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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Farmersville Dispatched to Head-On Crash on Rt. 98

At 9:54 PM on Saturday, Farmersville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a head on crash on Rt. 98.

Flash Flood Warning issued August 15 at 8:03PM EDT until August 15 at 11:00PM EDT by NWS Buffalo


At 803 PM EDT, law enforcement reported heavy rain has caused flash
flooding in multiple areas around Lime Lake and Machias.
HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by heavy rain.
SOURCE...Law enforcement.
IMPACT...Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas,
highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage
and low lying areas.
Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Boston, Springville, Colden, Franklinville, East Concord, Concord,
Yorkshire, Holland, Sardinia and Delevan.

Millerton Dispatched For Head-On Motorcycle/Vehicle Crash

At 7:52 PM on Saturday, Millerton has been dispatched to  the area of 826 Bear Creek Road for a report of a motorcycle & vehicle head on crash.

Cattaraugus Fire Dept. was dispatched to State Land RD.for a tractor on fire.

On August 15, at 7:15 pm Cattaraugus Fire Dept. was dispatched to State Land RD. or a tractor on fire. Update it is a controlled brush fire not a tractor fire.

Foster TWP. fire dept. was dispatched to Bolivar drive for an odor of natural gas.

On August 15 at 5:47 pm Foster TWP. fire dept. was dispatched to Bolivar drive for an odor of natural gas.

Wellsboro fire Dept. was dispatched to 4 Main Street for an automatic alarm

On  August 15 at 4:49 pm the Wellsboro fire Dept. was dispatched to 4 Main Street for an automatic alarm. There are no signs of fire showing from the exterior

Flood Advisory issued August 15 at 4:11PM EDT by NWS Binghamton

DESCRIPTION: The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a
* Flood Advisory for...
Western Steuben County in central New York...
* Until 715 PM EDT.
* At 410 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area.
Up to two inches of rain have already fallen.
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Hornell, Canisteo, Woodhull, Howard, Jasper, Troupsburg, Avoca,
Cameron, Greenwood and North Hornell.
Additional rainfall of around 1 inch is expected over the area. This
additional rain will result in minor flooding.

INSTRUCTIONS: Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying
In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are
potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded
roads. Find an alternate route.

Issued By: NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Elizabeth “Liz” Fenn, 78, Of Wellsville NY

Elizabeth “Liz” Fenn

Elizabeth “Liz” Fenn, 78, passed away Friday, August 14, 2020. She was born on Long Island, and was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Manhattan. She was employed in New York City until her marriage and was carried off to the Philadelphia suburbs for 10 years.

Liz later became a working partner of a registered Holstein dairy farm in upstate New York. Eventually, she moved over to the Tug Hill Plateau amidst its glorious monumental snowings, living as curator within her 1885 one room school house museum that was open to the public. For her efforts on Tug Hill, she was presented with a New York State Senate citation. From there Liz advanced her writing career by freelancing a weekly newspaper column and writing ads for WKAL in Rome, NY. She also was published worldwide over 200 vignettes of near wilderness life as she experienced it among those persons she encounter and loved. For some of these she was given invitational reads at St. Lawrence University, Kingston, Ontario, Columbia University, NYC and Borders Books in Syracuse, NY.

In the summers Liz mentored creative writing within a tri-county program for advanced high school seniors. Liz is known further for having taught classical Haiku poems to students in public and private schools, as well as groups of adults via the Haiku Conservatory which she founded. Besides Liz’s love of travel on snowshoes, she also enjoyed solo hikes and forest camp-outs with her loving canine companion, Bobbie. She served for a time as secretary for the Creative Writers of the Southern Tier, and was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Wellsville.

Liz was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Clara (Mehltretter) Klarman, and a baby brother, Robert Charles.

She leaves behind three sons, Scott Edward, Mark Andrew and his wife Kelly, Troy Joseph, and his wife Lisa, a daughter, Kirsten Theresa-Marie and her husband David, and four grands, Gregory Joseph, Steven Michael, Josephine Claire and Susannah Leigh.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio. In lieu of flowers, please share a donation to Aid for the Church in Need or Heifer International. “May God bless you all” To leave online condolences, please visit

James D. Ball, 89, of Sinnemahoning, PA

James D. Ball

James D. Ball, 89, of Sinnemahoning, PA died at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA on Friday afternoon (August 14, 2020).

