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Saturday, June 6, 2020

What a pleasant surprise!!!

The Shinglehouse American Legion brought us a delicious spaghetti dinner with their thanks to us for what we do to honor veterans.

The THANKS deservingly belongs to THEM and ALL THEY do, not only for veterans and veteran’s families but also for our community.

With humble and heartfelt thanks,
Kevin & Patty Dusenbury

Betty E. George, 83, of Shinglehouse, PA and a former longtime resident of Portville, N.Y.

Betty E. George

Betty E. George, 83, of Shinglehouse, PA and a former longtime resident of Portville, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a long illness.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Fire, Rescues & EMS Can Apply For Grants From Gas Well Fund

Lewis Run Fire Dept Was Dispatched to South Ave. For A Tree Down

On June 6, at 4:27 pm Lewis Run fire Dept. was dispatched to a tree down on the roadway at South Ave.

St. Marys Dispatched To Rollover Crash

At 3:25 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & EMS have been called to the 1100 block of Johnsonburg Road for a rollover crash with a vehicle on its roof & lines reported down.

Potter County Covid-19 Cases Nearly Triple

Potter County now has 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Click here for more information.

Mountaineer Search and Rescue Assisting PSP

Mountaineer Search and Rescue
6 hrs ·

Team was called out Wednesday night to assist Station 16 and PSP with the recovery of a drowning victim at Stevenson Dam.

Team also worked a evidence search in the area that night.

Team is meeting this morning to assist PSP in another evidence Search in the same area

Limestone Dispatched For Crash

At 2:09 PM on Saturday, Limestone dispatched for a crash on Main Street by the highway garage.

Mt., Jewett Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash with Critical Injuries on Rt. 219

At 1:13 PM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Fire & Ambulance & Kane medic with Hamlin Twp. QRS dispatched to Rt. 219  for a motorcycle accident with 2 critical injuries near Lantz Corners. Patients reported unresponsive. 
Air medical enroute to LZ. Ambulance enroute with patient. Second Air medical cancelled. 
1:52 PM--Stat Medevac 12 landed, patient at LZ by Kane Ambulance. 
1:55 PM--Jones Township dispatched to close Rt. 219 North & reroute traffic to Rt. 321. 
2:25 PM--Stat airborne.

Black Lives Matter in Coudersport Saturday

Laurie Barr  Photo

BBQ Chicken Ready At Coudersport Fire Station 48

Fully Involved Vehicle Fire on I-86 Eastbound

At 11:01 AM on Saturday, Angelica & Almond Fire Depts. dispatched to fully involved vehicle fire on I-86 Eastbound at MM 118.
Today at approximately 11:02 am the Angelica and Almond Fire Department’s were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on I-86 near the Almond/West Almond Town line. The car quickly became fully involved due to the fiberglass body and even with the first engine out the door in less than 5 minutes it was a total loss.

Port Allegany Man Jailed in Lieu of $20,000. Bail on Slew of Charges Including Promoting Prostitution

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Dana Robert Caston

Judge Assigned: Magisterial District Judge William K. Todd Issue Date: 06/02/2020
Complaint/Incident #: C20 5201 314 001 Disposition:
Arresting Agency: Port Allegany Police Dept Arrest Date: 06/02/2020
OTN: U 879383-1 File Date: 06/02/2020

Township: Port Allegany Borough Case Status: Active

Case Status Status Date Processing Status
Active 06/02/2020 Awaiting Preliminary Hearing
06/02/2020 Awaiting Preliminary Arraignment

Preliminary Arraignment 06/02/2020 10:00 pm Magisterial District Judge
William K. Todd

Preliminary Hearing 06/08/2020 9:00 am Courtroom: MDJ-48-3-02 Magisterial District Judge
Richard W. Luther Scheduled

Case Confinement
McKean County Prison County Jail Unable to Post Bail 06/02/2020

Name: Caston, Dana Robert Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 02/07/1962 Race: White
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Dana Robert Caston CHARGES

