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Saturday, March 5, 2022

EMS Responding To Victim of Accidental Gunshot

At 7:35 PM on Saturday, Rushford Ambulance has been dispatched to County Road 23 for a juvenile female with an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen. Paramedics & air medical are also responding.

Wildcat Weekly 2021-22; Penn College softball team seeks continued growth

“Last season served the program very well to get experience playing at the next level. I am grateful to have so many returners with that experience to build upon,” Pennsylvania College of Technology softball coach Angela Hunley said reflecting on 2021 and looking to this year

Hunley’s reference was to a team that — despite COVID-19 restrictions — finished 19-5 overall, captured the North Eastern Athletic Conference (since rebranded United East) championship and reached the NCAA Division III Regional tournament, finishing among the top 48 of 414 D-III teams in the country.


When her third edition of the Wildcats take the field on Monday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, they will do so with four all-conference first-team honorees — senior pitcher Kyla Benner, of Bethlehem; senior second baseman Olivia Hemstock, of Northford, Connecticut; junior first baseman Jordan Specht, of Frederick, Maryland; and sophomore third baseman Margaret Mangene, of Boalsburg — and second-team honoree junior catcher Ivvy Morder, of Mechanicsburg. Hemstock and Specht also were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region third team a year ago. Read more......

Dolores Mae Peters, 92, a longtime resident of Coudersport, formerly of York, PA

Dolores Mae Peters 
“beloved mother and grandmother”

Dolores Mae Peters, 92, a longtime resident of Coudersport, formerly of York, PA, passed away at UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, on Sunday, February 27, 2022, after a short illness.

Dolores Mae Brown (Peters) was born on January 7, 1930, in Manchester, Pennsylvania, the only child of Eva and Guy Brown and stepfather Claire Becker. She grew up and went to high school in Manchester. 

She married Lavere James Peters on June 3, 1956, in Maryland. Dolores worked for Standard Register for 10 years. Then she became a secretary/bookkeeper for L.J. Peters Plumbing and Heating on Springwood Road in York. Dolores and Lavere both retired and moved to Potter County, PA, in 1995, to their A-frame cabin that they built with their sons.

She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, gardening, and spending time with her family. Both she and Lavere enjoyed traveling all over the world prior to and after their retirement. Dolores served as a volunteer at the former Patterson Cancer Center, Coudersport (now UPMC Hillman Cancer Center).

Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband Lavere J. Peters, who passed away on March 4, 2021; and an infant son, Lavere Junior. 

Dolores is survived by sons, Max L. Kopp, Jr. and wife Julie, and Randy L. Kopp and wife Donna; 6 grandchildren: Chloe Smith and fiancé Wayne, Max Kopp III and fiancé Tammy, Damon Kopp and wife Rebecca, Corrine Kopp, Jeff Boeckel and wife Kama, and Bryan Boeckel and wife Melissa; her great-grandchildren, who include Cameron and Holden Smith, Laiken and Sonny Kopp, Logan, Lauren and Landon Dontell, Tenley and Rylee Kopp, Sasha Hoffman, Kara, Eric, and Hunter Boeckel; and many great-great grandchildren. 

In keeping with Dolores’ wishes, there will be no public services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport PA 16915.

Dolores entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Dolores, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Coudersport Fire Dept. Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak

At 3:45 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a natural gas leak at 806 1/2 South Main Street.

UGI Seeking Increase In Distribution Rates For Natural Gas

UGI Utilities – Gas Division (UGI or company) has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for an increase in your natural gas distribution rates as of March 29, 2022. This notice describes the company’s rate request, the PUC’s role, and what actions you can take.

UGI has requested an overall rate increase of $82.7 million per year. This filing also includes a request for approval of the following alternative rate mechanism in accordance with 66 Pa. C.S. § 1330: a Weather Normalization Adjustment mechanism to stabilize utility revenue and customer distribution charges due to weather related usage changes differing from normal weather conditions, that would become effective with the November 2022 billing cycle.  

If the company’s entire request is approved, the total bill for a residential heating customer using 73.1 ccf per month would increase from $98.62 to $108.01 per month or by 9.5%.

The total bill for a typical commercial heating customer using 28.8 mcf per month would increase from $317.93 to $330.09 per month or by 3.8%. For customers in the former UGI North rate district, the total bill would increase from $307.00 to $330.09 per month or by 7.5%.  Read more.....

Morris Fire Rescue Warns Of Trail Dangers From Ice

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A update from one of our members. Even if the weather is warm the south facing slopes will still be covered in ice and snow. We would prefer not to have a repeat of last weekend. 

Just spoke with a gentleman who just walked down west rim road in Blackwell. He said they hiked up school house trail at rattlesnake rock parking area. He said the road and trails are very ICY! 

Please stay off the trails or call DCNR to get an update on conditions. If anything would happen, rescue might be nearly impossible!

