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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Celebration of Life for Barbara Houwer July 31, 3pm Evangelical Covenant Church of Port Allegany



State Police Announces Firearm Purchase Denial Investigations


Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced the number of firearm purchase denials and subsequent investigations for the second quarter of 2022.

The Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) is used by county sheriffs, Philadelphia police, and licensed firearms dealers to determine if someone can legally acquire a license to carry, or legally obtain a firearm through a purchase or transfer.

When false information is provided on a state or federal form, an investigation is initiated and referred to the applicable law enforcement agency. Under Pennsylvania law, it is a third-degree felony to make false statements on any federal or state agency form or to present false identification likely to deceive the seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer.

During the PICS process, some people are found to have an active warrant for their arrest.

For the second quarter, the following investigations were initiated by the Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Division and referred to troops, local police departments, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation and possible prosecution.

A comparison to the second quarter of 2021 is included.


For more information on PICS and carrying firearms in Pennsylvania, visit psp.pa.gov.

Walk with a Doc program steps into Bradford

Caption: Walk with a Doc took place at the Richard E. McDowell Trial on July 7.  Pictured, from left, Claudette Johnson, director of wellness, The Guidance Center, Jill Owens, MD, interim president, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital; Dr. Halbauer, medical director, The Guidance Center.

Bradford, PA –– The Guidance Center and Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) launched their first Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk, carry on conversation, and promote a healthy lifestyle.  The first walk took place on July 7 at the Richard E. McDowell Trail parking lot on Campus Drive.  It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for the initiation of the program.  

Jill Owens, MD, interim president, BRMC and Olean General Hospital and Dr. Halbauer, Medical Director of The Guidance Center, led the walk of over 30 participants of all ages, including strollers and even some furry friends.  

To kick off the walk, Owens talked about the exciting things happening at BRMC and how important the services offered are to the community and region while Halbauer discussed how exercise has a positive impact on mental health.  

“Our initial walk was a tremendous success,” Owens said.  “This partnership between BRMC and The Guidance Center helping to improve the physical and mental health of our community is exciting!”

Owens continued, “It was great to see the community come together to get healthy!  We hope to see even more join us for our future walks”.

The walks take place the first Thursday of every month at 5pm at the Richard E. McDowell Trail.  The schedule will be as follows for the remainder of 2022:

    Aug. 4 walk with Puneet Chahal, DPM and H. Singh, MD
    Sept. 1 walk with Abbey Paulsen, CRNP and Karen Kline, CRNP
    Oct. 6 walk with Muzamil Sheikh, MD and Kim Ditz, CRNP
    Nov. 3 walk with BRMC’s general surgery team
    Dec. 1 walk with Nicole Ackley, PA-C and Kate Nelson, PA-C

The walk is free and open to the public.  Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with a local doctor and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the Walk.

Learn more about Walk with a Doc at www.walkwithadoc.org

About The Guidance Center and Bradford Regional Medical Center:
The Guidance Center (TGC) is located in Northwest Pennsylvania and offers a wide variety of community based behavioral health, prevention, education and crisis services to individuals of all ages. Established in 1984 and serving over 6,000 individuals per year, TGC employs a staff of approximately 200. The majority of services are based in McKean County with some specialized programs offered in seven neighboring counties.

About BRMC:
BRMC is a member of Kaleida Health, Buffalo, NY, and part of the Upper Allegheny Health System, which includes Olean General Hospital.  Founded in 1887, Bradford Regional Medical Center is an acute care community hospital that also has a 95-bed skilled nursing facility (The Pavilion), and a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient behavioral health program, including one of the few dual diagnosis units in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

About Walk with a Doc:
Walk with a Doc (WWAD) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation with physician-led walking groups. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by David Sabgir, MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. To learn more, go to the Walk with a Doc website.



Women’s Giving Circle held special event at Logyard in Kane, PA


The Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County (WGC), a project of the McKean County Community Foundation, recently held a special event at the Logyard in Kane. The women enjoyed an evening of appetizers and floral design, while helping to grow the granting monies available for distribution at their annual meeting. Local florists guided the group in creating beautiful floral bouquets and succulent garden dishes. WGC invites all area women to consider joining their group to help support many great programs that assist women and their families in McKean County!

This past year, WGC granted $7,000 to area nonprofits for their programs and projects. The 2022 awards will take place at the Annual Meeting in November, with membership for this year open until October 1. Each WGC member makes an annual charitable donation of at least $100. The donations are pooled together to make an impact in McKean County by awarding grants to non-profits. WGC is both a philanthropic and a social organization that strengthens the concept of women working together to fund change and create a better way of living in their communities.

Women can learn more or join Women’s Giving Circle by visiting the McKean County Community Foundation website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, or calling the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289.  

Photo: The Women’s Giving Circle of McKean County held a special event at the Logyard to help grow their granting monies to be distributed at their annual meeting in November. Pictured in foreground are: Krysta Robinson, Linda Myers, Julie Cleland, and Marilyn Blackmore.