# Charge Grade Description Offense Dt.
1 18 § 5902 §§ A2 M3 Prom Pros-Loiter For Purp Of Pros 06/02/2020
2 18 § 5506 M3 Loitering And Prowling At Night Time 06/02/2020
3 18 § 5506 M3 Loitering And Prowling At Night Time 06/02/2020
4 18 § 5503 §§ A2* M3 Disorderly Conduct - Unreasonable Noise 06/02/2020
5 18 § 5503 §§ A2* M3 Disorderly Conduct - Unreasonable Noise 06/02/2020
6 18 § 5503 §§ A2* M3 Disorderly Conduct - Unreasonable Noise 06/02/2020
7 18 § 5503 §§ A2* M3 Disorderly Conduct - Unreasonable Noise 06/02/2020
8 18 § 5503 §§ A4 M3 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physi Off 06/02/2020
9 18 § 5503 §§ A4 M3 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physi Off 06/02/2020
10 18 § 5503 §§ A4 M3 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physi Off 06/02/2020
11 18 § 5503 §§ A4 M3 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/Physi Off 06/02/2020
12 18 § 2709.1 §§ A1 M1 Stalking - Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear 06/02/2020
13 18 § 2709.1 §§ A1 M1 Stalking - Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear 06/02/2020
14 18 § 2709.1 §§ A2 M1 Stalking - Repeatedly Comm. To Cause Fear 06/02/2020
15 18 § 2709.1 §§ A2 M1 Stalking - Repeatedly Comm. To Cause Fear 06/02/2020
16 18 § 2709 §§ A2 S Harassment - Follow In Public Place 06/02/2020
17 18 § 2709 §§ A2 S Harassment - Follow In Public Place 06/02/2020
18 18 § 2709 §§ A2 S Harassment - Follow In Public Place 06/02/2020
19 18 § 2709 §§ A2 S Harassment - Follow In Public Place 06/02/2020
20 18 § 2709 §§ A3 S Harassment - Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate
21 18 § 2709 §§ A3 S Harassment - Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate
22 18 § 2709 §§ A3 S Harassment - Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate
23 18 § 2709 §§ A3 S Harassment - Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate
24 18 § 5505 S Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct 06/02/2020
25 18 § 2709 §§ A6 M3 Harassment - Comm. Repeatedly and
Inconvenient Hours
26 18 § 2709 §§ A6 M3 Harassment - Comm. Repeatedly and
Inconvenient Hours
27 18 § 2709 §§ A6 M3 Harassment - Comm. Repeatedly and
Inconvenient Hours
28 18 § 2709 §§ A6 M3 Harassment - Comm. Repeatedly and
Inconvenient Hours

Port Allegany Dispatched For Entrapped Child

At 10:06 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire & EMS have been called to 804 North Main Street for entrapment. A child is reported trapped in a swing at the rear of the building.

This morning just after 10:00, Rescue 3 was dispatched to the 800 block of N. Main Street for a child trapped in a swing. Using tools from the “man-in-machine” kit, and techniques learned in training by P.L. Vulcan Fire Training Concepts LLC, the child was quickly freed with no injuries other than a bruised ego.

Oswayo Valley Middle/High School Graduation May 29, 2020

The 113th commencement of the Oswayo Valley Middle/High School was held on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Twenty three seniors received diplomas during the ceremony.
The presentation of medals was made by District Superintendent, Mr. Jed Hamberger. The Welcome Address was presented by Owen Sturdevant, the recipient of the Third Honors Award. He is the son of Brett and Dodie Sturdevant of Shinglehouse, PA. Mr. Sturdevant has enlisted in the United States Army.

The Commencement Address was given by Colton Gietler, class valedictorian, son of James and Danielle Gietler of Shinglehouse, PA. Mr. Gietler will attend University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and major in Civil Engineering.

Also giving a Commencement Address was class salutatorian, Brevin Austin, son of Tara Austin and David Keech of Shinglehouse, PA. Mr. Austin will attend St. Bonaventure University and major in Engineering Physics.

Presentation of the class was made by Principal, Mrs. Julie Hall and diplomas were given to the students by Board of Education President, Mr. Mitch DeLong.

Closing remarks were given by Noah Wichert, Class Vice President, son of Kent and Lisa Wichert.

Awards and scholarships were announced by Jane Perkins, Guidance Counselor. Over $148,000 in scholarships sponsored by local organizations were made available to Oswayo Valley graduates.

The following students were awarded diplomas and scholarships:

PSP Ridgway Investigating A Burglary In Fox TWP.

