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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Morris Dispatched for Land Rescue

At 8:15 PM on Saturday, Morris Fire Department as been dispatched to the West Rim Trail for a land rescue of a female with heat exhaustion.

Whitesville fire and Independence rescue Dispatched for Crash

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Whitesville fire and independence rescue responding to 248 near Forsythe rd. for a 1 Car mva

Coudersport Ambulance to CARP for Injured Child

At 6:55 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to CARP for a female child with a head injury/was initially unconscious but now conscious.

Smethport Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash in Borough

At 5:21 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire & EMS have been called to East Water Street & Extension for a motorcycle accident.
FIRE RECALLED. .Ambulance called to scene by Smethport Police. Patient suffered a shoulder injury.

Blossburg & Liberty Dispatched For ATV Accident

At 4:48 PM on Saturday, Blossburg & Liberty have been dispatched to an ATV accident in Liberty Township with an unresponsive patient.

Franklinville Dispatched To 4 Wheeler Accident

At 3:24 PM on Saturday, Franklinville EMS & Olean 10 dispatched to 3013 Pierce Hill Road for a 4 wheeler into a tree crash with 3 persons involved. One reporting an injury.
Mercyflight dispatched. Ischua ambulance also dispatched.

Austin Pride Committee Accepting Donations for Fireworks

Roulette Ambulance to Sartwell Creek Road

At 12:45 PM on Saturday, Roulette ambulance has been dispatched to Sartwell Creek Road for a female with a diabetic emergency.

Minor Damage And No Injuries In One Car Crash On RT. 646 Keating TWP.

Charges Pending For DUI In Bradford City

No Injuries In Car VS Deer Crash On RT. 6 In Hamlin TWP.

Charges Pending For Disorderly Conduct In Corydon TWP.


Hunting & Trapping Digest contains incorrect address for Luzerne County treasurer.

If you haven’t yet purchased your 2020-21 Pennsylvania hunting license, now might be the time.

The new license year began July 1, meaning new licenses are required when hunting. And without a 2020-21 general license, hunters are unable to apply for 2020-21 antlerless deer licenses, which will go on sale soon.

Pennsylvania residents are given preference in applying for antlerless deer licenses, and resident hunters may apply for their first antlerless licenses beginning Monday, July 13.

Nonresidents may submit their first applications a week later, beginning Monday, July 20.

Resident applicants need to make checks and money orders payable to “County Treasurer” for $6.90 for each license they seek. The fee for nonresidents is $26.90 per license.

A list of participating county treasurers and their addresses can be found within the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is provided to all license buyers and available to view online. However, the 2020-21 digest incorrectly lists the address for the Luzerne County treasurer. The correct address for sending antlerless deer license applications to the Luzerne County treasurer is 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

Applications that are incomplete or sent without proper remittance will be rejected and returned to the applicant. Applications received before the Monday start of any round also will be returned to sender.

In any WMU where antlerless licenses remain, resident and nonresident applicants may apply for a second license beginning Aug. 3, and a third license Aug. 17.

Applications during these rounds are accepted by mail only, and must be mailed with proper remittance in an official pink envelope, which ordinarily is provided by the license-issuing agent at the time a general hunting license is purchased.

In most parts of the state, hunters are limited to purchasing a total of three antlerless licenses.

However, in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, there is no limit to how many tags a hunter may acquire until the total allocation has been exhausted. Each hunter may apply for only one license per round in those WMUs until Aug. 3, when an unlimited number of applications can be submitted. Only three applications can be mailed in each envelope.

If licenses remain, over-the-counter sales are slated to begin Aug. 24 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, and Oct. 5 in all other WMUs, though over-the-counter sales could be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

State law requires antlerless licenses be issued by county treasurers.