Karen A. Wilson, 77, of Wellsboro, PA

Karen A. Wilson

Karen A. Wilson, 77, of Wellsboro, PA passed away Thursday July 14, 2022 at Broad Acres Health & Rehab., Wellsboro.  

She was born October 12, 1944 in Newton Hamilton, PA, the daughter of the late Rev. James W. and Edith M. (Detwiler) Garthoff.    

Karen participated in the Special Olympics in Bowling, she enjoyed playing Bingo at Broad Acres, and loved talking with people when walking downtown Wellsboro.
 
Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Wrene & Jim Adams of Corpus Christi, TX.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wilson and a brother David Garthoff.

A graveside service will be held Friday July 22, 2022 at 11:00 am at the East Charleston Cemetery, Wellsboro.

The family suggest memorial contributions in Karen’s name be made to the Special Olympics, Tioga County, P.O. Box 534, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

The family has entrusted Karen’s arrangements to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA.  To share a memory or condolence visit www.tusseymosher.com.

Andover Ambulance, Fire Rescue Dispatched Fot ATV Accident

 


At 7:30 PM on Saturday, Andover ambulance has been called to Tall Pines for an ATV accident. Andover Fire Dept. dispatched to bring UTV to scene to assist.

Bolivar Ambulance Dispatched To Mini Bike Crash with Injury


At 7:28 PM on Saturday, Bolivar Ambulance has been dispatched to 788 County Road 5 for a minibike accident. A 40 year old male has a head injury.

Physicians complete family medicine residency program

Caption: Physicians completed the University of Buffalo’s rural family medicine program June 23. Pictured, from left, are Kerrie Parr, training program administrator; Dr. Christina Roosa, associate program director; Dr. Anh Phan, graduate; Dr. Jennifer Corliss, program director; and Dr. Philip Fourie, graduate.

Philip Fourie, MD, and Anh Phan, MD, graduated from the University of Buffalo’s rural 1-2 track family medicine rural residency program June 23.  

UB’s accredited residency program in rural family medicine provides eight months of training in an urban setting followed by 28 months of rural training in Olean at Olean General Hospital, Universal Primary Care and numerous local volunteer faculty physician offices. Two residents are accepted into the program each year who start in Buffalo in June and relocate to Olean in February.  

“It’s a pleasure to congratulate Drs. Fourie and Phan on completion of their residency. Olean General Hospital is honored to help train new physicians who want to practice in a rural area such as ours. What really speaks to the quality of UB’s program and their experience here is when they fall in love with the area and the career possibilities and choose to make the Olean area home. Our rural communities need doctors who want to practice and live here and we are proud to help them achieve that goal,” said Jill Owens, MD, interim president, OGH, Bradford Regional Medical Center.  

The program is one of the oldest rural training tracks in the country and is one of three in New York state. Over the last four years, half of the graduates have established medical practices in Olean and surrounding areas. Resident physicians work in various outpatient and hospital settings such as inpatient, ICU, ER, surgical services, radiology and obstetrics.

Leona Smith to become Potter County Master Gardener Coordinator


The Penn State Extension Master Gardener Program in Potter County will soon have a new coordinator.  Leona Smith of Coudersport has accepted the position and is currently completing the onboarding process.  She will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the program, from recruitment of new Master Gardener candidates to organizing and scheduling educational activities for the public, managing the Master Gardener hotline, conducting meetings, developing plant sale fundraisers, helping with the new community garden and much more.  In preparation, Ms. Smith completed the Master Gardener basic training course in May.  She has been working with retired Extension Educator and Clinton County Master Gardener Coordinator Dr. Debra Burrows to become familiar with program operations and goals.

Ms. Smith has a long-time connection to native plants and wildflowers, going back to her time as a child growing up in Vermont near farm fields and forests.  Vegetable gardening has also been a constant in her life since childhood.  She says that some of her earliest memories are of wielding a hoe down a long row of corn as well as digging through overturned earth to harvest potatoes.  She spent much of her adult life in southern Pennsylvania, but moved to Potter County, where she has plenty of room to garden, in 2020.  

Ms. Smith is enthusiastic about taking on the Master Gardener Coordinator responsibilities.  Her priorities include the installation of a native plant demonstration garden on the grounds of the Extension Office, providing educational programming for the new community garden, a display at the Potter County Fair, expanding the services available through the Garden Hotline, and of course, recruiting trainees for the next Master Gardener Basic Training class, which will begin in October.  Potter County currently has only four Master Gardener apprentices, and she would like to increase that number so that more Master Gardener programs and services can be delivered to all parts of the county.  She encourages anyone interested in learning more about training to become a Master Gardener to call her at (814) 274-8540, ext. 103.

The Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program supports the outreach mission of Penn State Extension by utilizing unbiased research-based information to educate the public on best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Additional information about the Master Gardener Program is available at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/about

The Cole Foundation Thanks You For Donations Made in May

 


Grants available through the McKean Co. Commissioner-Community Foundation Partnership

Grants to enhance the lives of the residents of McKean County are now available through the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) and the McKean County Board of Commissioners partnership. The Commissioners will provide funding from a portion of the dollars they received through the American Rescue Plan Act.  An informational meeting is being planned for August 1 for any potential applicants.  The meeting will be available either by Zoom or in person at the Seneca Highlands IU9 office in Smethport at 4:30 pm.   Organizations are asked to please register by emailing mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.

