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Saturday, September 25, 2021

UPMC Cole Express Care Closed Sunday

 Due to unforeseen circumstances, UPMC Cole's Express Care Clinic will be closed Sunday, September 26. We apologize for this temporary disruption. If you have an emergent need, please go to the nearest emergency department.

Rollover Crash on Highland Road

Kane dispatched to rollover crash on Highland Road. 2 occupants. Vehicle hit tree in roadway and rolled over. Highland Township dispatched as well.

Fully Involved House Fire at

1951 Bliss Road in Lawrence Township. Lawrenceville, Tioga and Nelson dispatched. 2 nd alarm companies dispatched.

John F. Gannon, 93, of Bradford, PA.

John F. Gannon

John F. Gannon, 93, of Bradford, passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Bradford Manor.

He was born on April 13, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Francis and Katherine Dowd Gannon.

On February 14, 1987 in the St. Bernard Catholic Church he married Ann Keenan-Weitekamp; who survives.

He was a graduate of Iona College, New Rochelle, NY; where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and a graduate from the City College of New York, New York City; where he earned his Master of Public Administration.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a Private First Class with the First Cavalry Division during the Occupation of Japan from July 1946 until his honorable discharge in November 1947.
World War II Veteran

He proudly served with the NYPD from 1953 -1973; retiring as a Lieutenant in the 10th Homicide Division.  While with the NYPD he was a member of the Honor Legion.  After moving to the Bradford area he was employed by the Guidance Center as a Crisis Intervention Services Supervisor from 1973 until his retirement in 1992.

He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Bradford Family YMCA.  He was also an avid New York Mets and New York Yankees fan and a longtime season ticket holder of the Buffalo Bills.  He was the happiest when he was spending time with his family or being outdoors; especially at the Allegany State Park where he enjoyed running, biking, skiing and canoeing.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, Ann Gannon of Bradford, he is also survived by six children, Patricia (William) Keesler, John “Buzz” (Deb) Gannon, Matthew Gannon, Kathryn Gannon, Margaret (Kevin Days) Weitekamp and Raymond (Colleen) Weitekamp; one brother, Walter (Mary) Gannon and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Gannon and one sister, Mary Leddy.

The family will receive friends at the St. Bernard Catholic Church on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to immediately follow at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.  The family has requested that those in attendance please follow the current Covid-19 guidelines of mask wearing and social distancing.

Burial and committal services will be in the St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in John’s memory can be made to the Bradford Family YMCA, 59 Boylston St., Bradford, PA  16701 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. 

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Coudersport ambulance was dispatched to Hill St

 On September 25, at 3:07 pm Coudersport ambulance was dispatched to Hill St. for a man fallen off a ladder 

Wanted: To start immediately, nightly caregiver

Wanted: To start immediately, nightly caregiver (1:00am-10:00am) for our beloved mother in her home, to fetch her ice (her favorite snack) when she wakes up, or reassure her when she hears a noise. 

Please send name, plus any experience and references, via text to 724-388-8630 or via email to --

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched For Traumatic Injury

At 1:50 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Card Creek Road for a person cut in the knee with a chainsaw.

Galeton Dispatched For Land Rescue

At 11:27 AM on Saturday, Galeton Fire Dept. dispatched for a land rescue of a child with a femur fracture on Ensley Road. Assist ambulance. LZ for Life Net 7-7.


Prize-winning novelist Katy Yocom will read from her work next week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The reading, which is part of the university’s Spectrum arts series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Mukaiyama University Room. The reading is free and open to the public, but those in attendance are required to wear face coverings in keeping with the university’s COVID-19 safety precautions.

Yocum’s debut novel, “Three Ways to Disappear,” was published in 2019 and won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature.

The novel follows Sarah DeVaughn, who leaves behind a nomadic and dangerous career as a journalist to return to India, the country of her childhood and a place of unspeakable family tragedy, to help preserve the endangered Bengal tigers. Meanwhile, at home in Kentucky, her sister, Quinn — also deeply scarred by the past and herself a keeper of secrets — tries to support her sister, even as she fears that India will be Sarah’s undoing.

As Sarah faces challenges abroad, including complex local politics and a forbidden love, Quinn copes with her son’s life-threatening illness and her own increasingly troubled marriage. When Sarah asks Quinn to join her in India, Quinn realizes that the only way to overcome the past is to return to it, and it is in this place of stunning natural beauty and hidden danger that the sisters can finally understand the ways in which their family has disappeared — from their shared history, from one another — and recognize that they may need to risk everything to find themselves again.

“Katy is an engaging speaker with an inspiring spirit of adventure and activism that comes through in her writing about travel and endangered species,” said Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing. “But at the center of her work are characters that everyone will relate to.”

Yokom was born and raised in Atchison, Kan. After earning a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, she moved to Louisville, Ky., where she has lived ever since.

To research the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Salon, LitHub, American Way (the American Airlines magazine), The Louisville Review and elsewhere. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville.

Kinzua Bridge State Park Complex Programs for the Week of October 2-8

The Kinzua Bridge State Park Complex is excited to offer the following public programs at Kinzua Bridge during the week of October 2-8. Dates times and descriptions for each program are provided below. Participants should dress for the weather and plan to be outside.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Saturday Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, October 2, 2021 (8:30 a.m.)

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge!  It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center.

Fall Leaves Hike
Sunday, October 3, 2021 (1:00 p.m.)

Explore the park while enjoying and learning about some of our trees! Meet in front of the visitor center.

