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Saturday, November 6, 2021

The Cole Foundation Would Like To Thank October's Donors


UPMC Cole Light Up A Life Event


"While celebrating the holidays, many of us are reminded of family members and loved ones. Light Up A Life offers a unique and meaningful way to express your appreciation for those who you love and cherish. A tree with sparkling white lights will be displayed outside of the hospital during the holidays, with each light representing a gift in honor or memory of someone special. Contributions will support ongoing patient care needs for our Palliative and Hillman Cancer Center patients. For more information and to donate, visit"

Coudersport Dispatched for Fire Alarm on Radio Tower Lane

At 7:12 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched for a fire alarm at 200 Radio Tower Lane.


Thomas E. Brian, Jr., age 84 of Osceola, PA

Thomas E. Brian, Jr.

Thomas E. Brian, Jr., age 84 of Osceola, PA passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at his home. Born January 24, 1937 in Sylvania, PA. 

He was the son of the late Thomas Sr. and Mary (Brown) Brian. 

Tom retired from the Dresser Rand after 44 years of service. He also was a mechanic and owned a motorcycle shop and after retirement he was an over- the- road trucker for 10 years. He was the Osceola Township supervisor for 28 years. 

He njoyed being outdoors; riding motorcycles, 4-wheelers and his side by side. Tom loved spending time with his family and his favorite baby girl, Lucy. 

Tom is survived by his wife Mary; sons Jay Welzel of Osceola and Mark Brian of Pensacola, FL; 2 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Doris Enderle of Osceola, PA; special sister in law and brother in law, Charlotte Bitler and Rex Wells and many nieces and nephews who thought the world of him. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

In lieu of flowers please show acts of kindness in honor of Tom. Arrangements are in the care of Kenyon Funeral Home.

Coudersport Ambulance to Park Avenue

At 4:40 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Park Avenue for syncope.

William “Bill” Darush, 84, of Neptune Beach, FL; Former Roulette/ Port Allegany Resident

William “Bill” Darush

William “Bill” Darush, 84, of Neptune Beach, FL, died peacefully at his home on Friday, November 5, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  

Born February 1, 1937, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Christine Evans and Harry Darush, and stepson of Joseph Evans. He spent 48 memorable years with the love of his life, Cheryl Mahon.  

With his dad, Joseph, in the Navy, Bill called many places home. Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Florida, the homes of his children and their families, held the most memories. He graduated High School in Massillon, OH, and attended college at Lake Forest, Illinois where he served as President of Kappa Sigma; he graduated with a B.A. in English. 

As an avid reader, he collected thousands of books, some first editions, and had a writing talent that was on display in the handwritten cards to his grandchildren and the numerous letters he would pen to the Beaches Leader to persuade them to run more sports stories.   

He owned and operated the Deer Path Inn in Roulette, PA. before he moved to Florida and started Bil-Dar Construction, where he worked until his retirement in 2016.  

Bill, lovingly referred to as ‘the mayor’ by some, had a passion for sports. He rooted for the Ohio State Buckeyes, spent years as a baseball coach for his son’s teams, and didn’t miss a home Fletcher baseball or basketball game. He knew each player by name and stats, and they all lovingly called him Gramps. He loved when live streaming became available, so from states away, he could watch his grandson’s baseball and football games.

With a gift for conversation, he would freely share his opinion, and developed a network of friends at the ballfields and in his neighborhood. Lovingly referred to as ‘Pops,’ one sports announcer would mention him in segments, which brought him great pride.  

With a sharp wit and love of music, Jeopardy was his favorite show, and he would belt out Blue Suede Shoes and his best-loved Sinatra’s I Did it my Way; no lyrics could be truer of the way he lived his life. His guilty pleasures, lottery tickets and card games, brought him great joy and we think he may have hit the jackpot as he entered heaven.

His greatest legacy, his family, loved his indomitable spirit and ‘do as I say’ approach. He will be deeply missed, but they will continue to celebrate his life through stories.  

Surviving are: Cheri Mahon of Neptune Beach, FL, a son, David (Darlene) Darush of Roulette, PA, two daughters, Allison (Kevin) Brda of Elk Grove, IL, and Melissa Mulroy of Schaumburg, IL,  two step-sons, Troy (Marcie) Shall of Clarion, PA, and Tony (Suzanne) Shall of Jacksonville, FL, and a very close nephew, Richard Sherwood of Jacksonville, FL; fifteen grandchildren, Amie (Aaron) Diehl, Jamie (Kevin) Hackett, Kristin (Kerry) Hawver, Davey (Melanie) Darush, Lindsay Lovell, Dustin Darush, Kylie (Dwight) Clifford, Brittany Brda, Megan Mulroy, Ashley Mulroy, Gracie Darush, Riley Shall, Cooper Shall, Alex (Kylie) Shall, Carter Shall; twenty-one great-grandchildren; a cousin, Fred (Peggy) Briggs of the Villages, FL; and several nieces and nephews.  