Grants will be administered through the McKean County Community Foundation. This grant cycle will offer more opportunities for our local nonprofits and faith-based organizations to support their programs and projects. The grant requests must seek to support projects that will impact McKean County residents by meeting the needs of the community rather than the needs of individuals. Projects can expand or enhance current programs or fund new programs. All programs and projects must have a solid plan for sustainability.

Applications are now available on the Community Foundation website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org to any county-wide 501 (c) 3 nonprofits, as well as faith-based organizations that provide services to the public in McKean County. The grant application deadline is September 15. The maximum grant award for each organization is $10,000. If you have questions, contact the Community Foundation. 

The McKean County Community Foundation provides the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to accomplish their charitable wishes, while improving the quality of life in our communities. The Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies is the parent company of the Elk County Community Foundation and the McKean County Community Foundation. For more information, please contact the Community Foundation at 844-238-2289.

Columbus TWP. Parents Charged With Endangering The Welfare Of A Child


 

Harassment Charges Pending In Lawrence TWP.

 


Christmas House Will Be Accepting Applications For Shoes For School Students July 19th

Though summer vacation is still with us, volunteers at Christmas House are preparing for one of our important missions - sending children back to school with new shoes. This project is made possible by the generous annual contribution of the N.D.H.P. Motorcycle Club and they presented a generous check to CH volunteer Charlene Smith last weekend.

Our founder, Alyce Reese, began this program as an outreach of the Christmas House more than 20 years ago. Because of the financial hardships many families have experienced during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have no specific income requirements this year but ask that only families be aware that our resources are limited.  Only families who live in Potter County are eligible and the project is for school-age children (K-12).

We will begin taking applications for the school shoes on Tuesday, July 19. A parent or guardian will need to supply the ages, genders and shoe sizes of each eligible child in the family. Christmas House will be open on July 19, August 2 and August 9 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon to accept applications. The telephone number is 814-274-0825. If we are not able to answer the phone, please leave a detailed message with your name and your telephone contact and we will return your call.

Deadline to order shoes is August 9. Shoes will be available at Christmas House on Tuesday, August 16 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in time for the start of school.

Christmas House is a non-profit organization piloted by volunteers and fueled by the generous support of individuals and organizations in Potter County and beyond. The First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport (402 N. Main Street) offers us space in their basement as our headquarters. Our entrance is on the north side of the building and is accessible by elevator if necessary.

Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport: The days of lawlessness are over, Fireworks Tonight at 10 PM


Eliot Ness (center, Jared Empson) declares that the days of lawlessness are over. He and his Untouchables set out to take back the town. From left are agents portrayed by Tom Storey, Ed Szymanik, Justin Cochran, Jim Babcock and Greg Brink. 

Eliot Ness Fest continues through Sunday. Fireworks tonight at 10!  Schedule of Events and details at eliotnessfest.com.

PAHS Classe of '91 and '92 30 Year Reunion August 6th

The PAHS Classes of '91 and '92 will be having their 30 year reunion at the Port VMI (VFW) on August 6th at 6 pm.

Food is being served by the food truck from Cream and Sugar of Coudersport and drinks can be purchased at the VFW.

If anyone has questions contact Shannon McCann Kio, Beth Coneys Stauffer (class of 91) or me, Beth Stake Naylor, Mike Kallenborn, or Mike Nelson (class of 92)

 

The regular meeting of the Liberty Township Supervisors of July 14, 2022

Liberty Township

Liberty Township, McKean County
Route 155 Building
July 14, 2022 

The regular meeting of the Liberty Township Supervisors was called to order at 8:30 AM by Chairman, Dick Brown. Supervisor Neil Shepard, Supervisor Fred Ernst, and Secretary Cindy Speeth were present. 

REPORTS:
1. Ambulance Report for May had 18 calls for Liberty Township.
2. Fire Report for June was not received..
3. Secretary’s Report for June 9, 2022 was presented and unanimously
accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst.
4. Treasurer’s Report for the month of July, 2022 was presented and
unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by
Supervisor Ernst. Chairman Brown stated that in the General Fund there were bills paid in the amount of $65,681.47, revenues received in the amount of $43,784.43 and a balance of $189,512.52. There was a balance of American Relief Funds in the amount of $8682.26. In the State Fund there were bills paid in the amount of $44,938.01, revenues received in the amount of $0 and a balance of $117,459.11. In the Sewer Fund there were bills paid in the amount of $0, revenues received of $125 and a balance of $1109.64. 

CORRESPONDENCE:
1. PSATS News Bulletin was presented by Chairman Brown.
2. Upper Pine Creek Meeting minutes were presented by Chairman Brown.
3. Invoice from Sandy Kinney, Tax Collector, for township’s share of tax envelopes and postage was presented and unanimously accepted on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Supervisor Ernst.
4. Our copy of a letter from the Planning Commission to Erb Inspections dated June 22, 2022 was presented by Chairman Brown.
All correspondence was made available to the public. 

