Thank You 911 Dispatchers

Thank You 911 Dispatchers

Spring Savings On DSL Service

Spring Savings On DSL Service

Do You Know: You can buy this marquee ad on Solomon's words for the wise for your business or event for only $10. per day! It's just one of the low cost advertising options available. Your ad is viewed 20,000 to 50,000 times every day. Email us for information on other ad locations.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

$35K Awarded To Journalists To Tour Marcellus Shale Fracking Documentary

$35K Awarded To Journalists To Tour Marcellus Shale Fracking Documentary

PENNSYLVANIA — Investigative news nonprofit Public Herald has won $35,000 to tour its investigative documentary Triple Divide about fracking in the Marcellus Shale across the United States.

Public Herald is one of eight winners in the first round of INNovation Fund grants awarded by the Investigative News Network (INN) with funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The INNovation Fund has chosen Public Herald and others “to undertake innovative projects that will bring their organization closer to financial sustainability.”

"We are thrilled to be awarded this grant," said Public Herald co-founder Joshua Pribanic. "We're also very grateful to the public who got us here. So far we've been able to do our work because of them."

Public Herald’s tour will demonstrate how documentary can inform and engage new audiences and members. "We publish online but have spent a lot of time in front of real audiences with Triple Divide, and when people see our work they want to support the kind of reporting we do," said co-founder Melissa Troutman.

Edinboro Film Series hosts Triple Divide at Edinboro University
Narrated with help from Academy-award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, Triple Divide is Public Herald's first feature-length documentary, the culmination of nearly two years of reporting. Thanks to the INNovation Fund, Pribanic and Troutman, who co-wrote, directed, edited and produced Triple Divide, will now reach new communities across the country.

"Our investigations cover cradle-to-grave impacts not covered anywhere else, such as the predrill water testing problem and pressure bulb effect of fracking," said Pribanic. "This information is crucial for areas where fracking is ongoing or just getting started."

In addition to the documentary, audiences will be introduced to Public Herald's #fileroom transparency project at, working to create an online database of oil and gas files.

Journalists and Public Herald co-founders Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman high-five in celebration of their INNovation Fund award to tour their investigative documentary Triple Divide across the country.
"We also plan to tour the country in an electric vehicle," said Troutman. "Our aim is to expose both online and 'offline' audiences to the culture and sustainability of emerging transportation and energy technology."

Public Herald is now accepting tour stop proposals from groups and individuals across the country who want to screen Triple Divide. To add your state, email and See video clips and tour dates at

Triple Divide is set in the watersheds of the triple continental divide in northern Pennsylvania, one of only four in all of North America. Public Herald thanks Mountain Watershed Association for fiscally sponsoring the U.S. tour project and empowering communities through watershed awareness, advocacy and restoration.
You can follow the tour by tuning in on Twitter @PublicHerald and #TripleDivide. Read more about the winning projects at

CApitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

On Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact
Capitol Update
Thursday, April 17, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Second Amendment Action Day April 29

The ninth annual Second Amendment Action Day at the state Capitol is set for Tuesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. The event, which typically draws hundreds of people from across the Commonwealth, is an opportunity for lawmakers, organizations and individuals to show their support for protecting Second Amendment rights. Among those organizations expected to take part are the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, National Rifle Association, Firearm Owners Against Crime, Gun Owners of America and many more. The event will be streamed live at

Kids’ Fest 2014 Set for April 26

The McKean County Collaborative Board and the Bradford Family YMCA are hosting a Kids’ Fest event on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA on Boylston Street. The free event for children (from birth to age 5) and their families will include more than 60 vendors offering interactive displays, developmental screenings (advance registration required by calling the YMCA at 814-368-6101), early learning resources, YMCA adventure center and more. My office will be on hand with craft activities for kids and helpful information for parents, so be sure to stop by!
More Child Protection Bills Now Law

This week, four more bills aimed at protecting Pennsylvania children were signed into law by the governor, bringing the total to 17 new laws enacted in response to the findings of the Task Force on Child Protection created in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case. Among the bills are those to increase penalties for people who are mandated to report suspected child abuse but fail to do so; expand the list of professions that are mandated reporters; require training on child abuse recognition and reporting; and protect people who report suspected child abuse in good faith from employment discrimination. 

Mary R. FEDERICO, 92, of Steubenville, OH

Mary R. FEDERICO, 92, of Steubenville, OH, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Villa Vista.

She was born February 20, 1922, in Austin, PA. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lauretta Deacon Rotella.

Mary is also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Federico, one brother, Dominick Rotella, and four sisters, Frances DiCarlo, Kathryn Mattioli, Rose Santarelli, and Virginia Pekarski.

Mary was a retired high school and elementary school teacher from the New Jersey public school system and was a Catholic.

Surviving are her nephews: James DiCarlo, David DiCarlo, Ralph Santarelli, John Mattioli, and Jerry Rotella; neices, Nancy Santarelli-Gennaro, Mickie Zaino, Diane Snedeker, Judy Sclafani, and Sherrie Radakovich. Also many great-nieces and nephews.