A private memorial will be held at a later date.   

Memorials can be made to the RBI Roulette Project sponsored by To Fill a Backpack, or Fletcher High School Baseball Team at 700 Seagate Neptune Beach, FL 32266.  

Condolences can be made to

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Centerville & Rushford Dispatched for 2 Vehicle Crash

At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Centerville & Rushford dispatched for a 2 vehicle accident on Rushford Road. One person is reported to have minor injuries.


Alasdair Fraser on fiddle and Natalie Haas on cello

 The Wellsboro Community Concert Association's 2021-2022 season will continue with a performance by Alasdair Fraser on fiddle and Natalie Haas on cello at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The musical partnership of Fraser, long regarded as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling" and “brilliant” California cellist Haas includes dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes.

Through their work, they have helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello and returned the cello to its historical role as the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

Fraser and Haas have toured internationally for more than twenty years, thrilling audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. The duo are currently on tour in the United States. They have also released six critically acclaimed and award winning albums.

There is still time for adults to buy a Wellsboro Community Concert Association 2021-2022 season tickets for $75, which lowers the cost to attend all five remaining concerts by $50. Those who purchased a season pass for the 2019-2020 season will pay $53 for a 2021-2022 season ticket, which lowers the cost by $72. A season pass admits one adult and accompanying children, 12 and under, to each of the five remaining WCCA concerts. A separate season pass for $25 admits a student, 13 to 18 to the remaining concerts.

Individual tickets for a concert can be purchased in advance for $25 for an adult; $5 for a child, 12 and under and $5 for a student, 13 to 18.

To purchase tickets at the door, arrive at the Deane Center at 7:15 p.m. the night of the concert. To reserve tables or for season or individual tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit

STEM Opportunity for Community Youth: Tinkering Kits at Your Library

The Hamlin Memorial Library has received a “Design, Create, Play” Tinkering kit, made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through Pennsylvania’s Out-of-School Time project.  The purpose of the Tinkering Kit project is to enhance, expand, and increase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming to youth ages 8-18.  

The “Design, Create, Play” Tinkering Kit provides an overview of STEAM concepts that appeal to school-age students.  Youth will enjoy experimenting and testing technology with resources such as 3D pens, circuit art and sewing circuit activities, and a digital fabricator and design software.  Kit items, made available for use through library programming, will encourage multi-faceted learning styles and interests with both technology and arts activities.  

“For decades libraries have been the portal for individuals to be introduced to the latest technologies and receive instruction to be proficient users of all kinds of software, hardware and internet resources,” said Susan Banks, Acting Deputy Secretary & State Librarian.  “These Tinkering Kits and the accompanying programs that libraries of all sizes can do put Maker activities in the hands of all kids across the Commonwealth.  Everyone belongs in this Maker world – and libraries can help young Makers connect to their interests and dreams for the future.”

Tinkering kit items will be made available through in-house programs or Grab & Go bags.    The first program using Wiki Sticks will be held on Nov. 15th at our monthly Family Night.   Program participants create a special Thanksgiving decoration. We will also hold a STEM event for kids in grades 4-7 on Tuesday, Nov. 16th, creating a motorized turkey. Both events start at 6:30 pm. Please contact the library at 814-887-9262

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  

No Injuries In Two Vehicle Crash On RT. 249 In Middlebury TWP.


Theft Investigation Ongoing In Middlebury TWP.


Blossburg Man Charged With Trespass In Richmond TWP.


Canaseraga Dispatched for 2 Vehicle Crash

At 12:59 PM on Saturday, Canaseraga dispatched for 2 vehicle crash at Main Street & South Church., One person is to be transported with injuries. A second ambulance is now requested.

Kane Dispatched To House Fire on Janeway Street

At 12:39 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched for a working house fire at 306 Janeway Street.

Second Alarm: Mt. Jewett & Wilcox Fire Depts. dispatched.

H. Robert Hampson, 88, a resident of the Rouse Suites, Youngsville, PA., and formerly of Warren, PA.

H. Robert Hampson

Attorney H. Robert Hampson, 88, a resident of the Rouse Suites, Youngsville, PA., and formerly of Warren, PA., died Friday evening, November 5, 2021 at Warren General Hospital.  

