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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Emporium Dispatched for Activated Fire Alarm

Cameron County Fire Wire
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Cameron 14
401 West 4th Street
Emporium Borough
Activated Fire Alarm

Carrol “Pete” R. Major, 82, of 632 Costello Road, Austin, PA

Carrol “Pete” R. Major

Carrol “Pete” R. Major, 82, of 632 Costello Road, Austin, PA died following a brief illness at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA on Saturday morning (May 2, 2020).

He was born October 3, 1937 in Austin, PA a son of the late Harold and Deloris Sheppard Major.

US Army Veteran
Pete graduated from Austin High School. After high school he entered the US Army where he served for three years. He was he retired meat manager of the former Market Basket in Emporium. He then worked for Emporium Specialties in Austin for several years. 

He was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and the Austin Ambulance Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to car shows. Most of all he loved restoring old automobiles with his son Kevin.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Major (Ludy), Emporium; Companion, Shirley Houston, Austin; two sisters, Anna Mae Comino, Port Allegany and Bonnie Killcoin (Gerald), Port Allegany.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola and Vivian Major and two brothers, Donald and Stanley Major,

No visitation and services will be private

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Austin Ambulance or to the Austin Fire Company, 42 Main St., P.O. Box 328, Austin, PA 16720

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Phyllis M. Johnson, 95, of Minard Run Road, Bradford, and a former longtime resident of Emporium, PA

Phyllis M. Johnson

Phyllis M. Johnson, 95, of Minard Run Road, Bradford, and a former longtime resident of Emporium, PA, died at home on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

She was born February 27, 1925, in Soldier, Jefferson County, PA, the daughter of Charles and Anna Mowrey. She spent her childhood there until her family moved to Force, PA during WW2.

Phyllis was a member of the Weedville High School Class of 1943 and shortly after that moved to Emporium to work at Sylvania Electric. 

On August 14, 1954, in the First United Methodist Church, Emporium, she married the love of her life, Moe Johnson, who died November 9, 2019. They were happily married for 65 years. Phyllis was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and especially cherished her time with her grandchildren. She happily assisted Moe in building their home in Rich Valley. After their first child was born, the couple decided she would stay home as a homemaker and caregiver to her family which she contentedly did for many years.

In 1975 she was baptized and became a longtime member of the Emporium Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was currently a member of the Bradford Congregation. She treasured her relationship with her Heavenly Father and especially enjoyed observing His creation around her. 

She is survived by her children:
Jeff (Stephanie) Johnson of Minden, NV, granddaughter Jessica (Stephen) Graves and great granddaughters Katelynn and Brooke of Minden, Nevada;
Kevin (Linda) Johnson of Emporium, grandsons Adam (Heather), Cory (Justine), Eric (Brittany) and great grandson Zane Maurice;
Lori (Keith) McKenrick of Bradford, PA;
sister Anna Uberti, Dubois, PA and brothers Jim (Dee) Mowrey of North Tonawanda, NY, and Tom Mowrey of Soldier, PA; and brother-in-law Ray Yohe, Soldier, PA and sister-in-laws Mitzi Burdick and Betty Johnson, Smethport, PA, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Aldine, George, Chuck, Lavina, Martina, Gertrude, Bob, Phil, Bill, Harry, and Bertha. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers that assisted her to stay home during her decline. Also, many thanks to Bradford Manor Staff and VNA Northwestern PA Hospice staff for their kind care. 

There will be no visitation. A virtual Memorial service with immediate family present will be held at Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM with Zane Keniston and elder with the Hinsdale Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating. To view the Memorial live and visit with the family remotely can log onto Barnett Funeral Home website and watch through the link on Phyllis’ obituary.

Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834, or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Warwick NY

Online condolences may be placed at


FIRST News Now
16 mins ·

FNN Article with images © May 2, 2020.

MANSFIELD, PA - JoAnn D. Tomb, age 67, passed away due to the injuries she suffered in a single vehicle accident on Friday, May 1, 2020, in Richmond Township.

The crash occurred in the area of 845 Route 660 around 1:15PM. Mansfield Hose Company responded to the early afternoon crash. Route 660 was closed down due to the crash at the intersection of North Elk Run Road and South Bullock intersection and at the intersection of North Elk Run Road and Rice Road, FNN was told. Traffic was rerouted using the Rice Road and South Bullock Road, as emergency crews worked.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, the crash occurred as Tomb was traveling East along Route 660 (North Elk Run Road) in the right lane of travel while negotiating a left curve when she lost control of the Honda CRV she was driving. Tomb traveled off the North side of the roadway, through a residential yard and struck a tree with the left front corner of her vehicle. The vehicle rotated 180 degrees and then traveled East where it came to a final rest in a small creek facing South.

State police noted that JoAnn Tomb passed away at the scene. That information was confirmed by Tioga County Coroner who was on scene.

To Hamlin Memorial Library Patrons:

Many of you have likely heard that Gov. Wolf may be opening things up in the near future. 

While libraries have been mentioned, we want to clarify that at this time, we have no start date or instructions from Commonwealth Libraries. 