Her caregiver, Nancy McClelland.

Calling hours are Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville. A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Fr. Thomas Nau will be the celebrant. Entombment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

There will be a vigil service at 6 p.m. Friends are invited to a memorial Funeral Liturgy Mass for Mary, 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Offer condolences,

Unwanted Medication Collection Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Unwanted Medication Collection Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Agency is once again sponsoring a National Unwanted Medication Collection Program on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10AM to 2PM. All unwanted prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, and veterinarian drugs will be accepted. No personal information will be requested and participants are asked to use a black marker to cover any personal information including names, addresses, and account numbers. Local residents are encouraged to empty their medicine cabinets, participate in this event, and help protect our local water resources and young people. Everything collected will be safely disposed of in an approved medical waste incinerator.

Residents can go to the website to access more information and find local collection sites. In McKean County, the Penn State Extension Office in Smethport will be hosting a site in conjunction with the McKean County Sherriff’s Office and PA CleanWays of McKean. In Potter County, the State Police Barracks is a listed site and in Cameron County the State Police Barracks in Emporium is also listed as a host site.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Bolivar; Richburg Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

Bolivar; Richburg Dispatched To Possible Structure Fire

At 11:22 AM on Thursday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 7385 Rt. 417 for a report of a possible structure fire.  Reporting a possible electrical fire behind a dryer.


Tickets Still Available For CVFD Comedy Night

I-180 Work-Zone Traffic Impacts for April 21-26

I-180 Work-Zone Traffic Impacts for April 21-26

Weather permitting; the contractor working on Interstate 180 in Northumberland and Lycoming counties will have daylight work-zone traffic patterns in place next week, April 21-26.

Lane restrictions (using traffic cones) will be in effect in both directions from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from just east of Exit 5 (Turbotville) to just west of Exit 10 (Muncy – Main Street).

The traffic patterns will be changing within the daytime hours to accommodate the varying work activities.

The contractor will be hauling rock into the median area to stockpile, installing erosion and sedimentation control measures, placing poles for electrical services and illuminating lights, and constructing and paving temporary crossovers/emergency pull-offs. Meanwhile, a subcontractor will begin repairs to the substructure of the bridge carrying the interstate over Hughes Road.

Motorists are advised to stay alert to the changing work-zone traffic patterns between exits 5 and 10 on I-180 next week.

Welcoming Brooklynn Kay Lagrua who was born on April 15th at Cole Memorial

It’s a Girl!

Cortney (Mertsock) and Jacques Lagrua from Shinglehouse, PA are pleased to announce the arrival of Brooklynn Kay Lagrua who was born on April 15th at Cole Memorial. Brooklynn weighed 8 pounds and 3.9 ounces.  She joins her sister Aubriauna, 4.

Maternal Grandparents: Dianna and Dave Erich of St. Mary’s, PA; Bradley Mertsock of Shinglehouse, PA.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Kay Mertsock of Shinglehouse, PA.

Paternal Grandparents: Joe and Marcia Lagrua of Coudersport, PA.

Paternal Great-Grandparent: Jack Jones of Coudersport, PA.

State forests becoming less wild with growth of gas drilling

State forests becoming less wild with growth of gas drilling

By Donald Gilliland |

Everyone knew it would happen, but a state report has quantified the extent to which natural gas drilling on state lands has diminished the wild character of Pennsylvania's state forests.

From 2008 to 2012, approximately 1,486 acres of state forest were "converted" for gas development, according to a report released Wednesday by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees state forests and state parks.

The impact is actually more extensive.

Although 1,486 acres are no longer forest, their "conversion" has also changed the character of the forest around them. Well pads, access roads and pipelines are fragmenting the largest continuous block of forest in the northeastern United States.

It's all about the wild areas becoming less wild.

More than 9,000 acres can no longer be categorized as large-tract core forest. Read more...

Peter J. Suppa, 67, of Warren, PA

Peter J. Suppa
Peter J. Suppa, 67, of Warren, PA. died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his residence after a long battle with lung cancer. 

He was born January 15, 1947 in Warren, PA. He was the son of the late Joseph J. and Ruby I. Sherwood Suppa. 

Pete was a lifelong Warren resident and a 1965 graduate of Warren High School. He was employed as a press operator for over 30 years at the former Deluxe Metal and retired from the Warren County School District after 7 years employment. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, the outdoors, fishing and was a member of the Warren American Legion Post 135.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Deborah “Debbie” Cable Suppa whom he married July 22, 1995 in Warren, PA.,
7 Children – Paul Morell of Johnson City, TN., Christine Conti and husband, J.B. of Stockton, NY., Andrew Morell of Dover, N.H., Rosie Bortz and husband, David of Warren, PA., Tammy Sweigert and husband, Mark of Johnson City, TN., Peter Suppa and wife, Corrine of Redding, PA., Teresa Suppa of Jamestown, NY., 1 Sister – Elizabeth Logren and husband, Jim of Warren, PA., 12 Grandchildren, 1 Great granddaughter, several nieces, nephews, cousins. 

