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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Coudersport Ambulance to South East Street


At 11:40 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to South East Street for a child fallen with a knee injury.

13 Calls Answered by Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Saturday


Coudersport Vol FireDept

PSA....
Crews were kept busy earlier this evening with several calls for service throughout our district and 1 mutual Aid assist w/Truck 48 (was recalled) Eldred Borough. 

In total 13 calls where answered by 18 personnel, all of our apparatus as well as several personal Vehicles and we where assisted by Penn Dot, CDSPT Borough, Tri- County Electric, West Penn Power and the Tioga County 911 Ctr.  

When crews returned from several calls, Food had been delivered for our responders. Thank you to Timeka Dubots  - it was greatly appreciated. 

Please do not get out and work or be around downed power lines,  when approaching First Responders working in the highway - Slow Down. As the high winds continue use caution and watch for trees in the roadway.  

If you have lost power -  DO NOT USE unapproved devices in your home, make sure gas powered equipment is well ventilated and outside. Carbon Monoxide is a killer. 

Chief 48 Phelps

Derrick City Dispatched For Vehicle Into Building Crash


At 11:14 PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 31 Bolivar Drive where a vehicle crashed into a structure. The vehicle has fled the scene. 

Hold in quarters per Chief 11.

Cale Olson of Eldred, PA is a Winner

 


Coudersport Dispatched for Power Lines Down on a Building

On Town Line Road.

Roulette Dispatched For Tree on Power Lines

At Rt. 6 and Main Street. Investigation reveals not power lines, but cable and phone lines.

Fire Alarm on Chipmonk Trail

Coudersport dispatched to Summit Township. 1139 Chipmonk Trail.

Fire Alarm at WW2 Museum in Eldred RECALLED BY ALARM COMPANY

Eldred, Otto, Port Allegany, Coudersport dispatched.

Coudersport Fire Dept.

🚨🚨🚨We are completely staffed during this wind storm and handling multiple trees down. PLEASE call 911 for any emergencies. 🚨🚨🚨

Tree Down Blocking Railroad Ave. in Roulette

Attempting to contact Township for backhoe to assist in removal.
Roulette Chemical Engine Co. #1 Chiefs and units are handling a transformer fire on Route 6 and fishing creek road in the Village as well as other incidents in Roulette Township. Additional staffing will be at the station for any additional calls throughout the duration of the wind storm.

Allegany County

Our 911 Dispatchers are super busy and not missing a beat.

Fire crews out south of 86 with multi calls for power lines  and a structure fire in Scio.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to North Union Street

For a person fallen.

Roulette Dispatched for Possible Transformer Fire

At Fishing Creek and Rt. 6.

Driver Transported To UPMC Kane In One Vehicle Rollover Crash


 

TREES AND WIRES ARE DOWN IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

The high wind event is dropping trees throughout the area today. Caution adcised if driving.

Ridgway Man Charged With Trespassing In Jay TWP


 

No Injuries And Disabling Damage In Two Vehicle Crash On RT. 6 In Liberty TWP.


 

Minor Damage And No Injuries In Two Vehicle Crash On E. Main St. In Smethport Boro


 

Death Ruled Natural In Norwich TWP.


 

Cause Of Death Undetermined At This Time In Liberty TWP.


 

Bradford Dispatched For Possible House Fire with Entrapment


 At 2:42 PM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to 26 Race Street for a possible house fire with entrapment.

Smethport, Port Allegany Dispatched For Possible House Fire


At 12:35 PM on Saturday, Smethport & Port Allegany Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a possible house fire at 703 East Water Street Ext. in Smethport. Believed to be a dryer fire in the residence.

Ryan Michael Egger, 15, of Warren, PA

Ryan Egger

Ryan Michael Egger, 15, of Warren, PA., died Wednesday evening, December 8, 2021, at his residence.  

He was born September 18, 2006, in Warren, PA.  He is the son of Jesse D. and Nickole “Nicki” L. Driscoll Egger of Warren, PA.  

Ryan was a freshman at Warren Area High School, where he was member of the school football, basketball, and track team.  

He was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church where he was an acolyte and member of the church youth group.  He had been involved with the Boy Scouts of America until his love of football caught his attention.  

Ryan is remembered by his parents as a young man who loved music, dancing, reading, and playing video games.  He enjoyed family get-togethers, spending time at his family camp and enjoyed the many family vacations to the Outer Banks.  He played the saxophone, was a diligent student and an even better friend.  

Ryan was a person who brought a smile to everyone around him, who was always concerned about and empathetic towards others.  Ryan had a quick wit and wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts.  He is with our Lord and is cloaked in His light.  Ryan is and always will be deeply loved.
 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Isabella Grace Egger at home, Paternal Grandparents, James and Cynthia Egger of Warren, PA., Maternal Grandparents, Michael and Norma Jean Driscoll of Sugar Grove, PA., several aunts, uncles, cousins survive.  