For the first time this year, participants in Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting program who are at least 7 years old can apply for their own antlerless deer licenses and Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits, which can be used to harvest antlerless deer on specific properties. In years past, mentored hunters could harvest antlerless deer, but only if their hunting mentor held a valid antlerless license or DMAP permit and transferred the permit to the mentored hunter following harvest. Mentored hunters under 7 cannot apply for their own antlerless tags and must continue to receive them by transfer.

As is the case with hunting licenses, mentored hunters over 7 must have valid mentored hunting permits before applying for antlerless licenses or DMAP permits. Qualifying mentored hunters may purchase no more than one antlerless deer license.

Food for Fine$ Week at the S.W. Smith Memorial Pubic Library: July 6-July 10

Help local food panties and Summer Snack at the Library!
Every item donated is $1 off your library fines or the library fines of a minor child.

Adults, families, and children in our community are experiencing food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 Crisis. S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library is asking our patrons to help their neighbors by donating nonperishable food for the local food pantries and/or single-serve, pre-packaged snack items to add to the Summer Snack bags the library is already distributing Monday-Friday from 2-3pm. The library has actively participated in the USDA Summer Snack program since 2017. The Seneca Library District supplies the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library with UDSA approved healthy snacks for children age 18 and under. This summer, children are coming to the library for snack, but some are asking for lunch. Unfortunately, the Seneca Library District and the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library are not in a financial position to purchase lunch, but we can ask for donations to bulk up the snack bags we already distribute at the library. If you would like to donate to Summer Snack here are a few points to consider:

**In June the library served approximately 20 snacks per day. You do not have to donate 20 snacks, donate what you are comfortable with.

**library staff will accept your snack donation and will add it to the USDA Summer Snack bags that are already created. You do not have to bag the snacks.

**snacks should be healthy, no candy or junk food please.

**We cannot accept homemade snacks due to food safety and food allergy concerns. Snacks must have nutrition and ingredient labels unless it is fresh fruit or vegetables.

**snacks must be single serve and pre-packaged.

**snacks must be individually wrapped unless they are single-serve fresh fruit or vegetables.

**4-6oz juice boxes or 4-6oz bottles of water can also be accepted.

**if your snack requires a spoon, please consider donating disposable spoons.

**this year, snacks must be placed in a disposable bag. Donating a box of gallon storage bags helps the library offset this cost

**please check all expiration dates on any food pantry or snack item donation.

**healthy snack ideas include but are not limited to fresh fruit (apples, oranges), granola bars, popcorn, nut butter crackers, fruit cups in fruit juice, applesauce cups or squeeze pouches, dried or dehydrated fruit or fruit leather, fig bars, cheese crackers, whole grain crackers, unfrosted animal crackers, pretzels, raisins, trail mix, etc.

Food pantry and Summer Snack donations may be dropped off at the Library To-Go Window from July 6-July 10. If you have any questions, please call the library: 814-642-9210. Thank you!

Chapman State Park Programs For July 17-19th

Potter County Accepting Applications For Part Time Security Gaurd

Potter County Commisioners Accepting Applications For Full Time Deputy Sheriff

Coudersport School District Hiring Elementary Teacher And Reading Specialist

CARES Rent Relief Program

CARES Rent Relief Program

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. Applications will be easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA is administering both programs.

For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program (RRP), they will need to document at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for unemployment compensation with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence, adjusted for the number of people in their home.

Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month for a maximum of six months of assistance for the time period between March 1 and November 30, 2020. Payments will be made to their landlord on their behalf. Renters or landlords can apply for rent relief for apartment tenants, but renters are responsible for submitting all the documents needed to ensure their eligibility.

Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30% reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP), they must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence, adjusted for the number of people in their home.

The assistance available for homeowners can be up to $1,000 a month for a maximum period of six months. The time period eligible for assistance is for mortgage payments owed from March 2020 through December 2020, however any CARES assistance provided must be disbursed by Nov. 30, 2020. Financial assistance payments through this program will be made directly to the mortgagee. Homeowners or their lenders can apply for mortgage relief, but homeowners are responsible for providing all the documents needed to determine their eligibility.

