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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Horton Twp. Fire Dispatched to Structure Fire in Brockway Borough

 At 9:47 PM on Saturday, Horton Township Firefighters were dispatched to assist Brockway with a structure fire in the borough.

Coudersport Ambulance to East Second Street

Coudersport ambulance  has been dispatched to East 2nd. Street to assist State Police with an injured person at a traffic stop.

Wellsboro Dispatched for Vehicle Off Roadway

Possibly a medical emergency. Patient is unresponsive but breathing. Location is Heise Run near Route 660.

Williamsport Woman Arrested For Drug Possession In Ulysses TWP.


Kersey Man Charged With Indecent Assault In Fox TWP.


Roulette Ambulance to Route 6

At 6:07 pm on Saturday, Roulette ambulance dispatched to  Route 6 for altered mental status.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Honeoye Haven

At 5:45 P:M on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to North Union Street for a person fallen.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Sale Fundraiser For The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library


Mary T. Rapp, 82, of Warren, PA. and formerly of Pittsburgh, PA.

Mary T. Rapp

Mary T. Rapp, 82, of Warren, PA. and formerly of Pittsburgh, PA., died Thursday evening, February 25, 2021 at Warren General Hospital, Warren, PA.  

She was born May 1, 1938 in Lorain, Ohio to the late Charles and Almarente Casciato Cirelli.  Mary has resided in Warren, PA. for the past 21 years, moving from Pittsburgh, PA.  She was a 1956 graduate of Cathedral High School, Pittsburgh, PA.  She had been employed for 6 years with the University of Pittsburgh and with Community Markets in Verona, PA. for 25 years, retiring as Produce Manager.  Mary was a member of the Warren Senior Center.  She was an avid crafter and enjoyed word search puzzles, murder mysteries and traveling.

She is survived by her 2 sons – Charles R. Rapp and spouse, Susan of Warren, Pa., Lawrence E. Rapp and spouse, John of Pittsburgh, PA., 1 Brother – Joseph C. Cirelli and spouse, Judy of Pittsburgh, PA., 1 Granddaughter – Morgan D. Rapp and 1 Great Granddaughter, Harper L. Rapp both of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Rapp, Sr. whom she married May 3, 1958 in Pittsburgh, PA., who died November 24, 1985, 1 Son – William W. Rapp, Jr., 1 Brother – Charles Cirelli.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 1 to 4 P.M. and on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 1 to 4 P.M. at the John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc., 4900 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. followed by a blessing service at 4:00 P.M.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.  

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Senior Center, 
42 Clark Street, Warren, PA. 16365.  

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Joseph F. Ninkovich, 89 of Coudersport, PA.

Joseph F. Ninkovich

Joseph F. Ninkovich, 89 of Coudersport passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 in his home following an extended illness. 

He was born February 28, 1931 in Fredericksburg, PA to Michael and Sophia (Pajsby) Ninkovich. Mr. Ninkovich served in the Merchant Marines, and worked for Bethlehem Steel, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting, the pursuits which brought him to this area. Joseph is the last member of his family to survive, he is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and 12 siblings. 

He is survived by his close friend, partner, and care-giver Gladys Haskins of Coudersport. His arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA. There will be a memorial service at a later date. To share a memory or condolence, please visit
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Wellsboro Dispatched For Crash on Route 6

At 3:58 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Rescue & EMS has been dispatched to Route 6 & Round Top Road for a one vehicle crash. Report two injured. Second ambulance requested.

Mark Carl Jordan, age 50, of Mansfield, PA

Mark Carl Jordan

Mark Carl Jordan, age 50, of Mansfield, PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  

Born February 4, 1971 in Wellsboro, he was the son of Harold E. and Sharon A. (Aldrich) Jordan.  

He graduated from Cowanesque Valley High School in 1989 and from Penn Tech in 1991.  

He is survived by his father, Harold E. Jordan of Westfield; uncle, Duane Jordan of Mt. Vernon, OH; great aunt, Audrey Potter of Westfield and several cousins.  

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon A. Jordan.  

Private family services will be held at their convenience.  

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc. 

Helen M. Barton, age 82, of Wellsboro, PA

Helen M. Barton

Helen M. Barton, age 82, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at UPMC Wellsboro. 

