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Saturday, August 22, 2020

New York State Police Blotter

22 August 2020

Wirt man arrested in connection with New Hudson burglary

On August 21, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Eric J. Kaczor, 37, of Wirt, NY for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree.
22 August 2020

Pennsylvania woman arrested for DWAI-Drugs after Carrollton accident

On August 20, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Melinda S. Schoonover, 34, of Bradford, PA for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.
22 August 2020

Bolivar complaint leads to drug charges for local man

On August 20, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Brian J. Learn, 38, of Bolivar, NY for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
22 August 2020

Orchard Park man arrested for DWAI-Drugs after Great Valley accident

On August 19, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested S. Andrew M. Wanderlich, 28, of Orchard Park, NY for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.
22 August 2020

Friendship man arrested for menacing, weapons charge in Angelica

On August 19, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Matthew R. Hurd, 30, of Friendship, NY for Menacing 2nd Degree and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle.
22 August 2020

Freedom man arrested for growing marijuana

On August 19, 2020, SP Machias Troopers arrested Daniel G. Tingue, 60, of Freedom, NY for Unlawfully Growing Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
22 August 2020

Salamanca man arrested for DWAI-Drugs in Allegany

On August 18, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Frank J. Felt, 47, of Salamanca, NY, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
22 August 2020

Hinsdale man arrested on charges stemming from Olean vehicle theft

On August 18, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Derek W. Lockwood, 30, of Hinsdale, NY for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree.
22 August 2020

Jamestown woman arrested for DWAI-Drugs in Great Valley

On August 18, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Andrea M. Weaver, 35, of Jamestown, NY, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Bolivar complaint leads to drug charges for local man

On August 20, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Brian J. Learn, 38, of Bolivar, NY for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
Troopers investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Forman Hollow Road in the town of Bolivar discovered Learn to be in possession of heroin and buprenorphine hydrochloride/naloxone hydrochloride pills for which he did not possess a valid prescription.

Learn was released with appearance tickets for Bolivar Town Court, where he is due to appear in September.

Wellsville Ambulance, and Rescue to assemble for a search

Allegany County Fire Wire
1m · 7:21 PM
Wellsville Ambulance, and Rescue to assemble a search and rescue crew and stand by in quarters.
7:29 PM--Person has been located. RECALL.

Gowanda, Otto Assembling to Rescue Injured Female

The Southtowns Scanner
4m · 6:15 PM
GOWANDA - Rescue teams assembling at Valentine Flats to rescue an injured female who fell approximately 100 feet. Gowanda FD, Otto FD and ECSO/CCSO on scene. Additional resources requested. Mercy Flight called to assist.
7:10 PM--Mercyflight Airborne--No transport. 
7:36 PM--Air One has landed. 
UPDATE: A 16 year old female died from her injuries. Police have not identified the teen. Social media reports the teen was from Springville.

Livestock Auction Starts At 7 PM at McKean County Fairgrounds

Roulette Ambulance to Fessenden Road

At 5:28 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance dispatched to Fessenden Road for a man fallen.

Eldred Dispatched For Possible House Fire on West Eldred Road

At 5:03 PM on Saturday, Eldred firefighters have been dispatched to 331 West Eldred Road for a possible residential house fire.
5:05 PM--Report fire in mulch is out.

Eunice E. (Bellamy) Lusk, 88, of Lawrenceville, PA

Eunice E. (Bellamy) Lusk

Eunice E. (Bellamy) Lusk, 88, of Lawrenceville, PA passed away Friday August21, 2020 in her home. 

Born August 6, 1932, the daughter of Lyle I. and Florence (Parsons) Bellamy, in Ansonia, PA. After graduating from Elim Bible Institute, she married Rev. William R. Lusk and served with him in various United Methodist Churches in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. 

Eunice loved music and was an accomplished pianist, she was Tioga County’s first Victim Witness Coordinator, and was the pastor who yoked Nelson’s Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. She was a dedicated pastor’s wife and joined in his ministry, loved cooking, her family, and getting them together.