Lion Wine and Cheese Benefit Auction planned for April 9

DuBOIS, Pa. - The Annual DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) Lion Wine and Cheese fundraiser to support Penn State DuBois student services, activities, events, and athletics is planned for 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Luigi's Villa, 800 West Weber Avenue in DuBois.  

Open to the public, this event will feature wine and cheese tasting, craft beer tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.  Live and silent auctions, raffles, and other games of chance will also be held.  The cost is $50 per person, with a table sponsorship opportunity available for $500.  The table sponsorship includes seating and event entry fee for 10 people at a table that can be named for your business or for an individual.

In the past, those attending the Lion Wine and Cheese have had the opportunity to bid on popular prizes including a wine making experience from Starr Hill Winery of Curwensville, golf vacation packages, weekend getaways, Penn State Football tickets, club seats for Pittsburgh Pirates games, sports memorabilia, and more.

The Lion Wine and Cheese is organized annually by the DEF, the advisory board for Penn State DuBois, made up of business and community leaders who are invested in offering the best in higher education to individuals in Central Pennsylvania. Established in 1944, the DEF has been instrumental in funding the construction of three campus buildings: the Patrick Swift Building, the Mary Smeal Building, and the DEF Workforce Development Building. Proceeds from this event will have a direct impact on the student experience at Penn State DuBois, supporting activities that help to enrich the college experience.

Donations of auction items are being accepted for this event. To donate, contact Ken at 814-375-4857 or

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Laura at 814-375-4705 or


HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 1) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking project applications for the State Wildlife Grants Program.  The priority topic for this work will support the PFBC’s comprehensive review and revision of the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan.

The PFBC has responsibilities for managing fish, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater mussels, aquatic invertebrates, and their habitats.  As a congressional requirement, each state must comprehensively review and revise their State Wildlife Action Plan no less than every 10 years.  To support this revision process for Pennsylvania’s next Wildlife Action Plan (due October 1, 2025), the PFBC has identified a priority topic of invertebrate species assessments.  This work will require a variety of tasks such as determining species designations (e.g., Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and related information found in the priority topic description.

For more information and an application packet, visit the PFBC website and select State Wildlife Grant Program.  The relevant files are listed under “State Wildlife Grant Program, Call-for-Projects” (begin with “Start Here”).

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, April 22, 2022.  The PFBC anticipates final applicant determination by mid-to-late May 2022.

Federal dollars for this program are apportioned to the PFBC by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program through the State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. Awards for selected projects will be contingent upon availability of funds, as well as satisfactory completion of USFWS, PFBC, and Commonwealth applications, compliance documents, and other requirements.

Interested applicants with questions about the project should contact Diana Day, Conservation Coordinator at (717) 346-8137 or


BRADFORD, Pa. -- Dr. Livingston Alexander, president emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will address the 2022 graduating class during commencement exercises in May.

During commencement Alexander also will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction – Pitt-Bradford’s highest honor – from Rick Esch, interim president.

Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the KOA Arena in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center. This year’s commencement will be a return to the traditional exercises that haven’t been held since spring of 2019.

“We are excited and honored to have Dr. Alexander address our graduates,” Esch said. “Dr. Alexander dedicated his entire career to educating, supporting and mentoring students not just at Pitt-Bradford but also at several other institutions. I have no doubt that the Class of 2022, as well as their friends and families, will be inspired by the words of this remarkable leader and compassionate man.”

Alexander said, “It will be a privilege and an honor to address the 2022 graduating class at what may well be the most critical moment of their young lives. I thank Interim President Esch for the opportunity to share the moment with the promising young men and women.”

Before graduates receive their diplomas at commencement, Esch will present Alexander with Pitt-Bradford’s Presidential Medal of Distinction.

“It will be my great honor to present Pitt-Bradford’s highest award to Dr. Alexander,” Esch said. “During his 15 years as president, he was a strong, dedicated and visionary leader who left an indelible mark on our campus, from which we continue to benefit. He always cared and continues to care deeply about the success of our students and our campus and offers his advice and guidance whenever we ask.”

Alexander, who will be the 31st recipient of the Presidential Medal said, “I am immensely grateful to be selected to receive the highly esteemed Presidential Medal of Distinction. I’ll cherish this kind gesture for as long as I live.”

When Alexander returns to Pitt-Bradford in May it will be his second visit this year. In February, he was on campus to read from and sign copies of his memoir, “Chasing the Silver Lining,” which chronicles his personal and professional journey.

Alexander was named Pitt-Bradford’s president in 2003 and served until his retirement in June 2018. Under his 15-year leadership, Pitt-Bradford saw remarkable growth, both in academic and student support programs as well as in the size and configuration of the campus.

More than 30 academic majors and minors were added, and several student support services were developed, including the Academic Advising Center, the Academic Coaching and Tutoring Center, and the Math and Writing centers. Additionally, Pitt-Bradford received federal TRIO grants for programs that served students who were first-generation, under-represented and/or disadvantaged.  