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 7 Brothers – Jim, Joseph Jr., Albert, John, Francis, George and Frankie Suppa.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. David Blank, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice. Those wishing to send e-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Spud Growers FFA Sponsor First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Spud Growers FFA Sponsor First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Spud Growers FFA sponsored their first annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, April 13th. The event, held at Mitchell Park, was crowded with nearly 300 parents, grandparents, and egg hunters. The FFA had 3 groups of hunters divided by age.

FFA officers and helpers directed the young egg hunters to find over 700 eggs. Jenna Gabreski, Senior and FFA President said, “It was a successful event. We planned on 100, but prepared for 200.” The chapter had over 150 register, and handed out more than 20 prizes to the egg hunters.

FFA Advisor, Mrs. Emily Kellogg said she would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s community event, as well as Haskins Photography for taking photographs and bringing the Easter Bunny. She said, “The students enjoyed the opportunity to work with younger children, and look forward to sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt again next year.”

Pictured in the photo, taken by Haskins Photography, are:

Back Row (L-R): Abby Bliss, Tory Crosby, Jenna Gabreski, Anne Chambers, Morgan Harling, Max Vicini, Sabrina Stevens, and Bryan Supplee.

Front Row (L-R): Morgan Jones, Mrs. Kellogg, Alyssa Wood, Tiffany Plumstead, Briggs Amidon, Allison Evans, Courtney Rogers, and Brooke Daniels.

Ground (L-R): James Martinez and Hailey Brown

Submitted By:
Dianne Matteson
Spud Growers FFA Reporter

Close-Up Photography

Close-Up Photography

We spend time in nearby forests to photograph ferns, flowers or whatever nature provides. Best methodology includes flash, reflectors, tripods and lenses. Suggested gear includes: macro lens or a screw on close-up filter; auxiliary flash with connecting cord; and tripod. If you do not have these items, the instructor will supply loaners, which will allow you to learn what to purchase to fit a budget. In addition, bring: camera with fully charged battery and suitable memory card; comfy clothing and shoes suitable for the weather; and water and a bagged lunch.

This class is part of a series of workshops being taught by regional artists including: Jessie Vaughn, Curt Weinhold, Julie Mader, and Rick and Zoë Boni. Thanks to a PPA Grant provided by the PA Council on the Arts, these workshops are being offered at a reduced rate with the goals of raising awareness of the arts in Potter and McKean Counties, and providing those interested in developing or improving their artistic skills with opportunities to do so. These workshops are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This class is being taught by local photographer Curt Weinhold and will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office. The cost is $10.00 per person, which covers the cost of materials. To register, visit or call (814) 274-4877.


04/16/2014 04:45 PM EDT
Natural Organics, Inc. is expanding its April 3, 2014 recall of distributed Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Mouthwash to Lot 10952 after they were notified by its contract manufacturer INTEGRIA Healthcare (Australia} Pty Ltd. that this second lot of Tea Tree Mouthwash failed microbial contamination testing due to potential bacterial contamination. This bacterial contaminant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, could pose a health risk to consumers. 
04/16/2014 03:41 PM EDT
The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington.
04/16/2014 03:46 PM EDT
HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is recalling specific lots of ORGANIC TRADITIONS BRAND DARK CHOCOLATE GOLDEN BERRIES AND DARK CHOCOLATE SACHA INCHI SEEDS because they were found to contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Gustin's Auto & Truck Service

Position Avaliable At Cole Memoria LPN'S



For the last two years, there has been an attempt to move US Route 6 in Pennsylvania towards being designated as a Pennsylvania Byways, with the ultimate goal of being recognized as a one of America’s Byways as either a National Scenic Byway or an All American Road in the future.

The goal of achieving designation as one of America’s byway supports the continued efforts along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. As the managing entity of the Pennsylvania Heritage Area, PA Route 6 Alliance undertakes efforts to preserve, enhance and promote the transportation heritage of one of the nation's first transcontinental highways; to sustain and enhance the small rural communities linked by the highway; and to preserve and enhance the natural, scenic beauty of one of America's favorite "road trips".

Promotional programs have attracted an estimate 350,000 travelers a year across the scenic highway spending approximately $93 million in local businesses and downtowns.

The benefits of being designated as one of America’s Byways include the enhancement of the local communities and improvement to their local economies. The recognition of the importance of a byway’s intrinsic qualities by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation can lend support to protect and preserve a byway’s resources. In addition, the America’s Byways collection is marketed to national and international travelers, and use of the brand and logo can enhance the marketability of a byway. Recognition can also serve to strengthen community pride, involvement, and support of a byway.

In order to submit an application to be considered a Pennsylvania Byway and to nominate a National Scenic Byway, the counties and municipalities along the route must support the effort. Currently 42 out of the 110 municipalities along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor have voice support of the designation through resolutions.