For more information, please contact Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office at (814) 778-5467 or e-mail us at  Visit DCNR’s website directly at or visit DCNR through the PA homepage at

Causer to Offer Veterans Services at Local Offices

BRADFORD – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is again offering area veterans the opportunity to work with a representative from the American Legion to ensure they get the services and support they need.

Due to changes initiated by the American Legion, appointments in the Bradford and Kane offices will be conducted virtually via a tablet.

Appointments are required for meetings with the Legion representative, whether they are in person, by phone or by tablet. The schedule for September is as follows:

    Coudersport office: Thursday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.

    Bradford office: Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.

    Kane office: Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

Assistance is available with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting an open house to inform the public about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which poses a serious threat to the state’s white-tailed deer and elk.

The event is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Russell Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Perrigo Lane, Russell, PA 16345.

CWD, which is always fatal to the deer and elk it infects, was first detected in Pennsylvania in captive deer in 2012 and in wild, free-ranging whitetails a few months later. Since then, CWD has been detected in 730 whitetails. No Pennsylvania elk have ever tested positive for the disease.

To limit the spread of CWD, the Game Commission has enacted special regulations in several spots around Pennsylvania. These areas are known as Disease Management Areas (DMAs) and the Established Area (EA).

There are four DMAs across the state. The newest, DMA 5, was created in 2021 in response to a CWD-positive deer found on a captive facility. It covers 212 square miles completely within Warren County.

The EA is a smaller portion of DMA 2. It accounts for roughly 90 percent of all CWD cases detected in Pennsylvania to date.

The goal of the special rules within the DMAs and the EA – which include bans on feeding deer, using or possessing cervid urine-based attractants, and moving high-risk deer parts – is to limit the spread of the disease.

Hunters are also prohibited from bringing high-risk parts – brains, spinal columns, backbones, lymph nodes and more – back into Pennsylvania from any other state or Canadian province.

Those who want to learn more about CWD, how it is spread, the regulations within DMAs and the EA, what they must do if they harvest and/or plan to have mounted a whitetail in a DMA or the EA, who harvest a deer, elk or moose outside Pennsylvania, and what they can do to help fight CWD are encouraged to attend the Sept. 29 event.

Visitors to the open house will be able to check out various educational stations at their own pace. Game Commission staff will be on hand at each to offer information and answer questions.

A map showing the exact location and boundaries for each DMA and the EA is available on the Game Commission website, Click “Chronic Wasting Disease” under “Quick Clicks.” That link also provides lots of other CWD information.

UPMC Dermatologist: Fall Into Healthy Skin Sabrina Mikita, MD Dermatology, UPMC

We all know to take extra care of our skin during the summer months when we’re outside and the sun is shining, but did you know that your skin needs just as much protection in fall and year-round? When we transition from summer to fall here in northcentral Pa., it is normal to have hot and humid and cold and dry weather, sometimes even in the same day. The effects of these unruly temperatures and conditions can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to dry out and be irritable. As you get ready for fall and say goodbye to summer, don’t put away your skincare products. In fact, you might need additional products or a new skincare routine to keep your skin protected.

Choosing the Right Products
While it is obvious that sunburn is a risk when it’s a bright sunny day, don’t forget that the sun’s rays can be just as strong on cloudy and overcast days. No matter what time of year it is, you should use a high-SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen every single day. The level of SPF that is suggested to use is no lower than 30. SPF is a measure of time before skin will burn when exposed to the sun. It’s important to remember that the sun can burn and damage your skin whatever the temperature may be. 

In addition to daily sunscreen, applying moisturizer is a strong recommendation. The humidity of summer keeps the natural layer of moisture in your skin. Fall is less humid and can strip some of that moisture away. When choosing a moisturizer, go for oil-based lotions rather than water-based; they help your skin retain moisture better. Also, when moisturizer your hands, choose a thicker cream to keep a build a tougher barrier to prevent calluses.

It might be fun to get pumpkin spice or apple cider scented lotions or soaps during this time of year, but it is best to pick a milder option. Extra fragrances and oils can clog your pores and cause acne or other blemishes. Mild soaps will cleanse your pores without causing a buildup.  

Tips for Healthy Skin
To stay comfortable in colder temperatures it is normal to add more layers of clothing. Long sleeves, gloves, and scarves will help your skin retain moisture by blocking out the drying coldness of fall. An added benefit to layers is that they cover your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays as well. The darker colors that are worn during fall aren’t just a fashion statement either as they can absorb more UV rays than the lighter colors worn during the summer.

After a long day of apple picking, you might think that a hot shower or a long soak in the tub sounds like a good idea. Be careful because hot water can dry out your skin and cause irritation and cracking. Warm water is a better option and don’t forget use lotion when you’re done as it helps lock moisture into your skin.

As our heaters kick on and we’re indoors around more conditioned and circulating warm air, the moisture level of our skin can also change due to the new conditions. To combat dry air indoors, consider using a humidifier to help balance the conditions of your indoor environment, especially while transitioning from air-conditioning to forced heat.

Our diets tend to change a little this time of year as well as we head into the holidays. The season brings holidays that offer candy and other processed food to celebrate, and we may be snacking on all the fall apple and pumpkin favorites. Be mindful that these treats can be loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and eating them in excess can cause your hormones to fluctuate and make your skin breakout. Drinking water and eating healthy can help keep your skin clear.

Take some extra time to embrace your skin care this fall and keep your summer glow throughout the seasonal transition. 