During Alexander’s presidency, several new buildings were added to the campus footprint. Four new residence halls were built, and ground was broken on a fifth, which was named in Alexander’s honor and opened in the fall of 2018. Additionally, Swarts and Fisher halls were renovated, the Crime Scene Investigation House was created, and the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center was developed in what was the Seneca Building and is now Marilyn Horne Hall located in downtown Bradford. 

While Alexander was president, Pitt-Bradford received – and continues to receive – national visibility, including recognition from The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and the Colleges of Distinction. The campus also was recognized by the Obama Administration for excelling in enrolling and graduating students who qualify for federal Pell grants and has been named a Military Friendly School and Military Friendly Spouse School for the additional support faculty and staff provide to student-veterans and their families. 

In 2010, seven years into his Pitt-Bradford presidency, Alexander also was named president of the campus in Titusville.             

Alexander’s career in higher education spanned more than 40 years. He began his career as a psychology professor then moved into administrative roles at several institutions, including associate vice president for academic affairs at Western Kentucky University; vice president for academic affairs at Troy State University in Montgomery, Ala.; and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kean University in New Jersey.

Alexander earned the bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in curriculum and doctoral degree in educational psychology, both from the University of Houston.

USDA Seeks Applications to Help Farmers and Ranchers Access New and Better Markets


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STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Seeks Applications to Help Farmers and Ranchers Access New and Better Markets

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help farmers and ranchers create economic prosperity by maximizing the value of the items they produce.

Read the full stakeholder announcement here.


Logan reads to “Donkey”, a miniature donkey

Books in the Barn – A Weekly Reading Adventure for Area Youth
Ridgway, Pa. – On Wednesday, March 2, the Big Maple Farm’s Natural Therapies kicked off their “Books in the Barn” program that allows area youth to sit and read to farm animals.  A large variety of Dr. Seuss and other books for youth ages 5-13 were available for reading, or registered young people could bring their own books to read.  Chairs were in the different stalls, along with a volunteer, so young people could read to a miniature donkey, several miniature ponies, or the lambs, in a safe setting, but still personal and close enough to pet.  Dr. Seuss cupcakes and games helped kick off this inaugural ‘Books in the Barn’ program.
“The best part of this program is the opportunity to read in a non-judgmental setting because the miniature ponies and miniature donkey just love to hear voices, and they don’t care if words are missed or pronunciations are not exact,” said Amanda Balon, Executive Director of Big Maple Farm’s Natural Therapies.  “We intend to offer this reading program on a weekly basis.  We do ask that the parents register at the link provided so we have an estimate of the number of youth planning on attending on a weekly basis.”
 Dr. Seuss cupcakes and books

‘Books in the Barn’ is every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.  Youth can attend the entire ½ hour or just 15 minutes of the program because 15 minutes does allow time to read one of the available short books.  ‘Books in the Barn’ will also be offered on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Once again, youth can attend the entire hour and a half, or just attend part of that timeframe.  Parents can register their child for ‘Books in the Barn’ at  It is important to register in advance so the appropriate number of volunteers can be available for each week.  

Big Maple Farm’s Natural Therapies is located at 877 Long Level Road, Ridgway, PA 15853.  The farm is located 7 miles north of the Borough of Ridgway.  Questions can be addressed to

BRMC, OGH to ease visitation

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital will ease visitor restrictions    

Mask requirements remain in effect in all hospital facilities, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, everyone will be screened for COVID symptoms, including temperature check, before entering the building.     

BRMC and OGH will to allow two visitors for the duration of the inpatient’s stay, as determined by the patient, from 12-6 p.m., daily. If screened by 6 p.m., visitors may stay until 9 p.m., however, if visitors leave after 6 p.m., they may not re-enter. Visitors may rotate but two visitors per patient will be allowed in the room. This rule will be strictly enforced.  

Visitors must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit unless otherwise directed by staff. Visitors should have identification, must be 18 years of age, must wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) and will be screened for COVID symptoms including a temperature check prior to entering the hospital. Visitors will be reminded to wash their hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently, especially before and after entering a patient’s room.   

Departments with additional visitor limitations include:  
-    Dialysis - patients may have one support person wait in a designated waiting area.
-    Obstetrics - patients will be allowed two support persons and one designated doula during the stay.
-    Pediatrics - patients will be allowed two support persons during the stay.
-    Emergency department - patients will be allowed the same one visitor during the triage phase and in the patient room during the ED stay. Pediatric patients may have two visitors.  
-    ICU – patients are limited to one visitor from 12- 6 p.m. An additional visitor may wait in the waiting room.
-    Surgical/procedural outpatient – patients may have one visitor accompany them through intake and rejoin for discharge process.
-    Outpatient visits – patients may have one visitor accompany them.
-    Pavilion at BRMC - limited visits are permitted at the Pavilion; to schedule a family visit, call the Pavilion at 814/362-8293. 

As required by the state, all visitor contact information will be documented upon entrance to the hospital.  

Visitation will not be permitted for COVID/COVID suspected patients or the hospitals’ behavioral health units.    

