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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Shinglehouse Man Charged With Terroristic Threats


Coudersport PSP Are Seeking Information For A Burglary In West Branch TWP.


Unknown Injuries And Disabling Damage in One Vehicle Crash On RT. 6 In Pike TWP.


Port Allegany dispatched for a Fire Alarm

600 North Main street for a residential fire alarm.

Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc Elects Officers for 2022

 Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc

With 2021 coming to an end, CVFC is looking forward to a safe and prosperous 2022. 

Annual elections were held at the December meeting, the results are as follows : 

Line officers -
Chief Scott Sharp
1st Assistant Chief Scott Evans
2nd Assistant Chief Mike Hayward
Captain Ed Miller
Lieutenant Shane Kreamer 

Executive Board-
President Dennis Sharp
Vice President Andrew Myers
Secretary Jessica Hammond
Treasurer Ron Truax
Assistant Treasurer Scott Evans  

CVFC responded to 53 calls for service last year.
Average time from initial dispatch to first unit responding was 6 minutes with an average of 7 members per call.

Cameron County House Decorating Winners

Top vote getter was the home of Mark Farren at 374 Meadow Road.

Second place awarded to Roger and Dixie Schweikart at 1794 Gardeau Road

third place the home of Audra and Jody Reid at 109 West Fourth Street.

L&M Lumber sponsored the Cameron County House Decorating Contest, and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce staff confirm voting hit an all time high.  “We had more than 200 individual votes for the contest,” says chamber director Tina Johns Solak.  

People spent time driving around the county viewing ten properties.  Voting could be by paper ballots or online at the chamber website.  Johns Solak says most votes came in from the web site.  

The three owners receiving chamber bucks purchased by Mike and Linda Songer from L&M Lumber.

The Cole Foundation would like to thank everyone that participated in this year's Light Up A Life Event!


Structure Fire, Brookfield Township By Dept 5 Social Media

Structure Fire, Brookfield Township
Incidents, News / By Dept 5 Social Media

Dept 5 Crary Hose, Dept 16 Clymer Township and Dept 26 Sabinsville Ambulance were dispatched 12/31/2021 at 18:36 to 1988 California Rd, Brookfield Township to the scene of a structure fire, reported house fire with possible entrapment. Chief 5 arrived on-scene and reported a working structure fire, double-wide trailer fully involved and established Brookfield Command. A second alarm was immediately stuck and additional tanker support from Dept 6 Knoxville-Deerfield, Dept 17 Chatham Township, and Dept 20 Harrison Township was requested. Dept 3 Elkland was requested for RIT assignment. A tanker fill site was established at the pond adjacent to Sylvester Quality Meats.

Engine 5-3 arrived with a crew of 4 and quickly put a hoseline into service to attempt to knock down the blaze near the inhabitable area of the structure to enable a search, but was quickly met with prohibitively adverse fire and structural conditions which prevented any further interior operations. Chief 5 called for a defensive attack. A second hoseline was put into service as crews arrived from Dept 16 Clymer Township, Dept 17 Chatham Township, Dept 6 Knoxville-Deerfield and Dept 20 Harrison Township. Additional efforts were made to visually search the remaining structure as exterior operations began to darken the fire. Thankfully no inhabitants were found in the structure.

Extinguishment and overhaul efforts continued, with the fire being declared out at 20:13. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cover assignments for Depts 5, 6, 16 and 20 were handled by Dept 47 Tri Town (Ulysses), Dept 14 Osceola Township, Dept 10 Goodyear Hose (Galeton) and Whitesville Fire, respectively.

Thank you to all who responded and volunteered your time on New Year’s Eve. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those affected by this fire.

Genesee Township Volunteer Fire /Ems Dept. Station 37 · 2022 Elections

 Genesee Township Volunteer Fire /Ems Dept. Station 37

2022 Elections 

Board Chairman: Mark Steven
Vice Chairman: Aaron J Kuhn (AJ)
Board Member: Tyler Cook
President: Daunte Adam's
Vice President: David Ransom
Secretary:  Sara Kuhn
Treasurer: Carmen Adams 

Chief: Chris Inzana
1st Assistant: Steve Baker
2nd Assistant: Chuck Inzana
Captain: Aaron J Kuhn (AJ)
Captain: Tyler Cook
Captain: David Ransom
Lieutenant: Matt Cornell
Safety Officer: John Kuhn
EMS Chief:Roy Ward
Captain: Mark Steven
Fire Police: Aaron L. Kuhn
Fire Police: Skip Baker
Fire Police: Ken Collins  

Here’s to another great year!