Born July 24, 1938 in Lock Haven, PA, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Molly (McCrackin) Schwab. 

Helen loved hunting, fishing, crocheting and sewing; she made all her kids clothing when they were little. She loves animals, especially her dogs and telling stories. 

She is survived by her sons, Irvin “Chuck” “JR” Barton, Jr. of Renova and Terry W. Barton, Sr. of Wellsboro; 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Button of Corning, NY and Martha LaChance of Alexandria, VA and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin L. Barton, Sr.; two daughters, Marge Callahan and Molly Cathcart and three brothers, Richard, Bobby and John. 

Private family services will be held at their convenience. 

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

Janet M. Sherman, age 87, a lifetime resident of Middlebury Center, PA,

Janet M. Sherman

Janet M. Sherman, age 87, a lifetime resident of Middlebury Center, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Bradford County Manor. 

Born December 19, 1933 in Middlebury Center, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Myrtle Rose (Gleason) Southard. She married Don Keith Sherman on June 6, 1954 and they shared 44 years together until his passing on Feb. 13, 1998. 

Janet was a former member of the United Church of Nelson, where she taught Sunday School. She was an animal lover, loved kids, enjoyed country music, going for rides and helping out her family. She loved to sing and won an award one year at the Tioga County Fair. 

Janet was a supporter of many things; Military, American Red Cross, SPCA and Boys Town were a few of her favorites. 

She is survived by her daughter, Vicki (Percy) White of Corning, NY; grandchildren, Don Joel (Allison) Hamblin of Lockport, NY and their son John, Phillip (Carrie) White of Mechanicsburg, OH and their children, Geoffrey and Marie and Patricia (Patrick) ross of Fort Wayne, IN and their son Cameron; two sisters, Mary Ann (Don) Cline and Ella June Sherman; three brothers, Everett, Ronald and Robert (Linda) Southard; daughter in law, Debbie Bonomo of Rochester, NY; sisters in law, Nancy Southard and Carolyn Southard and many nieces and nephews. 

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Don Keith Sherman; her son, Joe Bonomo; sister, Mildred Stone; brothers, Charles, Richard, Lewis, Earl, Ernest and Carl Southard; brothers in law, Paul Stone and Gary Sherman; sisters in law, Laverna and Debi Southard. 

Family will received friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland on Friday, 1:00 – 1:30 PM. A funeral service was held immediately following at 1:30 PM with Rev. Dorothy Densmore officiating. Covid precautions will apply. Burial will be in Middlebury Union Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to any of her favorite charities.

James Wescott, 86, Lawrenceville, PA

James Wescott

 James Wescott passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Newfield, NY on February 22, 2021 at the age of 86 years old. 

James was born October 4, 1934 at home in Nelson, PA to parents Fredrick and Beatrice Wescott. He was the oldest of his siblings: Donald, Helen, Fredrick, Linda, and Annie, Wescott. 

He went to school in a one-room school house in Nelson, PA. He was married to Mary M. Barber in Middlebury Center and after his divorce married Emma J. Naylor of Elmira, NY. 

He resided a majority of his life in Lawrenceville, PA. He was a long-time employee of Corning Glass Works (CGW) in Corning, NY and retired after 65 years of dedicated service. He was proud of the fact he was the senior employee being employed by CGW the longest. 

In his younger years he enjoyed racing his stock car, the 409, deer hunting and working hard. After retiring you could always find him working in his flower gardens, on his tractor, birdwatching, watching old westerns and spending time with his K-9 companions. 

He is survived by his children: James C Wescott of Florida, Terry Wescott (Debbie) of South Carolina, Fred Wescott (Kelly) of North Carolina, Constance Cook (John) of Washington, George Hannon of Louisiana, Lorrie Cribb (Timothy) of PA, Jamie Martinez (Juan) of Louisiana, Jenny Henry (Joseph) of Oklahoma, and James W Wescott (Sarah) of New York. His grandchildren Nicholas, Terrance, Terrell, Tara, Tracey, Terri Ann, Jason, Nathan, Jordan, Jesslyn, David, Gage, Mia, Cynthia, Emily, and Kadin. He is also survived by multiple great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws, his friend Beverly and his faithful dog Bandit. 

