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Saturday, December 12, 2020


At 11:45 Pm on Saturday, firefighters from Farmersville & Franklinville dispatched for a house fire reported to be electrical in nature.

Mary K. Schuckers, 95, of Old West Creek Road, Emporium, PA.

Mary K. Schuckers

Mary K. Schuckers, 95, of Old West Creek Road, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Saturday morning (December 12, 2020). 

She was born May 20, 1925 in Reynoldsville, PA a daughter of the late Reed and Helen O'Donnell Cramer. On July 19, 1944 she married the late Kenneth Dale Schuckers.

During WWII Mary was part of the large group of women that worked at the Emporium Sylvania Plant. Each week her and her sister Doris Songer traveled from Reynoldsville on Sunday Night and returned on Friday evening by bus. “Girls Town USA”

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth E. (Marian) Schuckers, Sr.; Franklin L. (Diane) Schuckers; Lanny J. (Roxanne) Schuckers; eight grandchildren: Kristine M. Finck, Karey L. Schuckers, Earl L. Schuckers, Shanon L. Schuckers, Jerry J. Halladay, Joanna L. Wilson, Lanny J. Schuckers, Jr. and Amy F. Hunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; daughter, Helen Darlene Schuckers Weekly; grandson, Kenneth E. Schuckers, Jr.; granddaughter, Kelly Ann Hefner; two brothers, Reed Cramer, Jr. and John Cramer and two sisters, Doris Songer and Donna Galford

Due to the Covid restrictions the family will hold a private visitation and the services will be private. Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 108-R North Second St., Clearfield, PA 16830

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

John S. Kelly, MD, 74, of Kimball Hollow Rd., Smethport, PA formerly of Emporium and Conshohocken, Pa.

John S. Kelly, MD

John S. Kelly, MD, 74, of Kimball Hollow Rd., Smethport, PA formerly of Emporium and Conshohocken, Pa died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Friday evening (December 11, 2020). He was born August 11, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA a son of the late John Andrew Kelly and Maria Anna Soppick Kelly.

He graduated from Upper Merion High School in the class of 1964. He then attended Drexel University and Hershey Medical School where he graduated in 1972.

Doc, as most people knew him, worked in several local hospitals including Elk Regional, Charles Cole and most recent before retiring Ridgway Hospital. He was an avid trapper and hunter. He loved to read and was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and was known to randomly break into an Irish jig, especially at the holidays. He was drawn to this area by the beautiful mountains and the yearning to be a more hands on “country doctor”.

Dr. Kelly is survived by two daughters, Holly (Steve) Manginell, Emporium;  Colleen (Deane Clapper) Kelly, Hatboro, PA; two sons, James Kelly, Emporium and Michael (Monica Bohmer) Kelly, Selinsgrove, PA; seven grandchildren: Dominick and Madisen Manginell, Sebastian and Jake Clapper, Quinn and Estelle Kelly, and Anthony Bryant Zucal.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Monica Kelly Bridges.

No visitation and services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or to Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, c/o: Carl Carlson, 125 E. Fifth St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Brian A. CUSHING, 51, of Wellsville, NY.


Brian A. CUSHING, 51, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. 

Born October 22, 1969, in Rochester, he was the son of Maynard A. and Lucille Strawser Cushing. On June 23, 1990, in Rochester, he married the former Delores “Dee” Langill, who survives. Brian was a truck driver and then a farmer. He was always willing to help anyone in need. An avid gardener, he would donate most of his harvest to the Salvation Army. Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, his tractors, and most of all, spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

Surviving beside his wife, Dee, are: three children, Brian A. (Angel Lippincott) Cushing, Jr. of Wellsville, Ashley (Rusty) Conway of Phoenix, AZ, and Jessica (Patrick Donovan) Cushing of Wellsville; two grandchildren, Jacob Cushing and Olivia Cushing; a brother, Edward Cushing of Lawrenceville, PA; a close aunt, Marlene Gillett; his mother-in-law, Patricia Langill of Rochester; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was predeceased by his parents; five siblings, Rodney Cushing, Mark Cushing, Michael Scott Cushing, Bonnie Mattison, and Brenda Jo Cushing; and his father-in-law, James Langill. A family and friends gathering will be held at the family home on Friday, December 18, 2020, starting at 11:00 AM. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at

Daniel L. GAY, Sr., 56, of Friendship, NY.