He was born June 25, 1931 in Sinnemahoning, PA a son of the late George L. Ball and Grace Snyder. On February 10, 1953 in Sterling Run, PA he married the late Enid J. Whiting Ball.

Korean War Veteran
Jim served with the Army's 5th R.C.T. during Korean Conflict and received a Purple Heart while serving his country. 

He retired from PA Department of Transportation where he worked for many years. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 5th R.C.T. Association, Driftwood-Emporium Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Shriners of North America, Mosquito Creek, Sinnemahoning and May Hollow Sportsmans Clubs.

Jim is survived by two daughters, Judy (Frank) Armanini and Virginia (Judd) Schager, both of Emporium; two sons, Danny (Judy) Ball, and James (Diana) Ball both of Sinnamahoning; ten grandchildren; several great grandchildren and a sister, Marie (Jim) Ramarge, Emporium.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

There will be No Visitation. Services were Private. Burial was in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Sinnamahoning Fire Department, P.O. Box74, Sinnamahoning, PA 15861 or to Gilmore Cemetery Association 72 Innsbruck Dr., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Penn Highland Community Nurses, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

ATV Accident near Franklinville

Cattaraugus County: Franklinville Fire & Trans Am are Responding to Saunders Road @ Fire Lane Road for an ATV Accident.
Caller reports that there is Serious Injuries.
Mercy Flight is on a Ground Standby.
12:40 - Per Franklinville Chief 1, Mercy Flight can Stand Down.

Presenting the 2020 Miss McKean County Fair Queen

Presenting the 2020 Miss McKean County Fair Queen -- Miss Emma Barr from Smethport Area High School! Congratulations, Emma! Photo courtesy of Video Magic.

Today's Events

8-15 Chicken BBQ--Car Cruise, Roulette VFD

8-15 Chicken BBQ--Car Cruise, Roulette VFD

8-15 Taste of Fair, Smethport Fairgrounds

8-15 Taste of Fair, Smethport Fairgrounds

8-15 Tri-Town Firehall Chicken Dinner

8-15 Tri-Town Firehall Chicken Dinner

8-15 Yard Sale At 143 Pump Station

8-15 Yard Sale At 143 Pump Station

8-15 Brookland Poker Run, Ulysses

8-15 Brookland Porer Run, Ulysses

8-15 Mt Jewett Fire Dept. Cabin Fever Jam

8-15 Mt Jewett Fire Dept. Cabin Fever Jam



Coudersport Rotarians hear about the Tanzania Wheelchair Project

Coudersport Rotary Club

In 2014, Kisiga Ndege was carried in a bicycle to the Tanzanian Peace For Conservation office. He was looking for the support of a wheelchair to move from place to place. Peace For Conservation submitted funding requests to different people and organizations to purchase a wheelchair for Kisiga.

Edward McCrea, President of Environmental Education and Conservation Global (EECG), a conservation and education nongovernment organization in the United States, was the first person to respond to the request. He personally donated 7 wheelchairs and initiated a go fund me campaign to purchase 20 tricycles/wheelchairs. EECG and Peace For Conservation jointly developed the Tanzania Wheelchair Project with the goal of building 100 wheelchairs/tricycles to persons with physical disabilities. Currently, the program has donated 40 tricycles.

In August, 2018, Rotarian Ronnie Shenkein introduced EECG’s President, Ed McCrea, to Coudersport Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon. Ed gave a presentation about the Tanzania Wheelchair Project. The hand driven tricycles cost $225 each to build and since that time, Coudersport Rotary Club has donated funding for three tricycles and Ronnie continues to collect funds to support the purchase of more tricycles.

Training for the wheelchair recipients enables them to become employed and help support their families. It also encourages them to become Ambassadors for Wildlife with their families and fellow villagers.

Kisiga Ndega received the donation of a tricycle from the Tanzania Wheelchair Project, and his increased mobility allowed him to accept a scholarship from Peace for Conservation to pursue a Diploma Course as a laboratory technician at Tandabuhi Health College. Peace For Conservation says Kisinga is a role model to many people by influencing them to enroll at college without regard for their physical disabilities.