He was predeceased by his parents Fredrick Guy Wescott and Beatrice Cooper Wescott. His siblings Fredrick Wescott, Helen Tillinghast, Linda Cease, his great granddaughter Ava Leigh and his is K-9 companions Brutus, Sampson, and Goliath. 

He will always be remembered as a hardworking, humble and honest man until the day he left this earth. He is gone but his memory will never be forgotten by his family and friends. 

Visitation will be held at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, PA Saturday, 4:00 – 6:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, 1:00 PM with Rev. Larry O’Dell officiating. His body will be laid to rest in Nelson Cemetery.

Montour & Elk Counties in PA Lead State in Percentage of Population to Have Received Vaccine


According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Montour & Elk Counties lead the state in vaccine doses administered per 100,000 residents.

Covid-19 Judicial Emergency Order Extended To April 1, 2021 by Potter County Judge Minor


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All You Can Eat Pancakes Coming Soon To A Maple Farm Near You


Tioga County Police Apprehend Fleeing Vehicle After Pursuit

At 11:26 AM on Saturday, Police have apprehended the occupants of a vehicle that led them on a lengthy pursuit from the Mansfield area to the Covington area. 

The pursuit used Ore Bed Road, Cobb Road, Whitneyville Road and Route 660. 

It's not known at this report why the driver was fleeing police. A tow service has been dispatched for the vehicle. Several police agencies were involved.


If temperatures are in the mid 20s overnight and in the 40s during the day, maple tree sap could begin running soon.

Individuals and families with little to no experience in making maple syrup can learn how to do sugaring in their own backyards by attending the free Backyard Sugaring virtual program on Friday, March 5 from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

This program will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. It will NOT take place face-to-face in any state park. 

To participate, register at under Hills Creek State Park. Those who do will be given a Microsoft Teams link to the program. 

For more information, call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email

Archbishop Walsh Academy Celebrates 100 Days of In-Person Instruction


OLEAN, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's a major milestone - in an on-doing pandemic, Archbishop Walsh and Southern Tier Catholic School is celebrating 100 days of safe in-person learning.

Principal Thomas Manko said it's all thanks to the group effort of everyone in the school - wearing masks all day long, daily classroom cleaning and staying socially distant. Read more...

Derrick City Fire Rescue Dispatched For Possible Roof Rescue

At 11:09 AM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept. and City Ambulance dispatched for an 83 year old male  who is having difficulty breathing at a residence on Bolivar  Drive. Male was shoveling off his roof when he was stricken. Roof rescue may be needed.

Eldred Dispatched To Pole Fire on Main Street

At 10 32 AM on  Saturday, Eldred Borough Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a pole fire in the area of the Dollar General in Eldred.

10:34 AM--RECALLED by Chief 4.

McKean County Fire Units Dispatched For Fire Alarm at WWII Museum

At 10:21 AM on Saturday, Eldred, Otto, Eldred Twp. and Port Allegany have been dispatched for a fire alarm at the WWII Museum in Eldred.

All units but Eldred Borough hold in quarters. Nothing showing from outside. RECALLED by Chief 4.

Lafayette Dispatched For Crash on Rt. 219

At 10:04 AM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & City Ambulance dispatched to the area of 8555 Route 219. Vehicle reported into guiderails. Third party caller reports everyone is out of the vehicle.

PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County


PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2/23/2021 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming county. 78a85(a)5 - CASING AND CEMENTING - CEMENT STANDARDS - The operator failed to prevent gas flow in the annulus. In areas of known shallow gas producing zones, gas block additives and low fluid loss slurries shall be used.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2/23/2021 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming county. 78a81(a)3 - CASING AND CEMENTING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Operator conducted casing and cementing activities that failed to prevent pollution or diminution of fresh groundwater.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2/23/2021 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming county. 78a73(b) - GENERAL PROVISION FOR WELL CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION - Operator failed to prevent gas, oil, brine, completion and servicing fluids, and any other fluids or materials from below the casing seat from entering fresh groundwater, and prevent pollution or diminution of fresh groundwater.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2/23/2021 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming county. 78a86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2/23/2021 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC in Hepburn Twp, Lycoming county. 78a81(a)2 - CASING AND CEMENTING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Operator conducted casing and cementing activities that failed to prevent migration of gas or other fluids into sources of fresh groundwater.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling


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WCO Chad Lauer

At 6:30 p.m., this coming Tuesday, March 2, Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 based in Wellsboro is meeting via Zoom. Officers, members and the public are invited to attend. 