To find out more about the efforts of becoming a Pennsylvania Byway, please contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or go their website at

4-18 Easter Egg Hunt Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Dept & Ambulance Assoc.

Howard's Has Many Choices In Stock & Ready To Go

Investigation Continues In Domestic Incident Involving Firearm

Shinglehouse Driver Fled Scene After Truck Hits Utility Pole

Troopers Investigate Crash On Rt. 49

Driver Charged After Fleeing Scene Of Crash

Wednesday, April 16, 2014



The PA Route 6 Alliance is looking for artisans, galleries, food artisans and retail stores specializing in local art to be part of the 2014-15 PA Route 6 Artisan Trail.

The PA Route 6 Artisan Trail is popular amongst visitors to the Northern Tier where they can explore the unique studio, galleries and shops in each of the small towns. The year-long trail is designed to establish Route 6 as a driving destination for exploring the heritage and folk-life of northern Pennsylvania through products produced in that area, specifically the arts and crafts. The PA Route 6 Artisan Trail covers the 400-plus miles from the New York border to the Ohio border. Over the past nine years, over 225,000 brochures have been distributed and 60,000 people have used the Artisan Trail section of the PA Route 6 website to learn about the talented people within the Heritage Corridor.

The PA Route 6 Alliance is planning to produce a new Artisan Trail brochure for 2014-15. Artist from the 11 counties connected by Route 6 are invited to participate. There are several levels of participations from an Expanded Membership that includes a listing in the printed brochure and website to a Subscriber Membership, which includes participation in a 400-plus strong network.

For information on becoming involved in the PA Route 6 Artisan Trail, contact the office at 814-435-7706 or look up the Artisan Trail on the website –



The PA Route 6 Alliance announced that the deadline to be included in the 2014-15 PA Route 6 promotions including a PA Route 6 Visitors Guide and the PA Route 6 Artisan Trail is fast approaching. Area businesses have until May 15 to advertise in the multi-county guide and website designed to attract more travelers to “Take the High Road” or in the popular PA Route 6 Artisan Trail brochure.

The Alliance will produce 60,000 copies of the official PA Route 6 Visitors Guide, which intended to provide potential visitors with the information to plan their stay in the Northern Tier as they travel across the route. Attractions and activities will be highlighted. Businesses have the opportunity to purchase a variety of ads sizes from a basic listing on the map, which will include business name, address, phone, and website to an expanded listing, quarter page ad, half page ad and full page ads. All listings and ads will appear on the new website (

The Alliance will also produce 25,000 Artisan Trail Guide booklets. This popular publication highlights the many talented people across the Route 6 corridor. Artists, studios, galleries, shops and artisan sites can participate at the Expanded Listing Level. Lodging and dining businesses can participate at the Listing Level. All participants receive listings on the Artisan Trail section of the PA Route 6 website.

Advertising is open to any business within the 11 counties connected by Route 6. Businesses in good standing with one of the Route 6’s partner Convention and Visitor Bureaus or members of the PA Route 6 Alliance will get a 10 discount off the ad rate. To find out more about this map, contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or or look up these opportunities on the website at

Howard's, Inc

Howard's, Inc Has Them All In Stock, Ready To Go!

Coudersport Ambulance To South West Street

At 6:43 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 to South West Street for a male patient who has fallen.

Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident In Coudersport

Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident In Coudersport

At 6:16 PM on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Dollar General in Coudersport for a Vehicle/Pedestrian accident.


Structure Fire In Bradford Behind Perkins Restaurant

Structure Fire In Bradford Behind Perkins Restaurant

At 5:50 PM on Wednesday, Bradford, Derrick City & Limestone Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a structure fire on Wildwood Avenue behind Perkins Restaurant.


Willow Creek Triathlon offering new duathlon; registration under way.

Willow Creek Triathlon offering new duathlon; registration under way.

There are several reasons to do the Willow Creek Triathlon –money helps disabled veterans and gives people a chance to do something for those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Now there are two more reasons. Participants have the option of doing a duathlon this year.

The committee organizers added individual duathlon and team duathlon – paring down the stages to the 15-mile bike and three mile run – for both individuals and teams. This is in addition to the standard sprint triathlon on the same course, which is a 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, the bike leg to the Corydon Hotel and the run to Willows Restaurant. Registration is under way at or This year’s event is set for Saturday, Aug. 2.
“We added the duathlon for teams and individuals for those who may not want to do all three events,” said Race Director Gregg Reynolds.“The triathlon is in its ninth year and we felt like we could expand what we offer participants.”

Reynolds noted that registration is still capped at 400.
Last year, the triathlon topped the $100,000 mark in what it has raised for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties over the past nine years. Last year alone, the triathlon gave more than $30,000 to the two local DAVs.

