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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Wellsboro Dispatched For ATV Rollover Accident

At 6:56 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS have been dispatched to an ATV accident near 1156 Dutch Hill Road in Delmar Township for an ATV rollover accident with injury.

A medical helicopter dispatched to field near scene. A second ambulance dispatched to scene for a second patient.

Bradford DIspatched To Residential House Fire

At 4:45 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a residential house fire at 19 Mill Street.

Officer on scene reports no fire, light smoke in house.

Bolivar-Richburg School Reports Covid-19 Virus; To Close Monday For Clean-Up

Bolivar-Richburg Central School District

September 19, 2020
Dear Bolivar-Richburg CSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to notify you that we have been informed by the Allegany County Department of Health that a student(s) or staff member(s) has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

This person was on school premises and did have direct exposure with other members of our school community. As a school district our number one priority is the health and safety of all our students and staff. We will be updating parents and staff via the school website, global connect calls, and social media as we learn more information.

The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District will be closed Monday September 21, 2020 to allow our custodial staff to deep-clean the buildings prior to returning to regular in-person instruction on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

We are working closely with the Allegany County Health Department to identify anyone who had close contact with the person to determine if they might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. If you or your child are identified as having been potentially exposed, the Allegany County Health Department will contact you to ask that you please stay home and monitor for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4F, and practice social distancing for 14 days from your last contact. If you are not contacted by the health department, you do not need to stay home or exclude yourself from activities at this time.

Parents should continue to monitor their child’s health and the health of their families for COVID-19 symptoms. Children with COVID-19 generally have mild, cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported in some children. Children with certain underlying medical conditions, such as chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, or weak immune systems, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Contact your child's healthcare provider regarding any concerns.

People without symptoms do not need to seek care or be tested. Those who become ill should contact their healthcare provider. Their doctor, in consultation with public health officials, will determine appropriate care and whether testing is necessary. If your child has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, please report this to your school. This information will be kept confidential.

Schools continue to utilize Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, to reduce viral transmission and keep our children and school personnel healthy and safe.

Hamlin VFD helps with Mount Jewett clean up

All pics from Theresa Auriemmo

Emporium Dispatched For Stump On Fire In Woods

At 2:58 PM on Saturday, Emporium Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 211 Climax Hollow Road for a tree stump on fire about 2/10ths of a mile from the house.

Dean C. Heggenstaller of, Galeton, PA

Dean C. Heggenstaller 1955-2020

Dean went to rest with his parents on September 12, 2020. 

He was born on July 3rd, 1955 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the small town of Galeton, Pa on his family farm. The youngest of three boys, Dean, loved his mama, the outdoors, and the farm. 

U.S. Air Force Veteran
He had many fond memories of his childhood adventures in the mountains. After graduating from Galeton High School, he enlisted in the Air Force where he spent most of his adult life serving his country and was a decorated officer. 

Dean was a patriot until the end, firmly believing in his country and advocating for veterans. In his later years Dean was involved in clubs like the Masons and very much enjoyed cooking for meetings and mentoring new members. He was also a lifelong member of the VFW and worked with the young veterans he met there. 

Dean was a loving father, grandfather, and a loyal friend. Although Dean loved to complain, he secretly loved to help others and would give others the shirt off his back if they needed it. Dean liked giving so much, he often forgot whom he gave things to and would promise the same thing to multiple people. Those of us that knew him, shook our head at this trait but loved his kind heart. Dean had many talents such as woodworking and had a very mechanical mind, there was nothing he couldn’t fix. 

He was an avid storyteller and could spin you magical stories with little effort. We will all miss shooting guns with him. He taught all his children how to shoot guns as children. He has installed a love of guns in all of us and had tons of knowledge on just about anything you could think of. 

He enjoyed driving cross country on his motorcycle and attending concerts. Those of us who knew him will forever think of him when watching the movie Big Fish, the history channel, and when we see the mountain areas that were his home. 

Dean was predeceased by his parents Howard and Katie Heggenstaller. 