We expect that we will have restrictions when we do open, such as only curbside pick-up for a time, social distancing, face masks, etc. We will most likely not be able to host large groups at the library for some time and are currently researching alternatives for summer reading. 

Rest assured, we will open as soon as we are able to do so safely--thank you for your patience and understanding while we all work through this together! 

Lori & Sara

Roulette Alumni Banquet Postponed

David Shalkowski
Just now ·

After a long discussion, the 2020 alumni is going to be postponed with a new date TBD. We appreciate all of the support and look forward to having the banquet in the near future. More updates to follow. Thank you for understanding.

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Wellsville Dispatched To Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident

At 10:35 AM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire & EMS has been dispatched to the South Main Street/Genesee Parkway intersection for a vehicle/pedestrian accident with victim lying in roadway.
10:46 AM--Victim being transported to Jones Memorial by ambulance.

Austin & Emporium Fire & EMS Join Forces To Locate & Transport Victim of Medical Emergency

Austin Volunteer Fire Department
15 mins ·

Last evening at 18:45 Austin Ambulance was dispatched to a Medical Emergency in Portage Township reported at the intersection of Bailey Run and Ridge Road. Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) immediately requested the dispatch of Patrol 44-4 and 44-14 due to the reported location of the call. Within 5 minutes Ambulance 44-6, and Medic 7 responded, with a helicopter on standby. Patrol 44-4, 44-14 and Chief 44 (N. Burgett) responded moments later.

Ambulance 44-6 arrived at the given location, and found no one. Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) updated dispatch, and requested Emporium Ambulance be dispatched for possible intersect had patient traveled Hunts Run to Rt. 120. Chief 44 (N.Burgett) requested Emporium Fire with Utility respond to assist in search from Rt. 120 to Ridge Road utilizing the Hunts Run Road, as well as assist with possible landing zone. Dept 44 Responders on scene in a POV then travelled Ridge Road North toward Cowley Hill, while additional responders headed South From Cowley Hill searching. Patrol 44-14 arrived on scene and headed South on the Ridge Road toward Brooks Run searching. Ambulance and Medic staged at intersection of Hunts Run, Ridge and Bailey Run Roads.

With Elk and Tioga County dispatch working to contact and ping the location of the caller, and Fire and EMS Crews from both Austin and Emporium working to search the area, we narrowed the search area and covered ground quickly. Patrol 44-4 located the patient approximately 4 miles from the originally reported location, in Lumber Township, Cameron County and was able to direct Ambulance 44-6 and Medic 7 to the scene.

Emporium crews then went to work finding and securing a landing zone. Due to weather helicopters were not able to fly. Ambulance 44-6 & Medic 7 transported. All units were back in quarters and available at 22:28.

Great Job and Teamwork by all involved. Thank you to all of our responders EMS and Fire, and a big thank you to Emporium Crews for their quick response and assistance. Also a huge thank you to both Tioga County Pennsylvania 9-1-1 and Elk County 911 for all of their assistance in locating the patient, working to find an available helicopter, and smooth radio communications.

Tracy Orlowski
Chief 44-60

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Pennsylvania turkey hunters coming off a perfect season.
With the statewide spring turkey season about to begin, the state’s hunters have a record performance to match.

In 2019, Pennsylvania’s spring turkey season hit an all-time high for hunter safety. For the first time in history, not a single hunting-related shooting incident was recorded during the season.

“Hunter safety has been at the forefront of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s thinking for decades upon decades, and through effective requirements and programs to educate our hunters, incredible improvements have been made over the years,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “Hunting in Pennsylvania is as safe as it’s ever been. But at the same time, we continue to work toward an even better safety record. Perfection is always the goal, and I couldn’t be more proud of the perfect performance our spring turkey hunters turned in last year.”

Hunter-safety results from the 2019 spring turkey season are part of a larger report on hunter safety the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today. Overall in 2019, there were 26 hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) – injuries caused by sporting arms while hunting or trapping. It was the seventh consecutive year with fewer than 30 HRSIs and one of the safest years on record. However, four of the incidents in 2019 were fatal.

In 2018, there were 27 HRSIs, one of them fatal.

Pennsylvania has compiled data on HRSIs since 1915. In its annual reports on HRSIs, the Game Commission establishes an incident rate by computing the number of accidents per 100,000 participants. The 3.06 incident rate in 2019 was a decrease from the 2018 incident rate of 3.16.

Fifty-eight percent, of incidents reported in 2019 were inflicted by others, and the primary cause of HRSIs, 42 percent, was a victim being in the line of fire. The second most common cause was the unintended discharge of a firearm.

To view the Game Commission’s 2019 HRSI report, visit and click the Hunting Related Shooting Incidents link on the Hunter-Trapper Education page.

Aside from there being no HRSIs in the spring turkey season, there were none in the fall turkey seasons either.

“Following a multi-year initiative to reduce the number of incidents during turkey seasons through education and awareness, the Game Commission is happy to announce a full calendar year without any turkey hunting-related shooting incidents,” said Hunter-Trapper Education Coordinator Meagan Thorpe.