Daniel L. GAY, Sr.

Daniel L. GAY, Sr., 56, of Friendship, NY, died Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. 

Born September 7, 1964, in Red Bank, NJ, he was the son Leland and Julia Maher Gay. On March 31, 1993, in Friendship, he married the former Laura Button, who survives. He was employed by Alle-Cat Taxi Service in Olean and owned a produce stand in Florida. 

Surviving besides his wife, Laura, are: three daughters, Angel (Andrew) Baker of Friendship, Victoria Matthews of Eustis, FL, and Linda Gay of Friendship; two sons, Shawn Matthews of Belmont and Austin (Tami) Borden of Nunda; several others he considered his own children; many grandchildren; six siblings, Alice (John) Oswin of NJ, Arletta Dibble of Mount Morris, Tommy (Shannon) Bradd of Rochester, James (Joann) Gay of FL, Julia Valerio of Little Valley, and John Gay of FL; nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents; and a son, Daniel L. Gay, Jr. A private graveside will be held in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio. Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Allegany Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash on I-86

 At 6:11 PM on Saturday, Allegany Fire Rescue & EMS dispatched to I-86 at the 72 Milemarker for a two vehicle crash with 4 occupants with possible injuries. There is a large amount of debris in the roadway

SATURDAY P.M. Update: Potter County Active Case Count Is 180

Potter County Today
December 12th, 2020

A new report from the Pa. Dept. of Health reveals that, entering Saturday, there were approximately 180 active COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Potter County. 

These are defined as cases that were confirmed over the past 14 days, resulting in the carrier being advised to quarantine due to contagion. 

Of the 180 active cases, upwards of 100 are in the Coudersport area. There are smaller clusters in the Ulysses, Galeton, Austin, Harrison Township, Roulette and Shinglehouse areas. 

Ten of those cases were diagnosed between Friday and Saturday— five in Coudersport, two in Ulysses and one each in Harrison Township, Austin and Shinglehouse. 

Also between Friday and Satuday, McKean County had 28 more cases; Tioga County, 13 new cases and another death; Allegany County, N.Y., 22 more cases and one more fatality; Cattaraugus County, N.Y., 128 more cases; Lycoming County, 123 more cases and five more deaths; Cameron County, one more case; Elk County, 35 more cases and another fatality; and Clinton County, 19 more cases.

Potter County’s overall case count since the virus was detected now stands at 399 with 9 known fatalities. 

Other totals in the region: Tioga, 1,501 cases and 38 deaths; McKean, 1,007 cases and 6 fatalities; Cattaraugus, 1,722 cases and 28 deaths; Allegany, 1,381 cases and 64 fatalities; Clinton, 1,222 cases and 51 deaths; Elk, 836 cases and 11 fatalities; Cameron, 59 cases and two deaths; and Lycoming, 3,655 cases and 64 fatalities. 

Statewide, there have been 481,118 cases, an increase of 11,084 over the past 24 hours, with 12,436 deaths. The latter figure grew by 201 between Thursday and Friday.

26 New Covid-19 Cases Reported Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020


Austin VFD On Scene of Pole Fire on Gardeau Road


Bradford Man Charged With Rape In Ridgway TWP.


Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor

 At 2:41 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for difficulty breathing.

Both Parties Cited For Harassment Following Domestic Incident In Genesee TWP.


DUI Charges Pending In Portage TWP.


Charges Pending For Strangulation In Sweden TWP.


Westfield & Clymer Dispatched For Land Rescue

 At 9:53 AM on Saturday, Westfield Fire Dept. & Clymer ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 596 Strang Road for a land rescue of a 68 year old male hunter in the woods with difficulty breathing.

10:00 Patient is out of the woods.