Clara Jane Koch Mago, age 86, of 35069 Portland Mills Rd., Ridgway, PA

Clara Jane Koch Mago

Clara Jane Koch Mago, age 86, of 35069 Portland Mills Rd., Ridgway, PA, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys. Clara was born November 15, 1933, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Francis J. and Beatrice Evers Koch. Beatrice died August 7, 1935, and Francis died, August 2, 1962. Her grandmother Elizabeth Hammer Evers died, January 10, 1936. Clara Jane lived with her grandfather Martin Evers and his family at 21 E. Cardott St. Bertha (Evers) and Ray Fritz were her god-parents. Her aunts were Leona Dietz, Marian Wilhelm, Alyce Hayes, and an Uncle Joseph and wife Julie. Her summers were spent with her Aunt Agnes Koch Hineman and family of Warren, OH and/or Aunt Helen Heindl and family in St. Marys. Her father married Edith Werner on July 23, 1941.

As a teenager, she babysat for many families and worked at the Nut Shop on Main St. She graduated from Ridgway High School, Class of 1951, and was employed before graduation at the Elliott Company in the Payroll/Cost Accounting departments, Duplicating, Steno and Traffic. When the Elliott closed in 1962, she and Ed Andrus worked with C.E. McCaulley to pack up all the records to be sent to Jeannette, PA and it was completed in January 1963. In August 1963 she became employed at The Carbon/ Graphite Group and retired in June 1999. Jane was secretary to Herman F. Goochee for 21 years in the Technical and Manufacturing areas, until his retirement, and then in Human Resources and Staff. Upon retirement, she was asked to compile a book representing the 100 years of manufacturing by Speer Carbon in St. Marys which began in September 1899. After researching much data, she compiled and wrote “Speer Carbon Company-100 Years of Growth and Change”, which was proof-read and approved, but due to the company’s financial situation, she published on her own.

On June 20, 1987, at St. Leo’s Church, Msgr. Paul Olmsted united Clara Jane and Joseph Paul Mago of Leechburg, PA in marriage. They moved into their newly built home and held a reception for the families over July 4th. Joe lost his battle with cancer, July 22, 1996.

She is survived by a brother-in-law (Barbara’s husband) Jack Ehlert and her god-child and niece Kristen Straley both of Carrollton, TX; her stepson Joseph Sultini and wife Diana of Warren, MI; two granddaughters: Lindsay Jo (Adam) Lienau and Caitlyn Jo (Jason) Jenuwines; 3 great-grandchildren: Emery Jo, Olivia Jo, and Miles Joseph; many cousins on all sides of the family; and her in-laws: Paul of Pinehurst, NC, Veronica Hogue of No. Apollo, PA, Katherine and B.J. Nowatkoski of Raleigh, NC, and Betty and Jake Racon of Berwick, PA, and Kimberly Racon, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her step-mother Edith Koch on 3/26/2012. Her half-sister, Barbara Straley Ehlert, died, November 7, 2018, at their home in Carrollton, TX after suffering over a year with cancer. All of the 7 Koch brothers and 4 sisters and their spouses are deceased. The Koch’s were raised in South Kersey on the family farm. All of the Evers 4 aunts and 1 uncle are deceased. The Magos: John, Joseph, Steve, Michael, Rudy, and Anna are also deceased along with nephew Chris Racon.

Jane volunteered for 11 years in the office at St. Leo’s Rectory with her dear friend and office secretary Sis Rohr and was also a Sunday money counter. She was an officer of the Ridgway Alumni Association; a former Quarter Century Club member at C/G; served on the Board of the Elk County Historical Society; was past president of the Ridgway Women’s Bowling League and a former Girl Scout Leader. More recently, she worked for the 5th Ward as an Elk County poll worker. She was also active in the Class of 1951 reunions. While employed, she was a notary public.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Clara Jane Mago will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church, with Reverend Mister Mark Groeger assisting. Burial will be at St. Leo Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Monday morning, June 8, 2020, from 9:30 to 10:30. Memorials, if desired, can be made to St. Leo’s Church, the Ridgway Public Library, or to the donor’s choice. Share your online condolences at

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Electronics & Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Electronic waste and household hazardous waste are problems to dispose of. Garbage collectors and landfills do not accept these items due to Pennsylvania law and the high potential for environmental contamination. Household hazardous waste includes a large variety of materials. These materials can be disposed of at the upcoming collection at the McKean County Fairgrounds Saturday June 27th, 9:00am – 1:00pm.