NEW BUSINESS:
 A letter dated July, 2022 from Susan Carlson, President of the PAECD regarding the Water Trail/River Walk Project was presented to the Supervisors. After reading the letter, which was a request for approval from Liberty Township (being the largest tract of land in the project) and the Supervisors signatures on a Permission for Land Use form, Chairman Brown stated the following:
(a) the landowners in this project own the land all the way to the center of the river, so the proposal of people walking in the water around the property of owners who would not agree to this project would not make sense. If people were to walk to the center of the river they would then be on property owned by the other side of the river and they would have to have their permission also.
(b) The property is all located in the floodway, not the floodplain. Floodway means it does flood – floodplain means it might possibly flood. No one is allowed to do anything in a floodway (such as building a small bridge, etc.)
(c) If someone were to be injured, etc. on township property they could most certainly get a lawyer and sue the township if they wanted to.
Chairman Brown said that because of these issues, it was a unanimous decision  
that the Supervisors would not sign any Permission paper.  

OLD BUSINESS:
None 

PUBLIC CONCERNS:
As no further business was brought before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:45 a.m. on a motion by Supervisor Shepard and a second by Chairman Brown. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Lucinda Speeth
Secretary/ Treasurer

Coudersport Ambulance to North Main Street


At 1:47 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to North Main Street by the Post Office for a person fallen with a head injury.

Fire/EMS Dispatched For Vehicle into Garage Crash


At 1:44 PM on Saturday, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to 677 Wilcox Road for a vehicle into building crash.

ATTENTION LIBERTY TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS: ROAD CLOSURES

 Liberty Township




ATTENTION LIBERTY TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS: 

ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20TH, FROM 8AM to 11AM SKINNER CREEK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AND THERE WILL BE FLAGMEN THERE. 

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20TH FROM 11 AM TO 4PM OPEN BROOK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AND THERE WILL BE FLAGMEN. PLEASE PLAN ALTERNATE ROUTES - THANK YOU!!!

Angelica Community Radio presents “MxBETH”; Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish play is brought to life by Shake on the Lake


Angelica, NY….  Angelica Community Radio, Allegany County’s premier non-profit radio station, proudly presents a professional touring production of Shakespeare’s classic play.

The event takes place on Sunday, July 31st at 3:00 p.m. in Angelica’s Park Circle, and is made possible with funding obtained by Angelica Community Radio for the benefit of its community. Shake on the Lake’s professional actors delight audiences through intimate shows performed in daylight inspired by Elizabethan staging practices.

Shake on the Lake (SOTL) has produced live, outdoor, professional performances of William Shakespeare’s plays since 2012, and this summer SOTL returns to live touring for the first time since 2019, with its own unique outdoor staging of the tragic Scottish play, MXBETH.

“By the pricking of the thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”  Once upon a dreary heath in Scotland, three ‘weird sisters’ conjure a prophecy that predicts Macbeth will ascend to the throne of Scotland. How far will the war-torn general go to see the prophecy come true? A bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of paranoia, madness, and to the mouth of death.

Bring a lawn chair and a friend and immerse yourself in the world of William Shakespeare in SOTL’s fast, fun, and physical style of performance, featuring live music and a professional cast of artists. Designed & staged for Shakespeare newbies and Bard aficionados alike! Appropriate for all audiences.  Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.  All shows begin with live pre-show music. You are not late if you hear music!  In case of inclement weather, the show will go on – at the Angelica Free Library. 
For more information, contact Angelica Community Radio at info@wraq.org, or call 585-466-5031.  

This project is made possible with funds from the Allegany County Area Foundation and from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. 


MCKEAN COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT HOLDS AMD TOUR


The District held a tour to showcase the recent completion of AMD projects on Friday, July 15th. Participants of the tour started with a lunch at the Norwich Township Community Fire Hall and then a brief history of the area provided by Chairman Blaine Puller.  The participants then car pooled into the hills of Crosby to view the AMD projects in Railroad and Hamlin Run.   

Railroad & Hamlin Run are located in Norwich Township. The watersheds have a total area of 5.7 square miles.  They are both a tributary to the East Branch Potato Creek, which forms Potato Creek at the confluence with the West Branch Potato Creek. Potato Creek is a major tributary to the Allegheny River. These streams flow from a part of McKean County that contains economic coal reserves and has a history of mining activity.  

The watersheds are largely forested and do not contain any towns or villages. The dominant land uses are forestry and recreation. Ninety-five percent of the watershed is owned by Lyme Timber Management. The remaining 5% is owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. No active mines exist in the watershed. However, historic surface mining operations created open pits and water filled impoundments.  According to the PADEP Integrated List, both watersheds are impaired due to acid mine drainage and is also impacted by acid deposition.

