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Dometic Violence Investigation Ongoing In Emporium Boro


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Theft By Deception Investigation In Lumber TWP.


A Living Nativity At the First Baptist Church in Roulette

The Youth Group, God’s Adventure Camp, the Crusader Club, volunteers from the First Baptist Church and other churches will present a Living Nativity Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th  from 6-8 pm.  It will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Roulette.  It will be a drive or walk-through theater with four life scenes of the First Christmas - (or, at least our depiction of them.)

You'll be greeted by a Roman Centurion taking the census.  This was one of the reasons Mary and Joseph were to go to Bethlehem- to register for their taxes.

The first scene will be of the angels announcing the glad tidings of Jesus' birth to the shepherds.  There will be real sheep, horses and live people depicting the angels and shepherds.  The Biblical narrative will be heard over a sound system, and carolers will interject Christmas carols. Imagine the shepherds’ shock!

 The second scene will be the actual Nativity at the stable.  All the real animals -, cow, calf, sheep, goat, donkey and mule will be there.  A live Mary, Joseph and innkeeper will be there as well.   A real baby Jesus may be there, depending on the weather.  The Biblical story will be heard here.  Pause to drink in the enormity of it all- Almighty God becoming human flesh!

The third scene is the palace scene of the time when the wise men come to see King Herod.  They are inquiring as to where they can find the newborn King of the Jews.  King Herod is jealous of a new king.  Hear the Bible account from the Gospel of Matthew.

The fourth and final scene is the home where the wise men bring their gifts to the young child, Jesus.  Rejoice with them as they see the star and find the Savior.  Our stand-in camels, (horses and maybe alpacas) will be here. Hear the rest of the story and enjoy beautiful Christmas music.

There is no admission charge.  Free hot chocolate, cookies and literature will be available.

Animals may be petted.  Pictures and videos are encouraged.  Donations may be made to the Roulette Youth Ministry or God’s Adventure Camp.

November Monthly Weather Report For Galeton

It's winter already, three weeks early.Starting in early November we had windy and cold conditions. Morning readings were in the 20s and on the 6th it was 20 degrees. The remainder of the month of November remained in that cold, cloudy and windy pattern. 

The average high temperature for the month is 45 degrees and the average low is 27 degrees. The average rainfall is 3.07". Last year we received 3.47" with 3.5" of snow.  This year (2021) we received 1.63" of rainfall and 5.2" of snow.  We had 4 days with 1" of snow or more on the ground.  The greatest snow depth was 2" on the 19th, 28th and 29th. We had 2 foggy mornings, I reported 8 days with a trace of snow.

So there you have it. You may now put the lawn tractors and mowers away and get your shovels and tractor blades out for the winter.  I did hear the sound of people mowing their lawns through mid November. I guess it is more fun than plowing snow.

Have a nice winter and a Merry Christmas.

Henry W. Lush
National Weather Service Observer

Joseph Miller, Sr., 86, of Oswayo, PA

Joseph Miller, Sr.

Joseph Miller, Sr., 86, of Oswayo, PA passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Saturday, December 4, 2021, following a short illness.     

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

SATURDAY Update: Pace Of New Cases, Deaths Rising

Potter County Today,

December 4th, 2021

Two more Potter County residents died from COVID-related causes and 47 more were confirmed to be infected over the past 72 hours, according to the Pa. Dept. of Health (DOH). 

The pace of new cases and fatalities is rising. Since the pandemic began, there have been 2,371 known cases — more than one in seven county residents age 5 and older — and 65 lives lost. 

DOH said Potter County’s “active” case count is 198. 

That’s based on the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks and are considered highly contagious. Those are only the people who have been tested. 

According to DOH, for every case that is confirmed there are approximately four other victims whose infection has not been diagnosed.