New Book Release ‘’Brown Hollow Adventures’’ By’ David Orlowski

In the early 1800’s a mountain man by the name of Angus Henry moved into Brown Hollow near Keating Summit, Pa. A truly rugged young man who was bound and determined to make a life for himself in the wilderness he had known since birth. Who had searched out a place where few others would venture, not that he didn’t like them, but because he preferred living in solitude. Which was easy to do here as the region was still very isolated from civilization. Where a man could trek across the mountains and never see another soul for weeks on end. Which was the perfect place for Angus to survive and prosper in the far reaches of the wilderness. In a place whose only inhabitants were bear, deer, wolves and on rare occasion a moose or big cat

The book is available for $12.00 which includes S/H. Mail to; David Orlowski, 24 State St; Austin, Pa. 16720

Come to Galeton and Save $$$ At North Central Supply And The Shops of Quarter West

Mount Jewett's Christmas

 A tree was placed and decorated with lights on East Main Street in Mount Jewett. Tom Davis is known to be generous with his lot. It has been utilized for parking, the Swedish Festival, along with an illuminated Christmas tree for the town.


Photo by John Eaton
Anja Stam holds a copy of last year's The Town That Saved Christmas ornament history guide that she wrote about the varied shapes and sizes of the ornaments on display, from simple spheres in traditional colors to “fancies”.
Anja Stam, who owns Pop's Culture Shoppe with her husband Julian, has been researching and writing The Town That Saved Christmas ornament history guides for the past two years. 

"Jennie Borneman Lusk of Wild Asaph Outfitters wrote the guide in 2017 and 2018. When I took it over in 2019, she gave me a large binder of information and resources she had collected," Stam said. 
"Last year, I spent quite a bit of time at the Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass, researching the historical development
of the different shapes and styles of Christmas ornaments, and how Wellsboro contributed to their development." She titled the 2019 guide, "The Town that Saved Christmas: Shaping Our Traditions.” 

In 2020, Stam did research on the ribbon machine. "The Town that Saved Christmas: Manufacturing Miracles” is the title she gave to this year’s ornament history guide. Its focus is on how the Wellsboro plant became involved in the ornament making business and the development of the ribbon machine by Billy Woods, which revolutionized the manufacturing of Christmas ornaments. The guide also includes information about each of the 26 displays.  
Grant “Skip” Cavanaugh has been an enthusiastic supporter of Stam's work over the past two years and shared his knowledge of operations at the Wellsboro plant, as well as his collections of ornaments for the displays. Cavanaugh worked at the Corning Glass factory in Wellsboro beginning in 1965 and retired from the same plant, then owned by Osram-Sylvania, in 2002.
This summer, Stam contacted Ryan Root,  former ribbon machine mechanic at the Wellsboro plant, and interviewed him. "Ryan helped me understand the entire manufacturing process and how the ribbon machine fit in. He even showed me how it worked. Ryan is also enthusiastic about preserving Wellsboro's glass production history, and has loaned us some of his personal pieces for the displays on this year's tour," Stam said. 
"This summer thanks to a Facebook post by Ryan, Skip's efforts and the support of the Growth Resources of Wellsboro Foundation, two ribbon machines were saved from being scrapped and were brought to Wellsboro. The entire rescue of these machines was tenuous and things fell into place at the last possible second every step of the way," said Stam.
"I think it’s very important to recognize how revolutionary the invention of the ribbon machine really was. With very few modifications, from it’s invention in 1926 through the early 2000s, the ribbon machine was the way light bulbs, ornaments and other blown glass objects were created around the world. In fact, ribbon machines were built here in Wellsboro and shipped to several other countries. They were so efficient that it only took 15 ribbon machines to produce all the light bulbs needed to supply the entire world," Stam said. 
"More important is the story of the people," said Stam. "Whenever I talk to those who worked at the Wellsboro plant, or read their stories, I admire their work ethic. No matter what their job was, they knew it was important and took pride in doing it. They all felt they were part of a family," she said. 
"When they brought the two ribbon machines home to Wellsboro this June, I could tell it was an emotional event for Ryan and Skip. It’s important to record this piece of history for future generations. Even I got emotional when I learned that the ribbon machines had been rescued, and I have only lived in the Wellsboro area for 16 years," said Stam. "It is important to learn about local history. We can always learn from those who have gone before us, and it helps to understand the dynamics that shaped our area and our culture."