In 2008, a one-day reconnaissance effort was conducted under the Trout Unlimited Technical Assistance program established that the watersheds were poorly buffered and weakly polluted with acid and metals.    In support of this methodology, the District applied for funding through DEP’s Surface Water Assessments Grants Program and the Foundation of PA Watersheds to conduct a comprehensive water quality and biological assessment of the two watersheds by partnering with Trout Unlimited, PA Game Commission, DEP, PA Fish & Boat Commission, Hancock Forest Management and Hedin Environmental.  

It was determined from this assessment that surface reclamation is feasible for these watersheds.  As a result, originally (3) projects were identified for Railroad Run and (5) projects were identified for Hamlin Run.   The District submitted grant applications for funding through DEP’s Growing Greener program and the Foundation of PA Watersheds for the implementation of these restoration projects. Once again, the District partnered with Trout Unlimited, Hedin Environmental, PA Game Commission, DEP, PA Fish & Boat Commission, Hancock Forest Management, and after the sale of the land, Lyme Timber Management to implement these projects.  

The implementation of the projects will result in buffered in-stream water conditions that would protect approximately two miles of Railroad Run and 2.9 miles of Hamlin Run against episodic acidification. These modest changes could have significant ecological benefits in this poorly buffered watershed.  

Through continued monitoring by the District, it will show continued improvement to the water quality of the streams that will eventually change the quality of the streams from being impaired. 

Financial and other support for the tour was provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance Work Schedule for the Week of July 18 – July 22, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of July 18 – July 22, weather permitting.  Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.


Cameron County 0240
Spray Patching:   
State Route: 0120 (Driftwood Area)
State Route: 0555 (Low Grade Road)

Mowing:
State Route: Various throughout the County

Sign Repair/Replacement:
State Route: Various throughout the County


Potter County 0260

Bridge Repair:  
State Route: 0244 (Coneville Area)

Sign Repairs/Replacement: 
State Route:  Various SR throughout County

Seal Coat: Expect Delays
State Route: 0872 (Austin to Route 6 Intersection)
State Route: 3003 (First Fork Road)
State Route: 3015 (Dutch Hill)

Spray Patching:
State Route: 1002 (North Hollow Road)
State Route: 1013 (Bingham Center Road)

Ditching:
State Route: 1010 (Genesee/Mills Road)

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Cameron County 0240
Francis J. Palo, Inc:  Bridge Repair on State Route 4004 (Rich Valley Road) in Shippen Township.  There will be a Temporary roadway with stop and yield signs so traffic can alternate across the roadway for the duration of the project.

Potter County 0260
Clearwater Construction Inc: Bridge replacement on State Route 4013 (North Hollow Road near intersection of SR 49) The road will be closed with detour in place. 

Glenn O Hawbaker, Inc: Bridge replacement on State Route 144 (Carter Camp Area) The road will be closed with detour in place.

Forest View Evergreen Tree Farms: Roadside Mowing 
                      SR 4011
                      SR 0244
              SR 4009
              SR 4008
              SR 4005

PennDOT McKean County Maintenance work schedule for the week of July 18 – July 22, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation McKean County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of July 18 – July 22, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

McKean County 0250

Sign Repairs and Upgrades: 
Various State Routes throughout the County 

Bridge Repair: Detour in Place
State Route: 0346 (Tram Hollow Road)

Patching: 
State Route: 0046 (Bradford to Rew Area)
State Route: 0246 (Looker Mountain)
State Route: 0446 (Eldred to New York Line)

Pipe Replacement:
State Route: 1009 (Bell Run Road)

Side Dozing:
State Route: 0046 (Emporium Road)
State Route: 0146 (Clermont Road)

Ditching:
State Route: 1009 (Bell Run Road)
State Route: 1015 (Colombia Hill Road)


The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc: Resurfacing State Route 0321, North bound traffic will alternate with lane closure during construction and south bound traffic will be detoured to SR 0006 to SR 0219 in Lantz Corners to Wilcox and back to SR 0321.  Detour will be in place until completion of the project.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc: Resurfacing State Route 0046, Project will consist of replacing a box culvert, drainage improvements, guide rail installation, pavement marking and other miscellaneous construction, a two-lane temporary roadway will be built as a run around when the box culvert is being replaced.

Jefferson Paving Corp: Mill and fill operations on State Route 0146 (Clermont Road)

Long Hauling & Excavation, Inc: Roadside mowing on various State Routes throughout the county

Stanley C. PROUTY, 74, of Ulysses, PA

Stanley C. PROUTY

Stanley C. PROUTY, 74, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, July 14, 2022 in his home.  

Born August 21, 1947, in Blossburg, he was the son of Clarence C. and Bessie L. Knickerbocker Prouty.  On August 24, 1968, in the West Pike Baptist Church, he married the former Carolyn F. Tubbs, who survives.  A 1965 graduate of Galeton High School, he studied at Practical Bible College in Binghamton, NY from 1965 – 1967.  A Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Marine Corps from 1967 – 1969.  He was employed by Larimer and Norton, Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 2010.  Stan was a member of the West Pike Baptist Church.  