Similar scenarios are playing out across the region. Four more Tioga County residents died from the coronavirus between Wednesday and Saturday, while 118 more tested positive. Tioga has had 5,677 cases and 154 deaths since the pandemic was declared. Also between Wednesday and Saturday, McKean County had 142 more cases and one more death. Totals in McKean are 5,965 cases and 106 fatalities. Clinton had 79 new cases and two deaths; Cameron, six cases; Allegany County, N.Y., 203 cases and one death; Elk, 66 cases and one death; Lycoming, 388 cases and eight deaths; and Cattaraugus County, N.Y., 354 cases and eight deaths.

Medical care providers are under unprecedented stress. Entering Saturday, UPMC Cole reported that it is treating 22 COVID patients. Three of them are occupying beds in the Intensive Care Unit. and two are connected to ventilators.

There has been a slight uptick in the pace of Potter County residents age 5 and older being vaccinated. Some 42 percent have now received at least one dose. That is roughly half of the statewide average. 

Some 1,046 residents have received a single dose and 5,427 have now been administered one or more booster shots. 

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.

Ada R. REYNOLDS, 79, of Westfield, PA


Ada R. REYNOLDS, 79, of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, December 2, 2021 in her home.  

Born October 27, 1942, in Potter Brook, she was the daughter of Cleo Joseph and Gladys Onolee Houghtaling McCaslin.  

She was employed by Galeton Production, Wundies in Westfield, Electri-Cord in Westfield, and Metamora in Elkland.  

Ada was a member of the Potter Brook Hour Club.  

Surviving are:  a son, Eric (Misty) Reynolds of Westfield;  two grandson, Joshua Reynolds and Michael Reynolds;  a great-granddaughter, Brealynn Reynolds;  three sisters, Mona Silsby of New Tazewell, TN, Joy (Duane) Stiles of Westfield, and Thelma (Norman) Smith of Potter Brook;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

She was predeceased by five brothers, Harvey McCaslin, Frederick McCaslin, Lyle McCaslin, Joseph McCaslin, and Erwin McCaslin;  and three sisters, Ila May Smith, Nancy Cook, and Candy Dunn.  

Services will be private.  

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  

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

Millerton Dispatched For Rollover Crash on Second Street

At 5:19 PM on Saturday, Millerton & Erway ambulance dispatched to 55 Second Street for a two vehicle crash. A pickup truck is on its roof with two reported injuries.

Millerton FD and Lawrenceville FD responded to rt 328 in Lawrence township this morning for a single car MVA. Major damage but No injuries
Millerton FD also had a medical and a two vehicle MVA at the same time this evening, MVA had 1 injury that was transported by Erway ambulance.


Shinglehouse Ambulance to Shaytown Road

At 5:16 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched to Shayrown Road for a Link to Life call.

Elkland Search & Rescue Dispatched to Station

At 5:08 PM on Saturday, Elkland SAR members were dispatched to station.

RESPONSE CANCELLED. Individual has been located.

Brett E. Anderson, 57, of Webster, N.Y., formerly of Kane, PA

Brett E. Anderson

Brett E. Anderson, 57, of Webster, N.Y., formerly of Kane, PA passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Nov. 23, 2021) in Rochester, N.Y. 

Born May 20, 1964, in Kane, he was a son of the late Edward and Linda Fay Anderson. He was a graduate of Kane High School. 

He was an avid reader and enjoyed all outdoor activities. 

He is survived by a daughter, Melissa (Jeff) Ackley of Allegany, N.Y.; a son, Brandon Anderson of Bradford; five grandchildren, Hunter, Caiden and Ryan Ackley and Lucas and Bridgett Anderson; a sister, Michele (Phillip) Snyder; a brother, Todd Anderson, all of Kane; two aunts, Monna Fay and Ruth Heeter, both of Kane; several cousins, nieces and nephews and his roommate, Edward Lohmaier, with whom he resided. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two uncles and one aunt. 