He was survived by his brothers Kenneth and Bruce Heggenstaller. His children Charity Ruiz, Chaste and Chaz Williams, Anthony and Julieanne Heggenstaller, and 10 grandchildren. Also surviving is the love of his life, Mary Beth Roche and stepchildren Michael Roche and Rochelle and Chris Danielles. He will forever live on in our hearts. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

A. Jack Fuller, 84, of Middlebury Center, PA

A. Jack Fuller

A. Jack Fuller, 84, of Middlebury Center passed away Friday, September 18, 2020, while working on his farm, as he would have wished. 

Born May 25, 1936, at the home in Middlebury Center where he died, to Ira W. and Rachel (Goodwin) Fuller, he went to school, lived and worked his entire life in Tioga County. 

In his younger days, Jack was involved in the Future Farmers of America, and he thoroughly enjoyed his work farming in this area. He had a great affinity for working with horses, started driving a team on the farm at the age of seven, and was disappointed when that was no longer a part of his life. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and always enjoyed singing, whether in the church, or alone on his tractor while he worked.

Jack is survived by two daughters: Bethany (Dan) Bower of Tioga and Lisa (Tom) Sterling of Tioga; four grandchildren: Amy (Dana) Coots of Tioga, Michael (Krista) Bower of Tioga, Rachel Sterling of Pittsburgh, and Chelsea Sterling of San Diego, CA. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives: Sylvia (Schneider) Fuller and Jean (Wildrick) Fuller, a daughter Dawn Michelle Fuller, and his six siblings.

In accordance with Jack’s wishes the family has arranged a private funeral service at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA with burial in the Middlebury-Union Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory are encouraged to remember the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 4550 Montgomery Ave.Suite 1100 N. Bethesda, MD 20814 or on line at 

To share a memory or condolence with his family, visit And while sympathy is appreciated, Jack’s family is reassured by the understanding that he is resting in the arms of Jesus.

Fire Alarm RECALLED at Evergreen Elm

At 12:22 PM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters have been sent to Evergreen Elm for an activated fire alarm.

Weekend Events in the Area

9-19 Ulysses Fall Festival

9-19 Ulysses Fall Festival

9-19 Ulysses Plural Chapter out door food sale

9-19 Ulysses Plural Chapter out door food sale

9/19 Shinglehouse Fire Dept. Fall Raffle

9/19 Shinglehouse Fire Dept. Fall Raffle

9-20 Chicken BBQ, Port Allegany VFW

9-20 Chicken BBQ, Port Allegany VFW

9-20 2nd Annual Veterans Car Show

9-20 2nd Annual Veterans Car Show

Ridgway PSP Investigating Harassment in Fox TWP.

Fire Ruled Accidental In Smethport Boro

Lost Purse Returned Buy Good Samaritan In Jay TWP.

Unknown Caller Makes False Report Of A Shooting

PSP National Child Passenger Safety Week

One Mercy Flighted In Motorcycle VS. Deer Accident On RT. 155 In Eldred TWP.

No Injuries And Minor Damage In One Car Crash On RT. 46 In Norwich TWP.

PSP Lewis Run Investigating A Rape

Dui Charges Pending Blood Test Results In Wetmore TWP.

Seneca Resorts & Casinos to Postpone Entertainment Shows


Seneca Resorts & Casinos announced yesterday that will be postponing all entertainment shows through January of 2021. This will include any shows that were scheduled in Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear’s Den Showroom, and the Seneca Allegany Event Center.

All original tickets for events will still be honored on their rescheduled dates and refunds will be available up to 14 days prior to the reschedule date from the original point of ticket purchase with proof of purchase.

This new announcement will include the Village People show that was rescheduled to November 5th and 6th at the Bear’s Den Showroom. The Aaron Lewis show scheduled on January 30 will be moved to May 8th. Read more...

No Injuries In Two Vehicle Accident On Rt. 446 In Keating TWP.