“We feel very strongly that we are supporting the true heroes of our community,” Reynolds. “And we could not be more grateful that the community, as well as triathletes from all over, agree.”
Information packets will again be available, for the athletes’ convenience, on Friday, Aug. 1, at the YMCA on Boylston Street, Bradford, from 2 to 7 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up will also start at 8 a.m. at Quaker Lake the day of the event.

The cost for those who pre-register by July 18 is $40 per individual or $80 per team. This includes both the duathlon and triathlon. After that, the registration fee is $50 for individuals; $90 for teams.
There are also female and male Clydesdale divisions. Weight requirements are 200 lbs; for men and 150 lbs. for women.

“This is such an amazing event that has grown year after year. To see the runners come in to the open arms of veterans and the applause of onlookers is something everyone should experience,” Reynolds said, adding that even if you can’t participate in the duathlon or triathlon, everyone is welcome to watch and cheer the athletes on.

More information is also available at Willow Creek Triathlon - Home

Otto Dispatched For Land Rescue At ATV Crash

Otto Dispatched For Land Rescue At ATV Crash

At 5:20 PM on Wednesday, Otto Township Ambulance & Fire Dept. dispatched for land rescue at an ATV accident near 1255 Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. Reported as a male in his 40's. Best access top of Moody Hollow.





US Route 6 based business and organizations are encouraged to come learn about tourism and development projects along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor at the PA Route 6 Alliance’s Annual Meeting and Awards Program on Thursday, May 8th.

Keynote speaker, Pennsylvania Senator Robert Robbins (District 50), will reminisce on his years of involvement with tourism in the Northwest Pennsylvania and the PA Route 6 Corridor as well as present his vision of the future of Pennsylvania’s 2nd largest industry. A long time supporter of the PA Route 6 initiative, Robbins successfully sponsored legislation that recognized the eastern and western gateways along Route 6 and designated a portion of Route 6 in Crawford County as a Pennsylvania Byway.

The meeting will also include a review of the past years, a preview of upcoming projects and will conclude with the Do 6 Awards recognition ceremony for several people and organizations involved in heritage tourism development and promotion along Route 6.

The meeting and awards program will take place on Thursday, May 8th at the Coudersport Golf Club, starting at 11AM. The cost of the luncheon is $20. Registrations are due by May 1.

Register for the meeting and luncheon by calling the PA Route 6 Alliance office at 814-435-7706 or filling out the registration form at

Beverly Jean Jackson, 67, of 87 Olean Road, Derrick City, PA

Beverly Jean Jackson, 67, of 87 Olean Road, Derrick City, PA, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her residence.

Born August 3, 1946, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Laura Jean (Stowell) Robbins.

On May 29, 1965 in Bradford she married Jim Jackson, Jr. who survives.

Mrs. Jackson was a 1964 graduate of Bradford High School. She, along with her husband, have owned and operated the Dari Hut for 23 years.

She enjoyed camping and reading.

In addition to her husband of 48 years she is survived by three daughters, Laurie (Art) Howell, Brenda (Jeffrey) Stack, and Angela Jackson; two sons, Kevin Jackson and Matthew Jackson; a sister, Susan D. Kunig, five grandchildren, and a niece and nephew. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Gabriella Jackson.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 19, 2014, with Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Online condolences may be made at




Thompson Announces Final Details for the 5th Congressional District 2014 High School Art Competition

Thompson Announces Final Details for the 5th Congressional
District 2014 High School Art Competition
Reminds Students of Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bellefonte, PA – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, PA-5, today announced the date and location of the 5th Congressional District 2014 High School Art Competition, which will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois, Pennsylvania.  Rep. Thompson also encouraged students planning to participate in the competition to have their artwork submitted no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 30, 2014.



5th Congressional District 2014 High School Art Competition

Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Winkler Gallery of Fine Art
36 N Brady St
DuBois, PA 15801


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Students must submit their artwork no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at one of the following locations:

·         Rep. Thompson’s Bellefonte District Office
3555 Benner Pike, Suite 101
Bellefonte, PA 16823

·         Rep. Thompson’s Titusville District Office
127 West Spring St., Suite C
Titusville, PA 16354

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: The competition is open to students, grades 9-12, who are residents of the 5th District.  All participants must adhere to the competition rules and submission guidelines.

·         Submission Guidelines:

·         2014 Art Competition Website:

For any additional information or specific questions, please call (814) 827-3985.

I-80 Bridge Repair Project at Limestoneville Exit 215 Starts April 21

I-80 Bridge Repair Project at Limestoneville Exit 215 Starts April 21

A project to repair bridge damage on Interstate 80 at Limestoneville Exit 215 is set to start Monday, April 21.

This work will fix part of the I-80 eastbound bridge over Route 254 at the interchange. The parapet and deck were damaged in a tractor-trailer crash last year.

On Monday, prime contractor HRI Inc. will set signing to close the driving lane on Route 254 westbound beneath the I-80 overpass in order to install concrete braces for the work on the bridge.