Eunice is survived by: two daughters: Diana L. (Larry H.) Barnes of Lawrenceville and Judi R. Savoy of Lawrenceville; 5 grandchildren: James (Carolyn) Burrous, Shawna (Michael) Quimby, Michael (Tracy) Taft, Brandon (Jenni) Lusk, and Emily Lusk; 9 great-grandchildren: Alana Quimby, Riah Spang, Marley Burrous, Cassidy Burrous, Trinity Burrous, Tyler Taft, Katie Taft, Kylia Taft, Skye Lusk; and a sister: Lois Shingleton. 

She was preceded in death by her: parents, husband, son: William Alan Lusk, brother: Rev. Dr. James Bellamy, infant brother and sister, and two great grandchildren: Michaela Quimby and Kerah Quimby.

A memorial service honoring Eunice’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Her family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA with her arrangements. To share a memory or condolence, please visit

Farmersville fire Dept was dispatched for a structure fire at 10565 Galen Hill RD.

On August 22 at 4:28 pm Farmersville fire Dept was dispatched for a structure fire at 10565 Galen Hill RD.

Mini Panther Looking For His Forever Home

Patricia "Pat" Valimont, age 74, of Mansfield, PA

Patricia "Pat" Valimont

Patricia "Pat" Valimont, age 74, of Mansfield, PA., passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020, at her home. She was born on August 16, 1946, in Williamsport, PA. She was a daughter of Raymond and Pauline (Williams) Valimont. 

Pat worked as a security guard for Amgard and as a secretary for Kingdom. She was part of the first class of women who graduated from Highway Patrol in SC. She was a member of Victory Church in Troy and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. 

Pat is survived by her brother, Jerry (Sarah) Valimont of Mainesburg; and three sisters, Margie (Charles) Davis of Orangeburg, SC, Connie (Steve) Bolt of Mansfield, and Renee (Jeff) Kenyon of Troy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reverend Raymond Valimont and Pauline Valimont. 

Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Victory Church, 645 E. Main St. Troy, PA. A funeral service will follow immediately at 1:00 p.m. with her brother-in-law, Steve Bolt officiating. A private family burial will take place in King Hill Cemetery in Mainesburg, PA.

Memorial contributions can be made to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd. Towanda, PA 18848.

Services are under the direction of Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA.

Coudersport Fire Dispatched to Truck-Lite

At 12:04 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been called to Truck-Lite at 100 Market Street for an automatic smoke alarm.

PSP Ridgway Seeking Information For Stolen Registration Plate

Charges Pending For Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia In Ridgway TWP.

One Transported To Penn Highland Hospital In Two Car Crash On Grant RD. In Ridgway TWP.

Coudersport Ambulance to Crandall Street

At 11:57 AM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance has been dispatched to Crandall Street for a woman unresponsive.

Mansfield Man Cited For Harassment In Clymer TWP.

Investigation Ongoing For Terroristic Threat In Otto TWP.

DUI Charges Pending Blood Test Results In Bradford City

Charges Pending For Drug Possession In Lafayette TWP.

Port Allegany Man Charged With Drug Possession In Liberty TWP

Bradford Man Charges With Criminal Mischief In Keating TWP.

Derrick City Woman Arrested For Drug Possession In Keating TWP.

Weekend Events

8-22 Wildcat Park, Ludlow, PA

8-22 Wildcat Park, Ludlow, PA

8-23 Olean Pierogi Food Truck Takeover

8-23 Olean Pierogi Food Truck Takeover

Video--Dirt Digging PA Hunt in Emporium at the Fairgrounds

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Car Versus Tractor Trailer Crash Saturday Morning Near Transit Bridge on Rt. 19

Angelica Fire and Rescue

At 07:58 this morning Angelica Fire/Rescue and MTS Ambulance were dispatched to a reported car vs tractor trailer with possible entrapment on State Route 19 just south of County Route 16. 