Charges Pending For Drug Possession In Port Allegany

Investigation Ongoing For Scattered Rubbish In Liberty TWP.

No Injuries And Disabling Damage In Car VS. Deer Accident On RT.44 In Ceres TWP.

Galeton Dispatched For Crash in Gaines Twp.

At 10:18 AM on Saturday, Galeton Fire & EMS dispatched to Elkland Avenue & Beach Lane in Gaines Township for a 2 vehicle accident.


Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 3, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders.

Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 3 to Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; and from Nov. 16-20, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18.

The statewide season will include a Sunday hunt on Nov. 15 and also will include an additional seventh week for the first time ever. A statewide bear archery season also will run from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7.

At the time of the statewide opener, archery hunters in three urbanized areas of the state will have had a two-week head start to their seasons. An early season for antlered and antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D kicks off on Sept. 19 and runs through Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; and Nov. 16-27.

Properly licensed bowhunters in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D also may take antlered and antlerless deer during an extended late archery season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 26.

Archery hunters may use long, recurve or compound bows, or crossbows. Bows must have a draw weight of at least 35 pounds; crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds.

The Game Commission encourages hunters to spend as much time as possible afield this fall prior to and during the hunting seasons to pattern deer movements and identify areas where fall foods are abundant. Food availability changes from year to year, and in areas where food is spotty, deer often move to find better feed. Hotspots change from one year to the next, even from early to later weeks of the season, so tracking deer activity and their keying on food sources is important to success.

Bowhunters are urged to take only responsible shots at deer to ensure a quick, clean kill. Archery and crossbow hunters should take only broadside or quartering-away shots at deer within their maximum effective shooting range, which differs for each hunter depending on their skill level and type of equipment used.

Hunters may use illuminated nocks for arrows and bolts; they aid in tracking or locating the arrow or bolt after being launched. However, transmitter-tracking arrows are illegal.

Tree stands and climbing devices that cause damage to trees are unlawful to use or occupy unless the user has written permission from the landowner. Tree stands – or tree steps – penetrating a tree’s cambium layer cause damage, and it is unlawful to build or occupy tree stands screwed or nailed to trees on state game lands, state forests or state parks.

Hunters are reminded portable hunting tree stands and blinds are not permitted on state game lands until two weeks before the opening of the archery deer season, and they must be removed no later than two weeks after the close of the flintlock and late archery deer seasons in the WMU being hunted.

Tree stands placed on state game lands also must be conspicuously marked with a durable identification tag that identifies the stand owner. Tags may include the owner’s name and address, the CID number that appears on the owner’s hunting license, or a unique identification number issued by the Game Commission. Identification numbers can be obtained at The Outdoor Shop on the Game Commission’s website.

Bowhunters also are reminded that the state’s new “Purple Paint Law” now is in effect. It entitles landowners to mark their boundaries with purple markings, instead of signs.

Another new law requires hunters on private property to carry written permission from the landowner when hunting on the three new Sundays expanded hunting is offered: Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting; Nov. 22 for bear hunting during the statewide general season; and Nov. 29 for deer hunting during the firearms deer season. Only those species may be hunted on the identified Sundays.

Safety tips for bowhunters

· Make sure someone knows where you’re hunting and when you expect to return home. Leave a note or topographic map with your family or a friend. Pack a cellphone for emergencies.

· Always use a fall-restraint device – preferably a full-body harness – when hunting from a tree stand. Wear the device from the moment you leave the ground until you return. Don’t climb dead, wet or icy trees. Stay on the ground on blustery days. Keep yourself in good physical condition. Fatigue can impact judgment, coordination and reaction time, as well as accuracy.

· Use a hoist rope to lift your bow and backpack to your tree stand. Trying to climb with either will place you at unnecessary risk.

· Don’t sleep in a tree stand! If you can’t stay awake, return to the ground.

· Always carry broadhead-tipped arrows in a protective quiver.

· If you use a mechanical release, always keep your index finger away from the trigger when drawing.

· Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for all equipment and check your equipment before each use.

· Practice climbing with your tree stand before dawn on the opening day of the season. Consider placing non-slip material on the deck of your tree stand if it’s not already there.

· Avoid walking with a nocked, broadhead-tipped arrow or bolt.

· Cocked crossbows should always be pointed in a safe direction.

· Always carry a whistle to signal passersby in the event you become immobile. A compass and matches or lighter and tinder also are essential survival gear items to have along. An extra flashlight bulb also can be helpful.

Venison care

While hunting in October often offers pleasant days afield, the warm weather also presents challenges for successful deer hunters in assuring harvests result in high-quality venison.

Especially in warm weather, harvested deer should be field dressed quickly, then taken from the field and cooled down as soon as possible. While hanging a deer carcass in a shady area might be fine in cooler temperatures, if the air temperature is above 50 degrees, hunters should refrigerate the carcass as soon as possible.

Information on warm-weather venison care, as well as instructions on deer processing and other tips, are available on the white-tailed deer page on the Game Commission’s website,

Hunting in Disease Management Areas

All who hunt and harvest deer within the state’s Disease Management Areas (DMAs) must comply with special rules aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania.

The prion that causes CWD is concentrated in high-risk deer parts including the head and backbone, and these parts may not be transported outside the DMA.

It is legal to remove meat, without the backbone, from a DMA. The skull plate with attached antlers, also may be removed if no visible brain or spinal cord material is present.

Harvested deer can be taken to a cooperating taxidermist or deer processor associated with a DMA in which they’re taken, and the processed meat and/or finished taxidermy mounts may be removed from the DMA when ready.

Successful hunters who intend to do their own processing and who need to transport deer meat or other low-risk parts outside a DMA may stop by one of the many disposal sites established within the DMAs.

Several sites where hunters within DMAs can dispose of high-risk parts are established in public areas within DMAs.

Collection bins where hunters can drop off the heads of the deer they harvest to have their deer CWD-tested for free also will be set up at sites within the DMAs. The backbone and other deer parts may be deposited at high-risk parts dumpsters set up in some of the same locations.

An interactive map showing the location of all parts-collection sites is available on the CWD information page at Lists of cooperating processors and taxidermists also are available on that page.

CWD always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. In Pennsylvania, it’s a growing threat to the state’s deer and elk, and its hunting tradition.

As part of the fight against CWD, successful hunters who harvest deer or other cervids anywhere in Maryland, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, or any of the 27 states and Canadian provinces where CWD is known to exist, are prohibited from bringing the high-risk parts of harvested animals into Pennsylvania.

Persevere Covid-19 Crisis Counseling

Vertical Marriage event to be held at Open Arms

Open Arms Church of Bradford will host an event for couples entitled Vertical Marriage on Saturday, October 3. The marriage-focused program, based on the book of the same name by Dave and Ann Wilson, will be held in Open Arms’ auditorium at 1289 East Main Street, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The intention of the event is to help couples strengthen their bonds and give them helpful tools to navigate the joys and challenges of marriage, with a focus on Biblical teachings and practical advice from the authors. Billijo Kriner, a member of the group organizing the event, said that the program yields benefits for couples in various situations and stages of marriage

“We’re all able to relate to Dave and Ann’s struggles and triumphs,” Kriner said. “Whatever you’re going through, you’re not the first. No struggle is unique. And if you are at a great point in your marriage, this study will show you how to dig into God’s word and become even more ‘one’ with God and your spouse.”

Interested couples are asked to register for a ticket to the event by September 20. Each couple will be provided with a workbook when purchasing a ticket for $15.00. A bundle that includes the workbook and a catered meal will be available for $36.00. If cost is an issue, however, arrangements can be made for any wishing to attend. To register, those interested can contact Billijo Kriner at (814) 596-2701‬.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (September 18) -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for grants through the recently expanded Erie Access Improvement Grant Program.

