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Monday, January 16, 2017

West End Trailblazers Snowmobile Club 15th Annual Winterfest Set For January 28th In Roulette, PA .

Antiques Extravaganza Auction, Saturday, January 21st At Daniel A. Carter Auctions, Allegany, NY

Recruitment Event For LPN's, RN's, CNA's & HHA's To Work In Coudersport, Emporium & Surrounding Areas

Free Appraisals, Free Cash Offers At Antiques Road Show Purchasing & Appraisal Day Jan. 20th At Carter Auctions In Allegany, NY

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Crosby Mini-Mart Says Commercial Fire Alarm Is A False Alarm

At 11:14 PM on Sunday, Derrick City, Bradford & Limestone have been dispatched to a commercial Fire Alarm at the Crosby Mini-Mart at 1002 East Main Street.

First Presbyterian and Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Galeton, 1-15-17

by Martha Pennell,

Anyone at First Presbyterian church needing to send an annual report to Robin Leach for the congregational meeting January 29th must do so by January 23rd. 

Galeton Food Pantry opens Friday, January 27th, at 10 am at Saint Paul’s Lutheran church. 

Pastor Tom’s sermon for the second Sunday in Epiphany, “Soul Travel,” was based on John 1: 29-42. 

John the Baptist had baptized Jesus the day before and saw the spirit of God descend like a dove on him. John proclaimed him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. 

Pastor Tom told us God had the slaves of Egypt dip a branch into lamb’s blood and mark their houses to keep the destroyer away. 

Shortly after, the Egyptians told them to go. 

Thirteen hundred years later, here is an agent of God’s love and power to bring victory over any destroyer. 

Fresh starts and new beginnings flow from the heart of God through Jesus. 

One of the two men John spoke to proclaiming Jesus as the Lamb of God told his brother he met the savior. Jesus said, “You’re a rock, we fit!” These three men became Jesus’ disciples with a passion to tell everyone they could about Jesus. 

As God’s people soul traveling we discover it is no secret what God will do for others. When we see the cross we remember the Lamb of God. 

When there is opportunity tell others how Jesus has made us strong and compassionate. Thankful to be forgiven, we see what God has done and is doing. 

Let’s go! It is a great trip!

Harold A. “Ike” Silvis, 90, of Bradford, PA

Harold A. “Ike” Silvis

Harold A. “Ike” Silvis, 90, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on August 23, 1926 in Brookville, the son of the late Amer and Marie Moore Silvis.

WWII Veteran
He was a 1950 graduate of the former Mt. Jewett High School. He received his diploma after he came home from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1943-1947).

On July 2, 1949 in Frewsburg, NY, he married Marian Johnson who survives.

He was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church and the Mt. Jewett American Legion. He was a member of the Pine Acres Country Club where he was also a past member of the board of directors. He was an avid bowler for many years and he bowled on the Creative Word Design Team at Bylle Lanes.

He was employed by Quaker State and later at National Fuel Gas for twenty five years until his retirement. He was also self-employed as a timber cutter for right of ways and an inspector for the Bradford City Water Authority.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, Marian J. Silvis of Bradford, he is also survived by three sons, Richard (Donna) Silvis of Virginia Beach, VA, David (Nancy) Silvis of Bradford, Bradley Silvis of Erie; one grandson, Scott (Sue) Silvis of Portville, NY; four granddaughters, Hope (William) Caracci of Virginia Beach, VA, Shannon (Chuck) Ridenour of Bradford, Ashley (Bryant) Rawls of Lompoc, CA, Nicole Silvis of Erie; nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Peterson and Doris Bonini.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Emanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Pierotti officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Mt. Jewett.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Donald G. Watson, 85, of Warren, PA

Donald G. Watson

Donald G. Watson, 85, of Warren, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home in Warren, PA. 

Born on October 20, 1931 in Abington, PA, Don was the son of the late Conrad and Margaret Watson. 

Don graduated high school in Lansdale, PA, and later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University where he was a member of the ROTC. 
US Air Force

He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1956, where he was discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant. 