Funeral services will be private. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, 103 S. Fraley St., Kane, PA 16735 

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries is hosting its annual Pet Photos with Santa at Rockwell's Feed Farm and Pet Supply at 1943 Shumway Hill Road, just off Route 6 near Wellsboro on Friday, Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tractor Supply at 1430 South Main Street in Mansfield on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and at Hall’s Lumber and Hardware at 18759 Route 287 at the Route 328 intersection at Tioga Junction on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa will be at each location to pose with animals of all types, from dogs and cats to snakes, guinea pigs, goats, chickens, horses, etc. as well as with children, grandchildren and families. 

For a $5 donation, receive a 4-inch by 6-inch cardstock framed color photo, and for a $10 donation, an 8-inch by 10-inch cardstock framed color photo. All proceeds will benefit stray and abandoned animals at Second Chance’s Heading Home Center in Middlebury Township. 

For more information call 570-376-3646, email or visit the center’s Facebook page.


Whether you’re looking to get a jump on next season, or you’ve got holiday gift giving in mind, 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses, permits, and vouchers are on sale now!

Beginning December 1, 2021, fishing licenses, permits, and vouchers for the 2022 season can be purchased through the HuntFishPA online portal on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) website, on your smartphone using the FishBoatPA mobile app, or by visiting one of nearly 700 retail license issuing agents.  2022 licenses, permits, and vouchers purchased now are valid immediately for up to 13 months, from December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

“For the past couple of seasons, more people than ever have been seeking out fun and affordable ways to enjoy the outdoors, and fishing has been right at the top of the list,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director.  “While anglers will be happy to know the price of a fishing license is the same this year as it was last year, you really get the most value for your dollar when you buy early.  That way, you’ll be covered for every fishing season for the rest of this year and next year.”

Purchasing a fishing license can be done easily, conveniently, and safely online from your computer or smart phone.  Licenses may be printed immediately upon purchase or saved digitally to a smart device which serves as proof of possession.  While many customers still prefer to purchase fishing licenses in person from local issuing agents, online purchases can save time and help you avoid long lines, especially right before the spring trout season, which begins statewide on April 2, 2022.

In addition to licenses and permits, such as the trout or Lake Erie permits, customers may choose to purchase vouchers that can be given as gifts and be redeemed by recipients.

“Vouchers make great gifts for people who are already active anglers, but they can also be a great way to introduce someone new the sport,” added Schaeffer.  “If you have a friend or family member who you think would enjoy fishing, but could use a little help getting started in the sport, buying them a license voucher can be the nudge they need to join you on the water this year."

The price of an annual resident fishing license in 2022 is still $22.97.  Multi-year options are also available in 3, 5, and 10-year increments.  The most popular add-ons, a trout permit and a Lake Erie permit cost $9.97 each, or $15.97 for a combination permit which includes both privileges.  

Once again for the 2022 license year, customers can purchase a collectible fishing license button for $11.97.  This year's button features a vintage design with a blue and yellow PFBC logo.  Unlike previous offerings, fishing license buttons ordered in 2022 will not be customized with the angler’s individual license number.  Instead, a limited-edition production of 10,000 buttons will be produced, and customers will receive a randomly numbered button between 00001-10000.  Please note that buttons are not issued at the time of purchase and will be mailed to the buyer.

Full Story HERE


Amber Black, who has worked as a police officer at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for 11 years, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.           

“Honorably serving the department since January of 2010, she has proved to be an indispensable part of our department,” said Commander Andrew Redman of the University of Pittsburgh Police Department who supervises Pitt’s regional campus police departments.

“Amber brings with her a wealth of experience, and I am excited about her new position in the department.”

Black began her service with Pitt-Bradford’s police department immediately after completing her training at the Mercyhurst Municipal Police Training Academy in North East. She holds associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, both from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Black, who had worked part-time with the Smethport Police Department for six years, is a firearms instructor and a field training officer.

A Warren native, she lives in the Smethport area.

