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Saturday, January 16, 2021


At 10:28 PM on. Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept, with mutual aid from Lewis Run and Bradford Township dispatched to  a house fire at 4784 Rt. 59, near Black Bear campground.

Coudersport Ambulance to Middle Lane

 At 6:31 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance has been dispatched to Middle Lane for a possible CVA.

Galeton Dispatched For Wires Down on Rt. 349


At 5:48 PM on Saturday, Galeton Fire Dept. dispatched to wires down with fire three miles north of Gaines on Rt. 349.


Elk County- Rick Schatz, Quala-Die General Manager and Lynn Schatz, Quala-Die Office Manager presented a generous donation to support St. Marys Area United Way 2020 Campaign. Receiving the check on behalf of the United Way was Jason Gabler, St. Marys Area United Way President, John Dippold, St. Marys Area United Way Corporate Campaign Chair, and Bill Olson, St. Marys Area United Way Secretary. Quala-Die, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Penn United Company is located on Brusselles Street, St. Marys. Quala-Die specializes in the manufacturing of powder compaction tooling and precision machined components and consistently supports the Elk County area.

This donation will support the United Way’s 2020 campaign. Funding that was raised in 2020 is 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. 

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

Allegany County Reports 26 New Covid 19 Positives on Saturday


Multiple Fire Depts. Dispatched To Fire At Laundromat in Port Allegany

At 5:14 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany, Roulette, Smethport & Coudersport Dispatched To Laundromat Fire on Mill Street in Port Allegany.

Firefighter on scene reports fire is out. Smoke conditions remain.

Roulette & Coudersport units RECALLED.

Red Rock Hill CLOSED Due to Multiple Vehicles Stuck

At 5:09 PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept. shut down Red Rock Road at Olean Road.

Otto Township close Red Rock Road at Summit Road.

per request of Foster Township Police. Multiple vehicles are stuck on the hill.


Bradford Dispatched For Crash Into Pole

 At 5:05 PM on Saturday, Bradford Fire & EMS have been dispatched to South Avenue & Tibbits Avenue for a motor vehicle into a pole with two people injured.

The family of Trixie B. Blass would like to thank you

Thank You

The family of Trixie B. Blass would like to thank you very much for the cards, food and kind expressions of sympathy shown during her illness and after her passing. Your support during this difficult time was very much appreciated by the entire family. 

Jeff Blass
John and Brenda Blass
Jake and Becky Blass
Joshua Blass

Trixie Ann (Buck) “Missa” Blass, 61, of Galeton, PA

Trixie Ann (Buck) “Missa” Blass

Trixie Ann (Buck) “Missa” Blass, 61, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. 

Born March 30, 1959 in Wellsboro, PA, she was a daughter of Edward Sheldon and Rosa (Confer) Buck. On August 5, 1978 she married Jeffrey J. Blass, who survives. 

Trixie was one of the hardest working mothers there was. She was employed by the Galeton Borough for over 20 years. Throughout those years, she held two or three odd jobs at a time including a crossing guard for the kids. 

She also volunteered her time to the Salvation Army, was a member of the Parent Teacher Organization and she helped the Galeton Seniors with their Homecoming sheets. 

Missa was an amazing soul that spent her time doing artwork, spending time with her grandchildren and absolutely loved the Fourth of July. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, Jeff Blass, are three sons, John (Brenda) Blass, Jake (Becky) Blass and Joshua Blass; three grand babies, Brantley Dane, Jayse Matthew and Marley Gail; four brothers, Mark Buck, Dave Buck, Tim (Roxy) Buck and John (Dar) Buck; a brother-in-law, Louie Blass; two sisters-in-law, Debby (John) Simonetti and Sheila Blass; special daughter-in-law, Kirsten Baker; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her parents and her father and mother-in-law, Trixie was predeceased by two brothers, Scott and Jim Buck. 

There will be no formal services. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

Kenneth G. McKillip, 81, of, Lindley, NY

Kenneth G. McKillip

Kenneth G. McKillip, 81, of, Lindley, NY, passed away Saturday (January 16, 2021) at his home in Lindley surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany, PA. are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Allentown & Wellsville Dispatched To Crash in Alma


At 4:30 PM on Saturday, Allentown Fire & Wellsville EMS dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch crash at 1549 White Hill Road #1. Alma dispatched for traffic control. Wellsville EMS cancelled.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Walnut Street

 At 3:27 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched to Walnut Street for a woman ill.

Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor


At 1:05 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a male to go to UPMC Cole.