FIRST News Now

FNN Article © Saturday, January 1, 2022. 

WESTFIELD, PA - A Westfield man lost his home when it was consumed by flames early Friday evening December 31, 2021, in Brookfield Township. 

Fire crews from Crary Hose Company (out of Westfield) and Clymer Hose Company (out of Sabinsville), along with an ambulance were first to be dispatched to the house fire around 6:38PM. 

Early reports indicated that possibly a male resident may have been entrapped inside the home.  Immediately Westfield fire personnel requested Elkland RIT to respond to the home located at 1988 California Road in Westfield, PA. 

It was stated that heavy flames from the home could be seen from a half mile away.  
Westfield fire personnel arrived on scene at 6:44PM and reported that the house was fully involved.  It was then decided that a defensive attack would need to be used as other units arrived on scene to assist.   

Tankers from Knoxville/Deerfield Fire Department, Chatham Fire Department (out of Little Marsh) and Harrison Valley Fire Department were requested.  Pennsylvania State Police were also notified of the blaze and the Fire Marshal was asked for.   

A short time later, ambulances from Coudersport and Valley Ambulance, as well as fire units from Wellsboro were dispatched to the fire scene.  

Arriving firefighters quickly initiated a rescue for the victim still thought to have been seen inside the home.  Due to the severe fire the home started collapsing, forcing determined firefighters to back out and prevented them from continuing their rescue as the aggressive fire intensified.
By 7:00PM the home was reported completely involved in flames as firefighters continued their defensive attack on the stubborn blaze. 

Within a half hour firefighters had knocked down the fire by 7:15PM.  The fire was brought under control around 7:31PM. 

A bystander at the scene was said to have been loaded into an ambulance and transported to the hospital for an unknown cause.  At the same time, Pennsylvania State Police had one person in custody.  It was relayed to FNN that police had taken the homeowner into custody, no other information was provided. 

The smoldering home was searched by firefighters and they did not locate anyone's body.  

Firefighters had spent nearly 1 hour and 15 minutes battling the blaze before it was finally extinguished at 8:13PM. 

Throughout the rest of the evening fire units from other departments were slowly cleared from the fire location. 

The Fire Marshal and Westfield fire personnel finished their job and they were able to be cleared from the fire scene by 11:32PM. 

FNN learned that the home was a 1998 four bedroom mobile home that was approximately 1620 square feet in size.  The home was a total loss.  No word has been released as to the cause of the fire.    

A great job was done by all those who rushed to assist at this fire scene.  

Cole Foundation Thanks You For Donations


Winter Weather Advisory issued January 01 at 11:59AM EST until January 02 at 6:00PM EST by NWS Buffalo

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations
of up to 2 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of
an inch.
* WHERE...The western Southern Tier.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM EST Sunday.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

INSTRUCTIONS: Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery
roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while
Submit snow and ice reports through our website or social media.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

A Look at the Weather Forecast from National Weather Service in State College

New Year's Day
A chance of rain before 2pm, then showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 53. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. 

Showers, mainly before 1am. Low around 35. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 

Rain showers and sleet likely before 1pm, then a chance of snow showers and freezing rain between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of snow showers after 4pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 28 by 5pm. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 

Sunday Night
A slight chance of snow showers before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 

Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Galeton Police Seeking Information on Hit and Run on 91 Year Old Male Pedestrian


Update From Kim Hoak Recovering From Covid at Clearfield Hospital

 Kim Hoak

I just wanted to say thank you and Happy New Year to all my family and friends. I’m still in the hospital, and nothing has really improved. I’m ok - just can’t get my oxygen and lungs to work. I do so appreciate all of the texts, Facebook posts, messages, and voicemails. They make my days. 

There’s very little that can be done to improve my status - time and patience they say. So I’m being patient! 

One doctor described trying to treat Covid and related effects of it as “It’s like throwing a cup of water in the ocean.” 

Thank you all for the prayers and support!! Please continue with those! 

I also wanted to thank you all for the love, support, and prayers which you all extended to my daughter Cristol Brooke. She had 4 surgeries, radiation treatment for cancer, and an overall miserable year with her health. She persevered and she is doing well now. She’s tough! Also thank you for your prayers and support when daughter Autumn had her surgery. It ended up being more extensive than was anticipated, but she came out of it fine. 

