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Saturday, March 6, 2021

One Injured In Crash in Town of West Almond Saturday


Whitesville, Andover, Willing, and Genesee dispatched for a structure fire

 Allegany County Fire Wire
7:23 PM
Whitesville, Andover, Willing, and Genesee dept 37 dispatched for a structure fire on the Casey rd 

Downgraded to a rubbish fire. Independence pd reports controlled burn.

Lester B. Watson, 98, of Smethport, PA.

Lester B. Watson

Lester B. Watson, 98, of Smethport, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021 at The Pavilion at BRMC, in Bradford.

Born on November 1, 1922, in Oil City, he was a son of the late DeForest Watson and Cora (Pressler) Watson Flanders. He attended Coudersport High School.

On September 18, 1954 in Austin, he married the love of his life, Mildred L. (Goodman) Watson who preceded him in death on August 15, 2015.

Lester was a member of Overcomer's Church of Faith in Aiken.

At the age of 14, he quit high school to help provide for his family working on the family farm. In October of 1942, Lester enlisted in the Army Air Force, getting orders to be attached to the 338th Bomb Group and the 562nd Bomb Squadron. He flew with the B-17 Flying Fortress " Veni, Vidi, Vici," as a waist and tail gunner, being a part of some of the Eighth Air Force's toughest missions. He completed a total of 25 missions over Nazi Europe which on his 24th mission, he shot down two Nazi Fighter planes, and completing missions in Germany, Paris, Italy, and the longest penetration mission ever flown by the AAF was to the Baltic Sea of Gdynia. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Staff Sergeant receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross medal, three oak leaf clusters and two gold stars on his campaign ribbon. 
WWII Veteran

Lester was self-employed for 40 years, owning his own company, Watson Logging in Smethport.

He enjoyed going to Buffalo, NY and Hazen to the flea markets on the weekends collecting and selling antiques. He was also known as the "Pennsylvania spinning wheel man".  He enjoyed giving to charities that would feed the children around the world.

Lester is survived by two sons Jonathan (Venessa) Watson and Joseph ( Tammy) Watson both of Smethport, grandchildren  Amber (Zach) Johnson, Zachery Watson, Natasha(Greg Babcock) Watson, Joel (Michelle Ishman) Watson, Chance Palmer, Jason (Chrystal) Watson, Perry (Nicole) Tanner, Jonathan (Katie) Watson, Kenneth Cleveland, James (Nicole) Watson, Rebecca Watson, and Jessica Watson, 23 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Millie, two daughters Mary Jane Watson and Karen Watson, two sons Duffy Watson and Barry Watson and three sisters Lillian C. Zurat Verrelli, Margaret Reed Harris, and Ida May Jones Dewyea.

There will be a public visitation on Thursday March 11, 2021 from 1-3PM at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc, 372 East Main St., Bradford with a service to follow with Pastor Frank Hill, pastor of the Overcomer's Church of Faith, in Aiken, officiating. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion 108 and the United States Air Force.

To view the service by livestream, please go to and in the menu bar select livestream camera for East Main Location.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Overcomer's Church of Faith, P.O. Box 81 Rixford, PA, 16745.

Online condolences can be made by going to

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Peggy J. Leilous, 90, of Shinglehouse, PA.

Peggy J. Leilous 
“loving wife, mother, and grandmother”

Peggy J. Leilous, 90, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 6, 2021, after a short illness.
Born at home in Shinglehouse on Sunday, May 4, 1930, she was a daughter of Henry M. Sr. and Anah B. Taylor Terrette.  On April 11, 1947 in Allegany, N.Y., she married Donald E. “Ducky” Leilous, Sr., who passed away on June 26, 1988.
Anticipation in December with the arrival of flower and gardening catalogs, started Peggy’s plans for spring flower planting.  She enjoyed going to estate sales and making gel candles with her daughter,  Linda.  Peggy enjoyed sitting on her porch having coffee and eating ice cream with her family when they came to visit.  Peggy was a talented artist who played the organ by ear and was very creative in anything she did. She was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her large family gatherings. She loved being on the farm.  Her greatest loves were her family, gardening and cooking.
Surviving are four children, Joyce Allen of Saylorsburg, Donald (Tina Rittburg) Leilous, Jr. of Shinglehouse, Susan (Dale) Kamery of Portville, N.Y., and Christine (Butch) Jones of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Garold  (Betty) Terrette of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Gorden Terrette of Acworth, Georgia; two sisters, Patricia Danforth and Pudge (Don) Sturdevant, both of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Leilous who passed away on March 9, 2006; two brothers, Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, Jr. and James Terrette; three sisters, Rebecca Stonemetz, Marian Kemp, and Eva Simons; and a son-in-law, Herbert Allen, Sr.
Private graveside burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 310 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760.
Peggy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Peggy, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page

Julian Peter Gerardy

Julian Peter Gerardy

Julian Peter Gerardy, born December 26, 1932, lived a full and feisty life. 

