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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday's Message From The Coudersport Free Methodist Church

Coudersport Free Methodist. Pastor Pete Tremblay. 2/26/17. How to Study the Bible # 4 - Context.

Roulette Ambulance To Trout Brook Road

At 3:46 PM on Sunday, Roulette Ambulance  & Coudersport ALS have been dispatched to Trout Brook Road for a patient with a medical emergency.

Janice M. Powers, 73, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA

Janice M. Powers

Janice M. Powers, 73, a longtime resident of Coudersport, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Thomas Stanley Hewitt, Sr., 78, of Farmers Valley, Smethport, PA

Thomas Stanley Hewitt, Sr.

Smethport - Thomas Stanley Hewitt, Sr., 78, of Farmers Valley, PA, died Friday (February 24, 2017) in The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

US Army National Guard
He was born Sept. 3, 1938 in Farmers Valley, a son of John Frederick and Anna May Brown Hewitt. In 1989, he married Linda K. Drehmer, who survives.

Mr. Hewitt was a graduate of Smethport High School. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1955 to 1958.

Tom worked at American Refining Group in Bradford and enjoyed farming on his property.

He was a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

one daughter: Donna (Carl) Watkins of Zebulon, NC

four sons: Thomas (Amy) Hewitt, Jr. of Cyclone, William Hewitt of Olean, NY, Steven (Sylvia) Hewitt of Raleigh, NC, and Timothy Hewitt of Bradford

one step daughter: Lisa (Ray) Kantorowski of Trafford, PA

18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren

one sister: Phyllis Green of Smethport, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step son, Scott Grove, one grandson, Eric Black, and one sister, Maxine Nawrocki

Visitation will be held on Monday from 10 A.M.-12 Noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will begin at noon with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or the Alzheimer's Association, 1128 State St., Ste. 301, Erie, PA 16501-1920. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

DASD superintendent discusses benefits of proposed school closings in Penfield, Sykesville and Luthersburg

By Elaine Haskins ehaskins@thecourierexpress.com 
Tri-County Sunday
DuBOIS — If the DuBois Area School Board votes to close three elementary schools, Superintendent Luke Lansberry discussed the benefits of what all 1,680 learners in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will receive at Thursday’s meeting.

“We’ve had lots of discussions about lots of things and hearing about all the things that won’t happen in the event of reconfiguration or closing schools or restructuring or whatever you choose to call it,” said Lansberry. “I think we need to go back to where we started, where we originated our discussion several months or weeks back and revisit some of the points that were shared by Mrs. Benton.” Wendy Benton is the assistant superintendent.

Lansberry noted that district officials are talking about building a quality program for all future elementary students in the district.

“That’s the bigger picture and so if we think about them and think about what the future could hold if the board does decide to reconfigure, and I say if because no decision has been made. No decision will be made until April when we have that meeting,” Lansberry said.

Since late last year, directors have been discussing the possibility of closing Penfield, Sykesville and Luthersburg Elementary Schools for the 2017-18 school year. Read the benefits....

Millerton, Big Elm, Erway Dispatched To Assist Burn Victim From Explosion

At 1:24 PM on Sunday, Millerton & Big Elm Fire Departments with Erway Ambulance dispatched to a gasoline can explosion with severe burns to body at 309 Rt. 328. A helicopter is requested.

Cuba Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash With Entrapment

At 1:16 PM on Sunday, Cuba Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash at South Shore Road and Rt. 305. Entrapment is reported in this crash. Second ambulance from Cuba requested. Friendship ambulance dispatched. Report 4 occupants total. Second ambulance from Friendship dispatched.

Lawrenceville Dispatched To Crash With Entrapment In Lindley

At 1:13 PM on Sunday, Lawrenceville Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident with entrapment at Morgan Creek Road & Rt. 115 in Lindley.

Minor Motor Vehicle Accident On Main Street In Port Allegany

At 12:16 PM on Sunday, Port Allegany has been dispatched to a minor motor vehicle accident at Main Street & Arnold Avenue. Report no injuries.

Some Pictures From Roulette Fire Department Annual Banquet Saturday Night

Calee Sherwood Phelps added 24 new photos  at Roulette Fire Dept..

Dale Fry was named Firefighter of the Year

Chad Spencer named Rescue Squad Member of the Year

Bill Pekarski: Day 179, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 179, Living life on my terms.

Well, back to reality; I had to shut my bedroom window. However, wasn’t it wonderful to have these warm days break up our normal winter slumber? Hopefully the trees don’t get too fooled and start to leaf early.

One of the best things about spring is watching the leaves start to appear and the blossoms come to life on the fruit trees. Our area is blessed with some of the most beautiful and picturesque spring offerings.