Grants awarded through this program are open to public entities that are interested in the acquisition of lands, easements, and/or other property rights; the development, improvement, or rehabilitation of public access sites; or any other projects that benefit public fishing in the Lake Erie Watershed. Applicants who may qualify for grants under this program include townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments, as well as nonprofit groups (501c3), including land trusts, conservancies, and watershed associations.

Traditionally, program funding was available for strictly access and habitat-related projects, but the enactment of Act 56 expanded eligibility to a diverse range of projects that benefit public fishing. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, development of new, expansion of existing, or the rehabilitation of access sites, access roads, parking areas, ADA facilities, habitat projects, fisheries research, and fish cleaning stations. The deadline for applications is December 30, 2020.

“Since 2004, this program has greatly benefited Erie region anglers by providing fishing access and habitat improvement on Lake Erie and its tributaries,” said Daniel J. Pastore, PFBC District 1 Commissioner. “With the enactment of Act 56, we’re able to expand this program to include many different types of projects that benefit public fishing in the Lake Erie watershed, such as fish cleaning stations, new technology, and research projects to improve the fishery. Investing in these projects not only benefits outdoor recreation, but also the local economy.”

Activities must benefit and support recreational angler access and public fishing. Grant funds may not be used for any routine maintenance or operational activities.

Successful applicants must agree to provide a 50% grant match and be willing to enter into a long-term agreement to keep the facility open to free public use for its useful life. The PFBC will give priority funding consideration to applicants that provide more than the required 50% match, thereby reducing the total amount of grant funds required to complete the project.

The Erie Access Improvement Program is a reimbursable grant program. Grant funds will be disbursed to the applicant/recipient only after completion of the project occurs and agency staff has verified that the work has been completed.

Program grant funds are available in each annual state fiscal period as authorized and allocated by the PFBC. All work funded for this round of grants should be completed by December 31, 2023. The PFBC may adjust the amount of funds available and consideration dates to meet existing needs or opportunities that may occur. Large projects may be phased in over several fiscal years to maximize leverage, distribution, and availability of funds.

The Erie Access Improvement Program funds are derived entirely from the legislatively created Lake Erie or Combination Trout/Lake Erie permits sold to anglers. No state general funds are used for any PFBC programs.

For more information about the Erie Access Improvement Program and for application forms, visit the PFBC’s website at

Headline Harrisburg by Rep Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, September 18, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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This email includes:
  •   Where Do We Stand Financially?
  •   Still Waiting on Wolf
  •   Wolf-Levine Orders Deemed Unconstitutional
  •   Road Construction Update
  •   Mark the Date!
  •   Reaching out to Our Veterans
  •   REAL ID Update

Where Do We Stand Financially?
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Pennsylvania is currently operating under a five-month state budget that was designed to support core functions of government while allowing time to evaluate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, my House Finance Committee colleagues and I held an informational meeting with the Department of Revenue to discuss the state’s current and projected tax revenue collections.

Please click on the video above to watch a recording of the meeting.

Still Waiting on Wolf


Legislation that would give schools the authority to make sports and extracurricular decisions for themselves, including whether or not to allow spectators in the stands, still sits with Gov. Tom Wolf, who has threatened to veto House Bill 2787 when it lands on his desk. He has until this Monday to sign it, veto it or ignore it and allow it to become law.

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff says he will conduct a veto override vote as soon as possible if the governor carries out his threat.

Wolf-Levine Orders Deemed Unconstitutional


Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled that the Wolf Administration’s COVID-19 mitigation measures regarding congregate gatherings, stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns are unconstitutional.

While most of the orders referenced in the ruling are no longer in effect, the court’s decision does provide a glimmer of hope that we may be getting closer to some level of normalcy in the near future, and that we can go back to governing the way we should be…working together as separate but coequal branches of government to find a path forward through the pandemic.