So for all you have done for me and my family - I thank you and wish you the very best of new years. Peace, blessings, and God Bless. Kim

Bradford Dispatched To Possible House Fire

At 10:00 AM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to Valley Brook Drive for a possible house fire.

10:06 AM--NO FIRE. Steam from a clothes dryer.

Shinglehouse ambulance to North Oswayo Street

For difficulty breathing.

Wellsboro Fire Dept. Elects 2022 Officers

In the month of December, annual elections were held, resulting in the following as the officers for 2022. 

Fire Chief : Lonnie Campbell
1st Asst. Chief : Chad Boyce
2nd Asst. Chief : Mike Pierce
3rd Asst. Chief : Josh Simmons
Fire Police Capt. : Rick Champaign 
President : Scot Boyce, Sr. 
Vice President : John Pagano
Secretary : Austin Dunham
Treasurer : Sue Champaign
Trustees : Tyler Huck, Steve Daugherty, Peter Lupkowski

Truck-Lite Is Hiring 1st And 2nd Shifts


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 Thursday & 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 Thursday & Friday 10-5 Sat. 9-4 25


Lakeview Is Hiring Full-Time And Part-Time Postions


Ulysses Township Reorganization Meeting January 3rd


Galeton Weather Report December 2021

December was a mild start of winter. Most daily readings were in the 20's in the morning hours and then 40's and even a few 50's.  There was no zero reading and the coldest I noted was 13 degrees on the 20th. It is unusual to have a mild December, but it happens.  The average high temperature is 34 degrees for December and the average low is 19 degrees.

We received 2.43" of rain and melted snow.  Last year  we received 4.66"   The average rainfall and melted snow is 3.17".  Snowfall this year was 3.14" and last year we received 27.8".
For the year we received 46.59" of rain and melted snow. That was 3.30" above the 20 year average. This year we received 34.46" of snow which was 19.50" below the 20 year average.

We measured 1" or more snow on the ground on just two days with the greatest snow depth of 2" on the 1st. We recorded a trace of snow on 6 days.  We had 5 mornings with fog with heavy fog on two mornings.

Don't put away the shovels or plows just yet. Keep the snowmobiles at the ready.

Henry W. Lush
National Weather Service Observer 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Germania Fire Dept. was dispatched to assist Cross Fork with a structure fire

On December 31, at 8:45 pm Germania Fire Dept. was dispatched to assist Cross Fork  on Trout Run Road, 2 miles South of Kettle Creek Rd. for a fully involved Cabin fire.

Westfield, Clymer Dispatched For House Fire On California Road

At 6:38 PM on Friday, Westfield & Clymer Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 1988 California Road for a report of a house fire.

Elkland has been dispatched for RIT. 

Chief 5 reports working structure fire observed from 1 mile away. Tankers requested from Knoxville, Little Marsh & Harrison Valley. Blossburg with rehab. Fire Marshal. Co-ordinators.

7:31 PM--Fire under control. Extensive mop up anticipated.

Randall Randy Battles, 67, of Jamestown, NY

Randall Lee Battles 

Randall Randy Battles, 67, of Jamestown, NY passed away December 27, 2021 at UPMC Hamot. 

He was born December 19, 1954 in Bradford, PA the son of Donald and Gloria Battles. 

Arrangements entrusted to Riccardi’s Hubert Funeral Home. 

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THURSDAY Update: Holidays Slow Testing, Vaccination Rates

Potter County Today
December 30th, 2021

Pennsylvania set a single-day record on Wednesday with 17,520 additional COVID-19 cases reported statewide, and 304 deaths, the highest such statewide total since last winter. 

Meanwhile, the case count and death toll in Potter County has been trending downward in recent days. There were 16 more confirmed cases and no reported COVID-related fatalities between Friday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 30.

Entering Thursday, there have been 2,574 total cases and 78 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic was declared. 

Potter County’s “active” case count has fallen to 83. Those are residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past two weeks and are considered highly contagious. For each case that is confirmed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are four or more undiagnosed cases in a given population.

Health care officials caution against reading too much into the recent statistics. Relatively few people have been tested over the past week due to the Christmas holiday. Additionally, Potter County’s “test positivity rate” is very high at 32 percent. It far exceeds the statewide (13.3 percent) and national (7.8 percent) figures. The rate represents the proportion of residents tested for the virus who are confirmed as infected.

The holiday season has also slowed the number of Potter County residents being vaccinated. Just under 44 percent (6,881 people) of those 5 and older have now received at least one dose. 