Surviving besides his wife, Carolyn, are:  a son, Stephen (Cheryl) Prouty of Cranberry Township;  two grandchildren, Morgan Marie Prouty and Andrew Stephen Prouty;  two brothers, Rev. John (June) Prouty and Lloyd (Mary) Prouty, both of Ulysses;  two sisters, Betty (James) Decker of West Winfield, NY and Jean Larnerd of Berwick;  a sister-in-law, Barbara Prouty of Ulysses;  nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Herman Prouty and James Prouty.  
Vietnam War Veteran 

Friends may call at West Pike Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Dennis Crumb will officiate.  

Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  

Memorials may be made to West Pike Baptist Church, c/o Rev. John Prouty, 3336 Loucks Mills Road, Ulysses, PA 16948.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

RISSER TRUCK SERVICE LLC SEEKING CLASS A&B CDL DRIVERS


 

SATURDAY, July 16: ELIOT NESS FEST

Curt Weinhold photo
Gangster Al Capone (left, played by Denny Bloss) and Johnny Torrio toasted their success in taking over Coudersport on Friday as the third annual Eliot Ness Fest got underway. On Saturday, Eliot Ness and his Untouchables will muster during an entertaining stage okay at 11 am Saturday (Coudersport Theatre) and take back the town! 

Ness and his Untouchables Retake the Town. Four street theater scenes (details below) and other lively performances throughout the day.

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Courthouse Square, music, food, crafts and other attractions/vendors. Be sure to stop at the Law Tent, where you can meet, greet and learn about our law enforcement/public safety agencies and partners, such as the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Cleveland Police Historical Society.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown streets, four concurrent Car/Truck/Law & Emergency Vehicles Shows:

--Ness Chicago Era, pre-1934s, Main and East Second streets
--Ness Cleveland Era, 1934s – 1942s, East Third Street
--Ness Coudersport Era, 1942s-1957s, easternmost East Third Street, at Ness’s Coudersport home
--Law & Emergency Vehicles, all vintages & types, Courthouse Square


9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Main Street, Eliot Ness Museum open.


9:45 am 
Lively Street Theater! Scene 4
The peace does not last for long. Capone, Torrio will confront North Siders O’Banion, Moran and Weiss near the Artisan Center (Main and Third streets) and O’Banion’s famous Always in Bloom flower shop next door. Something’s gotta give!

10:00 am
Coudersport Theatre, Keynote Speaker, Gangsters, Guns and Honest G-men. Thomas Chittum, former Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, ATF; presently VP/Analytics and Forensic Services, ShotSpotter. Free admission.

11:00 am
Coudersport Theatre, Ness Recruits his Untouchables. Stage performance. Participation by actual Untouchables’ descendants. Cameo appearance by wiseguys Frank Nitto and Rocco LaRosa. Agents will emerge from the theater to take back the town. Greet them as they travel to the courthouse square to begin their work. (Ticketed)

Noon
Lively Street Theater! Scene 5
Call it a “town meeting,” or a press conference, or whatever you wish. Gather around as Eliot Ness and his Untouchables address the crowd from the courthouse square gazebo. Let it be known, far and wide, that the gangsters’ days (or, in this case, hours) are numbered!

Noon – 10:00 pm
West Second Street, Coudersport Rotary Club Speakeasy Beer Garden. Shell games by Jim Dodd. Street busker/strolling entertainment by Scott Andrews. Two sessions of an entertaining Eliot Ness Trivia Contest with subject matter experts A. Brad Schwartz and Rebecca McFarland, at 4 pm and 8:30 pm.


Noon – 2:00 pm
Kids Korner. Third and North East Streets, Park United Methodist Church lot. Games, prizes and fun. 


12:45 pm
Lively Street Theater! Scene 6
The Untouchables have been mustered and they have set out to clean up the town. First stop is a known booze-running headquarters masking itself as the Cream ‘n Sugar delicacies store (North Main Street).

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coudersport Theatre, Eliot Ness – Cleaning Up Cleveland, Rebecca McFarland, VP/Board of Trustees, Cleveland Police Historical Society. Ness’s impressive work in battling crime didn’t stop in Chicago. Free admission.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Courthouse Square/Law Tent. Untouchables Descendants’ Reception.  Welcome by Paul Vanderplow, ATF Special Agent-in-Charge, Detroit Field Division; and Scott Sroka, First Assistant U.S. Attorney/Western N.Y. and grandson of Untouchable agent Joe Leeson. Free admission.

5 pm
Lively Street Theater! Scene 7
It’s clear to see that the Rotary Beer Garden on West Second Street and the adjacent Hotel Crittenden are in the hands of the underworld, operating with immunity ever since the bad guys moved in and hijacked the town. It’s time for them to face the music!


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Courthouse Square/Law Tent. Entertaining presentation, reception and book-signing with A. Brad Schwartz and Paul W. Heimel, authors of books covering all three chapters of Ness’s life -- Chicago, Cleveland & Coudersport. Rumor has is that some unwelcomed guests are planning to show up and defend their “honor.” Drawing for autographed books. Free admission.


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coudersport Theatre, “How Desilu’s Untouchables Transformed Television” history/presentation, by Kelly Lynch, executive producer, “The Untouchables TV Show Retrospective.” What started in Coudersport ended up in Hollywood – and the rest is history! Free admission.


