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Saturday, October 3, 2020

New Potter County Bridge Now Open to Traffic

Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers that a new Potter County bridge opened to traffic late this afternoon. Crews have been working since late August to replace the bridge, which spans a tributary of Pine Creek on Route 1001 (Sweden Hill Road) in Ulysses Township. Replacing the structure improves its condition rating from “poor” to “good”.

With the bridge open to traffic, a detour using Route 449 and Route 6 will be lifted. PennDOT thanks area drivers for their patience during this closure and detour.

Overall work included demolition of the old bridge, placement of a new concrete box culvert, approach paving, drainage improvements, guide rail installation, pavement marking, and miscellaneous construction. L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. of Wellsville, NY has been the contractor on this $768,000 job.

Austin, Coudersport Dispatched For Structure Fire In Wharton Township

At 5:49 PM on Saturday, Austin & Coudersport Fire Departments have been dispatched to a structure  fire at 158 Jamison Drive in Wharton Township. Caller reports structure is well involved. Germania has also been dispatched.
ALL UNITS RECALLED EXCEPT Austin units. Controlled burn.

Austin Dispatched For Landing Zone

At 5:48 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept. dispatched to high school to set up a landing zone for air medical for a medical patient.

Corydon, Lafayette Dispatched For Lost Hiker

At  5:35 PM on Saturday, Lafayette & Corydon Fire Dept. have been dispatched to the parking lot of the Morrison Trail for a search for a lost hiker.
6:28 PM--Bradford Township Fire Dept. called to respond to assist.

Westfield, Middlebury & Chatham Responding to Motorcycle Crash

At 4:12 PM on Saturday, Westfield, Middlebury Center & Chatham Fire Depts & EMS dispatched to a motorcycle crash near 4312 Route 249. A leg injury is reported by the caller. 
Air medical has been dispatched to a nearby well pad for a landing zone. Life Net 7-7 is enroute with 14 minutes ETA.

Shirley Mae Nero, 87, of 192 Dagus Mines Road, Dagus Mines, PA

Shirley Mae Nero

Shirley Mae Nero, 87, of 192 Dagus Mines Road, Dagus Mines, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a brief illness.

She was born March 26, 1933, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Alfred and Rosina Mertz Himes. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1951.

On October 30, 1954, in the St. Mary’s Church, Shirley married Donald L. Nero, Sr., who preceded her in death on May 5, 2004.

She is survived by four sons, Dennis E. Nero and his wife Colleen of St. Marys, Kenneth L. Nero of Dagus Mines, Thomas D. Nero of Dagus Mines, and Donald L. Nero and his fiancée Sally Peterson of St. Marys; three granddaughters, Stephanie (Allen) Keniston, Alysha Nero, and Rosina Nero; and by two great-grandchildren, Gage Keniston and Jazlin Keniston. Also surviving is her sister, Mary Jane Gnan of St. Marys; her aunt and special friend, Margaret Mertz of St. Marys; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Donald LeRoy Nero, Jr., on April 2, 1955, at two days old; and by her sister, Ida Kinley.

Shirley was a housewife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of the St. Boniface Church and the Rosary Altar Society. Active in her parish, Shirley participated in the “Why Catholic?” program and volunteered at the St. Boniface Cafeteria. She was an avid bowler, great cook and baker, and was active in her community until her eyesight became poor due to retinitis pigmentosa. Shirley wanted to thank all who were good to her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Visitation will be held in the St. Boniface Church Gathering Space on Thursday morning, from 9:30 until the time of Mass.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Beatrice L. Whyte, 94, of Warren, PA.

Beatrice L. Whyte

Beatrice L. Whyte, 94, of Warren, PA., died Saturday morning, October 3, 2020 at the Rouse Home, Youngsville, PA., after an extended illness. She was born in Dravosburg, PA. on January 4, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Grace Watkins Davis.

Bea was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1944 graduate of Dravosburg High School. She was employed for many years as the City of Warren Tax Collector.