UPMC Cole offers the vaccine to eligible patients at its outpatient offices. 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.

Olean Police Arrest Two for Burglary of Business on West State Street

Kranock                                                                                     Cook

City of Olean, NY Police Department

Two people were arrested yesterday afternoon by the Criminal Investigation Unit for a Burglary that took place December 27th. at approximately 2:00 a.m. at a W. State St. business. 

42 year old Larry Cook of 118 E. Green St. and 37 year old Thomas Kranock who gave no permanent address were both charged with Burglary 3rd. degree ( D Felony) and Petit larceny ( A Misdemeanor) for entering the rear of the business and stealing property. 

Kranock and Cook were issued appearance tickets for arraignments in Olean City Court on January 11th.

Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department 2022 Election Results

Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department 2022 Election Results   

President - Rob Mitchell
Vice President- Stan Gleason
Secretary- Jerry Ruhlman
Treasurer- Jerry Johnson  

Cody Jordan
Steve DiBernardo
Tom Baker  

President- Don Fowler
Vice President- Stan Gleason
Secretary- Jerry Ruhlman
Treasurer- Jerry Johnson  

Stan Gleason
Steve DiBernardo
Cody Jordan  

Line Officers:
Chief - Don Fowler
Asst Chief - Rob Mitchell
FP Capt - Jerry Johnson

Air Medical Dispatched For Victim Of Gunshot In Birdsall

At 4:35 PM on Friday, EMS is arriving on scene of an accidental shooting in the 8000 block of County Road 16 in Birdsall. 

An 18 year old male is reported to have a gunshot wound to the side. 

Angelica Fire Dept. has been dispatched to set up a landing zone for Mercyflight to transport to Strong Memorial in Rochester.

Mercyflight airborne to Strong at 5:14 PM.

Roulette Ambulance to Main Street

At 3:34 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Main Street for 2 patients with difficulty breathing.

First Night Bradford To Bring In 2022


Bradford Dispatched To Possible 3 Vehicle Crash in City

At 1:45 PM on Friday, Bradford City Fire & EMS dispatched to vehicle crash in front of Northwest Savings Bank at Congress & Main Street. Report no entrapment. Possibly 3 vehicle accident.

Report minor crash. Occupants denying injuries.

Smethport Dispatched to One Vehicle Rollover Crash Friday Morning


Smethport Fire Department Inc.

At 8:02am, 12/31 SFD was dispatched for a MVA at 19434 Route 6 near Jane Ware Road.  The  vehicle traveling west on Rt 6 when it went off the right side of the road, sheared off a Verizon telephone pole, and rolled multiple times coming to rest off the road in the brush.  

The driver was out of the vehicle upon SFD  arrival and refused treatment, but was evaluated by Priority Care Ambulance. 

PSP were on scene,  and vehicle was removed by Knightlinger Motors.  SFD responded with E-24 and Fire Police were able to operate with a single lane of traffic during the incident.   Chief 220 took command and all units were back in service at 10:00am 


Vehicle Serach Leads To Possession With Intent To Distribute Charges

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that, on December 31, 2021, Foster Township Police arrested Eric Walter Newburg for crimes related to possession of a controlled substance.

Newburg is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Substance; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Investigating Officer, Eric Neiswonger, of Foster Township Police, filed the charges against Newburg following a traffic stop in Foster Township of a vehicle in which Newburg was a passenger.  

The charges followed a search of the vehicle which yielded approximately 1 pound of marijuana and numerous other items including dozens of small baggies and a grinder.

Newburg was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Dominic Cercone who set bail at $10,000 straight and Newburg was remanded to the McKean County Jail.

State Police Announces Christmas Holiday Crashes and Enforcement Results

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 488 motor vehicle crashes, which killed six people and injured 90 others, during the Christmas holiday weekend from December 24-26, 2021.

Alcohol was a factor in 8% of the crashes, including one fatal crash, and resulted in 181 DUI arrests. State Troopers also arrested 158 individuals on criminal charges and issued 4,007 traffic citations.


Year Total Crashes Fatal Crashes People Killed People Injured Alcohol-Related Crashes Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2021 (3 days) 488 4 6 90 41 1
2019 (3 days) 376 0 0 78 40 0


Year DUI Arrests Speeding Citations Child Seat Citations Seat Belt Citations Other Citations
2021 (3 days) 181 1,131 24 124 2,728
2019 (3 days) 179 1,885 17 181 3,800

More information on 2021 Christmas holiday enforcement, broken down by troop, is available here. These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the state police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and mitigation efforts that were in place throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time, statistical information was not collected during the 2020 Christmas holiday driving period.