10:00 pm
Downtown, Fireworks Over Town. Excellent vantage points throughout the community. Coudersport High School grounds/Mitchell Park near the Coudersport Public Library are recommended.

Special Service This Sunday At The Coudersport First Presbyterian Church In Coudersport


 

Chiropractic Office Assistant Wanted At The Multicare Center In Coudersport


 

Close's Lumber Of Olean Is Hiring An Inside Sales Person


 

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.
We are back to our regular hours Tuesday through Saturday. Stop by for great savings
  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 through Friday 10-5 Sat. 9-4.  quarterwest@gmail.com. We Will Be Closed From July 2nd thru the 19th



Millstream Inn in Coudersport Seeking Part-Time Housekeeping Help

 


Electri-Cord in Westfield Seeking a Production Supervisor


 

J&B Furniture Going Out Of Business Sale Final 10 Days


 

Cameron County Children and Youth Services has an opening for a County Caseworker position

 


Friday, July 15, 2022

Lawn Mower Stolen In Keating TWP.


 

Rixford Man Cited For Harassment In Otto TWP.


 

Lewis Run PSP Seeking Information For A Theft In Eldred Borough


 

Darvin Carpenter Charged with Sexual Assault Of A Juvenile And Over 200 Sexual Assault Related Crimes


 

Bonnie L (Bright) Baney, 73 of W. Allegheny Ave. Emporium PA

Bonnie L (Bright) Baney

Bonnie L (Bright) Baney, 73 of W. Allegheny Ave. Emporium PA passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday night (July 14, 2022). 

She was born July 13, 1949 in Olean, New York a daughter of the late Harry and Lois Alverna (Monjar) Bright. She was married to her husband Delbert H. Baney, Jr. who passed away on February 8, 2022.

Bonnie attended Cameron County High School and was a stay at home mom for many years. She had worked at Cameron Manufacturing, Motor Coil, Rahco and was an over-the-road truck driver for about eight years. She enjoyed sewing crocheting and woodworking. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Bonnie was a born-again Baptist and attended the Moore Hill Methodist Church. 

Bonnie is survived by two daughters, April (Mike) Smith of Emporium; Melody (Dan) Shetler, Mount Jewett; Delbert “Poke” H. Baney, III, Sinnamahoning; nine grandchildren: Tasha, Trae, Jay, John, Jolaina, Jess, Jude, Wesley and Dylan; one great granddaughter, Aspen; one sister LaRae (Jim) Smith, Driftwood PAs

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter Fawnia Baney; sister, Judy (Bright) Shunk and a brother, Donald Bright. 

There would be no visitation. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Mansfield PSP Seeking Information For Theft In Richmond TWP.


 

Fire Origins Undetermined In A Fire That Destroyed Three Houses In Sandy TWP.


 

Lane Restriction on Route 15 SB in Gregg Township, Union County


​Montoursville, PA – Motorists are advised of a lane restriction on Route 15 southbound between White Deer and Allenwood in Gregg Township, Union County, due to a vehicle crash.

Motorists can expect the left (passing) lane to be restricted. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

Motorists should be alert, slow down, watch for lane changes, and drive with caution.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

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

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Lifeline for Ambulance Services Part of PA Budget Plan

 I joined EMS personnel and fellow lawmakers at a Capitol press conference
in June to call for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates.

With many emergency medical services (EMS) agencies struggling to keep their doors open, I am pleased to report the state budget approved last week includes an additional $50 million in funding for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Effective Jan. 1, reimbursement rates for Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) services are increased to $400 and $325 per trip, respectively. The change represents a reimbursement of approximately 80% of the current base Medicare rate in Pennsylvania, plus a reflection of the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2018, which is when the last increase occurred.

Additionally, the measure increases from $2 to $4 the mileage rate paid to EMS agencies for all loaded miles after the first 20 miles.

This is an important step in the right direction, and I remain committed to further ensuring our EMS companies are fairly compensated for Medicaid patients. Especially in rural areas like ours, this is vital to ensuring our services can continue their life-saving mission.

Read more here.
 
 
Budget Includes No New Taxes, Saves for Future Economic Downturn

The General Assembly has enacted a 2022-23 state budget that keeps spending in check and sets aside more than $5 billion in funding to protect against the anticipated economic downturn.

The bill saves for the future by keeping year-over-year growth in spending at 2.9%, compared to the more than 16% increase proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf back in February. It directs $2.1 billion into the Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to a historic $5 billion, and carries over more than $3 billion into the next fiscal year to address the anticipated drop in state revenue. Additional savings are achieved by paying off more than $2 billion in prior budget borrowing.

Along with overall fiscal responsibility, the budget also focuses on issues important to rural Pennsylvania. With regard to health care, funding for critical access hospitals is consistent with the prior fiscal year, while Medicaid reimbursement rates for emergency medical services providers are increased. In an effort to encourage more people to enter the nursing field to staff our hospitals and long-term care homes, the budget invests an additional $35 million in federal funds into the Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program.