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8PM.  A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 11:00AM at Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA, with Rev. Bill Beatty, Pastor, officiating.  

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren Dragon Football Grid Club.  E-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.

Wind Advisory Issued by NWS State College (Central Pennsylvania)

State College Weather Radar MapSevere Map

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
1 AM EST SUNDAY...

 
* WHAT...Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph
expected.
 
* WHERE...Cambria, Clearfield, Somerset, Elk, Cameron, McKean,
Warren and Potter Counties.

 
* WHEN...The strongest winds are expected between 5 PM and 10 PM.
 
* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may
result.

Instructions:    Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects including holiday decorations. For high wind safety information, visit weather.gov/wind. The latest forecast information can be found on the NWS State College Facebook page and Twitter @NWSStateCollege, or on the web at weather.gov/ctp.
Target Area:    
Cambria
Cameron
Clearfield
Elk
McKean
Potter
Somerset
Warren
Forecast Office:    NWS State College (Central Pennsylvania)

Austin Ambulance to Portage Road


At 11:15 AM on Saturday, Austin Ambulance has been called to Portage Road for altered mental status.

Bradford Dispatched for Possible Transformer Explosion

On West Washingron Street

Auction At The Eldred Fire Dept. December 12th

 


THE POTTER COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TOWNHOUSES IN ULYSSES


 

Lloyd Burkhouse Auctions; Burkhouse's Bargain House Christmas Auction, December 12th


 

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 quarterwest@gmail.com


 

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


 

Annual Public And Small Dealers Auction At The Shinglehouse Fire Department


 

Free Community Christmas Dinner Sunday, Dec. 12th at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport


 

Wreaths Across America National Day Of Remembrance December 18th


 

The Commissioners of Potter County will be accepting applications for a full-time Case Manager I


 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Kim Woods Is The Day 10 Winner Of The 31 Days Of Christmas


 

NEARLY 1,000 WITHOUT POWER AFTER FIRE BREAKS OUT AT SUBSTATION

FIRST News Now

FNN Breaking News © Friday, December 10, 2021. 

TIOGA COUNTY, PA - The following areas have reported power outages;  Ansonia, Galeton, Gaines and Wellsboro. The following townships have also reported power outages;  Delmar Township, Duncan Township, Gaines Township, Morris Township, Richmond Township, Shippen Township, and Wellsboro Borough. 

The largest outage areas reported are Shippen Township with approximately 380, Gaines Township with 248 outages and Morris Township with approximately 165 outages as of 7:15PM. 

Many of the outages may have been caused due to a fire that broke out at the substation located in Middlebury Township in the area of 10726 Route 287.   

Numerous reports of transformer explosions and fire started coming in around 6:30PM.  Some reported that three of the four transformers blew and that flames could be seen.
Middlebury fire crews responded to the scene.  Fire personnel arrived at the substation around 6:41PM, at which time a small fire was still burning.  Penelec was immediately requested to be contacted by fire personnel. 

The fire burnt itself out by 7:14PM and fire crews were allowed to return to their station shortly afterwards. 

Penelec crews will be working at the station for some time.  Early estimates for restoration of power was said to be around 10:00PM.  However, it often takes longer for crews to be able to fix the issues before the power can be safely restored to those left in the dark.

Man With Knife That Entered Woman's Residence in Smethport Held on Multiple Charges

McKean County District Attorney's Office

District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on 12/10/2021, following reports of a man with a knife entering a residence on Holmes Street, Smethport Police Department have taken a person into custody.   

Officers with Smethport Police, McKean County Sheriff’s Department and Pennsylvania State Police responded to the area upon dispatch.  

Caleb Andrew Crenshaw was taken into custody and charged by Chief Patrick Warnick with 2 counts of Burglary; Kidnapping; 2 counts of Criminal Trespass; Terroristic Threats; Prohibited Offensive Weapons and Criminal Mischief. 

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge  William Todd, who set bail at $350,000 straight and scheduled a preliminary hearing for December 28.  Additional charges are pending.

Olean City Firefighter Tracy Veno Has Passed Away at Age 62

 City of Olean Fire Department

It is with a heavy heart that the City of Olean Fire Department announces that Firefighter Tracy Veno has passed away this morning at the age of 62.  At this time the family requests privacy as they deal with this untimely tragedy.   

Firefighter Veno was a family man first and foremost.  A loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Uncle.  The City of Olean Fire Department and City of Olean Municipal Building will miss “Peachy” with his great sense of humor and smile on his face.  The City of Olean Fire and Code Enforcement Departments will not be able to fill the void that his 39 years of experience brought to our Department.   

The City of Olean Fire Department will respect the Veno Family’s wishes as we move through the next few days.  We will certainly do our best to update our community as we receive information.  
Firefighter Tracy Veno, Badge #33, end of tour 12/10/2021.

