advantage of the current learning landscape to connect her students with a member of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners. The students joined in a Zoom meeting with Kristen Schnepp-Giger, a wildlife biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation, who was recently appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to the Board of Commissioners. One of only eight commissioners in the state, Schnepp-Giger is a part of making all regulatory decisions for the Game Commission, including those about about bag limits, seasons, and animal status. She is also a graduate of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program, having earned her associate degree at DuBois in 2004-05, before moving on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Penn State Behrend.

“This is the first time I taught Forestry 242 so, as a Wildlife Technology alum, an NWTF biologist, and now a commissioner, it made perfect sense to have Commissioner Schnepp-Giger speak to a class that focuses on policy, legislation, and communication in natural resources,” Roen said. “Going back and forth between our crazy schedules and then with COVID adding in an additional challenge, we were finally able to schedule her via Zoom. I really appreciated her flexibility during this difficult time.”

Schnepp-Giger spoke to students about the science and research that goes into making decisions about the management of Pennsylvania’s wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, elk,

Susupected Minor Injuries In One Car Rollover Crash RT. 15 In Lawrenceville Boro.

Tri-County Crews working on power restoration

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative
14 mins ·

The last thing we want as an electric cooperative is outages. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn't care and sends us 4-6 inches of wet, heavy snow in the middle of April! Our crews are healthy and all of them are . If you are experiencing an electrical outage, please call 1-800-343-2559 to report it. The C&T Call Center along with our Operations department communicates directly with the crews and dispatches them to the outages. These calls also update our outage maps found here:

Outage Map | Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
The Smarthub application will allow you to pay your bill, view electrical…
The Smarthub application will allow you to pay your bill, view electrical usage, sign up or edit your Auto pay and report an outage.

No Injuries In One Car Crash On valley Rd. In Richmond TWP.

HUsky Found Near Acorn In Shinglehouse

I found a Husky dog this morning near the Acorn in Shinglehouse, PA
I can be contacted at (716) 307-3593 call/text

PSP SAY Driver Fled The Scene After One Car Rollover Crash On RT.249 In Deerfield TWP.

Gaines Man Cited For Harressmen In Domestic Incident In Gaines TWP.

No Injuries In One Car Crash On Back Road In Union TWP.

Port Allegany Dispatched For Tree Down

At 10:02 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to Pump Station Road for a tree down blocking the roadway.

Department of Environmental Protection is inviting public comments on National Fuel Gas pipeline

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting public comments on proposed Section 401 Water Quality Certification for a National Fuel Gas pipeline project crossing Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Potter counties. (April 18 PA Bulletin page 2134)

The applicant is proposing the installation and maintenance of an approximately 29.5-mile-long, 20-inch diameter pipeline (Line YM58), a 0.4 mile 12-inch diameter pipeline (extension of existing Line KL), and a 1.4-mile- long 24-inch diameter pipeline loop (YM 224) and appurtenant facilities in various municipalities within Clinton County, McKean County and Potter County for the purpose of transportation of natural gas. 

The applicant is also proposing to abandon in place approximately 44.9 miles of 12-inch diameter steel natural gas pipeline and appurtenant facilities in various municipalities within Cameron County, Clearfield County, Elk County and Potter County. 

The Project, as proposed, will require approximately 555.8 acres of earth disturbance, and the following impacts to streams, floodways, and wetlands.

Read the entire PA Bulletin notice for all the details (page 2134).

Self-Employed, Independent Contractors: Apply NOW for Unemployment Benefits

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Self-Employed, Independent Contractors: Apply NOW for Unemployment Benefits

The application for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors and others not typically eligible for benefits is NOW AVAILABLE on the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system website.  Here's the link. The Department of Labor and Industry encourages the following who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 to apply for benefits: self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, people without sufficient work history to qualify for regular UC, and people who have exhausted regular UC or extended benefits.

For questions about program eligibility and information about the documents you will need to provide when applying, click here.

The special Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits were authorized by the federal CARES Act and required a separate application process to be created online. The site is now up and running. Based on the volume of questions my office has received about this program, I’m certain the site will be busy as people learn of its availability. If you have difficulty accessing the site, be sure to try again later.

If you experience a problem or have a question, please send it by email to UCHelp@PA.Gov. This is the fastest way to receive a response, though it unfortunately may still take a few days due to the volume of people currently filing unemployment claims.

Austin Borough is asking all residents to conserve water usage effective immediately until the water pump can be replaced on Saturday, April 18th. There is no need to boil water. Thank you.

Austin Borough is asking all residents to conserve water usage effective immediately until the water pump can be replaced on Saturday, April 18th. There is no need to boil water. Thank you.

NCPA LaunchBox seeks participation in COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

DuBOIS – Professionals at the North Central PA LaunchBox have made it their top priority to help business and industry navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, LaunchBox staff members are already looking ahead to the end of quarantine, when they’ll help businesses in the region return to normal. To help meet that end, business owners and industry leaders are being asked to participate in a short survey to help identify their needs and concerns during this trying time, and into the future.