Upon the arrival of the MTS Supervisor he confirmed entrapment and for a Helicopter the scene. Angelica Chief requested additional resources from Belfast Fire and Ambulance to the scene and for Belmont Fire to shut down State Route 19 in Belvedere. One patient was Airlifted to Strong Memorial in Rochester.

Thank you to all for the great teamwork on scene and for all that responded to help.

Donald F. Shalkowski, 89 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Coudersport, PA, and East Pembroke, NY

Donald F. Shalkowski

Donald F. Shalkowski, 89 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Coudersport, PA, and East Pembroke, NY, died Wednesday, August 19, at his home following a long illness.

Mr. Shalkowski was born August 4, 1931 in Coudersport, son of Frank and Frances Shalkowski. 

He is survived by a sister, Carol Predmore of Coudersport; a son, Alan Shalkowski of Florence, AZ; a daughter, Linda Shalkowski of Elmira, NY; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his domestic partner of many years, Barbara Price of Mesa, and the mother of his children Shirley Shalkowski of Elmira.

Korean War Veteran
Donald was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Cheri Shalkowski.

He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars having enlisted and served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. 

Donald was retired from AT&T/Western Electric, and had worked as an installer in many telephone offices throughout Western New York during his years of employment. 

Following retirement, he relocated to Arizona, where he resided for the last 30+ years of his life. He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1949.

Prior to falling ill due to Dementia Mr. Shalkowski enjoyed traveling. and dancing. He also enjoyed attending professional sports events including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Braves, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Photo of Donald Shalkowski with domestic partner of many years Barbara Price.

Bellview Ane. Fire in Bradford Determined to be Arson

Ounce of Cocaine, Three pounds of Marijuana seized as Olean Police execute search warrant

City of Olean, NY Police Department

Investigators assigned to the Street Crimes unit along with the Patrol division conducted a Search warrant last night at approximately 10:20 p.m. at 213 South 8th. St. for drugs. 

Over an ounce of Cocaine, Three pounds of Marijuana, drug Paraphernalia and cash was seized during the search of the apartment. The two occupants were questioned but not arrested due to the Bail reform act put in place earlier this year. Arrests are pending results from the analysis of the seized drugs . 

This search warrant was a result of a one month investigation by the Street Crimes unit. Our department was assisted by the Southern Tier regional drug task force.

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, Suit-Kote Corporation, will be begin microsurfacing the roadway starting at mile marker 207 and continuing west until the Clinton County line. Motorists should expect short-term alternating single lane closures while the work is being performed. Work will take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Work will be performed on Monday between the hours of 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

Tuesdays through Thursdays between the hours of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Fridays between the hours of 6:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

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.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, August 21, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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This email includes:
•   Examining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
•   The Importance of Law Enforcement in Protecting Communities
•   Out and About in the 75th District
•   Education Committees Discuss Safe Reopening of PA Schools
•   Funding PA’s Transportation Needs

Examining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

I support House Bill 2025, which would prevent the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions, without legislative approval.

This Monday, Aug. 24, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing on the legislation - which passed the House with bipartisan support - and the initiative in general.

You can watch the hearing on my website,, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Importance of Law Enforcement in Protecting Communities

This Thursday, Aug. 27, the House Majority Policy Committee will host a hearing to highlight the vital role law enforcement plays in protecting citizens and communities. Members will hear testimony from representatives of local police departments, PA Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association and Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.

You will be able to watch the hearing on my website,, beginning at 10 a.m.

Out and About in the 75th District

I recently took part in the annual Clearfield Legislature Farm Tour.

Each year the Farm Bureau invites local legislators to a farm or local ag business to discuss issues affecting the farm community in our area. This year we traveled to Clearfield to visit Pennsylvania Grain Processing, which purchases corn and provides feed to area livestock producers, in addition to producing ethanol and wet and dry distillers grains.

Education Committees Discuss Safe Reopening of PA Schools

The House and Senate Education committees held a joint public hearing with administration officials this week to discuss the safe reopening of Pennsylvania schools.

