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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Austin Dispatched To Wildfire on Bailey Run Road

At 5:36 PM on Saturday, Austin has been dispatched to 1543 Bailey Run Road for a wildfire.

Liberty & Blossburg Dispatched To Rollover Crash

At 4:07 PM on Saturday, Liberty, Blossburg & Morris Fire Depts. with ambulances are responding to a one vehicle rollover crash at Urban Road & Beuterstown Road with an adult and 4 teenage occupants. 

On scene responder reports all 5 will refuse transport. Vehicle is upside down in the ditch. All except Liberty & Blossburg recalled.


How many species can you find at Hills Creek State Park? Hundreds? Thousands? 

Find out by participating in the Hills Creek BioBlitz and discovering the many living things that call Hills Creek home, from fascinating fungi to wonderful waterfowl. 

To get involved in the Hills Creek BioBlitz, participants can attend one of the two free virtual kickoff events to learn what a bioblitz is, when it is being held at Hills Creek and how to log their observations using the iNaturalist website and mobile app. Then, they can visit Hills Creek State Park in person to see how many species they can find. The park is at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, near Wellsboro. 

The first free 30-minute Hills Creek BioBlitz Kickoff virtual program will be on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the second will be on Saturday, April 24 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those familiar with the iNaturalist platform can participate in the Hills Creek BioBlitz without attending either kickoff event. Information about it is already on iNaturalist. 

A bioblitz is a citizen science event where people search for any and all living things in a defined area over a defined period of time. The Hills Creek BioBlitz will run from Earth Day on April 22 through the Memorial Day Weekend and end on Memorial Day, May 31. During this time, participants can log their observations and upload a photo using the iNaturalist website or mobile app. 

Bioblitzes are a lot of fun and generate useful data for science and conservation by bringing naturalists, scientists, and curious members of the public together in the great outdoors. Every observation made can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common weed. 

Register at under Hills Creek State Park and receive a link to the free April 22 or 24 Hills Creek BioBlitz Kickoff virtual program. For best viewing, use a desktop computer or larger tablet. 

For more information, call Environmental Education Specialist Bob Edkin at 570-724-3061 or email him

Potter County Artisan of the Week

The Potter County Artisan Center Co-op  welcomes one of its newest members, Nancy McCleaft of Shinglehouse.  Nancy does machine embroidery and specializes in personalizing. She has dish towels, dog kerchiefs, buff  style masks and seat belt covers.  Her sense of humor is displayed on one of her aprons which says “The last time I cooked, hardly anyone got sick

Nancy learned to sew when she lived with her grandmother. Her aunt bought an embroidery machine and Nancy got hooked on it and then  bought her own. She is from the Philadelphia area but moved here with her husband at age 25. She now  has three sons and four grandchildren In addition to cooking and sewing Nancy enjoys house renovations.. After her husband died, Nancy bought a smaller house which she gutted, redesigned and rebuilt. In her “spare” time, Nancy drives a  Muccio Transportation van the Oswayo Valley School District. Nancy’s work is available at the Potter County Artisan Center. Personalization orders will be taken by the cashier. 

The Center is located at 227 N. Main Street Coudersport PA and is open Monday through Thursday Noon to 4:00 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Telephone 814.274.8164 or email


BRADFORD, Pa. – More than 20 students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were recognized for their academic achievements at the campus’s annual Honors Convocation held online today.

Before the awards were given, Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of exercise science, gave the keynote address.

Dr. Emily Williams, vice president and dean of academic affairs, presented academic excellence awards to students with the highest academic performance in their classes: freshman Jennifer Oh, a biology major from Atlanta, Ga.; sophomore Christine Troll, an interdisciplinary arts major from Somerset; junior Aidan Zink, a forensic science major from Amherst, N.Y.; and graduating senior Charles Mahon, an exercise science major from Pine City, N.Y.

Mahon was also one of five seniors recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award, given by each academic division to the senior with the best academic performance. He received the Biological and Health Sciences award. Other awardees were Cody Rupp, a senior psychology major from Franklin, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Jessica Jordan, an interdisciplinary arts major from St. Marys, Communication and the Arts; Elizabeth Johnson, a triple major in economics, history-political science and international affairs from Dover, Management and Education; and Amanda Ott, a double major in energy science and technology and engineering from Ellwood City, Physical and Computational Sciences.