Some state legislators are already on board, encouraging regional businesses to participate in the survey and asking municipalities and counties to support the effort. State Representative Tommy Sankey (R-73, Clearfield/Cambria) has given his support to the LaunchBox initiative of reaching out to businesses to examine their needs saying, “We have to have a vision going forward. We don’t know how long the situation we’re in is going to last, but it won’t last forever. We have a responsibility to look ahead and keep the machine running. We need to help meet the desires of businesspeople in our region to get back to normal.”

State Representative Cris Dush (R-66, Jefferson/Indiana) added, “This is the perfect partnership to gather and put together the data that will help local and state officials come out the other side of this pandemic in the best way possible. This information will be essential in developing a direction that will help government both get out of the way, as well as help where needed.”

Serving the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, Potter and McKean, the LaunchBox has developed this short, online survey to fully understand not only the initial ramifications of Covid-19 towards businesses, but also ongoing issues that may impact those businesses once they begin to reopen. This project has been in cooperation with several counties in the region including Cameron, Clearfield, and Jefferson, along with municipalities and regional resource partners.

North Central PA LaunchBox Director Brad Lashinsky said, “One of the concepts behind this project is to be able to examine the effects of COVID-19 on businesses from municipal, county, and regional levels. This will help local and county officials gain access to data that they can directly pass along in conversations with state and federal legislators to further help assist businesses through all stages of this pandemic.” Lashinsky continued, “Another benefit of this survey is being able to examine the effects of this pandemic on a regional level and to utilize the skills and assets associated with all the business resource partners in the region.”

Lashinsky further explained that hurdles presented by the pandemic are many, but the number of resource partners available to help guide businesses through this time are also numerous. Those partners are able to provide a wide variety of resources depending on the needs of businesses and the various ways they may be affected by the pandemic. Those partners include the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission, Workforce Solutions of North Central PA, economic development commissions, the Clarion Small Business Development Center, chambers of commerce, the North West Industrial Resource Center, and others.

Lashinsky added, “This survey not only examines what impacts and opportunities businesses have witnessed and taken advantage of, but will also show what services are desperately needed moving forward as we leave the pandemic behind and get back to normal.”

To participate in the survey, visit
For more information, contact the North Central PA LaunchBox at 814-372-3020 or
Visit this link for additional business resources offered by the North Central PA LaunchBox and regional partners.

Town Hall Meeting Monday by Potter County Commissioners


PC Federal Credit Union Updates Due To Covid 19 Virus

Aveanna Hiring Rns, Lpns, Cnas, And Dcws, In Bradford, Eldred, Emporium, Johnsonburg, Kane, Port Allegany, Roulette, Smethport And ST. Mary's

Port Allegany Shop 'n Save Adds Senior Shopping Hour Wednesdays From 6 to 7 AM

Public Notice From Potter County waste Authority

Coudersport Shop 'N Save Senior Shopping Hours


Country Boy Excavation & Demo Can Do What You Need

Friday, April 17, 2020

Urgent Post

Austin Borough is asking all residents to conserve water usage effective immediately until the water pump can be replaced on Saturday, April 18th. There is no need to boil water. Thank you.

Coudersport Fire Dept Was dispatched To A 1 Vehicle Crash On RT. 49 And The Peet Brook RD.

On April 17, at 7:22 pm Coudersport Fire Dept was dispatched to the intersection of RT.49 and the Peet Brook RD. for a one car mva.

Allegany Ny Fire Was Dispatched I-86 For Vehicle Off The Roadway

On April 17, at 7:05 pm Allegany NY fire Dept. was dispatched for a vehicle off the roadway on I-86 possibly went into a pond  Weston Mills water rescue is on stand by.Vehicle is not in the water and no injuries

Town Hall Meeting Monday by Potter County Commissioners

Mt. Jewett And Hamilin TWP Fire Dept. was Dispatched To Intersection Of RT. 219 and Rt.6 For A Disabled Tractor Trialer Blockingt The Road

On April 17, at 6:34 pm Mt. Jewett and Hamilin TWP Fire Dept. was Dispatched to the intersection of RT. 219 and RT. 6 for a disabled tractor trailer blocking the road

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Two Mile Road

At 6:26 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse ambulance to Two Mile Road for syncope.

Senate Republican Leadership Disappointed by Lack of Specifics in Governor’s “Plan” for Recovery from COVID-19

Senator Joe Scarnati·Friday, April 17, 2020·
(HARRISBURG) – Citing an ongoing lack of specificity and transparency, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) called the Governor’s “plan” for emerging from COVID-19 public health crisis disappointing.

“We hoped to see a real plan from the Governor today to move Pennsylvania forward from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have said from the beginning that any recovery plan should include transparency, common sense, clear standards and benchmarks to advance, and the input and cooperation from all branches of government. None of those principles were addressed by Governor Wolf today, and Pennsylvania will be worse off as a result.