Sabrina Mikita, MD, is a physician with UPMC Dermatology and sees patients at 1205 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mikita, call 570-326-8060. For more information, visit

Charges Pending For Assault Following Domestic Incident In Jay TWP.


SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township
Description: SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC reports drilling started on 9/18/2021 at site Cruttenden 846 31HU 53604 in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-18 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township
Description: SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC reports drilling started on 9/17/2021 at site Cruttenden 846 32HU 53605 in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-17 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township
Description: SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC reports drilling started on 9/17/2021 at site Cruttenden 846 30HU 53603 in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-17 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township
Description: SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC reports drilling started on 9/17/2021 at site Cruttenden 846 34HU 53607 in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-17 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling
SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township
Description: SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC reports drilling started on 9/17/2021 at site Cruttenden 846 33HU 53606 in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-17 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling

Kane Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 7:59 AM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been called to 14 Castlebrook Drive for an outside vehicle fire.

Coudersport Shop 'N Save New Hours Effective Immediately


Coudersport Shop 'N Save Is Hiring A Deli Manager


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

North Central Supply and The Shops of Quarter West, 25 West St., Galeton, Pa.  Open Tues-Friday 10-5, Sat. 9-4.  Some new items in ... Lots of prehung doors ready to install.. Lots of new Spring decor and farmhouse primitives at Grammy's Shack.. New washer, dryers refrigerators and gas and electric ranges.. Save money and make the drive to Galeton! Nobody beats our prices..period! 25 West St Galeton, Pa. Open Tuesday-Friday 10-5 Sat. 9-4 25


Coudersport Shop "N Save Is Hiring For Part -Time Positions


Large Garage Sale In Osceola This Thursday, Friday, And Saturday


Friday, September 24, 2021

Angelica & MTS Dispatched For Possible Crash


Allegany County Fire Wire

Angelica and Mts dispatched near the golf course for a motor vehicle accident

Coudersport, Roulette & Port Allegany Answer Possible Structure Fire at Big Oaks Inn


Units rerouted from the MVA on rt 44 and additional units from Port Allegany Sta. 3( RIT ), Two Engines from Roulette 46, Truck 48  under the command of AC Glenn Dunn II laid in from a nearby hydrant and investigated. 

It was found that a motor had burnt up and the smoke went throughout the ductwork of the building to the second floor and was visible. 

Crews where able to isolate the situation and had it under control in short amount of time and checked for extension of the fire- Crews found none and returned Mutual Aid depts... 

Dept 48 returned a short time later. 

All units where in Quarters and Available by 1530 hours. 

It was reported while at the scene of the Fire a motorist drove over our supply line ( 5" Hose ). Unless a properly authorized individual directs you to do so, It's Illegal

PLEASE STOP YOU COULD JEOPARDIZE fire fighting operations and hurt or severely injury someone.

Three Vehicle Crash on Route 44 in Hebron Township Friday Injures 4

Coudersport Vol FireDept

9/24/21 12:30:07 2021-00032121 MVA 1571 ROUTE 44 N, HEBRON TWP 2 Vehicle crash with 4 PT's. that ended up in the Tall Pines Mercantile parking lot into a unattended parked vehicle. 

Just prior to units arriving on scene our dept was dispatched to a structure fire in Box 48-02- CDSPT Boro. 

Chief 48 Phelps had command of the crash and Rescue 48 continued in to this scene and tended to PT's and extrication of two.  

Engine 48-2 re-routed to the fire with additional units from Roulette 46, Port Allegany sta.3( RIT). 

RT 44 was shut down while crews worked to free/treat the injured.  

All Pts except 1( he refused treatment ) were transported to Olean General Hospital. Assisted at the scene by Austin 44,  Cdspt 49, Shiglehouse 39 (2)ambulance's, Medics from Cdspt and Olean. PSP Cdspt, Kightlinger, Blacks Towing services and PennDot.

James R. Johnson, age 81, of Knoxville, PA

James R. Johnson

James R. Johnson, age 81, of Knoxville, PA  passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at UPMC Wellsboro. 

Born April 7, 1940 in Elkland, PA, he was the son of the late Jesse Johnson and Virginia Smith. 

Jim was an equipment operator for PennDot and retired after 35 years of service. 

He married Sandra G. Beebe and shared 61 years together. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and life; he was always a happy guy. 

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; his sons, Mike and Sandra of Little Marsh, Mark of Little Marsh and Jamie and Kelly of Pine City; two granddaughters, Tammy and Charlei Johnson; one great granddaughter, Caitlin Kent; his siblings, Joy and Lynn Clark, Jane Abplanalp, Donna Ianson and Jerry and Brenda Johnson and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded by his parents and his step mother, Loretta Johnson. Private family services will be held at their convenience. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.

Michael Sturm Comilla, 55, Of Clearwater, Fl.

Michael Sturm Comilla

Michael Sturm Comilla an amazing father, son, brother, grandfather, umpire and friend passed away suddenly Saturday, September 18, 2021, at his home in Clearwater, FL at the age of 55. 

Michael was born August 31, 1966, in Bradford, PA to the late Carmen Anthony Comilla and Margaret “Peggy” Sturm Comilla. He graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1985. In November of 1987 he married his best friend Sherry Piganelli Comilla, who preceded him in death.
Michael was a member of the Local 449 Steamfitters Union.  We all knew Michael as an avid animal lover and an extremely hard worker. He owned and operated a pool cue company named after his dog Charlie Bojangles, where he designed and created pool cues. His true passion was to be on a sports field giving back to the youth of his community wherever he resided. He was known in both Pennsylvania and Florida to be the most compassionate, encouraging, and all-around devoted umpire who could always be counted on as a positive role model for the youth. His daily mantras were “Positivity is the key to success”, “Always be kind to others” and “God Bless my Friend” which will be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved him.
Michael was preceded in death by his wife Sherry Piganelli Comilla and sister Lynne Comilla Hinton. 