She is survived by 2 Children – James J. Whyte of Youngsville, PA. Susan Lowe and husband, Ray of Warren, PA., Daughter-in-law, Becky Whyte of Scotsdale, Arizona, 7 Grandchildren – Tammy Gantz Whyte, Trevor Whyte, Chris Whyte (Brenda), Jennifer Whyte, Laura Whyte, Emily Lowe Best (Chris), Drew Lowe, 11 Great Grandchildren – Trenton Whyte, Cole Foust, Jaiden Ruggles, Ava Whyte, Kayla Mascaro Bedekovich, Chloee Whyte, Treyton Whyte, Brenyn Whyte, Evelyn Patricia Best, Elizabeth Best, George Best.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Leo Whyte, 1 Son – Joseph A. Whyte, 2 Great Grandchildren – Todd Whyte, Haven Foust.
A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, PA.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Millerton & Big Elm Dispatched To Wildfire

At 2:23 PM on Saturday, Millerton & Big Elm Fire Depts have been called to 58 North Road for a wildfire.

Port Allegany Ambulance Dispatched for Victim of Auto Accident

At 1:15 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been dispatched to Moe's Bar  on West Mill Street for a victim of a motor vehicle accident.

Former Governor Christie Tests Positive For Covid-19

Port Allegany Dispatched To Natural Gas Leak

At 11:16 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Lillibridge Creek Road near State Gameland 59 for a ruptured natural gas line. UGI has personnel on the way.


Photo by John Eaton
All four men in Hamilton-Gibson's production of "Stray Cats" are featured in the last scene. They are: (from left to right) Thomas Putnam, Ryan Dalton, Dave Driskell playing the saxophone and Rob Kathcart.
The final scene is a fitting end to the collection of musically influenced monologues that portray the life stories of different men using a unique blend of humor and sadness in Hamilton-Gibson's production of "Stray Cats."

The play ends with a story of community. Three men played by Rob Kathcart, Ryan Dalton and Thomas Putnam stop what they are doing to engage with a street saxophone player, Wellsboro's Dave Driskell in "Jaguar Jesus." Caught up by the saxophonist's passion and skill, these men - all from different backgrounds and at different places in their lives - are drawn to him. Through his playing, the saxophonist is able to weave a connection between them and to people throughout the whole city whether they are aware of it or not.

"This is exactly what the sax and Dave's playing do throughout the entire show," said Putnam. "Dave opens the show and then connects each life story by playing between monologues, weaving the music through each of their desperate but often humorous lives and connecting the monologues together."

"Alone, But Not Lonely" is the first monologue. Tom played by Putnam "shares" at a twelve-step support group on Valentine’s day. "Good-bye Jack" features Dalton as a kid who works at the drive-thru window at Jack-in-the-Box. The night they take the clown away he realizes he’s “just another little drive-thru guy in orange and brown, alone on the graveyard shift.” "Jocko The Clown," portrayed by Kathcart, is backstage at a moment of crisis and suffers from extreme "mime block." In "The Poem Writer," Putnam plays a man, who, after having a little too much to drink, delivers a bitter, funny, self-loathing, self-aggrandizing speech to the Poem Writers Guild. Kathcart is an aging TV weatherman who has been kicked off the air for politically incorrect statements. His farewell apology skids into a near breakdown in "Ol' Gator." "Diary of a Voyeur" chronicles a writer played by Dalton who, instead of meeting his deadlines, spends months obsessing and writing about a couple in a window across his courtyard.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro and on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. No tickets are sold at the door. They have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

Seating is limited. Reserved seats allow HG to meet pandemic social distancing protocols. All audience members are asked to wear masks and have their temperatures taken upon entering the building.


Photo by Rudolf Von Dommele
Jonathan Kruk (shown) hurls the pumpkin head as he shares the tale of the Headless Horseman from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" during a solo performance in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will give a live, one-hour theatrical performance with a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the ghostly tales in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at noon on Saturday, Oct. 10. This show is free and open to the public thanks to sponsors Xtreme Internet and Indigo Wireless.

"The Legends of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' — The Haunted History of the Headless Horseman and Sleepy Hollow's Ghosts'" is recommended for adults and children, ages 8 and older.

Kruk will present his show outdoors on the outdoor stage on the Central Avenue side of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The audience is welcome to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets 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.

Dressed in 1790s period clothing, Kruk will tell how the Headless Horseman really lost his head along with the origin stories about the ghost of Tragical Major André, the Wailing Woman in White and other spirits surrounding this mythical figure. He brings these ghostly characters to life using varied voices, accents, gestures and audience participation.

