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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In-Season Trout Stockings Still Going Strong

Wild Trout Offer a Change of Pace
HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 4) – The opening days of trout season may have passed, but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers that the stocking season is still going strong and the spring season offers plenty of opportunities to catch brook, brown and rainbow trout.

The PFBC will stock 400,000 more trout into 445 water sections through the end of May, according to Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries. “The annual buildup to the Mentored Youth Trout days and the opening days of trout season is always fun and generates a lot of excitement with adult anglers and kids,” he said. “But we want anglers to know that great trout fishing continues through spring and into June and picks up again in fall when water temperatures start to cool.”

Included in this year’s stocking lists are the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, a new program where one water in each of the eight commissioner districts will be stocked with large 14”-20” trout. Select here for more information about this exciting new program.

The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2 million rainbow trout; 642,000 brown trout; and 522,000 brook trout. As with past practice, the average size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length.

In addition to these fish, the PFBC has stocked about 8,500 trophy golden rainbow trout that weigh an average of 1.5 pounds and measure at least 14 inches long. Also, PFBC cooperative nurseries run by sportsmen’s clubs across the state stock another 1 million trout to waters close to them.

Wisner added that anglers can easily search the trout stocking schedules for locations and dates of interest by using the PFBC’s mobile app “FishBoatPA,” which is available for free on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The app has been downloaded more than 48,500 times.

When the FishBoatPA app opens, the first item anglers see is an “Upcoming Trout Stocking” link, which updates in real-time. Users can sort stocking schedules by county. The app is tied directly into the PFBC’s online stocking schedule, so anglers can see past and upcoming stockings and the type of trout placed in a water. GIS coordinates allow users to use mapping apps installed on their phones to get directions to their favorite stocking site.

The “Near Me” feature uses a phone’s GIS coordinates to locate and display trout waters within 5, 15, 25 and 50 miles of the user.

Anglers also can view stocking schedules by visiting the PFBC website and clicking on the link for Trout Stocking Schedules. Select a county and enter start and end dates from the calendars at the top of the page. Then press “Go.”

In addition to the PFBC’s extensive hatchery trout stocking program, Pennsylvania also has thousands of wild trout streams. At present, there are 3,700 miles of streams containing some level of wild trout and 1,644 miles of Class A wild trout streams. Class A streams are the Commonwealth’s best wild trout streams and they offer a different challenge and reward for anglers.

These waters are not listed on the app at this time but can be found on the PFBC website at

“These fish and the streams that contain them are some of Pennsylvania’s most treasured resources that all trout anglers need to experience,” said Wisner. “Enjoy the in-season stockings and make this the year that you branch out from your favorite stocked water and add some wild trout fishing to your ‘to do’ list!”


Meeting called to order by Chairman Mitchell Gross at 4:00 PM

Minutes from previous meetings of 5 April 2016 REVIEWED
Motion made by Mitchell Gross, 2nd by Joseph Neal, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer, to accept as read – Yea vote
Resident asked about new pipeline – still nothing resolved
Logging contractor asked about condition of roads prior to bonding – explained
Resident complimented road crew for fine job on Whitetail Road and Hansen Hollow
Logging contractor asked about fine imposed for driving on road after road bond was outdated - explained


McMichael new agreement - request for extension of time until 1 December 2016 – motion made by Mitchell Gross to accept the extension, 2nd by Joseph Neal, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer – motion carried

Escrow account opened for the McMichaels – because of the small amount of the escrow payment, no interest will accrue

Flood Maps, FEMA is coming out with new flood maps. For the time being, a gentleman by the name of Ben, their map specialist, will be your point of contact. His number is 1-877-336-2627. 

FEMA is not notifying residents, so in our fall tax bills, please look for more information on flood maps. We will keep residents as informed as we are.

Trash days are set for May 20th and 21st – dumpster to arrive early on the 20th
Please take note of items not accepted; if unacceptable items are in dumpsters, the township has to pay an additional cost for disposal. Your attention in this matter would be appreciated.
Please take all trash as far forward in dumpsters and not above dumpster sides.
The following are UNACCEPTABLE items:

Medical waste Asbestos Asphalt Baby diapers Explosives Florescent bulbs Food Waste Hazardous waste Infectious waste Lawn clippings Liquid waste/any form Regular household garbage Electronics Tar Tires Anti-freeze Motor oil Yard waste (tree limbs, brush) Car bodies Farm equipment Burn barrel ash Propane tanks/cylinders

M & K Contractors and Frontier Communications were in direct violation of Ordinance 31 within Ceres Township. No response from either party to the letters sent. The matter will be turned over to our solicitor for legal action.

On the night of 27 April 2016, fuel was stolen from our backhoe, which was parked on King’s Run, approximately 1.3 miles from our Township building. Trooper Marcinko, from the State Police, has filed a report, and is investigating. We ask residents to please watch “THEIR” equipment/roads as they drive by. This is everyone’s equipment/roads, and all tax payers in Ceres Township pay for it. So an eye on equipment/roads will only help the tax payer.

Building permit from Gary Burcaw – new home
Bids for 2 pipes on King’s Run – 3 bids received – all 3 Supervisors agreed to accept Ken Plants
Points of Contact for residents of Ceres Township – will be in tax forms in July

Loan for materials, put on hold for now.
Health Insurance was researched.

Thanks to Cody Pratt for cleaning up a dump site on Barden Brook on 8 April 2016. State Police were involved, and took swift action to correct issue.

Special thanks to the Eldred Boro Fire Department for flushing out a sluice pipe on Barden Brook.

Many thanks to Eldred Township, Eldred Boro, and Otto Township for their continued support on any and all projects.

Special thanks to the person who cleaned up the tree on Powerhouse Road.

Ceres Township Supervisors met with the McKean County Conservation District on 7 April 2016, regarding Whitetail Road. Grant was submitted for the Newell Creek side of Whitetail Road.