Exceptions will be made, on a case-by-case basis, for end of life/palliative care and other special circumstances as determined by the nurse manager. Specific policies are in place as determined by state  

For more information on visitation, visit

Department of Health Expands Financial Assistance for Medical Marijuana Patients, Approves Clinical Registrant for Medical Marijuana Research Program

The Department of Health today expanded financial assistance available in the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP) and announced the ninth clinical registrant of the Medical Marijuana Research Program.  

Assistance Program 

“The department is pleased to be able to expand assistance to Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers who may be experiencing financial hardships,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said. “Patients deserve to have access to their medicine to treat medical conditions and cost should not be a barrier.” 

With the enactment of Act 44 of 2021, the department was able to add new services that help provide assistance to medical marijuana patients and caregivers. To provide assistance as quickly as possible, the expansion of MMAP is occurring in three phases: 

Phase 1 will eliminate annual identification card fees for eligible participants registered in an existing commonwealth financial hardship program.  

Phase 2 will eliminate all background check fees for eligible caregivers. 

Phase 3 will distribute a to-be-determined benefit amount per funding period per eligible patient. 

Phases 1 and 2 have been implemented. Phase 3 implementation is in process as the infrastructure and support system to execute is being developed. 

Research Program 

The clinical research program, guided by Act 43 of 2018 and amended by Act 44 of 2021, allows for 10 clinical registrants who each must hold both a grower/processor and a dispensary permit, along with a research contract with one of nine approved academic clinical research centers

The department announced there are now nine clinical registrants. The newly approved clinical registrant is Story of PA CR, LLC., which is approved to work with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. This clinical registrant will have a grower/processor in the Southwest Region and will initially have two dispensaries - one in the Northeast Region and one in the Southeast Region. 

“The department continues to grow and support clinical research opportunities for the medical marijuana program,” Klinepeter said. “This research is essential to providing physicians with more evidence-based information to make clinical decisions for their patients. It is the cornerstone of our program and the key to our clinically based, patient-focused program for people suffering with approved serious medical conditions.” 

As of Feb. 24, 2022, more than 729,000 patients and caregivers are registered for the program and eligible to obtain medical marijuana for one of 23 serious medical conditions. More than 1,700 physicians are approved practitioners. 

One hundred fifty-five dispensaries are open and dispensing products to patients. Thirty-three grower/processors are operational, with 28 shipping medical marijuana products to dispensaries throughout the commonwealth. 

For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit To learn more about MMAP, please visit the MMAP website.  



The Elk County Democratic Committee is hosting a Non-Perishable Food Drive combined with a Petition Signature Drive this Saturday March 5th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at 406 Depot Street in St. Marys.

In addition to helping local Democratic candidates to get on the ballot for the May primary, this event will allow everyone to help those struggling in their community. “We’ve watched food insecurity become an increasingly larger and larger issue both locally and nationally and we feel that we need to step up to help out in any way we can” said County Chair Rich Schweikart.

Local Democrats will be able to sign petitions for candidates for PA Governor, Lt. Governor and US Senator seeking to get on the ballot for the May primary. While those signing petitions must be a registered Democrat, the Committee encourages all community members to participate in the food drive by donating one or more non-perishable food items.  All donated items will be given to food banks.

ALL Democratic candidates for local office are welcome to join us at the event and we encourage all County Democrats to come out and participate.

Any questions about the drives can be addressed to the Committee via email to or via phone/text to (814) 636-1030.

Please pass this on to all Democrats you know throughout the county – let’s pack the parking lot!!!



It was learned Wednesday, March 2 that Jackie Gillette was diagnosed with COVID.

Gillette was to perform on clarinet with jazz pianist Bram Wijnands and drummer Andres Valbuena at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, March 4 at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro as part of the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s Cabin Fever Jazz Weekend.

Ticketholders for her Friday, March 4 concert and those with Penn Wells dinner reservations were notified and given three concert ticket options, according to Endless Mountain Music Festival Executive Director Cindy Long.

The three options are: 1) Use the Friday night, March 4 concert ticket to attend the Bram Wijnands Concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 5 at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro; 2) Use the March 4 ticket to attend the 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 Jackie Gillette and Bram Wijnands concert at the Penn Wells Hotel being held as one of the 17 concerts during the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s 2022 summer season; or 3) Request a refund.

Bram Wijnands of Kansas City, Missouri will perform at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 5. He will play boogie-woogie, barrelhouse blues and stride piano music as well as original jazz compositions he wrote. Wijnands brings his joyful exuberance and showmanship to all of his concerts, sharing information about each piece he is about to play punctuated by his sense of humor and insights. His technical skill, dexterity and knowledge bring each tune to life.

During his show, he will play the piano and celeste, often at the same time. The celeste is an instrument that looks like a piano but makes a sound similar to a glockenspiel.

Tickets for the Saturday night show are $30. For tickets, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival Box Office at 570-787-7800. Tickets will also be available at the door on Saturday.