"This program is family friendly with tales that are spooky but not scary or gory. It is also for adults, including ghost and history buffs," Kruk said. "Some of the stories are about the German soldiers that fought with the British Army during the American Revolutionary War."

Selected "Best Storyteller in New York's Hudson Valley," Kruk has been featured on NBC's The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC's Good Morning America, The Travel Channel, and the BBC. He has eight award-winning recordings, and is the author of two books, “Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley,” and “Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.”

For more information, visit, email, or call 570-724-6220.

PennDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance work schedule for the week of October 5– October 9

Ridgway/Cyclone, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Elk/McKean County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of October 5- October 9, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

This work will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well COVID-19 safety guidance, including protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols.

Elk County 0280
Under Drain Install:
● State Route: 120 Brusselles Street St. Mary’s

Shoulder Repair:
● State Route: 1001 Glen Hazel Road, St. Mary’s

Painting Curve Warnings:
● State Route: Various Routes, County wide

● State Route: 1001 Glen Hazel Rd. St. Mary’s

Crack Seal:
● State Route: 219 Bootjack to Brandy Camp

McKean County 0250

● State Route: 3011 Bridge Road

Sign Repair:
● State Route: Various County wide

Crack Sealing:
● State Route: 770 Marshburg Road

Oil/Stone Patching:
● State Route : 4013 Seaward Ave.

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Kinzua Creek Bridge/SR-3006-A01/McKean County: Clearwater Construction Co.:

Overall Project Description:
ECMS 4460 - On State Route 3006 (Westline Road) from Segment 0010/Offset 0189 to Segment 0010/Offset 1314. For the removal of the existing Two-Span Steel I-Beam bridge and construction of its replacement Two-Span Composite P/S Bulb-Tee Beam Bridge, a temporary roadway including temporary bridge are to be used for traffic control. Approach work consisting of super pave asphalt mixture designs for the base, binder, and wearing course, guide rail, pavement markings, management and disposal of potential hazardous materials, and miscellaneous construction for a construction length of approximately 735 feet (0.139 miles) as indicated on the approved drawings.
Next Week:
Contractor will continue placement of subgrade treatment. Epoxy rebar/concrete for sleeper slabs. Some full depth excavations for roadway.
Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals until completion of the new structure this fall.
Drivers are reminded to watch for stopped vehicles and to obey the posted speed limits and construction signing.
Work to be performed Monday through Friday during daylight hours, weather permitting.

SR-6 McKean County, Hamilton Twp. Contractor: Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
The work zone is located at the Warren/McKean County line 5 miles east towards Kane in Hamilton Twp., and will feature an alternating traffic pattern controlled by flaggers.

Next Week:

The contractor will begin work on Monday morning at 7:00 A.M. and continue through Friday afternoon. All work will be performed during daylight hours.

The contractor will begin placing ADA Ramps in the town of Ludlow as well as milling in town beginning Wednesday. The contractor will begin placing scratch course on Friday.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Motorists are advised to watch slow-moving and stopped vehicles through entire work zone. Motorists are advised to be cautious when traveling through the work zone and should obey the posted speed limit.

Mount Jewett Borough Wide Fall Haul & Food Truck Day

Photo by Theresa Auriemmo
Brenda Walker
The Mount Jewett Hilltop Heritage Coalition had been working on an event called the Borough Wide Fall Haul and Food Truck Day that occurred on Saturday the 26th. Vendors provided food, drinks, home-made items, and general merchandise in the Mount Jewett Fire Hall parking lot. This event included a town-wide yard sale.