Coudy Library Offers Take & Make Craft for Kids

December is here, and so are Take & Make crafts for children at the Coudersport Public Library! It’s Snowman Stocking Season! Stop in at the Library and pick up a free craft kit beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1. Take it home and have some family fun creating a cheerful holiday ornament! Kits contain supplies and instructions (additional basic supplies such as glue may be needed for some crafts). You supply the family and the fun! Recommended for ages 4 and up (with assistance from parents or older siblings). Supplies are limited and are first-come, first-served. One kit per preschool through elementary age child. As a holiday season bonus, a second craft will be available Dec. 15!

Suspected DUI Crash Causes Abandoned House To Catch On Fire In Rutland TWP


Outdoor Christmas Caroling AT The Coudersport Gazebo On December 12th


Coudersport Ambulance to Williams Way Drive

At 3:04 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Williams Way Drive for a possible CVA.

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

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Policy Committee to Hold Hearing in Bradford on Rural Health Care Challenges

With rural areas like ours facing a decline in the types of health care services available in our communities, I will be leading a hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee next month in Bradford to discuss rural health care challenges and potential solutions.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. More details will be forthcoming.

It will build on discussion started this week at Penn State Health in Hershey about the challenges facing health care providers and patients across the state. This week’s session focused on staffing shortages being faced by hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and home care providers.

Testifiers at that hearing included nurses, hospital executives, and representatives of health care and home care agencies. All expressed concern about the challenge of retaining current health care providers who are struggling with stress, burnout and other strains on their physical and mental health. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers also saw an increase in the number of nurses leaving facility jobs in favor of higher-paying traveler positions.

With the American Hospital Association estimating hospitals will need to hire at least 200,000 nurses a year to meet increased demand and replace retiring nurses, testifiers urged increasing the number of nursing school programs, offering financial aid programs for candidates and supporting new care models for patients.

To watch a video of Wednesday’s hearing in Hershey or to read testimony submitted to the committee, go to
Policy Committee Hearing Monday to Highlight Importance of Maintaining Creeks and Streams to Prevent Flooding

As chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, I am co-hosting a hearing with Rep. Clint Owlett to discuss ongoing challenges for property owners and local governments to maintain streams and creeks to prevent flooding.

The hearing will be held on Monday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at the Wellsboro Fire Department Annex, 21 E. Ave. in Wellsboro. The session will be streamed live at and on my Facebook page,
Weigh in on Low-Level Military Training Flights in Region

Public comment is now being accepted on a proposal by the Maryland Air National Guard (MDANG) to conduct low-level military flight training over our region.

Specifically, comment is being accepted related to a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) about potential impacts of the proposal that would modify use of the existing Duke Military Operation Area (MOA) that includes Potter, Tioga, McKean, Elk, Clinton and Cameron counties. The proposal involves lowering the floor of the existing MOA from 8,000 feet Mean Sea Level to 100 feet above ground level.

In addition to public comment, I have written to MDANG officials requesting a public meeting about the proposal to better disseminate information and answer questions from residents about the proposal.

I strongly support our military and the need to conduct training exercises. However, it is also important to ensure affected residents are heard and informed.

To learn more about the proposal and to make public comment about the DEA, click here. The email address for submitting public comment can be found under the “announcements” section of the page. Public comment is being accepted through Dec. 31.
Wolf Vetoes Constitutional Carry Measure

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed “constitutional carry” legislation that would have allowed law-abiding gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This is typical of a governor who has no regard for our Constitution or our Second Amendment rights.

Nearly two dozen other states already allow constitutional carry in recognition of the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Pennsylvania’s Constitution is equally clear in its defense of our citizens’ rights to bear arms. Also, Pennsylvania gun owners are already permitted to open carry without a permit.

Rest assured we will continue working to bring constitutional carry to Pennsylvania.
Bill Targeting Repeat DUI Offenders Passes House

Working to improve safety on our highways, the House recently adopted legislation that would increase penalties for people convicted of third or subsequent crimes of driving under the influence (DUI).