Working Structure Fire on Scott Avenue in Wellsville


At 5:56 PM on Friday, Wellsville, Scio & Andover have been dispatched to a structure fire at 126 Scott Avenue in Wellsville. Report flames & smoke showing.

6:10 PM--Cancel mutual aid units.

Brent Jared "B.J." Stahl, 51, of Bradford, PA.

Brent Jared "B.J." Stahl


Brent Jared "B.J." Stahl, 51, of  Bradford, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Bradford Regional Medical Center. 

Born November 25, 1970 in Indiana, he was a son of Phyllis (Whited) Stahl, of Indiana and William C. Stahl, of Windber.

On January 9, 1993 in Clearfield, he married Andrea (Penoyer) Stahl, who survives.

B.J. graduated in 1989 from Apollo Ridge High School, and Gannon University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

He was employed at Seneca Allegany Casino as a security guard for over 15 years.

B.J. was a member of Church of the Ascension. 

He enjoyed talking about philosophy and politics, but music was his life. He loved to play guitar.

Surviving in addition to his parents, and wife Andrea of 28 years, is one daughter, Rebecca Sue Stahl, and one son, Wesley Stahl, both of Bradford.
 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Stanley and Loleta Stahl, and his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Margaret Whited.

Private services will be held at the convenience of family, with Rev. Stacey Fussell, Rector officiating. Burial will be in East Mahoning Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Episcopal Church of Ascension.  

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

MESSIAH COMMUNITY SING IS THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 12 PRESS RELEASE

Photo by John Eaton
Peggy Dettwiler (shown) will be conducting the "Messiah" Community Sing this Sunday, Dec. 12.
 
Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting the 17th Annual “Messiah: A Community Sing” this Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Wellsboro.

Composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, the “Messiah" is the signal work of the Christmas season for millions of people around the world, primarily because of the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Coordinating the community sing is Thomas Putnam, HG artistic director. "It lasts about an hour," Putnam said. "Handel took text from the Bible to tell the Christmas story. The music is beautiful. There are five choruses that those attending can sing together. Mansfield University choral program students sing the solos. Everyone is welcome to come and sing--or listen," said Putnam. 

Peggy Dettwiler, Mansfield University’s Choral Activities director, will conduct. At Mansfield, she directs the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Chamber Singers and teaches choral conducting and methods.

Audience members who want to join in singing the choruses are encouraged to sit in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocal sections on Dec. 12. Musical scores will be provided or participants can bring their own.

There will be plenty of room for audience members who choose to listen to all of the music but not sing. 

Vocal soloists from Mansfield University include: sopranos, Emma Criswell of Milton, Madison Felpel of Lititz, Deanna Mogianesi of Macungie and Lily Jean Woughter of Binghamton N.Y.; mezzo-soprano Taylor Stevens of Waynesboro; tenor, Carter Route of Canton; and baritones, Tyler Boyles of Williamsport and Andrew Clark of Owego, N.Y. The students are Vocal Performance, Music Education and/or Music Technology majors. 

Ken Myers of Port Allegheny, an MU alumnus, will play the organ. Also featured will be a string quartet including Ashley and John Paul Tobin of Williamsport; Jared Vamvakias of Boyertown, a sophomore Music Education and Performance major at MU; and Garet Holdren who teaches cello at MU.

Admission at the door is Pay-What-You-Can. Proceeds will benefit the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs. No reservations are required.  

For more information, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

Arrest made by Smethport Police Of Knife Wielding Suspect


District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on 12/10/2021, following reports of a man with a knife entering a residence on Holmes Street, Smethport Police Department have taken a person into custody. 

Officers with Smethport Police, McKean County Sheriff’s Department and Pennsylvania State Police responded to the area upon dispatch. Caleb Andrew Crenshaw was taken into custody and charged by Chief Patrick Warnick with 2 counts of Burglary; Kidnapping; 2 counts of Criminal Trespass; Terroristic Threats; Prohibited Offensive Weapons and Criminal Mischief. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge William Todd, who set bail at $350,000 straight. Additional charges are pending.

John "Jig" Fargo, 62, of Limestone, NY.

John "Jig" Fargo

John "Jig" Fargo, 62, of Limestone, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at Olean General Hospital.

Born October 28, 1959, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Bruce and Beverly (Yard) Fargo.

John worked for over 30 years at Georgia Pacific as well as a rural route carrier for the United States Post Office.

Jig was a true outdoors man. He loved to golf, fish and hunt. For many years he hunted and fished at the "Farber's" family camp. He and his good golfing friend Chris Barrile spent many days together. He was a social member of the Limestone American Legion Post 1560, as well as a member of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department. He spent many countless hours volunteering as a fundraiser for the department as well as anyone in need in the community. He was a person who freely offered his time and abilities to aid others.

Being a skilled pool player, he was a member of the Bradford Pool league and a teammate of Dan and Doug Whiteman for over 20 years. He was an avid fan of the Cowboys, Sabres, and Red Sox’s, “Hey Pat..., Sweet Caroline!”