The McKean County Conservation District met on 19 April 2016, with the Supervisors from the Townships of Otto, Eldred, Ceres, and Eldred Boro. Grant application submitted, and the District explained what they could do for us.
Also, Jeremy from the McKean County Planning commission was there, and he was asked about the flood maps, and also about the County coming up with an Ordinance for the County on open dumping of trash on properties. Jeremy to approach Commissioners on this matter. Awaiting word at this time. The next Commissioners meeting is May 10th, at 10:00 a.m. The County Commissioners’ meetings are held bi-weekly, and if we can get someone to volunteer to attend at that time, please contact us to help us address any issue that we feel the county should help with.

Supervisor wants to address issue of trash dumping on residents’ own property – complaints received from neighbors – recommend sending letters to residents who continue to store trash on their property

Permits are required for new and replacement of sluice pipes that connect to township roads
Jander Run Bridge landscaping should be completed by end of week

We will continue to work the dirt roads as far as graveling and grading. We appreciate everyone’s patience as they approach work areas.
Any and all feedback is appreciated

BILLS REVIEWED Motion by Mitchell Gross, 2nd by Joseph Neal, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer, to pay bills – motion carried

The next regular monthly meeting will be 7 June 2016 at 4:00 PM. The meeting will be held at 12 Barbertown Road in Ceres Township.

Motion to adjourn by Mitchell Gross, 2nd by Joseph Neal, 3rd by Jeffery Moyer, motion carried

Those Present:
Supervisors – 3 Mitchell Gross, Joseph Neal, and Jeffery Moyer
Secretary/Treasurer – 1 Larry Miller
Residents – 12 Chere Carpenter, Bob Friedl, Jim Cummings, Walt Smith, Barbara Wildner, Greg Jandrew, Andrew McMichael, Gary Burcaw, Tammy Peal, Greg Maxson, Steve Powell, Bill Johns

Larry Miller, Secretary-Treasurer

Seniors Go to Hawaii

Oswayo Valley Senior Center celebrated a day in the tropics with games, dress, song and food.
Phil and Viven Frair and Rose Reynolds

Back left: Mel $ Angie Fink, Viven & Phil Friar, Mary Jones, Ed Fitchner, Betty Nolan
Front row: Rayola Appleby, Curtis Perkins, Madge Lydic, Rose Reynolds, Judy Smith

Photo an Story By: Monica Thomas

Trooper Finds Bradford Driver Under Influence Of Marijuana

Emporium Man Unhurt In Crash With Animal On CCC Memorial HIghway

Celebrate Recovery Starts Friday Nights in Bradford PA

Celebrate Recovery is starting this Friday, May 6 at Open Arms Community Church in Bradford PA. It is free, open to the public, and does not require registration.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christian 12 Step Recovery Program that covers the full spectrum of life's issues of habits, hurts, and hang-ups. It addresses issues of every kind; chemical dependency, relationship addiction, sexual addiction, other compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, co-dependency, family dysfunction, and those who are trying to recover from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

Celebrate Recovery meets Friday's 6:30pm - 9:00pm. There is a light dinner the first half-hour. The Big Meeting starts at 7:00pm. Open Share Small Groups (restricted to those working through recovery, no visitors allowed) starts at 8:00pm. There will be hang out time after 9:00pm for those who wish to visit and talk.

Meetings are at Open Arms Community Church Bradford 1289 E. Main St. (1mile North of Walmart) in the downstairs. They can park in the middle and bottom parking lot off Tuna Crossing Road for easy access to the bottom entrance.

If anyone has any questions they can contact the church at 814-368-8846, or by, or visit and click on the Celebrate Recovery Tab.

Hunter safety in Pennsylvania is at an all-time high.

There were 23 hunting-related shooting incidents statewide during 2015, according to a newly released report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

That’s the lowest number on record.

And it speaks to the strides that have been made over many decades to make hunting safer, said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough.

“There still is work to do, because even one incident is too many,” Hough said. “But if you look back at the hundreds of incidents that occurred year after year in Pennsylvania decades ago, it really is remarkable how far hunter safety has come – and it’s been accomplished largely through a team of hard-working volunteers dedicated to making hunting continually safer.”

Two of the 23 incidents reported in 2015 resulted in fatalities. One was self-inflicted, and one resulted from a shot where the victim was in the line of fire. Except for 2012 – the first year without a single reported fatality related to gun handling in hunting and trapping in Pennsylvania – at least one fatality has been reported each year. There was one fatal incident in 2014. And, as a whole, the number of fatal incidents has declined sharply over the years.

Pennsylvania has compiled data on hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) since 1915. HRSIs in Pennsylvania have declined nearly 80 percent since hunter-education training began in 1959. The previous record-low was 27 incidents in 2013. Prior to 2013, there never had been fewer than 33 incidents reported in a year, and 2015 marks the third straight year in which fewer than 30 incidents were reported.

In 2015, five of the 23 incidents with an identified offender resulted from individuals with 10 or fewer years of hunting experience.

No incidents in 2015 involved a youth participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The Mentored Youth Hunting Program, which enables hunters under the age of 12 to harvest certain wildlife species if they are accompanied by a licensed adult, continues to be safe.

About 32,680 Mentored Youth Permits were issued during this timeframe.

In its annual reports on HRSIs, the Game Commission establishes an incident rate by computing the number of accidents per 100,000 participants. The 2.46 incident rate reported for 2015 is significantly lower than the 2014 rate of 3.07.

The leading causes of hunting-related shooting incidents in 2015 were a victim being in the line of fire or unintentional discharge, each of which accounted for 35 percent of the total.

Requirements for hunters to wear orange in many seasons and ongoing hunter-education efforts are essential to the upward trend in hunter safety, the report states.

In 2015, 38,671 students received their Basic Hunter-Trapper Education certification in Pennsylvania.

Those student graduates, their volunteer hunter-education instructors and the hunting public at large all can be proud of the role they have played in making hunting the safest it’s ever been, Hough said.

Game Commissioner Jim Daley, of Cranberry Township, is a longtime hunter-education instructor who was recognized in 2009 as Pennsylvania’s Instructor of the Year, recognized the key role the dedicated corps of 2,326 volunteer instructors play in improving safety.