Florence “Tootie” Blend Edwards, age 88 of Elkland, PA.

Florence “Tootie” Blend Edwards

Florence “Tootie” Blend Edwards, age 88 of Elkland passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Collins Personal Care Home in Elkland. 

Born March 2, 1932 in Elkland, she was the daughter of Theodore and Ella (Faulkner) Blend. Florence retired from Elk Fashions. She served on the Board of Elections in Elkland Twp. for many years and was a member of the Tuscarora Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, babysitting and especially enjoyed time spent with her loving family. She was a dedicated Christian with a strong faith with her Savior. 

Tootie is survived by her special son, Brian (Laurie) Walters of Driftwood, PA; “like a daughter”, Fran (John) Stratton and their three children; her loving brothers, Martin Blend of Myrtle Beach, SC and Collis (Cindy) Blend of Elkland, PA; loving sisters, Ella Kipferl of Pine City, NY, Wanda Jankowski of Addison, NY and Wilma (Joe) Hirschfeld of Addison, NY and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husbands, George Edwards and Ernest Walters; brothers, Wellington, Samuel and Theodore Blend and sisters, Edna Tunison, Vera Knowles, Dorothy Doland and Elma Hornbrook. 

Due to Covid there will be a burial at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Tuscarora Baptist Church, 441 Cook Rd. Addison, NY 14801 or to the Collins Personal Care Home, 306 E. Main St., Elkland, PA 16920. Family would like to thank family and friends for their condolences and Rick and Sis Collins for their dedicated care. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

Bonita M. Bowers, age 77 of Westfield, PA

Bonita M. Bowers

Bonita M. Bowers, age 77 of Westfield passed away on Wednesday January 13, 2021 at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro. 

Born March 27, 1943 in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Reginald and Dellaphene (Morton) Swimley. Bonnie was a licensed beautician in both NY and PA. She owned and operated Bonnie’s Place in Westfield, where she had her salon, supply shop and tanning. She married Walter R. Bowers in 1959 and they shared 61 years together. When their kids were younger, they were active in the Westfield Youth Baseball and the Alleghany Mountain League. Bonnie enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and painting. 

She is survived by her husband, Walter; children, Rick Bowers of Troy, Cindy (Mike) Stevens of Elmira, Bud and Tina Bowers of Westfield and Timothy and Daphne Bowers of Watsontown; her grandchildren, Ryan and Mindy Stevens, Gabrielle and Mike Hess, Tyler, Pam, McKenzie, Garrett and Sidney Bowers; three great grandchildren, Carter and Logan Stevens and Madelene Hess and her brother, Robert Swimley of Knoxville. 

A funeral service will be held at Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield on Tuesday, January 19 at 2:00 PM. (Covid 19 precautions will apply; including face masks and limited capacity) Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Crary Hose Fire Department,429 E. Main St. Westfield, PA 16950.

FRIDAY A.M. Update: COVID-19 Cases Rise Across Region

Potter County Today
January 15th,

There were 257 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths related to the virus across the region between Wednesday and Thursday. 

Some 11 of the new cases and one death were in Potter County — 3 cases in the Shinglehouse area; two each in Coudersport, Austin and Genesee; and one each in Ulysses and Harrison Township. 

At last report, Potter County’s active case count stood at 143, with the highest concentrations in the Coudersport area (54), Shinglehouse (30), Austin (28), Roulette (9) and Genesee (8). The Pa. Dept. of Health considers a case to be “active,” and the victim contagious, if a positive test result occurred over the past 14 days. 

Active case counts likely understate the severity of the outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A recent CDC model has found that the actual number of COVID-19 infections in a locale could be as much as eight times higher than the detected cases. Details of the model can be found here.

Also between Wednesday and Thursday, there were 24 more cases in McKean County; five cases and one death in Cameron; six cases and one death in Tioga; 77 cases and seven deaths in Lycoming; 40 cases and two deaths in Elk; 16 cases in Clinton; 43 cases and one death in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.; and 35 cases in Allegany County, N.Y. 

Entering Thursday, overall case counts since the virus was detected stood as follows: Potter, 740 cases and 17 deaths; Tioga, 2,119 cases, 83 deaths; McKean, 2,165 cases, 41 deaths; Cattaraugus, 3,199 cases, 59 deaths; Allegany, 2,276 cases, 75 deaths; Clinton, 2,294 cases, 37 deaths; Elk, 1,785 cases, 27 deaths; Cameron, 205 cases, 6 deaths; and Lycoming, 7,181 cases, 170 deaths. 