Other awards were presented to Brett Pais, a senior accounting major from Bradford, PICPA Excellence in Accounting Award; Riley Anderson, a December 2020 graduate in accounting and business management from Cresson, IMA Outstanding Accounting Student Award; Isaac Rose, a senior sport and recreation management major from Harrisburg, David L. Blackmore Award for Excellence in Business; Nathan Morris, a senior computer information systems and technology major from Bradford, Zippo Outstanding Computer Information Systems and Technology Student Award; Justin Tanner, a December 2020 graduate in health and physical education from Smethport, Education Student Award;

Mackenzie Hartle, a junior nursing major from Bradford, ASN Student Nursing Award; Hailee Weader, a senior nursing major from McClure, BSN Student Nursing Award; Isaiah Holt, a junior civil engineering major from Kane, Engineering Award; Buddy Miller, a senior from Bradford double majoring in applied mathematics and chemistry, American Chemical Society Award;

Bronson Rassmussen, a senior double majoring in broadcast communications and communications from Jamestown, N.Y., James D. Guelfi Award for Broadcast Communications; Rachel Raubenstrauch, a senior communications major from Ridgway, James D. Guelfi Award for Communications; Kameo Chambers, a sophomore interdisciplinary arts major from Philadelphia, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Art; and Andrew Truman, a junior biology education 7-12 major from Bradford, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Theater.

The full convocation may be viewed online at

LaunchBox Speaker Series provides guidance for businesses navigating COVID

DuBOIS, Pa - The North Central PA LaunchBox and Penn State DuBois Continuing Education are utilizing grant money provided by North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Partnership for Regional Planning (PREP). The LaunchBox Speaker Series is designed to touch upon a broad scope of industries to provide education and enlightenment during the COVID Pandemic, touching on important topics for healthcare, powder metal, education and retail.

Gertrude Elsie Merritt, 89, of Horseheads, NY

Gertrude Elsie Merritt

Gertrude Elsie Merritt, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

She was a leap year baby, born February 29, 1932 in Sayre, PA, to the late Elmer J. and Lillian H. (Elwood) Beckwith. You might say Gertrude was 89 years old; to us, she was 22 years young. 

She graduated from Elkland High School in 1950. She married Richard Charles Merritt on August 27, 1949 and they shared 71 years together. They were the true meaning of love; putting the sparkle in one another's eyes, the comfort in each other’s arms and eternal love in each other’s hearts.

Gertrude worked at Angeline’s in Elkland and in McCrory’s toy department, where she became known as the “Toy Lady.” 

She served as president and secretary of the Elkland American Legion and as a member of the Eastern Star. 

Gertrude was a kind, caring, genuine, strong flower who had a full life through the simple pleasures of her family. She adored playing cards and having tea. She touched our lives in countless wonderful ways. 

Gertrude is survived by her loving husband, Richard; her children, Cindy and Dave Caffo and Rob and Lori Merritt; grandchildren, Stephen, Phil (Mary), Lindy (Jim), and Molly (Devin); great grandchildren, Timothy, Caleb, Logan, and Lucas; and cousin Katie. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Steve. 

A Celebration of Gertrude’s Life will be held with family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

Keith B. Cooper, age 79 of Wellsboro, PA


Keith B. Cooper

 Keith B. Cooper, age 79 of Wellsboro, PA, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at UPMC Wellsboro. 

Born March 19, 1942 in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Elmira Betts Cooper. 

He received his AB degree from Dickinson College and his Master’s Degree from Temple University. Keith retired from the Cheltenham Township School District, where he was an influential secondary school teacher for 35 years. 

He was active in the Unitarian Universalist House and the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. After retiring from Cheltenham, Keith and his wife, Hilma moved to Wellsboro, where he built their home and started his retirement career, Arvgarden Farm and Bed and Breakfast. 

His hobbies were an important part of his life, raising sheep, gardening, woodworking and weaving. Locally he supported music and theater productions. 

Keith is survived by his lifelong partner and wife, Hilma (Forsberg) Cooper; son, Eric (Robin) Cooper; daughters, Kristen (Patrick) Morris and Anneke (Andrew) Krall. He will be missed by his nine grandchildren, Madison, Tim, Avery, Caroline, Max, Linnea, Colin, Sabine and Hogan. He is also survived by brothers, Tom (June) and Neil (Barbara); sister, Priscilla (Fred) Meyer; a large extended family and many friends and colleagues. 

Per Keith’s wishes there will be no services. Private burial for the family will be at Welsh Settlement Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mansfield University Choral Program, 31 S. Academy St., Mansfield, PA 16933, Hamilton Gibson Production, 29 Water St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or to the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, PO Box 102, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

A Celebration Of Life For Rick "Bull" Carpenter On April, 17th At The Port Allegany VFW


Story of the Week: 3 Million Pandemic Deaths


Story of the Week: 3 Million Pandemic Deaths

The accounting is varied and crude, but today the respected tally kept by Johns Hopkins University exceeded 3 million worldwide COVID-19 deaths. And the news gets grimmer: In two months, reported infections have nearly doubled, as pandemic restrictions are being relaxed even where contagion is surging. Since Feb. 21, the global death toll has risen by 1 million, led by the U.S., Brazil and Mexico. Few places are being spared, with even Canada seeing medical facilities maxing out as its per capita case rate eclipses that of its southern neighbor, which has recorded more that 560,000 deaths.