Julian died on March 5, 2021. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Joel Carl Lloyd, 68, of Cummings, GA

Joel Carl Lloyd

Joel Carl Lloyd, 68, of Cummings, GA passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his home after a lengthy illness. 

Born June 14, 1952 in Port Allegany, Pa. He was the son of the late Carl R Lloyd and M. Edna Hays Lloyd. 
Joel was a retired radiologic Technologist at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA. Joel loved his family football hunting and his Harley. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Terry Lloyd and Gregory Lloyd. 
He is survived by his wife Helen Kelly Lloyd.  Children, Cassandra (Jake) Vasquez of CA, Justin (Mindy) Lloyd of FL, Alan Johnson, Sandy (Terry) Harp. Grandchildren, Laurel Vasquez, Simon Vasquez, Jessica Lloyd , Jasmine Lloyd, Kylie Johnson, Parker Johnson, Casey Shayre. Brothers and Sisters, Brian. (Katlin) Lloyd of Biloxi, MS, Kevin Lloyd of Buffalo, NY, Maribeth Brown, Edna Baker of Port Allegany, Pa, Collene(David) Shaffer of Port Allegany, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be Monday, March 8, 2021 at Cobb-Suncrest Memorial Gardens, 2441Camilla Highway, Moultrie, Ga 31768


 HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 6) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is joining fish and wildlife agencies nationwide to alert consumers about aquarium products that may be infested with invasive zebra mussels.

These products, known as “moss balls,” are a popular type of living aquarium plant sold in several states, including Pennsylvania.  It was recently discovered that a batch of these products, which are marketed under popular brand names such as “Betta Buddy” or “Mini Marimo Moss Balls,” was contaminated with invasive Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) and distributed to pet stores across the country.

Moss Ball USFWS.jpg

(Photo Courtesy: Idaho Department of Agriculture)

 While several major pet product retailers, including Petco and PetSmart, have proactively removed these products from their shelves, PFBC Waterways Conservation Officers in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, have confirmed the presence of these contaminated products in at least one Pennsylvania store. 

“Zebra Mussels are one of the most troublesome invasive species in the United States and can cause major ecological and economic damage such as clogging water intake pipes, damaging boats, or damaging fisheries by impacting aquatic food webs,” said Sean Hartzell, PFBC Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator.  “Zebra Mussels are small and can produce microscopic larvae, so any water containing contaminated moss balls may contain larval Zebra Mussels.  The potential spread of this invasive species is a major concern for our aquatic resources in Pennsylvania."

Zebra Mussels are small black and white striped, “D-Shaped” bivalves about the size of a thumbnail or smaller.

Zebra Mussel USFWS.jpg

(Photo Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The PFBC urges anyone who has purchased a moss ball within the past several weeks to follow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) guidance on how to properly disinfect moss balls and clean aquarium systems.  This guidance can be found on the USFWS website:

“Because Zebra Mussel larvae may not be visible to the naked eye, it is important that everyone who recently purchased a moss ball follow this strict disinfection protocol,” added Hartzell.  “Just because you can’t see the mussels in your tank doesn’t mean they’re not there.  Don’t take any chances.”

The transportation or release of Zebra Mussels or their larvae into Commonwealth waters is considered unlawful (58 Pa. Code § 73.1).  Pennsylvanians who observe suspected Zebra Mussels or other aquatic invasive species can report them to the PFBC through the “Report AIS” portal of the Agency’s web page (


 By Mike Leone

(Pulaski, PA)...The Pace Performance RUSH Pro Mod Series together with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC is set for its biggest and richest season to date. The 2021 slate of events for the RUSH Pro Mods will feature a record 44 events at four speedways in northwest Pennsylvania and western New York including their crown jewel event, the richest in history paying $2,500 to-win at McKean County Raceway on June 19! Drivers will also be competing for the $15,000+ Weekly Series point fund that will award $3,500 to the champion and is expected to be hotly contested throughout the season between the division's standouts.

The 2021 season will mark the sixth in Series history for the RUSH Pro Mods. After Justin Carlson won the inaugural championship in 2016, Dennis Lunger, Jr. is coming off his fourth straight title. Stateline Speedway was the first track to run the division weekly in 2016 before the Series expanded to Bradford Speedway and McKean in 2017. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the 2020 season, thanks to new Bradford promoter Dennis Cummings, the Pro Mods raced for their biggest weekly purses to date, and over the offseason, new life has been breathed into McKean thanks to Joel Smith and Ken Leet taking over the lease.