Those who want to purchase either the 2020 or 2019 ornament history guide can visit the Pop's Culture Shoppe website ( and choose from different shipping or pick up options or call the store at 570-723-4263. The guides are $5 each. 
The Christmas On Main Street committee asks that those who worked at the Wellsboro glass plant email their information, photos and stories to "Hopefully we’ll have even more stories to share in next year’s Christmas on Main Street historic guide," Stam said. 
"We are also planning to build a permanent home for the ribbon machines," she added. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to the Wellsboro Foundation (reference “Ribbon Machine” in the check memo line), 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.


The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at  6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Lambs Creek Sportsman's Club at 339 Sportsman's Club Road, Mansfield, PA 16933. Discussed will be the chapter's meeting plans for 2021. The group is following Pennsylvania COVID-19 protocols. Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts are chapter co-leaders. 

Also attending the meeting will be representatives from three area organizations. Chris Wheeler from Mansfield University's Police Academy will talk to the group about deadly force and concealed carry laws. Robin Adams will discuss how Asa's Place provides help to babies born addicted to drugs and how the organization helps in the community. A representative from Haven of Tioga County will speak on domestic violence and abuse, what they do for the community and how the Well Armed Woman group can help them. 

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

The Dusenburys of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse announce changes in their 14th annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony

The Dusenburys of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse announce their 14th annual Memorial Candlelight Ceremony. This year’s service, due to the pandemic and our concern for the safety of our community, will be held differently. 

We will light luminary bags with LED lights for each of those families we have served this past year.  We invite you to drive past the funeral home, located at 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, on Saturday, December 19, after 5pm to view this tribute.

The Dusenburys stated, “We are proud to remember and honor our families that we have been privileged to serve this past year; we know their hearts are heavy this first Christmas without their loved one.  If we can further lighten their burden we have achieved our goal of ‘continuing to care forever’.”  

The funeral home Facebook page will have each person’s name listed for whom we have lit a candle.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer


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Wolf’s Shutdown Orders Aren’t the Answer to the Pandemic

People are fed up. They’re fed up with Gov. Tom Wolf telling them what to do, forcing them to close or significantly limit their businesses and now even telling them how many people may gather in their homes. The reaction to the latest orders issued by the governor on Thursday has been overwhelmingly negative, and it’s understandable.

In case you missed it, the details of the governor’s order – which affects everything from in-person dining and alcohol sales, as well as retail and services businesses, to indoor and outdoor gatherings and events, youth sports and more – are available here.  

Rather than heavy-handed orders that will put people out of business and back on the unemployment line, our focus should remain on education and personal responsibility. No – wearing masks, maintaining social distance and simply washing our hands and cleaning high-touch services will not guarantee we don’t get sick…but it improves our chances of staying healthy.

The reality is, COVID-19 cases are rising steadily across the Commonwealth – including rural areas like ours – and many of our hospitals have few if any ICU beds remaining to care for additional COVID-19 patients or those suffering with other types of medical emergencies. The spread of the virus is also leading to staffing shortages at some hospitals and health care facilities. These situations are a threat to the health and wellbeing of all Pennsylvanians. And one can only imagine the level of stress our health care providers are dealing with. They are heroes and deserve our deepest thanks and appreciation.

We can and should take steps to help slow the spread of the virus for the sake of our health care workers, the medically vulnerable people in our communities, and our own family and friends. That doesn’t have to mean holing up in your home, driving people out of business and living our lives in fear. Masking, social distancing, good hygiene and common sense (such as, if you’re feeling sick, don’t go to work or other places where you could infect other people) are the best remedies for combatting this virus until a vaccine is available.
My Offices Open to Serve

My offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane remain open to meet your needs. While walk-ins are permitted, we encourage you to call or email first to see if the matter can be handled through one of those channels.

Click here to email or call us at one of the numbers below:
  •   Bradford: 814-362-4400.
  •   Coudersport: 814-274-9769.
  •   Kane: 814-837-0880.

Deadline Nears for Health Insurance Enrollment Through Pennie

Pennie, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, is approaching its first enrollment deadline. Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the last day for individuals and families to purchase health coverage to start January 2021. Current and potential customers are encouraged to select a plan by Dec. 15 to ensure continuous coverage.

Pennie allows customers to compare and shop for medical and dental insurance from participating insurers, who are required to offer qualified, comprehensive plans. Pennie is also the only source for financial assistance to help lower the cost of coverage and care. Nearly nine out of 10 of customers qualify for financial assistance.