There is a cost per pound which varies by item or material. Pre-registration is required for this event. To register:

On the event listing (right side of page), choose the June 27th McKean County event.
Follow the steps to register and reserve your time slot.
ECS&R will accept cash, check, or credit card as payment (payment is due the day of the event after all your items are accounted for and weighed)
Pricing for items is determined by type of waste.

Accepted Items Include

Household Hazardous Waste - $1.00 / lb.
Paint (oil or latex) - $.63 / lb. (a full gallon of paint weighs approximately 8 pounds)

Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste: Household cleaning products, wood / metal cleaners and polish, stains/ finishes, batteries, light bulbs, fuel additives, pool chemicals, antifreeze, aerosols, herbicides, pesticides, motor oil (must be in a closed container), bug sprays, etc.

All Tube, CRT Televisions and Monitors- $0.60 / lb.

Other Electronic Waste (Non-CRT devices and other electronics) - $0.40 / lb.

Computers, televisions, printers, microwaves, stereos, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players, gaming systems, etc.

Universal Waste – Batteries, Bulbs - $ .75 / lb.

Incandescent, fluorescent, neon, infrared, car, motorcycle, alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D), button cells

Small Freon Containing Devices - $0.65 / lb.
Propane Tanks - $4.00 each

CRCF endowments provide over $20,000 in grants in May

OLEAN, N.Y., June 1, 2020 — A number of area nonprofit organizations recently together received over $20,000 from endowment funds managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Each endowment fund was established by donors to support organizations and causes that are important to them each year, with some also serving as memorials to loved family members.

The Beth Todd Memorial Fund made possible a $747.62 grant to the Pink Pumpkin Project Fund. Greg Todd established the fund in his wife’s memory after she lost her courageous battle with breast cancer to support annual grants to organizations that support those undergoing cancer treatments.

The Carroll Anstaett Olean Little League Fund, established by the late Carroll Anstaett and his wife, Dolores, supported a grant of $5,941.85 to the Olean Little League. Mr. Anstaett, lovingly known in the community as Mr. Baseball, was an enthusiastic supporter of Little League during his life and established the fund to ensure that support would continue in perpetuity.

The Kothari Family Endowment Fund, established by Dr. Ashok and Dr. Yogini Kothari made possible two grants, one of $250 to the Olean Food Pantry and one of $1,000 to the Olean General Hospital Foundation.

The Laine Family Fund made possible a $1,000 grant to Pan Harmonia, an Asheville, NC-based chamber music nonprofit organization. Former Olean resident Peter Laine, now a resident of Asheville, established the fund to support various nonprofit organizations each year.

The Otto-Eldred Foundation Education Foundation received $6,000 from the foundation’s agency fund at CRCF to provide scholarships for students at Otto-Eldred (PA) High School.

The Paul and Betty Hanson Fund, established by Paul and Betty Hanson of Olean, allowed for four grants to causes loved by Betty Hanson and her late husband, Paul, who passed away in 2018. Grants were made to Mercy Flight WNY, Town of Olean Fire Department, Olean General Hospital Foundation and Olean Public Library, each for $217.22.

The Paul and Mary Janowicz Memorial Fund, also established by the Hansons in memory of Betty Hanson’s mother and father, supported three grants, each of $177.77. The grants went to the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Olean General Hospital Foundation and Olean Public Library.

The Samuel Costa Endowment Fund, established by Samuel and Dorothy Costa of Smethport, PA, made possible three grants to: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, which received $1,803.58, and Hamlin Memorial Library and St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, with each organization receiving $901.80.

“Especially in the midst of such uncertainty these grants remind us of the power of an endowment,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “So many people and organizations are falling on hard times, but endowments and the steady funding streams they produce make sure that organizations can expect annual grant funding, and the donors who love the organizations know that grant money is available to provide those organizations support.”