With weekly racing at Stateline on Saturdays, Bradford on Sundays, eight events at McKean, and a midweek special at Genesee Speedway, 2021 is poised to be the biggest. The season will get underway on April 25 at McKean. Amongst the schedule will be "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance on June 12 at Stateline, which features thousands of dollars of valuable product giveaways to competing racers. The Pro Mods will be part of the World of Outlaws Late Model event at Stateline on June 17, and two days later race for their richest purse in their six-year history with $2,500 on the line at McKean! That event will also include the RUSH Late Models for $2,500 to-win and the RUSH Sprint Cars for $1,000 to-win.

Johnson Distributing of Olean, NY will present the June 19 $2,500 to win event titled, “One Last Ride,” in honor of Bud Johnson, a driving legend across the region, and Pete Parker, who fielded the famous #27 that Johnson piloted to countless victories at numerous area speedways in the 60s and 70s.

The RUSH Pro Mods will also be part of the two-day season ending events at Bradford on September 24-25 and McKean's "Fall Classic" on October 1-2.

There will be at least nine new drivers from various backgrounds joining the class in 2021; 20-year-old Timothy Eastman of Delevan, NY, 45-year-old Brett Ritter of Belfast, NY, 42-year-old Victor Earle, Jr. of Smethport, Pa., 57-year-old Dean Ingalls of Belmont, NY, 44-year-old Mike Eschrich of Mt. Jewett, Pa., 30-year-old Tyler Carlin of Belmont, NY, Dwayne Powers, along with "Futures Cup" racers 16-year-old Derek Peterson of Wilcox, Pa. and 15-year-old Ian DeGolier of Bradford, Pa. This group combined with an already stellar group of RUSH Pro
Mod racers is certain to give the division a tremendous boost both this season and moving forward.

"It's going to be a huge year for RUSH Pro Mod racers," acknowledged RUSH Director Vicki Emig. "The class is finally getting its legs as more and more racers realize how exciting and cost-effective the RUSH Pro Mod division is in comparison to other similar modified divisions, which is resulting in more and more drivers getting involved. It's tremendous to see at least nine new drivers ready to compete in the division this season. It's taken some time to get the division positioned where it is now, but I really believe 2021 is going to be the breakout year for the class.  I know other regional speedways have been watching the development of the class as an affordable option for modified racing, and I expect this year's success and forward momentum to be a juggernaut for other exciting things to happen for the division in the future."

"Stateline initially wanted to develop this class, and through it all has been the anchor track staying steadfast on their belief that the region needed a cost-effective modified division," continued Emig. "Of course the pandemic hit them the hardest, but they are full speed ahead for 2021. We also have to thank Dennis Cummings for taking over Bradford last year and not only giving the Pro Mods a home in 2020, but offering tremendous payoffs throughout the season that were truly appreciated. After a two-year layoff, McKean returning to racing with Joel and Ken at the helm has really solidified the division's footing. We can't thank these promoters for their support and commitment to the RUSH Pro Mods."

2021 RUSH membership forms are available on the website at
2021 Weekly Series Point Fund ($15,050): 1. $3,500 2. $2,000 3. $1,200 4. $1,000 5. $900 6. $800 7. $700 8. $600 9. $500 10. $400 11. $390 12. $380 13. $370 14. $360 15. $350 16. $340 17. $330 18. $320 19. $310 20. $300.

2021 Futures Cup Point Fund: 1. $300 2. $200 3. $100.

2021 RUSH Pro Mod Schedule*
Sunday, April 25 McKean County Raceway           
Saturday, May 1 Stateline Speedway           
Saturday, May 8 Stateline Speedway           
Saturday, May 15 Stateline Speedway         
Saturday, May 22 Stateline Speedway         
Sunday, May 23 Bradford Speedway          
Thursday, May 27 McKean County Raceway         
Saturday, May 29 Stateline Speedway                    
Sunday, May 30 Bradford Speedway          
Saturday, June 5 Stateline Speedway                       
Sunday, June 6 Bradford Speedway
Saturday, June 12 Stateline Speedway - "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance
Sunday, June 13 Bradford Speedway          
Thursday, June 17 Stateline Speedway - with World of Outlaws Late Models
Saturday, June 19 McKean County Raceway - $2500 to-win         
Sunday, June 20 Bradford Speedway                     
Saturday, June 26 Stateline Speedway         
Sunday, June 27 Bradford Speedway                      
Thursday, July 1 McKean County Raceway
Saturday, July 3 Stateline Speedway                      
Sunday, July 4  Bradford Speedway
Thursday, July 8 Genesee Speedway           
Saturday, July 10 McKean County Raceway           
Thursday, July 15 Bradford Speedway        
Sunday, July 18 Bradford Speedway           
Saturday, July 24 Stateline Speedway         
Sunday, July 25 Bradford Speedway           
Thursday, July 29 McKean County Raceway          
Saturday, July 31 Stateline Speedway                    
Sunday, August 1 Bradford Speedway       
Friday, August 6 Bradford Speedway         
Saturday, August 7 Stateline Speedway - Fan Appreciation/Autograph Night
Sunday, August 15 Bradford Speedway     
Saturday, August 21 Stateline Speedway    
Sunday, August 22 Bradford Speedway     
Sunday, August 29 Bradford Speedway     
Friday, September 3 Stateline Speedway     
Saturday, September 4 Stateline Speedway
Sunday, September 5 Bradford Speedway  
Sunday, September 19 Bradford Speedway
Friday, September 24 Bradford Speedway  
Saturday, September 25 Bradford Speedway          
Friday, October 1 McKean County Raceway - "Fall Classic"
Saturday, October 2 McKean County Raceway - "Fall Classic"
*Schedule is subject to change. Additional date(s) may be added.