Basic education funding for all school districts is increased by $525 million, while special education funding is increased by $100 million, early childhood education by $60 million and career and technical education by $6 million.

The budget provides level funding to state-related universities, including the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and supports students attending any higher education institution by increasing the maximum grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency from $5,000 to $5,700.

Other budget highlights include a one-time initiative to offer increased rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program; increased funding for agriculture, especially to combat the spread of spotted lanternfly and avian influenza; and support for an additional 200 state troopers to protect communities throughout the state.

I’ll be sharing more information about initiatives contained in the budget in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you may read more at www.PAHouseGOP.com/statebudget.
 
 
Proposed Constitutional Amendments Empower Pennsylvania Voters

The General Assembly approved several proposed constitutional amendments last week that could ultimately give you, the voters, a direct say in some important issues facing the Commonwealth.

The proposals seek to amend the state Constitution to:

  •   Expand the state’s current voter ID rules by requiring all voters to present valid identification each time they cast their ballot, regardless of whether they are voting by mail or in person.
  •   Allow a governor candidate to select a running mate for lieutenant governor, similar to the way a presidential candidate selects his or her running mate. Currently, the state’s lieutenant governors are elected independently.
  •   Require comprehensive auditing of elections by the state auditor general to include the administration of elections, certification of election machines, the accuracy of the list of registered voters, the administration of voter registration and election results.
  •   Restore the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of state government by allowing the Legislature to reject proposed regulations without approval of the governor.
  •   Allow voters to directly decide if taxpayer dollars should be used to fund elective abortions. The proposal would not change current law.

Constitutional amendments must pass by a majority vote during two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly. Then they must be made public and advertised before going to the voters as part of a ballot referendum. At that point, the people of Pennsylvania get to decide.

This is the first time these initiatives were passed by the House and Senate. They would have to be approved again in the 2023-24 Legislative Session
 
 
PennDOT Job Fair!

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PennDOT’s McKean County Maintenance Division will host a job fair on Thursday, July 28, from 1-6 p.m. at its office at 300 Bingham Road, Cyclone.

There are opportunities for both temporary and permanent positions including CDL operators, diesel mechanics, clerks, tradesman helpers, engineering technicians, civil engineer trainees and transportation construction inspectors.

For more information, call 814-465-7754.
 
 
Mark Your Calendar: Senior Citizens Expos

We will once again host a series of Senior Citizens Expos to provide area seniors and their family members and caregivers convenient access to a wide range of information in one convenient location.

The events will be held as follows:

  •   Bradford: Friday, Aug. 5, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Sports and Fitness Gymnasium, Campus Drive, Bradford.
  •   Kane: Friday, Sept. 9, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
  •   Roulette: Friday, Oct. 7, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., Roulette.

Each event is free to attend and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided and door prize drawings will be held at 12:30 p.m. at each event.

Businesses, agencies and organizations that offer services to senior citizens are invited and encouraged to take part in the expo to connect with potential clients. Exhibitors share information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing, personal safety and more. Health screenings will also be offered.

For more information about the senior expos, or to register as an exhibitor, contact my office at 814-362-4400 or visit RepCauser.com
 
 
Court Decision Halts Wolf Administration Energy Tax

Commonwealth Court on Friday issued an injunction halting Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to enroll Pennsylvania in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative that would have created a carbon tax on the state’s energy industry.

Pennsylvania is the third-largest electricity generation producer in the country and the largest exporter of electricity. RGGI threatens that status by implementing a tax on energy producers that will raise consumer electric bills by an estimated 30%, according to the Independent Fiscal Office, and lead to thousands of job losses in communities due to plant closures and suspension of new plant construction.

While all 11 other states enrolled in RGGI are there as a result of a vote by their legislatures, Gov. Tom Wolf has been circumventing that process and ignoring the voices of the citizens we represent. The administration has said it will appeal the decision.
 
 
Bills to Improve Overall Health Outcomes Now Law

Responding to ongoing health challenges across the Commonwealth, the General Assembly has approved two new laws that aim to improve health care providers’ abilities to treat the overall health of patients.

Acts 32 and 33 of 2022 amend the Mental Health Procedures Act and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to allow for sharing of patient information among providers, facilities and insurers. The changes would also meet existing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements to ensure patient confidentiality.

Under prior law, mental health and physical health information could not be fully shared among providers in Pennsylvania. The changes will bring Pennsylvania in line with the majority of states that already share this information and are seeing improved patient outcomes.
 
 
PGC Seeks Help Counting Turkeys

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again is seeking input from the public in surveying wild turkeys this summer. The Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey is open now through Aug. 31.

Participation is important for turkey population management. Survey data allow the agency to determine total wild turkey productivity and compare long-term reproductive success within Pennsylvania and across states, as this is a standard methodology used across the country. Data also are used in the turkey population model to track population trends.

Turkey sightings can be reported through the Game Commission’s website. The mobile app is no longer available.

On the website, participants are requested to record the number of wild turkeys they see, along with the location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions. Viewers can also access results from previous years.