“Senate Republicans sent the governor a clear, fair, and safe plan to get more Pennsylvanians back to work in those regions and industries where we can do so without making the COVID-19 crisis worse. Our plan relies on nationally recognized standards and experts, as well as the judgement of local officials who know their communities best and are in the best position to respond to local challenges.

“Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, but we rank first in the number of new Unemployment Compensation claims filed. Our system has slowed to a crawl and our families are suffering as a result.

“We remain open and willing to work with Governor Wolf on a real plan to that puts Pennsylvania first. It is imperative that Governor Wolf prioritizes working with the legislature, as well as with local leaders within our counties, above working with select governors from other northeastern states. We are tired of hearing his rhetoric that he wants to work with us, while at the same time making unilateral decisions. It is far past time for him to abandon his go-it-alone approach and come to the table to work with the General Assembly on real solutions.”

Kane Dispatched For Head On Crash on Rt. 321

At 6:06 PM on Friday, Kane Fire & Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 321 & 5 Mile Road for a head on 2 vehicle crash. Report entrapment, Mt. Jewett ambulance also dispatched.


At 6:00 pm on Friday, State police have requested Toby Road be closed on both ends.

Alyssa Rose Halteman, Wellsboro PA

 Alyssa Rose Halteman

Alyssa Rose Halteman passed away Thursday afternoon on April 16, in her home surrounded by family. Born September 3, 2018 to Richard and Celina (Shenk) Halteman in Danville, PA, Alyssa combatted hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other complications throughout her short life, in the love of her family, at their home in Wellsboro.

Alyssa is survived by her parents: Richard and Celina Halteman, her brothers: Darryn Lee and Tyrell Richard Halteman and her sister: Jalayna Rachelle Halteman all of Wellsboro, her maternal grandparents: David and Mabel Shenk of Greenwich, OH, and her paternal grandparents: Richard and Anna Ruth Halteman of Wellsboro.

Due to the social concerns surrounding Covid-19, Alyssa’s family invites those wishing to extend their condolences to a visitation Tuesday April 21 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Stony Fork Mennonite Church with the understanding that all efforts will be taken to adhere to social distancing restrictions, to limit personal contact, and admittance will be restricted to groups of 10 or fewer inside the room at all times. A private graveside service will take place the following day. The family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901 with her arrangements. Please visit to share a memory or condolence.

Bennetts Valley Highway Crashes Reported

At 5:15 PM Jay Township has been dispatched to Bennetts Valley Highway for 2 reports of accidents. Penfield also dispatched.

Rew Fire Dept. Was Dispatched To Looker Mountain Tral And Summit road For Multiple MVA

On April 17, at 5:16 pm Rew fire dept. was dispatched to Looker Mountain Trail and Summit Rd. for multiple mva

Lafayette Fire Dept. was Dispatched To West Line RD. For An Mva

On April 17, at 5:12 pm Lafayette fire dept. was dispatched to West Line RD. for an mva

Derrick City Dispatched For Crash on Summit Road

At 5:05 PM on Friday, Derrick City Fire Dept.  dispatched to Summit Road for a crash. Unknown details.

David P. Welch, 65, ELDRED, Pa.

David P. Welch, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother

 David P. Welch, 65, passed away on Tuesday (April 14, 2020) following an apparent heart attack.

Born on April 4, 1955, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of John Clair and Thelma S. “Tommie” Palmatier Welch. On Oct. 19, 1990, in Eldred he married Marie J. Stocking, who survives.

He was a 1973 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and a lifetime resident of the Eldred area.

Dave had been employed by Ball Incon, in Port Allegany, and the Ethan Allen Co., in Eldred, and had recently been employed at ARG in Bradford.

He was a member of the Sons of the Legion Post 887 of Eldred; a social member of the VFW Post 2092 of Eldred; and a life member of the Eldred Conservation Club.

Dave loved hunting, especially with his son, Pat, and his grandchildren, and enjoying a Pabst Blue Ribbon. He also liked his time spent with his friends, including Steve and Matt Gray.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, Patrick (Amy) Welch; two stepsons, Tim (Lesli) Whitney and John (Brandi Weatherley) Bennett; three stepdaughters, Michelle (Randy) Robinson, Vicky (Butch) Kerr and Sharon (Dan) Gleason; three grandchildren, Harley, Riley and Kaylee; several step-grandchildren; a great-grandson, Jackson Philip Welch; several step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom (Bonnie) Welch; three sisters, Frances (Galen) Lester, Elizabeth Welch and Ina (Gary) Payne.

Dave was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Welch in 2007.

The family requests that due to the present rules on social gathering, a memorial service be held at a later date to be announced.

Memorials may be made to Eldred American Legion Post 887.

Online condolences may be made at

Highland Dispatched for Crash on Rt. 66

At 5:05 PM on Friday, Highland Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 66 & Old Lamont Rod for a vehicle in the ditch crash. Unknown if injuries.

Ulysses Library offering eBranch2Go (books online), Power Library, Power Library for Kids

National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for National Library Week 2020 is " Find Your Place at the Library." 