Allegany County Landfill Hang Tags Are Not Available For Purchase In Person

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, in-person sales of 2021 Residential Hang tags at the County Office Building and Landfill Scale Office have been discontinued. 

Residential Hang tags may only be purchased online or through traditional mail. 

Please do not visit the County Office Building or the Landfill Scale Office to purchase Residential Hang tags.  

To purchase a Residential Hang tag online, please visit and scroll down to find the “County Information” links, and select 2021 Solid Waste Facility Tag Online Payment. Select Residential Tag from the drop-down menu for payment type. Click next and complete all data fields to make your purchase. Your Residential Hang tag will be mailed to you. 

To purchase a Residential Hangtag by mail,please visit and scroll down to the “County Information” links,and select 2021 Solid Waste Facility Tag Application. Print the form and complete data in all fields. Mail the application with payment to the address on page 2. Checks must be made payable to Allegany County. Your Residential Hang tag will be mailed to you. 

To purchase Disposal Tickets (pay-per-bag) by mail,please visit and scroll down to the “County Information” links,and select 2021 Solid Waste Facility Tag Application. Print the form and complete all data fields. Mail the application with payment to the address on page 2. Checks must be made payable to Allegany County. Your Disposal Tickets will be mailed to you. 

To purchase Disposal Tickets (pay-per-bag) in person, please visit and scroll down to the “County Information” links,and select 2021 Purchasing Disposal Tickets to find locations throughout Allegany County where you can purchase Disposal Tickets in person. Checks must be made payable to Allegany Co

Power Outage for Gaines & Galeton Area Today (Saturday) From 2 PM to 4 PM


A power outage is scheduled for this afternoon from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Gaines & Galeton area according to an announcement on 911.

Grazia E. Tubbs, age 84, of Elkland, PA.

Grazia E. Tubbs

Grazia E. Tubbs, age 84 of Elkland passed away on March 1, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. 

Born October 19, 1936 in Woodhull, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Florence (Barnes) Allen. 
Grazia owned and operated the V & S Varieties store in Elkland, worked at the Golden Thimble in Elkland, was the librarian at the Elkland Library, and worked at Corning Glass Works. She attended the United Church of Nelson, loved sewing, reading, and birdwatching, and enjoyed spending time at their cottage in Canada. 

Grazia is survived by her two sons, David G. Tubbs and Jason L. (Nancy) Tubbs of Nelson, and two grandchildren, Carrie (David) Linz of Gibsonia, PA, and Wade Tubbs of Nelson. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, William George Tubbs in 2018; a brother, Keith Allen and a sister, Neva Clark. 

The family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland on Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 3:00 PM with Rev. Dorothy Densmore officiating. All Covid 19 precautions will apply. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery. 
Memorial donations may be made in Grazia’s name to the Elkland Area Community Library, 110 Parkway Ave., Elkland, PA 16920.

Elk in the Road Causing Accidents on Rt. 555 in Benezette, PA


Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library Seeking Contest Prizes

The Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is looking for local businesses interested in contributing prizes for any age group for an upcoming contest. For details, contact Yelena Kisler at 814-486-8011 or email

Donna F. Giannattasio, (nee Suain,), 60, of Portville, N.Y.,

Donna F. Giannattasio

Donna F. Giannattasio, (nee Suain,), 60, of Portville, N.Y., died March 1, 2021.

She was the beloved wife of the late Tom Giannattasio; dear mother of Tom (Margaret) Giannattasio and Toni Giannattasio; loving grandmother of Ellie, Lucy and Leo; beloved daughter of Melissa (nee Speedy) and Harold Suain; sister of Mark (Tracy) Suain, David (Gina) Suain, Nancy (Todd) Yohe, Melissa (Mark) Steiner and Joan (Randy) Connor; dearest friend and partner of Richard Bales and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation. Due to the pandemic restrictions a Celebration of Donna's Life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donna's memory to Sisters of Charity Hospital Foundation, 2157 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. 