Photo by Theresa Auriemmo
Kelly Hughes
Photo by Theresa Auriemmo
 Mad Music of Kane
Mount Jewett Hilltop Heritage Coalition publicly thanked all those who helped and participated in the event. Kelly Hughes said, "A huge shout out to so many people for helping in yesterday's Borough Wide Fall Haul & Food Truck Day event. By supporting us, you support them. But without them, there is no us. Be sure to like their pages and show your support next time you see them. Thank you all! So many to thank including the Mount Jewett Memorial Library, Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, Gypsy Wagon Food Truck, Johnson Family Fair Food, Table 105, Todd's Kettlelishes, Lisa's Walking Tacos, Joanne's Chili and Coffee, Sue's Sweet Treats, Mad Music of Kane, Color Street by Amber, Brenda's Artwork, Kane First Church of GOD, Early Intervention, Kountry Kuteness, Brian's Wholesale Items, Census, Mount Jewett Town Hall, Jewett's Kaffe Sol, Mt. Jewett Rotary, Jewett Marketplace, Mt. Jewett Family Tastee Freeze, The Ink Pad Sign Shop, Jay McGuire and VFD sign/table team, Scotty Reynolds, Tom Geer, Tom Davis, Mark and Rick of the library, Theresa and Frank Auriemmo and most of all, YOU, the residents/visitors of Mount Jewett. Thank you!"
Photo by Theresa Auriemmo
  Fire Chief Scott Reynolds

Comments from individuals:

Toni Pearson said, "The yard sale on Saturday was great! Many people out and about. The community needed this during these stressful times. We needed to get out and see others and just mingle again. Hope this becomes an annual event. It was well put together and organized. Thanks to Kelly and all those that helped."

Jeanne Raught said, "I wasn't able to attend the festivities but did drive through and it was nice to see so many people out and the day was a beautiful one!"

Kelly Hughes said, "What an awesome day, beautiful weather, amazing deals, yummy food, and so much happiness from the people, whether visitors or residents. Everyone became a part of our borough yesterday and it was great!"

Photo by Theresa Auriemmo 
Mount Jewett Fire Hall parking lot that was used for the vendors.

Mayor Annie Wolfe said, “By the time 9 am rolled around, the borough was already buzzing with activity from our sales shoppers and yard sale hosts and vendors. I want to praise the community as a whole for the success of the event. It was truly a team effort and a testament to how connected we are as citizens of Mount Jewett. We know how to pull together in positive, forward motion and we will continue to do so to preserve and grow our precious town upon the hill’.”

Fire Chief Scott Reynolds said that the gun raffle is ongoing to the 25th of November. The drawing will be held on Wednesday the 25th of November.

Written by Theresa Auriemmo

Winner Announced For 2021 Fishing License Button Design

Hair By Holly Survives COVID-19

Photo by Theresa Auriemmo
Holly Rezzelle-Crowley at her shop, Hair By Holly, located in Mount Jewett.

Holly Rezzelle-Crowley, a native of Kane, moved to Mount Jewett in 1998 and has been a hairdresser for 28 years. Learning about being dyslexic in 7th grade, her future would be a challenge. In high school, she learned that her SAT and ASVAB scores were not high enough for college. Her scores being so low she needed to find a hands-on trade. She found a passion for doing hair for family and decided beauty school was a perfect fit for her.

On Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 a fellow hairdresser called Holly and asked if she was closing by the governor’s mandate for that night at 8 p.m. Holly said, “At that moment in time I was in shock and disbelief. Two weeks to flatten the curve turned into 11 weeks of emotional stress. It was heart-wrenching being told that I was non-essential. Being closed down for 11 weeks under the governor’s guidelines was emotional stress. Watching the news daily, waiting for the governor to wave his magic wand, and how it affected me financially really hurt. I only know self-employed. If I wanted to make money, I had to work and did not know any different. Life as I knew it was gone. Every morning was a new nightmare. It is hard to accept the new normal. I felt like common sense was just gone because you can’t believe what you see and can’t believe what you hear and I just wasn’t sure what I felt in my heart anymore. The constitution says we are entitled to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Holly continued by saying, “There was some good that came out of the shutdown. Local hairdressers in surrounding towns kept up with each other because of constant changing mandates and guidance with hopes of reopening. I was surprised by the number of customers that started reaching out offering me hope of reopening. I am not sure where the small business bail-out money was because I never got any. But I was very happy when we received notice that I could reopen my business. On Friday, May 22nd, Governor Wolf released guidance that beauty salons could open on Friday, May 29th with 50% capacity. I worked from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. just trying to get weekly customers back in the book. My list of customers waiting had really grown. Twenty-three perms, 36 hair colors, and 122 hair cuts were waiting for me to reopen. I was working between 60 and 65 hours a week to catch up and most people were patiently waiting for their turn. Business as usual had totally changed. At a 50% capacity and sanitation between customers, the wait to schedule appointments was my new normal. After 3 weeks of being reopened, the PA Department of State Board of Cosmetology finally released guidelines. I felt these strict mandates were made to apply to big city salons like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.”