As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis we will continue to serve you by offering eBranch2Go (books online), Power Library, Power Library for Kids, plus several websites that can be accessed. All this can be found on our webpage:

McKean County Department of Human Services Releases Resources for Older Residents

McKean County Department of Human Services (DHS) has created an online resource for senior citizens needing to secure services for assistance, goods, and medications during the COVID-19 crisis.

“This project was the work of four of our Department of Human Services case aids, Ashlyn Southard, Rachel Foreman, Sarah Furman and Chelsie Lekanka, and two clerical staff, Sharon Linnan and Shaina Burgett,” noted Dan Wertz, DHS Director. “When it comes to concerns for our at-risk populations, we have to be all hands-on deck. This was a much-needed effort to compile our knowledge for GIS Coordinator Sean McLaughlin, who designed an online map.”
“Everyone needs a number to call for help,” said Southard. “Senior services relating to healthcare, medical concerns, protective care and insurance are vital, every day, to our aging population and especially during this crisis. A phone number can be a lifeline when typical daily connections breakdown and people need to have a new way to communicate concerns.”
Seniors who are concerned about their safety, experiencing abuse or being threatened can call the Hotline for Suspected Elder Abuse at 1-800-490-8505

Older adults who are experiencing hardships due to isolation or have mental health concerns can call the County Mental Health Hotline at 814-362-4623. The PA Department of Human Services Warmline is also staffed 24/7 to provide a talk line for support. The YMCA Shepherding Program provides a phone line for individuals who need to be connected to local resources at 814-368-6101 x219. General information is also available by dialing 211.
“There are numerous resources locally and at the state level,” said Linann. “We felt that having a short list of vital telephone number was the best way to assist our seniors who are remaining safe in their homes at this time. The website map has a more comprehensive listing for both seniors and anyone seeking information to assist a neighbor or loved one.”

Furman stated, “Health and safety are the two top priorities for the Department of Human services. Reporting elder abuse and getting assistance with medical concerns and healthcare must to be at the fingertips of everyone, with just one phone call. That was our goal. We’ve also been able to address food security and other basic necessities.”

Older adults remaining in their homes can report concerns about safety, seek assistance and learn the facts about COVID-19 with a phone call. Other services available at this time include prescriptions delivery, help with early refills for Medicare recipients to stock up on maintenance drugs and assistance with insurance questions. Telemedicine visits are provided on a case by case basis by individual healthcare providers in place of a walk-in visit.

Seniors struggling with self-care can call the Area Agency on Aging at 814-776-2191 to be screened for eligibility for caregiver support qualifications and for assistance to be connected to other necessary resources. This office will redirect calls to other resources and serves as a liaison for all seniors.

Those in need of a daily meal can contact their local Senior Centers. While all senior center locations are currently closed to the public, meals are offered each day at lunchtime for curbside pickup. The senior centers continue to have regular office hours to assist seniors with information and programs. Senior centers are located in Bradford, Eldred, Kane, Mount Jewett, Port Allegany and Smethport.

“We have a large population of independent seniors in our local communities,” said Lekanka. “Many of them live in their own home and depend on relatives to assist them with groceries or shopping trips which is now a challenge, and some seniors are without reliable transportation. Many grocery stores and pharmacies offer delivery with a no contact payment over the phone.”
The GIS map provides locations and phone numbers and hours for county-wide pharmacies, grocery stores with senior hours or delivery, senior centers and nursing homes. Many local grocery stores are designating senior only hours first thing in the morning to provide a recently cleaned, limited patron, environment and some have the option of home delivery with no contact payment. Changes or additions to the information can be submitted by calling 814-887-3108.

“GIS allows us to publish online maps that shows detailed information,” said McLaughlin. “In this circumstance we use simple pushpin style graphics to represent organizations and businesses that provide services to the senior citizens. We also have another digital map for community resources such as food bank locations, childcare facilities, and other services for our citizens. Within the next few days we intend on publishing a third online map that shows McKean County’s small business that are operational during this pandemic.”

Websites are included for McKean County local resources, PA Department of Aging, PA Department of Health, Office of Human Services and AARP Pennsylvania. A local directory lists numbers and hours for hotlines, helplines, crisis centers, senior centers, pharmacies, grocery stores with delivery, and nursing homes. 

“Nursing homes provide meals, medical care and maintain daily routines for residents,” said Forman. “But it’s really important right now to remember the social and mental health component that is suddenly missing from those daily routines. The option of telephone calls, video calls and window visits can help to meet this need and lessen the burden on healthcare workers of also filling that void.”

Many nursing homes offer alternatives to in person visits. Telephone numbers, hours of operation and the type of visits offered are listed in the resource guide. Virtual visitors are asked to call the individual nursing home during regular business hours for details. Nursing homes are still accepting admissions for those in need of residential care.

“In our everyday lives, we are doing all we can and all we know how, to protect our populations who are most vulnerable to this virus,” expressed Burgett. “We have to make sure our seniors can still have their needs met with a phone call and that they can reach someone who cares and who will help them get through this. They are so important and their survival and well-being just might be how we are all measured for how we weathered this storm.”