Sources: AP, Washington Post, NYT, BBC



JBS USA Food Company Recalls Imported Boneless Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

FSIS Announcement

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2021 – JBS USA Food Company, a Greeley, Colo. firm and Importer of Record, is recalling approximately 4,860 pounds of imported boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw, frozen, boneless beef products were imported on or around Nov. 10, 2020 and distributed for further processing. The following products are subject to recall [View Label (PDF Only)]:

  • 60-lb. cardboard boxes containing “95CL BONELESS BEEF PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA” with “PACKED ON: 02-SEP-20” and Australian “EST. 4” on the packaging label.

The products were shipped to distributors and further processors in New York and Pennsylvania.

Public Estate & Real Estate Sale Saturday April 24th 9:00 am – 4:00pm


Morgan Advanced Materials In Coudersport Is Seeking Applicants To Fill A Full-Time Day Shift Opening For General Maintenance.


Olson & Tenglund, Inc. Taking Applications For A Parts Clerk in Coudersport


Morgan Advanced Materials In Coudersport Is Hiring A 2nd Shift Janitor


May 3, 2021 is the last day to register to vote or make any changes to your voter registration records


Ulysses Township is looking for a part-time road worker/laborer.


Public Estate Sale Conducted By: Daniel A. Carter Saturday May, 8th


Smethport Country Club Is Hiring A Club Manager


Coudersport Shop 'N Save Is Hiring a Deli and Dairy Manager


Viant Medical Inc. Of Westfield Is Hiring


Black Forest Conservation Association Trap Shooting Starts March 7th


Pleasant Valley TWP. Supervisors Meeting Will Be On April, 18th


Friday, April 16, 2021

Merle L. "Moe" Clark, 96, formerly of 21 Willis Avenue, Bradford, PA.

Merle L. "Moe" Clark

Merle L. "Moe" Clark, 96, formerly of 21 Willis Avenue, Bradford, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Granger Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, in Granger, Iowa.
Obituary is incomplete at this time.

Online condolences can be made at

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

Edward H. Moore Of Greece, NY.

Edward H. Moore

Greece, NY -- Edward H. Moore passed away on Wednesday, April 14 after a brief illness. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Julia (Ford); his brothers, George, Glen, Howard, and Robert; his sisters, Ann, Charlotte, Clara, Helen and Joyce; and his granddaughter, Catriana Quinn. 

He is survived by his former wife and dear friend, Linda; his daughter Julie Fay and son-in-law, Earl; his daughter Christine; and his son Keith and daughter-in-law Jennifer. Also survived by grandchildren Abigail, Brian and Timothy Fay; Mairi, Elijah, Lachlan and Kailen Moore; brothers, William and Richard, and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Ulysses, Potter County, Pennsylvania, Ed graduated from Northern Potter High School in 1960 and served in the United States Army from 1960-1963. He worked for many years at Eastman Kodak Co. in the film appraisal department in Building 6, retiring in 1991. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, woodworking, gardening and carpentry. His heart remained in the hills of Potter County, near which he resided for many years after his retirement. He loved country music, car rides in the hills that ended with ice cream cones, and animals, frequently talking to them in both his language and theirs. He was a hard worker, whether he was turning a two-bedroom house into a four-bedroom, changing his car’s oil without a lift, or completing a jigsaw puzzle. He was a funny and sweet man and is sadly missed by all who loved him.
U.S. Army Veteran

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Ed’s visitation on Saturday, April 17 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. Funeral service at 1:30 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to the Genesee Fire Department, 405 Main St., Genesee, PA 16923.

Roulette Ambulance to Kim Hill Road

At 5:22 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been called to Kim Hill Road for a possible CVA.

Beverly J. CRAWFORD, 66, of Harrison Valley, PA


Beverly J. CRAWFORD, 66, of Harrison Valley, PA, formerly of Germania, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in her home. 

Born April 4, 1955, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Robert and Claire Searfoss Adams. On July 27, 1974, in Dallas, PA, she married Gary J. Crawford, who survives. Bev devoted her life to her family. 

Surviving besides her husband, Gary, are: her mother, Claire Adams of Dallas; six sons, Gary A. (Melody) Crawford of Harrison Valley, Philip (Renae) Crawford of Woodbridge, VA, Kyle Kriamakbar of Johnstown, Morris Crawford of MD, Adam Crawford of Dubois, and Lloyd Crawford of OR; ten grandchildren; a brother, Robert A. Adams of Sweet Valley; a sister, Lynn (Loren) Sutliff of Bloomingdale; nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her father; and a sister, Barbara Hamblin. 