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Port Allegany Dispatched For Land Rescue in Scaffold Lick

At 11:26 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched for a land rescue of  a 51 year old male fall victim on Lady Slipper Lane near Scaffold Lick Road off Rt. 155 South in a remote area. Caller reports a shoulder injury.

12:10 PM--Austin dispatched mutual aid with ATV's to assist in land rescue. 

1:01 PM--Port Allegany Fire Dept. to Scaffold Lick for a landing zone for Mercyflight.

One of America’s oldest country music performers still yodeling away at 94 in Pa.

Al Shade and his late wife, Jean, performed thousands of country music shows over the last 75 years.



Shade loved Pennsylvania so much that he penned a song about one of its most rural, rugged areas — Potter County — and a follow-up about one of its greatest catastrophes, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Dr. Nche Zama, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, candidate for Governor of PA

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Electri-Cord In Westfield Is Hiring A Shipper


The next Potter County Farmer’s Market, located at the Riley Gallery, next to the Hotel Crittenden, will be open this Saturday, November 6th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan on bringing to the Market:

Alpaca Creations will be a vendor at the Market this Saturday, bringing new, bright colors of yarns, insoles, socks of a variety of sizes and designs, hand-knit headbands, mittens, mitts, hats, neck warmers, scarves, and alpaca bears! Accepting Credit or Debit. Questions:, or, or by calling 814-601-0049

Blue Marble Farm plans to be at the Market with celery, kohlrabi, radishes, salad turnips, beets, carrots, sweet peppers, and baby butternut squash! Accepting FMNP checks. For more information, contact Lisa at or at 814-320-1308

Barbara's Creations is planning to be there this week with a variety of products handmade from upcycled materials, including beeswax wraps, zipper jewelry, bags, backpacks, baby shoes, puppets, hotpads, potholders, hats, and mittens. For more information, you can contact Barbara at or by calling 814-544-9068.

Card Creek Bakery is planning to be there this week, bringing some breads, jams, brown eggs, cutting boards, and a few sweet treats! For more information, call 814-544-7313, or by contacting Netra at

Auction At The Eldred Township Fire Department November 7th


The Carpenter's Shop In Ulysses Is Hiring


Buchanan Brothers' Christmas Cash Reward Club

Torok Farm Dispersal Auction Saturday, November 6th in Genesee, PA


Come to Galeton and Save $$$ At North Central Supply & 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


Friday, November 5, 2021

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched for Crash on Rt. 417 Near Colosseum

At 6:34 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to a crash near 9008 Rt., 417 near the Colosseum. 

Richburg Cancelled.

PA Supreme Court DENIES Morrisroe's Petition for Allowance of Appeal

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, by Order dated August 23, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied Paul Morrisroe’s request to hear his appeal. 

The criminal trial in the case had been moved to the Venango County Courthouse due to the publicity surrounding the case in McKean County.  Venango County residents made up the jury.

On January 26, 2017, after a nearly two week trial, Morrisroe was convicted of Homicide by Vehicle; Homicide by Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance; Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury; Accidents Involving Damage to Attended Vehicle/Property; 4 counts of Driving Under the Influence (alcohol and/or controlled substance); and several summary offenses for a crash that claimed the life of McKean County man Dakota Heinaman. 

Morrisroe appealed his conviction to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and, in December, of 2020, the Superior Court upheld his conviction.

At the time of the Superior Court’s decision, DA Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer expressed her gratitude to the Venango County jury, the 46 witnesses who testified on behalf of the Commonwealth, and the numerous members of law enforcement including lead investigator, Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant Mary Gausman, several other members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Smethport Borough Police, State Police Forensic Services Unit, and a State Police Accident Reconstructionist.

The events dated back to June 2, 2015, when a vehicle driving by defendant Morrisroe crashed into a motorcycle driven by Dakota Heinaman who had just gotten off work and was returning home.   The Morrisroe vehicle fled the scene and was located by law enforcement who followed the gauge marks in the road from the scene to Morrisroe’s garage several miles away – the gauge marks left in the roadway by the rim after the tire had shredded.  Dakota Heinaman died at the scene.

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer and First Assistant District Attorney Michael Alfieri.

Closing statements by the defense and DA Shaffer were made on January 25, 2017 and the case went to the jury the next day.

The jury’s verdict was guilty.