Donations can be made to any of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at

Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Drs. Ashok and Yogi Kothari named Friends of the Foundation, to be honored in 2021

OLEAN, N.Y., June 4, 2020 — An integral part of any friendship is a willingness to help one another.
Time and time again Dr. Ashok and Dr. Yogini Kothari have stepped up to help the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation and the community as a whole in numerous ways.

For that and for all of their exemplary qualities of character, Dr. Ashok and Dr. Yogini Kothari have been named as this year’s Friends of the Foundation honorees, and they will be honored at the 2021 Friends of the Foundation luncheon.

CRCF’s Friend of the Foundation award is the organization’s most prestigious. It honors a person or persons who have established a fund or funds there and given generously and consistently over the years; an individual who has donated generously to existing funds; and/or someone who continues the Foundation’s mission through giving and volunteerism. The Kotharis have done all three.

Since moving to the area some 35 years ago to serve in the health care field, the Kotharis have been a resource for the community when it comes to service and philanthropy.

Dr. Yogini Kothari worked as an orthodontist for more than 25 years. She served as an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in the Orthodontic Department for a number of years.

Dr. Kothari had kept local dental society (Cattaraugus and Allegany counties) active for two decades. She served as the president of the dental society and provided representation at the 8th district dental society of New York.

She began serving as a CRCF board member in 2005. Shortly after, she and her husband established the Kothari Family Endowment Fund, which supports annual grants to the Olean General Hospital Foundation and the Olean Food Pantry and provides for the Kothari Family Health Care Scholarship for aspiring health care professionals.

Over the years the fund has made possible more than $25,000 in grants and scholarships. The fund has grown to now support two annual scholarships of a minimum of $800 each.

Yogi has been a dedicated member of the CRCF scholarship committee, a role she continues still, despite terming off of the CRCF board in 2018. She served as the chair or co-chair of the committee for a number of years. She also served on the grant allocations committee.

In addition to her service with CRCF, she serves on the Olean General Hospital Foundation board, as well as the Hindu Society of Olean and Allegany where she is past president. She is also a co-founder and past board member of the Olean Meditation Center. She was instrumental in helping to establish the Olean Meditation Center at its current home on Duggan Road. Additionally, she has been involved with planning India Fest and a number of other cultural celebrations in the area.

She’s an excellent cook and avid gardener and often prepares flavorful ethnic dishes for area fundraising events for the Hindu Society, Olean Meditation Center and Canticle Farm. For the last several years, she has also organized and facilitated virtual daily programming for DBVI, an international spiritual organization.

Dr. Ashok Kothari has had a long career as a cardiologist in Olean. He maintained a private cardiology practice for 35 years and served as staff cardiologist at St. Francis and Olean General Hospital.

Over the years he has served on various hospital committees, including the credential committee, cardiopulmonary and critical care committees and also was the Chief of Medicine at Olean General Hospital. He has also served on the board of directors at OGH, the OGH Foundation and Universal Primary Care.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kothari worked to advance cardiac care in our community by making additions and improvements in nuclear cardiology and echo cardiography and by establishing protocols for critical care of cardiac patients.

He was instrumental in the founding of the It’s Your Heart Club, which focused on prevention measures related to heart health long before the idea of prevention came into prominence in cardiology. The club quickly grew to 1,800 members, serving as an educational group and a support group for patients facing difficulties and procedures related to cardiology.

Dr. Kothari was also committed to training EMTs, NPs, PAs and primary care physicians.

He had planned to retire several years ago, but due to a shortage of cardiologists he served a number of years into his retirement, remaining dedicated to serving as Olean General Hospital’s sole cardiologist while also maintaining his private practice.

Dr. Kothari retired in 2018, but he still can often be found helping out in the cardiology department when needed.

Currently he is serving on the Olean Meditation Center board and also on the committee to establish preparedness to care for COVID patients at Olean General Hospital.

Both Drs. Ashok and Yogini Kothari have long been dedicated to recruiting physicians and helping to welcome them to the area. Together, Dr. Ashok and Dr. Yogini Kothari made significant monetary contributions to make possible the purchase of the Olean Meditation Center building and the construction of the new YMCA of the Twin Tiers location.

Internationally, they provide contributions and aid in response to international disasters and calamities.

Post-retirement they also volunteer their professional services at a health clinic in India during the winter months. They have also solely funded the construction of a dormitory for hearing impaired students at the Badhir Vidyalay Deaf School in India.