Lafayette Dispatched For Crash on Rt. 219

At 4:10 PM on Friday, Lafayette Fire  Rescue & Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 219, just south of Tack's Inn for a vehicle crash.

Donald E. STIVERS, 54, of Wellsville, NY


Donald E. STIVERS, 54, of Wellsville, NY, died Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Born January 17, 1966, in New London, CT, he was the son of William and Marrianne Mellott Stivers. 

on is survived by his son, Anthony Stivers of Olean. 

He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, John Noble. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship.

 Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Robert E. KUZARA, 61, of Harriman, TN, formerly of Wellsville, NY,

Robert E. KUZARA

Robert E. KUZARA, 61, of Harriman, TN, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died Monday, April 13, 2020 in Raphine, VA. 

Born August 26, 1958, in East Stroudsburg, PA, he was the son of Henry L. and Lois Starks Kuzara. 

U.S. Marine Corps
A graduate of Wellsville High School and Alfred Vocational School, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps from1976-1979. 

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. 

Surviving are: two sons, James Kuzara of Wellsville and Christopher Kuzara of Harriman, TN; two daughters, Dianna (Darryl) Depner of Wellsville and Samantha Ryan of Harriman, TN; a grandson, Leland Depner; a brother, Gerald Kuzara of Allegany, NY; two sisters, Lorrain Chandler of Tulsa, OK and Donna Greenan of Rochester; two aunts, Mildred Taite of FL and Norma Sisson of Olean; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Richard Kitchen, Raymond Kitchen, and Kevin Kitchen. 

 The immediate family will hold a private viewing at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at

Bolivar Dispatched to Natural Gas Leak

At 3:45 PM on Friday, Bolivar Fire Dept. was called to 593 County Road 33 for a report of a natural gas leak. 5 persons are affected.

McKean County Offices Require Masks for Public

In an effort to protect the public and county employees, the McKean County Commissioners and President Judge John Pavlock are asking that all visitors to all county buildings follow the state protocol to wear a mask beginning on Monday, April 20, 2020, until further notice. On Friday, Governor Wolf asked that all Pennsylvanians wear a cloth mask any time they leave their houses for life-sustaining reasons.

“During this crisis, as we continue to conduct county business and maintain government services, we need to prioritize the health of the public and our employees,” said Commissioner Tom Kreiner. “We encourage the use of cloth masks and we are pleased to see the efforts of our local essential businesses who are complying by requiring masks or offering curbside delivery. This action is the county government doing our part.”

County offices remain closed to the public with an exception for those doing essential business, by appointment only. Anyone who has business in any McKean County office building, including the Courthouse, Magisterial District Judge offices, Family Law Office, Domestic Relations Office, Department of Human Services, Children and Youth Services, Department of Emergency Services, McKean County Jail, Conservation District, Planning, Economic Development, Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA are asked to wear a cloth mask.

Beginning Monday, all McKean County employees entering the buildings for work are asked to wear masks. Employees are asked to wear masks in all public areas and when interacting with the public or entering other offices. A work in place protocol has been in effect to help maintain social distancing and business is being conducted by telephone and electronically when feasible.
“As the directive is for all Pennsylvanians to secure and use masks in public, we anticipate that our employees will be obtaining a face covering for this purpose before Monday,” added Kreiner. “We are looking into options to be able to provide standard surgical style masks, but in the meantime, with this immediate need, we are asking for cooperation.”

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Levine’s message to the public indicates that wearing a mask is an added layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staying at home, frequent and thorough hand washing and using hand sanitizer are important protocols to prevent transmissions. Maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.

The CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not medical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidelines.

Vehicle Into Tree Crash on Rt. 948

At 3:31 PM om Friday, Highland Fire Dept. & Kane ambulance has been dispatched to the area of 14246 Rt. 948 for a vehicle into a tree crash with injuries. Location is between Highland Road & Rt. 66. Reported truck in ditch & hit a tree.
Responders reporting slippery road conditions & requested PennDOT.

Gov. Wolf Unveils Plan for Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Recovery

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a Plan for Pennsylvania that will provide citizens and businesses relief, allow for a safe and expedient reopening, and lay a road to recovery from the challenges and hardships created by the 2019 novel coronavirus.

“I asked for you to close schools and businesses, cancel large events, stay at home, all in an effort to simply keep our friends, our neighbors, our families, our coworkers, alive,” said Gov. Wolf. “I will be forever grateful for your courage, compassion, and speed. Despite uncertainty, Pennsylvanians acted collectively, not because of any order, but because we care deeply for each other. Now I am asking again for you to believe in our Commonwealth.” Read more....

Eugene Orville Card, 85, of Sterling Run Rd., Driftwood, PA

Eugene Orville Card

Eugene Orville Card, 85, of Sterling Run Rd., Driftwood, PA died at his residence on Friday (April 17, 2020) morning following a lengthy illness.