With New Year's Eve celebrations still ahead this week, state police will once again be on the lookout for impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Remember to plan ahead for a safe ride home before heading out, especially if your holiday plans involve alcohol.  

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit

United Way Community Impact Recipients for 2022

Bradford, PA — The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. has made their decisions on the local 501 C 3 non-profit organizations that will be receiving grants from the current “All In” campaign for the 2022 calendar year.  

“This is not an easy process for the Board of Directors,” says Executive Director Sarah Lonzi.  “We received upwards of forty applications across our three served communities. All of these applications were worthy and we are confident in our decisions on how to allocate the dollars raised for the next year.  It is important to note that if the campaign falls short each agency will have a deduction of that percentage from what they are expected to receive.”

The 2022 recipients of the Community Impact grants are:  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, CARE for Children, CASA, Catholic Charities, Destinations – Bradford, Bradford Hospital Foundation Meals on Wheels, Evergreen Elm, Friendship Table, Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center, Growing with Grace, A Partnership in Housing, The Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, Port Allegany Area Recreation, S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library, Port Allegany Fire Department, Hamlin Memorial Library, McKean County Historical Society, Smethport Memorial Recreation Center, Smethport Senior Center, and The United Methodist Church Pre-School (Smethport), .  It is your generous donations that will allow for these organizations to continue their quality programming in 2021 to our family, friends and neighbors. 

The United Way campaigns currently stand at: Bradford – 66%, Smethport – 80% and Port Allegany – 34% -- it is clear there is a ways to go with only a few weeks left in the campaign.  If you are considering a pledge to the United Way, please contact the office at 814-368-6181 or at and we will be happy to help you be “All In For Your Community”!

Accidental Shooting In Columbus TWP.


Fire Origin Undetermined In Huston TWP.



Liberty Township


January 3, 2022
4859 Route 155
Port Allegany, PA. 16743

Call To Order
1. Ambulance Report for December, 2021
2. Fire Report for December, 2021.
3. Secretary’s Report for December 9, 2021.
4. Treasurer’s Report for January, 2022
1. PSATS Conference Materials
2. PSATS annual dues letter
3. Upper Pine Creek meeting minutes
4. Letter from DEP regarding Stream Evaluation Report.
5. Approval letter from DEP for Baker/McNamara Subdivision
New Business
1. Sign new Agreement between township and Roger Bickleman
2. Sign letter from Roger Bickleman naming him as SEO and naming Russ Braun for alternate SEO.
3. Sign Certificate of Election of Treasurer
4. Sign Resolution No. 1-22 for Disposition of Tax Records
Old Business
Public Concerns

Recent Obituaries at Buckheit Funeral Chapel


Janet Irene Cushing

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Robert L. Neri

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

James Scott

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
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Penn State announces spring semester classes will remain in person

Penn State announces spring semester classes will remain in person despite omicron concern

PSU said earlier this month it would make a final decision Dec. 30, and that final decision was to stick with its original plan to avoid remote learning.

Betty J. Morris, age 91, of Westfield, PA

Betty J. Morris

Betty J. Morris, age 91, of Westfield, PA passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at the Green Home in Wellsboro.  

Born December 18, 1930 in Little Marsh, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Mary (Wass) Short.  Betty married Robert Morris in 1957; he preceded her in death on January 27, 2000.  

She worked as the manager of Rosenbloom's furniture until retiring. 

She is survived by her sister in law, Gail L. Short of Little Marsh; her estranged son, Lloyd (Kimberly) Morris and granddaughter, Ava Morris of Idaho and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Betty was preceded in death by a nephew, Tony Close; sister, Linda Parker; niece, Kathy Davis and her brother, Ronald Short.  

Per Betty's wishes there will be no services.  Burial will be in Ackley Cemetery.  

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield.

Barbara J. Thomas, 89, of 70 Boss Street, Bolivar, NY

Barbara J. Thomas 

Barbara J. Thomas, 89, of 70 Boss Street, Bolivar, NY passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at home following a lengthy illness. 

Born on March 10, 1932 in Hornell, she was the daughter of Robert and Betty Galusha Nicholson. Barb married Robert Thomas on August 26, 1950 in Bolivar; Mr. Thomas preceded her in death in 1999.