Holly expressed her concern about being safe by saying, “My creativity had to come up with new levels of imagination. And above all, I needed to keep myself and my customers safe. The pressure and anxiety knowing that YOU may be the reason somebody’s health fails is like carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I need to use common sense because it is hard living in fear and we all will have to learn how to live again in this new normal.”

Holly finished by saying, “I would like to say “Thank you” to Mount Jewett and surrounding communities for supporting all small businesses including me.”

Written by Theresa Auriemmo

Wellsboro Dispatched For Tractor Fire

At 10:02 AM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been called to the area of 305 Rt. 660 for a tractor fire in a field next to the woods.

Rep. Owlett Under Quarantine for Possible Exposure to Covid-19

PA State Rep. Clint Owlett

I have been informed that, while serving you in Harrisburg this week for legislative session, I may have come into contact with a fellow member who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution – and per the guidelines set forth by the Bipartisan Management Committee and our Human Resources Department -- I am now quarantining. I am free of any symptoms.

My local offices in Wellsboro and Troy will remain open as I have been serving you in Harrisburg this entire week. I will continue to work on behalf of the citizens of the 68th Legislative District from my home. 

The member who was diagnosed is experiencing mild symptoms. I hope you will join me in praying for his recovery and that of any person dealing with this virus.

Appalachian Regional Commission Names Abbi Peters as Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

Abbi Peters to Represent Pennsylvania in Intensive Regional Leadership Development Program

Sept. 30, 2020, PA WILDS – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named Abbi Peters, Executive Vice President of Operations for the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), as a 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow.

As a Fellow, Peters will participate in the Appalachian Leadership Institute, an extensive nine-month series of online skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis beginning in mid-October through July, 2021. Topics include:

Designing effective economic development project proposals;

Integrating community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies;

Identifying resources available to spur economic development;

Locating and accessing investment capital from a variety of public and private sources;

Preparing competitive applications for public grant opportunities; and

Using expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions.

Upon completion of the program, Peters will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future.

Peters is part of the founding staff at the PA Wilds Center, a nonprofit launched in 2013. The Center helps coordinate and advance the PA Wilds Conservation Landscape partnership effort that is helping revitalize the 13-county PA Wilds region by growing nature tourism under a regional place-based brand to create jobs, inspire stewardship, diversify local economies and improve quality of life.

Peters is a co-founder of the Center’s Wilds Cooperative of PA, a value chain network of more than 350 rural entrepreneurs and organizations; and of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, the nonprofit’s brick-and-mortar stores at state parks that sell local products from the Wilds Cooperative, helping rural businesses thrive while also building visitor capacity in the region (the PA Wilds sees almost 15 times its population in visitors). Over the next year, Peters will be spearheading development of the Center’s online marketplace, which will allow rural entrepreneurs to sell online under the PA Wilds brand, control their own inventory, drop ship from their locations and keep a larger cut of each sale.

“Peters is on the front lines of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem tied to our region’s place-based brand that, even in these early stages, is allowing dozens of rural businesses and entrepreneurs use the PA Wilds brand to reach markets and grow their companies,” says PA Wilds Center Founder and CEO Ta Enos. “This is not easy stuff to figure out and make work on a huge, economically-distressed, highly-rural landscape like ours, and Peters is a key person helping us figure it out. She is an innovative thinker, one of the fairest people I know, and has built an incredible team around her. She is also super skilled at setting up processes and systems that allow for accountability and successful implementation. We are thrilled she was selected for the Institute.”

Investments through the Appalachian Regional Commission have helped seed parts of the PA Wilds Center’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and Peters and her team have participated in many workshops and conferences held by or in partnership with ARC over the years.

“We greatly value this regional network and want to continue to participate in it by sharing what we’ve learned and learning from others who are advancing their communities through bold initiatives,” Enos says.

Peters was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received over 100 applications for the 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute class and selected 40 applicants.

“Congratulations to the new class of Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows. The skills development and network-building opportunities offered by this program have proven to be valuable, and this past year has shown that effective local leadership is essential,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “This program has adjusted well to the present circumstance and offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from those who have provided leadership for their communities through difficult circumstances.”