He thanked those dedicated instructors, and the state’s hunters for continuing to put safety first.

“Pennsylvania has reached many safety milestones, particularly in recent years, but also over the 50-plus years since hunter-education training first began,” said Daley, who chairs the commissioners’ Information & Education committee. “A lot of hard work, and many, many volunteer hours have led to these results. Every student we teach becomes an ambassador for safe, responsible and ethical hunting; over time this model has created a cultural shift among hunters as we work to make hunting in Pennsylvania even safer. I think we all can be proud of how far we’ve come and can look forward to continued improvement.”

Craig A. FLEWELLYN, 90, of Whites Corners, PA


Craig A. FLEWELLYN, 90, of Whites Corners, PA, died Monday, May 2, 2016 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY. 

Born January 1, 1926, in Whites Corners, PA, he was the son of Charles J. and Grace Woodward Flewellyn. On November 9, 1957, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Catherine “Kay” Stives, who survives. 

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably in World War II from 1944 – 1946 in the Pacific Theatre and in the Korean War from 1949 – 1952. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in Korea. 

Craig worked on the oil rigs for many years and was employed by the Town of West Union as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years. Craig was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club. 

 Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are: six children, Gregory Flewellyn of Fairfax, VA, Jeffrey (Jalea) Flewellyn of Wellsville, NY, Debra (Craig) Kamiya of Ewa Beach, HI, Timothy (Donna) Flewellyn of Fairfax, VA, Laurie (Tom) Mixter of Ramona, CA, and Lisa (Todd) Morris of Waupaca, WI; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Flewellyn of Warrenton, VA; nieces and nephews. 

 He was predeceased by two brothers, Guy E. Flewellyn and Carl Flewellyn; and a sister, Joni Flewellyn. 

Friends may call Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. A Graveside Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday in Whites Corners Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 6927. Online condolences may be expressed at


The  photo shows Dr. and Mrs. Luis Gonzalez at the annual Leadership Donor Reception at Pitt-Bradford. Pictured here are, from left, Dr. Gonzalez; Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford; Dr. Shabir Bhayani; Andrea Gonzalez; and Daniel Gonzalez.

BRADFORD, Pa. -- University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board member Andrea Gonzalez and her husband, Dr. Luis Gonzalez, have started a new scholarship for a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Gonzalezes have been part of the Bradford community since 1996, when Luis Gonzalez opened his surgery practice. He is now chief of surgery at Bradford Regional Medical Center, while Andrea Gonzalez left her own counseling career to become the business manager for the medical practice. She is also involved with Relay for Life and St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.

Last year, the couple took a trip to Peru to serve as part of a Christian medical mission team. Andrea Gonzalez said they returned home feeling more grateful than ever for what they have. Having thought a while about starting a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, they felt it was important to make the commitment.

“The community has given so much to us,” she said, adding that she knew the scholarship would be put to good use. “So many people need scholarships. So many kids don’t have the opportunity to go to college.”

The Gonzalezes have put two sons through college themselves. Their son Carlos is currently an account director with Complex Media in New York, and their son Daniel is in medical school.

Andrea Gonzalez said the couple plans to keep contributing to the scholarship each year until they retire.

To find out more about starting a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of Institutional Advancement at 814-362-5091 or

Coudersport Theatre Schedule Change

Coudersport Theatre
Schedule Change

Final Showing of
Disney's The Jungle Book
is tonight, Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM

Advance Showing of
Captain America: Civil War
Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

Seneca Inn In Port Allegany Open Mother's Day For Great Food Specials

Terrence P. Pascarella, 63, of 80 Boylston Street Bradford, PA

Terrence P. Pascarella

Terrence P. Pascarella, 63, of 80 Boylston Street Bradford, PA passed away, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Born February 27, 1953, in Bradford he was a son of the late Helen (Rensel) Zandi and Frank J. Pascarella.

Terry was a 1972 graduate of Bradford Area High School. He had been employed for 43 years at Dresser Manufacturing and retired from the shipping and receiving department.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, VFW, Marche Club, LaStella Lodge, where he served as past club manager and held various offices at the Eagles Club.

Terry is survived by a daughter, Nichole Clark, two granddaughters, Paige K. Clark and Tillie J. Clark, all of Bradford, two sisters, Nita Kohler, of Lewis Run, and Mary Beth (Gary) Maley; of Cyclone, one brother, Allyn Pascarella of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Linda S. Witchen-Pascarella, and a brother, Robert J. Pascarella.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 11:00am St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

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

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Oncology Department, 116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-04-29 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site WINTER P1 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.

The library is holding a Father’s Day basket raffle. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available at the library. The basket was donated by Zippo and includes a lighter, hand warmer and other items. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 13th. The library would like to thank Zippo for such a generous contribution!

Join us on Monday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m. for "Herbs & Essential Oils" class with Helene Nawrocki. Helene will teach about the use of herbs and essential oils in cooking, cleaning, and health support. Stop by or call the library at 814-697-6691 to sign up or for more information.

“Sing, Dance, Play” classes are a creative, hands-on music program for babies, toddlers & preschoolers with Rachel Bell. The last 2 classes will take place on May 23rd, and June 6th at 10:30 a.m. for those that are already registered. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Potter County Commissioners.

Check out the Shinglehouse Community Calendar page at Here you will find community events taking place in the Shinglehouse area. If your organization would like to be added to the calendar please call the library at 814-697-6691 or email

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library is a participant in PA Forward. PA Forward is an initiative for libraries to become community centers of information, technology, and learning that will help advance educational and economic opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens. One of the ways that libraries help do that is through civic and social literacy. Libraries provide help with civic and social literacy by providing:

● Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, videos, etc. that reflect society’s historic and contemporary issues and topics of interest to communities and individuals

● Databases that support inquiry into historic and contemporary topics and issues
● eLink portal to government resources and information
● eLink portal to current news and issues
● Online language tutorials
● AskHerePA online, live question and answer services staffed by information professionals
● Digital archives of state and local history
● Broadband Internet access and rapid delivery of materials from remote locations
Memorials & Donations: Sue Pire from Alexander & Alice Cole. A donation was received from Bonnie Surra.
Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: every Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
● Family History Research group & Researching the History of Education in the Oswayo Valley: 2nd Friday of the month, 1:00 p.m.
● Book discussion: 3rd Monday of the month, 1-3:30 p.m.
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Audio & eBooks for Download: We have eBooks and audiobooks that are available through our website that you can download onto your eReader and MP3 player. Go to our website and click on “Download Books”. You will need your library card number to log in. If you have any problems please call or stop by the library for assistance.