The large tree beside the Catholic Church Parish Center is one of my favorites. Over the years I have been astounded at the plethora of blossoms displayed upon its boughs.

The tree I remember most as a child is still down on Elk Street. It was just across the road from the house where I grew up and it was situated just outside the corner of my father’s garden. It was a perfect tree for climbing and hanging out under on nice summer days. Then in the fall, when the apples were ready, mom would take us kids over to the tree to shake apples loose so she could collect them for pies and applesauce.

When the property where the tree is situated was purchased, the Wennin family cleared the weeds and brush that surrounded it. Giving the tree that little bit of attention helped it grow even bigger and stronger. Today it is a wonderful addition to the landscape along the Dingman Run River, complete with a bench to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Each spring, that tree blossoms from top to bottom with pink and white flowers just waiting for some bees to pollinate. Now that I think about it; with my dad raising honey-bees right near that tree, our family honey was also blessed by its offerings.

On warm spring evenings, I used to be able lay in my bed and look out at that tree. If the wind was just right, I could smell the blossoms from my window. In the fall, I could watch the deer come one after another to dine on the fruit that had fallen to the ground. In the winter, the snow would cling to the limbs making the tree an all-seasons object of beauty.

Another beautiful place to see blossoms is on the side of Dutch hill where Bradley’s have their orchard. The trees and blossoms are viewable from the main road as well as the dirt road that circles the top of the hill making for a wonderful springtime, country drive.

There is one particular tree that I miss in downtown Coudersport. It was along Oak Street on the property of Richard and Mary Buchanan. It used to bloom the most vibrant purple blossoms you had ever seen and it was situated right beside the road. Although I miss the tree, the Buchanan’s still have one of the best landscapes in town throughout the year making it a pleasure to go past their home.

Speaking of homes in Downtown Coudersport with outstanding landscaping, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Neefe home on Borie Street. What they have done with their back yard is jaw dropping. It is like walking into a Japanese inspired hideaway with plants, shrubs, and water features strategically placed throughout the property. They have also placed benches here and there where they can sit and enjoy their creation. Yes, I am extremely jealous.

Alas, it is still going to be a few weeks or so before we can really start getting ready for the warm weather and gardening. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about it.

Today I am dedicating my progress to the both the Buchanan and Neefe families, as well as everyone else who works hard to make their homes beautiful year round. Being able to drive around and enjoy their efforts certainly inspires my community pride.

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC reports drilling started on 2017-02-23 00:00:00 at site CUPPER 1H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC reports drilling started on 2017-02-22 00:00:00 at site CUPPER 4H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC reports drilling started on 2017-02-22 00:00:00 at site CUPPER 3H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Tri-County townships fear impact of proposed $25 per person state police fee

By Katie Weidenboerner katiew@thecourierexpress.com 
Tri-County Sunday 
Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing to charge municipalities without their own police force a $25 per person fee to offset the cost of providing state police service in those areas.

In media reports, Wolf says, the cost of state police coverage “comes at no cost to the municipality and is borne by taxpayers statewide, who in many cases support their own local police coverage through local taxes.”

But several townships in the Tri-County area have said this fee would lead to significant local tax increases for a service they already pay for. Read more...

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Continue, Causer Says

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)
HARRISBURG – Working to ensure area senior citizens benefit from the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is continuing a series of clinics this week to assist area residents with applying for the program.

“I want to make sure everyone who is eligible for the program receives these helpful rebates,” Causer said. “As always, our assistance with filing for the rebates – whether it is done at one of the clinics or at any of the local offices – is free of charge.”

The clinic schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Mount Jewett Senior Center, 8 E. Main St., Mount Jewett.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-3 p.m. – Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 9:30-11 a.m. – Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 1-2:30 p.m. – Coudersport Senior Center, 165 Route 6 West, Coudersport.

A final clinic will be held on Tuesday, March 21, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford.

Residents are reminded to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

For more information, visit www.RepCauser.com or contact Causer’s district offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769) or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).

Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides

Illegal approval of dicamba use on engineered crops will harm farmers, environment

Earth Justice
January 23, 2017
Washington, D.C. —

Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval, of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba, permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision greenlights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the environment. Because these same crops are also engineered to withstand applications of Monsanto’s Roundup, the overuse of that pesticide (containing the active ingredient glyphosate) will continue at current high levels.

“Federal regulators have abandoned the interests of farmers, the environment, and public health,” said George Kimbrell, of the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. “We won’t allow our food to be dragged backward into a pesticide-soaked nightmare—not without a hell of a fight.”

Dicamba is linked to increased rates of cancer in farmers and birth defects, while glyphosate was recently classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. Farmers are extremely alarmed by dicamba’s propensity to drift and damage neighboring crops, while conservationists are concerned about its impacts to biodiversity. Dicamba drift threatens plants that provide nectar for pollinators and habitat for animals, and it is frequently detected in surface waters.

“Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops created an environmental disaster by causing infestation of tens of millions of acres of farmland with herbicide-resistant weeds and spurring an enormous increase in pesticide use,” said Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff. “Planting more GE crops and dousing them with more noxious chemicals isn’t the answer. The Environmental Protection Agency should be protecting health and the environment, not Monsanto’s profits.”

Farmers in 10 states have already reported that much more limited dicamba spraying associated with Monsanto’s new dicamba-resistant crops has caused widespread damage to thousands of acres of their crops. And last fall, a dicamba drift dispute between an Arkansas and a Missouri farmer even resulted in one farmer being shot to death.

“Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant crop system will drive up sales of this outdated pesticide, spur more superweeds and damage vulnerable crops. Monsanto’s solution is expensive, inadequate, and reckless. If Trump’s administration wants to serve farmers, it will invest in healthy, long-lasting solutions to farmers’ needs, not pander to corporate greed,” said Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, PAN senior scientist.

The huge increase in dicamba spraying will trigger an outbreak of dicamba resistance in weeds, just as massive use of Roundup on first generation GE crops created an epidemic of weeds immune to glyphosate. While Monsanto spins its new dicamba crops as a fix to the current weed resistance problems its own Roundup Ready crop system caused, many scientists, and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture, predict the opposite: the rapid emergence of more superweeds, resistant to both herbicides. The evidence on the ground already indicates EPA’s weak weed resistance “management” plan will make the problem even worse, both because it lacks limits on dicamba use, and because it primarily relies on Monsanto for its implementation and enforcement.

Margot McMillen, NFFC board representative and Missouri organic farmer commented: “The whole system of genetic engineering threatens plant and animal health. Because of cross-pollination, the original non-GMO and wild weed genomes are fast disappearing, while the fight against weeds requires more and more potent chemicals. These new crops and their unintended consequences were predictable and avoidable, but the safe and healthy alternative offered by sustainable and organic agriculture has been ignored.”

Despite admitting significant risks to dozens of endangered species, the EPA still refused to consult with the expert federal agency in charge of endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Once again the EPA is allowing staggering increases in pesticide use that will undoubtedly harm our nation’s most imperiled plants and animals,” said Nathan Donley, a scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Iconic species like endangered whooping cranes are known to visit soybean fields, and now they’d be exposed to this toxic herbicide at levels they’ve never seen before.”

The plaintiff organizations bringing the lawsuit are National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Center for Biological Diversity, represented jointly by legal counsel from Earthjustice and Center for Food Safety.

Read the legal document.

Lagrew Printing Company in Coudersport, PA Has All Your Election Printing & Promotional Needs


SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc. Accepting Applications For Utility/General Laborer At Galeton, PA Plant


Zito Media Has Opening For A Director Of Customer Operations In Coudersport Office


Immediate Opening For Admission/Discharge Registered Nurse At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA


SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc In Galeton, PA Accepting Applications For Die Setters

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Police, Fire Respond To Car In Ditch On Dow Road

At 11:17 PM in Northern Allegany County, Police & Fire Personnel have responded to a car in the ditch on the Dow Road near the Lost Nation Road north of Centerville. Report the driver is very cold having been in the vehicle for a couple of hours.

Kane Dispatched To Rollover Crash On Rt. 321 Near Highland Road

At 11:31 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Department has been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident on Rt. 321 near the Highland Road in Wetmore Township. Driver is reported self extricated denying injury.

Verizon Wireless Service Outage In St. Marys/Fox Township Area

Pitt-Bradford Women's Basketball Falls to Medaille in AMCC Semis

by Scott Elliott
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Medaille edged the Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team, 91-87, Saturday in the semifinals of the AMCC tournament in Pittsburgh.

It was a back-and-forth affair between two of the league’s top regular season teams. The game was either tied or the lead exchanged hands 30 times, as the Mavericks and Panthers spent the first 35 minutes trading baskets.

Pitt-Bradford led by five at the end of the first quarter, only to see the Mavericks take a one-point into the break at 39-38. The two teams were separated by just a basket entering the fourth quarter.

Anna Colebert’s three-pointer at the 7:30 mark of the final quarter extended Pitt-Bradford’s lead to 77-73. The Mavericks converted a pair of free throws on the next play, and three possessions later, Medaille went ahead for good on Lauren Jensen’s only three of the game with 4:53 remaining.

The Mavericks would add to their lead, hitting 6-8 free throws over the next 90 seconds, to build an 84-77 advantage. Both teams battled foul trouble, as a total of 49 infractions were called and five different players fouled out.

Medaille would continue to protect its lead at the line over the final 3:09, and Pitt-Bradford would get no closer than the final difference of four points.