The Little Nippers are having a chicken BBQ today

The Little Nippers are having a chicken BBQ today, 12:00pm-4:00pm, at the Little Nippers Building at the Otto Township Park. Meals include a half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and a roll for $12.00. Chicken only will be $7.00.

Also, preordered Otto-Eldred neck gaiters and face masks will be available for pick up/purchase from 12:00pm-4:00pm. There will be additional Otto-Eldred face masks and gaiters available for sale.

Proceeds benefit youth sports!

Pennsylvania woman arrested for aggravated DWI at over twice the limit after Genesee accident

On August 12, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Emily S. Hoffman, 45, of Hanover, PA for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated - BAC Over 0.18%.

Troopers investigating a one-car accident on State Route 417 in the town of Genesee determined Hoffman had been operating a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition. She failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. Hoffman was then arrested and transported to SP Amity, where a chemical breath test revealed her to have a 0.19% BAC.

Hoffman was released with appearance tickets for Genesee Town Court, where she is due to appear in September.

Carm Cochran will be turning 90 years old on August 30.

Carm Cochran will be turning 90 years old on August 30.

Join in celebrating this special birthday by sending her a card...

47 Pine Street
Galeton, Pa 16922

The Oswayo Valley Historical Society will be hosting an Open House at the School House Museum August 22nd

Did you know that Shinglehouse, PA had a train and a Trolley at one time? Did you know they had a glass plant?

The Oswayo Valley Historical Society will be hosting an Open House at the School House Museum in Millport located on the left (if you are coming from Coudersport way) by the Potter County Fairgrounds.

The open House will be Saturday, August 22nd from 10:00 am to 3:00pm.

We are hoping to showcase many artifacts from years past that tell a story and the history of our area.

Who knows, you may see a picture or recognize a name of one of your family members from years past.

Please plan on coming out to see this great museum. We ask that you wear masks and practice social distancing as appropriate.

We look forward to seeing you.


Jessie Thompson holds a copy of "The Four Keys".
The Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project is offering The Simple Keys to Authentic Acting Workshop to women ages 16 and older who have never acted before and those who are experienced actresses. A maximum of eight women will be enrolled in each session. Currently, two spaces are open in the morning and three in the afternoon. COVID-19 social distancing protocols will be followed.

This 2.5-hour in-person workshop will be held outdoors twice on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the roofed pavilion at the Nessmuk Lake Recreation Area on Route 287, one mile south of Wellsboro. The morning session will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"In the 1990s, I studied with Katherine Kerr, a respected Broadway and film actress, and found her approach to acting to be very helpful," said Jessie Thompson, presenter. "I will introduce participants to her four simple keys to authentic acting and talk about how to use them on stage to bring more of ourselves to the characters we play." Each registrant is asked to select a monologue that is approximately two minutes in length to present during the workshop.

The enrollees from both sessions, 16 maximum, are invited to bring their own bag lunch and attend the one-hour lunch break from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Beverages will be provided.

During the break, Barbara Biddison will give background information to workshop participants about the mission of the HG Women’s Project. Lilace Guignard will then talk about the HGWP’s November 2021 production of original monologues and informal writing get-togethers being planned for next year to help guide those interested in learning how to write monologues for that production.

The fee for the workshop is $15. To register for either the morning or afternoon session, call the Hamilton-Gibson office at 570-724-2079. Those who would like help in choosing a monologue are asked to make that known when they register.

Although not required for the workshop, those who want to read Kerr's handbook, "The Four Keys: A Simple Guide to Authentic Acting" can order it through From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro.


Photo by John Eaton
Vineyard Church Band musicians performing on Aug. 21 include: (from left to right) Jason Matthews, Lorynn Dowling, Brett Kennedy, Jesse Gotschal, Jon Ruth and Karsen Kennedy. Not shown are Carolyn Ruth and McKenzie Frank.

Vineyard Church Band musicians will perform an eclectic mix of original songs, contemporary Christian music and popular tunes by famous artists on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street, Wellsboro.

Kicking off the free performance with his original, genre-bending folk tunes will be singer-songwriter Jesse Gotschal of Wellsboro on acoustic guitar.

The band will then play and sing an eclectic mix of contemporary Christian music and popular songs that promote a positive message for everyone to enjoy. Among the songs are "Waymaker" composed by Sinach as played by Leeland, a Christian rock band, and "Reckless Love" written by Cory Asbury, along with uplifting cover tunes by such well known artists as U2, Bon Jovi, and Garth Brooks.