Jig’s family and friends will remember him as a hardworking man with a great sense of humor, often filling the room with laughter.

Surviving is his wife, Lisa K. (Sertick) Fargo, two sons, Alex (Brittany Lamberth) Fargo, of Tampa FL, and Nicholas Smith of Limestone, one sister Kathleen (Mark) Peterson, of Niagara Falls NY, one brother Patrick (Patricia) Fargo, of Custer City, two uncles, and several cousins, nieces and nephews, Jigs also survived by one sister-in-law Paula Chance of Limestone NY, two brother-in-law’s, Jonathan Sertick, of Olean, NY and Tim McAndrew, of Limestone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister Sandra L. McAndrew, who died April 3, 2021.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Limestone Community Center.

Memorial contribution, if desired may be made to the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Ryan Michael Egger, 15, of Warren, PA

Ryan Egger

Ryan Michael Egger, 15, of Warren, PA., died Wednesday evening, December 8, 2021 at his residence.  

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc, 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 P.M.  A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA. at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Bill Beatty, Pastor, officiating.  

A complete obituary will be announced on Monday.

NY Governor Issues Mask Mandate For All Indoor Public Places

Allegany Hope

BULLETIN:  New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced minutes ago that masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places, starting next Monday, December 13, and continuing through January 15, unless business or venues implement a vaccine requirement.

PA Supreme Court strikes down school masking order

House Republican Leaders Applaud Court’s Ruling to Uphold Constitutional Powers

HARRISBURG – Following today’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissing the acting secretary of Health’s school masking order, Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and House Majority Leader Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) issued the following statement:

“We join the voices of millions of Pennsylvanians who are pleased to see our Commonwealth’s highest court agree that no unelected government bureaucrat should ever have the sole and unilateral authority to issue open-ended ‘orders’ – whether they focus on public health response or something else.

“This debate has never been about the effectiveness of masks in schools, or any other setting. It is about whether or not each branch of our state government and the officials who work in those branches will follow the law and respect our Constitution’s design that directs the legislative branch to make the laws that govern our people.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of how you feel about this particular issue. It shows that our system of checks and balances works in the interest of all people, so that no singular voice can silence the voice of free people who allow themselves to be governed.

“As we have strongly advocated for months, mitigations, strategies and decisions are best made at the local level. Today, local leaders are empowered to once again make the decisions that best fit the needs of their own communities as the challenges we face with regards to COVID-19 continue to evolve.”

Bradford Man Out on Bail After Allegedly Kicking Door Down

On December, 09th, 2021 at approximately 1449 hrs City of Bradford Police responded to 197 Jackson Avenue for a report of a male kicking in the door and gaining entry to the home. 

Upon arrival Officers observed the rear door had been kicked in and the male that entered was involved in a verbal altercation with an adult female also inside. 

The male identified as Joshua Corignani was taken into custody for Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. Upon arrest Corignani was found to be in possession of 72 pills which were Controlled Substances. 

Corignani was arraigned by the on call Magistrate David Engman and 25k cash bail was set. Corignani was able to post bail and is out awaiting preliminary hearing. 

Arrest Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 2:45pm  

Charges: CC 3503 A1(ii) Criminal Trespass CC 3304 A1 Criminal Mischief 780-113 A16 Possession of Controlled Substances

City of Bradford Police Find Deceased Male in Vehicle

City of Bradford Police

***Investigation***Investigation***Investigation***     

On 12/07/21 at approximately 0909 hrs, City of Bradford Police investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at the Poplin Avenue Callahan Park rear parking lot. 

A deceased male was found inside the vehicle. The investigation has determined there was no foul play and the male died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Bradford Police Defuse Situation After Shots Fired Incident

 City of Bradford Police

***Incident***Incident***Incident***


On 12/09/21 at approximately 1214 hrs City of Bradford Police responded to 237 North Onofrio Street for a mental health/welfare check. Just prior to Police arrival the male involved fired several gunshots from a handgun both inside his residence and outside the residence. At least one occupied structure and a shed were struck next to the subjects home. 

The male was identified as Daniel T. Minich whom resides at that address. 

City Police, Bradford Twp. Police, and Pennsylvania State Police all worked together to surround the house and provide protection to surrounding residents. 

City Police negotiated with Minich as he would not come out of the house. Through negotiation and de-escalation tactics Police were able to get Minich to throw the gun out of the front door and then surrender himself to Police safely. 

A search warrant was conducted at the scene and Officers found within the residence large amount of Methamphetamine. 

Minich was arraigned by District Magistrate Dominic Cercone and remanded to McKean County Jail with bail denied at this time. 