He was born July 28, 1934 in Sterling Run, PA a son of the late Orville and Dorothy Berry Card.

On November 9, 1954 in Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church he married Glenda Mae Neenan, who survives.

Korean war veteran
Gene served with the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired pipeline welder for various companies and helped with the clean up of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant after the accident. 

He was a member of the Driftwood Emporium Lodge #532, F. and A.M. He had served as the Lumber Township Supervisor for 18 years. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing at church.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Glenn Card (Renee), Tempe, AZ; daughter, Marcia Card, Milwaukee, WI; one grandson Lee Aaron Card, Maricopa, AZ; brother, Stephen Card (Patricia), Beverly, MA; three sisters, Phyllis Eskew (Charles), DeLand, FL; Esther Sprung (William), DeLand, FL; and Dot Lewis, Emporium.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David and Charles "Joe" Card; two sisters, Peggy Samick and Shirley Reed.

There will be no visitation. Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Burial was in the Sterling Run Cemetery, Sterling Run, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Port Allegany School District


Port Allegany High School Senior Olivia Freer has been named a Hagan Scholarship recipient for Fall 2020. This scholarship is awarded to just a few hundred rural students across the nation. Olivia is leaning toward attending Thomas Jefferson University with a pre-med major.

The award includes:

1. $48,000 over the course of college to cover tuition and related expenses

2. A $15,000 Schwab Scholar Account that allows students to practice investing money and making decisions about stocks (students get to keep the appreciation and dividends from this account)

3. An expenses-paid study abroad experience of up to $8,000 during junior year of college

4. $2,000 during senior year to invest through Schwab in the stock market

This award is a testament to all of Olivia's hard work throughout high school. Congratulations Olivia.

Port Allegany School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Port Allegany, PA – April 13, 2020 – Port Allegany School District has been honored with
the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for
its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded
to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music
access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation,
Port Allegany School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation
requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the
music programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The
Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The Port Allegany music programs are recognized by our community and our region
as having a legacy built upon high expectations and excellence,” said Mr. Gary
Buchsen, Superintendent of the Port Allegany School District.

According to junior music student, Blake Price, “Music has definitely opened my eyes
to the world, and that there really is a world beyond Port Allegany. Our trip to New
York City helped me see many different cultures, political ideas, and different inventive
ideas. This has definitely helped to show what humanity is, and that everyone truly is
different and everyone truly is their own person.”

Senior music student, Mia Ambuski said, “Music has given me a number of
opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t involved in it. Being involved in music
has allowed me to travel to and perform at Disney, and it has given me the chance to
visit Washington D.C., Baltimore, and NYC. These are experiences I will never forget.
Music has also given me a great support system. The directors and music boosters are
encouraging, and they are there to support us in any way they can. I have met some
wonderful people by sharing music with them, and that is something I am extremely
grateful for.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and
social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education,
research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the
brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that
students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school,
but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in
musically-trained children that in those without music training. 

Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural
processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict
resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Port Allegany students have the opportunity to participate in music electives and co-curricular
classes in grades PreK through 12. Students in the upper elementary grades may participate
in choir and band with the opportunity to audition for the Elementary Ensemble. Students in
grades 7 through 12 may choose from choir, band, piano class, vocal arts, and other music
electives. High School students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular
ensembles including Chamber Singers, Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Marching Band. In the
Spring, students collaborate on a musical theatre production and concerts. Many students
participate in annual instrumental and choral festivals including: Elementary Song Fest, IU9
Band, PMEA District and Region Chorus and Band. 

The Port Allegany Music Department has a variety of concerts and performances each year, check the district calendar at for details about performances.


BRADFORD, Pa. -- Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music, will receive the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award.

Normally, the award is presented during the university’s honors convocation ceremony, which will not happen in-person this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Convocation had been scheduled for today.

Groffman is the director of Pitt-Bradford’s music programs.

“In his five years at Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Groffman’s exemplary teaching skills have allowed our music program curriculum to reach new heights, with strengthened existing courses as well as several new course offerings,” said Jeff Guterman, associate professor of broadcast communications and chair of the university’s Division of Communications and the Arts.

Guterman cited Groffman’s creation of a music minor and pep band in 2018 as well as positive teaching reviews and making a point of connecting visiting musicians directly with students in a learning environment.

Additionally, Groffman is a prolific composer and active performer. Several performances planned for spring and summer have been postponed, most notably a June pre-premiere workshop of a new opera, “Halcyon.” Groffman now expects that to take place in 2021.

Groffman has been working on the opera, commissioned by Vital Opera in the Hudson Valley, for five years with poet Sarah Heady. “Halcyon” has had two other pre-performance workshops in Millbrook, N.Y., and New York. Last summer, Groffman hosted a creative intensive at Pitt-Bradford, where the team worked to revise the structure of the opera.

“Halcyon” tells the story of Bennett College for Women in Millbrook, which closed in 1978. Groffman often takes musical inspiration from his environment. Exploring the decrepit remains of Bennett College near his hometown spurred his creation of the opera.