Applications for both rent and mortgage assistance will be easily accessible from the Potter County Human Services Website or by contacting Mr. James Kockler at

Daniels Learning Center in Coudersport, PA is looking for a full-time preschool teacher

Bradford Regional Medical Center Is Hiring LPNS, RNS, And CNA

Buckler Transport Hiring Drivers

Potter County Housing Authority Accepting Applications for Apartments

16 Coaches Needed for The Coudersport Area Soccer Association

Friday, July 3, 2020

Coudersport ambulance was dispatched to Maple View Lane for a woman fallen

On July 3, at 7:33 pm Coudersport ambulance was dispatched to Maple View Lane for a woman fallen

Garage Sale Saturday & Sunday in Roulette

Andover EMS to Victim of ATV Crash at Tall Pines

At 6:53 PM on Friday, Andover EMS has been dispatched to Tall Pines for a female injured in an ATV accident.

Franklinville, Farmersville Dispatched for Gunshot Victim

At 6:10 PM on Friday, New York State Police & EMS From Franklinville & Farmersville  have been dispatched to 9151 Rt. 98 in Farmersville for a male with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Mercyflight dispatched.

Kersey Man Charged With A PFA Violation In Fox TWP.

Woman charged With Criminal Mischief In Highland TWP.

Charges Pending For Underage Drinking In Fox TWP

Investigation Ongoing For DUI In Kane TWP.

Roulette Chemical Engine #1 Bingo Update...

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Bingo Update...

As I’m sure most everyone is aware by now, the Governor has now made it mandatory for masks to be worn when out in public for anyone over the age of 2 yoa. Therefore, we will have to make the masks mandatory for bingo beginning this Sunday. Reminder: We cannot ask individuals if they have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask. We hope to see as many people this Sunday as will allow.

Happy 4th to everyone.

Station 46

Port Allegany Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak

At 4:21 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to 1666 Rt. 155 North for a natural gas leak.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Kelleytown Road

At 2:49 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to Kelleytown Road for a patient with an allergic reaction.

Coudersport Ambulance To PSP Barracks

At 2:08 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to PA State Police barracks on Denton Hill to meet persons transporting a female with a head injury from an ATV accident.
Now reporting to be at entrance to Susquehanna Trail.

Smethport Fire Department Inc.2020 Sportsmen’s Raffle CANCELLED!!

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CANCELLED!! 2020 Sportsmen’s Raffle. 

We hope to return the event in 2021.

We ARE going to raffle off a nice handgun and hunting rifle package, individually. $10 per ticket, coming out soon.

Saturday Racing Cancelled At Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway

Wellsboro Dispatched to Structure Fire on Route 660

At 12:33 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire at 1223 Route 660. Report kitchen fire with possible entrapment.
1:31 PM--Units returning to station.

Edgar B. “Ed” RANSOM, 91, of Genesee, PA

 Edgar B. “Ed” RANSOM

Edgar B. “Ed” RANSOM, 91, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Jones Memorial Hospital, 

Korean War Veteran
Wellsville, NY. Born March 6, 1929, in Genesee, he was the son of Homer and Hattie Skutt Ransom. On October 7, 1951, in Genesee, he married the former Avis A. Chambers, who predeceased him on October 24, 2014. 

A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1949 – 1952. He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville for 35 years. Ed was a member of the Gold Church, American Legion, and a life member and past president of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company.

He served as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, 4-H leader, and was a forest fire warden for 33 years. 

Surviving are: a son, D. Robert “Bobby” (Patricia) Ransom of Genesee; two brothers, Raymond “Shine” (Carol) Ransom of Westfield and Theodore “Cub” (Brenda) Ransom of Cowanesque; two sisters-in-law, Waneta Ransom of Genesee and Joan (Aaron) Kuhn of Whitesville, NY; two brothers-in-law, Harvey Vallieres of Whitesville, NY and Theodore McDonald of Bolivar, NY; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Marie Ransom; two sisters, Lois Vallieres and Betty McDonald; and a brother, John R. Ransom. 