A private service will be held at the Coudersport Alliance Church, Coudersport, PA. Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses. Online condolences may be expressed at

Cast Away Charters Night Walleye Charters Start May 2021


Gloria L. Martin, 95, a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, of 1464 South Ave, Lewis Run, PA.

Gloria L. Martin

Gloria L. Martin, 95, a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, of 1464 South Ave, Lewis Run, passed away Friday April 16, 2021, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born March 16, 1926, in Bradford, a daughter of the late Harold C. and Marian A. (Salisbury) Foster.

Gloria was a 1944 graduate of Bradford Area High School.

On November 28, 1945 in Lewis Run, she married William C. Martin who preceded her in death on January 4, 2001.

She was a faithful and very active member of Evans Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewis Run, Gloria was the church organist for over 60 years, she taught Sunday School and served on the church Board of Directors. She was also an active member of the United Methodist Women.

Gloria was a homemaker and was active in the Lewis Run PTA, taught private piano lessons in her home for many years, and she enjoyed, quilting, scrapbooking, and most especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is one daughter, Mary Beth (Gerald) Hulings, of Chandler, AZ, three sons, William (Marie) Martin, of Bradford, Steven (Turina) Martin, of Lewis Run, and Samuel (Katie) Martin, of Lewis Run, one sister, Ardis Hayes, of Ogden, AK, 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter in law, Karla "Mickey" Martin.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, at Noon, funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Ken Duffee, pastor, officiating. Standard Covid protocols are in effect. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

For those not able to attend in person this service will be recorded and available to view at 4:00pm at:

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Evans Memorial United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill

Suspected Minor Injuries In One Vehicle Rollover Crash On RT. 49 In Nelson TWP.


Tire Comes Loose And Causes Damage To Other vehicles On RT. 6 In Delmar TWP.


No Injuries In Two Vehicle crash On RT. 49 In Westfield TWP.


No Injuries In One Vehicle Crash On Dutch Hill RD. In Delmar TWP.


Mansfield PSP Investigate A PFA Violation In Blossburg Boro


Canandaigua NY. Man Arrested For DUI In Tioga TWP.


The Oswayo Valley School District has scheduled a special board meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m

The Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, PA hereby gives notice that the Oswayo Valley School Board of Directors has scheduled a special board meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. for matters relating to personnel.  

The meeting will be held in the Oswayo Valley Elementary School Board Room (146) located at 277 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748 and will be live streamed for the public at

Anyone wanting to offer online public comments on agenda items must email comments to by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Potter County Commissioner Expresses Needs of Rural Counties to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Paul W. Heimel

One of the benefits of remote conferencing for county business is the direct access to some influential people, such as today's session with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

As a member of the National Rural Action Caucus, I was able to add my two-cents' worth on very rural counties not being let behind when it comes to funding for broadband expansion, water/sewer/transportation infrastructure, and support for rural business enterprises -- particularly our farmers. 

Sec. Vilsack said there is bipartisan recognition that the federal government must support high-speed internet access extension to even the most rural sections of the U.S., with telemedicine, distance learning and business development driving the demand. Quite a session . . .

County-wide Shared Services panel in Allegany County To Host Virtual Meeting

The County-wide Shared Services panel in Allegany County is hosting a virtual meeting scheduled on April 29, 2021,at 7p.m.  

The idea of sharing services in Allegany County has been around for decades and is a well-practiced tradition locally. However,in 2017, New York State mandated, by statute, that through 2021 shared service panels in every county meet and present annually a plan that could qualify for a match reimbursement from the State.  

Panel members are exclusively named as the Supervisor or Mayor of each municipality, and the County Executive. Required to meet at least twice in a year, panel members can vote to submit a plan of potential savings to the State, or they can opt not to. 

Allegany County submitted plans in 2018 and 2019, but opted not to submit a plan to NYS in 2020. It is not clear as of right now whether the potential match savings from NYS is still in the budget and if any further potential savings could be seen by local governments.  

For the meeting link, please contact Michelle Denhoff, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning by email at

Eugene D. Root, Jr., age 48, of Angelica, NY

Eugene D. Root, Jr.

Eugene D. Root, Jr., age 48, of Angelica, NY passed away at his home on Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

Born February 16, 1973 in Canandaigua, NY, he was the son of Eugene D. Sr. and Barbara (Murray) Root. 

Eugene worked construction. 