Don had a great sense of humor and loved his grandchildren. He was a member of the Otter Run Hunting and Game Club and the Phoenix Investment Club. 

He enjoyed going to flea markets, car shows, photography, collecting anything brass and all kinds of antiques. He enjoyed antique car restoration and even had a 1959 MG Convertible that he road in the 4th of July parade every year. 

He had been employed for many years with GTE Sylvania and later was Vice President of Truck Lite. In his later years, he enjoyed getting articles together and mailing them to his camp friends. Of all of his accomplishments, Don was most proud of the long term friendships he had made throughout his life.

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia J. Thayer Watson, whom he married in 1956 in Midwest City, OK, 1 Daughter – Donna Austin and her husband, David, of Highland, Michigan, 3 Grandchildren – Cody Austin and his wife, Tiffany, Catlyn Austin and her significant other, Zach Stavedahl, and Layne Austin, 1 Great-granddaughter – Oakley Austin, 1 Brother – Gerald Watson and his wife, Annette, of Souderton, PA, 1 Sister – Doris Gerges of Hatfield, PA, 1 Brother-in-law – Charles Thayer and his wife, Molly of Palm City, FL, 1 Sister-in-law – Linda Thayer of Port St. Lucie, FL, and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Watson.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, from 10:00A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at which time a memorial service will be held with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of Warren General Hospital, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA, 16365, for the benefit of the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home, or to a charity of one’s choice. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Bradford Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak

At 7:00 PM on Sunday, Bradford Fire Dept. has been dispatched to East Corydon Street near the Cahill Funeral Home for a natural gas leak.

50 inch Hitachi-Roku TV Raffle To Benefit "To Fill A Backpack"

The To Fill A Backpack is holding a mini raffle for a Hitachi Model 50R5 50” Class 1080p LED TV with Roku built in. Tickets are $1.00 each and the drawing will be held February 1st, 2017. If you would like to buy tickets you can mail a check, cash or money order to To Fill A Backpack – Attn: TV raffle – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746. 

All proceeds will the benefit the Backpack program for their upcoming 2017 backpack distribution. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the address shown above, email us at or give us a call at (814) 544-2612.

Wellsville Dispatched To Car Into Pole Crash

At 6:34 PM on Sunday, Wellsville Fire & Rescue dispatched to a car into a pole near the post office.

Coudersport Theatre Closed Sunday, Jan. 15th Until Digital Projector Is Repaired

Wellsville Dispatched For One Vehicle Rollover Crash On Rt. 417 West

At 4:17 PM on Sunday, Wellsville Fire , Rescue & EMS have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash on Rt. 417 West across from the old trooper barracks. The vehicle is off the road into the creek with water going into the vehicle. There is believed to be a single female occupant in the vehicle.
On scene report water not filling up the vehicle. No water hazard here. A helicopter has been requested on standby.
Mercy Flight has been requested to the Airport to transport the patient to ECMC in Buffalo..

James R. Mechling, 78, of Sugar Grove, PA

James Mechling

James R. Mechling, 78, of Sugar Grove, PA, died peacefully Sunday morning, January 15, 2017 with his family surrounding his bedside, at the Lutheran Social Services Nursing Facility, Jamestown, N.Y. 

He was born July 27, 1938 in Kittanning, PA., he was the son of the late Lawson and Elsie Kunselman Mechling. 

Jim was a Warren County area resident since 1966 and was employed as a X-Ray Technician at Struthers Wells Corporation for 27 years and had also been employed with Lorangers. 

US Army Veteran
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a man with a great sense of humor, who enjoyed telling a joke. 

He had served with the U.S. Army as a specialist 4th grade. 