In addition to their tireless dedication and kindness to the community through work and service, the couple have been two of the community’s most dedicated philanthropists and continue to give generously to numerous causes and charitable organizations.

“Whether it be their time or resources, the Kotharis always help and give generously,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “Any time there is a need anywhere in this community, you can expect to see the Kotharis donning welcoming smiles, ready to get their hands in motion and do whatever it takes to give help where it is needed.”

“We had planned to honor the Kotharis as this year’s Friends of the Foundation at the annual luncheon, prior to its cancellation due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Buchheit added. “While we have to wait a year to honor them, we want to thank the Kotharis for their dedication to this community. I think it’s fair to say that in light of current times, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to them for their dedication to supporting and helping to sustain health care in our community.”

CRCF Board President Wendy Brand echoed that sentiment.

“At a time when we, more than ever, need to embrace positive role models, I can think of no more fitting recipients of this honor than the Kotharis,” Brand said. “We look forward to appropriately celebrating this honor with the Kotharis in 2021.”

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Headline Harrisburg By Representative Matt Gabler

The COVID-19 relief package known as the CARES Act directs $523 million in funding to Pennsylvania schools. Congress established guidelines for distribution of that money, setting up two programs – one for public schools and another for Catholic and nonpublic schools.

There are rumors the Wolf administration wants to go against the federal directive and hijack a significant portion of the money that is targeted for nonpublic schools and shift it to public schools.

As an advocate for school choice, I hope the governor and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera rethink their intention. Students and their families who make that education decision deserve that entire $66 million. 

Beginning July 1, schools in yellow and green counties may reopen for in-person teaching for the 2020-21 school year.

Schools will be required to develop safety plans tailored to each school's particular conditions. Local health agencies must be consulted, and the plan must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Please click here for all the details.

How You Can Take Your Driver’s Test!

PennDOT is resuming driver’s skills tests, including motorcycle skills tests, at reopened Driver License Centers including the one in the Clearfield Mall at 1800 Daisy St., the Punxsutawney center at 547 West Mahoning St. or the Bradford center at 68 Chestnut St.

Driver’s skills tests that were canceled will be given priority in rescheduling by contacting the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services Call Center at 717-412-5300. All other customers will be able to schedule a skills test in the appointment system beginning June 20.

Please click here for information on how the skills test will be conducted.

Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers Available

The PA Department of Agriculture is again offering to those who qualify $20 vouchers for the purchase of locally-grown vegetables and fruits.

Applications to the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program are available by calling the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging at 814-765-2691 or the Elk County Office of Human Services at 814-776-2191.

Your local senior center MAY have applications that can be sent to you or are available online.

On the Road Again

Improvements to Woodland Road intersections with Route 322 in Lawrence Township and Market Street in Clearfield Borough begin today (Friday). The project includes waterline replacement, drainage improvements, sidewalk installation and full-depth reconstruction of the roadway.

Work will begin with the westbound lane heading toward downtown Clearfield. A long-term closure of that lane will be implemented Friday and remain in effect 24-hours a day until work on that lane is complete. The open lane will move in a counterflow/opposite direction toward downtown Clearfield.

Work on the eastbound lane will begin upon completion of the westbound lane. A long-term closure of that lane will be implemented and remain in effect 24-hours a day until the project’s completion. Traffic will resume normal use of the westbound lane heading toward downtown Clearfield during this phase of the project.

Traffic heading toward the Clearfield Mall will NOT be permitted to travel through the work zone for the duration of the project. Motorists are urged to explore alternate routes prior to the start of the project.

We Are!

The Manufacturing PA initiative pairs Pennsylvania’s best and brightest graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers in order to conduct research projects that hopefully produce new technologies and advance innovation statewide.

Congratulations to Penn State-Dubois and Horizon Technology of St. Marys, whose application to the initiative has been approved, resulting in a nearly $70,000 grant.

Their project is titled "Cold Sintering Aided Manufacture of High Green Strength and Dense Powdered Metal Components (way above my paygrade!)"

By the end of the project, the key advantages and processes in the manufacture of electromagnetic PM components will be well established in terms of performance, energy saving and cost effectiveness.

Hope You Kept Brushing!