He is survived by his parents, two sons, Dustin H. of Florida and Jacob K. Root of Honeoye, NY; a sister, Christine Middleton of Dansville, NY and nieces and nephews. 

Private family services will be held at their convenience. 

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

C&N Introduces Thomas Rudy, Jr. as Executive Vice President, Region President

WELLSBORO, PA – C&N, the leading financial services company in the region, recently announced strategic organizational changes to align with its value-based, relationship model and pursue continued growth in a fast-changing marketplace. At that time, Thomas Rudy, Jr. was named EVP/Region President for the company’s North and Northcentral regions, covering Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung and Steuben Counties in New York.

C&N President & CEO, Brad Scovill, said, “Tom Rudy is a trusted voice in the company and the community. He’s played a critical leadership role for many years and, in his new role as Region President, he will continue to lead, prepare and empower his team to find new ways of creating value for our clients and our communities.”

With over 32 years of experience, Rudy is a knowledgeable leader in the financial industry. He joined C&N in 2000, where he most recently served as EVP/Director of Branch Delivery, leading all branch locations, the Marketing team and facilities management. He also continues to serve as the President of C&N Financial Services Corporation.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Penn State University, Tom graduated from the ABA Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also received his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (C.E.B.S.) Designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, also at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Tom spends much of his free time focused on enriching his community. He is a board member and treasurer of Tyoga Golf Course, board member and treasurer of GROW – Growth Resources of Wellsboro, an economic development organization for the Wellsboro area, and board member of the Lycoming County United Way. He is Chairperson of the Etner Foundation, President of Wellsboro Foundation, Inc. and he previously coached Wellsboro Area Youth Soccer and Wellsboro Little League. Tom and his wife Deborah have 3 adult children and currently reside in Wellsboro, Tioga County.

About his new role, Rudy said, “I welcome this newest challenge and am committed to C&N’s mission of creating value through lifelong relationships with our customers, communities and team mates. Our teams’ ability and commitment to cultivate strong relationships is exciting and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”


BRADFORD, Pa. – Nursing students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford are helping to educate the community about coronavirus and its vaccines, including administering them to residents.   

On Tuesday, six full-time registered nurses studying for their bachelor's degrees gave COVID-19 vaccines at the clinic held at Pitt-Bradford's facility on West Washington Street, formerly St. Bernard School.

For Michelle Garlitz, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing on May 2, giving COVID-19 vaccines at clinics has made her more committed to her chosen profession as a nurse.

“I love seeing the expressions on people’s faces,” Garlitz said. “I’ve never seen anyone so happy to get a shot from me.”

Garlitz and five of her fellow nursing students have been immersed in the world of COVID-19 vaccines this semester as part of a senior-level Advanced Clinical Practicum meant to build skills in leadership, analysis and research.

Each year, nurses pursuing their BSN study a public health research topic together with an eye toward providing useful information to the community. Past work has focused on immunization rates and food insecurity.

Dr. Jean Truman, associate professor of nursing, knew that this year, she wanted the students to focus on providing members of the Bradford community with factual information and best practices to help prevent people from getting coronavirus.

At the time she selected the topic last fall, the Bradford area had yet to be severely affected by the virus, and there was a lot of misinformation that needed to be corrected.     Truman spoke with Bradford Regional Medical Center Quality Officer and Pitt-Bradford alumna Dr. Jill Owens, who supported the project.

Since January, students have evaluated the ever-changing literature about coronavirus vaccines and best practices for stopping the spread of COVID-19. Each selected an area to study and recorded a public service announcement video.

Students also worked with BRMC Pharmacist Laurie Schiafone, Manager of Infection Prevention Julie Kenyon and Educator Amanda Brzezinski. They learned some of the choices hospital personnel had to make in distributing the vaccine and how it was being regulated due to availability shortages.

Students also gave vaccinations at weekly clinics held for health care workers at BRMC.

They found themselves becoming the go-to source for family and friends with questions. “It’s nice being able to explain things to them,” said Ashley Campbell, a student nurse from Woodbury, N.J.

One of the challenges of the project was having to evaluate information that was constantly being updated. Student Samantha Walker of Kane said that they learned to evaluate whether sources of information were credible.

Another issue was that some things about the virus and vaccines just aren’t known yet, said student Shaniah Hudson of Clifton Heights. “People don’t like not having answers to questions,” she said.

Campbell, however, said that all of her research made her very confident in the answers she did give.

Hailee Weader of McClure agreed. “You really need to know and be confident in the information you’re telling people,” she said.

Of the six students graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program this spring, half have already secured jobs, which they’ll begin after graduation.

Weader will be a registered nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Hudson will work as a nursing resident in Charlotte, N.C., and Walker will return to her hometown of Kane to work at UPMC.