Statewide in Pennsylvania, there have been 748,564 cases with 18,742 deaths.

Robert R. Card, age 77 of Westfield, PA.

Robert R. Card

Robert R. Card, age 77 of Westfield passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at UPMC Williamsport. 

Born June 21, 1943 in Nelson, PA, he was the son of the late Rex and Ila (Lampman) Card. Bob proudly served in the US Air Force and retired from Consolidated Gas Company, working in the Aviation Division. He was a lifetime member of the Knoxville VFW Post #6753, member of the Canisteo American Legion and a member of the River Valley Country Club. Bob was an avid outdoorsman; hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, golfing and he loved to go dancing. 
U.S. Air Force Veteran

He is survived by his daughters, Vicki and Brian Ozzone of Poughkeepsie, NY and Lorie Card of Westfield; his sister, Donna Platz of Westfield; a brother, John Card of Rixeyville, VA; half-brother, Dale Ferry of TX and several nieces and nephews. 

Private family services will be held at their convenience. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Knoxville VFW, 703 Boatman Rd., Knoxville, PA 16928. Arrangements are in the care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield.


According to, National Mentoring Month began in 2002 by MENTOR National and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a means of focusing national attention on the need for mentors, and to draw attention to how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our local youth. This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. It’s goals are to:

•    Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms
•    Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people
•    Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties (BBBS-JEM) has provided mentoring services in McKean County since 1980, Elk County since 2001 and Jefferson County since 2008 and last year expanded their service area to include the DuBois School District zip codes. 

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, BBBS-JEM is reaching out to our communities for support in recruiting needed volunteer mentors.  Currently there are 77 youth waiting for a volunteer to step forward and become their mentor.  While COVID-19 has limited in person one-to-one contact, matches continue to find ways to connect with each other through texting, facetime, dropping off surprises or meeting outdoors when permitted.  Staff have been developing an eMentoring option to allow matches to meet virtually until the time they can safely meet in-person again.  One hour a week is all it takes to connect with a child, build a friendship and show them you care.   

Businesses and industries who may be able to provide comp time for employees who enroll as a volunteer are much needed.  Groups and organizations who may be able to encourage several of their members to volunteer are also sought.  Individual adults and teens, ages 16 and older, can become a volunteer and now is the time to join Big Brothers Big Sisters of JEM.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program of The Guidance Center.  For more information on how you can become a part of the team call 371-0613 or 1-877-776-1636.  Bigger Together in 2021.

East Branch Lake makes improvements to the campground

 Pittsburgh District, US Army Corps of Engineers

East Branch Lake maintenance team makes improvements to the campground to be completed by opening day, Memorial Day weekend. The project includes the installation of electric pedestals to the lower level campsites and adding four small cabins.

"In the past, many visitors had a tough decision to make when camping at East Branch. Do they bring the camper or the boat? By adding these quaint cabins, we are hoping we can solve that problem," said Nate Wilson, maintenance at East Branch Lake. 

The team is also working to remove hazardous trees and dead limbs, cutting back the brush, and placing fresh gravel throughout the campground. 

Stellar work to the team: Rick Harp, Dale Heeter, Casey Barger, Michael Weeter, Erik Gore, Nate Wilson, and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the mission.

Rosie B. Steadman age 95 of Knoxville, PA.

Rosie B. Steadman

Rosie B. Steadman age 95 of Knoxville passed away at her home on Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

Born August 4, 1925 in Sweden Hill, PA, she was the daughter of the late Elliott and Ethel (Furman) Snyder. Rosie retired in 1987 from A.W. Lugg & Company in Knoxville, where she was the clerk for 34 years. She was a member of the Butler Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed crafts, playing cards and games, fishing and hunting. Rosie loved children and she loved to read the bible. 

She is survived by her niece, Ruth Webb; her nephews, Leon Snyder, Jr., Franklin and Rebecca Sunderlin, Alen James and Gladys Sunderlin, Richard Sunderlin and many great nieces and nephews; and her step children, Jackie and Wayne Empson and Jerry and Kelly Steadman. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

C&N Welcomes Doris Merrick as Vice President and Senior Trust Tax Officer

Doris Merrick
WELLSBORO, PA – C&N (Citizens & Northern Corporation, NASDAQ: CZNC), the leading financial services company in the region, announced that Doris Merrick has been named to the C&N Wealth Management team as Vice President and Senior Trust Tax Officer based in Wellsboro, PA. 