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve.

Facebook: “Like” our Facebook page ( to keep informed of events happening at the library.

Twitter: You can follow us on Twitter @OVLibrary.

Board of Trustees Meeting: The library board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Details Released: Coudersport man accused of assaulting police officer

Bradford Era

COUDERSPORT — A Coudersport man is facing allegations he assaulted a police officer after crashing his Jaguar on Friday night in Potter County.

Jason Alan Ayers, 37, of South Main Street, was committed to Potter County Jail in Coudersport in lieu of $50,000 for the alleged assault after an early morning arraignment Saturday before Magisterial District Judge Annette Easton, court records indicate. Read details....

Mona J. Winston, 81, of Lyman Rd., Roulette, PA

Mona J. Winston

ROULETTE- Mona J. Winston, 81, of Lyman Rd., Roulette, PA passed away Tuesday (May 3, 2016) at her winter residence in Ellenton, FL.

Born September 21, 1934, in Grampin, PA, she was a daughter of Duane and Margaret Rafferty Hepfer. On July 25, 1953, in Grampin, she married Merle D. Winston, who died Sept. 29, 2013.

Mona was a longtime resident of the area and a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School, Class of 1952.

Mrs. Winston was secretary-treasurer of Annin Township for 36 years, retiring in 2005.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Eldred.

Mona enjoyed crossword puzzles and traveling, but most of all she enjoyed her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen M. (Buster) Daniels of Roulette; a son, Michael D. Winston of Somerset, PA; two grandchildren: Lisa Daniels of Roulette and Roy (Shelby) Daniels of Brocton, NY; six great-grandchildren: Brieanna, Jaclyn, Josie and Harlow Daniels, Morgan Greeley and Taylor Briggs; three brothers, Duane (Jane) Hepfer and Donald (Carol) Hepfer both of Grampin, PA, Daniel (Donna) Hepfer of Falls Creek, PA; three sisters, Janice Belfield of Ellenton, FL, Barbara (Kenneth) Crandell of Eldred, Sandy (Glenn) Hartzfeld of Luthersburg, PA; two sister-in-laws, Helen Hepfer of Duke Center, PA, Eleanor Hepfer of Smethport, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Merle, and two brothers, John and James Hepfer.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to: Karen Daniels
15 Lyman Rd. W.
Roulette, PA 16746


A special Astronomy Day program will be held on the Mansfield University campus Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. 
All ages are welcome to attend.
Bringing Astronomy to the People” is the Astronomy Day theme. This unofficial holiday began in 1973 in Northern California as a grassroots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general public by providing access to stargazing telescopes.

Astronomy Day is being celebrated on May 14 with museums, observatories, universities and astronomy clubs around the world setting up easily accessible telescopes in public spaces to allow people to observe the skies.

At Mansfield University, the Astronomy Day program will begin in Strait Planetarium under the gold dome in the Grant Science Center. At 7:30 p.m. In the comfort of the planetarium, Dr. Elaine Farkas, an MU physics professor, will take the audience on an exploration of the early summer sky and "wandering stars."

Tim Morey, a natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex, will talk about the "natural" dark sky and light pollution. Those attending will be able to see stargazing telescopes and ask questions about them. There will be a sign-up sheet for community members interested in forming an astronomy club in the area.

Immediately following the indoor show, those attending should plan on driving up to the outdoor observation area, the highest point on campus for a 30- to 45-minute star party. At the planetarium, maps will be provided to attendees showing highlighted vehicle routes to the T2 lot. Attendees can park their cars in the T2 lot.

At the observation area, people will view the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting and the naked eye. Tony Kiessling, an MU chemistry professor and an amateur astronomer, will demonstrate how he attached his cell phone to his eight-inch Dobsonian telescope and took some great pictures of the most recent full moon. For the event, the university has agreed to dim the lights in the T2 parking lot to reduce light pollution in the area. “The stars should be visible and the waxing gibbous moon should be about 50 percent full that night,” Dr. Farkas said.

Grant Science Center is located immediately behind North Hall in the middle of the Mansfield University campus in an area of one-way streets. Just look for the planetarium's gold dome. Parking is available in nearby employee lots, requiring a short walk to the Grant Science Center. Parking on campus in faculty and staff lots is allowed after 4 p.m. 

Because the planetarium only seats 100 people, registration is encouraged. To print free tickets, visit

For more information, contact Dr. Farkas at 570-662-4754 or


Kevin Coolidge will read "Hobo Finds a Home" to children for the May 10 Deane Little Beans program.
WELLSBORO—On Tuesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. the Deane Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a Deane Little Beans event for youth 12 and under and their parents. It is free.

Author Kevin Coolidge will be reading “Hobo Finds a Home” to children in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The book is written for 4 to 7-year-olds and enjoyed by people of all ages.

“This was the first children’s book I had ever written,” Coolidge said. He is the owner of From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro.

Published in October of 2007, “Hobo Finds A Home” was the result of a story that Coolidge told children about Hobo and how the bookstore cat came to live with him. “I told the kids that Hobo wrote the book as he had ‘thumbs’ and I just helped him with the words. It is his memoir with meow,” Coolidge said. Hobo passed away during the winter of 2013-2014.

This year, Coolidge has published the first two books in his new series, “Totally Ninja Raccoons” set in Wellsboro and Tioga County. The series is about the three raccoon brothers who become ninjas. “It’s great for the 7-10-year-old reluctant reader who loves action, adventure and creatures whose existence has yet to be proven, like Bigfoot,” said Coolidge.