David Edward Knapp, 56, of Smethport, PA.

David Edward Knapp

David Edward Knapp, 56, of Smethport, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday (April 14, 2021).
He was born December 28, 1964 in Olean, NY, the son of Richard and Betty Berg Knapp.
Mr. Knapp was a graduate of Port Allegany High School and served in the U.S. Army.
Dave was a machine operator employed at Ardagh Company of Port Allegany.  He was the president of the company’s local union, United Steel Workers Union Local #75M.
Dave enjoyed playing in Softball, Dart and Pool Leagues over the years.  He loved hunting, camping, kayaking and spending time in the outdoors.  He was a member of the VFW Post #2497 of Smethport.
U.S. Army Veteran

In addition to his mother, Betty Knapp of Crosby, he is survived by:
Four sons:  Alex R. Knapp, Andrew D. Knapp, Hayden C. Knapp and Evan J. Knapp, all of Smethport
One daughter:  Tyler R. Knapp of Gifford
One granddaughter:  Evelynn
Two brothers:  Dorwin (Cindy) Knapp of Port Allegany and Ronald (Laurie) Knapp of Eldred
One sister:  Cheryl Barber of Crosby
And many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Avery M. Shavalier, and one brother, Richard Knapp.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 Main St., Port Allegany.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 19 at 11AM from the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

New Permit Application for Well Pad Off White Chopin Road in Hebron Township


Theatre Is Back! (In a Socially Distanced and Totally COVID Compliant Kind of Way)

Part 1:  What To Do?
Our teenagers are sick (no pun intended) of sitting in their rooms with nothing to do; being on stage could provide an escape.  And watching live theatre gives everyone a break from the same old routine to avoid going stir crazy.  But how can we do theatre and meet the demands of the COVID guidelines?  That was the question we faced when we began thinking about having a performance this spring.  The solution, we decided, is a slate of one-act plays we are calling “202(1 Acts): Theatre Is the Best Medicine!”  We picked 11 short vignettes that feature from 1 to 5 characters each.  These scenes were selected to ensure social distancing and limited contact between cast members throughout the rehearsal process, as well as to allow for as many students to be involved as possible.  

Part 2: How to Do It?
The show was designed and auditions were held during the first week of February.  Seventeen students—an awesome number—auditioned for roles, and everyone was given a part (or two or three or four)!   Since February Break, students have been rehearsing their scenes one at a time to minimize contact.  Masks are worn when distance can’t be maintained and students are moved around the stage in such a way as to stay separated from one another.  Sets and props are minimal in order to avoid having cast members touch the same items.  The rehearsal process has moved forward and we have been running the scenes each night since the end of April Break.

 Part 3: How to Perform It?
The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 23rd & 24th, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, April 25th at 2:00pm.   But how do we have an audience with COVID constraints?  The solution is twofold.  A limited live audience will be permitted in the auditorium—friends and family of the actors; each cast member will be allowed 3 seats for each performance, with tickets costing $7 for children and senior citizens, $8 for general admission.  In addition to this, the three performances will be live streamed so others in the community and family members who can’t make it to the shows can also see our production.  Anyone in the community or outside of the family who are attending the show in person must contact Diane Willard, the show’s producer, to obtain admission to the live stream.  Her email address is  While there is no admission fee for the live stream, donations would be greatly appreciated.

Part 4: What Will You See?
The bulk of the one acts in our show were taken from Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  These scenes include “The Briefcase,” “Problems and Inconveniences,” “Beethoven,” “Larry Walters Flies,” “Spider,” “Pigeons,” “MOTB,” and “What Do You Do?”  Three other one acts will also be performed:  “Driver’s Test” by David Zolidis, “Post-Its” by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzmann, and “Please Have a Seat and Someone Will Be with You Shortly” by Garth Wingfield.  The cast is working hard and doing a wonderful job.  Audiences are sure to be pleased with the outcome!

We hope you will be able to join our live stream and see our show!  Contact

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                                LAURA NELSON   SECRETARY  

Did you pay your Per Capita/Occupational (Personal) Taxes Yet?

The Cameron County Commissioners have received many questions regarding the Per Capita/Occupation Tax bills as well as the collection notices many have received with the imposed $75.00 late fee.

Please be aware, no resident of Cameron County is exempt from paying this tax unless they are exonerated by the Cameron County Assessment Office.

The requirement for exoneration is one of the following; Income, Full Time Student or Full Time Military Status.  The Per Capita/Occupation Tax is due to your tax collector by December 31st.  If this tax is not paid to your tax collector by December 31st, the bill becomes delinquent and the names of the delinquent taxpayers are sent to a collection agency.