Barb was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School. She owned and operated the family flower shop “Nicholson Flower Shop” in Bolivar for many years. Later she was employed by the Cuba Cheese Shop for ten years prior to her retirement. Barb was a former member of the Bolivar Country Club.

Surviving are two children, John Thomas and Anne (Dave) Nenno both of Bolivar; seven grandchildren, Shelley Thomas, Dacey Smith, Tina Sallazzo, Eric Nenno, Cady Dunning, Joe Chase and Kelley Chase; eighteen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Selinda Smith in 2002 and Barbara Chase in 2015; a grandson Robert Thomas; one sister Anne Saunders and a loving companion Wayne “Bob” Torrey in 2021.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to Bolivar Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 460 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral home, Inc., Bolivar, NY.

Coudersport Ambulance to Olmstead Road

At 10:22 AM on Friday, Coudersport ambulance has been called to Olmstead Road for syncope.

H. John Driebelbies, age 82, of Mansfield, Pa.

H. John Driebelbies

H. John Driebelbies, age 82, of Mansfield, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at his home. 

He was born on July 6, 1939, in Blossburg, Pa., a son of Harry and Mary (Kennedy) Driebelbies. John was married to Betsy (French) Driebelbies for 57 years. 

He was a frost operator for Osram Sylvania and worked at Dresser Manufacturing and Merganthaler as a mechanic for 23 years. John enjoyed reading, hunting and painting.

John is survived by his wife; three sons, Vincent Driebelbies of Wellsboro, Pa., John (Ruby) Driebelbies of Wellsboro, Pa. and Tony (Caryn) Driebelbies of Frederick, Md.; a daughter, Barbara Louden of Wellsboro, Pa.; six grandchildren, Samantha, Pat, Megan, Erin, Ryan and Dixie; six great grandchildren, Jasmine, Anthony, Melanie, Missy, Arlo and Henry; a brother, Philip (Beverly Dillon) Driebelbies of Corning, N.Y.; and a sister, Betty (Carl) Kurtz of Galeton, Pa.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Second Chance Animal Sanctuary 725 Gee Rd., Tioga, Pa., 16946 or American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas, 75284. 

Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, Pa. is assisting the family.

Smethport Dispatched to One Vrhicle Crash on Rt. 6

 Car into pole between Pierce Brook and Jane Ware Road.

Hilltop Dispatched to Crash on Droney Road

100 yards from Vavalos. Vehicle into a tree. Unknown if injuries.

Think About It

This Next Year I’m …
Pastor B.J. Knefley

Each New Year has its resolutions of the things we intended to have different in the coming year. Perhaps we speak forth our desires of the things we wish to change, or the new things we want to try. Perhaps we have dreams that are yet unfulfilled, or we just want our life to be different somehow. We are tired of the same old stuff. The same issues and frustrations are constant reminders that our lives have not gone anywhere. Our future looks as bleak as our past has been, and although we would like things to be different this next year, we don’t really hold out any hope.

I know a family that has been through much this past year. Actually, they have been through much over the past several years. Facing yet another issue, one of the parents asked if anything good could come out of what they were dealing with. Seeing only the problem, and the need to walk through yet another “issue”, the future didn’t seem all that hopeful. It is in these times that we all might like to crawl back into bed and wake up on a different day. But life doesn’t work that way, and although we might wish things would go away, the only way they will, is when we jump in the midst of them. That is exactly what this family has done. Instead of having the events of their lives control them; they are taking an active approach in working through them.

As an outsider looking into the lives of many people, I am often able to observe things that they are not able to see. Take for example the family that I was referring to. I have watched this family grow stronger. The relationship of the couple has grown stronger through their trials. Where they once lacked the self-confidence, they now are willing to take to steps that a year ago they could not have. I have watched the whole family grow emotionally and spiritually. How are they doing this? They are practicing faith in a way that brings hope amid trials. Easy? No, but the outcome of their effort is making them stronger.  Want life to change? Perhaps you’ll need to look past the trial and into the arena of faith that produces hope. Think about it.

Elliots Lumber Is Looking For A Full-Time Logging Contractor


Ulysses Township Reorganization Meeting January 3rd


Pleasant Valley Township Supervisors Meetings Announcment


Lakeview Is Hiring Full-Time And Part-Time Postions


Ring In The New Year At The Seneca Inn


New Years Eve Bingo At The Eldred Township Fire Dept.


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 Thursday & 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 Thursday & Friday 10-5 Sat. 9-4 25