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Thursday Feb 23


Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged David Williamson Yurkovich, 32, of Wellsboro; with simple assault,
harassment by physical contact and disorderly conduct allegedly towards his wife, Melanie Marie
Yurkovich, on Monday at their home; He was released on $5,000 bail.


                                                                                                                 Wellsboro Woman Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Jenny Sue Painter, 48, of Wellsboro with possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence for allegedly stealing two bottles of Oxycodone Hydrochloride and two Hydrocodone pills from Daniel and Jacquline Outman on Saturday. She was jailed in lieu of $5,000.





Wednesday Feb 15

                                                                              Wellsboro Winter Weekend

The Wellsboro Winter Celebration in downtown Wellsboro is a four-day fun time that opens this Thursday, Feb. 16 with the EMMF Jazz Fest featuring Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants performing feel-good, fire-breathin' Blues at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. For tickets and table reservations call 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com. 

The celebration continues this Friday, Feb. 17 with two events in the Deane Center. At 7 p.m. is Wine 101: Learn to Select and Pair Wines Like a Pro," a seminar with Holly Howell, a Finger Lakes region wine professional. Fun and interactive, sample wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres and dessert
and receive a complimentary wine glass. For tickets, call 570-724-1926. 

Also happening this Friday is the EMMF Jazz Fest with the Klinefelter Trio performing Great American Songbook jazz selections plus originals and contemporary jazz at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre. For tickets and table reservations, call 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com. 

"The Actual Dance," an inspirational, true story of a husband who serves as his wife's caregiver through the uncharted waters of breast cancer, will be given at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 and at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 19. Written and performed by Samuel A. Simon, this award-winning one-man play has captured the hearts of audiences across America as Sam shares his feelings about what’s happening as Susan goes through treatment. After each show, audience members are invited to meet and talk to Susan and Sam. Tickets for the Feb. 17 show are $18 for adults and $7 for children and students; for Feb. 18, $12 for adults and free for children and students; and Feb. 19, Pay-What-You-Can. For tickets, call 570-724-2079 or hamgib@gmail.com.

Saturday, Feb. 18 begins at 10:30 a.m. with the free Deane Little Beans Bubble Mania in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street. "The Bubble Man" will mix bubbles with elements of theater, storytelling, performance art and fun science facts during his interactive magical bubble extravaganza. There will also be snacks and games with prizes. Its open to youngsters, 12 and under and their parents. To reserve seats, call 570-724-6910 or email info@thefifthseason.biz.

This Saturday, get your Chili with a Chance of Chocolate Taste-Off $5 passport and sample 19 chilis at 18 downtown businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., vote on the winners and enter the drawing to win one or more of 19 baskets of chocolates, each valued at $25. The Chamber will have passports at 114 Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Penn Oak Realty, Inc. at 65 Main Street. 

Watch a 450-pound block of ice become a penguin, winter stag, snowman, swan, butterfly or a fish as an ice carver works his magic outdoors at six Main Street locations between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Participate in family friendly free events in downtown Wellsboro and on The Green. Among them is the free 12-3 p.m. Great Snowball Hunt to find any of 101 hidden snowballs. Each has a prize, including one for $101 in cash.

For the EMMF Jazz Fest, Bram Wijnands & Friends will perform jazz tunes from the 1940s and 1950s, stride piano music and originals this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street. For tickets, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at 570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.  For pre-show dinner tickets Saturday night or Sunday brunch tickets with free EMMF Jazz Fest music, call the Penn Wells at 570-724-2111.

Sunday, Feb. 19 activities start with the free Mt. Tom Challenge and end with the 2:30 p.m. “Actual Dance."

For the full four-day schedule of events, visit www.wellsboropa.com or call 570-724-1926.



                                                                              2017 Waste Management Winter RallySprint

As of Monday, Feb. 13, 14 competitive teams have entered the 2017 Waste Management Winter RallySprint. Teams can register from 8-10 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 18, the day of the event at rally headquarters, the Tioga County Fairgrounds at Whitneyville.

The competition will begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 18 with rally cars displayed on Pearl Street at The Green, a park located in the heart of downtown Wellsboro. That will give fans an opportunity to get up close to see the cars and talk to the drivers and co-drivers.
For the ceremonial start, the first car will leave The Green at 11:35 a.m. followed in one-minute intervals by the others. They will transit on public roads to the closed course rally being run on Waste Management property in Duncan Township, the same as it has been since 2011. The rally consists of one stage run five times or 44 stage miles with a total distance of just over 56 miles, including 12 transit miles. 
The goal of each team is to finish the competition stages in the fastest time. Modifications to the rally cars are based on the class they enter. All have to be street legal to allow them to get to the stage using public roads.