Members questioned Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pedro Rivera, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, about several recommendations made by the agencies over the last few weeks and shared the frustrations they’ve heard from parents, students and school officials about the changing guidelines just days before some schools are set to open their doors.

Concerns about the effectiveness of online instruction, masking requirements, safety and liability protections, how to handle confirmed cases in a school and the availability of substitute teachers were among the main issues discussed during the hearing. To watch the meeting in its entirety, click here.

Funding PA’s Transportation Needs

I am a member of the Transportation Infrastructure Task Force, which was created to examine the way Pennsylvania funds roads, bridges, state police and public transit. Please click here for a list of our proposed legislation, which includes my bill to address funding for roads and bridges that has unfortunately been directed elsewhere.   

This week, the House Transportation Committee held a pair of hearings to discuss our findings. Please click here if you’re interested in viewing either of the hearings.

Chapman State Park Programs


Photo by John Eaton
Mike Bowser is shown with the Cessna Skyhawk he uses to train pilots.

Two pilots, one certified to fly helicopters and the other fixed-wing aircraft, have brought flight training back to the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road in Delmar Township, about six miles from Wellsboro.
“I am giving lessons to anyone who wants to learn how to fly,” said Mike Bowser Jr.

Currently, Bowser is the only certified fixed wing flight instructor, instrument and multi-engine flight instructor and advanced ground and instrument ground instructor at the airport to train current and future pilots.

He offers all levels of fixed wing flight instruction from private pilot to commercial pilot and flight instructor as well as training for instrument ratings, flight reviews (required every two years for every pilot), instrument competency checks and refresher training for rusty pilots. “In addition, I can provide Introductory flights or flight experiences for those that simply want to try flying a small airplane,” said Bowser.

"I had always been involved in aviation because of my love of flying,” he said. Bowser learned how to fly in 1968 and 1969 while attending Montana State University. “I would do whatever kind of work was available at the airport to help pay for my flying lessons."

As a 20-year-old, Bowser earned his commercial pilot’s license in 1970; graduated in 1971 from Southeastern State University in Oklahoma with a BS degree in Professional Aviation, and, earned his flight instructor license in 1972.

“I flew professionally for several years doing flight instructing, charter flying and as a commuter airline pilot,” he said. Bowser then attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School of Medicine, graduating in 1977 with a DMD degree and opening a dental practice in York, Pa.

For more than 40 years, Bowser has held the crown jewel of pilot ratings, an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, the highest certification the Federal Aviation Administration awards a pilot. The ATP rating is for those who make a lifelong career of aviation and are knowledgeable in aeronautics, aviation law, physiology, aeromedical factors, meteorology and aerodynamics.

In addition to operating his dental practice, Bowser continued as an active flight instructor from the 1970s through the 1990s.

In November of 2017, after retiring from dentistry, Bowser and his wife moved to the log home they had built near the airport in 2013 so they could spend time visiting his parents, Nan and Mike Bowser Sr. who lived in Wellsboro.

“I started working as a flight instructor in 2017 through Craig Musser, Wellsboro Johnston Airport manager and president of his own company Canyon Aero, LLC,” Bowser said.

In the summer of 2018, Musser relocated to Williamsport taking his Cessna 172 trainer with him. "That left the Wellsboro airport with no plane that could be used for training or be rented by qualified pilots who did not own a plane to do the required two-year flight reviews and instrument pilot certifications,” Bowser said.

With the support of the Canyon Pilots Association and the Grand Canyon Airport Authority, Zack Martin of Covington formed Aviation Essentials, LLC in 2019. With financial backing from four association members, Martin’s new company bought a Cessna 172 Skyhawk to use as a trainer in April of this year.

“The members of both organization’s want this to be a success,” said Bowser who first met Martin at the August 2019 Canyon Pilots Association meeting.

“Zack is interested in offering training services on how to operate the Cessna 172. I am hoping that others will do that, too,” Bowser said.