While acknowledging the intent to protect public safety, Judge William Stickman IV writes, in part, in his opinion: “[T]he response to a pandemic (or any emergency) cannot be permitted to undermine our system of constitutional liberties or the system of checks and balances protecting those liberties.” He also wrote “[E]ven in an emergency, the authority of the government is not unfettered. The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms--in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble...The Constitution cannot accept the concept of a ‘new normal’ where the basic liberties of the people can be subordinated to open-ended emergency mitigation measures. Rather, the Constitution sets certain lines that may not be crossed, even in an emergency. Actions taken by [the Governor] crossed those lines.”

The governor is appealing the ruling, so stay tuned.

Road Construction Update

The Route 879 bridge that crosses Anderson Creek near Curwensville in Pike Township needs to be repaired and will close at 6 p.m. this Monday, Sept. 21, and reopen the following day at 6 a.m. It will close again at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 23, and reopen the next day at 6 a.m.

A detour using Routes 729, 969 and 453 will be in effect for these closures, which will allow the contractor to remove the existing beams for the second phase of the replacement. A final series of closures will be needed to place the new beams for the second phase.

PennDOT expects to complete work on this bridge by early November.

Mark the Date!


Reaching Out to Our Veterans


Veteran Community Initiatives (VCI), which serves Clearfield and Elk counties, is receiving nearly $40,000 from the Veterans’ Trust Fund, which is administered by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The money will support their rural veterans’ outreach project. VCI has an office in the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. Thank you to President and Director Tom Caulfield and his staff for all they do.

Please click here to view a list of programs provided by VCI.

REAL ID Update

PennDOT is resuming issuing REAL IDs at reopened Driver License Centers throughout the state. The federal Department of Homeland Security postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID, which is optional in PA, from Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021 in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

If you are interested purchasing a REAL ID, please click here for information about fees, purchasing options and answers to any other questions you may have.

Extension speaks on Drought at Pomona Grange

Observation Well at Denton Hill, courtesy USGS

Canoe Launch at Genesee, PA

Penn State Extension had the opportunity last week to speak at the Pomona Grange about drought conditions in the county. Various forecasts and climate monitoring systems have Potter listed in many different drought status levels. No one knows better the current situation than those here in the county. Grange members shared their experiences from creeks drying up - to wells and springs at low levels.
Early primary ears suffered the most from the dry weather.

Crops have only shown moderate stress this summer with relief provided mostly by cooler temperatures and the occasional, yet timely rain. 

Some corn has exhibited drought stress as phosphorus deficiency, even on soils with adequate fertility. Corn pollination seemed adequate given the dry weather. Some summer annual crops were testing high in nitrates. The future climate forecast shows this drought is short-lived with moisture already restoring in western PA, but how much moisture do we need to be “normal” again? Groundwater levels and water access will be the biggest struggle for the county and livestock farmers. 

The water well at Denton Hill has fallen about 5 feet below normal lows for this time of year. More local data on water levels can be found here:

We have been preparing water monitoring efforts as part of the Water4Ag effort locally, information on this project can be found at or to discuss your water, give us a call at the Potter County Extension Office at 814-274-8540 or visit to find resources including information on water testing.
Cowanesque River at Harrison Valley, PA

‘SoulStock’ planned Sept. 26 in Ridgway

A one-day festival celebrating a lifestyle of healing and recovery from any and all bondage is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26, in Ridgway.

SoulStock, featuring live music and speakers, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the former Motion Control grounds at 20 Gillis Ave. The event is free to attend.

“God is calling us to share the message of hope in Jesus,” said Janice Schatz, who along with her husband Chris founded the Gather on the Grass Worship series of gatherings. Janice and Chris attend Open Arms Church in Bradford and are completing "Sent Lab" discipleship training offered by Open Arms Church. The duo plans to launch micro church gatherings in Elk County this fall.

“There is so much brokenness all around us and by sharing our testimonies through words and songs, we hope that those who are lost or struggling in bondage will know that Jesus can take the messiest, most broken life and turn it into something beautiful. We know as Christians, we are not or ever will be perfect, but we are forgiven,” Janice said. “Our salvation lies not in what we have done or what we can ever do. but in what Jesus did for us. And once you have Jesus, you can't imagine life without Him.”