Specifically, the measure would increase the penalty for a third DUI offense to a third-degree felony, or a second-degree felony if the person has three or more prior offenses. It would also require consecutive, rather than concurrent, sentences for these crimes.

House Bill 773, also called “Deana’s Law,” is named after Deana Eckman, a 45-year-old Delaware County woman who was killed in a drunk-driving crash in 2019 by a man who had five prior DUI offenses.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
An Update on Redistricting

In the weeks ahead, we will be looking at proposals to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s U.S. congressional districts, as well as those of the state House and Senate districts. The boundary changes are necessary to ensure fair and equal representation in state and federal government for all citizens.

Congressional and state legislative districts are required by the Constitution to be nearly equal in population. Every 10 years, in conjunction with the U.S. Census, the district boundaries are adjusted based on shifts in population to meet the “one person, one vote” principle.

While the goals are the same, the process for each type of redistricting is different. Here are a few quick facts to help explain:

Congressional Redistricting
  •   This represents the redrawing of districts served by members of the U.S. Congress.
  •   Pennsylvania’s population growth is slower than that of many other states. As a result, the Commonwealth will drop from the current 18 congressional districts to 17.
  •   Changes to congressional districts go through the typical legislative process. A bill must be introduced outlining the new district boundaries, and the bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form. Then it goes to the governor for his approval or veto.
  •   The bipartisan House State Government Committee held hearings across the state to gather input from citizens and community leaders about congressional redistricting. The hearings and testimony are available at
  •   After collecting public input throughout the summer and fall, the committee is now reviewing the information as members work to develop a new map to reflect shifts in population and communities of interest.

State Legislative Redistricting
  •   This represents the redrawing of districts served by members of the state House of Representatives and state Senate.
  •   The number of state representatives and senators serving the Commonwealth will remain the same at 203 and 50, respectively.
  •   Changes to these districts are NOT subject to the typical legislative process but are instead developed by a Legislative Reapportionment Commission. The commission is comprised of the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate, as well as a chairman who, this year, was appointed by the state Supreme Court. That chairman is Mark A. Nordenberg. He previously served as chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
  •   The commission has held hearings across the state to gather input from citizens and community leaders about state legislative redistricting. The hearing, testimony and other public input is available for review at You may also submit your feedback at the website.

The goal is to have this process completed in time for the May 2022 primary election, though delays in receiving Census data have slowed the process.


On Thursday, five students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford presented at the 21st annual Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium, a regional economic development conference sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The students presented “Quintuple Mountain Recreational Trail Project to Enhance Trail Access and Amenities for the Community of Bradford, Pa.”

The students have been working with community partners to evaluate trail conditions, organize trail construction and maintenance activities, and identify cultural and historic sites on a more than 200-acre parcel of forested hillside land between Pitt-Bradford and downtown Bradford.

Students from a mix of biology, engineering and geographic information system classes surveyed the ecology of the forest and used GIS software to create maps of trail conditions, ecological information, and points of historic or cultural interest.

Students built upon GIS maps and trail route work completed by Pitt-Bradford Appalachian Teaching Project students during the fall of 2020.

Students presenting at this year’s online symposium were Bryce Aniszewski, a senior double major in engineering science and energy science and technology from Pittsburgh; Sammi Curcio, a sophomore biology major from Mount Jewett; Christian Gasdaska, a mechanical engineering major from Maysville; Haylee Ludington, a junior double major in environmental studies and environmental science from Galeton; and Chelsea Zarzuela, a junior environmental science major from Philadelphia.

Each Allegheny Teaching Project reflects one of four themes that connect back to the ARC strategic plan: addressing community needs and challenges, economic development, tourism, and capacity building. As a capstone to this work, students normally travel to Washington, D.C. to present their work to other student delegations from participating institutions, ARC leadership, and community leaders in a formal peer-to-peer conference setting hosted by ARC. This year, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the ATP Symposium was held online.