“I plan to extend my helicopter flight instructor rating to include fixed wing aircraft so I can teach people how to fly the Cessna,” said Martin. “To accomplish that, I need to do a checkride. I meet all of the FAA’s other requirements. “During the checkride, an FAA examiner will be in the cockpit watching what I do to ensure that I have the needed skills to be certified as a fixed wing flight instructor. My goal is to get that done by this fall,” he said. “Some day, I would also like to buy a helicopter and teach people how to fly it,” he added.

Martin grew up in Canton, Pa., joined the Army and began learning how to fly helicopters in 2008. In 2013, he became a certified helicopter flight instructor. After being on active duty for seven years, including serving from 2011 to 2012 in Afghanistan and being stationed in Alaska and Alabama, he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard for two years.

“My first civilian job was flying a helicopter with the Geisinger Life Flight program,” Martin said. “I am now flying a helicopter for the Blaise Alexander auto dealerships.

“In 2016, my wife and I moved to Wellsboro and started farming on a small scale, mostly on rented ground. In 2019, we bought a farm in Covington, which is where we live now and are growing certified organic grain.”

Those who would like to learn how to fly have to be at least 16 years of age to take flight training and 17 to be a licensed private pilot. The minimum requirement is 40 hours of flight time to get a license, including at least 20 hours of flight training and 10 hours of solo time.

The airport also has a flight simulator that can be used to supplement flight training.

Those interested in more information, about instruction and plane rental, are welcome to contact Mike Bowser at or by calling 1-717-676-1771 or Zack Martin at


F.M.P. Studios
Like A Hurricane includes (from left to right) Pedro Shank. Mike Vertino. Thom Hogan and Jeff Roney.
Like A Hurricane, a four-member band based in Syracuse, New York, will present a tribute to the music of Neil Young & Crazy Horse at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The band will perform on the outdoor stage, which is on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center building. The concert is free. Donations are appreciated.

The show captures the sound and spirit of a Neil Young live concert, from his solo work to his studio recordings with Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills and Nash, from intimate acoustic songs with soulful lyrics to driving electric guitars. Included are folk and rock songs; well-known favorites as well as a number of album cuts and hidden gems audiences don’t ordinarily hear.

The tribute will begin with an acoustic set featuring “Old Man”, “Heart of Gold”, “Harvest Moon” and “Ohio”, as well as some album gems like “Pocahontas”. Their electric set features classics like “ “Cinnamon Girl”, “Cortez the Killer”, “Rockin’ in the Free World”, “Down by the River” and of course, “Like A Hurricane.”

Lead vocalist is Thom Hogan on electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and piano. Mike Vertino plays bass guitar; Jeff Roney, drums and percussion; and Pete “Pedro” Shank, electric and acoustic guitars and keyboards. Mike, Jeff and Pedro all sing harmony vocals.

“Like A Hurricane was the result of a conversation I had in the winter of 2017-18 with Pedro, a fellow musician and friend,” Hogan said. “Four of us went into rehearsals, working from Neil’s extensive catalog of material. The two musicians who had joined us in January, departed at the end of May 2018 as their performance schedules were too demanding to dedicate the time necessary for what we required,” said Hogan.

“Pedro and I began searching for two more musicians. Mike and I had known each other for a number of years and worked on a project together. I asked Mike and he said yes and suggested Jeff who had played with the two of us at a great jam session held several years earlier. Jeff had impressed us both. He is the drummer with Dark Hollow, a successful Grateful Dead cover band, also based in Syracuse,” Hogan said.

“Mike, Jeff, Pedro and I are the founding members of this band,” said Hogan. “We began a heavy rehearsal schedule in June and played our first Like A Hurricane show on Dec. 21, 2018,” he said.

“I feel extremely fortunate to play with the three of them,” said Hogan. “They are quality performers and great guys. As a group, we are dedicated to giving our audience an authentic Neil Young live concert experience. It’s wonderful for his fans to have a chance to hear his songs performed live and a shared experience for the audience and for us because we all love Neil’s music,” Hogan 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.