This Zoom meeting will open with Vice President Art Antal demonstrating how to tie a Split Wing Caddis Fly. 

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Waterways Conservation Officer Chad Lauer will then share information about Tioga and Potter County trout stocking schedules, which are already underway, and how to become a pre-approved volunteer. He will also provide information about upcoming community fishing events and localized Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulatory changes and proposals. There will also be a question and answer session. 

The trout season is currently closed in Pennsylvania. All special regulation trout waters are open to fishing on a catch and release basis during the closed season. The mentored youth fishing season will open on Saturday, March 27 and the statewide trout opener will be on Saturday, April 3. 

Discussion will follow about a project in the Long Run Watershed. The local TU chapter, in cooperation with the Tioga County Conservation District, recently applied for a Coldwater Heritage Partnership grant for a chop and drop habitat project on a 1.6-mile section of Blue Run, a tributary of Long Run. The Conservation District had successfully applied for a grant to do a habitat project on Long Run. That work has been completed. The chapter's goal is to get the watershed classified as Class A Wild Trout Waters. Those are waters that support a population of naturally produced trout of sufficient size and abundance for a long-term and rewarding sport fishery.

TU Chapter #688 will be participating in Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (Phase 3 WIP), according to President Jere White. "Our exact role is yet to be determined," he said. The Phase 3 WIP was created to reduce three types of pollutants, including soil from excessive erosion and nitrogen and phosphorus from too much fertilizer use along more than 12,000 miles of streams in Pennsylvania through 43 counties, including Tioga. 

For information on how to join the March 2 Zoom meeting, contact President Jere White by calling 570-662-2167 or emailing him at


Hunters and members of waterfowl organizations are invited to virtually attend the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Annual Waterfowl Briefing, which will be streamed live via the agency’s Facebook page, on Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. The briefing will be recorded and a link will be available to view online at

During the live briefing, Game Commission Waterfowl Biologist Nate Huck and Wildlife Management Program Chief Ian Gregg will be discussing the proposed 2021-22 waterfowl hunting seasons, proposed regulations, proposed federal frameworks and the 2020 waterfowl hunter survey results. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the annual briefing live on Facebook this year,” said Huck. “This meeting is usually held in-person, but in an effort to reach more people and due to safety concerns related to Covid-19, it will be held online this year. Those who are interested in learning more, and weighing in, on issues related to waterfowl hunting in Pennsylvania are encouraged to attend.”

Proposed 2021-22 waterfowl seasons, as well as the 2020 waterfowl hunter survey results, have been posted online at and can be accessed by searching, “Waterfowl Hunting and Conservation.” Those planning to tune in to the live briefing are encouraged to review the proposed seasons in advance.

Public comments on the proposed seasons can be submitted via email to or via mail to Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797 through Sunday, March 21.

With public comments and results of the 2020 waterfowl hunter survey in mind, Game Commission staff will prepare and present the recommended 2021-22 waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for final approval.

All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks. Final seasons will appear in the 2021-22 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission manages and protects wildlife and their habitats and promotes hunting and trapping for current and future generations. Visit for more information about Pennsylvania hunting and wildlife.

25th District PA Senator Cris Dush Mission Report

Senator Cris Dush E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • Wolf Administration Announces Plan to Add Tolls to Nine Existing PA Bridges
  • Lawmakers Authorize Use of PA National Guard to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Senate Approves Bill to Generate More Private Donations to Support Veterans
  • Legislation Would Create Medals of Commendation for Firefighters, Law Enforcement, EMS
  • Senate Passes Bill to Boost Farmland Preservation
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation Claimants Must File by March 12

Wolf Administration Announces Plan to Add Tolls to Nine Existing PA Bridges

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) unveiled a proposal last week to toll nine existing bridges on the Interstate System. The plan raised serious concerns since it was done unilaterally by the Wolf Administration without any sense of transparency or accountability, and without the input or authorization of the General Assembly.