Pitt-Bradford was one of 15 colleges and universities taking part in this year’s symposium.

Since 2001, over 2,650 college and graduate students from across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Teaching Project. This is the 12th year a student delegation from Pitt-Bradford has participated in ATP.

Previous projects by Pitt-Bradford students have studied community development efforts, particularly about trail usage and construction, and studies by Bachelor of Science in nursing students about immunization rates and food insecurity in the local community.

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

Rose Mary Crane, 89, of Wellsboro, PA

Rose Mary Crane

Rose Mary Crane, 89, of Wellsboro, PA passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.  

She was born November 16, 1932, in Wellsboro, PA the daughter of Jacob Dewey Lawton and Clara (Jones) Lawton.  She married Lawrence Arland Crane on January 27, 1963, sharing 56 years of marriage together.

Rose was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsboro, having served as the treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years.  She also was a member and Sunday school teacher of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro prior to her marriage.  

She was employed by Davis Furniture in Wellsboro in her early career as a bookkeeper and worked for Ray’s Jewelry in Elmira, NY, where she retired. 

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she regularly attended meetings, and served in multiple positions. 

She skied with the family at Denton Hill Ski Resort where both her husband and son volunteered as National Ski Patrolmen.  She enjoyed being competitive playing cards, dominos, scrabble, and other board games with her friends and family.  She also attended many local plays and Broadway plays and musicals. 

Rose will be dearly missed by family and friends for her positive outlook that she had right up to the very end.  She rarely had a photo taken of just herself, she was always surrounded by friends and family. 

Left to cherish her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. Crane and Susan M. Crane, of Greensboro, NC; two grandchildren, Samuel and Katherine Rose; one step granddaughter, Brittany; many nieces, nephews and cousins; Suzanne Thomas, Jackie Strickland, and many other dear friends. 

Memorial donations can be made in Rose’s name to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsboro, 53 West Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901. 

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, December 10th, from 5-8 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA, 16901. 

Rose’s funeral service will be held the next day, Saturday December 11th, at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., at 11:00 am. Burial will take place in the Wellsboro Cemetery.  

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Raymond R. Breckenridge, 92, of St. Marys, PA

Raymond R. Breckenridge

Raymond R. Breckenridge, 92, of St. Marys, PA passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021, at his residence.

He was born August 15, 1929, in Buffalo, NY, son of the late Raymond A. and Rita Kronenwetter Breckenridge. 

Ray was raised by his paternal grandparents, George and Margaret Breckenridge from the age of 5 on the Breckenridge dairy farm in Durhamville, New York.  

After graduating from Verona High School, Ra

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y enlisted in the United States Navy serving in Newfoundland during the Korean Conflict.  

He attended Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana and graduated in 1956 with a Chemical Engineering degree.  Ray went on to work for Stackpole Carbon Company and retired after 33 years of service.  

He was a member of the St. Marys American Legion Post 103 but visited various Legion Posts throughout the United States.  Ray and his family visited Hawaii for his 75th birthday which completed his visits to all 50 states.  

Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, basketball, softball, and golf.  Ray also volunteered as a Knothole baseball coach, swim meet official, and worked several years to help clear the land for the current Bavarian Hills Golf Course.  

In 2011, Ray was inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame for having voted consecutively at every November election for over 50 years.  

His greatest love was his family, of whom he was so very proud.  

Ray is survived by his daughters: Nancy Walter (Richard) of Elizabethtown, PA; Chris Balentine of Medford, NJ; and Maureen B. Earley (John) of Mechanicsville, VA; six grandchildren, Jessica, Jeff, Brittany, Alyssa, Alexis, and Tyler; and by four great-grandchildren: Adam, Sophie, Ben, and Vivienne. 