Arrest Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 12:15pm  

Charges: 18 PACC 2705 Recklessly Endangering Another Person (1 count) (M2) CC 2707.1 A Discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure (F3) CC 3304 A5 Criminal Mischief (M3) 780-113 A16 Possession of Controlled Substances (M

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 12/07/2021 to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-12-07 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 12/07/2021 to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford county. 78a56(a) - TEMPORARY STORAGE - Operator failed to contain regulated substances and wastes used at or generated at a well site in a tank, series of tanks or other storage structures approved by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-12-07 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 12/07/2021 to BLACKHILL ENERGY LLC in Springfield Twp, Bradford county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or unauthorized by the rules and regulations of DEP.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-12-07 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Dancing in Emporium

Several events planned in the upcoming weeks for adults to celebrate the holidays.  First up is a throw back to the 50’s and 60’s.  A Christmas Time will host a party featuring music of the era and a sampling of cocktails plus appetizers.  Tickets for the event Saturday December 18 are limited.  They can be purchased for $25.00 at A Christmas Time, the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and CDH Design.

Emporium Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary hosting a New Years Eve Dance.  DJ Smokin Sounds will provide the music.  Appetizers, beer, champaign toast and a midnight buffet included in the ticket price of $20.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office.  Both events are limited to 21 and older.

Robert D. “Farmer” Strait, Sr., 88, a lifelong resident of Turtlepoint, PA

Robert D. Strait, Sr.

Robert D. “Farmer” Strait, Sr., 88, a lifelong resident of Turtlepoint, PA passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in the Boone Health Hospital, Columbia, Missouri, after being taken ill on his way home from his annual hunting trip in Colorado.     

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care 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.

James R. Webster, age 79, of Elkland, PA

James R. Webster

James R. Webster, age 79, of Elkland, PA  passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. 

Born February 10, 1942 in Corning, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Webster and Betty (Burgess) Druetto. Jim married Rosalind Marcy on Oct. 4, 1961 and they have enjoyed 60 years together. 

He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1961 – 1965. 

US Air Force

Jim worked for Jim’s Esso Station in Elkland until he began farming. He also worked at Toshiba for five years but farming was his passion. Jim loved woodworking, flying; he was a student pilot since the age of 16 and spending time with his grandkids. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Rosalind; two daughters, Shawn Jelliff of Elkland and Sherri Main of Osceola; grandchildren, Jen Mitchell of Carlisle, Lisa and Marvin Reid of Manchester, CT, Stefan and Alyssa Main of Osceola and Skylar and Tyler Trimble of Lawrenceville; great grandchildren, Taylor, Cori and Kevin Mitchell, Marvin Jr., Lucas, Luna and Nova Reid, Oliver Main and Baby Trimble due in February; five brothers, four sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his son in law, Shawn L. Main. 

Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland on Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Monday, 11:00 AM with Rev. William O’Neil officiating. Burial will be in Butler Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Osceola Fire Department, 7654 Route 49, Osceola, PA 16942 or to the Elkland Library, 110 Parkway Ave., Elkland, PA 16920. www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.

Marion K. Doane, 86, of Fishing Creek Rd., Roulette, PA

Marion K. Doane
 

Marion K. Doane, 86, of Fishing Creek Rd., Roulette, PA passed away Wednesday (Dec. 8, 2921) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.    

Born March 16, 1935, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Leo and Florence Slingerland Teuscher.  On Sept. 24, 1954, in Roulette, she married Lynn E. Doane, who died July 22, 2010. 

Marion was lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1952.      

She had been employed with the former First National Bank, Coudersport, worked in medical records at Charles Cole Hospital, and most recently, worked at the West End Motel, Coudersport, before her retirement.    

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Roulette.    

Surviving is a son, Leslie E. Doane of Roulette; a daughter, Yvonne (Sal) Paneda of Eldred; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert L. Teuscher of Roulette; a sister, Muriel B. Valastak of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.      

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lynn, a son, Gregory, two daughters, Yvonne Paneda, Pamela, Doane; and two sisters, Evonne M. Teuscher and Elizabeth J. Ryder.     

A private visitation and funeral service will be held in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, with Rev. Marty Mongomery, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.     

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church, Roulette, or the Roulette Ambulance Service.     

Condolences can be made to:   Leslie E. Doane, 1091 Fishing Creek Rd., Roulette, PA 16746

Port Allegany Dispatched to Combine Fire


At 1:55 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Champlin Hill Road near Open Brook Road for a combine on fire in a field.

Eldred & Smethport also dispatched.

Edwin Paul Wetzel, 93, of Coudersport, PA

Edwin Paul Wetzel

Edwin Paul Wetzel, 93, of Coudersport, PA passed away peacefully, with family by his side, Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Sweden Valley Manor, after a brief illness.  

Mr. Wetzel was born September 3, 1928, in Coal Center, PA, the son of Christy Robert and Melda (Varney) Wetzel.  

After graduating from high school, he enlisted

US Marine Corps. Veteran

in the US Marine Corps at the age of 17, earned the rank of Corporal and served his country until his discharge in 1948.  