Performing are: Jon Ruth on drums, Jason Matthews on lead guitar, Carolyn Ruth on bass guitar, and Karsen Kennedy on acoustic guitar joined by vocalists Brett Kennedy, Lorynn Dowling and McKenzie Frank. The Ruths are from Covington and the Kennedys, Dowling, Frank and Matthews are from Wellsboro.

The Vineyard Church Band is actually composed of four different sets of musicians who perform one Sunday a month. Each band includes: a pianist, a bassist, a drummer and several guitarists and singers. "For example, there are four of us who play lead guitar," said Gotshal. "There is some overlap but for the most part we follow a schedule that gives each of us an opportunity to play for a church service once a month. The band performs for about 20 to 30 minutes before the service begins and 10 minutes after it ends," he said.

For this free concert, bring lawn chairs and sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theatre to provide space for social distancing. Donations are appreciated.

The remaining concerts in this free series are: Like A Hurricane, a Neil Young & Crazy Horse tribute band at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28; Dave Brown & The Dishonest Fiddlers at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4; Take2 & Friends at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11; and Quenton Fisher and Michael Johnson of Serene Green at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.

Visit, email, or call 570-724-6220 for more information.


In the era of COVID 19, Hamilton-Gibson Productions is following a series of protocols developed by the organization to ensure a safe experience for audiences who attend live, main stage productions in Wellsboro.

“Our safety and cleaning protocols are an amalgamation of guidelines and practices we've obtained from the CDC, our local hospital and the Tioga County COVID 19 Task Force, and from the American Association of Community Theatre Safety Measures plan,” said HG Artistic Director Thomas Putnam.

"We first implemented them in July for the six live performances of 'Almost, Maine'," Putnam said. The show was held indoors on the Warehouse Theatre stage.

"Now, we have made the decision to continue using these same cleaning and safety measures for our productions in September and October based on the positive feedback we received from our 'Almost, Maine' audiences and cast and crew members,” he said.

“Many audience members commented on how thankful they were for our efforts to provide live theatre in such a conscientious manner. They were happy with our safety measures,” said Putnam.

"For ‘Almost, Maine’, we cleaned the theater before every performance and the restrooms and lobby before and during each performance.”

All members of the cast, crew and audience had temperature checks when entering and everyone wore masks while in the building.

The audience was ushered in and out of the theater to provide the safest flow. A door to the outside was kept open backstage to allow fresh air in for the performances.

“'Almost, Maine' had a large cast but only three people were on stage at any given time, which worked out well,” Putnam said. “Cast members who were not on stage waited in the lobby, outdoors or across the street at the HG office.”

Performances of “The View From Here”, a comedy, will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20. “Stray Cats", featuring nine musically influenced monologues, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 9 and 10 and 16 and 17, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 11 and 18.

No tickets will be sold at the door. All main stage performances are by reservation only. Tickets have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

“Prepaid reservations allow us to assign and group seats for each performance to meet social distancing protocols,” Putnam said.

Those who wish can purchase a FlexPass for $60 to attend six performances of their choice, take a spouse or friend to performances of different shows or use all six to take family members to one performance of a show. A FlexPass has no expiration date and can be used anytime. It is up to the purchaser to decide how his or her FlexPass is used but he or she is responsible for reserving seats in advance by calling HG at 570-724-2079.

Ticket prices for all main stage productions are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. For more information, to purchase a flex pass, or to reserve and prepay, call 570-724-2079 or email


The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa. The group is following CDC and Pennsylvania COVID-19 protocols. Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts are chapter co-leaders.

The meeting will open with information and a discussion about "Gun Belts and Holsters" and be followed by shooting practice from 6:30 p.m. to dusk. Members will learn about gun belt and holster purchase options available for carrying a firearm and which may function best for them on a day-to-day basis.

New member applications will be available. Any woman, 18 or older from any county or state who is interested in joining this Well Armed Woman chapter is welcome to attend any meeting. Those who join can be a beginner or novice with absolutely no experience in handling a gun to those who are skilled and experienced shooters. The fee is $50 per year.