Among speakers will be Dan Blust of Philadelphia, who is a former addict and the co-founder of Painted Soldier Ministry, which has a mission to set people free from addiction, abuse and other bondage. His book “Eleven Two Seven: My Story of God’s Grace” is in publication and will be available this weekend on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Also on the agenda are speakers Matt Maholic and Robert Sheldon of Bradford, who will share their testimonies of deliverance from life-long drug addiction. Rock and Sherri Pifer of Bradford, both Free Methodist Church Keystone Conference evangelists and founders of Faith Upside Down Ministry, will also speak on their journeys of redemption, healing and forgiveness.

Finally, the Randy and Karin Schatz family of Emporium will talk about the impact drugs has had within their family; how their faith has allowed them to endure many heartbreaking trials, including the loss of their oldest son Chad and how it has set them on a mission to make a difference for the addicts and their families still struggling with addiction.

On deck to perform at SoulFest are two worship bands from Open Arms Church Bradford, the Emporium Alliance Church’s praise band and gospel folk artist Bob Spaeth of Emporium. On The Mend, a Christian worship band led by Adam and Jen Bell, will also take to the stage; that group just released its first album. Mara Lecker, a student at Elk County Catholic, will also sing at SoulStock.

In the midst of the speakers and music, the goal for SoulStock is to lead souls to Jesus, Chris said.

“Even if just one person who attends this event, accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, all of this was worth it,” he said.

Janice and Chris are hoping to continue to hold events throughout the region in what she calls a “means to live in community with our faith — to share life together with our neighbors by uniting in heart and mind, not just as fellow Christian believers, but as brothers and sisters in Christ — praying for one another, helping those in need, lifting each other up when we fall. We want to extend the concept] of a church family beyond the walls of the buildings and into the streets of our towns and communities.”

For more information or anyone interested in hosting a Gather on the Grass event should contact Janice and Chris at or visit

Chicken BBQ At The American Legion In Coudersport On October 3rd


Elk County- Alex Gasbarre, CEO and Mark Saline, President-Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems presented a generous donation to the St. Marys Area United Way. Gasbarre, headquartered in DuBois, PA and with manufacturing operations in DuBois, St. Marys, and Olanta PA, was founded in 1973. Throughout the 47-year history Gasbarre has added industrial furnaces, precision tooling and automation integration to the original powder compaction press technologies. The growth and advancements have put Gasbarre in a position to export 20% of its business around the world and employ 150 people across five locations in three states to support its domestic customer base and give back to the local communities. Gasbarre takes pride in its commitment to the communities, which have helped Gasbarre grow into the full-service supplier that it is today.

Accepting the check on behalf of the St Marys Area United Way was Jason Gabler, President of the St. Marys Area United Way. This donation will support the United Way’s 2020 campaign. Funding raised in 2020 will be available for organizations to seek grant funding in 2021. The St. Marys Area United Way has served the citizens of the City of St. Marys and surrounding counties since 1925. Making a contribution to the St. Marys Area United Way allows the donor to provide support to local agencies. In 2019, the St. Marys Area United Way distributed $127,850 to the following agencies: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys, CAPSEA, Catholic Charities Counseling, City of St. Marys Recreation and Parks, Dickinson Center, Girl Scouts of Western PA, Guardian Angels Center, St. Marys Public Library, Veteran’s Memorial Eternal Flame, and Life and Independence For Today (LIFT).

The St. Marys Area United Way relies on the contributions from companies and local individuals. Those donations support the financial needs of non-profit agencies that serve the health and human welfare needs of our community. If you would like to become one of these individual or corporate donors, please call 781.6000 or mail your check to the St. Marys Area United Way, 44 So. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857

Roulette Ambulance to Atkins Road

At 9:02 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been called to Atkins Road for a female to go to the hospital.