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


There are still openings in the Refuse To Be A Victim® class being offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club at 339 Sportsman's Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. Only five spaces remain.

Those attending will learn the basic principles of crime prevention. Topics to be discussed are: mental preparedness, home security, psychology of criminals, automotive security, travel security, physical security, cyber security and personal protection. No instruction about firearms or use of firearms is taught in this class.

"This is not a gun or shooting class. It is about what people can do to help protect themselves and their property," said Instructor Marilyn Jones.

The four-hour class is limited to 12 men and women.

The fee is $15 per person to cover the cost of the book, room use and water, coffee and soda. Call Marilyn Jones at 570-549-2794 to register or for answers to questions about this class.

UWBA Believe in Tomorrow by Pledging Today Marasco Family Leading Efforts Towards COVID Impacted Goals

Bradford, PA – This year, the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. is challenging the local community to “Believe in Tomorrow”, with the annual fundraising effort to be led by Eric and Suzi Marasco and son, Leo.

Suzi, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and husband, Eric, Sales Manager for H&R Group will be leading with a team of Kelsey Obermeyer, graduate Nurse at Warren General Hospital and Michele Skaggs, Logistics Analyst at American Refining Group.

This year’s monetary goals will be seeing a reduction as a result of the impact by COVID-19 with Bradford set to seek $300,000, Port Allegany at $15,000 and Smethport at $7,500. While the goals have been altered, the UWBA team is confident that they will have the support from our communities to attain them. The programs and services that are funded by the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. are vital to our communities, especially now during our current economic condition, and as our neighbors, we ask you to join our efforts in supporting our campaigns. All funds raised during the annual United Way campaigns benefit local non-profit health and human service organizations serving Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport. For those interested in contributing to the United Way, gifts can be made online at or through our Facebook page as well as by mail or at the UWBA office during regualr business hours. Any amount contributed is truly appreciated and stays local to your community.

The 2020 – 2021 campaign is up and running as of August 15th and will continue through January 31st with new UWBA office hours of 8:00am - 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, to begin on Monday, August 24th. Sarah Lonzi, Executive Director says, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to see new and creative means of campaigning this year. While COVID-19 has made an impact on our agency and community, this area has a unique way of coming together to help when it is needed and, now more than ever, the UWBA and our local agencies need your support.”

The UWBA office is also encouraging the community to make their reservations for the campaign kick-off event, the 22nd annual Pig Roast (Presented by Northwest Bank), which is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd at Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, 800 East Main Street, from 4:30pm – 7pm or until sold out. The event will be a drive-thru meal prepared by Westline Inn for a cost of $15. The meal includes: bbq pulled pork sandwich, pasta salad, cole slaw and baked beans. The meal will be completed with a dessert and raffle entry with raffle items being drawn every 9 minutes.

Additional sponsorship has been provided by: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, HUB International, Allegheny Industrial Insulation Company, MSL Oil and Gas Corporation, LabelPack Automation, McCourt Label Co., Marshall Insurance Services, Jenn McMillen State Farm Insurance, Italian-American Progressive Club, E&M Engineers & Surveyors, PC and J.A. Luciano & Sons, LLC. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets by calling the office at 814-368-6181.


BRADFORD, Pa. – All of the 73 students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford who took part in COVID-19 surveillance testing on Tuesday tested negative for the virus.

A mobile medical team from Pittsburgh tested the asymptomatic students, who were randomly selected to participate in the first round of COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus.

If there had been positive cases, the university would have immediately mobilized to activate the protocols it has in place: Students testing positive would be moved into isolation and monitored and supported throughout the process. A contact-tracing team would contact the students who tested positive as well as their close contacts, anyone who spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of distance. All contacts deemed at risk of exposure would be required to self-quarantine. Additionally, the students who live in the same suite or hall with any of those who tested positive would be quarantined in their campus residence, monitored and supported.