Women who don't own a firearm and want more information before making a purchase or want to find out about joining the chapter are invited to contact Jones at 570-549-2794 or


A medallion like those pictured will be awarded to each finisher in this year's Tryathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk.
Those planning to participate in the COVID 19 Special Edition of the Step Outdoors TRYathlon & 5K Trail Run/Walk must preregister no later than Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to be guaranteed an event T-shirt in the size they order and a medallion if they finish.

Registration will officially close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Each person who registers for either the TRYathlon or the 5K online or by mail will pay a $20 entry fee.

The event will be at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro.

Those who want to solo can do all three legs of the TRYathlon or two or three people can form a team. The event also includes a stand-alone option for runners and walkers who want to do the 5K only.

Due to the coronavirus, this year's event will not be on a specific day at a specific time. Registrants get to choose the day and time they want to do the TRYathlon or 5K between Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 20.

There is no in-person registration, no check-in time, no electronic timing and no aid or water stations on the course.

“That’s why teams and individuals should bring their own supporters for this event " said Tim Morey, organizer. "Registrants are also asked to be legal on the lake by getting a launch permit for their canoe or kayak, wearing a personal flotation device and carrying a whistle as required.”

Individuals of all ages can participate in the TRYathlon or 5K. While the course remains the same, it will not be well marked, therefore favoring those that have done it in the past.

It is recommended that registrants become familiar with the TRYathlon and 5K routes in advance before taking them on. Course maps and information are available online and in the park office lobby at 111 Spillway Road.

All runners and walkers, whether they are participating in the 5K only or all three legs of the Tryathlon will start at the same location and follow the same course on park roads and trails around the perimeter of Hills Creek Lake. The second leg of the Tryathlon is paddling a canoe or kayak around a 1.75-mile course identified with temporary markers on Hills Creek Lake. The event will end with bikers traveling 8 miles on a course of dirt and hardtop roads in and around the park.

A banner at the finish line will provide an opportunity for participants to take selfies or have someone take their photo.

After completing the course, registrants can share their time if they self-timed and pick up their T-shirts and medallions at the park office at 111 Spillway Road between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 12 & 13 and Sept. 19 & 20; between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14, 17 & 18; and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 & 16.

Those who mail in a registration form must download it, complete it and mail it to Wellsboro Parks and Recreation, Attention: Tryathlon, 227 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 in time to ensure it arrives either by Sept. 1 to guarantee a T-shirt and medallion or by Sept. 8. Checks should be made payable to the Step Outdoors Tryathlon.

To register online or to download a printable registration form, for more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, or about renting bikes, kayaks or canoes, or to download course maps, visit Questions? Call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email

Smethport Country Club Seeking Club Manager

Meet Republican Candidates At McKean GOP Barbeque August 20 in Smethport

Ad paid for by the McKean County Republican Committee

Virtual Raffle To Help Support The Galeton Public Library

The Galeton Public Library hosts many important events and programs in the area, such as family game nights, the teen summer reading program, a knitting group in the fall/winter season, as well as toddler/baby programs. They also host great fundraisers like the soup sale, affordable family portraits, Trunk or Treat, and the famous Gala. Unfortunately, due to social distancing and the pandemic, they have been unable to host such events. The Galeton Library is an excellent source of learning and community.

Due to Covid-19, Galeton’s World Wide Knit in Public Day was canceled to ensure the safety of others, as well as to follow local/state guidelines. In honor of that event, I am hosting a virtual raffle for a chance to win one of three amazing baskets. Each basket is a different theme for a fiber arts related craft – knitting, crocheting, and spinning your own yarns. 100% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the Galeton Public Library.

Please visit the link below for more information about the virtual event, purchase chances to win, and help support The Galeton Public Library.

This fundraiser is hosted by Amanda Paul and all funds earned will be donated to The Galeton Public Library.

Come to Galeton and Save $$$ At North Central Supply & Quarter West Shoppes

LLoyd Burkhouse Public Auction Sunday August 16th

Friday, August 14, 2020

Norma Cobb Nichols Says Thank You For Caring

Poiker Run Saturday at Brookland Club

PIAA Issues Statement on High School Sports

Roger P. Weilacher, 79, of Sapulpa, Okla., formerly of the Kane Area

Roger P. Weilacher

Roger P. Weilacher, 79, of Sapulpa, Okla., formerly of the Kane Area, died July 26, 2020 in Sapulpa.