He is survived by his two loving daughters, Susan M. Comilla (JC Nellis) of Bradford, PA and Erin E. Comilla of Clearwater, FL; sisters, Lisa Comilla Farina (Richard) of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Jennifer Comilla Salada (Gregory) of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Carmen “Chip” Comilla Jr. (Frankee) of Bradford, PA; four grandchildren that he loved dearly, John, Jayde, Jorden and James Nellis of Bradford, PA along with many nieces and nephews and of course his loving companion, his dog Ms. P.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the local youth sports organization of your choice.

God Bless my friends

Marjorie E. Coscia, 76, of Eldred, PA

Marjorie E. Coscia 

Marjorie E. Coscia, 76, of Eldred, PA passed on Wednesday (September 22nd, 2021) at home surrounded by her loving family.

She resided on Long Island in New York state prior to moving to the Eldred area in 1976 to live a different way of life in the rural countryside.  

She was married to her husband Richard for over 58 years and had been employed as the office manager at the Eldred Health Center for many years.

Marjorie enjoyed sewing and baking as well as canning and gardening on the family farm, where she also enjoyed watching the wildlife, especially the birds and the deer. She also loved her many rescue dogs.

Surviving in addition to her husband are six children, Marjorie (Robert), Kay (Raymond), Andrew (Kathy) , Christine (Jay), Jonathan, and Danielle as well as eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by three siblings, Albert, Donna, and Alice and their children.  

In addition to her parents Albert and Dorothy,  she was preceded in death by her son, Ricky.

Private funeral services are going to be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local SPCA of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at

David E. “Huey” Hughes, 68, of Wright Road, Eldred, PA

David Hughes 

David E. “Huey” Hughes, 68, of Wright Road, Eldred, PA passed away on Monday (Sept. 20, 2021) at his home. 

Born Feb. 20, 1953, in Pottstown, he was a son of Elmer David Hughes and Edna Mae Long Delophane. On July 7, 1989, in Elkton, Md., he married Joyce Ann Baker, who preceded him in death on May 11, 2019.  

David was a 1971 graduate of Pottstown High School and later received his nursing credentials from Alfred University in 1994. 

He began his career as a truck driver and had been employed by Venezia Trucking, Swan Oil Co., Prime Inc. and US Express prior to going back to school later in life and becoming a licensed practical nurse, after which he had been employed at the Sena Kean Manor in Smethport and the Dickinson Center in addition to performing in-home health care up until his retirement.  

Huey loved music and earlier in life he had been active with sound engineering for several different bands. He was also member of the Van Club. He was also a lifelong sports fan, especially all the Philadelphia teams in addition to enjoying NASCAR and Jimmy Johnson. 

In addition to playing sports in high school he also was a successful coach for the baseball and football teams of his children, leading their football team the Pottstown Patriots to three championships and the Type Set Printing Baseball Team to two championships.  

Surviving are four children, David M. (Alison) Hughes of Smethport, Tamara Wilkinson fiancĂ© of Jimmy Keim of Douglasville,, Tony Hurst of Clarksburg, W.Va., Larry Hurst of Eldred; and four grandchildren, Leland Hughes, Elijah Stuckey, Mia Wilkinson and Nina Wilkinson.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Hughes.  

A celebration of life will be held at United Christian Church in East Smethport on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

Rev. Freda Mae Pytcher, 89, of Jamestown, NY

Rev. Freda Mae Pytcher

Rev. Freda Mae Pytcher, 89, of Jamestown, NY, formerly of Lafayette, passed away, Friday, September 24, 2021, at UPMC Chautauqua. 

Born June 3, 1932, in Warren, she was a daughter of the late George and Josephine (Moyer) Craker. She was a graduate of Sugar Grove Central School. She earned her BA in education at Roberts Wesleyan College, and ser master’s degree at St. Bonaventure University in Administration. On December 24, 1955, in Sugar Grove she married Rev. Richard E. Pytcher who preceded her in death on September 21, 2009.

Freda was a teacher in the Rochester City Schools District, Bolivar Central and Jamestown City Schools. Her passion in life was spreading the word of God. She formerly pastored in Gifford, and at the Joy Fellowship FMU in Jamestown. Up until the pandemic she taught Bible Study at Joy Fellowship. She enjoyed gardening as well. 

Surviving are two daughters, Trudy Oldham, of Jamestown, NY and Marla Jean Sink of Raleigh, NC, one son, Arnold Newton Pytcher, of Tulsa OK, one daughter-law, Sadyann Pytcher of Bedford TX, eight grandchildren, Daniel Butts, Joshua Butts, David Butts Joseph Pytcher, George Pytcher, Rachel Mollenhoff, Louis Roth, and Lauren Roth, seven great grandchildren, Natalie Butts, Grady Butts, Marcus Butts, Anna Butts, Luka Mollenhoff, Samuel Mollenhoff, and Henry Pytcher, one sister Mabel Miller, seven brothers, Ronald Craker, George Craker, Wesley Craker, Francis Craker, Jerry Craker, Kenneth Craker, Edward Craker and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, one son Clark Pytcher, one brother Leslie Craker, and two sisters, Pauline Dahler, and Marlene Lemming. 