“While having no positive cases at this time is good news,” said Dr. Catherine Koverola, Pitt-Bradford’s president, “we must and will remain vigilant and prepared to activate our existing protocols if our circumstances change. Doing so will help protect our campus community and our neighbors in the region and enable us to proceed through the semester with limited disruption.”

“Supporting the health and safety of our campus community – as well as our neighbors in the region – continues to be our priority as well as ensuring our students receive an excellent Pitt-Bradford experience,” Koverola said.

Surveillance testing of asymptomatic students will continue every few weeks on all of Pitt’s five campuses. Results are reported to the University of Pittsburgh COVID-19 Medical Response Office for evaluation and determination of Pitt-Bradford’s operational posture.

In addition to testing, Pitt-Bradford has asked students to shelter in place in advance of the start of face-to-face classes on Monday; has developed a flexible academic course system that allows students to attend remotely, if needed or desired; and has made numerous physical changes to the campus to allow for physical distancing, more fresh air in buildings and other preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Throughout this process, the university will maintain the privacy of any individual who tests positive for the virus. The university will provide updates on its website regarding the number of positive cases on campus in its ongoing efforts to keep the campus community informed about the prevalence of the virus.

Harvesting and Feeding of Forages under Stress

Corn Silage Harvest around the corner, Nicole Santangelo, Penn State
Good weather has been helpful for harvesting forages but has put some of our forage crops under stress and at risk. Drought-like conditions can increase nitrate levels in a number of plants including corn, oatlage, summer annuals like sorghum or millet and even common weeds like pigweed, lambsquarters and burdock. The best way to determine nitrate levels it by testing your forage. Nitrates over 1,000 can be toxic. For forages with known high nitrate levels, waiting until drought stress has passed to harvest is best option, but in times of low forage availability you may need to harvest. Nitrates accumulate most in the stalk of the plant, so raising the cutting height can reduce risk. Ensiling these forages will reduce nitrates by half if well-packed once fermentation is complete. If you must feed these forages, dilute feed with low nitrate forages.

The low nighttime temperatures a few days ago are also a reminder of the season coming to an end. With that comes risk to our summer annual forages that could accumulate prussic acid after a killing frost. Sorghum, johnsongrass and shattercane have highest levels of this carcinogenic compound, followed by Sorghum Sudangrass cross and less so by sudangrass. If a hard frost occurs, wait 7-10 days before grazing or green chop. After a non-killing frost, regrowth can also be toxic so it is recommended not to graze or feed until the regrowth has reached a minimum of 2 feet in height or 2 weeks pass. Ensiling can reduce risk after 3-4 weeks of fermentation.

Many areas have experienced below average rainfall, and with that pasture regrowth has been reduced. Livestock on pastures should be closely monitored where forage availability is low as they may be more prone to eat toxic weeds in the pasture. Toxicity is often highest for many weeds under stress, at young growth stages, or in seed pods. Other toxic weeds may be less toxic this time of year. For questions about nitrates, prussic acid and toxic weeds visit the Penn State Extension website at or call the Potter County Extension Office at 814-274-8540 extension 102.

Potter County American Legion Post 192 To Reopen

Chatham & Knoxville Dispatched For Crash on Losey Creek Road

At 8:37 PM on Saturday, Chatham & Knoxville Fire Depts have been dispatched to 2268 Losey Creek Road for a motor vehicle crash. Three occupants report possibly no injuries.
Middlebury ambulance also dispatched.

Belfast, Angelica Dispatched For Tractor-Trailer/SUV Crash on SR 19

At 8:00 AM on Saturday, Angelica & Belfast Fire Departments &EMS have been dispatched to State Route 19 & County Road 16 for a SUV versus Tractor-Trailer crash with entrapment.
Belmont Fire dispatched to CLOSE RT. 19. 
MTS to scene. Angelica to set up landing zone for Mercyflight.
9:05 AM--Patient being transported by helicopter to Rochester hospital.

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