Doris brings over 29 years of experience and knowledge to the C&N Wealth Management team. Doris is a licensed CPA in North Carolina, a licensed attorney in New Jersey and North Carolina and earned the designation of Certified Fiduciary and Investment Risk Specialist from the Cannon Financial Institute. Prior to joining C&N, she was a CPA at a firm in Madison, New Jersey for 9 years, and was also a Trust and Estates Manager at Hemenway Trust Company. Her extensive professional experience also includes Counsel at EA Goodman Law, Tax Director at Brinton Eaton Wealth Advisors, VP and Trust Officer at Valley National Bank, Trust and Estates Administrator at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, VP and Trust Officer at Fleet Bank and Senior Tax Manager at KPMG, LLP. In her role as Senior Trust Tax Officer, she will provide client-centered personal and fiduciary tax services. 

Doris earned her BS in Accounting from Hunter College, her MBA in Taxation from New York University and her JD from the University of Maryland. She is a proud member of the American Bar Association and State CPA Society. Doris has held teaching positions at several accredited colleges and universities, including Guilford College, Salem College, the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University. A testament to her depth of knowledge and experience in the industry, Doris has been called upon to speak several times at the National Business Institute. 

Doris spends her free time as an organist at her local church, and volunteers at CASA in Morris County, NJ. Doris lives with her husband, Bruce Yeatman, and has one adult son, Philip.  

About C&N: C&N is an independent community bank providing complete banking, financial, investment and insurance services through 29 full-service offices located throughout Bradford, Bucks, Cameron, Chester, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga, counties in Pennsylvania and Steuben County in NY. C&N also operates three loan production offices in Elmira, NY, York, PA and Warminster, PA, which offer commercial, residential and consumer lending services. C&N can be found online at The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Union Street


At 112:05 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse ambulance to North Union Street for a woman fallen.

Crash Closes Route 15 NB Ramp in Williamsport, Lycoming County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists are advised the Route 15 northbound entrance ramp (Exit 29 – Mansfield) from Route 220 northbound in the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County is closed due to a vehicle crash.

A detour using Route 220 northbound, Maynard Street, Route 220 southbound, 15 northbound is in place.

The roadway is expected to be closed for several hours.

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Road

At 10:35 AM on Saturday, Roulette ambulance has been dispatched to Fishing Creek Road for abdominal pain.

Protect Yourself: Mobile Banking Security Best Practices

Mechanicsburg, Pa. (January 15) -- There are now more people using online banking services and mobile banking apps than visiting their bank branch. Factor in COVID-19, and those numbers are on the rise. As additional people flock to mobile banking, the bad guys are deploying more attacks against it. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware and proactive.

Todd Shaak, AgChoice Farm Credit IT specialist, suggests following a few simple steps with your devices and accounts to help keep you and your personal information protected.

Only check your account over secure internet. Many people use public Wi-Fi connections on their laptops and mobile devices. While tempting, resist the urge to check your account over these connections. Entering sensitive information such as your username, password and PIN via public Wi-Fi exposes you to a possible hack.

Install a password, passcode, Fingerprint ID or Facial Recognition on your phone and laptop. If you don’t have a fail-safe system to keep others off your phone, you may have a difficult time keeping your financial information safe. In the event your phone is lost or stolen, you’ll be happy to have taken this precaution. It’s also good practice to set up your PC to require a password. Sure, you may trust the people who live in your house, but a laptop can be lost or stolen just as a phone would. Many newer laptop models now offer Fingerprint ID or Facial Recognition in addition to a password.

Connect through the financial institution’s app on mobile devices. You can use a mobile browser to log in to your account, but you’re better off downloading the financial institution’s app. This offers greater security, plus most mobile apps now offer Fingerprint ID and Facial Recognition, providing another layer of security.

Log out after every mobile banking session. Whether using the app or a browser, logging out when done is a best practice. To take it one step farther, also close out of the app or browser completely when finished.

Delete apps and other personal information when you get a new phone. Many people upgrade their phones every couple of years. When you upgrade, make sure to wipe all your personal information from the phone.

Install security software and keep it updated. From the PC side, this includes firewall and virus protection. There are many options available, including some reliable free programs. Also, check with your Internet Service Provider, as some include virus protection free of charge. Reputable brands include McAfee, Norton, Bitdefender and Kaspersky. As far as the security on your phone, make sure you apply updates as they are released. These often include security patches that fix known vulnerabilities.