On Tuesday, the contractor will set barrier and close the eastbound driving lane on I-80 over the bridge structure. Then the contractor will remove and replace the damaged parapet and deck.

One lane will remain open to traffic at each of these locations. This work phase will take approximately 30 days to complete. When this phase is completed, the barrier will be removed and both routes will be open to unrestricted traffic.

Then the contractor will have to close the lanes again to apply the strip seal dam, epoxy coating and penetration sealer, and clean the deck. This work is scheduled to be done on approximately May 27, May 29 and June 27. These will be daylight lane closures and will be reopened to unrestricted traffic at the end of each workday.

This $102,770 project is scheduled to be completed on June 30.

DEP Releases 2014 Susquehanna River Sampling Plan

DEP Releases 2014 Susquehanna River Sampling Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today released a work plan outlining efforts to continue studying and sampling the Susquehanna River basin throughout 2014. The plan includes analysis of water quality, water flow, sediment, pesticides, hormones, invertebrates, fish tissue and more.

“Over the last two years where we tremendously enhanced our examination efforts, DEP has learned a great deal about the health of the Susquehanna River,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “It is important to continue these efforts so that DEP can create policy and regulation based on facts and sound science.”

In 2013, DEP staff spent 927 days collecting samples on the river. The amount of work days in 2014 is expected to be the same or increase slightly.

DEP will collect samples at sites along the Susquehanna in Marietta, City Island and Sunbury and along the Juniata River at the Lewistown Narrows and Newport. Additional sampling sites along the Delaware, Allegheny and Youghiogheny rivers will be used as control sites to establish a baseline for water quality. Portions of the study will focus on areas where smallmouth bass reproduce.

Staff will test for various water quality parameters, like dissolved oxygen, temperature and pH, at multiple sites in the Susquehanna River.

Samples of fish, mussels and macroinvertebrates, such as mayflies, will also be collected. Fish tissue from bass collected during the spawning season will be analyzed for pesticides, PCBs and metals.

Throughout 2014, DEP will continue to sample for pesticides at existing water quality network stations along the Susquehanna, Juniata and Delaware rivers. Samples will be collected during high and low flows to better document pesticides in these waters.

DEP’s biologists continue to consult with a contracted algal expert to analyze samples collected in the Susquehanna River Basin and control sites. Algal samples are analyzed for total suspended solids, ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorus to determine the relationship between nutrient run-off, or discharges, and algal growth. Excessive algae may be indicative of poor water quality.

For more information, visit and click on the “Susquehanna River Study Update” button on the homepage.

Time to Tax Natural Gas Drilling to Fund Education

Time to Tax Natural Gas Drilling to Fund Education
Senate Bill 1333 Would Generate $375 Million for Public Education

Share on Social Media Share

Senator Hughes Comments on Marcellus Shale Severance Tax :: March 27, 2014
Click here to watch
Our current Governor has cut education funding by more than $1 billion. At the same, he has refused to tax some of the largest corporations in the world that are extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region in our state. This is simple unacceptable. That’s why I recently introduced Senate Bill 1333, legislation that would impose a 5% severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund education.
Pennsylvania is the only major gas producing state that does not tax the extraction of shale gas. My legislation would correct this oversight and raise much-needed funds for education as well as other critical budget needs. Our proposal is a reasonable request to an industry that has thus far not been paying their fair share.

It’s simply unacceptable that our schools do not have the resources they need to survive, let alone thrive. Our legislation would provide $375 million for education in the first year and potentially much more as additional drilling happens across the Commonwealth. We need this legislation to pass so that our schools have the money required to educate our students.  

Please share this e-mail with your friends, family, co-workers. Together, we can create the momentum needed to get a shale tax for education passed.
State Senator Vincent Hughes

PA will lose $937 million this fiscal year because there is no severance tax. That number is projected to reach more than $2 BILLION over the next ten years.



BRADFORD, Pa. -- A book chronicling the rich 50-year history of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been published, and current president Dr. Livingston Alexander and former president Dr. Richard E. McDowell will autograph copies at a book signing next week on campus.

The book-signing event, being held to mark the release of the book, “A History of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event will begin with brief remarks by Alexander and McDowell in the Commons’ first-floor lobby. Following the remarks, Alexander and McDowell will move to the Panther Shop, where they will sign books.

The book is currently available for pre-order at the Panther Shop’s online store at Anyone pre-ordering the book will receive a 10 percent discount. Books also will be available for purchase beginning April 25 at the Panther Shop.

The book signing, which is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Hanley Library, is free and open to the public.

“This is an inspiring story of how a fledgling, resource-starved regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh emerged as a significant player in Northwest Pennsylvania higher education,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “This is truly a story worth telling, and we’re delighted that this comprehensive and fascinating narrative now becomes the official history of our cherished institution.”

The book was written by Sherie R. Mershon, an independent scholar and freelance writer and editor from Pittsburgh. The book and its release are part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration this year.