Arrangements by Amigone Funeral Home, Inc. Please visit Donna's Tribute Page to share memories and condolences at

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Announces over $83,000 In Scholarships Available


A Moment Of Love For Enzo Magaro ~ Lantern Release

A Moment Of Love For Enzo Magaro

 Lantern Release will be Saturday, March 13, 2021  @6pm
A lantern release has been organized as a "A Moment Of Love For Enzo Magaro"

 A limited supply of lanterns will be handed out to starting at 5pm at the gathering area next to the Chamber. You may pick up a free lantern from Flowers N Things or the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce starting Thursday, or purchase your own online.

 The lanterns will be set off along a place of your choice on the Rails to Trails
Posted by Cameron County at March 05, 2021

Jay Township Fire Dispatched to Crash on Rt. 555

 At 11:01 AM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire & EMS have been dispatched to Route 555, about a mile East of the Medix Hotel, for a vehicle crash with one male occupant injured. Caller reports vehicle went airborne, occupant is out of the vehicle and walking.

Multiple PA Permit Violations Included in Today's DEP Report

PA Permit Violation Issued to CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 3/04/2021 to CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or unauthorized by the rules and regulations of DEP.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-03-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling   Read all 71 reports......

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Applications Available

McKean County has been awarded funding in direct federal funding for an amount of $21,283 under Phase 38 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

The National Board is comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies across the country.  The United States Congress appropriates funds annually to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas nationally.

The local board, made up of representatives from McKean County, will determine how the funds will be distributed.  Local agency representation includes The Salvation Army, McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of the Bradford Area, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association, local government, the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the YWCA of Bradford.  These representatives will determine how the funds awarded to McKean County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1). Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2). Be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3).  Have an accounting system, 4). Practice nondiscrimination, 5). Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 6). If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Local Board Chair Sarah Lonzi c/o United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. PO Box 504, Bradford, PA 16701 or email or call at (814) 368-6181. Funds will be allocated to one local recipient organization per program/service; organizations which are able to meet spending and document submission requirements; and those which have electronic communication capabilities. The deadline for applications is Thursday,  March 18th at 2pm.

Potter County Fair Chinese Auction March 27, 2021


OSHA training available at Penn State DuBois, serving a variety of industries

DuBOIS, Pa – Training recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be offered through Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education in April. This 10-hour training is intended to help employees in many different industries maintain a healthy and safe work environment.

Those who enroll will meet from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on both April 26, and 27, 2021 at the North Central PA LaunchBox at 2 East Long Avenue, DuBois, PA. Students will receive their OSHA 10 card in the mail following the class. 

Penn State DuBois offers this course in partnership with DMS Safety Consultants, a division of DMS Environmental of Bellefonte, PA. Instructor Dave Nelson, ASC (Advanced Safety Certificate) of DMS Environmental is certified by OSHA to teach multiple safety trainings, including this OSHA-10 course.

This training program is intended to provide entry-level general industry workers information about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job-related hazards on a job site. The training covers a variety of general industry safety and health hazards that a worker may encounter.

The registration fee is $295 per student, which includes a box lunch for each day. Register at

Penn State DuBois offers discounts for companies wishing to register multiple staff members for an individual training. For more information, please contact Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education at 814-375-4715 or

St. Marys Area United Way Awards Grant

Elk County- Jason Gabler, St. Marys Area United Way President presented a $70,000 grant award to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys Chief Executive Officer, Joe Jacob.

The St. Marys Boys and Girls Club was the first rural club started by the National Boys and Girls Club. St. Marys Area United Way has a long-standing relationship of over 98 years with the club. When this relationship first started, United Way was known as the Community Chest. This kinship has only been possible because of strong community support. The Boys & Girls Club plans to use this grant, as it has always in the past, to help fund a portion of its operating expenses. The balance of expenses is covered by the club’s annual campaign. The club receives no funding from state or government grants. Therefore, besides the minimal membership fees, the Club relies on grant funding and local donors to help keep the club functioning and viable since 1923.

In 2020, the club served 63 youth members on average after-school each day. Some of the more notable after-school programs, offered to the youth members, include: Homework Club where certified teachers are available to help children with their homework; Cooking Club to learn how to cook easy meals at home; Mini-Motorheads to teach the basics of auto-mechanics in an engaging way; Music Lessons; Drama Club; S.T.E.M Hour to further skills relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Recycling Club where children learn to recycle and clean up the downtown area and local parks; partnered with South Saint Marys Elementary School by offering a virtual learning support program when schools moved to remote instruction, and, much more! The club is currently taking registrations for their Summer Day-Care Program, with new and exciting summer activities designed to enhance critical thinking and mathematic skills. These activities will be taught by certified teachers in a fun and engaging way! Full details and applications will be available on March 8, 2020. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys, call 814-781-1910 or by emailing

Over the next couple of weeks, the United Way will continue to notify the public of all the grant recipients and award amounts. The grant funding disseminated in 2021 is as a result of the $187,000 raised during the St. Marys Area United Way 2020 campaign. Funding raised in 2021 will be available for organizations to seek grant funding in 2022.The St. Marys Area United Way relies on the contributions from companies and local individuals. 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.