On November 20, 1948, in Allegany, NY, he married Merlyn Spring, enjoying 53 years together until her passing in 2001.  

Mr. Wetzel was employed for many years as a truck driver for Herr’s Trucking of Quarryville, PA.  His deliveries were always Monday through Friday, allowing him to spend every weekend with his family.  

After retiring from Herr’s, Ed still enjoyed being on the road, and spent time as a driver for Adelphia Cable Company.  He especially enjoyed trips to the Buffalo Sabers games with John Rigas.  

He also enjoyed transporting cars for Kightlinger Motors of Coudersport.  Ed always was a “car guy”, enjoying Pontiacs in particular, but his favorite car was always a “clean car”. 

Edwin is survived by 4 sons:  John Wetzel (Kimber) of Port Matilda, Michael Wetzel (Janice) of Ithaca, NY, Wayne Wetzel of Coudersport, and Scott Wetzel (Kathy) of Houston, TX; a brother:  Bob Wetzel of Lake Placid, FL; sister:  Emily Jordan of Olean, NY; sister-in-law:  Betty Nicoscia of Akron, NY; brother-in-law:  Jerry Spring of Allegany, NY; 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Merlyn, two sisters:  Mary Ellen Olson and Evelyn Jean, two brothers:  Everett G. and David L. Wetzel, daughter:  Linda, and son-in-law Paul Formanski. 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 N. East Street Coudersport, PA.  Private graveside services will be at the convenience of his family at Sweden Hill Cemetery next to his beloved Merlyn.  

Memorial Service at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Coudersport Ambulance Association 122 E. 2nd Street Coudersport, PA, or Potter County Hospice 102 S. Main Street Coudersport, PA.  

To share a memory or condolence with his family, visit:  www.thomasfickinger.com.

Grace C. Minteer, 90, of Coudersport, PA

Grace C. Minteer

Grace C. Minteer, 90, of Coudersport, PA passed away Wednesday (December 8, 2021) at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. 

She was born March 24, 1931 in Coudersport, the daughter of Leo and Hannah (Woodcock) Hall. On November 27, 1958 in Erie, PA she married Ernest J Caldwell, who passed away on May 19, 1999. On July 15, 2005 in Ellwood City, PA, she married Wayne Minteer, who died May 5, 2017.

 Grace was employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1993 after 24 years of service. She was a member of St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Port Allegany.

 She is survived by one daughter, Pamela J. (Ronald) Rapp of Coudersport and one son, Brian (Susette) Caldwell of Wellsboro, PA

 Two grandchildren: Jordan Caldwell and Morgan Rapp

 One great grandson:  Logan Caldwell

 One brother: James Hall of Erie, PA

 One sister: Patricia Damewood of Poplar Bluff, MO

 5 step children:  Rita Mahon, Gloria Beason, Ernie Caldwell, Brenda Lewis, and Beverly Gonder.

 Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and two sisters, Virginia Church and Donna Stone.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 11AM-1PM in the Hartle -Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany, where funeral and committal services will be held follow visitation at 1PM, with the Rev. Joann Piatko, officiating. Burial will be in the Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

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

 Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Geraldine T. “Gerri” POTOCEK, 88, of Coudersport, PA

Geraldine T. “Gerri” POTOCEK

Geraldine T. “Gerri” POTOCEK, 88, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  

Born March 25, 1933, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Gerald and Gertrude Pendell Thomas.  On May 26, 1951, in Coudersport, she married Robert F. Potocek, who predeceased her on January 2, 2012.  

Mrs. Potocek and her husband resided in Summerville, SC for 30 years.  

Surviving are:  three children, Diane (Jerry) Austin of Shelby, NC, Cindy (Richard) Speroni of Salamanca, NY, and Mark Robert (Shawn) Potocek of Ladson, SC;  five grandchildren;  nine great-grandchildren;  a sister, Sandra (William) Krous of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Barbara Lynn Potocek and Carolyn A. Berfield;  a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Austin;  and two sisters, Earline Wyatt and Raymah Fraley.  

The family will hold a private time of remembrance.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  

Memorials may be made to Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Kidney Foundation.  

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

Andrew Havalchak, 70, of Corning, NY

Andrew  Havalchak

Andrew "Andy," or as many friends knew him, “Ace” Havalchak, 70, of Corning, NY passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Highland Hospital in Rochester.  
 
Andy was born in Corning on February 4, 1951 to Charles and Anna (Minchie) Havalchak.
 
He was a graduate of Corning East High School and Penn State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in business and finance. 

After working for a year at Corning Inc., Andy went on to receive a Master’s of Business Administration from Syracuse University and his Certified Public Accountant license in 1975.  
 
On November 18, 1978, in Washington, D.C., Andy married Leonie "Lee" Morris at Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church.
 