Before the Saturday night show, dinner will be served between 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the Penn Wells Dining Room. Reservations are required. For information about the Saturday night menu and to make reservations, call the Penn Wells at 570-724-2111.


Photo by John Eaton
Cast members of “Into The Breeches” are: (standing, from left to right) Diamond Thompson, Gerard Doran, Kathryn Sheneman, Samantha Coolidge and Nikki York and Jordyn Coffee (front, sitting left) and Assistant Director Barbara Biddison (front, sitting right). Not shown are Matt Huels and Megan Gallant.

Now in rehearsals are the eight cast members of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Into The Breeches”, a comedy written by award-winning American playwright George Brant.

Thomas Putnam is the director and Barbara Biddison is the assistant director. “This is a very funny play with tender moments and an ending that packs a punch,” Putnam said

This delightful comedy explores how a community theatre grapples with the loss of its male artistic director and leading men who are fighting overseas in World War II. 

In the time-honored tradition of “the show must go on”, the director's wife assembles an all-female cast to present Shakespeare's “Henriad.” The unexpected team delivers through collaboration and persistence. 

“Into the Breeches” has six female cast members.

Samantha Coolidge of Blossburg is Maggie Dalton, a talented but untested director who is passionate, determined and smart.

Kathryn Sheneman of Millerton is Celeste Fielding, the leading lady who has had the starring female role in every production.

Nikki York of Mainesburg is Winifred Snow, an untalented but enthusiastic socialite who is benevolent but slightly vacant. 

Diamond Thompson of Philadelphia, a Mansfield University student, is Ida Green, the imaginative costume designer.

Jordyn Coffee of Wellsboro is June Bennett, the beautiful and endearingly innocent ingénue.

Megan Gallant of Asaph in Shippen Township is Grace Richards, a raw talent who is meek and humble. 

Playing the male characters are Gerard Doran of Wellsboro as Ellsworth Snow, the community theatre’s conservative, sour-faced board president, and Matt Huels of Lawrenceville as Stuart Lasker, the community theatre’s quip-ready stage manager. 

Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 1, 2 and 3, and Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

Sponsors of this production are Larry and Barbara Biddison. 

Admission is $16 for adults ages 19 and up and $8 for students, 18 and under.

A FlexPass is $75 that an individual can use to see six different shows or to attend one show and bring five friends.

Order tickets in advance at or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

PA Wilds campaign encourages relocation to, working from region’s communities

Program seeks to tackle challenges related to rural outmigration

A new campaign being launched this year in the PA Wilds could have positive impacts for many communities across the rural region.

The Wilds Are Working: Recreation and Technology in Rural PA campaign seeks to raise awareness about the PA Wilds being a great place for remote and non-remote workers to live, work, and play.  An initiative of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), in collaboration with several partners and funded by Ben Franklin Technology Partners through the Appalachian Regional Commission, the campaign will be piloted in the communities of Bellefonte and Kane in 2022. The goal is to develop a toolkit, incentivization package and application portal that will allow other regional communities to take advantage of the program in years to come. 

With an eye toward tackling the challenges that come with outmigration and a dwindling tax base, the Wilds Are Working campaign seeks to empower workers to try out living, working, and giving in the PA Wilds communities for 2-4 weeks with a hope that some of those participants will decide to work in the region full-time.  Modeled after case studies emerging from across Appalachia and the nation, this program is one of many that rural communities are implementing to incentivize and stimulate revitalization. Building on the movement, the Rural Outdoor Investment (ROI) Act looks to allocate $50 million annually to fund infrastructure improvements and similar marketing campaigns to help towns across the country plan and build recreation-based economies. 

“More than half of businesses globally offer some capacity for remote work. Through educational content, marketing efforts, networking, and showcasing remote work/co-working spaces in the PA Wilds, we believe we can show residents and nonresidents alike the perks of working remotely as a potential career path and hopefully that will encourage more people to remain in and relocate to rural PA,” explained Abbi Peters, Chief Operations Officer at the PA Wilds Center.

"The opportunity will highlight the communities' remote work facilities, nearby recreation opportunities and public lands, rural quality of life, and ways to get involved in the local community by way of nonprofits and entrepreneurship,” said Steve Brawley, President/CEO at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern Pennsylvania. “As part of the incentivization package, the workers will be provided with a stipend that can only be used at participating local businesses.”

In addition, the Wilds Are Working campaign includes a “Picture Yourself in the PA Wilds” window cling initiative that will celebrate nearby outdoor recreation assets and local entrepreneurs. The wraps will be installed in the first-floor windows of underutilized buildings, adding momentum to each community’s revitalization movement and building on recommendations from the PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship, an award-winning planning document for rural communities.

“Ultimately, we believe that even if the participants don’t end up relocating to the region, the rural communities participating in the program will benefit from the enhanced co-branding with the PA Wilds; the marketing of their community as a great place to live, work and recreate; the program’s toolkits; and the program’s local spending system,” Peters said.