Dentists are again allowed to conduct routine dental care procedures using standard precautions, according to updated guidelines issued this week by the PA Department of Health.

Please click here to read an interpretation of the new guidelines by the PA Academy of General Dentistry.
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  •   Supporting Students at ALL Pennsylvania Schools
  •   How You Can Take Your Driver’s Test!
  •   Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers Available
  •   On the Road Again
  •   We Are!
  •   Hope You Kept Brushing!

Supporting Students at ALL Pennsylvania Schools


HARRISBURG, Pa (June 5) – While the late spring and early summer seasons are filled with amazing opportunities to get out on the water, Pennsylvania anglers and boaters are reminded that frequent and often powerful storms can create potentially dangerous water conditions.

"This time of year is a favorite for many of us to get outdoors because of the cool mornings, warm days, and beautiful scenery," said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. "The weather can also be very unpredictable, and you should keep a close eye on the forecast before and during your trip so you can get out of harm’s way in the event of a storm."

According to Jeff Jumper, State Meteorologist for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), thunderstorms can be very isolated. A late spring or early summer storm can deliver damaging, strong winds, rain or hail to one area while having little or no impact on areas just a few miles away.

"That can be problematic for boaters or even anglers wading in a creek or river," said Jumper. "Areas impacted directly by the storm may experience high, fast-moving water almost immediately. Those impacts can also carry downstream to waterways that did not experience any precipitation."

Jumper says even storms that do not produce much rain can produce powerful winds capable of breaking tree limbs or blowing other debris into waterways that can present a safety hazard. Plus, all thunderstorms can create dangerous lightning, which can strike anywhere. He says if you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck. Lightning can strike ten miles away or more from the storm and waterways do not provide safe shelter.

While high and fast-moving water can be dangerous for watercraft of all sizes, operators of unpowered boats, such as canoes and kayaks, can be especially at risk during a storm.

"Heavy winds can make paddling more difficult when you're trying to get yourself off the water," said Walt. "Prepare yourself for inclement weather by becoming familiar with your waterway in advance. Map out your trip and create a float plan that includes several places you can stop along the way for a break, check the local forecast, and if needed, ride out a passing storm."

Both Walt and Jumper say boaters can add an extra layer of protection by investing in a portable NOAA weather radio, visiting the Severe Thunderstorm Safety page at, and wearing a life jacket at all times, regardless of weather conditions. According to PFBC boating accident reports, roughly 80% of all boating fatalities occur annually because boaters were not wearing life jackets.

Homer Township Spring Clean Up Days Saturday & Sunday

Carter Auction's Annual Spring Extravaganza Saturday, June 13th in Allegany, NY

Port Allegany Shop 'n Save Has Discontinued 6 to 7 AM Senior Citizen Shopping on Wednesday Mornings

Open Interviews In Coudersport Shop 'n Save

Leek Annual Open House Fundraiser & Motorcycle Run Set For June 12, 13 & 14

Coudersport Shop N Save New Hours

Friday, June 5, 2020

Galeton Library Plant Sale Saturday

Friends of the Galeton Library are having a plant sale fundraiser. Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 9 AM until sold out.

Location: Galeton Public Library in the park lawn.

Hinsdale & Westons Mills Dispatched to Structure Fire

At 7:41 PM on Friday, Hinsdale & Westons Mills Fire Dept. have been dispatched to a house fire at 1496 Flanigan Hill Road. Occupants have evacuated the house.
Portville air truck requested. Olean Town to Hinsdale for standby assignment.

Ischua Dispatched For Airplane Crash at Olean Airport

At 7:14 PM on Friday, Ischua Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Olean Airport for an airplane crash. 

The pilot has been located and the the plane is down 100 yards off the north end of the runway. 

Hinsdale & Lyndon UTV's requested. Ambulance requested for the pilot.

Franklinville gator requested to the scene. 

Allegany County Fire Wire Pilot is currently being assessed by ems personnel

Foster Township Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect


Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP 500 mg and 750 mg Due to Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling fourteen (14) lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg and 750 mg, 100 and 1000 count bottles, in the United States to the consumer-level due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in excess of the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI).

NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.