In the first, the three raccoon brothers meet Bigfoot. In the second, they meet the “Weird & Wacky Werewolf.” Coolidge is now finishing his third, “The Secret of the Canyon.” In the fourth, the raccoons will meet “The Thunderbird.”

Coolidge has included the bookstore’s newest cats - brothers Huck and Finn – in his current series. These cats receive daily doses of love from the many children and adults who visit the bookstore.

For more information or to register for this Deane Little Beans program, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.


WELLSBORO—The Wellsboro Men’s, Wellsboro Women’s and the Wednesday Morning Musicales choruses will be giving a joint concert Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro at 36 Main Street.

The theme of the concert is “With A Song in Our Heart.” The three choruses will sing 20 different tunes incorporating a wide variety of musical styles from gospel to the big band jazz era, Broadway, patriotic, inspirational, pop songs and contemporary.

The concert will open with the Wednesday Morning Musicales singing “Music Makers,” I Hear America Singing,” “A Prayer for Peace” with Kate Means accompanying on the flute, “Joy in the Morning,” “Sing Sing Sing” and “My Fair Lady: A Choral Medley.” The 30-member group is composed of 28 men and women singers, Director Diana Frazier and Marian Miller, piano accompanist.

The 33-member Wellsboro Men’s Chorus includes 31 singers, Director Sharon Humbert and piano accompanist, Pat Davis. They will perform “Yakety Yak,” I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “No Man is an Island,” “Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying,” “Pie Jesu” and “Joshua.”

The Wellsboro Women’s Chorus will sing “Lift Up Your Voice,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Thankful,” “The Glory of Love,” “Clap Your Hands and Sing: and “Anything Goes.” The 40-member group is composed of 38 singers, Director Diana Frazier and piano accompanist Judy Smithgall.

For the finale, the three choruses will join in singing “Anything You Can Do” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

Admission to this concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

“We welcome new members,” Frazier said. The Wellsboro Women’s Chorus rehearses Thursday nights at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and the Wednesday Morning Musicales on Wednesday mornings at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, both in Wellsboro. Anyone who has a desire to sing and an interest in joining either group is asked to contact Diana Frazier at 570-724-5926.

The Wellsboro Men's Chorus rehearses Thursday evenings in the Deane Center. New members are welcome. For information, call Al Morrow at 570-280-9582.


WELLSBORO—In 2015 and 2016, volunteers Sean and Robin Minnick of Wellsboro have operated the Hills Creek State Park maple sugarhouse during peak sugaring season.
This year, their efforts were rewarded when Hills Creek State Park won the Best Syrup award. “We have a lot of fun doing it,” Sean said.

Judging the contest were: Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; John Norbeck, DCNR's Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry and John Hallas, director of the Bureau of State Parks.

“The competition began two years ago as a way of sharing what some of us in the Pennsylvania State Parks do in early spring to interpret an annual rite, the making of pure maple syrup and to establish bragging rights as to which state park made the best syrup,” said Eric Rensel, Parker Dam State Park natural resource specialist.

“The start of the competition goes back to the early PA Wild Days,” Rensel said. It was in 2006 when Rensel and Tim Morey, Hills Creek State Park natural resource specialist, started an informal maple syrup competition between the state parks where they worked, Parker Dam and Hills Creek.

“Our DCNR staff meeting was being held at the Slate Run restaurant, outside on the dining deck overlooking Pine Creek. We borrowed shot glasses from the bar to use for our taste samples – two shots for each judge. At least that is what the other folks dining outside thought. We got some strange looks and quickly explained we were having a maple syrup contest and that the amber-colored liquid was indeed maple syrup. As a way of reassuring the folks there, we invited them to also be judges and help us with the competition,” Rensel said. Hills Creek’s syrup edged out Parker Dam’s by one vote.

“At our 2014 annual Outdoor Programming Services workshop, we decided to extend the state park maple syrup competition statewide. Our DCNR secretary served as the judge that first year and Parker Dam’s syrup won.”

In 2015, Laurel Hill won the bragging rights. It was that park’s first year of making maple syrup.

“For the 2016 competition, held on April 19 in State College, we decided to create a traveling trophy to go with the bragging rights,” Rensel said. A leaky, dented maple sap bucket was painted gold, inverted and placed on a slab of polished sugar maple and topped with a glass maple syrup bottle painted gold on the inside. “On the underside is a chart of the winners for each year. The winning park fills in its own name for the listed year,” he said.

“It was a close competition this year," Rensel noted.

"We at the Pennsylvania State Parks take pride in our syrup and strive each year to produce the best. All of our syrups are winners. Our annual competition is just for fun," Rensel said.

Of the eight state parks in Pennsylvania that currently conduct interpretive maple sugaring programs, five submitted syrup samples for the 2016 competition. They are: Parker Dam, Hills Creek, Jennings Environmental Education Center, Laurel Hill and World’s End. The others are: Mount Pisgah, Raccoon Creek and Little Buffalo.

Tim Morey (left), natural resource specialist with the Hills State Park Complex, presents the gold maple syrup traveling trophy to Sean and Robin Minnick. Hills Creek State Park’s sugarhouse is shown in the background.


Over 180 volunteers were honored at the four Potter County Senior Centers in April. Volunteers deliver meals to the homebound, help at the senior centers, assist with income tax and property tax/rent rebates, teach computer classes, lead exercise classes, plan Prime Time Health Programs and etc. Aging Advisory Council members were honored at their May meeting.

Coudersport Volunteers were entertained by the Coudersport High School Jazz Band. The students served the meal and helped with the cleanup.

Galeton Senior Center Volunteers were entertained by DJ's Norma and Jim. Everyone enjoyed the music and dancing.

OV Senior Center Volunteers were entertained by music from the Matthews Family. Also, OV Elementary School students sang a couple songs. One of which was the "Star Spangled Banner" which they will be doing at one of the Pirates games. The senior center participants presented the money, they had collected for them, to go on this trip. OV High School students helped serve the meal and helped with the cleanup.