Admission to the spectator area at 782 Antrim Road in Duncan Township is $5 per person. It will open at 10 a.m. this Saturday. Here fans will see the cars at speed negotiating the course. The spectator area is near the service area giving fans another opportunity to see the drivers, crews and cars up close. A food vendor and portable bathrooms will be on-site. Amenities are minimal Map coordinates are: N41.644/W77.275.
 In 2016, the Waste Management Winter Rally was renamed the Waste Management Winter RallySprint to represent its affiliation with the Sports Car Club of America. This rally is managed and organized by Finger Lakes STPR® Motorsports, sanctioned and insured by the Sports Car Club of America and hosted by SCCA’s Finger Lakes Region

The driver and co-driver teams that have registered represent seven states - Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania.

In this year's R4U class are five Subaru Imprezas, all four-wheel drive vehicles having an adjusted engine capacity of under 2.5 liters. The class includes the only Wellsboro team, driver Jeremy Keck and co-driver Chris Wimbrough driving Keck’s 1999 Subaru. The others are Sergei Grishin of Maryland and co-driver Jack Swayze of Virginia in a 2000 Impreza; driver Paul Batman of West Grove, Pa. and co-driver Michael Hordjik of Mars, Pa. in a 2001 Impreza; driver Steve Czwaiga of Wexford, Pa. and co-driver Steven Czwaiga of Lower Burrell, Pa. in a 2005 Impreza; and Adam Kimmett of Virginia and co-driver Adam Moore of Harrisburg, Pa. in a 1996 Impreza.
In the R2U class are seven front or rear-wheel drive vehicles with adjusted engine capacities of under 2.5 liters, including a 1994 Subaru Impreza driven by Kevin Turner of Delaware with co-driver Matt Rhoads of Oxford, Pa.; 2013 Mazda driven by Ted Uzzle of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. with co-driver Daniel Kelly of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 1996 VW Rallye Golf driven by Scott Beliveau of New Hampshire with co-driver Keith Liggett of Connecticut; a 1991 BMW 325 driven by Oscar Simsek of Brooklyn, New York with co-driver SueAnne Carson of Wellsboro; a 1991 Honda CRX driven by Sean Burke with co-driver Nathan Werner, both of Butler, Pa.; a 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Alan Edwards of Pittsburgh, Pa. with co-driver Daniel Baker of Port Allegheny, Pa.; and a 1985 BMW M42 318i driven by Josh Hickey of Virginia with co-driver James Spoth of Maryland.
The sole entrant in the R20 class is driver Robert Pepper of Virginia and co-driver Mical Davis of Maryland in a 1988 Porsche 94452 and in the R40 class is driver Matthew Chmielwski of Harvey’s Lake Pa. and co-driver Pete Sandy of Moosic, Pa. in a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. The R2O class includes two-wheel front- or rear-wheel drive vehicles and the R4O class, four-wheel front-wheel drive vehicles, both with an adjusted engine capacity of 2.5 liters or greater.
Competitors and volunteers can register by visiting wmwr.info. For other information about the WMWR RallySprint, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wmwinterrally
, Twitter at https://twitter.com/WMWRally and 
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/wmwrally/.





Friday Feb 10

                         Fire, Ambulance Companies in the 68th District to Receive $299,073.44

 Fire and ambulance companies located in the three counties that make up the 68th Legislative
District are set to receive $299,073.44 in state grants under the Fire Company and Volunteer
Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter). 

Our fire and ambulance companies rely heavily on this state funding to help them meet their
financial commitments and afford new equipment,” said Baker. “I am pleased that so many
companies will receive funding under this vital program.” 

Funding from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program can be used
for construction or renovation of a company’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment,
training or debt reduction. 

The following Bradford County fire and EMS companies in the 68th District received grants: 

Oscouluwa Engine and Hose Company Inc.: $12,358.68. 
Ridgebury Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,358.68. 
Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department: $12,616. 
South Creek Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,101.36. 
Tri Township Ambulance Association: $7,448.21. 
Western Alliance Emergency Services: $7,448.21. 

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in the 68th District in Potter County: 

Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc.: $7,448.21. 
Germania Fire Company: $11,844.04. 
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1 Inc.: $12,101.36. 