Metformin Hydrochloride is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The lots being recalled are packaged under the Actavis Pharma, Inc. label and are contained in the table below. They were distributed nationwide in the USA as retail bottles of 100 tablets and 1000 tablets to Teva’s direct customers between January 8, 2019 and May 27, 2020.

Marksans Pharma Limited Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg, Due to the Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
Marksans Pharma Limited, India is voluntarily recalling Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg, lot # XP9004, to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the product to contain N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in excess of the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI) of 96ng/day.

Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables. Marksans Pharma Limited has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall to date.

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and is packaged in 100 count bottles with NDC code 49483-623-01. The affected Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg, are white to off white, capsule shaped, biconvex tablets, debossed with ‘101’ on one side and plain on the other side.

Potter County has been awarded $166,152 from the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to help cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Potter County Commissioners will administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID Response Program under DCED guidelines. Townships and boroughs, as well as non-profit organizations, are eligible to apply. DCED eligibility guidelines allow for projects such as small business relief grants, financing to public service providers, and subsidies to residents needing rent/mortgage assistance. The CDBG program’s national objective requirements still apply.

A public hearing and project development workshop will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, June 11, through a virtual video web and tele-conference. The web video can be accessed at To access by phone, dial 470-869-2200 and enter the Meeting ID: 148 751 9914.

For convenience of the public, the commissioners will stream the web video in the front conference room of the Gunzburger Building (Main Street entrance). Attendees must wear protective masks, which will be provided at the entrance.

Purpose of the session is to provide information about the grant program (including eligibility requirements), receive input, solicit proposals, and assist applicants. Following the workshop, the county commissioners will be accepting proposals which will be evaluated based on need, impact, and completeness prior to submission to DCED for consideration. Proposals should be submitted to Tyler Dombroski (see email address above) no later than June 26, 2020.

Lane Closures Scheduled on I-80 Eastbound Near Kylertown

Clearfield, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that Interstate 80 eastbound will be restricted to a single lane between mile marker 135, approximately two miles past the Kylertown/Philipsburg exit, and mile marker 138 starting next week. The lane closures are part of a preservation project that will improve ride quality and extend the useful life of the roadway between mile markers 116 and 132.

Work on this project will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

The contractor will set up long-term traffic control signage on Monday, June 8. The lane closures will begin Tuesday, June 9, as the contractor begins milling and joint repair in this area. One lane will be closed for approximately two days. Work will then shift to the opposite lane, which will also be closed for approximately days. Motorists are urged to stay alert for changing traffic patterns and to anticipate minor delays.

The contractor intends to begin milling and joint repairs in the westbound lanes between mile marker 138 and mile marker 135 the week of June 15. The same traffic control measures will be implemented when work shifts to this location. PennDOT will issue an update on the project prior to the change.

Overall work on the project consists of concrete patching, installation of new pavement joints, paving, shoulder upgrades, guiderail installation, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction. HRI, Inc. is the contractor for the $11.3 million project, which PennDOT anticipates completing by November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Port Allegany Ambulance Was Dispatched To A One Car Crash On Rt. 155

On June 5 at 4:05 Port Allegany ambulance was dispatched to a one car mva on RT. 155 nears Combs Creek. The car went over the embankment with no entrapment

Agnes J. Worden, 80, of Wellsboro

Agnes J. Worden, 80, of Wellsboro, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at her home. She was born December 2, 1939, in Blossburg, the daughter of the late Frank and Kathryn (Walkowiak) Tokarz. She was the wife of the late John “Jack” A. Worden and they shared 51 years of marriage together until his passing on November 6, 2018.

Agnes was a Supervisor of Loan Central for Citizen’s Bank, Mansfield. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Wellsboro.

Left to cherish her memory are a son and daughter-in-law, Michael J. and Katrina Worden of Wellsboro; grandchildren, Olivia and Violet; brothers, Joseph Tokars of Mansfield; Bernard and Chester Tokarz, both of Blossburg; and a sister, Anna Bogaczyk of Blossburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, Agnes was preceded in death her sister, Patricia Roupp.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, June 8, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., 139 Main Street, Wellsboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 38 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Rev. David Bechtel will officiate services and burial will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 47 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901.
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Child Pornography Being Investigated In Lewis Run

PSP Lewis Run Investigating Check Fraud Wetmore TWP.

Criminal Mischief In Wetmore TWP.