HRSIs in Pennsylvania have declined nearly 80 percent since hunter-education training began in 1959. In 2019, 30,821 students, 22,526 traditional course students and 8,295 online students, received their Basic Hunter-Trapper Education certification in Pennsylvania. This educational effort is spearheaded by a dedicated corps of 1,828 volunteer instructors teaching Pennsylvania’s hunters basic safety and advanced hunting skills.

“These volunteers play an enormous role in keeping Pennsylvania trending toward safer and safer hunting, and they deserve heartfelt thanks from all of us,” Burhans said. “By putting safety first in the minds in new hunters, instructors for more than half a century have helped save lives, reduce injuries and ensure the future of hunting will be a strong and safe one.”

Spring turkey season

Pennsylvania’s statewide spring turkey season opens Saturday, May 2 and runs through May 30.

Only bearded birds may be harvested. Each hunter is provided a spring turkey harvest tag with his or her general license, and each license buyer, prior to the start of the season, also may purchase a special spring turkey license that permits the harvest of a second bearded turkey.

Special spring turkey licenses cost $21.90 for residents and $41.90 for nonresidents and can be purchased from any license issuing agent, a list of which is available at Licenses also are available online, but those bought online must be mailed, and hunters must sign them and have them in their possession to hunt with them.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission asks spring turkey hunters in the coming season to practice social distancing and follow other COVID-19 guidelines issued by the state Department of Health.

“The spring turkey season always packs excitement, and with the cooperation of attentive hunters, the upcoming season will be a safe one, too,” Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said.

Cody Michael Steis, 30, of 740 Hall Avenue, St. Marys, PA

Cody Michael Steis

Cody Michael Steis, 30, of 740 Hall Avenue, St. Marys, PA, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Penn Highlands DuBois.

He was born on May 6, 1989 in DuBois, a son of Timothy and Mary Lynn Braun Steis.

Cody was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, class of 2007, where he was active with the color guard, marching band, and show choir. 

In 2009, he graduated from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute for Hospitality Management. He was employed at several fast food restaurants and enjoyed serving the community. In his spare time, Cody taught color guard at Westmont Hilltop. 

Cody's life will live on through the memories created with his friends and loved ones. He will be remembered for always having a smile on his face. He was willing to help anyone with anything; never asking for anything in return. His presence was unlike any other and he will never be forgotten.

In addition to his parents, Cody is survived by two brothers; Cole Steis and Cougar Steis, his maternal grandparents Bunny and Mary Braun of St. Marys and by his paternal grandmother, Linda Steis of St. Marys. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Wayne Steis, and by an uncle, Robbie Steis.

A private viewing and service will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

In keeping with the kindness Cody showed others throughout his life, his legacy will live on through the gift of life he gave by being an organ donor. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the CORE-Center for Organ Recovery and Education, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at

PA Council on Aging Releases Findings from Survey of Older Adults During Pandemic

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) today released the findings of a statewide survey conducted by PCoA to assess the status, needs and interests of older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak. The survey inquired about food access, public risk factors, and social connection.

The brief online survey, conducted during the first week of April in both English and Spanish, drew more than 3,700 responses from older adults across Pennsylvania. The survey included questions on how often the older adult communicates with people outside their home, technologies they are using to connect, how often they are leaving their home during this pandemic and their primary reasons for doing so.

COVID-19 is a virus that vastly and disproportionately affects older adults. According to the CDC, older adults are much more at risk of fatality. Eight out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults aged 65 and older. In Pennsylvania, the majority of COVID-19-related hospitalizations are of people aged 65 and older.

“The PCoA determined that there was an immediate need to better understand the landscape that older adults in Pennsylvania are navigating during this crisis,” said PCoA Executive Director Faith Haeussler. “The overwhelming response we received to the survey provides a wealth of insights into their living situations, how they’re getting their needs met, what types of risks they’re taking, what types of activities matter most to them, how connected or isolated they feel, and where they could use some extra help.”

Those aged 60-80 made up 81% of the survey respondents. Those who are over the age of 80 made up 17%. This mirrors the Pennsylvania population of older adults, according to the US Census.

Some of the major findings are:

Older adults, on average, are going out almost twice weekly to get groceries.
Older adults are also going to the pharmacy at high numbers, even though almost all pharmacies have offered delivery and drive-through options for shopping and prescription-filling.
Adults aged 85 and older reported that senior centers were the third source they relied on for their community connection. The first two were family and religious institutions.
Almost 6% of the “oldest” older adults (91 years and older) reported that they still attended religious events.
Fewer than 20% of the “oldest” older adults have access to smartphones, but more than 20% stated that they were interested in virtual connections.