Sign up for text and/or email alerts. Many credit card companies and banks provide real time notifications when unusual activity occurs to your account online or through a mobile device. Such alerts may notify you of:

·       Big purchases

·       Changes to your profile or password

·       ATM withdrawal exceeding a certain amount

In most cases, you will be able to set the alerts to your preference.

One final note – BE ALERT! Know who you are talking to. Don’t share your information unless you initiated contact. If a company emails claiming to have an account with you and asking for personal information, don’t click on the links. Instead, type the company name into your web browser or search engine, go to the company’s site and then contact them directly. Use this same care when it comes to phone calls and texts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut.


​HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 15) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will conduct a meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.  Due to the continued public health concerns related to COVID-19, the meeting will be held online with Commissioners and PFBC staff participating remotely.

The public may view a live stream of the meeting by visiting

Because this meeting is being held in a virtual format, the process for accepting public comment will be different than an in-person gathering.  Public comments pertaining to the agenda can be submitted by calling (717) 705-7846 beginning on Monday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. until Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00 p.m.  

Recorded comments will be limited to 5 minutes and will be presented to Commissioners prior to the meeting.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC's website.


​HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 15) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will conduct a meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.  Due to the continued public health concerns related to COVID-19, the meeting will be held online with Commissioners and PFBC staff participating remotely.

The public may view a live stream of the meeting by visiting

Because this meeting is being held in a virtual format, the process for accepting public comment will be different than an in-person gathering.  Public comments pertaining to the agenda can be submitted by calling (717) 705-7846 beginning on Monday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m. until Tuesday, January 19 at 12:00 p.m.  

Recorded comments will be limited to 5 minutes and will be presented to Commissioners prior to the meeting.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC's website.

No Injuries In Two Vehicle Crash On On RT. 6 In Charleston TWP.




Nestlé Prepared Foods Recalls Not-Ready-to-Eat Pepperoni Hot Pockets Product Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Nestlé Prepared Foods, a Mt. Sterling, Ky. establishment, is recalling approximately 762,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) pepperoni hot pockets product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass and hard plastic.

Capitol Report by Rep. Mike Armanini


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Capitol Report
Friday, January 15, 2021
The latest news from the State Capitol
 Please do not reply directly to this email, as it returns to an unmanned account.
You are welcome to contact me through this link
This email includes:
  •   Why I’m Asking Gov. Wolf to “Show Me the Money!”
  •   Putting PA on the Comeback Trail
  •   Update on My Legislative Duties
  •   Ensuring the Integrity of Future Elections
  •   Riding the Rails
Why I’m Asking Gov. Wolf to “Show Me the Money!”

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf demanded that the state Legislature follow through on his proposed transfer of $145 million from the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a former business owner myself, I can only imagine how the pandemic has and is negatively impacting employers, employees and their families as they attempt to navigate through this difficult time, keep their businesses afloat and put food on their tables.

I can also relate to the requirement that enough existing revenue is already in place before I sign off on a project. I like the governor’s concept. It’d be nice to know from where he’s drawing the money, considering we have a constitutional responsibility to maintain a balanced budget where spending of every existing dollar spent is already accounted for.
Putting PA on the Comeback Trail

My House colleagues and I are launching an Economic Recovery Task Force to help get the state’s employers and economy back on their feet.

The task force is made up of members from varied areas of the state and varied backgrounds to help bring different perspectives to the development of policy, kick-start our economy and make Pennsylvania the ‘envy of the East.’” Many of the state’s employers are struggling to keep their doors open and their teams employed in the face of mitigation policies that either closed or significantly limited their business operations.

My colleagues and I have been working, and will continue to work, to advocate for our businesses to be open and operating safely in the best interest of their employees and the public.
Update on My Legislative Duties

The 2021-22 Legislative Session is officially underway and I have received my committee assignments. I’ve been appointed to serve on the following four committees: Commerce, Environmental Resources and Energy, Human Services and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.

My first committee meeting was held this week, and I’m looking forward to getting down to business and keeping you “plugged in” on what’s happening at the state Capitol!
Ensuring the Integrity of Future Elections

Beginning this Thursday, Jan. 21, the House State Government Committee will conduct a series of election oversight hearings that will examine House members’ concerns.

Of particular interest are hearings on Department of State guidance, the SURE (Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors) system and audits. The remaining hearings follow the process of how elections occur starting with voter registration.