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria (Hanes) Breckenridge; and his son-in-law, Jack Balentine. 

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St, St. Marys, PA.  A memorial service will follow with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, officiating.  

Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Meals on Wheels, Box 302, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to a local charity of your choice. 

Online condolences may be offered at

Wayne F. Sherman, age 74, of Lebanon, MO, formerly of Elkland, PA

Wayne F. Sherman

Wayne F. Sherman, age 74, of Lebanon, MO, formerly of Elkland, PA  passed away on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. 

Born October 6, 1947 in Elkland, he was the son of the late James and Blanche (VanZile) Sherman. 

Wayne worked for Marzo’s Beer Distributing and was the care taker of Highland Cemetery for many years. 

He played and coached softball, liked to golf and was a member of the Elkland Moose Lodge. 

He is survived by his wife, Sukie; his sons, Steve Sherman of Elkland and Ben Sherman of Tuscarora; step children, Melena Reese and Marta Steffenhagen of MO, Brad Empson of Prescho, Ernie Empson of Elkland and Hugh Empson of Nelson; grandchildren, Nathan, Trisha, Nicole, Jennifer, David, Corey, Kaleb, Justin, Megan and Autumn; great grandchildren, Allison, Brenton, Chloe, Kaylee, TJ, Lane, Wyatt, Zoey, Aleah and Cameron; two sisters, Barb Potter and Irene Patterson; two brothers, Brad and Larry Sherman; his pets, Angel, Maggie and AJ and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by several brothers. 

Private family services will be held at their convenience. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Sukie Sherman, 1120 Lake Dr., Lebanon, MO 65536 for their local SPCA. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.

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Primary Care & Pediatrics-Emporium Opening Monday, December 6

So happy to announce that my new practice at 1 East Fourth Street in Emporium will officially be open on Monday, December 6th!

Now accepting new patients! Call 814-503-8070 and choose option 5 for the Emporium office to schedule an appointment!  Read more.....

Lawrenceville, Nelson Dispatched For Crash on Rt. 49 in Nelson Twp.

At 10:30 AM on Saturday, Lawrenceville, Nelson & Valley Ambulance have been dispatched to a pickup truck over the embankment near 10832 Rt. 49 with one injury reported.

Roulette Fire Hall Annual Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 4th


Morgan Advanced Material Is Having Open Interviews Thursday, December 9th


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


Auction December 5, At The Eldred Township Fire Hall


Truck-Lite Is Seeking Applicants For A Full-Time Process Setup Position


Drug Possession Arrest In Liberty TWP.


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Think About It

Naughty or Nice?
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Which list do you think you fall into this year? Will it be the naughty or nice list? How is it even graded? Is it graded on a scale or a curve? Who determines if it is naughty or nice and what about those things that are on the fence of both? Do they count or do they cancel each other out? Does one big Naughty cancel out a lot of Nice? Do people even care about the list? Based upon the behavior of some, it would seem they don’t much care.

We live in a polarized society. Finding two people who agree upon everything is rare. Politics, the economy, Covid, vaccines are just a few of the topics that bring division and discord among even family and friends. There are too many things you just don’t want to bring up for fear of creating conflict. Either way you go you’ll wind up on someone’s naughty or nice list.

From everything I can read in the Bible, God doesn’t keep a naughty or nice list. He doesn’t grade on a curve or sliding scale. Sometimes the life of faith is one step forward and two steps back. Even the Apostle Paul said the very thing he desired to do, he didn’t, and the things he desired not to do, he did. Doesn’t that sound like all of us? One might wonder if the Apostle Paul had so much trouble, how can any of us succeed? The answer to that question is that it isn’t about our success, it’s about Christ. And that’s what faith is all about.