The 370-page book spans the entire history of the university. It begins with a brief history of the region followed by a detailed account of the efforts of many individuals in Bradford who recognized the need for an institution of higher education in north central Pennsylvania and mobilized to help make it happen.

The final chapter, “Going Beyond, 2003-2013,” highlights the university’s more recent advances and accomplishments, from the naming of Alexander as the third president to the addition of several new academic majors and extensive expansion and renovation of the campus.

In writing the book, Mershon assembled details from various documents and publications from Pitt-Bradford as well as the community, including The Bradford Era and the Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald; Portraits magazine, the university’s alumni magazine; The Source, Pitt-Bradford’s student newspaper; the Bradford Landmark Society; minutes from various administrative meetings; and official documents from other sources on campus. Mershon also gathered information from the University Archives of the University of Pittsburgh.

Mershon also conducted interviews with several members of the campus community, including McDowell, who was Pitt-Bradford’s president from 1973 to 2002; Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs who has been at Pitt-Bradford since 1976; Bill Higie, a longtime Advisory Board member and former chairman for 22 years; Dr. Andy Dzirkalis, associate professor emeritus of political science who taught from 1976 to 2006; Tom Bromeley, a longtime Advisory Board member; and Isabelle Champlin, an alumna who taught anthropology for more than 40 years.

In addition to the written history, the book also features numerous photos from the 1960s up to 2013. Some of the historical photos include the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of school on Sept. 3, 1963, featuring then-president Dr. Don Swarts and Bert Fisher, the first Advisory Board chairman; students peeking out of the windows of Emery Hall, which served as the university’s first residence hall; and a class in session in the Hamsher House. Recent photos include the inauguration of Alexander as Pitt-Bradford’s third president; Harriett B. Wick in front of the chapel on campus that bears her name; and then-student Tim Rooke using equipment in the Crime Scene Investigation House.

Norma Cobb-Nichols Project Meeting

Norma Cobb-Nichols Project Meeting

Meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Sweden Valley UMC to discuss where we are and what our next steps need to be to get Norma back in to her home. Call Pastor Steven with any questions-814-414-7505

Vandalism At Austin Damsite Pictured

Vandalism At Austin Damsite

My husband and I went to do some fishing at the dam site yesterday. 

There have been a lot of improvements and unfortunately some one did not appreciate it. I just wanted to share these photos so people could see what someone had done. 

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep making improvements and keep history alive for all to enjoy and learn from. 

And yes, I did collect the bottles and can and put them on a pile by the pavilion. 

The improvements look great. Keep up the good work!

Kim Sickler

Public Invited to Share Input on Transportation Priorities for Long-Range Planning

Public Invited to Share Input on Transportation Priorities for Long-Range Planning

Harrisburg – The public is invited to share their feedback on transportation priorities and investments through a survey at as part of PennDOT’s efforts to update the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan and develop the state’s first-ever Comprehensive Freight Movement plan.

The plans will provide a strategic vision for investing in transportation assets to meet current and future demands. The plan’s goals, objectives and recommendations will help guide the state’s future 12-Year Programs and regional long-range transportation plans.

“PennDOT and its planning partners are constantly reviewing our transportation priorities, and we’re once again asking the public to help us plan for the future,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “Input from our customers is vital in ensuring we have as much information as possible to make informed, long-term decisions.”

The survey, available until May 30, asks the public to identify their top transportation priorities among all assets, from freight connections to bike and pedestrian facilities. Participants will then rate the appeal of how various investment scenarios, such as preservation and technology enhancements, affect their top priorities.

People taking the survey can also identify project needs that address traffic congestion, bridges, transit and more.

The state Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan’s development was recommended by the state’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission, which Governor Tom Corbett created in 2011 to develop innovative solutions to Pennsylvania’s transportation funding challenges.

Following a yet-to-be-established public-comment period, the freight and long-range plans will be finalized in fall 2014.

Barn Fire Dispatched On S. Settlement Road Near Kane

Barn Fire Dispatched On S. Settlement Road Near Kane

At 1:17 PM on Wednesday, Kane Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to a barn fire at 739 South Settlement Road in Wetmore Township. Mt. Jewett has been dispatched to bring a tanker.


Galeton man is accused of stealing money from the union

Galeton man is accused of stealing money from the union

Black Forest Broadcasting
A Galeton man is accused of stealing money from the union for which he worked. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a criminal Information has been filed in U.S. District Court in Scranton charging Robert Vargeson, age 46 of Galeton, Pennsylvania with falsification of financial records. Read more...

Leave a comment thanking our 911 dispatchers

Leave a comment thanking our 911 dispatchers.