Eight of the nine bridges are in Senate Districts represented by Republicans. The tolling proposal would impact the following bridges:  Read more.....

Local Leadership Group Forming to Address Critical Water and Agricultural Issues in Potter County and Tioga County

Westfield, PA – Penn State Extension, in partnership with area farmers, several Potter and Tioga County agencies, service providers and agricultural organizations has announced the formation of a new initiative and leadership group dedicated to identifying long-term solutions and implementing projects that address the Region’s most pressing water and agricultural issues.

Potter and Tioga County, the Cowanesque Watershed, now joins four other communities across the country as part of the Water for Agricultural project - a USDA supported initiative designed to provide communities with the resources and assistance they need to explore the water and agricultural issues that matter most to them. “In addition to assisting these communities meet their needs, our goal is also to learn more about the best ways to bring together a diverse set of interests to discuss these types of challenges so that we can share these lessons with other communities across the country” said Nicole Santangelo, Penn State Extension Educator and  Local Leadership Engagement Team Lead.

The other communities in the project include Mifflin County in central PA, two communities in Nebraska, and the Verde Valley in Arizona. “We wanted to work with each of these communities because they each have different types of agriculture and water issues and all have had a history of developing effective programs and partnerships to address agriculture and water issues” noted Nicole.

The leadership committee, comprised of 11 representatives of from the farming community, interest groups, agencies, and technical service and education providers, will work together over the next year or so to assess current conditions and programs, identify and prioritize needs and implement projects that address the issues most important to Potter and Tioga Counties. Prior to the recent formation of the leadership committee, the project was focused primarily on planning and conducting more than 30 interviews with local decision makers, farmers, technical service providers and organizations. “Our goal” explains Sean Rukgaber, Local Leadership Team member, “was to gather as much information as possible about everyone’s ideas and perspectives and how a collaborative approach to addressing water and agricultural issues would be useful”. Local Leadership Team member Rob Thompson added that “Farmers are currently facing increasing pressure from state and federal agencies to be compliant with water quality regulations and at the same time are enduring one of the worst farm economies in recent memory – our goal is to ensure that programs and resources are developed in ways that are responsive to these concerns”.

The Team members have been meeting for more than a year to prioritize the water issues important to the community and region, and welcome new suggestions and ideas. The project recently conducted a random sample survey to both farmers and non-farm residents to gather their ideas and perspectives related to water and agricultural issues. These surveys are now being summarized and will be shared as they will begin to prioritize the effort’s plans and resources.

Port Allegany Moose Lodge Meat Raffle Is Today

Pictured are organizers of the event, Bruce Bosworth and Brian Russell.

The Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460, located at 35 Pearl Street in Port Allegany, is having a Meat Raffle Saturday, February 27. Snacks will be served from 5 - 7 p.m. The raffle begins at 7 p.m. Also being raffled off will be homemade Pennsylvania Maple Syrup provided by Bruce Bosworth. 

Join ECCOTA’s Arts In Education Program to Make your Mark on St. Marys Parks and Recreation

What would a window into your world look like?  This coming summer, local high school students will have the opportunity to answer just that question as they engage in the creation of a mural for Memorial Park.  

The “Make Your Mark” residency is made possible through a partnership with St. Marys Parks and Recreation and Elk County Council on the Arts’ Arts in Education (AIE) Program. Under the guidance of professional teaching artist Samila Sosic, each student will design and create a window into their world. The window will be reflective of their unique story and community experience. Working together, students will integrate all the unique windows designs together painting a story of the community. Students will be engaged in every step of the process from the design to the painting of the mural.

The program will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 12:00 pm beginning June 8th and ending July 7th. Registration is now open and high school aged students can register on the St. Marys Parks and Recreation website. This opportunity is limited to fifteen participants so don’t miss your chance to participate.

The Arts in Education (AIE) program is designed to enrich arts experiences in our region through classes led by professional, rostered teaching artists. These classes are open to everyone of all ages and artistic abilities and offer artistic exploration in a variety of mediums, from painting, to graphic design, to beekeeping, and even to blacksmithing. Experiences gained through the AIE classes are unparalleled and can translate to lifelong skills, hobbies, positive outlets, and insight into artistic career paths. Classes are made possible through funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and collaboration with local community organizations. ECCOTA serves as the AIE partner for Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, and Potter counties.