John L. "Jack" Gilfert, 86, of Eldred, PA

John L. "Jack" Gilfert

John L. "Jack" Gilfert, 86, of Eldred, PA, passed away on Wednesday (March 3, 2021) following a lengthly illness. 

Born on Aug. 24, 1934, in Kane, he was the son of Clyde and Nora Olson Gilfert. On Jan. 24, 1959, in Eldred, he married Nancy M. Frampton, who survives. 

Jack was a 1952 graduate of Kane High School, then went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. During his time serving he served in Todendorf, Germany and Fort Eustis, Va. He also is

Korean War Veteran
a veteran, serving in the Korean War. Jack also was a 1957 graduate of Bryant & Stratton College, Buffalo, N.Y. 

He was a former CEO and Co-Owner of Fibercell Corporation in Portville, N.Y., until his retirement. Jack also was a life member of the Port Allegany VFW, served on the Eldred Borough Council, and was a life member of the Eldred Fire Department, joining in 1959. 

Surviving including his wife are three sons; John (Tracey) Gilfert of Cuba, N.Y., James Gilfert of Eldred, and Joel (Lisa) Gilfert of Portville, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law, John "Crow" Shay of Eldred and Bill Frampton of Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Justin Gilfert of Bristol, Va., Morgan (Richie) Dowell of Eldred, Rheannon (Nick) Coleman of Gibsonia, Senneca (Ariann) Stone of Pittsburgh, Channing (Cory) Niver of Brevard, N.C., Holden Bernstein of Olean, N.Y., Tiernney Bernstein and Maddox Bish of Portville, N.Y.; ten great-grandchildren, James and Nora Dowell, Julia, Shane, Trey and Liam Simpson, Micah Bernstein, Blake Niver, and Liam and Evan Mix; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Keith Gilfert in 1998 and Larry Gilfert in 2009, and one sister Natalie Gilfert in 2001. 

A private service will be held by the family and burial will be in St Raphael's Cemetery, Eldred. 

Memorials may be made to the Eldred Library and Historical Society, PO Box 166, Eldred, PA 16731.
Online condolences may be made at

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast Today & Sunday at Brydonson Maple Farm in Coudersport

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


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


Coudersport Shop 'N Save Is Hiring Deli And Dairy Managers


IU9 Is Hiring for Multiple Position In Elk, McKean, Cameron, And Potter Counties


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Friday, March 5, 2021

Galeton, Germania Dispatched for House Fire

At 9:00 PM on Friday, Galeton & Germania firefighters have been dispatched to 5 West Branch Avenue for a report of a house fire.
9:40 PM--Fire under control.
9:56 PM--Fire out.

3/4/21 Mutual Aid Structure fire – Otto Township

 Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department

3/4/21 Mutual Aid Structure fire – Otto Township
         At 1936hrs DCVFD was dispatched on 2nd alarm for box 9-2 to a working structure fire (garage fire that had extended into a single wide trailer) on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Twp.  

7 members and 4 Chiefs along with Squad 11 responded at dispatch.  Station 11 crews split once on scene by command as one crew conducted an interior search of residence while the other crew assisted with fire suppression on the fully involved garage.  Other members assisted with scene lighting, tool staging and assisting with air bottle exchanges.  Station 11 was on scene for approx. 1 hour assisting Otto Twp. VFD and other mutual aid fire departments.

Rekindle on 3/5/21 @ 4:36hrs
DCVFD was Dispatched for Squad 11 to set up water supply at the Clark street bridge on box 9-2 for a rekindle of a structure fire from last night.  Squad 11 responded at dispatch, set up a draft from the dry hydrant and supplied water to tankers.  Chief 11, Chief 1110 and Chief 1130 also responded.  Squad 11 and personnel were on scene for approx.. 1 hr.

Enzo E. Magaro, 13, of Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA

Enzo E. Magaro

Enzo E. Magaro, 13, of Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA, died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at his home. 

Born July 1, 2007 in Coudersport, he was the son of Ryan and Brandi Graham Magaro. Enzo was a lifelong resident of Emporium and an eighth grade student of Cameron County High School. He was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Emporium and its Youth Group.

He played Cameron County Junior High Football and Basketball, Cameron County Little League Baseball, and was an active member of the Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA) organization. Enzo was an avid reader. He had a lifelong passion for fishing in streams, at the Gerg's pond, Lake Clear Creek and anywhere he could cast a line. Enzo was also deeply devoted to his beloved dog “Coffee”.