Could you imagine what it would be like to try to stay on the nice list? I’ve learned that even when I’m trying to be nice, I’ve ended up on the naughty list. Sometimes it’s because I’ve been misunderstood and other times it seems more about the mood of the person doing the grading. But then again if God is keeping score his method is just and fair. But like Paul I must admit that I’m a wretched man no matter how hard I try. The good news? Well, that’s what the Gospel is all about, Good News. Read it sometime, you’ll find that God doesn’t keep a list. Think about it. 

IU9 Is Hiring For Multiple Postions

Positions Currently Available at Seneca Highlands IU9

Assistant Network/Systems Administrator:  Full-time position.  This position will be working with the member school districts to plan and implement technology initiatives.  Bachelor's Degree preferred.  Five (5) years experience in IT with a background in technology planning and purchasing, as well as LAN/WLAN/Server administration required.  Additional technical requirements and job application available at

Maintenance/Custodial Supervisor: Anticipated opening: Full-time position available at the Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany. Responsibilities are specific custodial duties and assisting in performing routine and special maintenance functions and supervision of custodial staff. Post Secondary training preferred, high school diploma and work experience related to responsibilities required.

Maintenance/Custodial Worker. Anticipated opening: Full-time position available at the Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany. Responsibilities are specific custodial duties and assisting in performing routine and special maintenance functions. High school diploma or work experience related to responsibilities needed.

McKean County Birth to 3 Service Coordinator, 2 Positions Available: Full-time McKean County Birth to 3 Early Intervention Service Coordinator. Service Coordinator shall assist infants/toddlers and their families/caregivers to gain access to services and supports appropriate to their needs. SC shall meet with families in their homes or community locations, conduct family interviews, coordinate evaluation/IFSP meetings, monitor progress and maintain infants'/toddlers' files. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree which includes 12 credits in early intervention, early childhood special education, early childhood education, child development, special education, family counseling, family studies, social welfare, psychology or other comparable social sciences and 1 year of full-time or full-time equivalent experience working with or providing counseling to children, families or individuals with disabilities. Qualified applicants may also have an associate's degree or 60 credit hours in any of the above mentioned fields of study and 3 years of full-time or full-time equivalent experience working with or providing counseling to children, families or individuals with disabilities.

Part-time Early Intervention Teacher : The Seneca Highlands Early Intervention program is seeking a part-time Early Intervention Teacher. This position requires an Early Childhood or Special Education teaching certification. It is a minimum of 21 hours per week teaching in an Early Intervention classroom in Port Allegany.

Secretary: Full-time position available in our Birth to Three program currently located in Kane. Applicants should have a knowledge of office practices and procedures, be proficient in typing, filing and operating a computer system, must be pleasant and effective in verbal communications.

Special Education Supervisor: Permanent full-time position for McKean and Potter County. Special Education Supervisory Certificate required.

School Psychologist: Opening for full-time or part-time staff. Requires: School Psychologist certification.

Paraeducator: Part-time positions available in Special Education at Coudersport and Otto-Eldred Elementary Schools

Job Coach: Full-time or Part-time position. Assist students in learning on-the-job skills at job sites in Potter and/or Cameron Counties. Hours available during and beyond a typical school day. Preferred: Bachelor's Degree or Associates Degree with related experience.

Personal Care Aides: Full-time positions in the Austin School District, Intensive Outpatient Program in St Marys, Coudersport Elementary School to work with students exhibiting behavioral/emotional needs. Requirements: Teaching certification or Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field.

Classroom Aides: Part-time positions available in Early Intervention and School Age throughout McKean, Elk, Potter, and Cameron Counties. Requires: High School Diploma.

Substitute Classroom Teachers, Classroom Aides, and Transportation Aides: Immediate openings for day-to-day positions supporting students and classrooms in Potter, Cameron, McKean, and Elk Counties. Training provided. Requires teaching certificate or bachelor degree (substitute teacher)/high school diploma (aide).
For all positions listed, send letter of interest, resume, application and clearances to:
Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9
Attention: Brock Benson - Executive Director
119 S. Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.
Deadline: Dec 20. EOE