Grants were awarded to the following fire and EMS companies in Tioga County: 

Blossburg Fireman’s Ambulance Association: $7,448.21. 
Blossburg Volunteer Fire Department: $11,844.04. 
Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company: $12,616. 
Clymer Township Volunteer Hose Company: $12,358.68. 
Crary Hose Company: $12,616. 
Elkland Borough Volunteer Fire Department: $12,358.68. 
Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company: $12,358.68. 
Lawrenceville Fire Department: $12,873.32. 
Liberty Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,873.32. 
Mansfield Firemens Ambulance Association: $6,134.77. 
Mansfield Hose Company: $13,645.28. 
Middlebury Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,448.21. 
Millerton Volunteer Fire Department: $15,000. 
Nelson Volunteer Fire Company Inc.: $12,101.36. 
Osceola Volunteer Fire Department Inc.: $12,873.32. 
Tioga Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,448.21. 
Wellsboro Firemen’s Ambulance Association Inc.: $7,448.21. 
Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $13,902.60. 





Friday Feb 3

Death Investigation At Tioga County Prison

Authorities in Tioga County are investigating the death of an inmate at the Tioga County Prison
there.  A 33 year old male inmate was found dead around 1am on Friday in his cell at the prison
in Wellsboro. 

The prison staff and the Tioga County Coroner’s office are investigating the man's’ death.  Officials
say that it is the first death investigated at the prison in more than a year. 

The inmate was not identified by prison officials and it is not clear as to what he died from. 




Tuesday Jan 31

                                                                       Kevin Coolidge's Book Earns Seal Of Approval

The judges of the Story Monsters Approved program, which recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, have spoken. "The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot" authored by Kevin Coolidge of Wellsboro has earned approval.

The colorful, kid-friendly Story Monsters Approved seal attracts the attention of young readers much more than a sticker intended for adult scrutiny. Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved patch it means children their own age enjoyed the book and are recommending they read it, too.

How do they know that? Because after books pass the first round of rigorous judging – which is done by industry experts, the books are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books before they can receive the official seal of approval.

“Who better to judge children’s books than the children who read them?” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC., the same company that sponsors the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Judging these books gives children a wonderful sense of importance and responsibility.”
In "The Totally Ninja Raccoons meet Bigfoot," the protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.

In this origin story, the raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the Cat. Gypsy sends the raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't the monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world.

"The Totally Ninja Raccoons" is a new children's series for 2nd to 4th grade. It is specifically geared toward reluctant readers. "The series is set in Tioga County and Wellsboro with five books published and more to come," Coolidge said. He is the co-owner of From My Shelf Books in Wellsboro. Youngsters can visit the author at his bookstore, see art from the Ninja Raccoon books on display and have him personalize their copies.



Thursday Jan 26

                                                               Construction To Begin On Route 549 Bridge In Jackson Township

Construction for the Route 549 bridge, spanning Seely Creek in Jackson Township, Tioga County, is
scheduled to begin as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge
Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Tioga County’s
 structurally deficient bridge list.

Construction is expected to begin during the week of February 7 and be complete in April. During this time,
drivers will be directed to follow a detour on SR 1011 (Bailey Creek Road) while the existing bridge is

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

This bridge is referred to as JV-130 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge
Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.




Wednesday Jan 25

Man Charged In Crash Which Kills 3

A Towanda man faces charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and other related counts stemming from a Bradford County crash in July of last year in which three people were killed. 

Police say 39 year old Phillip Frisbie was drunk and driving on the Burlington Turnpike that day when crossed into the opposite lanes and struck a vehicle head hon driven by Clifton Heasley.  Both Heasley and his wife Sarah were killed in the crash as well as a 7 year old boy in Frisbie’s car.

Another passenger in Frisbie’s car as well as a 5 year old in the Heasley car survived the crash.





Monday Jan 16

Accidental Shooting

A hunting accident in Tioga County sent a man to the hospital on Saturday morning. 

Officials say the unidentified man was hunting with others in the area of Morris Run around 11am on Saturday when he was accidentally shot by another member of his hunting party. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and a life flight helicopter was originally called in, landing
in Blossburg, but it was determined the man would be transferred to Williamsport Regional Medical Center instead by ambulance.

His condition has not been released, and it’s not believed any charged will be filed.


Lawrenceville Man Charged

William R. Knapp, 42, of Lawrenceville, faces charges of rape of a mentally disabled person between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2015 at 923 Crance Brook Road, Westfield Township, where the woman had been staying to help with household chores.

Knapp was jailed in lieu of $65,000 bail and his preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 19.




Friday Jan 13

 Tioga Man Charged

Police have charged Robert G. Weeks, 31, of Tioga, with two counts of theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly took gift cards from a mailbox on Dec. 21.