Friends will be received on Tuesday September 28, 2021, from 11:00 am to Noon in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 33 South Avenue, at Noon funeral services will be held with Rev. Dodi McIntyre, Pastor of the Joy Fellowship FMC, and Rev. Brett Heintzman co-officiating. 

Committal services and burial will be in Lafayette Cemetery. 

For those not able to attend in person this service will be live streamed at Noon via this link: Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Joy Fellowship FMC Church or a charity of the donor's choice. 

 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at

Middlebury and Wellsoboro were dispatched to 10347 RT. 287 for a one car MVA

 On September 24, at 7:10 pm Middlebury and Wellsoboro were dispatched to 10347 RT. 287 for a one car MVA. The vehicle crashed into a guardrail car is off the roadway with one individual with One BLS Injury

Senator Cris Dush's Mission Report


Senator Cris Dush E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Local Elections Officials, Advocates Testify on Bipartisan Election Reform Bill
  • Senate Hearing on School COVID Policy Reveals Ongoing Frustration with State Agencies
  • Legislative Reapportionment Commission Alters Decision on Counting of Prisoners
  • Senate Acts to Extend Ida State Disaster Emergency, Access to Recovery Aid
  • Dush Bill Provides Relief for Municipalities, Government Agencies from Costly Document Requests
  • Amendment to County Code Voted Out of Local Government Committee
  • Senate Votes to Implement Low-Interest Loans to Fire Companies Approved by Voters
  • Bill Limiting Firefighter Exposure to PFAS, Safeguarding Environment Approved by Senate
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Two additional COVID -19 deaths in Allegany County

RE:   Two additional COVID -19 deaths in Allegany County
DATE:            September 24, 2021
News Release:  
An 88-year-old female and a 91-year old male are the 62nd and 63rd Allegany County residents to pass away as a result of COVID-19.
The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) is sad to report to our residents and community there have  been  two  additional  COVID-19  related  deaths  bringing  our  total  to  63. We  extend  our  deepest  condolences  to  their families, and we ask that you respect the families’ privacy during this difficult time.
It  is  imperative  that  Allegany  County  residents  continue  to  wear  a  mask,  follow  social/physical  distancing  protocols when possible, wash your hands often to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and get vaccinated. 

If you have general COVID-19 questions, you may also call the Allegany County Department of Health at (585)268-9250 for more information.  


Coudersport Ambulance to Mapleview Lane

 At 1:52 PM on Friday, Coudersport ambulance has been called to Mapleview Lane for a patient with foot pain.

NPRC approved for scholarship and tuition reimbursement for Early Childhood Education Programs

Warren, Pa: Initiatives from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning have made a shift toward affordable, stackable, portable credentialing for early childhood professionals. Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) has been working to support these initiatives and is now eligible for three funding sources to support eligible local students in achieving credentials in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Sources include funding from the Early Care Education Professional Development Organization at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education through the Northwest Institute of Research, Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 1; Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program; and Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program.

Each Early Childhood Education tuition assistance program provides varying levels of financial support in select courses and programming at NPRC. ELRC funding supports community-based Child Development Associate (CDA) training through NPRC’s Workforce Development Division. T.E.A.C.H scholarships provide funding support for eligible early childhood students seeking an Associate of Applied Science Degree.  These scholarships pay up to 95% of tuition, fees, and books expenses for eligible courses. Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program supports students seeking a CDA credential or a School-aged Professional Credential (SAPC) for academic credit with select ECE courses being eligible for this funding.

With the backing from these tuition support programs, incumbent working students who meet eligibility criteria are now able to pursue CDA training and an  Associate of Applied Science degree at little to no cost.

Early Childhood Education instructor, Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser shares, "The job market in our region has a high need for credentialed teachers and groups supervisors in child care facilities. With eligibility for T.E.A.C.H., we are serving our students, their employers, and our region with pathways for affordable, portable, and stackable professional credentialing in the Early Childhood Education field. I'm thrilled that NPRC can now provide this opportunity."

An NPRC student who completed the CDA program this summer through the ELRC community-based program is now the first student to be confirmed eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship. She will be starting courses this fall in pursuit of an Associate Degree. This agreement increases our students' ability to earn stackable, portable credentialing.

The Northern Pennsylvania Regional College is authorized by the PA Department of Education to award Associate degrees and certificates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The NPRC’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible post-secondary education to the residents of northern Pennsylvania. NPRC provides education to a 9-county region (Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren). Classroom instruction is powered through live, interactive audio-visual communication technology that connects classrooms together across the region, allowing for robust classroom discussion and real-time student/instructor interaction. NPRC is proudly pursuing accreditation.

Wednesday Crash at Owens Way & Rt. 219


Port Allegany Football Game, Senior Day Activities Cancelled


Coudersport Rotary Club Members Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Coudersport Rotary Club members, past Rotarians, family members, Borough representatives, and Adelphia representatives, met on Monday, September 20th, 2021, at the CARP Park pavilion and held a picnic to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the installation of the playground at CARP Park. The picnic was held to honor the Rotarians and Adelphia members who had put so much time and effort into providing this playground to the community and to thank the Borough employees for 25 years of maintenance. Below you can see a fun, rough re-creation of the photo from the June 12, 1996, issue of the Potter-Leader Enterprise.

Coudersport, Roulette Dispatched To Structure Fire at Big Oaks Inn

At 12:44 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Big Oaks Inn at 515 East Second Street for a structure fire. 2 Engines requested from Roulette to the scene.