Following the jury’s verdict, District Attorney Shaffer asked the court to modify the defendant’s bail and his bail was modified from $250,000 to $400,000 and he was remanded to the McKean County jail.  On February 22, 2017, Morrisroe was sentenced to 7 ½ years to 15 years.  He has been incarcerated within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

District Attorney Shaffer reiterates her gratitude to the Venango County residents who heard the case, the witnesses who travelled from McKean County to testify, and the exemplary work of the Pennsylvania State Police and Smethport Borough Police.

Sherry L. Foster, 59, of 25 York Street, Bradford, PA.

Sherry L. Foster

Sherry L. Foster, 59, of 25 York Street, Bradford, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, at The Pavilion @ BRMC.

Born on December 31, 1961, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Russell Fink and Betty Lou (Godding) Fink.

She was a 1980 graduate of Bradford Area High School.

Sherry followed dirt track racing in the local area. She would go camping anywhere she could go. She enjoyed watching the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, and especially enjoyed the time spent with her grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Robert (Mandy) Schleicher Jr., of Bradford, and Roy Schleicher, of Rew, one daughter Nikki (Matt) Renwick, of Bradford, one brother, Ed (Chris) Coast, of Duke Center, one sister, Ruth Ellen Coast, Lewis Run, five grandchildren, Hannah, Abbigail, Andrew, Alexis and Blaze, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Robert Renwick who died October 8, 2012, and Raymond "Gene" Foster who died January 28, 2019.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, 33 South Avenue, at 5:00 pm funeral services will be held with Rev. Max Miller, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to, the SPCA, Friends of Twin Lakes ANF, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at

The St. Theresa's Catholic Church Shinglehouse Christmas Bazaar is going on Saturday 10am-2pm.

Baked Goods, Pies, Cookies 
Homemade Soups, Crafts, and Christmas Gifts

Stop by and enjoy the festive decorations and shopping! 

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes From October 21, 2021


Barbara Jean AMIDON, 87, of Wellsville, NY

Barbara Jean AMIDON

Barbara Jean AMIDON, 87, of Wellsville, NY, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2021.  

Born June 30, 1934, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of John K. and Ruth Easton Amidon.  

Barbara loved the Lord and was a member of Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville.  She will be remembered for her joy and laughter and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  

Surviving are:  two brothers, John (Carolyn) Amidon of Phoenix, AZ and David Amidon of Wellsville;  a brother-in-law, Robert Ackerman of Wellsville;  three nephews, Robert S. Ackerman of Olean, Thomas (Dawn) Ackerman of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and David Ackerman of Gilbert, AZ;  three nieces, Joann Amidon and Jeneane Amidon, both of Phoenix, AZ, and Dianna Ackerman of Wellsville.  

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Delores D. Ackerman.  

The family extends their appreciation for the wonderful care provided by the current and past ARC staff.  

Memorials may be made to The ARC Allegany-Steuben, One ARC Way, Bath, NY 14810.  Services will be private.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at


Southeastern Grocers Recalls Fisherman’s Wharf Brand Jumbo Cooked Shrimp, Frozen 16-20 Count, Due to Possible Health Risk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2021) – Southeastern Grocers (SEG), the parent company of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarkets and Winn-Dixie stores, is recalling its Fisherman’s Wharf brand Jumbo Cooked Shrimp, Frozen 16-20 count. The recall is due to the detection of possible listeria on the product, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Amended – Flowers Foods Issues Voluntary Recall on Certain Tastykake Products Due to Possible Presence of Tiny Fragments of Metal Mesh Wire

THOMASVILLE, Ga. – Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) has amended its October 31, 2021 voluntary recall press release on certain Tastykake products to reflect additional products included in the recall.

As a precautionary measure, the company is voluntarily recalling certain Tastykake multi-pack cupcakes and certain Krimpets products due to the potential presence of tiny fragments of metal mesh wire. The recall was initiated following notification by a vendor of the possible contamination in a supplied ingredient and is being amended following additional notification from the vendor.

The Tastykake multi-pack cupcakes products being recalled were distributed to retail customers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. The Tastykake Krimpets products being recalled were distributed to retail customers throughout the U.S.

Pier-C Produce Inc. Recalls 2 lb White Onions – Product of Mexico Because of Possible Health Risk

Pier-C Produce Inc. of Leamington, Ontario Canada is voluntarily recalling Mexican Origin, whole 2 lb White Onions supplied from Keeler Family Farms and sold as Pier-C 2lb white onions of Mexican origin. This recall does not affect any other items in the Pier-C Produce Inc. product catalogue.


UPMC Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ages 5 and Older

UPMC is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5 and older at community vaccination clinics as well as in primary care and pediatric provider offices across the north central region of Pa. including Coudersport and the surrounding communities. Vaccinations are available by appointment only.