The survey revealed differences among age groups and rural and urban settings in how older adults connect with their communities, how they access food, and what technologies they use to stay connected. Several themes emerged highlighting areas where older adults can be supported during this pandemic and in the future. Some of these themes and related recommendations include:

Evaluating how older adults can access food more safely
Implementing services and support to maintain communication with older adults and minimize social isolation
Increasing access to virtual connectivity across the commonwealth for older adults

“We’re very excited about this survey and its potential applications,” said PCoA Board Chair Mickey Flynn. “In addition to providing practical recommendations for helping older adults meet their needs during the COVID-19 emergency, the PCoA views the data collected as a rich resource for continued planning for services for older adults now and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Wolf Administration and the Department of Aging are keenly aware that food access, community connections and social isolation have and will continue to be issues affecting older adults’ well-being and quality of life,” said Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “The responses drawn by this survey, in real time during this pandemic, present an opportunity for us to deepen our collective understanding of these major issues and engage with partners to develop thoughtful, creative and effective solutions.”

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging serves as an advocate for older individuals and advises the Governor and the Department of Aging on planning, coordination, and delivery of services to older individuals. The Council’s 21 volunteer members, the majority of whom are required to be age 60 or older, are nominated by the Governor and approved by the Senate. Members of the Council also serve as chairpersons for five regional councils totaling 65 volunteers, which meet quarterly. These regional councils gather information and insights on local needs and service delivery and report their findings to the Council. They also serve as resources for research and community outreach efforts.

The full report can be accessed here.

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

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s mission is to promote independence, purpose and wellbeing in the lives of older adults through advocacy, service and protection while creating a commonwealth where older adults are embraced and empowered to live and age with dignity and respect. The Department represents Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing older population, currently more than 3 million people age 60 and over, and oversees an array of services and support programs that are administered through its network of 52 local Area Agencies on Aging.

Learn more about the various programs offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging here.

Wolf Administration: New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly $324 million in funding has been awarded to 31 hospitals across the commonwealth through the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, which provides short-term financial relief as hospitals combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in their area.

“As Pennsylvania continues to practice social distancing, we have successfully flattened the curve, but we know that our fight against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will allow our hospitals to hold steady in that fight with the peace of mind that they have access to the resources they need to provide critical care to their communities.”

A list of approved hospitals can be found here.

The loan package was made available to the commonwealth’s hospitals to provide immediate financial support for working capital to ensure that these facilities have sufficient personnel, equipment, and personal protective equipment.

The funding was dispersed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Pennsylvania First Program (PA First).

“Our number one priority is protecting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians, and that priority extends from the home to the hospitals,” Governor Wolf said. “By distributing this emergency funding to our commonwealth’s health care system, we are safeguarding our hospitals working hard to combat this virus.”

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, with the goal of easing the financial strain of the pandemic and smoothing the transition back into regular health care operation.

Pennsylvania health care facilities licensed as hospitals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 that are eligible to receive federal grant funding through the CARES Act are eligible for HELP.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit

Secretary of Agriculture: Farmers Market Season is Here, Markets Prepared to Safely Serve Pennsylvanians Amid COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvanians that with spring and warm weather comes farmers market season in the commonwealth. Farmers markets, like grocery stores, offer life-sustaining food and essentials and have been provided guidance from the department for how to continue operations safely and with minimal risk amid the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“While farmers work hard year-round to push food to grocery stores, many are also working hard to stock their own market shelves and feed their local community,” said Secretary Redding. “Farmers markets are a fundamental piece of Pennsylvania’s supply chain; something many Pennsylvanians have become acutely aware of in recent weeks.”

When Governor Tom Wolf first designated agriculture and the supply chain as life sustaining, tthe Department of Agriculture issued guidance for Farmers Markets and On-Farm Markets with recommendations on how to continue operations safely and minimize contact for shoppers and employees. The guidance includes:

Offer delivery or pick up options and online or phone ordering if possible.
Pre-package bags of fruit, vegetables, and other items to limit shoppers’ handling food and keep customers moving quickly.
Offer designated times for high-risk and elderly persons to shop at least once a week.
Communicate with consumers via website or social media to explain changes, delivery options, or other extra precautions to mitigate against COVID-19.
Separate stands to limit crowds and consider limiting the number of customers in the market at one time.
If possible, have a different person handle products and handle money, or wash hands and sanitize between tasks.
Remove tablecloths and eliminate samples and eating areas.

The guidance also offers farms the opportunity to open an on-farm stand to sell raw produce, eggs, or shelf stable packaged foods such as jams, jellies, or baked goods without additional food safety licenses.

In addition to the above recommendations, markets are advised to adhere to Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s worker safety order and the Department of Agriculture’s guidance for Sanitization and Diagnosed Employees. Market operators are also encouraged to take advantage of free resources and webinars provided by Penn State Extension for farmers market managers to maintain safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because the Department of Agriculture worked so quickly to create guidelines for farmers markets and on-farm markets, Penn State Extension and our partners were able to develop factsheets, articles, webinars and open forums around these guidelines to help the more than 1,000 essential farmers markets in the commonwealth to operate in a safe manner and continue to feed their communities,” said PA Farm Markets Director and Penn State Extension Education Program Associate Brian Moyer.

Pennsylvanians interested in supporting local can find a market by visiting or by looking for the PA Preferred® logo when shopping in a grocery store for a guarantee that you’re supporting a Pennsylvania farmer.