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. This is the second year of the program.

More information, including a complete list of current Fellows, is available at

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

About the Pennsylvania Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center promotes the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination and manages the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a business network of over 300 place-based businesses, as well as the PA Wilds Conservation Shop in an effort to help businesses connect with travelers and stimulate local economies. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit


FIRST News Now

FNN Article © Friday, October 2, 2020.

TIOGA, PA - Tioga Police unit 8-20 was reported to have been struck from behind by another vehicle early Friday evening, October 2, 2020, around 7:15PM.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Mitchell Creek Road and Route 287 and left the roadway partially blocked.

The accident was reported by the officer on duty as he requested assistance from Pennsylvania State Police and also asked for traffic control from the Tioga Fire Department's fire police.

There were no reported injuries in the rear-end collision. 

The roadway was reported cleared around 8:30PM.

At this time, it is unknown how serious the damage was to the Tioga Police Department's cruiser. However, FNN was told the unit was back doing patrols later in the evening.

Drilling Started/Permit Issued

SWN PROD CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township
Description: SWN PROD CO LLC reports drilling started on 10/3/2020 at site ELLY MAY 6H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-10-03 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hepburn Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 9/28/2020 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site HANNAN 1 in Hepburn Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2020-09-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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This email includes:
  •   Wolf Calls Vetoed Bills ‘Meaningless’
  •   582 Area Code Update
  •   Local Drought Watch Announced
  •   Wolf Veto Harms PA Industry, Workers, Consumers
  •   PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates
  •   Planning for College?

Wolf Calls Vetoed Bills ‘Meaningless’


Recently, the General Assembly has been under attack by Gov. Tom Wolf for “taking votes on meaningless bills” instead of supporting his agenda.

While the governor is certainly entitled to his opinion, it’s disrespectful to the thousands of constituents who have reached out to me and my fellow lawmakers to discuss the many concerns we have been trying to address through the bills we’ve been voting upon over the last several weeks. This week, for example, we approved bills to improve safety at long-term care facilities and maintain health care innovations, such as telemedicine, even after the pandemic is over.

As people struggle to make ends meet while being out of a job or working fewer hours, as small business owners struggle to keep their doors open and staff employed, and as parents try to provide some sort of normalcy and stability for their children, we have heard their concerns and responded by advancing legislation to safely reopen businesses, get people back to work and get students back to school safely.

Read more about our efforts in this op-ed authored by House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff.

582 Area Code Update


When a specific area code appears to be on the verge of running out of available telephone number combinations, the Federal Communications Commission requires states to implement a relief plan. Starting this Saturday, Oct. 3, residents in the 814 region will be encouraged to voluntarily use 10-digit dialing (area code plus seven-digit telephone number).

During this “permissive 10-digit dialing period,” if customers forget and dial just seven digits, their calls still will be completed. Starting April 3, 2021, all calls made within the 814 area code MUST be placed using the area code plus the seven-digit telephone number.

Beginning May 1, 2021, or when all possible 814 telephone number combinations are exhausted, a new 582 area code will be assigned to customers requesting new phone numbers.

Here are some important points:

  •   Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  •   You will need to dial the area code + telephone number for all local calls.
  •   You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long-distance calls.
  •   What is now a local call will remain a local call.
  •   The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
  •   You can still dial just three digits to reach 911, 211, 311, 511 and 811.

Local Drought Watch Announced

Clearfield and Elk counties are now under a drought watch. Residents are asked to reduce their individual water use by 5-10%, or 3-6 gallons of water per day.

The Department of Environmental Protection is notifying all water suppliers in these counties of the need to monitor their supplies and be prepared by updating their drought contingency plans as necessary. Varying localized conditions may lead water suppliers or municipalities to ask residents for more stringent conservation actions by residents. Eighteen water suppliers in these counties have begun asking or requiring residents to reduce their water use.

Here are some suggestions for ways to reduce water use around the house and yard:

  •   Run water only when necessary. Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Shorten the time you let the water run to warm up before showering. Use a bucket to catch the water and reuse it to water your plants.

  •   Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.

  •   When watering your garden, be efficient and effective: Water in the evening or morning and direct the water to the ground at the base of the plant, so you don’t waste water through evaporation.