The Panthers hit three more threes compared to Medaille, but the Mavericks connected for seven more free throws. Pitt-Bradford shot 39 percent from the floor and outrebounded Medaille by 14. The Mavericks hit 45 percent of their attempts and scored 26 points off 19 Panther turnovers.

Ali Rinfrette totaled a game-high 30 points, including hitting six threes, and Brittany Watts added 14 points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Maciag added 10 points off the bench, and Darien Lantz had nine. Kaserra Owens collected a team-high nine rebounds, and Lantz recorded seven assists.

Pitt-Bradford finishes the season 16-11.

Rinfrette 9-6-7-30, Watts 6-2-4-14, Maciag 3-4-5-10, Lantz 3-2-6-9, Ragin 3-1-1-8, Colebert 3-1-2-8, Owens 2-2-2-6, Isenberg 1-0-1-2, Stringer 0-0-0-0. 30-18-28-87.
Reinwald 6-13-20-25, Dunning 10-2-2-25, Graham 6-3-3-16, Jensen 5-4-4-15, McCauley 3-3-4-10, Whisker 0-0-0-0, Walker 0-0-0-0, Taylor 0-0-0-0. 30-25-33-91.
Halftime: Medaille 39-38
3-Point FG’s: Pitt-Bradford – Rinfrette 6, Lantz 1, Ragin 1, Colebert 1; Medaille – Dunning 3, Graham 1, McCauley 1, Jensen 1.

Gene A. Darrin, 57, of 102 Liberty Street, Bolivar, NY,

Gene A. Darrin

Gene A. Darrin, 57, of 102 Liberty Street, Bolivar, NY, passed away on Saturday February 25, 2017 in Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville following a lengthy illness. 

Born July 6, 1959 in Pontiac MI. he was the son of Richard L. and Ruby Sisson Darrin. 

Surviving are three brothers, Richard (Cora) Darrin of Lake Orion, MI., David (Patty) Darrin of Auburn N.Y. and Randy Darrin of Freedom N.Y. Also surviving is Gene’s best friend Steve Bellamy of Bolivar and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Darrin. 

Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar

Beautiful Ice Formations On Rt. 6

These beautiful Ice pictures were taken one Quarter of a mile past the Quarry which is on the right side heading toward Port Allegany,Pa. 

Photos Courtesy Of Kathleen Wild

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 7:20 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic have been dispatched to North Main Street for a medical emergency.

Delena Howell Won 1st Place in the 2017 Potter County Fair Button Contest.

Delena Howell
Delena Howell, a senior at Northern Potter High School won 1st in the 2017 Potter County Fair Button Contest.The contest is held annually and open to all Potter County students in grades 7 - 12. Delena's design will be made into an actual button and sold. Proceeds benefit Potter County Fair Association.
Winning Button

Local reps ‘hopeful’ after first meeting of crude advisory council

Local Penn Grade oil producers are hoping for a new day of PA DEP working together with them to solve problems with new laws enacted to control drilling in the Marcellus & Utica shales. 
The law is basically a one size fits all for shallow drillers as well as the deep well producers. Many of the provisions are not workable for the local oil producers. 
Rep.Marty Causer was successful in establishing a Crude Development Advisory Council bringing DEP, academic & local oil producers together to discuss the problems and propose solutions. 
Era editor Marcie Schellhammer has written this very informative article in the Bradford Era, part of which we have posted here. We recommend you click on the link and read Marcie's entire article.  Jim

Bradford Era
“Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new day,” said Mark Cline, member and new vice chairman of the state’s Crude Development Advisory Council.

The first meeting of the council was held Tuesday, and its three local members came away from it feeling optimistic.

The council was established in the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Act in 2016, and is required to examine and make recommendations regarding existing regulations and policies of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and to assist with new policy impacting the conventional oil and gas industry.

Also serving on the council are state Rep. Marty Causer, R-Turtlepoint, and Bob Esch of American Refining Group; as well as Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection; Dennis Davin, secretary of community and economic development; Sen. Scott Hutchinson, R-Oil City; Joe Thompson of the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers, of which Cline is president; David Ochs and Burt Waite, both of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association; Nick Andreychek of Ergon Refinery; Dr. Terry Engelder, Penn State University professor of geosciences, and Dr. Richard Parizek, Penn State professor emeritus hydrology; Bruce Grindle and Arthur Stewart, both of Pennsylvania Grade Crude Coalition; and John Phillips, president and chief executive officer of the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.

Cline said, “This is the first time ever the DEP and industry has been able to work together with academia there. Last year, we were brought in to talk after the regulations were written.”

Now, this council will have a say in regulations before they are put in place.

“Some of the duties are tough, but having a hand in some of the new regulations that are going to be written is going to be great,” Cline added.