He worked for five years as an auditor at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Corning in 1981 and embarking on his 35-year career as an accounting professor at Mansfield University, retiring professor emeritus in 2017. Over the years, he also served many clients through his private tax services.  
 
Above all, Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid traveler and took every opportunity to drive, fly, or ride to destinations near and far, including numerous visits to friends and dear relatives in Europe. Andy created and maintained meaningful connections with so many—his students, colleagues, neighbors, longtime friends, and new acquaintances. Andy cherished his time in Bethany Beach, Delaware, his home away from home. He was an enthusiastic sports fan and staunch supporter of all of his children's endeavors.  
 
Andy is survived by his wife, Lee, of 43 years; daughters, Anne (Adam) Gallegos of Springfield, PA and Emily (Tetteh) Quayenortey of Corning; sons, Gregory (Jennifer) Havalchak of Clifton Park and Charles Havalchak of Corning; nine granddaughters: Elliott, Norah, and Abigail Gallegos, Maya, Caroline, Chloe, and Quincy Quayenortey, Isabelle and Alexandra Havalchak; brother, Basil (Mary Ann) Havalchak; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Friends are invited to a public visitation on December 13, 2021 from 1:00-3:00PM and 5:00-7:00 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning. Andy was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, located at 61 Canada Road in Painted Post, and a service will be held there on December 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Father Dan Mahler officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery.  
 
Face masks are required by all those that attend the service at St. Mary's Orthodox Church.
 
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Andy’s name.

Andy's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.

Kenneth Calvin Painter, 75, Kane, PA

Kenneth Calvin Painter

Kenneth Calvin Painter, 75, passed away Friday, November 26th, 2021 in his home. 

He was born May 14, 1946 in New Kensington, PA to Harry and Barbara (Little) Painter. 

Ken was a graduate of Washington Township High School and received an associate’s degree in communications from Texas A & M, College

Vietnam War Veteran

Station, Texas. He worked for Pymatuning Telephone Company for 39 years. He was a lifetime NRA member and a lifetime member of the Reynolds VFW Post 7599. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. 

Ken was an avid Penn State football and wrestling fan. He was also an avid hunter and spent
many hours in the woods at his camp with his son Jon and his grandson, Kagan. His pride and joy was attending and watching his grandson Kagan play football and wrestle.

He is survived by a son, Jon (Jamie) Painter of Transfer, PA. A daughter, Mollie Painter-Steger and her husband John of North East. He also leaves behind a grandson, Kagan Painter and a granddaughter Brittany Painter. 

Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Painter. Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the Reynolds VFW Post 7599, 115 Edgewood Drive, Greenville, PA 16125.

Private family services with military honors will be conducted at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.

The Cummings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE--WIND ADVISORY

 
National Weather Service State College PA
1115 AM EST Fri Dec 10 2021
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM SATURDAY TO 1 AM EST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph
expected.

* WHERE...Warren, McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Clearfield,
Cambria and Somerset Counties.


* WHEN...From 1 PM Saturday to 1 AM EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may
result.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest wind and gusts Saturday
afternoon and evening will occur a few hours before and after a
strong cold front passes through. Thunderstorms with even
stronger wind gusts are also possible. The highest gusts will be
on the ridge tops.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

For high wind safety information, visit weather.gov/wind.

The latest forecast information can be found on the
NWS State College Facebook page and Twitter @NWSStateCollege,
or on the web at weather.gov/ctp.

&&
For more information from the National Weather Service visit
http://weather.gov/ctp

Wind Advisory issued December 10 at 12:21PM EST until December 12 at 1:00AM EST by NWS Buffalo
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM SATURDAY TO 1 AM EST SUNDAY...
* WHAT...West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 55 mph
expected.
* WHERE...Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
* WHEN...From 3 PM Saturday to 1 AM EST Sunday.
* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may
result.

INSTRUCTIONS: Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

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Policy Committee Hears Concerns, Ideas for Better Stream, Creek Maintenance to Prevent Flooding


The House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, heard from government officials, conservation leaders and landowners in Wellsboro this week about the need to better maintain creeks and streams to prevent flooding.

Prior to the hearing, which I co-hosted with Rep. Clint Owlett, we had the opportunity to tour a number of obstructed streams that led to flooding in the Knoxville area of Tioga County earlier this year.

The hearing featured testimony from county and local officials in Tioga and Bradford counties; conservation officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), PA Fish and Boat Commission and local conservation districts; and farmers and landowners.

While those of us in the Northern Tier are well aware of this problem, the hearing provided a great opportunity to help educate members in other areas of the state about the issue. This will be helpful as we work to develop and gain support for policy solutions.

Click here to read more.

Video of the hearing and written testimony is available at www.PAGOPPolicy.com.
 
 
Capitol Christmas Tree Returns


Holiday spirit has returned to the state Capitol rotunda in the form of a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree!