“This pandemic does not limit our need for food. In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” added Redding. “So let’s remember where that food comes from, and make intentional choices to directly support local farmers. Pennsylvania’s farmers markets and farm stands offer the essentials you need and they’re working harder than ever to provide a safe, reliable service.”

For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit

Bradford Ambulance To Marilla Reservoir

At 8:48 AM on Saturday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to Marilla Reservoir for a older male who fell into the water. Male has been gotten out of the water but rescuers are fearing hypothermia.

Express Care Clinic At UPMC Cole Closed May 2nd And 3rd

Soft Opening At Blueberry Hill Farm Saturday & Sunday; Mothers' Day Baskets
Blueberry Hill Farm
1 hr ·

Well, we were anticipating a full opening on Tuesday, the 5th but we have decided to have a "soft" opening this weekend ! So, Sat & Sun we will be open limited hours 12 pm until 5 pm.
We have about 70 some 10 inch baskets ready for Mothers Day, along with some lettuces, cabbage and parsley. Also in the line up is Gerber Daisies, perennial Primrose, some Geraniums, pansies ... We tried for orange and black pansies to honor our Smethport seniors, but black pansies are especially hard to come by, so we settled on orange and deep blue. We also have some spikes, sw potatoe and vinca vine ready.

We gladly accept all forms of payment, cash, check & credit cards.

Please remember recommended Social Distancing guidelines for everyone's safety.

May Day Parade Changed To Tuesday, May 5th at Sweden Valley Manor

Friday, May 1, 2020

No Injuries In One Car Crash On Rt.219 In Horton TWP.


Governor Wolf notified the Cameron County Commissioners today, effective May 8, 2020, Cameron County will be moving into the Yellow Phase of the gradual re-opening of the Commonwealth.

The Phased re-opening information is available on our website,

The purpose of the Yellow Phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.

All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning. The Govenor’s office, in conjunction with the Commissioners and EMA Office, will be monitoring public health indicators and will adjust orders and restrictions as necessary.

Cameron County Commissioners

Emporium Dispatched to Assist Austin on Medical Emergency Call

Cameron County Fire Wire
19 mins ·

Cameron 14
Route 120 and Hunts Run Road
Ridge Road and Bailey Run Road
Assist Austin Department 44
Search Detail/EMS Assist

Planned power interruption affecting Driftwood, Sinnamahoning, Benezette and Westport, Pa

Cameron County Fire Wire
29 mins ·

There will be a planned power interruption affecting West Penn Power customers in the vicinity of Driftwood, Sinnamahoning, Benezette and Westport, Pa

The interruption is schedule for Wednesday May 6, 2020 with a raindate on Thursday, May 7.
Customers will experience a service interruption between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A total of 979 customers will be impacted.

Each customer impacted will be notified via the contact information listed on their electric account. Customers needing to update their account information or want to sign-up to receive alerts by email or text can call the contact center at: 1-800-686-0021 or go online at:; select - Text and Email Alerts.

Fire & EMS Dispatched To Crash

At 7:30 PM on Friday, Fire & EMS dispatched to a crash at 12859 Bingham Road.

Bradford Dispatched for Possible House Fire

At 6:40 PM on Friday,Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to High Street & North Street for a possible house fire.


FIRST News Now
50 mins ·

FNN Traveler Alert 4:30PM

WELLSBORO, PA - Pennsylvania State Police, Burkholder's Towing and Wellsboro fire personnel were on scene where a milk truck was said to have been involved in an accident in which he went off the road. A reader told FNN that the accident occurred around 3:28PM along the Catlin Hollow Road and the Muck Road.

Burkholder's Towing was called in to assist in moving the milk truck back onto the roadway.

Not much is know about the incident, however, Catlin Hollow Road has been shut down while crews work to move the truck.

Sandra L. Holly, 65, of 8998 Spring Street, Cuba

Sandra L. Holly
 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

Sandra L. Holly, 65, of 8998 Spring Street, Cuba, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born on August 24, 1954, in Olean she was a daughter of William and Felicia Sirianni Fie, Jr. On November 18, 1983, in Olean, she married Larry Charles “Chuck” Holly who survives.

She was a graduate of Olean High School Class of 1973 and received her Cosmetology Certificate from BOCES.

Sandra had worked for House of Joy Hair Salon and Hairstyling and Counter of Olean and last for Pok’s Salon in Allegany before retiring due to illness.

She enjoyed showing Irish Setter dogs with her daughter throughout the Untied States, ceramics, and gardening and loved her flower beds.

In addition to her husband she is survived by
2 Daughters Jenna Holly Wellsville
Stacey Holly and her fiancé Tim Hanson of Portville
5 grandchildren
A Sister Barbara (Joseph) Austin Cuba
Several Nieces and Nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister Gail A. Fie on October 27, 2013.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family when gatherings are able to be held.

Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 1) – All signs point to a successful season ahead as Walleye and Sauger fishing begins in Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 2.