Ulysses Senior Center Volunteers were entertained by the Northern Potter High School Band, Chorus and Select Chorus. The Northern Potter Student Council members served the meal and helped with the cleanup.

Try Cize Live Free Cole Wellness Center

5th & 6th Grade Dance Friday May 6th

First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business

This seminar is presented by Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center and provides an overview of the steps necessary to start a business. Topics include: guidelines on how to finance your business; what to consider before starting a business; license and tax information; how and why to prepare a business plan; regulations governing a business; and other resources designed to help you plan and succeed in your new business.

This seminar is being held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. The cost is $20 and registration is required. Register online at or call toll free 877-292-1843.

Coudersport Youth Baseball Softball Kick Off Weekend!

Tyree Missing From Olean

Olean Man Charged With Stealing Food Pantry Donation Jar At Reid's Food Barn


05/03/2016 05:13 PM EDT
On April 15, 2016, Cook Medical initiated a voluntary recall of 4,146,309 catheters with Beacon Tip technology. Catheters with Beacon Tip technology have been found to exhibit polymer degradation of the catheter tip, resulting in tip fracture and/or separation, which have resulted in 30 Medical Device Reports to date.
05/04/2016 09:43 AM EDT
Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling select lots of Rocky Road pints produced in its Brenham, Texas, plant because they may be mispackaged and actually contain Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream. That ice cream contains the undeclared allergens soy and wheat, which may present a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction risk to people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or wheat.

05/03/2016 08:06 PM EDT
Frontera Foods of Chicago, Illinois is recalling a total of 720 (8 oz.) packages of its Frontera Texas Original Taco Skillet Sauce because it contains undeclared soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes
05/04/2016 01:30 PM EDT
SunOpta is voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

 Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods Firm Recalls Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad With White Meat Chicken Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, a Vallejo, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 33,610 pounds of Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

SBDC Presents" Understanding The Numbers" Accounting & Financial Analysis For Your Business

Rick's Auto Now In Downtown Port Allegany To Serve You Better

Health Care Reform Seminar Set For Monday, May 9th At Coudersport Public Library

Bradford Ecumenical Home Is Currently Hiring RN's, LPN's & CNA's

64th Annual Ham & Leek Smorgasbord Saturday, May 7 In Germania, PA

Reserve Your Table At The Laurelwood Steakhouse For Full Service Dining On Mom's Day

Karen Cahilly Esq. To Address Caregiver Support Group May 10 At Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport

Coming to Sweden Valley Inn on May 7th from 11am-3pm

Amber Neefe-Fowler, owner of Sweden Valley Inn, is having a #Handmade Maker’s Market on the patio of Sweden Valley Inn. She is hoping to have them throughout the summer, with each one featuring local artisans and craftsmen selling their items. They will be presenting their works on the patio; or inside in inclement weather.

Artisans for the first event coming May 7th will be: Amber Neefe-Fowler with her hand stamped metal jewelry, Caroline Powers with a variety of stenciled and hand-painted signs, T-Shirts and more, Kristin Russell with prints, matchbook notebooks, original paintings and small sculptures, and Elaine Russell with her sterling gemstone jewelry and Eco-Friendly craft items.

Also available will be wine and beer tasting selections!

Sweden Valley Inn is located at 1305 East 2nd Street/ US Route 6 East outside of Coudersport.

We hope to see you there!

Shinglehouse VFD 9th Annual Summer Fun Fest June 25

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Street

At 12:52 AM on Wednesday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Honeoye Street for a fall victim.

Sobriety Checkpoints & Roving Patrols Set Sights On DUI Drivers This Weekend In Potter County

DUI Charges Pending In Potter County For Eldred Man

Materials Stolen From Penn DOT Worksite On Phoenix Run Road In Pike Township

PA State Police Sponsoring A Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint In Coudersport

Livonia, MI Man Unhurt In Crash On CCC Memorial Highway

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gannon Students Serve a Local Coudersport Business

Gannon University business students presented a one-year marketing plan for the local sports retailer, Tornado Sports.

Coudersport, PA: On May 2nd, Gannon University business students presented a one-year marketing plan to a local Coudersport business. The marketing services were offered as part of a class project for the course Marketing in the Global Environment, taught by Professor Mrs. Ivonne Kio at the Potter County Education Council. After several submissions from interested businesses, Tornado Sports was selected for the project. 

This new local sports retailer is owned and operated by Jillian and Matt Baker. The year-long marketing plan included a variety of grass root, mass and social media initiatives. “We are honored to have been chosen for the marketing project. The students have given us insight on new marketing techniques and creative ideas”, said Jillian Baker.

The students who participated in this initiative included: Annette Campbell, Autumn Martin, Brian Russell, Regina Russell and Tesla Moore. “It was difficult and stretched my boundaries, but I feel that as a class we have done something good for the community. It is nice to be part of something that gives back,” said Tesla Moore. The development of the year-long marketing plan was supervised by Mrs. Kio.

60 Flags & Banners To Decorate Roulette Streets For Bicentennial; You May Buy One To Represent Your Family

The Roulette Township Bicentennial Fundraising Committee is having a flag and banner fundraiser. 

Sixty telephone poles spanning on Main Street and River Streets will be lined out with American flags and custom made nylon banners with plans to display from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

People may place custom wording on a banner representing a family, in memory of a loved one, a business, or any of the sort. 

This fundraiser is in preparation for our upcoming Bicentennial Festival the weekend of July 8th and 9th. The cost is $30. 

Please contact Amy Brown (814) 203-0676 or email

Coudersport House Fire Cause Determined to be Electrical; Damage Estimated $25,000 to $30,000

At 02:19 today was dispatched to Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro to 109 E 3rd St, reported house fire. Upon arrival Chief 48 established command and confirmed that everyone was out of the house and safe.

The owner advised where the Fire was located and advised that the room was on fire prior to leaving.