Additional details and updates about the program will be announced at

UPMC Gastroenterologist: Don’t Delay Preventative Screenings

Saket Prasad, MD
Gastroenterology, UPMC 

Over the past two years, the pandemic may have caused quite a few changes in your day-to-day life. Travel plans were cancelled, a lot of people worked from home, and you might have even had to isolate from your loved ones. Another concerning item to add to the list is that you may have delayed regularly scheduled health care appointments. 

It’s time to get back to your regular preventative screening appointments and with March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is the perfect opportunity to schedule your next colonoscopy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. However, the earlier abnormalities are detected, the easier they are to treat increasing your chances of survival immensely.  

When to Schedule a Colonoscopy..........


PDA Roundup: Controlling Invasive Species in Pennsylvania


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United Way of the Bradford Area reaches 90% of Campaign Goal

March 5, 2022 — This year’s theme, “All In”, certainly held true for 2021-2022 United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. Campaign that has finally come to a close. Faced with the continuing challenges of an international pandemic, the UWBA campaign led by Chief of Police Mike Ward and wife Rebecca Ward did not let that intimidate them. While service areas of Port Allegany and Smethport were able to reach 100% of their respective goals, Bradford was able attain 90% of their $300,000 campaign goal.

Campaign Co-Chairs, Chief Mike and Becca Ward, said, “Wow! We are thrilled the support of our community to help us get so close to our campaign goal. Coming into this we knew we had a huge challenge ahead of us. Raising money at any time can be difficult, but it is especially hard during a global pandemic. The great people of Bradford have once again supported the slogan “Cool Town, Warm Hearts.” We may not have reached our goal, but raising over $270,000 is quite an accomplishment. We are thankful to every individual, family, small business, and corporation who went “All In” to help us come so close to our campaign goal. We are very fortunate to live in such a generous community. We were honored to be chosen as the 2021-2022 campaign co-chairs and humbled to have the opportunity to lead our community to make a difference for so many people and organizations in our community.

Heidi Scrivo Passmore, President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., shared “Despite the challenges everyone has faced for the last two years, we still had a successful United Way Campaign.  To reach 90% of our goal in 2021 is a great success.  The Bradford community always pulls together to support one another.  And we are very grateful to our local businesses who despite being overwhelmed, still took the time to hold campaign pledges. 

Executive Director Sarah Lonzi concludes by saying, “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to once again work beside such a supportive Campaign Team and Board of Directors. Each year continues to prove just how strong our communities are here in McKean County and our extraordinary way of coming together to help one another in difficult times such as this. I would like to extend a gracious thank you to our Board of Directors, Mike and Becca Ward, our donors, volunteers as well as partners of the UWBA. Because of you we are able join together to carry out our mission and support our local communities.”

Funds raised through the United Way campaign provide critical resources to over 20 partner agencies who are then able to carry out upwards of 40 community programs across the Bradford, Smethport and Port Allegany areas.   

For more information on the local United Way, contact the office or visit

COVID Update: Little Demand For Vaccinations Locally

March 4th, 2022---Potter County’s COVID-19 vaccination rate continues to lag far behind the statewide and national averages, while the pace of new confirmed cases has held steady over the past week. 

There were 26 more positive tests and one more COVID-related death between Wednesday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, March 2. Potter County’s total tally is 3,127 cases with 91 fatalities. 

Officials caution that the virus remains a serious threat to public health. Case numbers are deceptive because fewer people are being tested. What’s more, Potter County’s “positivity rate” — the percentage of tests that confirm infection — is one of the highest in the state. 

Officials are trying to make the public aware of the availability of at-home test kits through a new federally subsidized program. Details are available at by calling 1-800-232-0233. In-person testing is available at local pharmacies and at UPMC Cole.

Despite frequent advisories from public health officials, just 46 percent (7,224 people) of Potter County residents age 5 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. Statewide, the figure is 88 percent. 

Just 11 more people received an initial dose or a booster shot over the past week. 

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.

Coudersport Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 12:38 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire at 338 Baker Hollow Road.

On scene report vehicle well involved.


National Weather Service State College PA
1228 PM EST Sat Mar 5 2022

* WHAT...Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph

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

* WHEN...From noon to 7 PM EST Sunday.

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


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

For high wind safety information, visit

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

For more information from the National Weather Service visit

Lewis Run PSP Investigating Possible Cruelty To Animals In Hamlin TWP.


Ignition Interlock Device Violating In Bradford City


Theft Investigation Ongoing in Wetmore TWP.


Roulette Ambulance to Sartwell Creek Road

At 11:52 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been called to Sartwell Creek Road for a woman ill.


Smethport, PA (March 5, 2022) – District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer announced the launch of a new website that gives people who use social networks and mobile devices an easier, more effective way to  stay informed and help local law enforcement.

The new McKean County District Attorney’s Office website was developed in partnership with CRIMEWATCH Technologies and is part of the CRIMEWATCH Network ( This online tool gives the public direct access to crime and public safety-related information happening in their community.