"Walleye are a popular catch for anglers seeking fish that can grow to significant size and make great table fare," said Kris Kuhn, Director, Bureau of Fisheries of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC). "This season is a welcome sign of spring, especially on the many larger lakes where Walleye populations are plentiful."

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all anglers participating in Walleye and Sauger fishing are reminded to practice social distancing under the guidance of the PA Department of Health and CDC. The PFBC recommends that anglers wear a mask and fish only with immediate family living in the same household. When fishing around others from shore or on a boat, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals. Anglers planning to use the services of a guide or charter boat should consult the Governor’s guidance for life-sustaining businesses and contact businesses in advance to ensure that services are available.

Walleye fishing is regulated under Commonwealth Inland Waters regulations, with a minimum harvest size of 15-inches and a daily creel limit of six fish. For Sauger, the Walleye’s smaller cousin which is naturally present only in the Three Rivers area of western Pennsylvania, harvest is regulated with a 12-inch minimum size limit and a six fish daily creel limit.

Differences in each fish’s appearance is subtle, with one exception; the Sauger’s dorsal or back fin possesses many pea size black spots on the fin membrane which are not evident in Walleyes. Other differences include several darker mottled saddle patches on the Sauger’s back with the Walleye’s back typically uniformly colored. For more details about fish identification, visit the Pennsylvania Fishes page at

Walleye fishing opportunities exist across the Commonwealth from the Allegheny, Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers to Lake Erie, Pymatuning Reservoir, Blue Marsh Lake, Raystown Lake, Lake Wallenpaupack and many other locations. Many large and medium size reservoirs and flowing water river and stream sections are biannually stocked with fingerling Walleyes as described in our Walleye Plan.

2020 Lake Erie creel limits for Walleye were announced by the PFBC in April and allow for the legal harvest of six Walleye per day exceeding 15 inches. Lake Erie harvest limits are set annually by the PFBC based upon abundance estimates derived from collaborative assessment programs that include all jurisdictions bordering Lake Erie including Pennsylvania. PFBC biologists note that several abundant year classes, especially the 2018 year-class representing two-year-old fish, will comprise angler catch. Biologists note that two-year-old Walleyes will be around 15-inches in length or less, with some not reaching the 15-inch size limit. Overall, PFBC Biologists report that conditions remain favorable for Lake Erie Walleye anglers who have experienced record high harvest rates since 2017.

Annually, the PFBC collects approximately 90 million eggs from brood stock Walleyes collected in Pymatuning Reservoir in Crawford County, as well as Duck Harbor Pond in Wayne County, and Lake Wallenpaupack in Pike and Wayne Counties. Between 1 and 1.5 million fish are raised to fingerling size before being stocked, while the remainder are stocked as fry.

Anglers seeking above average opportunity to catch Walleyes this season can find a list of Pennsylvania's Best Fishing Waters based on biologist population survey data, and Walleye fishing tips.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - Free Training

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Register for this free webinar to learn more about the following FFCRA Requirements: Coverage, Employee Eligibility, Qualifying Reasons for Leave, Number of Weeks and Hours of Leave Available, and Calculation of Pay. Karen Welton, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division will be the presenter. The webinar is schedule for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register online at

Smethport Dispatched To Crash on West Main Street

On May 1, at 4:13 pm Smethport Fire Dept. and Ambulance were dispatched to Main ST. in front Of The Kwik Fill For A 1 Car MVA. Patient Being Treated For possible Cardiac arrest.

John A. Fowler, 70, of Austin

 John A. Fowler

John A. Fowler, 70, of Austin, passed away Thursday April 30, 2020 in his home surrounded by family, after a brave fight with cancer.

 Born October 3, 1949 in Port Allegany, PA to John F. and Alma (Mahon) Fowler, John grew up in Austin. He graduated from Austin High School, then Glenville State, and returned to the Austin School District where he taught Health and Physical Education for 32 years.

 On August 23, 1968 he married Sandra Stuckey with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.

John was very active in his community, and attended the Costello Methodist Church. He volunteered with the Austin Ambulance Association, coached basketball, drove school bus, played softball and Alley Cat baseball, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, when not teaching he worked as a contractor painting houses, helped maintain Forest Hill and Gilmore Cemeteries, and after he retired from teaching he owned and operated John’s Auto Repair in Austin.

 In his free time he loved spending time with his family, going to the casino and coming back and telling tall tales.

John is survived by his wife: Sandra Fowler of Austin; two sons: Michael J. and Clint J. Fowler, both of Austin; two daughters: Angela Brewer (Scott) of Coudersport, and Kimberly Rees of Austin; 12 grandchildren; a brother: Jeff Fowler (Betsy) of Austin; two sisters: Kathy Gresh (Ron) of Austin , and Pamela Glover (Tom) of Austin; and a sister-in-law: Donna Fowler of Port Allegany.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Victor Fowler and a brother-in-law: Ron Geish.