The June 2021 workshop will be funded by a University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund Grant of $12,000.

Groffman recently received two other grants from the University of Pittsburgh. A $3,000 grant from the Provost’s Initiative in Open Educational Resources is allowing him to develop online texts and resources for students.

In keeping with his interest in environmental soundscapes, Groffman received a $5,000 2020 Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Faculty Lectureship that he is using to develop an ecomusicology course for Spring 2021.

“Ecomusicology is part of a genuine effort for the humanities to contribute to the awareness of the environment,” he said. “My interest in it is something that I think would not have happened had I not taught at Pitt-Bradford. The campus and community are really centered around the outdoors, and my students have a real engagement with the outdoors.”

The course will cover everything from activist music of Pete Seeger and others to preserving the sound of natural soundscapes – something he’s been concentrating on during the current period of personal distancing.

Groffman said he has used part of his grant funds for recording equipment he is using to record the natural sounds of his in-laws’ farm in the Hudson Valley -- uninterrupted by the sounds of automobile or air traffic.

Groffman’s most recent live performances were of his original composition “Summer Wind(s)” last fall in Millbrook, N.Y., at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., and at the National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

House Republicans call on Wolf to address growing supply concerns

Food Supply Chain Needs Urgent Action

HARRISBURG – Recognizing the urgent need to address immediate challenges impacting the food supply chain across Pennsylvania, House Republicans have urged Gov. Tom Wolf to protect employees, address supply capacity rates and address a packaging material shortage that is resulting in an untold amount of food waste at a time when the state and country need those resources the most.

House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) and Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) represent vastly different parts of the Commonwealth, but all are seeing the effects of the supply chain challenges on their districts and hearing directly from workers, farmers and consumers who are impacted.

A letter sent to the governor and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding states in part:

“While we know that plenty of food is being produced at the farm level, we have serious and urgent concerns about the availability of the workforce trained and capable of processing the food, and the availability of necessary packaging in sizes for consumer use. These limitations seem to be contributing to milk dumping, poultry depopulation, vegetables rotting in the fields, and other types of unfortunate raw food waste.”

The letter acknowledges the governor’s recent request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer plans to assist the food supply chain, but the legislators argue more must be done by state leaders, especially in light of the closure of four separate meat processing facilities in Pennsylvania due to hundreds of employees testing positive for COVID-19.

The letter makes requests of the Wolf administration, including “prioritize and provide for rapid Abbott tests for food processing employees that an employer can administer before an employee enters a premise. Alternatively, until those tests and the reagent supply become more widely available, implement a plan to expedite the turnaround of test results for food processing employees.”

Beyond the health and safety of employees, the supply chain is facing a food packaging crisis, as many suppliers are running low, or are already out of packaging sizes required to meet higher-than-usual grocery store needs.

The House members will continue to partner with agriculture leaders and stakeholders across Pennsylvania and the nation to address these growing concerns and urge the governor to take action immediately to ensure the supply is not disrupted any further.

Gerald Thomas Kostkas, 73, of Cedar Park, Texas

Gerald Thomas Kostkas

Port Allegany – Gerald Thomas Kostkas, 73, of Cedar Park, Texas, died April 14, 2020 at the Cedar Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Cedar Park, TX

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany, PA.

Due to the current health concerns a memorial service will be held at a later date and time and will be announced

Town Hall Meeting Monday by Potter County Commissioners

Potter County Coronavirus Summary: FRIDAY P.M. Update

Potter County Today

Governor Tom Wolf has scheduled a major address on multiple issues related to Pennsylvania’s response to the Coronavirus epidemic at 2 pm Friday, April 17. Those who want to view the address can access the broadcast here.

A “town hall” will be hosted by Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel at 6 pm Monday, April 20. Those who want to listen in or participate in the one-hour program can call 814-274-0844 and then enter 114477# when prompted. Much of the moderated discussion will be the local response to the Coronavirus and its impact on Potter County. Joining the commissioners will be representatives of the Emergency Management Agency, UPMC Cole, Pa. CareerLink, Solid Waste Authority, Potter County Human Services and at least one state legislator. Members of the public can pose questions or offer input following brief presentations by each speaker. Read more....


Avet Pharmaceuticals Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Tetracycline HCl Capsules USP, 250 mg and 500 mg Due to Failed Dissolution Specifications
These drug products are manufactured by Avet Pharmaceuticals Labs Inc. and distributed under the Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. label. The voluntary recall is being initiated due to low out of specification dissolution test results.

Low dissolution results in less tetracycline available in the body to fight infection. This can lead to treatment failures. For patients with compromised immune systems and the elderly, who may be taking tetracycline to treat a serious infection such as pneumonia, there is a reasonable probability that if there is not enough tetracycline in the body to fight the infection, this could result in rapid progression of the infection and death. To date, Avet has not received adverse event reports or complaints related to this event.