1:56 PM--One lane traffic reported.

OGH, BRMC foundations to host “A Girl’s Night IN!”

The Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center foundations will host “A Girl’s Night IN!” Oct. 7

The event is being live streamed for the second year, in lieu of the long standing “A Girl’s Night Out” which was held annually at the Seneca Allegany Casino. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit local cancer care at BRMC and OGH. In 2020, the oncology offices in Olean and Bradford had 3,484 visits and 14,617 chemotherapy procedures; 229 patients received 4,400 treatments at the Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center, a premier affiliate of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

“When we started planning the event, we realized the uncertainty of the pandemic made the live streaming version our best option. We had a great response with last year’s event and we’re hoping for the same support this year,” according to Steve Jackson, president, OGH Foundation, and Stacy Williams, executive director, Bradford Hospital Foundation. 

The event will feature a variety of ways for people to participate. For $35, participants can pre-order dinner from local restaurants to dine in or take home and enjoy. They will also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a weekend getaway at the Lodge at Glendorn. The second way to participate includes bidding on online auctions which will be available until 7 p.m., Oct. 7. There is no cost to preview auction items. Lastly, the public is invited to tune in from the comfort of their homes Oct. 7 starting at 6 p.m. The live stream event will feature live music with “Not Norman,” guest speaker, Dr. Jill Owens, and a live handbag auction. 

For more information, or to register, visit, text BRMCOGHGNI to 76278 or call 716/375-7377.  

City of Bradford Police Take Man into Custody on Warrants


209 High Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Arrest Date:

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 11:00am

    (1) Count Fleeing and Eluding and McKean County Bench Warrant

On September 23rd, 2021 Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officers were attempting to locate an individual on summary arrest warrants in the area of High St. 

They observed a known male Lane Haynes Jr. at 209 High Street and knew him to have active arrest warrants from the McKean County Sheriffs Department and Bradford Township Police Department. City of Bradford Police units were called to the scene and took Lane Haynes Jr. into custody.

PennDOT McKean/Elk County Maintenance work schedule for the week of September 27 – October 1, 2021

Cyclone/Ridgway, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation McKean/Elk County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of September 27 – October 1, 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.

Elk County 0280
Sign Upgrades:
   ● State Route:   Various Routes County Wide
Crack Seal:
   ● State Route:   0120 (Bucktail Road, St. Marys)
Spray Patching:
     ● State Route:  0255 (Million Dollar Hwy., St. Marys)
     ● State Route:  2011 (Brandy Camp Road)
     ● State Route:  1001 (Glen Hazel Road)

Pipe Replacement:
     ● State Route:  4009 (Lamont/Highland Rd.)

McKean County 0250

Pipe Flushing/Tail Ditch Cleaning:
State Route: 0646 (Ridge/Summit Rd, Cyclone)
State Route: 4003 (Bingham Rd, Cyclone)
State Route: 0006 (Route 6 Smethport and Kane)
State Route: 0155 (Main St, Port Allegany)

Dura Patching:
State Route: 0046 (County line to Crosby)

Side Doze:
State Route: 0006 (Hazelhurst/Marvindale)
State Route: 0346 (Bradford Area)

Crack Sealing:
State Route: 0006 (Kane Area)
State Route: 0219 (Tacks Inn to Bradford Bypass)

Spray Patching:
State Route: 0046 (Smethport)
State Route: 1015 (Columbia Hill Rd, Rixford)

Sign Upgrades:
State Route: Various Routes County Wide   

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Wolyniec Construction Inc.:  Benezette Township, State Route 555, over Dents Run.       Traffic is controlled by temporary traffic signals, alternating eastbound and westbound lanes across the temporary roadway.
Horizon Construction Group: State Route 949, Portland Mills area.  Temporary, one lane road in place. Alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals. 
IA Construction is resetting guiderail in McKean County on State Route 6, west of Smethport. 
IA Construction is patching the roadway on State Route 219 in McKean County from Lantz Corners to Guffy Road. This work began August 30.

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance Work Schedule for the Week of September 27 – October 1, 2021

Emporium/Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of September 27 – October 1, 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.

Cameron County 0240
Pipe Replacement/Trench Patching:
     ● 4002 (Beechwood Road) Monday – Tuesday 

Shoulder Repair/Ditching:
     ● 4002 (Beechwood Road) Wednesday- Friday

Shoulder Cutting:
     ● 4002 (Beechwood Road) Monday – Friday

Potter County 0260

Bridge Repairs:
    ● State Route: 0006 (Near intersection of Fishing Creek Road) Monday-Friday

Sign Repairs/Replacement: 
    ● State Route:  Various State Routes throughout the county Monday - Friday

Shoulder Repair:
     ● State Route: 044 (Sweden Valley Area) Monday
     ● State Route: 1001 (Brookland Road) Tuesday- Wednesday
     ● State Route: 3001 (East Fork Road) Thursday – Friday 

Spray Patching: 
● State Route: 1001 (Brookland Road) Monday – Friday
● State Route: 4005 (Fishing Creek Road) Monday - Friday

     ● State Route: 4019 (Horse Run Road) Monday 
     ● State Route: 4017 (Sunny Side Road) Tuesday – Friday

Side Dozing:
     ● State Route: 0006 (Coudersport – McKean County line) Monday – Friday
     ● State Route: 4025 (Brizzie Hollow Road) Monday- Wednesday
     ● State Route: 4027 (Ore Bed Run Road) Thursday - Friday

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Nestlerode Contracting Company:  Bridge Repair on US Route 6 bridge (Sweden Valley).  There will be one lane/alternating traffic through the work area controlled by temporary traffic signals.  