Born May 7, 1941 in Kane, he was the son of Daniel and Althea Derr Weilacher. On November 30, 1963 in Kane, he married Linda L. Lias, who survives.

He grew up in Highland Twp. near Kane and graduated from Kane Area Schools in 1959. He continued his education with an Associate’s degree from Penn State University and then Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in construction engineering. He was the owner of Glass Design Corp. in Sapulpa.

He was a member of Kane Lodge #566 F&AM, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an accomplished woodworker.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son Todd Weilacher of Sapulpa, a brother Derrell Weilacher of St. Marys, his sister Carolyn Yartz of Meadville and a grandson Tristan Weilacher of Driggs, Idaho.

He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by a daughter in infancy.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 on Friday, August 21st at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane with the Rev. Calvin Cook, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.

S. Dry Run Road Closed Until Saturday After 3 PM

Absolutely no one is allowed on South Dry Run Rd. from 181 to Apache Road, until Saturday, August 15, 2020 after 3:00PM, the road needs to dry more.

James E. Irwin, Jr., 73, formerly of Kane and the Bradford area

James E. Irwin, Jr.

James E. Irwin, Jr., 73, formerly of Kane and the Bradford area, died Wednesday afternoon, August 12, 2020 at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.

Born March 21, 1947 in Kane, he was the son of James E. and Laura M. Mohney Irwin. On January 10, 1968 in Kane, he married Linda S. Byerly, who survives.

Jim had worked at Stackpole Corp. in Kane. He was a member of the Emmanuel Mission Church in Kane, the Four Square Gospel Church in Bradford and most recently, the Living Waters Church in Olean.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter Tracey Irwin of Lansing, Mich., a son Matt Irwin of Virginia Beach, Va., sisters Sally Ardabell, Darlene Snyder and Mary Hardin, all of Kane, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dave and Lorna Bigley of Falconer, N.Y., and grandchildren Joe Peck, Kimmie Peck, Becca Irwin, Ally Irwin and a future granddaughter-in-law Lydia Pavlock.

He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by a sister and a daughter Heather, both in infancy.

Friends may call on Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc., and may attend a service there at 1:00 on Tuesday with the Rev. John Kakish, pastor of the Kane First Church of God, officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 1600 Penninsula Dr., Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505.

COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

Galeton & Germania Dispatched For Motorcycle/Deer Crash

At 3:51 PM on Friday, Galeton & Germania have been dispatched to a motorcycle/deer crash on South Cherry Springs Road.

Ronald R. Ratzel, 55, Deadwood, S.D; Former Bolivar Area Native

Ronald R. Ratzel

Ronald R. Ratzel, 55, passed away unexpectedly Monday (Aug. 10, 2020) in Deadwood, S.D.

Born June 16, 1965, in Stamford, Conn., he was the son of Fredrick H. Ratzel Jr. and Marion E. Clark Ratzel (deceased April 2016).
US Air Force Veteran

He was a graduate of Bolivar High School, Class of 1983. Ron was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1984 to 1988.

Ron was employed at FCI McKean, Pa., for 29 years, retiring in September, 2019.

He was a member of the Portville American Legion Post 814, American Legion Riders, Cuba VFW and Portville Rod and Gun Club.

Ron enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, competitive shooting, kayaking, camping and most anything outside.

Surviving is his father, Fredrick H. Ratzel Jr. of Ceres; three brothers, Fred and his wife Betty of Becket, Mass., Jeff and his wife Vicki of Bluffton, S.C. and Tim and his wife Jeanette of Ceres; his son, Keith Otto and his wife, Liz Otto and grandson, Stellan of Elizabethtown; and two daughters, Katlyn Ratzel and her fiancé, John Dukett of Glens Falls and Kirsten Ratzel and her husband, Jesse Jones of Monterey, Calif.

In keeping with his Ron's wishes, there will be no visitation. A celebration of is life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (Aug 15, 2020) at 249 Bells Brook Road, Ceres. Services start at 2 p.m.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959; or Portville's American Legion Axillary Breast Cancer Awareness Angel of Hope, P.O Box 711 c/o Nette Ratzel, Portville, NY 14770.