Samila Sosic is a professional teaching artist bringing years of experience instructing high school students and adults. She has worked for a variety of organizations including ECCOTA, Erie Arts and Culture, Crary Art Gallery, and Tri-County Arts Council in Alleghany, NY.

Samila Sosic is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina and moved to the United States in 1992. In addition to her Interim Director of Study Abroad and International Services position, she also serves as adjunct professor of Art at Pitt-Bradford. As a Fine Artist, Samila has used her cultural immersions throughout her artistic career in both a private and academic setting. Her belief is that lifelong learning and traveling is the true way to enrich one's life.

Want to learn more about hosting an Arts in Education program in your community? Contact ECCOTA’s Public Art Program Manager, Jessica Weinzierl, at (814) 772-7051 or


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s alumni magazine, Portraits, has received a Silver Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades Awards.

The Spring/Summer 2020 issue was recognized at the CASE All Districts Conference held earlier this month. CASE recognized the magazine in the Magazines on a Shoestring category, which was created to recognize offices with limited staff, resources and/or time.

The judges specifically mentioned two of the issue’s main feature stories; alumni on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and an introduction to the university’s new president, Dr. Catherine Koverola.             

One judge said, “Of particular note was the introduction of the new president and the COVID essential workers’ profiles. The phrase ‘when a high touch campus moves online’ was a compelling theme.”

Judges also wrote that they enjoyed both the online version of the magazine and appreciated that the magazine staff had recently surveyed its readership.

“There are many people involved in creating Portraits, from idea generators, writers and copy editors to photographers and designers, who all bring a high level of creativity and dedication to the magazine,” said Pat Frantz Cercone, executive director of communications and marketing who serves as the magazine’s senior editor. “We hope our readers continue to enjoy learning about the achievements of our amazing campus community members.” 

Portraits is edited by Kimberly Marcott Weinberg, assistant director of communications and marketing. Other staff for the issue were copy editors Laurie Dufford, administrative assistant for communications and marketing, and Judy Hopkins ’71-’73, and former alumni editor Lindsay Hilton Retchless ’98.

John Sizing of JS Publication Design designed the issue. Photographers included Pitt-Bradford alumni Alan Hancock ’07, ’19 and Glenn Melvin ’04.

CASE’s District II is its largest and includes more than 675 institutions from Pennsylvania; New York; New Jersey; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Delaware; West Virginia; Ontario, Canada; U.S. Virgin Islands; and Puerto Rico.

United Way Awarded First Quarter Impact Funds

Bradford, PA — The United Way of the Bradford Area has awarded the first round of Quarterly Impact funding.  This funding stream is available quarterly throughout the year.  

The agencies receiving the first quarter funding are; Allegheny Highlands Council, Catholic Charities, CARE for Children McKean County, CASA of McKean County, Bradford Ecumenical Home, and Chapel Ridge.

Innovation and Impact funds are available to qualifying 501 ( c ) 3 organizations in Bradford, Smethport and Port Allegany.  Innovation applications do not have a request limit but are subject to availability of funds.  Impact applications are capped at $1,500.00 per request and again, are subject to availability of funds.  An announcement will be made in March for the submission of applications for the second quarter.  

If you have questions regarding Innovation and Impact funding through the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., please call the office at 814-368-6181 or email us at  Information regarding lines of funding are also available on our website at



Coudersport Youth Baseball And Softball 2021 Open Registration


The Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities are requesting proposals for lawn care at our housing, building and site locations.


Olney / Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC, Ulysses, PA


Age In Place Is Hiring Caregivers


McKean County Republican Committee To Host Petition-Signing Events


Morgan Advanced Materials Is Hiring A Second Shift Janitor


Early Bird Service Special At Mahaley's Small Engine Repair


Shinglehouse Youth Softball/Baseball Association 2021 Season Registration


Call And Voice Your Opposition To The Wastewater Injection Well


Carter's Special Consignment Auction & Mud Sale, Saturday, March 6th at 11 AM in Allegany, NY