Parents can schedule an appointment by calling their primary care or pediatric provider office, visiting, or calling 844-UPMCVAC (844-876-2822) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.


Knoxville, Osceola Dispatched To Crash on Losey Creek Road


At 3:18 PM on Friday, Knoxville & Osceola Fire Depts & Valley Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Losey Creek Road near Butler Hill Road. One person is reported injured.

PA Senator Cris Dush Mission Report


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Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda From November 4, 2021


Thank you from the family of Bernice Brown

The family of Bernice Brown would like to thank everyone that took the time to send cards, call, provide food, flowers, donations, and prayers.  It means so much to have caring friends and family during this difficult time.  

Thank you,
Earl Brown and family
Joyce Ryan and family

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


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Wolf’s $100 Million State Worker Vaccine Bonus Robs Taxpayers

Earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced state employees under his jurisdiction would be granted five days off – or receive an equivalent paid bonus – in exchange for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. State Treasurer Stacy Garrity has estimated this will cost taxpayers more than $100 million.

State employees are already granted ample leave time through existing policies and union contracts – and have already been allowed an additional vacation day to get the vaccine. Offering this new bonus in exchange for the vaccine is fiscally irresponsible and unfair to taxpayers who will foot the bill.

Pennsylvanians have already exceeded the governor’s threshold of 70% of adults being vaccinated. As most people have already received the vaccine without compensation, why are taxpayers expected to foot the bill for already- compensated state workers?

It’s important to note the governor’s plan does not apply to my staff or any employees of the state Legislature.
Policy Committee Hears Challenges to Economic Development in Northwest PA

As chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, I co-hosted a hearing this week with Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) in Greenville, Mercer County, to take testimony from local business and economic development leaders.

The testifiers shared their successes, as well as the roadblocks they see impacting their growth and the growth of the region, including population decline, labor shortages, funding to help businesses grow, and an educated and skilled workforce.

To watch the hearing in its entirety, visit
Honoring Our Veterans

Next week, on Thursday, Nov. 11, we remember the sacrifices made by our veterans on behalf of our citizens and people around the world.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, first marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate the contributions of veterans of all wars.

For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here. 

For more information about programs and benefits to support our veterans in Pennsylvania, click here. 
Minimum Deposit to Open a PA 529 Account Eliminated

The Pennsylvania Treasury recently announced that the minimum contribution to open a PA 529 College and Career Savings Program account has been eliminated.

Once a PA 529 account is opened, contributions can be any amount – as little as $1. This reduction marks the second time since July 2020 that the amount has been reduced and is less than the previous $10 minimum.

Contributions can be made to PA 529 accounts online via electronic bank transfer, through the mail by check or money order, or by setting up a simple automatic contribution from a bank or paycheck.

Saving with PA 529 offers account owners generous tax benefits and the flexibility to choose the plan that works best for their budget. Assets saved in PA 529 accounts have no impact on Pennsylvania state financial aid eligibility.

PA 529 accounts can be used to pay for more than just tuition, including fees, equipment, books, room and board, and other qualified higher education expenses.

PA 529 account owners can choose to save with the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP)   or the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP).

Both plans offer the same tax advantages including a Pennsylvania state income tax deduction, no taxes paid annually on earnings, no income tax paid on growth when used for qualified expenses, as well as gift and Pennsylvania inheritance tax benefits.

To learn more visit
Open Enrollment Begins for State Insurance Exchange

The 2022 open enrollment period for health care coverage through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace, is now underway.

Pennsylvanians have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that will begin on New Year’s Day.

Created by the Legislature through Act 42 of 2019, Pennie aims to improve access to health care for all state residents, lower health care costs and premiums and ensure excellent customer assistance throughout the enrollment process.

For more information or to enroll, visit or call customer care at 1-844-844-8040.
Boaters Reminded to Wear Life Jackets

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reminding boaters of the mandatory life jacket requirement in place now through April 30.

Specifically, boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe or paddleboard.

The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters and is designed to protect boaters from sudden cold-water immersion, or cold-water shock, when a person is unexpectedly plunged into cold water below 70ºF resulting in an involuntary gasp where water is often inhaled. This uncontrollable reaction causes panic, hyperventilation, inhalation of water and inhibits the ability of a person to swim.

To learn more, visit the Water and Ice Safety and Wear It Pennsylvania pages on the commission’s website.
Don’t Forget to ‘Fall Back’ Saturday Night

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

It’s also a good time to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. In addition to regular battery changes, experts say the alarm devices should be replaced every 10 years to better ensure your safety.