Friends may call Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA, with a Firemen’s memorial service at 8:15 PM. 

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in the funeral home. CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply. Rev. Frank Mickle and Rev. Roy Ward will co-officiate. Burial, with military rites, will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, NY. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA 16948. Online condolences may be expressed at

C&N Donates $500,000 to Benefit Local Education

Mark Hughes, EVP, Director of Financial Division (left) and Thomas Rudy, EVP, Director of Branch Delivery (right) present $500,000 check to area Educational Improvement and Scholarship Organizations
WELLSBORO, PA – C&N recognizes the importance of investing in local education with $500,000 in donations to area Educational Improvement and Scholarship Organizations.

Education is key to a strong and prosperous community. However, there are many roadblocks preventing children from receiving the level of education they deserve. C&N is committed to closing this gap by supporting local organizations that have made it their mission to make sure every child has access to the educational opportunities. By investing in our youth, we are putting our local economies on the path to sustained growth and giving our children more opportunities to thrive.

The following organizations in Potter, McKean and Cameron County were presented with checks to support their mission for providing strong educational programs:
• Austin Area School District (Through First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania) - $4,000
• Coudersport Area School District (Through First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania) - $14,000
• Galeton Area School District (Through First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania) - $7,000
• Port Allegany Area School District (Through First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania) - $7,000
• Cameron County Area School District (Through First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania) - $12,000

In addition to these organizations, C&N supported other educational program throughout their footprint including:

Tioga County
• Wellsboro Area School District (Through the Tioga County Foundation) - $17,000
• Southern Tioga Area School District (Through the Tioga County Foundation) - $13,000
• Northern Tioga Area School District (Through the Tioga County Foundation) - $15,000
• General Council of Assemblies of God - Covenant Scholarship Organization - $8,000
• Trinity Lutheran Church and School - $11,000

“At C&N, we believe we have a very important role to play in our local communities. It all starts with our youth – doing our part to provide them with valuable opportunities to learn and grow will lead to a brighter future for all of us,” said Brad Scovill, President & CEO of C&N.

State Republican Lawmakers Condemn Mask Mandate and Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Emergency Declaration

HARRISBURG - State Reps. Mike Jones (R-York), Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon), Stephanie Borowicz (R-Centre), and David Rowe (R-Snyder/Union) joined together to condemn the state Supreme Court’s unprecedented July 1 ruling striking down House Resolution 836, sponsored by Diamond, which would terminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration.

“This ruling should shake every liberty-loving Pennsylvanian to their core. This is an affront not only to their civil liberties and rights as American citizens, but it is clearly a political calculation made by a liberal court and our Democratic governor on the heels of a presidential election.

“These two branches of our state government are not only out-of-step with Pennsylvanians, but they are reaching out of bounds for a ball that should never have left the field. This is an unprecedented power grab that puts enormous power into the hands of one person -- Gov. Tom Wolf -- and which disregards science and our state Constitution.

“As the legislative branch, we are now left with few options to reign in the governor’s overreaching and arbitrary authority. We will be exploring these options and have sought the help of U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who has pledged to ensure state governments do not overstep their constitutional authority during public emergencies.

“We hope that Pennsylvanians remain vigilant and continue to contact their elected officials, including the governor, to let it be known that they are not happy. We fear the governor has created a heated, unrestful and uncivil public environment with his bullying rhetoric toward counties and civilians who fight back against his arbitrary mandates that are negatively impacting their livelihoods.

“It’s time for the governor to listen to not just the people of Pennsylvania but to a diverse range of scientific and medical advisors, and to local officials who have experienced a number of ill-fated side-effects in their communities due to his edicts.”