Committees were created to work on issues identified at the meeting. “One is for production water, one is for increasing oil production, one is for promoting the industry and the other is for educating citizens.”  Read more....

Northern Allegany County Fire Departments Dispatched To Structure Fire In Hume

At 2:35 PM on Saturday, Fillmore, Rushford, Centerville, Short Track, Wiscoy-Rossburg & Rushford Fire Departments have been dispatched to a working structure fire on the Stone Spring Road in the Town of Hume.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To East Hoyeoye Street

At 1:54 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to East Honeoye Street  for a woman ill.

Willing, Wellsville Dispatched To Crash With Injuries & Entrapment On Rt. 248

At 1:39 PM on Saturday, Willing Fire Dept. & Wellsville Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to a possible 2 vehicle head on crash on Rt. 248 near Dutch Hill Road. There is confirmed entrapment of one patient with 3 other patients on scene. The roadway is completely blocked. Crash is head on in a 55 MPH zone.
All three Wellsville ambulances are to respond.
1:51 PM--Chief 2 reporting no entrapment. Minor injuries on scene.

District 9 Playoffs @ Bradford 2/24/17

District 9 Playoffs @ Bradford 2/24/17
Otto-Eldred Terrors - Boys and Girls Win!

Girls vs Elk County Catholic: O-E 52 ECC 46
Boys vs Oswayo Valley: 58-54 in double overtime

Photos soon, see sunkenbranch.com

G2 Gymnastics – Falconer Results

Recently, G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse traveled to Falconer, NY for the Comedy Classic Gymnastics Invitational hosted by Flyers Gymnastics. Thirty members represented G2 Gymnastics at the competition. G2 had a strong showing as they brought home multiple award including the Level 2 and Level 3’s bringing home 2nd place in the Team division. 

G2 received almost 100 individual awards including all around champions: Irelyn Rounsville and Kara Longo and event champions: vault -Irelyn Rounsville, Danica Yates, Kara Longo; bars -Kendra Niver and Irelyn Rounsville; beam -Mia Shaffer, Skylar Waid, Kaylee Oswald, Kara Longo; and floor-Hannah Fleniken, Danica Yates, Kara Longo, and Selin Sumer. G2 had another gymnast qualify to the State competition – Level 3 Lily Stedman. This completes the State roster as every eligle G2 gymnast has now qualified to the State competitions held this April. The coaching staff could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication from these young athletes.

G2 Gymnastics will be traveling to Wyalusing, PA this weekend to attend the Pajama Rama competition.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact G2 Gymnastics and Fitness. We offer programs for all children ages 3-18. New classes begin February 25th though we offer open enrollment throughout the 5-week session. Pay per class or by session at a discounted rate. For more information, please visit: www.g2gym.com.

Top 3 All Around Winners:
1st Place: Irelyn Rounsville, Kara Longo; 2nd Place: Morgan Mattison, Lily Stedman, Danica Yates, Selin Sumer; 3rd Place: Skylar Waid, Kendra Niver, Maddison Gietler, Natalie McDowell.

Top 3 Event Winners:
VAULT: 1st Place:Irelyn Rounsville, Danica Yates, Kara Longo; 2nd Place: Laci Miller; 3rd Place: Sara DeLong, Hannah Fleniken, Maddison Gietler, Natalie McDowell.
BARS: 1st Place: Kendra Niver, Irelyn Rounsville,; 2nd Place:Jaden Dunbar, Maddison Gietler, Danica Yates, Kara Longo, Selin Sumer; 3rd Place: Morgan Mattison, Natalie McDowell.
BEAM: 1st Place: Mia Shaffer, Skylar Waid, Kaylee Oswald, Kara Longo; 2nd Place: Hannah Fleniken, Kendra Niver, Lily Stedman, Maddison Errick, Selin Sumer; 3rd Place: Kate Mitchell, Morgan Mattison, Danica Yates, Emma Saulter.
FLOOR: 1st Place: Hannah Fleniken, Danica Yates, Kara Longo, Selin Sumer; 2nd Place: Skylar Waid, Emma Saulter; 3rd Place: Mia Shaffer, Kendra Niver, Kaylee Oswald, Maddison Gietler.