Tetracycline HCl Capsules USP, 250 mg and 500 mg are indicated in the treatment of infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated organisms, including upper and lower respiratory infections, skin and soft tissues infections, infections caused by Rickettsiae, as adjunctive therapy in severe acne. The recalled Tetracycline HCl Capsules 250 mg and 500 mg lots were distributed to wholesalers and distributors Nationwide in United States between August 2019 and March 2020.

Avet is notifying its distributors and customers by a separate notification to distributors and through Qualanex and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers should contact their doctor for further guidance and potential change of treatment before they stop taking this drug product. Pharmacies and healthcare facilities that have the drug product subject to this recall should immediately stop dispensing this drug product.

Cuba Dispatched for Structure Fire on Jackson Hill

Allegany County Fire Wire
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Cuba and mutual aid companies responding to Jackson Hill for a structure fire.

New Hudson for tanker to scene. 

12:07 PM--All units RECALLED by Cuba chief.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Working to Protect Public Health and Family-Sustaining Jobs

With nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvanians unemployed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the House voted this week for legislation that would require transparency and consistency in how the governor determines which businesses can continue to operate.

Senate Bill 613 would not immediately or fully reopen the state’s economy. Instead, it would simply allow businesses that can comply with federal mitigation guidelines to resume operations and bring people back to work safely. Small businesses and their employees, self-employed workers, independent contractors and others should be given the opportunity to modify their operations and return to work. This would also allow them to continue providing for their families.

While we must continue to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and do all we can to protect against its spread, we need to start taking steps now to plan a path forward for workers, business owners and the economy as well.

The Senate also approved the bill this week and it is now awaiting action by the governor.

Other Legislative Action
Also this week, the House supported legislation – Senate Bill 841 – that would allow local governments to extend property tax discount periods and/or waive penalties or late fees, protect educational opportunities for low-income students by allowing educational tax credit contributions to be delayed until the end of the business tax year, save school districts money by allowing various contracts to be renegotiated for the period of the school closure, allow for remote notary services and authorize local governments to meet through authorized
telecommunications devices for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration. This bill is awaiting action by the governor.

We also adopted a bill to help our vital emergency responders. House Bill 1189 would establish the Volunteer Emergency Responders Employer Tax Credit program for employers who allow an employee who serves with a volunteer emergency service organization to respond to an emergency call during work hours. The bill also would extend disability benefits for first responders to be covered in the event they contract COVID-19 in the line of duty.

To help better track cases of COVID-19, the bill would require health care facilities to provide specific demographic data about positive tests within three days of a diagnosis. The state Department of Health would then be required to publish publicly accessible reports with case statistics broken down by ZIP code.

Finally, the bill would extend the expiration of driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and parking placards for people with disabilities that are set to expire during the disaster declaration to 60 days after the declaration has ended.

House Bill 1189 is pending action in the Senate.

Unemployment Compensation Update

Unemployment Compensation Update
The state has started to implement portions of the federal CARES Act changes to the unemployment compensation system. Claimants this week started to receive the extra $600 per week in compensation required under the law.

As of this writing, we are still waiting for the state Department of Labor and Industry to launch the application for self-employed workers and independent contractors to apply for assistance. It is expected to be available soon. I encourage you to check back on my Facebook page, where I will share the link as soon as it becomes available, or visit the department website here.

If you are looking for more information about the CARES Act and its impact on unemployment compensation, click here. This page has general information on the new benefits available under the act as well as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance frequently asked questions and federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation frequently asked questions.

If you are unable to find answers to your questions about unemployment online, you are encouraged to contact the department by email at to avoid a long wait on the phone. Keep a copy of the email as a record of your contact.

District Office Update
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.  

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What’s New?

The Department of Labor and Industry has launched a new online COVID-19 job portal to help Pennsylvanians who are out of work find opportunities with life-sustaining businesses that are hiring. People seeking employment can visit and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings. Selecting the “Apply Now” button for a listed position will redirect individuals to the employer’s website or email where they can apply directly with the employer and speed up the hiring process. Life-sustaining businesses can feature their job openings on the portal through an easy to use online form. Businesses must meet the criteria of a life-sustaining business and must have more than 10 job openings.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering two new tools to help people ensure they receive their economic impact payments authorized under the federal CARES Act. One tool is for people who don’t normally file a tax return (please note it is not necessary for people who receive Social Security retirement, disability or survivor benefits, or Railroad Retirement and survivor benefits to complete this form, unless you have qualifying children to claim). The tool for non-filers is available here.  The second tool is for people who file but need to update direct deposit or mailing address information, or to check your payment status and confirm payment type. That form is available here. Learn more about economic impact payments here.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is making temporary changes to Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to keep families enrolled in CHIP for the duration of the public health emergency and to ease access to medical services for children being screened or receiving treatment for COVID-19. Read more here.

The Pennsylvania departments of State and Banking and Securities has issued some limited guidance about allowable activities related to residential real estate transactions that were initiated prior to the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration. Read the guidance memo here.

Businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months. That means businesses that normally have a monthly prepayment requirement will not be charged penalties for missing the prepayment deadline during this three-month period. Read more here.