He is survived by his companion, Linda M. Hoag of Sugar Grove, PA., his children – Desiree Mechling and her husband, Jon Vincent of Russell, PA., James Lawson Mechling and wife, Lisa of Tidioute, PA., Dan Mechling and wife, Cheryl of Warren, PA., Jon G. Mechling of Frewsburg, N.Y., 4 Siblings – Gail Freeman, Carol Stover and husband, Bill all of Ford City, PA., Barb Fredericks of Russell, PA., Ken Mechling and wife, Pat of Irvine, PA., 9 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, his beloved dogs, Molly and Dolly. 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Jack and Daniel Gary Mechling, 2 Sisters – Delores Salsgiver and Betty Sipple.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, January 18, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, January 19, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., the Rev. Ralph Culp, officiating. Interment will be in Clendenning Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA. 16365. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Roger A. Frederick, 72, of Warren, PA

Roger Frederick

Roger A. Frederick, 72, of Warren, PA, died peacefully in his sleep at his residence, Wednesday morning, January 11, 2017. 

He was born February 1, 1944 in Warren, PA. Roger was the son of R.D. and Buelah Geraldine Smith Frederick. He was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1962 graduate of Warren High School. 
US Navy Veteran

Roger had served with the U.S. Navy and was employed for over 20 years with the former Deluxe Metal Company. He was a member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, Warren American Legion Post 135 and served with Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Military Honors detail. 

He is survived by his wife – Joan Rice Frederick of Warren, PA.,
3 Brothers – Clarence R. Frederick and wife, Marie of Warren, PA., George Frederick and wife, Joan of Minor, N.D., Rufus Frederick and wife, Gloria of Clarendon, PA., 2 Sisters – Sandy VanHouton and husband, Tom of Jamestown, N.Y., Debbie Frederick of Houston, TX., several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother – R.D. Frederick, Jr., 1 Sister – Laura Stoddard.

A Memorial Service will be conducted Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., with Rev. Martin Reynolds, Pastor of the Clarendon United Methodist Church, officiating. 

Full military honors will be conducted following the memorial service by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F. W. Military Honors Detail. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Clarendon V.F.W. Post, 22 Brown Ave., Clarendon, PA., 16313.

E –mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Barbara J. Chester, 90, of Warren, PA

Barbara Chester

Barbara J. Chester, 90, of Warren, PA, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at her residence. 

She was born April 8, 1926, to the late Margaret Wilson Chester who died in 1998 and Ralph M. Chester who died in 1983. 

She was a graduate of Warren High School in 1944. She was employed by Walker Creamery Products for 6 years and Sylvania Electric Products and G.T.E. Sylvania for 33 years, retiring in 1983. 

Barbara was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Warren Senior Center, Allegheny Outdoor Club and Riverside Senior Bowling League.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Elizabeth “Pat” Chester in 1972 and 2 brothers in infancy.

She is survived by her sister, Joanne I. Chester of Warren, PA., and several cousins, including Susan (Michael) W. Zaprowski of Salamanca, N.Y., William (Susan) M. Wilson of Scandia, PA.

There will be no visitation hours and a private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family by Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Warren County Home, officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. 

 In Lieu of flowers, Barb requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Fox Township Dispatched To Structure Fire On Hayes Road

At 3:12 PM on Sunday, Fox Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 147 Hayes Road for a structure fire in a house. Caller reports smoke coming from an electrical outlet.

Austin Dispatched To Automatic Fire Alarm

At 2:49 PM on Sunday, Austin Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Studer residence at Reed Run & Bark Shanty roads for an automatic fire alarm.

Bill Pekarski: Day 137, Living life on my terms.

Bill Pekarski:

Day 137, Living life on my terms.

I love it when people find old photos and post them to Facebook. Yesterday, my cousin Cynthia found a bunch of old photos that included family members that have long since passed, some of whom I had never even met.

One of my favorites is of my father’s parents, Anthony and Katherine. They lived in the house on Elk Street that became my family home. Katherine is the woman who taught my mother how to make the golumpki and pierogis. They both died years before I was born were laid to rest side by side in St. Eulalia’s cemetery, beneath an evergreen tree on the bottom part of the hill.

Another photo she included was of my late Aunt Helen and Uncle George Dubots. Aunt Helen was my dad’s sister and they lived on a farm down below the tannery area.

When my dad was battling cancer, I used to stay with them while my parents were at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Getting treatment back then for Cancer always involved traveling to a city or a bigger hospital for treatment. It would take several days or even a week or more for each treatment.