In addition to his parents, Enzo is survived by: two sisters, Milla and Aria Magaro both at home; his grandparents, Greg & Deb Magaro “PopPop & MiMi” of Emporium, Wendy Magaro “Mammers” of Boston, VA, and Scott & Nancy Graham "Bam & Pap” of Emporium; his great grandmother, Nancy Brown “NaNa” of Emporium; "adoptive” grandparents, Ken & Joann Gerg “Mr. & Mrs. Gerg” of Emporium; four aunts, McKenzie Magaro of Empoirium, Adrienne “Titi” (Chris) Rouette of Boston, VA, Laura “Lulu” (Tom) Isaac of Yorktown, VA, and Kendra Graham of Emporium; three uncles, special uncle Chris Brown, also Caleb (Nicole) Graham and Britt Graham all of Emporium; cousins, Ethan Isaac, Jaxon Rouette, Soryn & Remi Graham, and Asher & Kai Graham, all of whom he loved dearly.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Emporium. The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. at which time a message of hope from Pastor Lionel will follow. Interment will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W Fourth St., CCOYA, 174 Nickler Rd., or the Cameron County SPCA, 678 S Mountain Rd., all in Emporium. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Rudolph N. BOWMAN, 85, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA, Klamath Falls, OR.

Rudolph N. BOWMAN

Rudolph N. BOWMAN, 85, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA, Klamath Falls, OR, died Friday, March 5, 2021 in his home. 

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923. A complete obituary will be announced by Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

NYS Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site at JCC in Olean NY


The public WILL BE able to attend Roulette Township Supervisors Thursday

 Roulette Township

The Roulette Township Supervisors will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 6 pm in the Township Office. 

The public WILL BE able to attend, however, there will be limited seating to comply with social distancing. 

The meeting will also be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Mansfield Dispatched For Crash on Route 6


At 3:25 PM on Friday, Mansfield Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched for a vehicle into a camper crash in Richmond Township near 16695.

Glenn D. Larson, 67, of Russell, PA.

Glenn D. Larson

Glenn D. Larson, 67, of Russell, PA., died Friday morning, March 5, 2021 at the John & Orpha Blair Hospice Home, Warren, PA.

Glenn was born June 15, 1953 in Warren, PA.  He was the son of Nels and Marjorie Gillette Larson.  He was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1971 graduate of Warren Area High School.   He had served with the United State Air Force as a Sergeant.  Glenn was the owner and operator of Glenn Larson Interiors since 1975.  He was an avid golfer, enjoyed bowling, scuba diving and helping others to learn how to scuba dive.  He was a member of the Warren Moose Lodge 109.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patti G. Crouse Larson whom he married May 22, 1999 in Warren, PA., 2 Brothers – Jeff Larson, David Larson and his wife, Linda all of Warren, PA., 2 Sisters – Barbara Moore and husband, Jan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cindy Hoffman and husband, Gary of Rochester, N.Y., several nieces, nephews and cousins.
U.S. Air Force Veteran

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and time to be announced.  Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County,,1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365.  E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting  The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements

Take Out Dinner Thursday, March 11th at Potter County Christian School in Roulette


Coudersport Ambulance To Dwight Street

At 2:14 PM on Friday, Coudersport ambulance has been called to Dwight Street for a woman ill.

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Roulette Ambulance To Sartwell Creek Road

At 12:24 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Sartwell Creek Road for a woman ill.

Bradford Fire Dept. Dispatched To Explosion on High Street

 At 11:50 AM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to an outdoor explosion near 142 High Street.

RECALLED by Captain 1-30.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

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Thank you to the folks at Truck-Lite Co., LLC for hosting me on a tour of their Coudersport facility last Friday. It was great to see the new addition and learn more about the custom LED headlamp manufacturing taking place there! They are also looking to hire, so check out their Facebook page for more information. Pictured with me from left: Employee Cassie Gross; Joe Kellner, Plant Manager; Greg Certo, Vice President of Human Resources; Tyler Benedict, Vice President of Manufacturing; and Andrew Liuzzo, Marketing Communications Specialist.
Governor’s Budget Would Further Harm Struggling Employers

The House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, heard testimony Wednesday reaffirming the potentially devastating economic impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal on businesses already struggling due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Testimony focused on the governor’s proposed 46% increase in the Personal Income Tax, which is paid by a large percentage of the state’s employers, as well as the proposed hike in minimum wage and increased energy taxes.

The budget proposed by the governor is really out of touch with the reality facing business owners in all sectors across the state. Increasing taxes and artificially inflating wages – on top of the revenue losses caused by COVID-19 mitigation efforts – would significantly increase the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth and the end result would be the loss of thousands of jobs.

There is absolutely no question we need to enact a budget that is supportive of the people who employ our citizens and make our economy go, rather than the governor’s plan, which does nothing more than kick our employers while they’re down.

The following people testified before the committee: Sam Denisco, PA Chamber of Business and Industry; Jim Fris, PJW Restaurant Group; Scott Rudich, Round Guys Brewing Company, Lansdale; Joe Aldcowski, Diaz Manufacturing, Montrose; Guy Berkebile, Guy Chemical Company Inc., Somerset; Carl Marrara, PA Manufacturers Association; and John W. Bailey, Bailey Coach, Spring Grove.