Donated by Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, the Douglas fir is decorated with handmade ornaments from Pennsylvania senior citizens and preschoolers and lit with hundreds of LED lights. A metal-fabricated star made by employees at the state Department of General Services is placed on top.
 
 
Citizen-Drawn Preliminary District Map Released

A preliminary congressional district map, drawn by a resident of Pennsylvania, not a lawmaker, has been released as part of the most open and transparent redistricting process in our state’s history.

The citizen-drawn map was one of the 19 verified statewide maps submitted to the House State Government Committee through its online mapping tool. It can be viewed at PaRedistricting.com, where Pennsylvanians can also comment on the map. The introduction of this map is a starting point, and policymakers look forward to hearing the thoughts of residents from across the state about how this map would impact their community and how they are represented in Washington, D.C.

With the preliminary map released and introduced in the House, the next step is to garner feedback from residents and move the map through the legislative process. To that end, the House State Government Committee held an informational meeting on the map and is expected to take up map legislation at its next meeting on Monday.

In addition to the ability to comment on the preliminary citizen map, residents can also watch or read testimony from one of the 12 previously held hearings and view previously submitted statewide maps, communities of interest and public comments at PaRedistricting.com.
 
 
Tis the Season…for Holiday Scams

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are reminding consumers to be vigilant against fraud and scams associated with holiday shopping. Five common scams to watch out for this season include:

1. Hacked Account Scam – A scammer may use technology to make it seem like your financial institution is calling you to inform you that your card or account has been compromised. They may have details like the last four numbers of your card or listing of recent purchases. This is an attempt to establish credibility and create an urgency to prevent additional fraudulent activity, while seeking additional sensitive financial information. Your financial institution will not call you unsolicited and ask for details such as your Social Security number, account or credit card numbers, or password. Always contact your financial institution directly using the phone number from your statement, bank card or their website to verify any calls from the institution.

2. Unbelievable Price on Hard-to-Find Items – Everyone enjoys a bargain, but if the item you’re looking to purchase is showing for significantly less than compared to every major retailer, it is likely fraudulent. The scammer will try to sell you a plausible, but ultimately fictional, reason for the price difference. Fraudsters will tell you there are multiple people interested, but they’ll let you buy it if you send payment immediately. Once you send the money, you’ll receive bogus shipping information or never hear from them.

3. Bank Deposit Holiday Hustles – Having your checking or savings account information used for depositing mystery shopper checks or other deposits whose funds you don’t know the source of can lead to financial loss and difficulty reestablishing banking services. When you endorse or sign a check, you are vouching for the legitimacy of those funds being available. A scam artist may send you a check for an amount to buy certain items to send somewhere, allowing you to keep a portion for yourself. If that check or funds are fraudulent, you will be liable for the entire balance.

4. Copycat Websites – Identity theft can occur despite taking precautions. Consumers can help reduce the chance of having their personal or financial information stolen by practicing safe online shopping. Malicious emails can appear to be from legitimate retail stores. Do not click on these links. Instead, bookmark the URL for your favorite stores to ensure you are accessing the appropriate site. If purchasing items online, be sure to monitor your accounts after for fraudulent or unauthorized charges.

5. Gift Cards – Gift cards can be a versatile and practical holiday gift but remember that no government agency will ever ask you to pay a fine, fee or penalty with a gift card. If you receive a call telling you to pay a debt or some other cost via gift card, that is a red flag of a scam. Hang up immediately. Once a scammer has the codes and pins from a gift card, it is extremely difficult to recover any funds.

Pennsylvanians who have fallen victim to a scam can contact their financial institution and local police department through non-emergency channels. Additionally, victims can file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

In addition, the free “See Something, Send Something” smartphone application enables people to report suspicious activity. Consumers are encouraged to capture photographs, screenshot and other information and send directly to the PSP. Tips can also be sent to tips@pa.gov.
 
 
Give the Gift of Education this Holiday Season with PA 529

The holiday season is the perfect time to save for the future with the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Getting started with PA 529 is easier than ever before. There’s no minimum deposit to open an account and contributions of as little as $1 can be made any time. Anyone can contribute to a child’s PA 529 account with a Ugift code, and gift contributions may be PA state income tax deductible.

There are two plans to help families save, including the PA 529 Investment Plan, with earnings tied to financial markets, and the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan, where earnings are tied to tuition inflation. Families can choose the plan that best meet their savings goals.

More information is available at www.PA529.com.
  
 
2022 PA Fishing Licenses, Permits, Gift Vouchers on Sale

Looking for the perfect gift for the angler in your life? Or wanting to get a jump on the next fishing season yourself?

Fishing licenses, permits and vouchers for the 2022 season are on sale now through the HuntFishPA online portal, on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, on your smartphone using the FishBoatPA mobile app, or by visiting one of nearly 700 retail license issuing agents. All 2022 licenses, permits, a unique collectible license button, and vouchers purchased now are valid immediately for up to 13 months, from Dec. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022.

To learn more, click here.