If a family member passes away, it is important to contact your local tax collector so that they are removed from the taxing list.  If your income or status changes, it is your responsibility to contact your local tax collector so that those changes can be reviewed.

For more information on Per Capita/Occupation (Personal) Tax, please see our FAQ page at:

City of Bradford Police Report Arrest of Woman Wanted on Felony Warrant

On April 13th, 2021 at approximately 1108 hrs City of Bradford Police were dispatched for a disturbance at the rear parking lot of North West Savings Bank, Main St. 

Upon arrival Officers found several individuals engaged in a heated verbal argument. Officers observed the defendant Karlie Ryan on scene and attempted to detain her as she had active Felony warrants for her arrest from Pennsylvania State Parole. 

The defendant ran from the Officers but she was apprehended. Upon apprehension the defendant resisted arrest.



Bradford City Police Charge Man With Criminal Trespass, Possession

On April 13th, 2021 at approximately 0848 hrs City of Bradford Police were dispatched to Edwards Jones on Main St. for a reported intruder. 

Upon arrival Officers searched the building and located the defendant Eric Douglas Green inside the building. Green was taken into custody for criminal trespass after he had entered the building without permission overnight. 

During arrest Green was found to be in possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.


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Lane Closures Continue Next Week on I-180 in Lycoming County

Montoursville, PA – A High-Tension Cable Barrier Project continues next week in Lycoming County. The high-tension cable barrier system will be installed on Interstate 180 between the Route 87 overpass in Fairfield Township and the Lycoming / Northumberland County line.
On Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20, the contractor Penn Line Service, Inc., will continue installing the new high-tension cable barrier system in the median, starting at the Route 405 interchange in Muncy Creek Township and will continue to the Lycoming / Northumberland County line. Work will be performed during daylight hours. Motorists can expect the left (passing) lane to be closed where work is being performed. No work will be performed during the weekend.

On Wednesday, April 21, the contractor will begin installing the new high-tension cable barrier system in the median, starting at the Route 405 interchange in Muncy Creek Township and will continue to the Route 87 overpass in Fairfield Township. Work will be performed from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Motorists can expect the left (passing) lane to be closed where work is being performed. No work will be performed during the weekend.

Motorists should be alert, slow down, watch for slow or stopped vehicles, expect lane changes, expect travel delays, and drive with caution through the work zone.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Station

At 11:06 AM on Friday, Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched to station for a psychiatric emergency.

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance Work Schedule for the Week of April 19 – April 23, 2021

Emporium/Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of April 19 – April 23, weather permitting.  Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

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

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Bridge Flushing:
    ● State Route:  Various State Routes throughout the County Monday - Friday

    ● State Route:  Various State Routes throughout the County Monday - Friday

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Bridge Flushing:
    ● State Route:  Various State Routes throughout the County Monday - Friday

Sign Upgrades:
    ● State Route:  Various State Routes throughout the County Monday - Friday

Spray Patching:
    ● State Route:  6 (Roulette area) Monday – Thursday
    ● State Route:  6 (Galeton area) Monday - Tuesday
    ● State Route:  449 (Entire Route) Wednesday - Friday
    ● State Route:  4001 (Sartwell Creek Road) Friday

Slide Repair:
     ● State Route:  6 (Burtville area) Monday - Tuesday 

Side Dozing:
     ● State Route:  44 (Sweden Valley to Carter Camp) Wednesday - Friday
Shoulder Stabilization:
     ● State Route:  155 (Austin area) Monday
     ● State Route:  607 (Austin area) Tuesday - Wednesday
     ● State Route:  3002 (Cowley Hill Road) Thursday - Friday

Pipe Replacement:
     ● State Route:  244 (Coneville area) Wednesday – Friday

     ● State Route:  4008 (South Branch Road) Monday - Friday


Photo by Gary Tyson
Those who go on the first Saturday Morning Bird Walk on April 17 at Hills Creek State Park may see a ring-necked duck (shown).

This Saturday, April 17, Ken Cooper of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society will lead the first Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Hills Creek State Park located on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro.

Leading the Saturday, April 24 walk will be Sean Minnick, also a Tiadaghton Audubon Society member. 

Both walks will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Meet at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro a little before 8 a.m. to drive to the nearby starting location. Everyone is invited to participate, including birders of all levels, first timers to experienced. Bring binoculars and cameras and wear subdued clothing and sturdy walking shoes. 

“Walks may last two hours depending on how many birds we are seeing. They are slow-paced and cover a limited distance. When it is cold, we walk pretty fast,” said Minnick.

The walks will provide an opportunity to see the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in or migrate through the park. Bald eagles and ospreys are often observed on Hills Creek Lake. 

"Cloudy and rainy weather tends to ground migratory species that might just fly over our area otherwise," Minnick added. In case of inclement weather, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep participants dry.