Read more about the hearing here.

Video of the hearing, as well as links to written testimony, is available here.
Reminder to Business Owners – We Want Your Feedback!

The House Majority Policy Committee is still seeking input from small business owners for the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Business Survey it launched last month. The goal is to gather feedback for use by the caucus’ Economic Recovery Task Force as it works to develop and implement policies to restore the state’s struggling economy.

The survey is open to employers in all sectors and businesses of all sizes. The brief survey seeks information about your business or industry and then invites feedback about the challenges facing your particular business or industry, the type of assistance that would be most beneficial, the one most impactful thing state government could do to support your future success, and any other ideas to kickstart the Commonwealth’s economic recovery.

Please take a few moments to fill out this survey and share your insights and expertise. We must get the Commonwealth on the road to recovery as soon as possible and we can only do that by working together. Click here to take the survey. We will be taking responses through March 19.
House GOP to Launch Investigation into Wolf Administration’s Handling of Nursing Homes During COVID-19 Pandemic

House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) has announced plans to have the House Government Oversight Committee investigate the Wolf administration’s handling of nursing homes and other senior and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, roughly half of all COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania are attributable to nursing homes. Questions remain about data reporting related to nursing homes and especially about a March 18 order from the Department of Health requiring nursing home readmissions from hospitals of COVID-19-positive patients, among other things.

It has become increasingly clear the administration is not being transparent about this issue and is either unable or unwilling to answer some of the most basic questions concerned families have had during this pandemic. This is unacceptable. All Pennsylvanians – and particularly those who lost loved ones in our nursing homes and long-term care facilities – deserve better.

According to Rule 45(A) of the Pennsylvania House Rules, the Pennsylvania House majority leader can refer investigations to the House Government Oversight Committee. The House Government Oversight Committee is comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats and has subpoena power to compel documents and witnesses.
Budget Hearings Conclude

The importance of getting all children back in their classrooms and people back to work was at the forefront of the final week of state budget hearings by the House Appropriations Committee.

On Monday, the committee questioned officials with the state Department of Education about providing a plan for vaccinating teachers, implementing clear guidelines and returning our children to the classroom. Secretary Noe Ortega conceded that the 2.5 hours of synchronous online learning per day that many students are currently receiving is insufficient.

On Tuesday, the committee questioned officials with the state Department of Labor and Industry, which is charged with overseeing the state’s unemployment compensation (UC) system. Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier repeatedly acknowledged the lengthy delays unemployed Pennsylvanians have experienced over the past year and the need for the agency to do its job better. The hearing also revealed a half million jobs permanently lost following the governor’s shutdown orders and a lack of consultation with the agency about the impact of the governor’s proposed 46% income tax on small businesses.

Additional hearings this week included the Department of Human Services, which was questioned about its perpetual cost overruns and 40% growth of its budget during the Wolf administration; and the secretary of the Budget, who fielded a variety of questions about the governor’s $40 billion proposal.

All budget hearings are available for viewing here.
National Guard to Aid Vaccine Distribution Under New Law

A new state law will call on the Pennsylvania National Guard to improve the coordination and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in the Commonwealth. The bill was approved unanimously in the House and Senate last month and signed into law by the governor this week.

Under Act 4 of 2021, the guard will work with the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to develop plans for the establishment and operation of community vaccination sites in each region of the state. The law also requires the governor to submit a report to the General Assembly outlining how the National Guard has been integrated into the state’s vaccine plan.  
Wolf Announces Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions, Expands Vaccine Eligibility to Teachers

In case you missed it, Gov. Tom Wolf made two announcements this week regarding COVID-19 mitigation orders and vaccine eligibility.

On Monday, the governor announced the following changes to his mitigation orders:
  •   Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  •   Revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement. 
  •   Eliminated out-of-state travel restrictions, specifically the order that required anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, the governor announced he would expand phase 1A of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan to include teachers in an effort to get students back in classrooms full time. Specifically, he said the state will use upcoming shipments of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine for PreK-12 teachers and other school staff. He also will be making use of the National Guard in this effort, as authorized in a new law passed by the General Assembly last month.

For more information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit
Help for Diabetes Patients

For diabetes patients who rely on insulin, access to their medication can be a matter of life or death. But as costs have spiraled in recent years, many people are having difficulty affording their insulin, and some are even forced to resort to the dangerous practice of rationing.

All three major U.S. manufacturers offer patient assistance programs that offer options for patients who have private commercial insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, or no insurance at all. is a user-friendly patient advocacy website that guides patients through a few simple questions and then provides answers on eligibility, an explanation of the program and an “action plan” for patients to access the program.