The Supreme Court has sided with Wolf who has refused to end the emergency declaration after the concurrent resolution passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly on June 9. Wolf’s refusal to abide by the law prompted the administration to take the matter to court.

Due to the court’s ruling, the emergency declaration put in place by Wolf in March and extended in June for another 90 days will remain in place, as well as the governor’s color-coded reopening process.

The state representatives also voiced concern over the Wolf administration’s new mask regulations.

“This week, Pennsylvanians were also told by Health Secretary Rachel Levine in an announcement ironically made just hours before the court’s ruling that they must now wear masks everywhere they go in public. The Wolf administration, after going back and forth on the issue, and after jokingly declaring they are unsure of the legality of requiring mask usage, has finally -- months after the emergency declaration was established -- decided to officially make masks mandatory.

“We wonder not only what medical studies and professionals the governor has consulted before making this determination, but also if Pennsylvanians will be able to hold the governor accountable for disseminating possibly harmful information in the first place. We also wonder how the administration will be enforcing this mandate. And we have to question if the governor has officially ended all possibility of being seen as credible by the people of Pennsylvania as we navigate the waters of COVID-19 for the remainder of 2020.

“For the sake of the health and safety of Pennsylvanians and their civil liberties, we will work to see the governor’s edicts evaporate, just like COVID-19 by all indications is on a trajectory to do so, as soon as possible.”

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Court Rejects Resolution to Reopen PA

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in Gov. Tom Wolf’s favor regarding House Resolution 836, which would have ended his emergency declaration and forced him to work with the General Assembly on a path forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s unilateral actions have wreaked havoc on the economy, shutting down businesses and forcing workers to rely upon a dysfunctional unemployment compensation system to support themselves and their families. Even though our region has been in the “green phase” of reopening for several weeks, our lives are far from being back to normal. Most recently, the unelected secretary of Health ordered everyone to wear a mask outside their home if they are unable to consistently maintain the 6-foot social distancing standards.

The coronavirus threat is real, but it no longer constitutes an “emergency” in that we are now to the point where we need to learn to live with the virus and enact well thought-out policies to help protect the safety of our citizens. I was sent to Harrisburg to be your voice in enacting such policies, but the governor’s refusal to work with the General Assembly has silenced our voices. That is unacceptable.

We are now reviewing our options about what to do next. We need to make sure all branches of state government are working together to take meaningful actions on behalf of our citizens and our communities.

CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Now Available

Small businesses across the Commonwealth can now apply for funding through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program. Announced earlier this month, the program will provide $225 million in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to eligible businesses through federal CARES Act funding.

The first application window opened Tuesday and will remain open for 10 business days. Applications will continue to be accepted past the 10-day window and will be considered for future rounds of funding. This is not a first-come, first-served program. Applications will be prioritized and selected for funding based on the program criteria.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will distribute the funds to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants through the following programs:
  •   $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020, order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19. 
  •   $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations.
  •   $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program, which will allow the CDFIs the opportunity to offer forbearance and payment relief for existing portfolio businesses that are struggling due to the impact of COVID, as well as shore up the financial position of the CDFIs that are experiencing significant increased defaults in their existing loan portfolios. 

Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses. Click here for more information and how to apply.

Saving Tax Dollars Through Refinancing

Faced with the economic fallout of COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the General Assembly has passed legislation that would require a review of all Commonwealth debt obligations and outline refinancing options in a report to the General Assembly. The measure was signed into law on Tuesday as Act 37 of 2020.

The law will require the Pennsylvania Treasury to identify and review all outstanding Commonwealth debt obligations, including those held by authorities, commissions, agencies, boards and other state-authorized entities. The review would be in conjunction with the secretary of the budget, auditor general and the chairperson of any state entity with the power to issue debt. A report on the findings would be given to the General Assembly by Oct. 30.

Unemployment Comp Benefits Extended

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) announced this week that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.

Extended Benefits (EB) are additional UC benefits payable to qualified workers whenever the state’s unemployment rate reaches a certain level determined by law. The last time the EB program was triggered in Pennsylvania was 2009.