9.0 CLUB:
VAULT: Sara DeLong-9.10, Hannah Fleniken-9.15, Irelyn Rounsville-9.65, Madison Errick-9.20, Jaden Dunbar-9.35, Brielle Fidurko-9.20, Kaylee Oswald-9.0, Maddison Gietler-9.15, Danica Yates-9.15, Kara Longo-9.05
BARS: Kendra Niver-9.275, Irelyn Rounsville-9.30, Jaden Dunbar-9.05, Danica Yates-9.20
BEAM: Mia Shaffer-9.10, Hannah Fleniken-9.0, Kendra Niver-9.0, Lily Stedman-9.175, Kaylee Oswald-9.175, Kara Longo-9.30, Selin Sumer-9.0
FLOOR: Morgan Mattison-9.0, Skylar Waid-9.05, Hannah Fleniken-9.25, Kendra Niver-9.0, Irelyn Rounsville-9.025, Madison Errick-9.125, Kaylee Oswald-9.15, Danica Yates-9.05, Laci Miller-9.025, Selin Sumer-9.45, Emma Saulter-9.30

34.00: Skylar Waid, Madison Cady, Sara DeLong, Hannah Fleniken, Lily Stedman, Ashley Oswald, Emma Saulter
35.00: Morgan Mattison, Teigan White, Madison Errick, Jaden Dunbar, Danica Yates, Kara Longo, Selin Sumer
36.00: Kendra Niver, Irelyn Rounsville, Kaylee Oswald

Full Meet Results:
Kate Mitchell: vault-8.60-5th, bars-7.45, beam-8.60-3rd, floor-8.275, AA-32.925-6th
Aeralyn Salada: vault-8.80-4th, bars-7.55, beam-8.30, floor-8.50-5th, AA-33.15-4th
Mia Shaffer: vault-7.10, bars-8.0, beam-9.10-1st, floor-8.925-3rd, AA-33.125-5th
Adelyn Walker: vault-8.25
Morgan Mattison: vault-8.75-6th, bars-8.70-3rd, beam-8.85-3rd, floor-9.0-5th, AA-35.30-2nd
Skylar Waid: vault-8.90-5th, bars-7.95, beam-8.875-1st, floor-9.05-2nd, AA-34.775-3rd
Madison Cady: vault-8.70, bars-7.95, beam-8.60, floor-8.90-6th, AA-34.15-7th
Sara DeLong: vault-9.10-3rd, bars-8.05-6th, beam-8.75-5th, floor-8.825, AA-34.725-4th
Hannah Fleniken: vault-9.15-3rd, bars-7.35, beam-9.0-2nd, floor-9.25-1st, AA-34.75-6th
Kendra Niver: vault-8.95-5th, bars-9.275-1st, beam-9.0-2nd, floor-9.0-3rd, AA-36.225-3rd
Sayedie Skye Fields: vault-8.85-6th, bars-7.90, beam-7.90, floor-8.775-6th, AA-32.725-9th
Emily Schultz-Cone: vault-8.40, bars-8.55-6th, beam-8.475, floor-8.375, AA-33.80-7th
Teigan White: vault-8.75, bars-8.65-5th, beam-8.95-4th, floor-8.90-5th, AA-35.20-5th
Emma Chambers: vault-8.325, bars-8.10, beam-8.75, floor-8.30, AA-33.475-8th
Irelyn Rounsville: vault-9.65-1st, bars-9.30-1st, beam-8.325, floor-9.025-6th, AA-36.30-1st
Madison Errick: vault-9.20, bars-8.0, beam-8.85-2nd, floor-9.125-4th, AA-35.175-6th
Jaden Dunbar: vault-9.35-6th, bars-9.05-2nd, beam-7.85, floor-8.80, AA-35.05-7th
Brielle Fidurko: vault-9.20, bars-7.20, beam-8.35, floor-8.55, AA-33.30-9th
Kaylee Oswald: vault-9.0, bars-8.75-4th, beam-9.175-1st, floor-9.15-3rd, AA-36.075-4th
Genecis Easton: vault-8.70, bars-7.10, beam-7.60, floor-8.90-7th, AA-32.30-10th
Lily Stedman: vault-8.90-4th, bars-7.70-4th, beam-9.175-2nd, floor-8.50-5th, AA-34.275-2nd
Maddison Gietler: vault-9.15-3rd, bars-8.45-2nd, beam-7.75, floor-8.55-3rd, AA-33.90-3rd
Natalie McDowell: vault-8.90-3rd, bars-8.05-3rd, beam-8.025, floor-7.20, AA-32.725-3rd
Danica Yates: vault-9.15-1st, bars-9.20-2nd, beam-8.375-3rd, floor-9.05-1st, AA-35.775
Ashley Oswald: vault-8.60-3rd, bars-8.20, beam-8.975-5th, floor-8.925, AA-34.70-5th
Anna Schuessler: vault-8.45-6th, bars-7.35, beam-7.925, floor-8.625, AA-32.35-10th
Corinne Waid: vault-8.10-3rd, bars-8.10, beam-7.675, floor-8.65, AA-32.525-4th
Kara Longo: vault-9.05-1st, bars-8.10-2nd, beam-9.30-1st, floor-8.92-1st, AA-35.375-1st
Laci Miller: vault-8.35-2nd, bars-8.0, beam-8.50, floor-9.025, AA-33.875-4th
Selin Sumer: vault-8.725, bars-8.45-2nd, beam-9.0-2nd, floor-9.45-1st, AA-35.625-2nd
Emma Saulterr: vault-8.725, bars-8.05, beam-8.85-3rd, floor-9.30-2nd, AA-34.925-4th