“We have joined CRIMEWATCH as a way to share information with the public and to allow the public to share information with us.  Both the City of Bradford Police as well as the McKean County Sheriff’s Department have joined Crimewatch and are having great success using this technology.  It is important for us to keep the community informed.  We will use the page to keep the public informed on current legal events, arrests, and other news in which the local community would be interested.  It is another way the public can communicate with us,”  said DA Shaffer.

Local residents and others interested in local news are strongly encouraged to visit to connect and/or can download CRIMEWATCH Mobile from the Apple App Store or Android App Store.

The new page allows people to receive e-mail alerts regarding recent arrests and legal news; submit a tip to local law enforcement;  “register” their camera and alarm systems so law enforcement knows to call on them if a crime occurs in their area that their camera may have captured; share information with others through social media, and get connected with resources and services.

For more information or to view the new McKean County District Attorney’s Office website visit


 High Wind Watch issued March 05 at 3:24AM EST until March 06 at 9:00PM EST by NWS Buffalo

* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph
* WHERE...Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus,
and Allegany counties
* WHEN...From Sunday morning through Sunday evening.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down some trees and power
lines. Scattered power outages are possible. Travel could be
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

INSTRUCTIONS: Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this
situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe
location prior to the onset of winds.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

"All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfasts at Brydonson Farm near Coudersport Start March 5 & 6


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


Cameron County Children and Youth Services Has A Case Worker Vacancy


McKean County Republican Committee Sponsoring Petition Signing Event


First Citizens Community Bank Seeking Teller at Ulysses Office


Sagewood Is Seeking Full and Part-time Behavioral Health Technicians


Auction At The Eldred Township Firehall March 6th


Local Author Publishes Book Featuring Potter County's Beloved Donkey Gus

Gus: The Famous Donkey 

Gaines Township Is Accepting Bids


Friday, March 4, 2022

Elizabeth C. "Betsy" Mann, 78, of Main Street, Sinnamahoning, PA

Elizabeth C. "Betsy" Mann

Elizabeth C. "Betsy" Mann, 78, of Main Street, Sinnamahoning, PA passed away at her residence on Thursday evening (March 3, 2022). She was born March 16, 1943 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late George Stoops and Margaret McKimm. On March 29, 1980 she married the late Stanley Mann.

Betsy loved living on Stoney Lick Farm. She loved her animals especially her dogs, Meeka and Sophie. She treasured the time she spent with her granddaughter Tasha and her cousin Pam. She was a member of the Driftwood Senior Center, Gilmore Cemetery Association, and the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer member of the American Cancer Society.

Betsy is survived by a son, Scott Lepold, Sinnamahoning; daughter, Tracy Hardinger, Sinnamahoning; two grandchildren: Robert Tilburg, III and Tasha Hardinger; several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son, Robert Tilburg, Jr.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Monday, one hour prior to the Service on Monday (March 7, 2022) at 12:00 PM with Pastor Richard Bennett, officiating.

Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Gilmore Cemetery Association, c/o: Judy Armanini, 72 Innsbruck Dr., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Boyd Specialties, LLC Recalls Jerky Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Boyd Specialties, LLC, a Colton, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,634 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) jerky products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Shooting Investigation by Kane Borough Police

District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer reports that Kane Borough Police Department is investigating a report of a shooting that occurred on March 3, 2022 on North Fraley Street in Kane.  

Police were dispatched for a report of an accidental shooting and responded to find a male had been shot at the residence.  He was treated by paramedics on-scene and flown to an out-of-area hospital.

Kane Borough Police Department was assisted by Pennsylvania State Police, Forensic Services Division of the State Police, District Attorney and Chief County Detective.

The investigation continued overnight and remains ongoing.

Additional details will be provided as the investigation develops.

Jay Township Dispatched For Crash on Bennetts Valley Highway

At 7:07 pm on Friday, Jay Township dispatched mutual aid to Bennetts Valley Highway & Lucia Way for a vehicle/pole crash.


Jason D. Wickett, 52, of 293 State Road, St. Marys, PA.

Jason D. Wickett

Jason D. Wickett, 52, of 293 State Road, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after a life long illness.

He was born May 31, 1969, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph A. Wickett and Rosemary Klein Wickett, who survives.  Jason was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1987.  

Jason’s neighborhood was his world.  He was that friendly face that would pop-in on all of them especially his best friend Kenny.  He loved to offer a helping hand and listening ear.  In Jason’s last years, his caregivers became his world and he held a special place in his heart for each of them.  Jason loved the holidays and his room was alway brightly decorated for each of them.  For his favorite holiday of Christmas, he decorated outside as well for many years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Donna Ragland and her husband David of St. Marys; his brother, Joseph D. Wickett and his wife Danette of St. Marys; and his niece Haleigh Wickett of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his loyal companion dog, Niki.