According to documents, Lawrence Township Police charged Weeks after a video camera in a mailbox recorded a van traced to Weeks pulling up to the mailbox and taking four Christmas cards, each one with a $25 gift card inside. He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 26 preliminary hearing.

He also was charged with theft for taking a purse from a car parked at the Dollar General in  Tioga containing items valued at $550 on Dec. 12. He was issued a summons to appear for that charge at a Jan. 26 preliminary hearing.


Westfield Man Charged

Mark E. Tuttle, 38, of 2850 Route 49, Westfield, faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass and terroristic threats, after he allegedly kicked in the front door at 204 North St., Apt. B, Westfield Dec. 28, assaulted a female victim and then made threats against her and a male victim.

He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Jan. 19.


Baker Welcomes Announcement of $25 Million Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health System

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee and representative of a very rural region of the state, joined Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Karen Murphy in announcing the award of $25 million in federal money to improve rural health care in the Commonwealth. 

“As someone who represents a rural area, I understand the many challenges our hospitals and health care workers face when trying to deliver the best possible health care,” said Baker. “Unlike more urban areas, we don’t have as large a pool of resources to pull from and are geographically encumbered when trying to work with various specialty services. This funding will help us put into action a new health model that will provide more financial stability for our hospitals and improve patient care.” 

Earlier this year Pennsylvania submitted a plan to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to implement a Rural Health Transformation Initiative. The federal government reviewed Pennsylvania’s proposal and today announced that it will give Pennsylvania a $25 million grant to put this model into place. 

The goals of this new rural health model are to improve population health and quality of care that is delivered locally and to enable rural hospitals to move toward greater financial sustainability through an all-payer global budget model. 

“Rural areas are also seeing an increase in patient load due to the influx of patients addicted to or overdosing on opioids and heroin. This is yet another stress on a health care system already struggling in many regards,” said Baker. 

“This is obviously an issue I care deeply about and am pleased to learn that Pennsylvania has been approved for this funding. Rural and urban health care systems both have their challenges and need different approaches and considerations to make sure they perform at the top of their game,” said Baker. “This plan will make a huge difference to the people I represent and I look forward to seeing it put into action.” 




Monday Jan 9

                                                                                                      Wellsboro Man Charged

Jeremy C. Niles, 29, of 866 Darling Run Road, Wellsboro, faces charges of retail theft. State police said on Dec. 13, Niles took a men’s thermal shirt valued at $10 from the Richmond Township Wal-Mart, and put it inside his jacket and attempted to leave the store without paying for it.

Niles has a prior a retail theft arrest March 8, 2013. He was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 8 preliminary hearing.


Woman Charged With Retail Theft

Sherri M. Oswald, 34, of 260 Pheasant Hill Road, Wellsboro, faces charges of retail theft. State police said on Dec. 30 she took a container of Gain Laundry Boost, valued at $9 from the Richmond Township Wal-Mart and attempted the leave the store without paying for it. She has two prior retail theft arrests, one on Aug. 21, 2005, and one on March 25, 2015.

She was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail and her preliminary hearing held Jan. 4.



Wednesday Jan 4

Two Arrested For Theft From Electric Company

A pair of Tioga County men have been arrested for the burglary of a business in Westfield which occurred early on Friday morning. 

State police say that just before 2am, 46 year old Simon Gigee and 41 year old Jason Meise entered the property of Tri County Electric along State Route 349 and proceeded to take approximately $18,000 dollars’ worth of copper wire and miscellaneous tools.  While fleeing the scene Gigee crashed his vehicle into a ditch near the scene of the robbery.  The stolen items were recovered at a residence in Tioga Township the same day and Gigee and Meise were charged with several counts. 

State police say that investigation is ongoing.



Thursday Dec 29

Woman Charged In Bar Fight

A Columbia Cross Roads woman faces several counts after getting out of control at a Tioga County bar last week. 

Police say that 45 year old Melanie Corbett got upset that a bartender at Chango’s Cantina in Mansfield shut her off on December 20th and Corbett then allegedly hit that bartender several times in the throat and face, then threatened to get a gun and shoot another bar patron. When police arrived she was being held back by other patrons at the bar, but turned around and allegedly threw a punch at an officer.

She was charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest and other counts and was jailed in lieu of $20,000 dollars bail following the incident.



Gas Tax Goes Up For The New Year

You might want to fill your gas tank up over the next couple of days in order to save a little money. 

The state’s gasoline tax will go up another 8 cents per gallon starting on Sunday January 1st. The tax hike is part of an increase which was instituted and phased in in increments in order to help raise money to fix the state’s roads and bridges. The state is spending about a billion dollars to fix thousands of structurally deficient bridges and to fix roads across the Commonwealth. 