Pennsylvanians interested in shopping for and purchasing health coverage through Pennie can go to or call the customer service team at 1-844-844-8040. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during open enrollment. Pennie-certified assisters are available to walk customers through the shopping and enrollment process and have been trained to assist both in-person or virtually. Pennsylvanians looking for plan recommendations and enrollment support can use one of the more than 2,500 Pennie-certified brokers who are professionally trained to work with customers one-on-one and can help narrow down their options.

Anyone who misses the Dec. 15 deadline can still apply for coverage through Pennie until Jan. 15, 2021. Coverage selected after Dec. 15 will begin Feb. 1, 2021.
Reminder: Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

Just a reminder the state Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Game Commission are inviting hunters to consider sharing their deer harvest to provide thousands of pounds of venison to people in need.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) is Pennsylvania’s venison donation program for hunters who share their extra venison via a statewide network of participating butchers to food pantries and community assistance centers across the Commonwealth. HSH has distributed 1.5 million pounds of donated venison since 1991. Last year brought record donations for the organization, resulting in more than 160,000 pounds of venison distributed to provide 822,000 meals to Pennsylvanians in need. On average, a single deer donated can provide up to 200 meals.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. For more information, including a list of participating processors in the area, visit
Protect Against Scams this Holiday Season

The Office of Attorney General is reminding us to protect against common online scams that may increase in frequency this holiday season.

These scams include email and text phishing, in which you are directed to enter personal information on a fraudulent website; deliveries being stolen from your front porch; credit card skimming, particularly at ATMs, gas pumps or other payment kiosks; online pop-up advertisements claiming you’ve won a prize and encouraging you to click a link, which likely contains a virus or will make your device susceptible to being hacked; and online marketplace deals promising access to the latest popular toys and games that are difficult to find.

To protect yourself from scams, consumers should:
  •   Set up email or text alerts with your credit card company or bank, so you’ll be alerted quickly to all purchases, including fraudulent purchases.
  •   Install the latest security updates and run virus scans regularly on your computer or mobile device.
  •   Never use your home’s smart device, such as Alexa, Siri or Google Home, to find a customer support number for any company, and never have the system dial it for you. Go directly to the company’s website or call the number on the back of your credit or debit card, or the number on your billing statement.
  •   Never pay with a prepaid gift card, CashApp, or Venmo or wire someone money when you’re trying to buy a gift online. Use your credit card, not a debit card, for better protection.

Anyone who believes they may have been scammed should file a police report and file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General by clicking here. 

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Bells Run Road

 At 8:10 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to Bells Run Road for a woman fallen.



McKean County Housing Authority Is Looking For A Maintenance Custodial Position


God's Country Upland Preserve Is Offering A Christmas Special On Guided Hunts


On Sunday December 13th Come To the First Presbyterian Church Of Port Allegany For A Santa Drive-Through Visit


Aveanna Is Hiring RNs, LPNs, CNAs And DCWs


Truck-Lite Is Hiring Full Time Assemblers


Friday, December 11, 2020

Kersey Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Rollover Crash on Old Kersey Road

 At 10:26 PM on Friday, Kersey Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the area of 377 Old Kersey Road for a 2 vehicle rollover crash. St. Marys EMS standby.

Alice E. Boyce, 88, of Wellsboro, PA.

Alice E. Boyce

Alice E. Boyce, 88, of Wellsboro, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro.

Alice was born May 4, 1932, in Asaph, the daughter of the late Maxwell and Charlotte (Whitney) Butler.  She was the wife of Roger E. Boyce who preceded her in death on October 17, 1994.  

In her younger years Alice was employed by the A&P grocery store.  She then went on to beauty school.  She managed Dunham’s Beauty Salon for many years and also worked at Family Hair Styling.  Alice was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Tioga.  She volunteered at the Samaritan House and often packed Goodies For Troops.  Over the years she hosted many missionaries in her home and made countless quilts for high school graduates.  She was an avid gardener and known for her meticulously kept lawn and gardens.  She was an excellent baker and she enjoyed reading, sewing, bingo and playing cards with friends and family.