“There should be a variety of diving ducks and puddle ducks on Hills Creek Lake during April. Also I would expect to see some horned grebes, pied-bill grebes, loons and possibly some tundra swans,” Minnick said. "We’ll also be looking for the birds that wintered here, such as the northern cardinal, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, nuthatches, both white and red-breasted, woodpeckers - downy, hairy, red-bellied and pileated, and golden-crowned kinglet, just to name a few. 

“We may also see some of the spring birds like robins, red-winged blackbirds and, if we're lucky, maybe a pine warbler. eastern phoebes, and several species of sparrows," he noted. "Later in the month we should start to see rough-wing swallows, tree swallows and barn swallows, and several species of shorebirds. The variety of birds will increase dramatically as spring progresses,” Minnick said.

For the dates of walks being held on Saturdays in May and updates on the birds that have been seen in the area and helpful local birding information, visit or or email

Or, register now at under Hills Creek State Park to receive a link to the 30-minute Birding at Hills Creek virtual series program being held from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Each online program in the series is not only for avid birders but also those getting into birding for the first time. They are held once every other week.

For information about Hills Creek State Park, call the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 570-724-4246. 


Those interested in learning more about what Hills Creek State Park has to offer should register now for the free, 30-minute virtual visit being held from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Friday, April 16. 

Highlighted will be park amenities and popular things to do and experience at the park, from great fishing to paddle sports, birding, hiking trails, and spending a quiet weekend in a cabin, yurt or camping at the park’s campground. 

Hills Creek is located at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, near Wellsboro.

Register at under Hills Creek State Park to receive a link to the Virtual Tour of Hills Creek program. For best viewing, use a desktop computer or larger tablet. 

For more information, call Environmental Education Specialist Bob Edkin at 570-724-3061 or email him This program will be held virtually and NOT in person at the park. 


In-person auditions for roles for women and men in Hamilton-Gibson's production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone" are being scheduled for this Friday night, April 16 beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday afternoon, April 17 at 4 p.m. and Monday night, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. 

All "Dead Man's Cell Phone" auditions are by appointment only. To schedule a time to audition on April 16, 17 or 19 or to arrange a different day and time to audition, contact Hamilton-Gibson Productions by calling 570-724-2079 or emailing Social distancing and wearing a mask are required. 

"All ages, races and types are heartily welcome to audition," said Gabe Hakvaag who is directing the play.

Four to six actors will portray the following characters: Jean, a woman; Gordon, a dead man; Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon’s mother; Hermia, Gordon’s widow; Dwight, Gordon’s brother; and The Other Woman, a stranger. 

"Dead Man’s Cell Phone" tells the story of a woman, Jean, who is bothered by a cell phone that keeps ringing, although the man seated at the table doesn’t seem to notice. Eventually, she storms over, picks up the phone and answers several calls, pretending to speak for the man named Gordon, before realizing he is dead. 

This modern fable, written by highly respected American playwright, Sarah Ruhl, explores the paradox of modern technology's ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. "Ruhl prefers to capture everyday actions within a mythic framework, telling stories the way fables are told: this thing happened, then this and then this. The results are stories that are both delicate and hilariously funny, simply charming but with teeth that bite," Hakvaag said.

"Ruhl's productions are intentionally highly imaginative and collaborative, and cast members are expected to bring creative problem solving along with acting skills to the production," said Hakvaag. He has directed many HG productions, such as "Miss Holmes," "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest", and "Fools In Love" as well as selections for Tune In To Radio HG, Hamilton-Gibson's annual radio play festival.

PennDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance Work Schedule for the Week of April 19 – April 23, 2021

Ridgway/Mount Alton, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Elk/McKean County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of April 19-April 23, weather permitting.  Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

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

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Bridge Cleaning:
    ● Various State Routes throughout the County

Sign Repairs:
    ● Various State Routes throughout the County

Side Dozing:
    ● State Route:   219 Buffalo/Pittsburgh Hwy., Brandy Camp
    ● State Route:   948 Fairview/Shelvey Summit Rd., Kersey

    ● State Route:   3003 Shawmut Rd., Brockport

Crack Seal:
    ● Various State Routes throughout the Kersey area

    ● Various State Routes throughout the County
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Pipe Replacement:
     ● State Route:  3002 (Wetmore Rd) 

Tail Ditching:
State Routes: 3002 & 3001 (Wetmore Rd & South Settlement Rd)

Sign Upgrades:
State Route: 446 (Farmers Valley to New York State Line)
Shoulder Cutting:
State Route: 6 (Hamilton Township)

Various State Routes throughout the County

Bridge Washing:
Various State Routes throughout the County