Pennsylvania now has the nation’s highest gas tax with driver’s paying an extra 78 cents per gallon.





Wednesday Dec 28

Tioga County Home Invasion 

Mansfield State Police are looking for two men who broke into a Wellsboro area apartment on Monday afternoon, getting away with about $100 in cash. 

According to police, two black males, one tall and one short broke into the apartment along State Route 6 in Charleston Township around 4:15 on Monday.  One of them pulled a gun and they demanded money from the two men and a woman inside.  They were handed over a wallet
belonging to one of the victims, getting away with the cash in a blue colored SUV. 

No one was injured and the investigation continues.




Tuesday May 27

Man Accused Of Several Bradford County Burglaries

An Elmira New York man was arrested on Christmas Eve for multiple burglaries which have occurred over the past several weeks in Bradford County. 

State police in Towanda say 37 year old Jerry Breese was arrested and is accused of several burglaries at residences in Granvillle, Leroy and West Burlington Townships between December 12th and the 24th

He was taken into custody in Elmira and is being held there as a fugitive from justice currently awaiting extradition to Bradford County to face the charges.


Gaines Man Charged

 Gaines Police have charged Shane J. Strine, 40, of Galeton, after he allegedly tried to buy a firearm at Ziggy’s Custom Barrel and Gun Shop, 27 Watrous St. in Gaines, July 3.

According to documents, Strine was charged with illegal sale or transfer of firearms and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Strine is not authorized to purchase a firearm because he was committed through the Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976 on Oct. 20, 2005, police said.

Knowing this he tried to purchase a Remington 783 Model 300 Win Mag rifle and checked no” on the box to the question asking if he had ever been mentally defective and a danger to himself or others or was incompetent or been committed by a mental institution.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 10 preliminary hearing.




Thursday Dec 22

Missing Bradford County Woman

State police in Bradford County are looking for a missing person. 

Police say around 5:30 last evening, 20 year old Jessica Hill left her Wheeler Road home in Ridgebury Township after arguing with her parents and did not return home.  Prior to leaving, Hill took a flashlight with her and left on foot.  Her cell phone was left at the house and she is said to have her wallet containing her driver’s license and debit card. 

She is described as a white female, with short brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket with a black in color hood, blue jeans, hunting boots and black framed eye glasses. 

Anyone with information into her whereabouts is asked to contest state police at 570-265-2186.




                                                                2017 WINTER OUTINGS SERIES TO START ON JAN. 1, 2017

The Step Outdoors Winter Outings series will kick off on New Year's Day with the First Day Hike at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
All 17 events in the 2017 series are free and open to people of all ages, including children with adult supervision.
On Saturdays and/or Sundays in January and February, outdoor and indoor recreation programs will be offered at various locations in Tioga County such as Hills Creek State Park, the Ives Run Recreation Area, the Sand Run Falls Trail System, Nessmuk Recreation Area, the Mill Cove Environmental Area, Mt. Tom in Shippen Township and downtown Wellsboro.
Among the planned adventures are: hiking in boots or snowshoes, cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, an ice fishing derby, building a snowman or creating snow art, learning about area raptors, including bald eagles during an indoor program and, if weather permits, an outdoor eagle watch. 

This year’s series also includes two outdoor festivals.  Winterfest will be at Hills Creek State Park in Tioga County on Jan. 21 and Winter Fest at Lyman Run State Park in Potter County on Jan. 28.  Free outdoor family activities will be offered on The Green in downtown Wellsboro on Feb. 18 during the four-day outdoor and indoor Wellsboro Winter Celebration.
Mansfield University is hosting three indoor events, including rock wall climbing at the Kelchner Fitness Center, kayaking in the heated indoor pool at Decker Gymnasium and observing the night sky in the Strait Planetarium.

Most activities are for beginners with equipment provided to make it easy for them to try something new. Snowshoes, ice skates and cross-country skis will be available free of charge for those who want to try but don't have equipment. Cross-country ski track will be set for all ski events, when conditions allow.
Series events are also fun for more experienced participants. Those who have equipment are encouraged to bring it.