Nestlerode Contracting Company:  Bridge Repair on SR 3001 (East Fork Road) in Wharton Township.  Traffic control will consist of a one-lane temporary roadway controlled by temporary traffic signals. 

Dean Construction, Incorporated:  Bridge Replacement work on SR 46 in Cameron County, approximately 8 miles north of Emporium.  There will be one lane/alternating traffic pattern controlled by roadway flaggers until temporary two-lane roadway can be constructed.  

HRI, Incorporated:  Bridge Repair on SR 2001 (Wykoff Road). An alternating traffic pattern is controlled by temporary traffic signals until completion.

Coudersport dispatched to 1571 Rt. 44 North for a two car MVA

On September 24 at 12:31 pm Coudersport Fire Dept. & EMS were dispatched to 1571 Rt. 44 North for a two car MVA. 

Three people are reported injured. Additional ambulances dispatched. Air medical standby requested. Four injuries have been reported.

2 Ambulances requested from Shinglehouse.

Two air medical helicopters have been dispatched to the scene.

No Injuries In One Vehicle Crash On Old Kersey RD In Fox TWP.


Cyclone Man Charged With Cruelty To Animals In Lafayette TWP.


DUI Charges Pending In Lafayette TWP.


Two Arrested For Underage Drinking In Roulette TWP.


DEP Announces $750,000 in Grants for Environmental Educational Projects

Free webinar on how to apply in October

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that $750,000 in available grant funding is available for environmental education projects. 

Additionally, DEP will hold a free webinar on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM regarding this grant funding and staff will review the application process, offer tips, and answer questions. Registration is required.

Environmental Education Grants are available to schools, colleges, nonprofit community and environmental organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses.

“This grant opportunity assists educators in their efforts to inform residents and visitors on ways to maintain the health and beauty of Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

While all education project topics are considered, water quality, climate change, and environmental justice are priority areas. Project examples include tours, demonstrations, and hands-on learning experiences and workshops on stream monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure, and other watershed stewardship; solar and other renewable energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation, and other approaches to address climate change; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges. For more examples, see the grant awardees that received 2021-22 funding.

Projects with a local focus may receive up to $3,000 and regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $20,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at the local, state, and national levels may be awarded up to $85,000.

Applications must be submitted through eGrants (first-time users will need to register.) This grant round has an application deadline of Friday, December 10, 2021, by 11:59 PM. Instructions are available at Environmental Education Grants.

The Environmental Education Grants program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. More than 2,020 organizations have received more than $11 million in grants since the program began.

Retail Theft In Genesee TWP.


Genesee Man Arrested For Drug Possession


Drug Possession Charges Pending In Coudersport Boro


Cameron County Mud Run Saturday, October 9th

NEW LOCATION: 136 Old Portage Road, Emporium Pa 15834

 Saturday, October 9th
 Cameron County Mud Run

Free admission, there will be food trucks.
Nam Knights and Rich Valley Wines will be serving alcohol.

Participants can begin entering at 9am. The mud run will begin at 2pm. Please share to spread the word on the updated event. We will have waivers that must be signed by participants and spectators before you enter the property.
If you have any questions please message me, Austin Smoker
You may also contact Jack Smoker @ 814-389-5635
 Thank you.

If you have any questions please message Jack Smoker at 814-389-5635

Sponsorship is available! If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event, reach out to us at 814-389-5635. The sponsor fee will be $100 per year. We will have a 2’x 6’ vinyl banner made with the business name and logo on it . This will be hung at every event in 2021/ 2022. The deadline is September 25.

Cameron County Mud Run t-shirts Colors available: black, white, yellow, orange, and pink Sizes: youth: x-small, small, medium, large Adult: small, medium, large, x-large, 2x-large Please direct message Julie Smoker with pre-sale orders or stop into Sunny Side Boutique 10am-6pm Monday through Friday. $12 per shirt on pre-sale Shirts will be for sale at event for $15 Thank you

Roulette cleanup days are today and tomorrow

Roulette Township

Just reminding everyone that cleanup days are today and tomorrow. Please take advantage of this time to get rid of the junk we all seem to accumulate. Thank you

Austin Ambulance to School Street

At 11:33 AM on Friday, Austin Ambulance has been called to School Street for an unknown medical call.

September 25, 2021 is National Hunting and Fishing Day

September 25, 2021 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) each recognize this occasion to rededicate themselves to their agencies' missions to conserve our wildlife and aquatic resources, and serve the millions of hunters, trappers, anglers, and boaters of the Commonwealth. PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans and PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer partnered to deliver a unified message and thank everyone who has purchased a hunting or fishing license. For more information, visit and

Ulysses Dispatched For Fire Alarm

At 11:21 AM on Friday, Ulysses Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 471 Pusher Siding Road for an automatic fire alarm.

Report nothing showing from exterior.

THURSDAY Update: COVID-19 Numbers Soaring

Potter County Today
September 23rd, 2021

Coronavirus case counts across the region continue to rise. Potter County had 26 new cases diagnosed between Tuesday and Thursday. 

Twelve COVID-19 patients are hospitalized at UPMC Cole, with one in intensive care. There have now been 1,467 documented cases and 29 COVID-related deaths in Potter County.