Jason was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He loved animals and believed in angels. He had a huge heart and a beautiful smile that lit up the room.  Those who knew Jason well could tell stories about his tremendous memory.  His family and all who knew him benefited greatly from any encounter with him.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, March 7, 2022 from 4:00PM until 6:00PM.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 10:00AM with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Online condolences may be offered at

Robert R. Ruffner, Sr., 80, of Emerald Isle, Smethport, PA

Robert R. Ruffner, Sr.

Robert R. Ruffner, Sr., 80, of Emerald Isle, Smethport, PA passed away Thursday, March 3, 2022, at UPMC Cole, with his loving family by his side.

Born July 16, 1941, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Merle and Dorothy W. (Johnson) Ruffner. He attended Bradford schools.

US Marine Corps Veteran

On October 8, 1959 he enlisted in the United States Marines. He was honorable discharged on October 7, 1963.

On February 13, 1960, in St. Bernard Church, he married Josephine E. (Rich) Ruffner who preceded him in death on April 5, 2012.

He worked for Main Corp, Northeastern Container, Haliburton, Miles Bradford, R.C. Can and retired from Miles Bradford.

Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 138 of Smethport and he enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy "Dar" A. (John) Kight, and Stephanie L. Ruffner, all of Smethport, one son, Robert R. (Linda) Ruffner Jr., of Crosby, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, two brothers, John Ruffner, of Aiken, and Merle "Bud" Ruffner, of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter Christina Marie Ruffner-Mackey, two sisters, Beverly Good, and Bonnie Mascioni, and one brother Richard Ruffner.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 33 South Avenue. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor as celebrant. Followed by Military Honor's by members of the United States Marine Corp and the Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 138 of Smethport, in St. Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Disabled American Veteran's or DAV.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Ann L. Warner Roy, 52, of Canton, formerly of Bradford, PA

Ann L. Warner Roy

Ann L. Warner Roy, 52, of Canton, formerly of Bradford, PA  passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (March 1, 202), at the Robert Packer Hospital with her loving family by her side. 

Ann Louise was born in Bradford on Sept. 5, 1969; one of two daughters to the late Lawrence and Nancy Peterson Warner. She attended Bradford Central Christian School and was a graduate of the class of 1987. 

Ann was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429. She was employed in earlier years for several car dealerships in upstate New York as their office manager. Most recently, Ann accepted a position as a commercial underwriter for Travelers Insurance in Elmira, N.Y. 

She was an avid Harry Potter enthusiast and was able to quote the movies word for word. She enjoyed reading and coloring. Ann's love for animals was immense, especially horses and her pet cats & dogs. Her world revolved around family, most of all her grandkids who lovingly called her "GiGi." She was a very accepting and understanding individual. Because of her caring ways, most children and teens alike referred to Ann as their second mother. 

Surviving Ann is her daughter, Alexa Roy (Krista Harold) of Canton, sister; Michelle Warner (Don Hewlitt) of Huntsville, Ala.; aunt, Lois (Jim) Barnhart of Mount Jewett; life partner; Roger Wilcox of Canton; grandkids, Bailey, Dilon and Lexi as well as many cousins and dear friends. 

Besides her parents Ann was predeceased by her grandparents; Lawrence and Elizabeth Mack Warner and Marvin and Mildred Warfle Peterson. 

Services to honor the life of Ann will be announced at a later date. 

Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, is assisting the family with arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers and because of her love for animals, please consider a memorial donation in Ann's memory to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 353 Sanctuary Hill Ln., P.O. Box A, East Smithfield, Pa 18817. 

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Coudersport Ambulance to Cole Manor

At 3:25 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Cole Manor for a fall victim.

Rosetta L. Cramer, 72, of Sheffield, Pa., formerly from Bradford, Pa.

Rosetta L. Cramer

Rosetta L. Cramer, 72, of Sheffield, Pa., formerly from Bradford, Pa., passed away peacefully Feb., 21, 2022, at UPMC Kane Hospital.

She was born in Bradford, on Jan. 1, 1950. She married Jack Cramer who preceded her in death.

Rosie was Protestant by faith. She loved to go for long rides and enjoyed going out for lunch. She liked animals especially cats and horses. Rosie enjoyed watching Criminal Minds, NCIS or would just relax by listening to country music, especially Kenny Rogers.

Rosie will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing and loving her, especially her family at the Ruth Smith Center in Sheffield.

Left behind to cherish Rosie’s memory are her nephew, Bruce Heffner of Turtle Point, Pa.; and her niece, Charlene Nofsker of Shinglehouse, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; and one sister, Gardenian Young.

There will be no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the Ruth Smith Center for the staff and residents.

The Borden Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Rosetta Cramer.

Rosie’s family would like to thank the staff at the Ruth Smith Center for the loving and attentive care they gave to her.

To leave an online condolence for Rosetta L. (Rosie) Cramer, please visit www. bordenfuneralhome. com.

Bradford Dispatched To House Fire on Blaisdell Avenue

At 2:55 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to 19 Blaisdell Avenue for a house fire.

Port Allegany Ambulance to Health Center

At 2:51 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been called to the Port A Health Center for a possible stroke patient.