Limited snow cover and weather may alter planned activities. When possible, an alternative program will be offered.
Explore winter at Hills Creek State Park by participating in the First Day Hike on Jan. 1. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township.
The hike will begin at 1 p.m. in the park’s beach parking area. It will be a slow-paced, family oriented, easy hike of less than 1.5 miles on Tauscher’s Trail.  
If there is no snow, wear boots. If conditions allow, a limited supply of snowshoes will be available for those interested in giving them a try. Those who have snowshoes are welcome to bring their own.
Dress for the weather and bring water, snacks and if necessary, winter traction devices for boots if there is ice. 
Sledding hill is nearby so families are also welcome to bring sleds, toboggans, tubes and snowboards and give it a try, conditions permitting.
Due to work to replace the bridge over Tauscher’s Stream, the 5K will not be held at Hills Creek on Jan. 1 this year. For more information, call the park at 570-724-4246.

To learn more about all series events or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit www.stepoutdoors.org or call 570-724-0300.





Tuesday Dec 20

Police Looking For Person Who Stole Guns

State police are looking for the person who took two long guns and a pistol from a residence in South Creek
Township, Bradford County.

According to police, John Lattimer, 47, of Gillett, reported that three firearms — a Mossberg 500 shotgun,
a Smith and Wesson .357 pistol and a KSK .762-39 rifle — were taken from his residence sometime
between Sept. 20 and Nov. 15.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-265-2186.


                                              Baker Announces $25,000 Technology Investment in Penn-Troy Manufacturing

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced that the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) have chosen to invest $25,000 in Penn-Troy Manufacturing Inc. in Bradford County. 

I applaud the Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ selection of Penn-Troy to receive this funding and partnership,” said Baker. “This type of support will help the company rise to the next level and, hopefully, create even more jobs. These kinds of business investments are vital to our long-term economic viability as a state competing in both the national and international markets.” 

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners makes seed investments in early-stage technology companies, funds innovation in established manufacturers, and supports clients with in-house experts and a network of proven technical and business resources. 

The investment in Penn-Troy will include partnering the company with the Pennsylvania College of Technology to complete the final design of a special relief valve and the subsequent testing and certification of that valve. 

Penn-Troy manufactures wastewater treatment valves and crankcase explosion relief valves for the water processing and large-engine industries. With the completion of this project, the company will be able to increase sales and compete more effectively internationally. 

Since 1983, BFT/NEP has created nearly 17,000 new jobs and retained nearly 24,000 existing jobs, helped start 482 new companies and developed 1,433 new products and processes. 


Sate Workers Being Laid Off

 Hundreds of state employees caught in an unemployment compensation program funding dispute between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and Senate Republicans spent their last day on the job Monday before they qualify for jobless benefits themselves.

Officials said there were no signs of a last-minute reprieve that could help about 520 people avoid being laid off less than a week before Christmas from the state Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation call centers.

Wolf’s administration is cutting jobs and closing unemployment compensation call centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster without the $58 million from unemployment compensation tax revenue it said is necessary to maintain the centers at current staff levels.




Friday Dec 16

Mansfield University Cancels Fall Commencement

In a statement issued Thursday night, Mansfield University officials announced the upcoming Fall Commencement is canceled due to the weather forecast. The ceremony was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17.

In that statement, Dir. of Environmental Health and Safety Jim Welch said, "Based upon the current weather forecast for North Central Pennsylvania and the northeast region, the University has decided to take this precaution to protect the safety and well-being of all those traveling to and from campus."

The University said the cancellation will not interfere with the 'conferring of degrees,' and graduates can still walk in the University's Spring Commencement ceremony next year.

Those who do not walk in that commencement are encouraged to contact the university's registrar's office in order to receive their degree covers and program. Details for the spring ceremony will be posted on the university's website, and will also be emailed to December graduates.




Thursday Dec 15

Wellsboro Man Charged With Growing Pot

State Police have charged Todd M. Adams 49, Mt. Zion Extension, after a Game Commission officer dispatched for a report of a sick skunk on the property, found a marijuana plant growing on the property Aug. 2.

According to documents, Adams had a single marijuana plant in a camouflaged pot growing near a children’s play area outside a day care operated at the residence.

Adams was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His county court arraignment was set for Jan. 2.


Lawrenceville Woman Is Facing Charges

Ivy R. Gardner, 23, of 33 Pease Hill Road, Lawrenceville, has been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after incidents involving Tioga County Human Services personnel on Sept. 12 and Sept. 30.

According to documents, Gardner was charged after she swore, screamed, yelled, threw herself at and spit at the victims after being repeatedly asked to calm down.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 10 preliminary hearing.





Tuesday Dec 13

Elderly Man Dies In Bradford County Crash

An 88 year old Troy Pennsylvania man died in a Bradford County crash over the weekend.