Engine 48-1 arrived laying in 400' of supply line from N East St x E 3rd, while CVAA tied the supply line into the hydrant, so engine crews could advanced a 1 3/4 to the second floor, crews ventilated from the exterior, and PPV was setup

After the ambulance crew assisted with water supply, they tended to the residents on scene.

With in minutes the Fire was brought under control with over haul and salvage operations to follow.

Crews placed apparatus back in service at the scene, and back in Quarters at 4:30.

Damage is estimated at approx. $25-30,000, the family was assisted by the Red Cross, and are staying with family in town.
The house is insured, there were no injuries.

The cause of the Fire was determined to be electrical in nature.
I would like to thank the Cdspt. Ambulance for assisting and allowing our manpower to stay w/the Engine to make an attack on this fire.

Coudersport Man Jailed In Lieu Of Bail For Assaulting Officer

Ruth L. Baker, 89, of Roulette, PA

Ruth L. Baker
Ruth L. Baker
“Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend”

ROULETTE, PA---Ruth L. Baker, 89, of Roulette, PA, passed to her rest on the morning of Tuesday, May 3, 2016, with family at her side under the care of Potter County Hospice.

Born on October 17, 1926 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of James E. “Pat” and Bertha L. Pelchy Predmore. On July 31, 1949, she married Charles Bernard Baker who passed to his rest on March 13, 1993.

Ruth was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She attended Washington Sanitarium and Hospital and Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, Maryland where she studied nursing. 

Mrs. Baker worked for many years as a nurse at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and before that had been employed at the former Port Allegany Hospital and the old Coudersport Hospital. She also worked as a factory nurse at Galeton Production. Since her husband’s death, Mrs. Baker has operated the family rental business.

Ruth was an active lifelong member of the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

She enjoyed knitting, photography, painting in oils, bird watching, and growing violets. 

She was a prolific writer of cards and notes of encouragement to others. A caring person, Ruth made many calls daily to friends new and old.

Surviving are two daughters, Marian E. Baker of Roulette and Rachel “Brenda” Marschner of St. Cloud, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Aren Baze, Michelle Baker, Daniel Sacher, and Ariel Sacher (Jordan) Kneiff; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Baker was predeceased by a son, Charles E. Baker, who died on May 27, 1973; a sister, Mary Napoletan; and a brother, Arley Predmore.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church, South Main Street, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Gary Reese, officiating. Mrs. Baker will be laid to rest with her husband and son in the Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.

Memorials may be made to the Roulette Ambulance Association, PO Box 172, Roulette, PA 16746.

Mrs. Baker’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Baker, please visit

Mercer Livestock Auction, Mercer PA Market Report for May 3, 2016

Mercer Livestock Auction, Mercer PA Market Report for May 3, 2016

Heavy Commercial Bulls:
Heavy Weight: No Reports
Medium Weight: No Reports

Commercial Cows:
High Grades: No Reports
Core Sales: $68.00 to $75.00
Lower Grades: $50.00 to $67.50

Fed Colored Steers:
Prime: No Reports
High Choice: No Reports
Choice: $115.00 to $119.00
Selects: $105.00 to $113.00

Fed Colored Heifers:
Prime: No Reports
High Choice: No Reports
Choice: $114.00 to $117.00
Selects: $105.00 to $112.50

Fed Holsteins: Selects: $100.00 to $105.00

Feeder Cattle Summary:
Higher Grades: $140.00 to $170.00
Average Grades: $105.00 to $135.00
Hvy Large Frame, Over 700 Lbs: $105.00 to $137.50

Calves: (Core Sales) $175.00 to $210.00

Cow / Calf Pairs: to $2,200.00

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Angela Klopf, CEO Of The Community Foundation For The Twin Tiers Is Leaving The Area, Replacement Sought.

I’m writing to let everyone know that I have decided to relocate out of the area. My last day will be Wednesday May 11th. Unfortunately I’m not able to see or personally e-mail everyone to say goodbye. This has all happened pretty fast and my top priority has been to get CFTT ready for this transition. 

Therefore, I’m sorry that some of you might have heard of this prior to hearing it from me. I’m happy to report that CFTT is in a good place for this and that comforts me while moving onto my next chapter in life. 

We have already exceeded bringing in over one million dollars this year, which brings our total assets to almost 4.8 million. We’ve hired Richard Friend as an Interim CEO while the Board of Directors conducts a search for my replacement. He’s already been working with me and will continue to work part-time to “hold down fort” until my replacement is found. 

I know many of you were added to our CFTT newsletter list because of your interest and passion for the mission of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers and we appreciate your ongoing support through this transition. 


Angela Klopf, CEO
Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers
104 W. Lockhart St.
Sayre, PA 18840

State Environmental Officials Band, Inspect Harrisburg’s Newest Young Peregrine Falcons

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) today banded and inspected the three young peregrine falcons nesting on the 15th Floor of the Rachel Carson State Office Building to ensure they are healthy and disease free before they enter their next stage of development -- learning to fly.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure that these young falcons are free from any health issues or infestations so they are successful when they take their first flights in the next few weeks,” DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “To further ensure their safety, this year, the falcons were banded near the nest to reduce the amount of time and stress the banding causes to the both the fledglings and the adult falcons.”

Visitors to DEP’s website will be able to view the banding by PGC Biologist Art McMorris that was captured with the use of GoPro cameras in addition to the four video cameras already installed at the nest. The video will be available on DEP’s YouTube channel. In addition to inspecting the birds for disease, they are also weighed and their sex determined. Of the three young falcons that hatched this year, two are male and one is female. Alphanumeric bands are placed on their legs to help scientists track them when they leave the nest and identify them should they become injured or die.

The nest at the Rachel Carson State Office Building is the most successful in Pennsylvania, producing 61 young falcons since it was installed in 1996. Its success is also attributed to the annual falcon watch and rescue program where volunteers keep an eye on the young fledglings when they take their first flights and track them in case they run into trouble. It is a precarious time for the falcons since they fledge in an urban environment where buildings, powerlines and traffic can be challenging to their safety. There are upsides to an urban environment – an abundant supply of food such as pigeons, blue jays and other small birds. The city’s tall buildings also provide plenty of high perches and ledges that mimic cliffs were peregrine falcons commonly nest.