Here is the tentative schedule of hearings with topics:

  •   Jan. 21: Department of State’s election guidance.
  •   Jan. 28: SURE System, the election management system and other election information technology.
  •   Feb. 4: Review of Election Audits: Office of the Auditor General, 2% Audits, and Risk-Limiting Audits.
  •   Feb. 11: Voter registration.
  •   Feb. 18: Certification of voting machines.
  •   Feb. 25: Operation of voting machines with demonstrations.
  •   March 4: Mail-in and absentee ballots.
  •   March 11: Contracted vendors.
  •   March 18: County election day operations.
  •   March 25: Election integrity policies.
  •   April 1: Overview of how other states conduct elections.
  •   April 8: Stakeholders.
  •   April 15: Proposed election legislation and member testimony.
  •   April 22: Any further election matters.

While I am not a member of the committee, I will be streaming the hearings through my website,
Riding the Rails

Earlier this week, I joined two of my House “neighbors to applaud more than $31 million in statewide railroad improvements that are being funded by the Pennsylvania Transportation Commission.

Please click here to read about the local angle.

Coudersport Ambulance to Whitney Creek Road

8 AM, Coudersport  ambulance  was dispatched  to  Whitney Creek  Road  for a woman ill.

Port Allegany Dispatched to Crash in Turtlepoint

Before 8AM on Saturday, Port Allegany  fire  & ambulance responded to RT 155 in front of Busty Hearts Place for a vehicle crash.

Sharon TWP. Is Taking Bids For A 2010 - F350 with Fisher Plow and Saltdogg Salt/Sand Spreader


Truck-Lite Is Hiring Full Time Assemblers


Morgan Advanced Materials Is Hiring An Industrial Master Mechanic


Come See The Bargains Of Bokmans Of Wellsville


Sagewood Counseling Is Hiring Behavioral Health Technicians In Port Allegany, Shinglehouse, Eldred , And Coudersport


Chicken BBQ January, 16th At The Port Allegany Moose




The Nutrition Group is hiring Substitute Food Service Workers at Smethport Area School District


Great Lakes Otolaryngology, PC Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Allergy and Dermatology Is Accepting new patients


Friday, January 15, 2021


A tractor trailer crash on Johnsonburg Road in St. Marys that took down wires resulted in the fibreoptic lines being cut. 

The lines connect telephone service, both landlines and cell phone towers, putting both out of service.

Anyone needing emergency services has been directed to go to their respective fire stations that will be manned 24 hours until phone service is restored. The fire stations have radio contact with the 911 center to dispatch police, fire and ambulance services.

Geremania Street In Galeton Closed by Police Incident

 At 9:00 PM on Friday, Galeton Fire Department has been dispatched to close Germania Street from the Wonder Bar to the VFW. Police are on scene of a gunshot incident in that area.

St. Marys Dispatched To Tractor-Trailer Crash


At 8:45 PM on Friday, St. Marys Fire Department & EMS dispatched to a tractor-trailer crash on Johnsonburg Road. The tractor -trailer is on its side with wires down on the vehicle with operator in the cab. Johnsonburg Road is being shut down. West Penn Power expedited to scene. Roads are icy.


National Weather Service State College PA
754 PM EST Fri Jan 15 2021

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch.

* WHERE...Potter County.

* WHEN...Until 3 AM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on
driving conditions as winter weather impacts will include snow
covered roads and limited visibility.

Call 5 1 1 or visit for the latest travel, roadway
and traffic conditions.

To report snow or ice, post to the NWS State College Facebook
page, use Twitter @NWSStateCollege, or visit


 Outage Information

Customers Affected:501-1500

Cause:Equipment Damage

Crew Status:Arrived

Estimated Restoration:Today at 10:00 PM

Route 153 CLOSED

 At 7:19 PM on Friday, Horton Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to CLOSE RT. 153 at Rt. 219 per State Police because of an incident in Clearfield County.

Charmaine M. Burgett, 55, of 510 N. Vine St., Emporium, PA

Charmaine M. Burgett

Charmaine M. Burgett, 55, of 510 N. Vine St., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA on Sunday evening (January 10, 2021).

She was born March 27, 1965 in Corning, NY a daughter of Roberta Little, Jacksonville, FL and the late Ronald Little.

Charmaine graduated from Bradford Area High School. She had worked at Kmart in Olean, NY as an office assistant, and later for Cameron County School District as a crossing guard and most recently as a school bus driver at STA. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses for many years. She was baptized December 10, 1983.

She is survived by a son, Nathaniel Burgett; twin daughters, Ashlea and Kaitlyn Burgett, all of Emporium; two brothers, Russ Holden, Olean; and Ron Little, Texas; and one sister, Cindy Robinson, Everett, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ron Little.

Services are Private at the convenience of the family.

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BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.