  •   Water your lawn only if necessary. Apply no more than 1 inch of water per week (use an empty can to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch). Avoid watering on windy and hot days. This pattern will encourage healthier, deeper grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought.

  •   Re-use old water from bird baths, vases, or pet bowls to water plants

  •   When mowing your lawn, set the blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil, improving moisture retention. It also grows thicker and develops a deeper root system, so it can better survive drought.

  •   Check for household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

  •   Sweep your sidewalk, deck, or driveway, rather than hosing it off.

  •   Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy.

  •   Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

Wolf Veto Harms PA Industry, Workers, Consumers


In another slap in the face to hard-working Pennsylvanians and our system of checks and balances, Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed House Bill 2025, which would have required legislative approval before Pennsylvania could enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) or any similar multi-state compact.

The legislative process is designed to ensure the people have a say in the actions we take as a Commonwealth. It is to ensure proper research is done to weigh both intended and unintended consequences. The governor cannot and should not be making unilateral decisions on RGGI on his own, but he is again thumbing his nose at the General Assembly and the people who sent us here to be their voice in the important decisions like RGGI.

The reality is our coal and trade workers will likely suffer if RGGI is adopted, and consumers and employers will pay higher prices for the energy they use. This is not a decision to be entered into lightly and should be done with ample discussion and research, not by executive action.

PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates

Expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits are being extended as follows for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

  •   The expiration date for a commercial learner’s permit scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through Nov. 29, 2020, is extended through Nov. 29, 2020.

  •   The expiration date for commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through November 29, 2020, is extended through Nov. 29, 2020.

  •   The expiration date of a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) for an individual who is a Pennsylvania-licensed commercial driver’s license holder and who held a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after March 6, 2020, is extended until Oct. 29, 2020.


Planning for College?

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Multiple Positions Available At Seneca Highlands IU9

Lakeview Health care Is hiring A Dietary Aid/cook

Ulysses Township Is Seeking A Road Worker/Laborer

Buckler Transportation Dedicated CDL Driver

Coudersport Shop N' Save Is Hiring A Full Time Deli Manager

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

Coudersport Shop 'N Save Is Having Open Interviews On Oct. 6th For Multiple Positions

Friday, October 2, 2020

Shirley Mae Nero, 87, of 192 Dagus Mines Road, Kersy, PA

Shirley Mae Nero

Shirley Mae Nero, 87, of 192 Dagus Mines Road, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Weekend Events In The Area


10-3 Fall Vendor Event in Port Allegany

10-3 Fall Vendor Event in port Allegany

10-3 Chicken BBQ At The Coudersport American Legion

10-3 Chicken BBQ At The Coudersport American Legion

10-3 BBQ & Bucks, Austin Square

10-3 BBQ & Bucks, Austin Square

10-3 Trunk Or treat Presented By Cowanesque Riding Club

10-3 Trunk Or treat Presented By Cowanesque Riding Club

10-3 Community Blood Screening Emporium

10-3 Community Blood Screening Emporium

10-3 Get Together Fundraiser For Tom Hebda

10-3 Get Together Fundraiser For Tom Hebda

10-4 St Teresa Pork And Sauerkraut Dinner

10-4 St Teresa Pork And Sauerkraut Dinner

Christina Marie Amato, 27, of Harrisburg, formerly of Coudersport, PA

Christina Marie Amato

Christina Marie Amato, 27, of Harrisburg, formerly of Coudersport, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at her home.

Christina was born on March 27, 1993 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Agnes McGlinchey and John Amato, both of Coudersport.

In addition to her parents, Christina is survived by a son, Rayland Joseph Amato, a daughter, Lillianna Rose Louise Amato both of Coudersport; six siblings including a brother, Johnnyo (Jessica) Amato and a sister, Erica Y. Eberhardt both of Coudersport; nephews, Maddox Nicholson, Atlas Amato, Eric Rooney and nieces, Leah Rooney and Kensley Monroe Mitchell.

Christina was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Louise Amato and her uncle, Jim Amato.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 6-7:00 pm at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport where a memorial service will follow at 7:00 pm with Pastor John Minor, officiating.

The family suggest memorial contributions in Christina’s name be made to the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915, to help with funeral expenses.

The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA 16915 with her arrangements.
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