Alice is survived by daughters, Dawn (Samuel) Dickerson of Leesburg, FL; Carolyn VanNess of Wellsboro; and Lisa (Bill) Wilson of Middlebury Center; sons, Tom (Fayne) Gross of Fountain, CO; and Gordon Gross of Fuquary Varina, NC; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, and several loving nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents and husband, Alice was preceded in death by her infant son, Eugene Paul Cross, two sisters; Norma Boyce and Connie O’Neill and two brothers, Bruce and Phillip Butler.  

Due to COVID- 19 restrictions, the services will be private.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. To share your fondest memories of Alice or to sign her guestbook, please visit

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22 New Covid-19 Cases in Allegany County On Friday Report


Austin Dispatched For Search

 At 7:11 PM on Friday, Austin Fire Dept. dispatched to station to organize for a search for a lost hunter. Mountaineer search & rescue requested to assist along with a search dog from Port Allegany. Coudersport ambulance to stand by at their station. The search area is south of Bailey Run Road,
At 11:50 PM, the lost hunter has been located.
Tonight at 19:08 Station 44 was dispatched to assemble at our station for search, reported lost hunter. Chief 44 (J.Rooney), Chief 44-10 (J.Burgett), Patrol 44-4 & 44-14, Ambulance 44-7 with Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) and Chief 44-71 (S.Orlowski), and Rescue 44-8 responded. Chief 44-10 (J.Burgett) immediately requested Rod Johnson and his Search K9 to respond. Chief 44-60 (T.Orlowski) requested an Ambulance from 48 to cover our station while we were out. PSP also responded.
Crews arrived at the initial staging area in Wharton Township and with further information, the decision was made to move the staging area to the Ridge Road where the missing hunter had entered the woods. Chief 44-10 (J.Burgett) had Austin Command and requested Mountaineer Search and Rescue to the scene. All 44 units responded to the second staging area. Lighting was set up, and Patrol 44-14 utilized multiple trails and roads to search the immediate area. Crews were also notified 3 friends had entered the woods prior to our arrival to search.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue
and the Search K9 Team arrived on scene. A team was put together with members from each agency. The team entered the woods, with the K9 following the scent trail. Patrol 44-14 crew then relocated and began searching from the bottom. At approximately 23:00 multiple crews heard a gun shot, crews worked toward the area. With a better idea of location the Ambulance relocated to another staging area. At 23:50 crews located the missing hunter within the woods with the 3 friends who had gone in searching. Patrol 44-14 and crew transported the missing hunter out, and arrived at Ambulance 44-7’s location at 00:20. Ambulance crews found a patient refusal. Patrol 44-14 made multiple trips to bring searchers out of the woods. Once all searchers were accounted for, Command was terminated and all units returned! All units in quarters at 00:51.
A huge thank you to everyone involved! A great team effort by all, led to the best possible outcome!

John Lloyd Pier, 92, of Wellsboro, PA.

John Lloyd Pier

John Lloyd Pier, 92, of Wellsboro, died on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

John was born November 26, 1928, in Wellsboro, the son of the late Oliver and Dortha (Lloyd) Pier.  He married the former Selby J. Crawford, who survives, on January 20, 1957 and have celebrated 63 years of marriage.

John was an Army veteran and served in Germany.  He worked for Corning Glass Works for 32 years.

John was a member of the God’s Family Fellowship, Wellsboro.  He enjoyed camping, fishing, Ham Radio, flying model airplanes, going on long rides on the weekends, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Family and extended family were very important to him.
U.S. Army Veteran

In addition to his wife, Selby, John is survived by sons, Brion (Debra) Pier of Oregon Hill; and Randy (Lora) Pier of Wellsboro; a brother Frank Pier of Wellsboro; a sister-in-law, Florence Gleason of Elmira; grandchildren, Anne (John) Anderegg, Justin (Shawna Anderson) Pier, and Matthew (Lori Henry) Pier, great-grandchildren, Isobel Anderegg, Piper Anderegg, Dillon (Taylor) Ziemak, Quinn Henry and Logan Henry, a great great-grandson, Xander Ziemak and several nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two sisters; Ruby Bockus and Jenny Clark.  

Due to COVID- 19 restrictions, the services will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in John’s name be made to Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 US-6, Wellsboro, PA 16901

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. To share your fondest memories of John or to sign his guestbook, please visit