Chainsaw Carving

Chainsaw Carving

During this hands-on course you will learn carving techniques, how to choose the right wood, the carving process from planning to detail work, and how to finish and care for your carvings. You will also learn many different types of cuts and techniques to add beauty to your work. In addition, chainsaw and carving safety will be covered throughout the course. The instructors for this course are Rick and Zoë Boni. The Boni family is widely known and respected by the chainsaw carving community, and they are among the best in the business. Rick has won too many carving competitions to mention, has been featured on Fox, CBS and Public Broadcasting, does demonstrations around the world through Masters of the Chainsaw, and has been a judge at many of the best chainsaw carving competitions in the world. In the past 5 years, Zoë has won several competitions and has also been the featured artist on DIY Woodworking. Both have experience teaching chainsaw carving. If you are interested in chainsaw carving to start a side business or as a hobby, this course is ideal for you. Over the four evenings, you will have the opportunity to complete at least one carving, and in the past, many students have been able to complete multiple carvings during this course.

Chainsaws, carving equipment, and wood will be provided. There will be a limited number of chaps available for use; however, we recommend that if you have chaps or chainsaw pants that you bring them with you. Participants are also asked to wear work boots and jeans each day for safety reasons.

This class is part of a series of workshops being taught by regional artists including: Jessie Vaughn, Curt Weinhold, Julie Mader, and Rick and Zoë Boni. Thanks to a PPA Grant provided by the PA Council on the Arts, these workshops are being offered at a reduced rate with the goals of raising awareness of the arts in Potter and McKean Counties, and providing those interested in developing or improving their artistic skills with opportunities to do so. These workshops are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This class is being held Monday through Thursday, May 19 - 22, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany office. The cost is $370.00 per person. To register, visit or call (814) 545-1333.

4-17 Need For Speed Admission 2 can goods

4-17 Need For Speed Admission 2 can goods

The Coudersport High School Interact Club is partnering with the Coudersport Movie Theater to show Need for Speed this Thursday evening, April 17th at 6:30pm. Admission to the movie is a donation of two canned food items per person. All donated items will be delivered to the Food Pantry.

Position Avaliable At Cole Memoria LPN'S

Northern Potter School District BASEBALL CANCELLED; The softball game is ON!

The baseball game against Smethport for this afternoon is cancelled and will be made up as a double header at home on May 12.
The softball game is ON!

John K. “Jack” Turton III, 82, of Genesee, PA

John K. “Jack” Turton III, 82, of Genesee, PA passed away, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA. 

Born December 8, 1931, on Long Island, NY he was the son of John K. and Irma Otto Turton II. On September 6, 1954 in Burgettstown, PA he married Patricia M. Brosky Turton, who survives.

Jack worked for many years at Alstrom of Wellsville, NY. He was a member of the St. Eulalia Catholic Church of Coudersport, PA, K of C, NRA, Genesee PA Rod and Gun Club, and was an avid hunter.

Surviving are his wife; sons, John (Judi) Turton , Ulysses, PA, Leonard (Janice) Turton, Cannonsburg, PA, daughters; Jacqueline (Dan) Bean, Cranesville, PA, Andrea Turton, Irving, NY and Theresa (Mark) Long, Coudersport, PA; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to Jacks Life Celebration Saturday, April 19, 2014 with a visitation from 10am- 12pm and service to follow at 12pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Rev. James Campbell officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple St. Coudersport, PA 16915, or the American Cancer Society, Potter Unit, PO Box 166, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd, “A Life Celebration Home”, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915

To share your fondest memories of Jack, visit

Thank you...

Thank you...

The family of Dorothy Strait would like to thank all family and friends for the cards, memorials, food and flowers that were sent after her passing. A special thank you Dr. Tronetti, Dr. Trabox and all the staff at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center who took care of Dorothy during her time there. Also Mr. Frank Switzer Jr. for helping to make this time easier for our family.

Bob Strait, Sr. and children

Missing Cat

Could you please put my missing cat's picture on your website I can send the photo. I've been looking all night for him. I think someone might of taken him into there home.

 Oh and can contact by 1 814 260 0153

Belmont; Scio Responding To Structure Fire In Belmont

Belmont; Scio Responding To Structure Fire In Belmont

At 9:31 AM on Wednesday, Belmont and Scio Fire Departments dispatched to a report of a structure fire at an apartment building at 7 Schuyler Street. First report said a propane tank was on fire inside a building.

Galeton Police Investigating Damage To Memorial Bench On West Street

The Galeton Police Department is investigating where someone has vandalized one of the memorial benches on West Main Street. 

Anyone with any information contact the Galeton Police 814-435-2600

Ready To Mow? Howards Has Them All In Stock & Ready To Go!

Happy 40th Birthday Robyn Hogue-Watt

Happy 40th Birthday Robyn Hogue-Watt

If you see Robyn Hogue-Watt on 4-16-14 wish her a HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY

From your loving husband Ira

You Are Invited To 50th Anniversary Celebration For Carl & Diane Erway Saturday At Ulysses

Blood Drive Wednesday, April 16th At McKean County 911 Building In Smethport, PA

Discounts On Echo Yard & Garden Tools At BG's Engine Clinic In Roulette

A Dozen Mailboxes & A Ford Pickup Attacked On West Eldred & Indian Creek Roads