I was in fourth grade at the time and it was a little scary not having mom and dad around. Uncle George and Aunt Helen took great care of me. In fact, the three youngest kids of my family were kind of strung out with relatives during this time. Lucia stayed with our Aunt Naomi and Uncle Frank Mosch at the end of Oak Street and Anne stayed with our cousins Mike and Francine Carpenter and their kids, Michael and Kathleen.. Their house was on the same farm with Aunt Helen and Uncle George so she was at least close.

I remember that my Aunt and Uncle had a cow that we all loved and it was named Star. For years, Star provided the milk they used in the house. The first morning I was there I was having a bowl of cereal and I was not quite ready to pour farm fresh milk on my breakfast. The just brought it in from the barn and put it in the jug, unstrained. Of course, after a few hours it was good and cold but little curdles of cream would stick to the top of my corn flakes and it was a tad startling.

They had a television, but other than the news it was rarely on. I spent most of my time reading or walking around outside. There was a nice little spring fed pond between the two houses and it had a bunch of big trout in it. Every time my cousins caught any big trout, they would keep them alive and put them in the pond. They had all gotten big and fat from eating hunks of bread tossed to them through the years.

I wasn’t real good at milking the cows, I tried, but I did not have much talent for pulling teats. Huh, never thought I would ever say something like that??? Sorry, I had to joke a little bit.

Since I couldn’t get any milk to flow, I helped by shoveling manure out of the stalls. The only bad thing about that was the aroma from the fresh ones. Also, you had to be careful not to be around when they were letting loose because splatter does happen.

Otherwise, getting to and from school was about the same. The same bus that picked us up at our house picked us up on the farm as well. The hard thing was not getting off at our house and just going by it.

I loved my aunt and uncle, but I was so happy when dad would come home and we could go to our house. I remember dad saying; “if I have a couple of days between chemo treatments, I am coming home!” He was really quite a fighter.

Today I want to dedicate my progress to Aunt Helen and Uncle George Dubots. Thank you for opening your home and taking care of me when my family needed the help. I also want to thank Francine Carpenter and my late aunt Naomi and Uncle Frank Mosch for everything they did as well.

Reese Hollow Tank Farm Permit Issued To JKLM Energy LLC

UPB's Greening Named to Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List

By Scott Elliott
BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford’s Evan Greening has been named to the Small College Basketball 2016-17 Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award Top 100 Watch List, which was announced Sunday morning.

The Bevo Francis Award is presented annually to the player with the top overall season in the country among schools in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA.

The selection committee consists of university presidents, coaches and sports information directors from across the country, and players are chosen from over 1,100 colleges and universities based on individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success.

Greening, the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year and three-time all-conference selection, leads the league in scoring (21.1) and rebounding (14.5) for the second straight season. He is tied for first in NCAA Division III with 12 double-doubles and ranks among the national leaders in rebounds per game (14.5), total rebounds (203) and offensive rebounds per game (6.1).

Clarence “Bevo” Francis is considered one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history and holds the NCAA Division II record for points per game (46.5) during a season. He starred for two years at Rio Grande College—now known as the University of Rio Grande—from 1952-54 and ultimately helped save the school from bankruptcy.

As a sophomore, Francis set the NCAA Division II record for most points scored in a game with 113 and was named an Associated Press second-team All-American. He was drafted in the third round of the 1956 NBA draft by the Philadelphia Warriors but turned down their contract offer.

Small College Basketball will publish the Top 50 Watch List in February, and it will be narrowed down to 25 players in March. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video April 1, and the winner will be awarded April 3.

Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim In Bradford

At 12:56 PM on Sunday, Bradford Police on scene has requested EMS to respond to 265 Chautauqua Place for a female victim of an assault.

Bradford Dispatched To Vehicle Crash

At 12:47 PM on Sunday, Bradford Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to West Corydon Street & South Avenue for a one vehicle crash.

Corydon & Lafayette Dispatched To Vehicle Fire On Rt. 59

At 12:24 PM on Sunday, Corydon & Lafayette Fire Departments have been dispatched to Rt. 59 near the Morrison Trail Head for a vehicle fire.