Due to social concerns surrounding Covid-19, there will be a memorial service at a later date. John’s family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915 with his arrangements. Anyone wishing to make a donation in John’s memory is encouraged to remember the Austin Ambulance Association PO Box 328 Austin, PA 16720. To share a memory or condolence, please visit

Carolyn Davis Noyes Lake, of Warren, PA

Carolyn Lake

Carolyn Davis Noyes Lake, of Warren, PA., died peacefully with her daughter at her side, Friday afternoon, May 1, 2020. 

 A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Lane Closures Next Week on I-80 WB in Union County; Lane Closures Next Week on I-80 in Columbia County

Lane Closures Next Week on I-80 WB in Union County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists who drive Interstate 80 westbound are advised of alternating lane closures next week in Lewis, West Buffalo, and White Deer Townships, Union County. A PennDOT maintenance crew will be conducting maintenance work between mile markers 194.5 and 199.1.

The work will take place starting Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Motorists can expect alternating lane closures while the work is being completed.

The work is expected to be completed by Thursday, May 7, weather permitting.

Motorists should be alert, watch for slow or stopped vehicles, expect lane changes, travel delays, and drive with caution through the work zone.

Normal highway and bridge construction projects in Pennsylvania remain paused as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This project is part of critical work that continues statewide addressing safety needs and work needed to eliminate roadway restrictions that could impede the ability for the movement of life sustaining goods and services.

Lane Closures Next Week on I-80 in Columbia County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists who drive Interstate 80 eastbound and westbound are advised of alternating lane closures next week in Columbia County. A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County will conduct bridge flushing activities next week on Interstate 80.

The work will take place starting Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Motorists can expect the following:
• May 4 and May 5, alternating lane closures from mile marker 228 through 247.
• May 6 and May 7, alternating lane closures at mile marker 242.

The work is expected to be completed by Thursday, May 7, weather permitting.

Governor Wolf Live Announcement For Covid-19

Gov. Wolf Announces Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8

PA State Rep. Martin Causer
13 mins ·

CONFIRMED: Cameron, McKean and Potter counties are among two dozen counties identified for moving to "yellow" status under the governor's COVID-19 mitigation plan. Read his full release below. You'll note at the bottom that more guidance about what this actually means won't be coming until Monday.

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Gov. Wolf Announces Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8

Harrisburg, PA – Balancing economic benefits and public health risks, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state, moving them from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8.

“Over the past two months, Pennsylvanians in every corner of our commonwealth have acted collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have seen our new case numbers stabilize statewide and while we still have areas where outbreaks are occurring, we also have many areas that have few or no new cases.”

Counties Moving to Yellow Reopening
The 24 counties that will move from red to yellow on May 8 are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.

These counties were deemed ready to move to a reopening – or yellow phase – because of low per-capita case counts, the ability to conduct contact tracing and testing, and appropriate population density to contain community spread.

Decision Process
The administration partnered with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to create a Risk-Based Decision Support Tool that enables decision makers to strike a balance between maximizing the results of our economy while minimizing public health risks.

The CMU tool looked at the impacts of risk factors such as reported number of COVID cases per population of an area; ICU and medical/surgical bed capacity; population density; population over age 60; re-opening contact risk, such as the number of workers employed in a currently closed industry sector.

The CMU metrics were considered along with the county’s or region’s ability to conduct testing and contact-tracing to first and foremost maintain robust public health.

The Department of Health developed testing and contact-tracing plans that informed today’s decisions and will be used in making decisions moving forward. Factors include: having enough testing available for individuals with symptoms and target populations such as those at high risk, health care personnel, and first responders, and the ability to perform robust case investigation and have in place a contact-tracing infrastructure that can quickly identify a cluster of outbreaks to issue any necessary isolation and quarantine orders.

All reopening decisions follow the six standards outlined in the governor’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania. These include adhering to:
• Data-driven and quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopening.
• Clear guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers for assured accountability.
• Adequate and available personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing.
• A monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.
• Protections for vulnerable populations such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.
• Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations.
“Our goal since this pandemic was first identified in
Pennsylvania has been to save lives while ensuring that the public health system does not become overwhelmed with people suffering from COVID-19,” Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Our contact tracing and testing plans will ensure that as we begin to resume our daily activities, we can do so safely and without fear.”

While both Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine cautioned that we cannot be certain of the path of the virus, all decisions on partial reopening are driven first by prioritizing the health and safety of Pennsylvanians.

Defining the Yellow Phase
As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.

On Monday, May 4, the administration will release guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8 in these 24 counties. The guidance is being developed through collaboration with the affected counties, Team PA, the Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Labor & Industry, among others. Guidance will build on existing safety and building safety orders released in April.

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions
• Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
• Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
• Child Care Open Complying with Guidance
• Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
• Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction

Social Restrictions
• Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
• Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited
• In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
• Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
• Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only

All businesses not specifically mentioned as restricted from reopening may reopen if they follow the forthcoming guidance.