Of greater concern is the growing “active” case count in the county, which stands at 128 and rising. Those are cases in which the victim has contracted the disease over the past two weeks and is considered highly contagious. Pa. Dept. of Health (DOH) estimates that the number of people carrying the virus in a locale is likely four or more times higher than the reported cases. However, the department no longer releases information on “active” case counts per community.

Testing is available at UPMC Cole for physician-referred patients. Tests are also being administered at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 1-800-635-8611) and Rite Aid Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 814-274-0439).

Meanwhile, between Tuesday and Thursday there were 46 cases and one more COVID-related death in neighboring Cattaraugus County, N.Y., where the count now stands at 6,728 cases and 97 deaths. Lycoming County had 154 more cases with two more fatalities (13,935 cases and 316 deaths). Tioga County reported 75 more cases (3,733 cases, 116 deaths); Allegany County, N.Y., 33 new cases and one more fatality (4,019 cases, 93 deaths); McKean, 38 cases (4,258 cases, 76 deaths); Cameron, 5 cases (395 cases, 10 deaths); Clinton, 54 cases and one more fatality (4,214 cases, 71 deaths); and Elk, 30 new cases and one fatality (3,461 cases, 48 deaths).

Potter County now has a vaccination rate of 43 percent (5,538) among residents age 18 and older. Statewide, 80.5 percent have been inoculated. UPMC Cole offers the vaccine to eligible patients at its outpatient offices. 

To schedule an appointment for an adult, call 814-274-5460; for pediatric patients, call 814-274-9198. Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport administers the vaccine by appointment; call 814-274-8660. Rite Aid pharmacies continue to book appointments. To access the online reservation form, click here.

Statewide, there has been a 250-percent increase in the number of children who have been infected since early August. In recent days, some 28 percent of all cases have been diagnosed in children.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to CABOT OIL & GAS CORP in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 9/23/2021 to CABOT OIL & GAS CORP in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna county. 78a86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to CABOT OIL & GAS CORP in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 9/23/2021 to CABOT OIL & GAS CORP in Forest Lake Twp, Susquehanna county. 78a86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-09-23 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

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

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As chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, I led a tour and roundtable discussion at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Bucks County last week. The facility is considered one of the most successful biotech incubators in the country. It offers an environment that allows 50-100 scientists to work with entrepreneurs to turn life science ideas into something useful for society. You can watch the roundtable discussion here.

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Increasing Our Investment in Broadband Expansion

Continuing my effort to bring additional high-speed internet service to rural communities like ours, I recently introduced bipartisan legislation to commit $100 million in federal stimulus funding to the effort.

House Bill 1766 would direct the money to the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program, which was created last year through legislation I also authored. The program is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and provides grants in support of broadband expansion in areas most in need of these services.

The pandemic has only reinforced what we have known for a long time – a lack of high-speed internet service puts rural communities and those of us who live here at a significant disadvantage. Students have fewer tools to learn, businesses are less competitive and patients are further limited in their health care options.

This investment would represent a serious commitment to broadband expansion across the Commonwealth. The bill is pending consideration by the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
State Lawmakers, Officials Visit Kinzua Bridge State Park

Last week, I was happy to welcome members of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, and the House Game and Fisheries Committee, to the district when they visited Kinzua Bridge State Park. We were also joined by DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry John Norbeck. The park and visitor center, which opened just over five years ago, has been a great asset to our region!
Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar Set for Oct. 18

I am joining Rep. Clint Owlett in hosting a Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, 810 SR 49, Ulysses.

We’ll be joined by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Trooper Sierra Rose of the Pennsylvania State Police for a discussion of the state’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.

Please RSVP by visiting or by calling the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769.
Potter County Senior Citizens Expo Friday, Oct. 8

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 8, for the Potter County Senior Citizens Expo! The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., Roulette.

The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about a variety of issues. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prize drawings will be held at 11:30 a.m.

Due to the expo, our offices in Coudersport and Bradford will be closed all day on Friday, Oct. 8. The offices in Kane (814-837-0880) and Harrisburg (717-787-5075) will remain open.

For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Coudersport office at 814-274-9769. Information is also available at or on Facebook at
Voting Rights Protection Act Reintroduced

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A comprehensive election reform measure vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Tom Wolf has been reintroduced in the state House.

A key component of the bill – to expand voter ID guidelines to require all voters to present ID each time they cast a ballot – was initially cited by the governor as a main reason for his veto, but he has subsequently said he is open to expanded ID requirements.

The Voting Rights Protection Act, now House Bill 1800, would expand ID requirements but also ensure ALL registered voters can comply by calling on counties and the Department of State to issue durable voter registration identification cards, similar to those already provided. Voters also would be able to use other types of identification, including their state-issued driver license or ID card.

Like the prior version of the bill, the measure also includes other security enhancements, improved uniformity in voting practices across all 67 counties and enhanced voter access.

Learn more here.    
Policy Committee Visits PA Biotechnology Center

Also last week, the committee visited the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base-Willow Grove in Montgomery County and participated in a roundtable discussion about ongoing water contamination issues in the area. You can watch that roundtable discussion here.
Dairy Grant Program Accepting Applications

The Center for Dairy Excellence is now accepting applications for a second round of funding through the Dairy Excellence Grant Program. This is a competitive grant program that offers up to 50%, or a maximum matching level of $5,000, to approved dairy farms.

Improvement projects can include anything related to improving dairy farm efficiency, cow comfort, milking facilities, housing facilities or feeding systems. The project should focus on improving milk production per cow and/or enhancing overall farm profitability and efficiency.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. More information is available here.