RECALLED by Chief.

The Exposed Generation: Region sees uptick in drug dependent babies

By Katie Weidenboerner
Tri-County Sunday

Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opiate withdrawal in the United States.

As the drug epidemic continues to grow regionally, one of its side effects is being extended to the tiniest humans.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, includes the painful withdrawal symptoms that newborns suffer after birth. Although other substances have been implicated, NAS is most often attributed to opioid exposure.

NAS babies often present with low birth weights, respiratory issues, and tremors or seizures.

Currently, the data in Pennsylvania on NAS is limited. The only available statewide statistics are from women who are enrolled in Medicaid.

Still, those statistics show a troubling trend.

Statewide, the total number of neonatal stays related to substance use in 2015 was 2,700 – or 20 per 1,000 neonatal stays. That’s up from 6 per 1,000 a decade and a half earlier, or a 250 percent increase.

Locally, the six county region shows the number of NAS babies reported to Medicare doubled from 40 to 80 between 2010-2013.

Drug exposed babies on the rise

Dr. Mohamed Hassan, neonatologist and medical director of Penn Highlands DuBois’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is on the front lines.

“I have eight babies today (in the NICU) and half of them have NAS,” Hassan said during an interview Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s not fun to see a baby withdraw. You see them screaming all the time, vomiting, with diarrhea. It takes a toll on doctors, nurses and moms.”  Read more...

Andover Dispatched For One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At noon on Sunday, Andover fire & ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 417 west of the village for a one vehicle accident with injuries.

Vapors From Gasoline Can Listed As Cause Of Garlock Hollow House Fire

Potter County Youth Participate in PA Farm Show

Four youths represented Potter County in the showing of market animals at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.

Noell Nichols, a member of Northern Potter's Headwaters FFA and daughter of Greg and Lori Andruchowsky of Coudersport exhibited both a market lamb and a market hog. Noell placed 2nd in Crossbred Division 16 with her market hog weighing 256lbs. Noell also won a Master Showman Award for her showing skills.
Her market lamb placed 5th in in Crossbred Weight Division 9.

Sylvia Rutkowski, a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club and daughter of Michelle Rutkowski and Hank Hood and niece of Deborah Rutkowski of Genesee exhibited both a lamb and a hog. Her market lamb placed 6th in the Heavy Weight Division of the purebred Hampshires. Her 290 lb. market hog placed 4th in Crossbred Weight Division 20.

Sabrina Williams, a member of Northern Potter's Headwaters FFA and daughter of Tom and Patsy Williams of Genesee 251 lb. market hog placed 6th in Crossbred Weight Division 6.

AJ Lehman, a member of Northern Potter's Headwaters FFA and son of Brenda and Phillip Lehman of Harrison Valley placed 8th with his 278 lb. market hog in Crossbred Weight Division 19.

Smethport Teen Charged With Underage Possession of Alcohol

Allen J. "Charlie" Dawley, 57, of 362 Lafferty Hollow, Bradford, PA

Allen J. "Charlie" Dawley

Allen J. "Charlie" Dawley, 57, of 362 Lafferty Hollow, Bradford, PA, passed away, peacefully, Sunday, January 15, 2017, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Quick Look At Burkhouse Auction Set For Sunday, Jan. 15th In Bradford

West End Trailblazers Snowmobile Club 15th Annual Winterfest Set For January 28th In Roulette, PA

Antiques Extravaganza Auction, Saturday, January 21st At Daniel A. Carter Auctions, Allegany, NY

Milker Wanted For AM or PM Shift At Four Winds Dairy In Ulysses, PA

Clelebration Of Life / Benefit For Roy Skaggs Sunday At Bradford Eagles Club

Free Appraisals, Free Cash Offers At Antiques Road Show Purchasing & Appraisal Day Jan. 20th At Carter Auctions In Allegany, NY

Recruitment Event For LPN's, RN's, CNA's & HHA's To Work In Coudersport, Emporium & Surrounding Areas