Moving Forward
Gov. Wolf stressed the need for all Pennsylvanians to now, more than ever, take personal responsibility for their actions.
“Every human-to-human contact is a chance for the virus to spread, so more contacts mean a higher likelihood of an outbreak,” Wolf said. “If we see an outbreak occur in one of the communities that has been moved to yellow, we will need to take swift action, and revert to the red category until the new case count falls again. So, Pennsylvanians living in a county that has been moved to the yellow category should continue to strongly consider the impact of their actions.”
Counties that will remain under the stay-at-home order will be considered for reopening in the next several weeks as the state continues to closely monitor metrics and collaborate with CMU, health experts and counties.

Anna M. Chicketti, 97, of Bradford, PA

Anna M. Chicketti

Anna M. Chicketti, 97, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

She was born on December 22, 1922 in Bradford, a daughter of the late Nick Sr. and Palma Rocco Costello.

She was a 1941 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

On June 27, 1945 in Bradford she married Stephen W. Chicketti who preceded her in death on January 21, 1977.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church; where she was also a member of the Catholic Women’s Club.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and close friends.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one brother, Nick Costello, Jr.; one sister, Louise Salvucci and one nephew, John Salvucci.

At Anna’s request there will be no visitation and due to the current health crisis the Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Bernard Catholic Church will be private.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Anna’s memory can be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Handbell Choir, P.O. Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Reconstruction Project to Start on Route 49

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists are advised of lane restrictions on Route 49 in Lawrence Township and Lawrence Borough, Tioga County starting next week. The reconstruction and widening project location will be from the intersection of Route 287 to the intersection of Route 15.

Work will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020 and will include excavation, pavement repairs, milling, subbase, paving, drainage, rumble strips, concrete curbs and sidewalks, signs, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings.

Motorists can expect alternating lane closures with flagging during both daylight and over-night hours.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., is the primary contractor for the $2,500,000 project.

Work is expected to be completed in September of 2020, weather permitting.

Bridge Replacement Project in Delmar Township, Tioga County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists are advised that a bridge replacement project will restart next week on Route 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County. The bridge, which spans a tributary to Marsh Creek is located one mile north of Wellsboro and one mile south of the intersection of Route 287 and Route 6.

Work will begin on May 8th, 2020 and will include the replacement of a box culvert and roadway construction. The work will be completed during daylight hours.

Motorists can expect:
• Motorists can expect alternating lane closures with daylight flagging.
• The project has a ten-day detour that will take effect at a TBD date in the mid-summer to replace the structure. An update will be provided prior to the detour implementation.

Glenn O. Hawbaker is the primary contractor for this $655,556 bridge replacement project.

Work is expected to be completed by Saturday, August 22, 2020, weather permitting.

Most of Roulette Area To Lose Electricity on Tuesday, May 12th

Roulette Man charged With Simple Assualt And Harassment


BRADFORD, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford MSW Program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is holding an online information session on Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m.

The session will take place using the Zoom videoconferencing website. It will feature Jessie Oliver from the admissions office of the Pitt School of Social Work and Stephanie Eckstrom, coordinator of the MSW program in Bradford.

Topics to be addressed include the admissions process, program structure, curriculum, financial aid and more. Students working full-time in human services may be eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount.

Applications are now being accepted for Pitt-Bradford’s new cohort. Prospective students can expect to complete the degree requirements by December 2023.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford is a part-time program offered by the Pitt School of Social Work in cooperation with the Bradford campus. It is taught by full-time and part-time School of Social Work faculty members, some of whom are members of the local social work community. The program continues to offer in-state tuition rates to students from neighboring counties in New York State. Students completing the MSW degree are eligible to take the state examination to become a licensed social worker.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford offers a concentration in direct practice with individuals, families and small groups, with a specialization in children, youth and families.

For more information, contact Eckstrom at or register for the Zoom session

Louise B. Huff, 86, a resident of Pinecrest Manor

  Louise B. Huff

 Louise B. Huff, 86, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 123 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor, after a lengthy illness.

Louise was born August 25, 1933, in Toby, daughter of the late Innocente “Ernest” and Louise Cesa Comiotti. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a member of the 1951 graduating class from Kersey High School.

On September 18, 1954, in the Guardian Angels Church in Coal Hollow, Louise married Gerald V. Huff, who survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Pam Forster of Kersey and Jill Connelly and her husband Douglas of Smithsburg, MD; and by two sons, Edward Huff and his wife Jane of Kersey, Thomas Huff and his wife Sandra of Coatesville, PA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Vera Himes of Christ the King Manor, DuBois, Erma Kronenwetter of St. Marys, and Joanne Hyatt and her husband Robert of Kersey.

In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by four sisters, Marie Mattivi, Rose Dinsmore, Alice Brem, and Emma Copella.

Louise was a member of the St. Boniface Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and volunteered at the bereavement dinners. She was also a member of the Fox Township Lioness Club and was honored as Lioness of the Year. Louise volunteered in the St. Boniface School cafeteria and the Fox Township voting polls, and served as the treasurer of the Fox Home Improvement Association.

There will be no visitation.
Private funeral services will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday, May 3, 2020, with the Rev. Ross Miceli officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
A Memorial Mass will be held in the St. Boniface Church at a later date and time to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to Team Comiotti Crew as the family walks each year to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research at the following link:
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at