The falcons continue to draw an international audience as more than 34 million viewers have watched them online via the Falcon Cam. Visitors to the site can learn about their history and the chronology of the nest site, download educational lesson plans for students and view spectacular images of these magnificent birds.

While peregrine falcons were removed from the federal list of endangered species in 1999, they remain on Pennsylvania’s list. There are approximately 40 falcon nest sites across Pennsylvania, helping to reinvigorate their numbers.

It was scientist and Pennsylvania native Rachel Carson who is credited with identifying the dangers posed by DDT and its effect on birds which she outlined in her famous book, Silent Spring, published in 1962. addressed the dangers posed by DDT. The building where the falcon nest is located is named in her honor.

The Harrisburg Peregrine Falcon Education Program is a joint effort of DEP, PGC, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Commonwealth Media Services. For more information, visit

The overall winning team Of The “Wild” Envirothon this year was the “Bradford Bees Plus Wasp”

The “Wild” Envirothon was held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Keating Sportsmen’s Club in Smethport. This year’s event hosted 21 teams from 6 high schools, with over 100 students from both Cameron and McKean Counties. This was the largest attendance at the Envirothon to date.

Marking its 27th year being held in McKean County, the Envirothon is an exciting academic event to pit teams from McKean and Cameron County School Districts of ninth to twelfth-grade students against each other in outdoor situations that test their knowledge of the natural world.

The overall winning team this year was the “Bradford Bees Plus Wasp” team from Bradford High School. (pictured) Their team also received high scores in both Soils & Land Use and Forestry categories. Team members include Nick Haner, Austin Jadlowiec, Ethan Hollamby, Wesley Clark, and Morgan Roggenbaum. Team advisors are Jan Russell and Rich Bierbower.
“Bradford Bees Plus Wasp”

The event was sponsored by the McKean and Cameron County Conservation Districts, International Waxes, Seneca Resources, Zippo/Case Museum, Shell, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Kessel Construction, Hancock Forest Management, Zook Motors, Inc., Lafayette Township, the Keating Sportsman’s Club, Commissioner Cliff Lane, G.L. Carlson, Walmart, The Kiwanis Club of Bradford, Team Minard Screen Printing & Embroidery, Premier Communications, Fraternal Order of Eagles Bradford, the Port Freeze, Costa’s Supermarket, Wal-Mart, Tops, Shop & Save, Seneca Trout Unlimited, Singer’s Auto Service, Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, and Embassy Powdered Metals. Support was also provided by Keating Township and the Smethport Fire Department.

Envirothon logo During this hands-on competition, students may be asked to measure a tree…analyze water from a stream…or feel handfuls of earth to identify the type soil. They work as a 5-member team to answer questions, and use their critical thinking to find solutions to reality-based situations, such as how to balance the use and protection of our natural resources through 5 stations.

The stations included: Forestry, manned by Eric Monger, DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Wildlife, manned by WCOs Wayne Hunt, Jeffery Orwig, and Skyler Gibble from the PA Game Commission; Soil and Land Use, manned by Sherry Dumire, McKean County Conservation District, and Dave Stratton from the Farm Service Agency; Aquatics, manned by Heather McKean, McKean County Conservation District and Todd Deluccia, Cameron County Conservation District and the Current Event, (Invasive Species) manned by Lindsay Shine and Sandy Thompson, McKean County Conservation District.

Jan Johnson, 97, formerly of Warren, PA

Janet Johnson

Jan Johnson, 97, formerly of Warren, PA, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at The Rouse Home in Youngsville, PA.

Jan was born on December 30, 1918 in Pleasantville, PA and was the daughter of the late Elmer and Bertha Dutton Shattuck. She was a graduate of Pleasantville High School and Jamestown (N.Y.) Business College. She was employed at the Green Farm in Lakewood, NY and with Blair Corporation. Jan was a kind and generous person who was loved and cherished by her family and friends. We’ll miss her.

Jan is survived by her daughters, Karen Wolfe and her husband, Craig, and Cynthia Lewis, all of Warren, PA, grandchildren – Stephen (Angela) Wolfe of Kane, PA, Matthew (Sarah) Wolfe of Morgantown, WV, and Jennifer (Bruce) Love of Pipersville, PA, great-grandchildren – John, Jordan and Piper Wolfe and Patrick and Michael Love. 

In addition to her parents, Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Gene Fogle, brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Celia Shattuck and son-in-law, Paul Lewis.

A private memorial service will be held in Pleasantville, PA, with Rev. Jamie Fowler, Pastor of Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Pleasantville. The family suggests memorial contributions in Jan’s memory be made to Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365, or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

James Mac Lyons, 26, of 47 Euclid Ave., Bradford, PA

James Mac Lyons

James Mac Lyons, 26, of 47 Euclid Ave., Bradford, PA passed away, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at his residence.

Born March 12, 1990, in Olean, he was a son of Denise K (Gross) Lyons and the late Dennis F. Lyons.

Jimmy was a 2006 graduate of Bradford High School. He enjoyed listing to music, and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Boston Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his mother, Denise, his maternal grandmother, Marilyn Gross of Bradford, two sisters, Stephanie (Adam) Crozier of Rock Spring, WY, and Holly (Jeff) Thropp of Olean, one brother, Patrick (Jackie) Lyons of Harrisburg, one niece Ilena Lyons, one nephew, Ezra Crozier and several, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis F. Lyons, who died March 27, 2011, his paternal grandparents, Leo E. and E. Anne (Flynn) Lyons and his maternal grandfather, Fred C. Gross.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 6:00pm with Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating.

Memorials if desired may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701

On line condolences may be made at

Wellsboro Dispatched To 3 Vehicle Crash On Tioga Street

At 5:07 PM on Tuesday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. & EMS have been dispatched to a 3 vehicle accident on Tioga Street.
Report no injuries on scene.