McKean Countyin will distribute $57,289.16 CARES Act funds to food programs

McKean County, as the lead agency for the PA Department of Agriculture’s State Food Purchase Program, will distribute $57,289.16 in CARES Act funds to food programs. Allocations will be made to non-profits distributing food directly to the public. The funding will help to alleviate increases in need from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The funds provided by the CARES Act grant, will be allocated to applicants within McKean County who are registered as a tax-exempt organization. Applicants can be a stand-alone non-profit or church affiliated. Each applicant will be asked to complete an agreement with the county, verify civil rights training, use a self-declaration of need form and submit a count of numbers served.

Food distribution locations that are approved for funding are encouraged to make local purchases to further support local independent retail food distributors within the county. The funds may only be used to purchase consumable food products from an establishment licensed by the PA Department of Agriculture. The county will reimburse each grantee directly for detailed receipts or itemized invoices.

Any organization interested in an application should contact Pamela Burlingame, Chief Clerk, at 887-3202. Applications should be returned to the Commissioner’s Office for immediate consideration. Allocations will be awarded beginning on August 25, 2020, in a rolling funding disbursement, as applications are received.

Eugenia Fuller, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA

Hazel Eugenia Johnston Fuller

Eugenia Fuller, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020, in the Fletcher-Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT.

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.

Lane Closures Continue Next Week on Interstate 80 WB in Union County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists who travel Interstate 80 westbound are advised short-term alternating single lane closures will continue next week in White Deer Townships, Union County.

The contractor HRI, Inc., will be placing an epoxy overlay on the westbound lanes on the bridge over White Deer Creek near mile marker 207. Motorists should expect short-term alternating single lane closures while the work is being performed. Work will be performed between 6:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

Work will take approximately three days to complete, weather permitting.

No work will be performed in the eastbound lanes next week.

Motorists should be alert, expect delays in travel, changing traffic patterns, and drive with caution through the work zone.

Coudersport Ambulance Dispatched

At 2:43 PM on Friday, Coudersport ambulance dispatched for a psychiatric emergency.

Pitt Bull Found Across From Sweden Valey Inn

Lost male dog is being held by a family at the loop of houses across from the Sweden Valley Inn. Seems like a pitbull mic. Friendly but older and a little skittish. I stopped while driving as he was very close to the road.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 in Ceres

At 1:02 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse ambulance has been dispatched to 1900 Route 44 for a 30's woman who pulled over in a vehicle with possible stroke symptoms.
An EMT on scene is requesting a helicopter.

Mansfield Dispatched For Crash In Bradford County

At 12:51 PM on Friday, Mansfield Ambulance has been dispatched to Sylvania Borough in Bradford County for a mutual aid assist at a vehicle crash on Route 6.

Kevin L. Heffner, age 68, of Lawrenceville, PA

Kevin L. Heffner

Kevin L. Heffner, age 68, of Lawrenceville, PA., passed away on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 

He was born on March 27, 1952 in Tioga, PA., a son of Benjamin and Lillian (Deats) Heffner. Kevin was the loving husband of Rose (Croft) Heffner.

He worked at Ingersoll Rand and often did vehicle maintenance and detailing.

Kevin is survived by his wife Rose; son Nakia (Michelle) Heffner of North Carolina; daughter Peggy (Georgia Whitsell) Heffner of Corning, NY; brothers Franklin Heffner and Steven (Mazzie) Heffner of Elkland, PA; sisters Lydia (Roger) Stone of Tioga, PA, Janice Bliss of Tioga, PA, Jennifer (Brian) Atkinson of Lawrenceville, PA, Mary (Ed) Steffan of Lawrenceville, PA, Hazel Morse of Lawrenceville, PA, and Marilyn Smith of Lawrenceville, PA, and grandchildren Justin, Sophia and Grace. 

He was preceded in death by brothers Nolan, Derwood and Philip Heffner and sisters Pat VanOrden and JoAnn Losinger.

Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Ken Smith officiating.

Thomas M. Yohe, 80, of Bradford, PA

Thomas M. Yohe

Thomas M. Yohe, 80, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at his home.

He was born on July 10, 1940 in Bradford, a son of the late Mervin and Mary Quinn Yohe.

He was a 1958 graduate of the former St. Bernard School.

On June 16, 1962 in Bradford he married Suzanne M. Kramer who survives.

Vietnam War Veteran
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1968.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 108, Bradford, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Bradford.