Pictured L to R
Front Row: Madison Errick, Mia Shaffer, Aeralyn Salada, Irelyn Rounsville, Kate Mitchell, Kendra Niver
2nd Row: Genecis Easton, Ashley Oswald, Skylar Waid, Sara DeLong, Adelyn Walker, Jaden Dunbar
3rd Row: Teigan White, Maddison Gietler, Brielle Fidurko, Hannah Fleniken, Kaylee Oswald, Emily Schultz-Cone, Corinne Waid
Back Row: Madison Cady, Anna Schuessler, Laci Miller, Emma Saulter, Selin Sumer, Kara Longo, Emma Chambers, Lily Stedman
Missing from photo: Morgan Mattison, Sayedie Skye Fields, Natalie McDowell, Danica Yates

Olean Food Pantry reaches $10,000 fundraising challenge, receives challenge grant

OLEAN, N.Y., February 24, 2017 — In under two months the Olean Food Pantry met the $10,000 fundraising challenge set forth by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation and so will receive an additional $10,000 for their capital fundraising campaign.

On December 1, CRCF issued a Food for the Future Challenge Grant to the Olean Food Pantry, promising to match up to $10,000 in donations to the food pantry’s Building Project Fund. The grant is the largest ever unrestricted grant the CRCF board of directors has ever approved.

“We felt providing the organization with a challenge grant would provide a greater opportunity for them to attract new donations to this project,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “I think we saw that was effective, and we are thrilled to now be able to make good on our $10,000 challenge for the fundraising campaign.”

“Our board has been enthusiastic about this grant from the start,” Ms. Buchheit added. “We continue to be impressed with the work and vision of the board and volunteers who run the Olean Food Pantry.”

As the fundraising campaign progressed, Olean Food Pantry board members and volunteers watched that vision become tangible progress.

Scott Brook, an Olean Food Pantry board member, said that work on the building addition is about half complete now.

“The progress that has been made at the food pantry is unbelievable,” said Ms. Buchheit. “To see that the addition will make it possible to help so many more people throughout the area makes the grant all worth it.”

Scott Brook stressed that this progress would not have been possible without the funds raised and matched through the challenge grant and the generosity of the Alfred State construction program and local contractors.

While so much progress has been made, the work is still not finished for the food pantry board and volunteers. “We still need to raise between $20,000 and $30,000 to reach our final fundraising goal,” Brook said. Upon achieving this final goal, people will see big change at the food pantry facility, Brook added.

“Upgrades to the (Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning) will be a big thing,” he said. “It has not been exactly optimal in the past, but the upgrades are essential for maintaining temperature, which is so important for food safety.” Other upgrades and additions will include improved handicap accessibility at a new entrance and a new emphasis on education.
“We want to improve our ability to educate those we serve, including children’s education with a new children’s library,” he said. “We want everyone to be acclimated and comfortable with the process as we work with them.”

Brook also said that a new generator purchase will equip the food pantry to accommodate almost 30 people in case of a county emergency. Brook expressed the organization’s shared gratitude for the role the Foundation’s grant has played in the progress so far at the food pantry.

“(The grant) is one of the largest donations we received, and we wouldn’t be as far along (in the campaign) without it,” Brook said. “We know and so deeply appreciate that it’s the largest unrestricted CRCF grant yet.” “We appreciate CRCF’s support of our mission and the credibility that support has given us,” he said. “We are truly humbled.”

Donations can be made to the Olean Food Pantry Building Project Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203 or online at cattfoundation.org.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

From l-r: Christie and Scott Brook, Bob and DB Busan and Karen Niemic Buchheit

Causer to Host Veterans Service Representatives

BRADFORD – In an effort to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is hosting veterans service representatives at his area offices during the month of March.

Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St., on Thursday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments should be made by calling the office at 814-274-9769.

Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Kane office, 55 Fraley St., on Monday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m., and at the Bradford office, 78 Main St., on Monday, March 13, from 1-3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

The representatives will offer veterans assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of either organization to take advantage of the services.

For more information, visit www.RepCauser.com.


Hamilton-Gibson Productions is accepting applications until Wednesday, March 15 for two summer intern positions. Stipends will be provided.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, plan to or be involved with the performing arts or a not-for-profit organization and pass Pennsylvania’s required clearance and criminal record checks with those costs to be paid by the Wellsboro-based community theatre arts group.