The crash happened on State Route 6 in Columbia Township   State police in Towanda say 88 year old James Schucker was in his vehicle trying to cross both lanes o\f Route 6 when he was struck on the driver’s side door by a vehicle driven by 23 year old Dustin Pedro of Laceyville. 

Schucker was pronounced dead at the scene, a passenger in Pedro’s truck, 29 year old Christopher Chandler of Wysox was taken to the hospital for treatment of a moderate injury. 



                                                              Rolling Stop Set For Thursday On Route 15 North Of Liberty

On Thursday, December 15, a rolling roadblock will be implemented in both directions on Route 15 just north of the Liberty exit in Tioga County.

A single rolling stop of up to 10 minutes will occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in both northbound and southbound lanes so a crew can pull a communication wire across the highway.


Motorists should be alert and watch for stopped or slow-moving vehicles.


This work is weather permitting




Monday Dec 12

Knoxville Man Faces Charges

Joshua G. Davenport, 31, of Knoxville, faces charges of making an unsworn false statement under penalty when he tried to purchase a Taurus PT-111 9 mm pistol at Barber’s Firearms, 7070 Route 249, Westfield Township on July 30.

Police said Davenport answered no to the question on the ATF form which asked if he had ever been convicted of a felony for which he could have been imprisoned for more than a year, when in September of 2006 he pled guilty to a driving under the influence of intoxicants charge.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 29 preliminary hearing.



Tioga Man Charged

Randy M. Allington, 56, of Tioga, faces charges of obstruction of the administration of law, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly contacted the Mansfield state police barracks 35 times on June 4 for no legitimate purpose, interfering and obstructing the primary function of the police communications officer.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 29 preliminary hearing.




Tuesday Dec 6

Osceola Woman Faces Charges

Mandy M. Clark, 38, of Osceola, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, (heroin), with intent to manufacture and deliver, criminal use of a communication facility, possession of drug paraphernalia, (glassine baggies), with intent to package and deliver.

State police said she sold seven bags of heroin for $140 to an undercover officer in a Mansfield parking lot July 29, 2015. Then on Aug. 12, 2015, she sold four bags of heroin to an undercover officer in Wells Township, Bradford County, for $80.

Clark was jailed in lieu of $15,000 straight bail 


Westfield Woman Faces Multiple Charges

Stephanie E. Blais, 31, of Westfield, faces charges of simple assault, retail theft, disorderly conduct and harassment after she allegedly bit, kicked, punched and spit at Wal-Mart employees and customers outside the store while screaming and shouting Nov. 23.

Store staff said she had committed retail theft and when a worker attempted to apprehend her, she assaulted him and others when they attempted to help him. Police said she was hiding six DVDs, a T-shirt, wax and ladies’ socks valued at $164 in her handbag.

She was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail and her preliminary hearing set for Dec. 7.




Wednesday Nov 30

Tioga County Burglary

State police in Mansfield day they are investigating the burglary of a business in Westfield Township which occurred earlier this month.

Police say that sometime overnight November 12th into the 13th, that two persons forcibly entered Groff Tire Garage and nine storage trailers at the Groff Tire business.  They took inspection stickers, engine diagnostic computers, tires, batteries, gloves, inner tubes, and
even Slim Jims and Candy. 

Total loss I estimate at more than $9200 dollars and anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact State police in Mansfield.


Fred Lawrenson's Book Is Finalist In Competition

"All the Difference," a coffee table book self-published by Fred Lawrenson of Elkland has been selected as one of three national finalists in the art category, according to a Nov. 17 announcement by  i310 Media Group of Los Angeles, California, sponsor of the 2016 Best Book Awards competition.

More than 2,000 books representing mainstream and independent publishers from across the United States entered. From those, more than 400 winners and finalists were selected in more than 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2014-2016. Lawrenson's book contains 56 full color pictures of his paintings as well as his preliminary sketches and drawings for each one and stories about what inspired them. He submitted a copy of “All the Difference” with his application for the competition. Lawrenson was a finalist in the children’s book category with "Shalock and the Cloud of Bad Dreams'" in 2010 and in 2012 with “In Search of the Great Wild Kawkins.” Those interested in seeing Lawrenson's paintings and books can visit his website: www.asaphwaterseditions.com. A complete list of the winners and finalists of the 2016 Best Book Awards are available online at http://www.BestBookAwards.com.




Tuesday Nov 29

Power Outage Planned For Wellsboro Electric

Wellsboro Electric customers will experience a power outage from 11 p.m. Dec. 7 until about 2 a.m. Dec. 8, the utility announced Monday.