He was employed by the Bradford Postal Service for 24 years until his retirement in 1993.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Suzanne Yohe of Bradford he is also survived by four sons, Michael (Jodi) Yohe, Edward Yohe, Joseph Yohe and Timothy Yohe all of Bradford; one daughter, Anita (Robert) Kemick of Bradford; one brother, John “Jack” Yohe of Bradford; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death three brothers, Rolly Yohe, Robert Yohe and Gerald Yohe and three sisters, Mary Ann Maley, Myra Peterson and Marie Speedy.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Tom’s life on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at his son Mike’s house at 5 Yohe Rd., Bradford.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory can be made to either DAV McKean County Chapter #72, Box 645, Kane, PA 16735 or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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How did the lumbermen move logs in the forest?

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
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How did the lumbermen move logs in the forest?

Logs were rolled, stopped, and turned with a peavy. A peavy has a sharp spike and a curved, hinged hook to brace the log. Men worked in pairs to move logs to a log slide or landing to then be transferred out of the forest and to the saw mill.

A cant hook is a similar tool that has a lip instead of a spike. It was primarily used in the sawmill to move logs or sawn timber.

You can test your log rolling skills at next year's Barkpeelers’ Festival on July 3rd and 4th, 2021.

August 13, 2020 the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives

Rightfully Hers Port Allegany: Beginning August 13, 2020 the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library will host a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, 

Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. 

Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today.

Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states:
"The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”

The S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library has paired two displays of library books featuring Legendary Ladies with the Rightfully Hers popup exhibition to simultaneously celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2020. Patrons are welcome to call the library to schedule an appointment to view the Rightfully Hers exhibition and check out books from the Legendary Ladies displays. The book displays contain a range of non-fiction selections for child to adult readers. Educational links about women in the history of suffrage, women’s rights, and fight for gender and race equity will also be shared through the library’s FaceBook page during the month of August.

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

Headline Harrisburg By Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, August 14, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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This email includes:
•   Rethinking Transportation Funding in PA
•   Still Waiting for Answers
•   Recognizing Our Future Leaders
•   Road Construction Update
•   Your Opinion Counts

Rethinking Transportation Funding in PA

I am a member of the Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, which was created to examine the way Pennsylvania funds its roads, bridges, state police and public transit.

This Tuesday (1 p.m.) and Wednesday (9:30 a.m.), the House Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing to discuss our findings. You can watch the hearing on my website,

Still Waiting for Answers

My staff continues to field too many calls and emails dealing with unemployment compensation. Gov. Tom Wolf says 94% of claimants have received their benefits. That statistic means nothing if you’re one of the 6%.

On Wednesday, the House Labor and Industry Committee held an informational meeting with the Department of Labor and Industry to get some answers to the many questions that exist.

Please click here to watch a recording of the hearing.


Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations to Christian Jon Krug, whose Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held Saturday in Kersey.

Road Construction Update

Starting this Tuesday, Aug. 18, the left lane of Interstate 80 eastbound will be closed between the Route 161 exit and the Jacksonville Road, east of Bellefonte.

Existing paint lines will be removed and new markings will be placed in advance of setting barriers. On Wednesday and Thursday, traffic will be restricted to one lane as crews set construction barrier. Sometime on Friday, barrier placement will be finished, and I-80 eastbound traffic will resume travel in two lanes—with one of those lanes continuing to use the roadway shoulder. Work will then begin in the median to build a traffic crossover.

The local interchange project is the first phase of a three-phase project to build local access, a high-speed interchange connection between I-99 and I-80 and make improvements on Jacksonville Road.

Deer Creek Road

The bridge that crosses the west branch of the Susquehanna River on Deer Creek Road east of LeContes Mills is now underway.

An alternating traffic pattern is now in place and stop signs require drivers to take turns crossing the bridge. These restrictions will be in place until work is finished in mid-September.

Your Opinion Counts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is considering returning East Branch Clarion River Lake to normal reservoir operations and would like to know your opinion on doing so.

Twelve years ago, the district initiated a dam safety investigation into seepage-related concerns at the lake and subsequently implemented several interim risk reduction measures. In 2010, a dam safety modification study was completed and approved, and a contract was awarded for performance of permanent measures. Last month, an oversight group deemed the improvements successful.

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