Between mid-May and mid-August, the two interns will assist with planning and staffing Hamilton-Gibson's Blossburg, Knoxville and Wellsboro four-day summer theatre arts camps for third through ninth graders; either perform or help with stage or house managing, set building and strike for "Mame," HG's major musical production in June and with "Tune in to Radio HG" in July.

The interns will also spend time working in the H-G office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro. They will help with social media marketing and organizing HG's costume inventory.

Fill out an application form and mail it to Hamilton-Gibson Productions, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or attach and email it to hamgib@gmail.com. For an application form or more information, call 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

Coudersport Fire Department Dispatched To False Alarm Of Fire

At 11:30 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Wilson Residence at 8 West 5th Street for an automatic alarm of fire. 

Galeton Dispatched To Vehicle Crash On Route 6

At 11:28 on Saturday, Galeton Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 6 & Phoenix Road for a motor vehicle accident.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Red Jacket Energy Llc in Otto Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-02-22 to Red Jacket Energy Llc in Otto Twp, McKean county. 78.57(a) - CONTROL, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS - Operator failed to collect the brine and other fluids produced during operation, service and plugging of the well in a tank, pit or a series of pits or tanks, or other device approved by the Department or Operator discharged brine or other fluids on or into the ground or into waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Springville Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-02-21 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Springville Twp, Susquehanna county. 91.34(A) - ACTIVITIES UTILIZING POLLUTANTS - Failure to take necessary measures to prevent the substances from directly or indirectly reaching waters of this Commonwealth, through accident, carelessness, maliciousness, hazards of weather or from another cause.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Mt. Jewett Ambulance Dispatched To Crash West Of Kane On Rt. 6

At 11:05 AM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Ambulance & Medic 5 have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Route 6 west of Kane near Dyne's Excavating Service & North West Road.
Kane Fire Department has been dispatched for traffic control.

Coudersport VFD Adds New Equipment For Better Protection

 Coudersport Department 48 added a new rescue truck this week. Great addition to their new Ladder. Hard work and dedication to the community enabled them to upgrade the trucks and equipment to ensure that Coudersport has the best possible fire protection for years to come. Great job to Chief Phelps and the rest of the "Fighting 48th". Good looking rigs.

Bill Pekarski: Day 178, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 178, Living life on my terms.

I had the honor and privilege of watching the Coudersport 6th grade production of “Annie Jr.” tonight and it was amazing. Those of us in the audience tonight were treated to an entertaining and musical tale performed by a group of children who have worked extremely hard to bring this historic musical to the local stage.

As a member of the Potter Players for several different productions, I am fully aware of the amount of work and dedication it takes to put on any production. These kids memorized lines, learned how to move on stage, made signs and programs, ushered the performance, worked the stage, painted sets, and everything else they needed to make tonight possible. Under the direction of Darrel and Mary Justh, they achieved great success. The production was put on as a fundraiser for the annual 6th grade trip to Washington D.C.

I may be a little biased since my niece, Hannah Davis, played the role of Miss Hannigan, but there was no denying the dedication of everyone involved. The young Acacia Greenman sang the part of Annie with the voice of a little angel. I look forward to seeing her develop into a real treasure of a local talent in the future.

Additionally, I was so proud to see Hannah really put herself into the role of Miss Hannigan. I never thought that such a sweet girl could play an awful character and do it so well; she made the part come alive from beginning to end.

I could go on and on about each individual child as they all seemed to enjoy the fruits of their labor. All of the orphan girls, the main characters, and even the dog Zeke Justh did fantastic. I learned from the program that the four legged thespian belonged to the directors.

Prior to the show, I spent a few moments talking with Todd Husson. He said something to me that I found very profound. He said; “it doesn’t matter if you have a kid in the show or not, this is a Coudersport 6th grade production and you just come and see it!” Todd knows first-hand the importance of community and how by attending events like Annie Jr. strengthens our little town. Just by coming out and supporting the kids, we speak volumes about how much we need to keep the arts alive in our schools and how they can enrich the human spirit.

In an era where we lament on everything that is no longer here and the hassles of road projects getting underway; spending a little time watching these kids, you realize why we fight to keep things going in our community. We have so much to be proud of and we need to make sure we appreciate it!

Luckily, there is one more opportunity to see the show on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. in the High School Auditorium for anyone else who wants to support our 6th graders and see the show. Believe me, it is a great way to spend a little of your Saturday afternoon and show a bit of “Community Pride!”

Today I am dedicating my progress to the cast and crew of the 2017 Coudersport 6th Grade Class production of Annie Jr. I will upload the photos of some of the cast members that I was able to get tonight in a separate post.


Coudersport Ambulance To East 2nd Street

At 9:25 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to East Second Street for a medical emergency.