The current EB period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. EB payments will begin with the week ending July 4, 2020, and are payable only for weeks of unemployment during an EB period.

You may be eligible for EB if you are totally or partially unemployed; have exhausted your regular state benefits on your most recent UC claim, or your most recent UC benefit year has ended; and you have received the maximum amount of PEUC that you were eligible to receive.

Important information about the EB program is being sent by mail to all individuals who potentially qualify for the additional benefits. Or you may learn more here.

Senior Expos Canceled

The annual senior citizens expos held in Bradford, Kane and Roulette have been canceled for this year. This was a difficult decision, but the whole point of the expos is to help our senior citizens and their caregivers. This year, I think the most helpful thing we can do is cancel the event to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus in a group of people most vulnerable to the virus and its impacts.

We have already secured dates for the events in 2021. The schedule is as follows: Bradford, Aug. 5; Kane, Sept. 10; and Roulette, Oct. 8.

In the meantime, if you are a senior in need of assistance, please call my offices in Bradford (814-362-4400), Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Kane (814-837-0880).

Be Smart When Shopping for Energy Suppliers to Help Cut Costs

With the summer cooling season in full swing, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is reminding consumers of the opportunity to switch energy suppliers to help save money on their monthly electric bills. A quick visit to allows consumers in most areas of the state to choose who supplies their electricity, based on price or other factors, such as renewable energy. It’s quick and easy to make a switch.

PUC is also urging consumers to remain vigilant about questionable energy marketing activities and possible scams, particularly with unsolicited telemarketing calls requesting quick action and promising far-reaching benefits as compared to previous energy bills.

Officials have seen an uptick in robocalls from unidentified sources making vague and potentially misleading statements about customer discounts, refunds, rebates and bonuses if the customer acts now. The questionable calls appear to follow the same basic script: “This is an apology call from your electric (or natural gas) utility. You got overcharged by your third-party supplier. You will be receiving a rebate check along with a 30% discount on your electric and gas bill. Please press 1 to get your rebate check.” This is a scam.

To ensure you are dealing with legitimate energy sales calls, the PUC advises to be sure the caller tells you who they are, clearly explains why they are calling and does NOT claim to represent the PUC, another utility or other organization. If the caller does not meet these parameters, hang up. When facing an aggressive sales agent or suspecting a potential scam, consumers are encouraged to contact PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services at 1-800-692-7380.

Read more here.

Fish for Free on Independence Day

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting the second of its two annual Fish for Free Days on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at fishing in any of Pennsylvania’s waterways, even if you don’t have a license. Both residents and non-residents are eligible. Be sure to abide by social distancing and other measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. And make sure you follow all other fishing regulations.

Independence Day Reminders

A few important reminders as you plan to celebrate our nation’s independence this weekend!

If you plan to spend time with family and friends, exercise caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you plan to set off fireworks, be smart, be careful and be considerate of your neighbors.

If you are traveling, check out Free and available 24 hours a day, the site provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT will close its driver license service centers on Saturday, July 4 (the full-service center in Harrisburg will also be closed July 3). Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Have a safe and happy July Fourth!

Westfield, Clymer Dispatched For CO Activation

At 10:33 AM on Friday, Westfield & Clymer have been dispatched to 138 High Street for a carbon monoxide detector activation.
10:51 AM--Responders find zero reading on CO meter.

Death By Natural Causes In Portage TWP.

Investigation Ongoing For Trespass In Roulette TWP.

Lane Restriction on I-80 EB in Montour County for a vehicle fire

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists who travel Interstate 80 eastbound are advised that the right (driving) lane is closed at mile marker 226 for a vehicle fire.
The lane is expected to be closed for several hours.

Motorists should expect travel delays and lane changes. Motorists are urged to slow down, drive with caution, and be alert for stopped or slow-moving vehicles.