The systemwide outage was scheduled by its transmission supplier, Penelec, so that it can replace a faulty insulator on its system. Customers whose power fails to be restored within the pre-arranged time should notify Wellsboro Electric at 570-724-3516.



Indie Award Contest

From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro is one of the 25 quarter finalists in the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year or Indie Award contest organized by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement.

Nearly 13,693 votes were cast for the 222 nominees during the nomination phase. In Round 2, 10 semifinalists will be chosen from the 25 quarterfinalists. Voting for the top 10 began Monday, Nov. 21 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 11 at www.IndieBizAward.com. Voters may visit the website to cast one vote each day. The top 10 vote getting businesses will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner who will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 14. To vote go to the bookstore's Facebook page where there is a link pinned to the top to make voting easier. Those who don't do Facebook can still vote by visiting www.IndieBizAward.com and entering From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro Pennsylvania. Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. 

For more information about From My Shelf Books & Gifts, on the "Indie" or voting, call 570-724-5793. 





Wednesday Nov 23

                                  Use Of Semi-Automatic Weapons Approved For Hunting  

Hunters in the state of Pennsylvania will soon be able to use semi-automatic weapons as well as air and gas powers rifles in the woods. 

Governor Wolf signed legislation providing the use of those firearms for hunters in the state.  They can’t use them quite yet though as the Pennsylvania Game Commission still must set regulations and rules on when and where hunters can use such weapons. 

Those weapons are not allowed for the rifle deer season which begins next week.



Tuesday Nov 22

Tioga County Wildfire

Firefighters in Tioga County had to contend on Saturday with a fast moving wildfire which charred about 50 acres of State forest land near Wellsboro.

The fire was reported on private property near Route 362 when a debris burn got out of control in high winds. The fire then quickly spread across the land in the Tioga State forest with about 50 firefighters in ATV’s and brush trucks as well as on foot battling the blaze.  It came close to two
residences but firefighters were able to stop the fire before it reached the properties. 

It took a couple of hours to bring it under control. No injuries were reported.


Meth Lab Busted In Wellsboro

A parole check leads to the arrest of six people getting ready to cook meth on Friday evening. 

Wellsboro Police Chief Jim Bodine said that parole was making a compliance check around 10:40 p.m. when they discovered six people all wearing gloves. 

The following were charged with making meth and conspiracy to make meth:




Friday Nov 18

Prisoner’s Freedom Short-Lived

A Tioga County Prisoner who was on furlough in order to go through a medical procedure at Geisinger Medical Center found freedom short-lived after he walked out of the hospital and disappeared yesterday. 

55 year old Richard Fobare of Osceola Township was arrested on child porn charges back in September.  Yesterday he was discharged from Geisinger around 9:15am and walked away from the hospital. He was seen walking in Union County around 2:30 and taken into custody
a short time later.




Thursday Nov 17

State Police Investigate Burglary

Mansfield State Police are asking for the public's help as they work to investigate a burglary at a bar in Tioga Township.

According to police the burglary happened at 'That Damn Bar,' around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. A large sum of money was stolen from the register and a safe inside the bar.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pa. State Police in Mansfield at 570-662-2151.




Friday Nov 11

Mansfield Man Charged With Assault 

A Mansfield man was arrested last week and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as other counts following a domestic incident at a Mansfield residence. 

Police say 26 year old Michael Post went to the residence of Barbara Shoemaker on November 4th and when she would not let him in, he climbed through a kitchen window and hid in the bathroom shower. When found, he was confronted, and he pulled a kitchen knife stabbing the woman in the thumb.  He also threatened Shoemaker’s mother. 

He was charged and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Elkland Couple Charged

 State Police have chargedJeffrey S. Deitrick, 33, and Terra L. Deitrick, 34, both of Elkland, with aggravated assault, robbery, theft, harassment, making terroristic threats, criminal trespass and criminal mischief following a home invasion in Tioga Township last month.

According to documents, the two forced their way into a mobile home belonging to Brooke M. Draper, 243 Bear Creek Road, by kicking down the front door Oct. 16.

Police said that Terra Dietrick then chased Draper into the hallway and wrestled her to the floor, while Jeffrey Dietrick stood at the entrance to the hallway and pulled out a knife, allegedly threatening Draperís boyfriend, Kevin R. Crane, who was visiting Draper, to sit back down” or he would end him.”

Jeffrey Dietrick allegedly kicked Draper several times in the head and then held her down while she was struck several times with an 8 ounce metal claw hammer by Terra Dietrick, causing injuries to her head, neck and arms including a concussion, and swelling to her head, as well as contusions and lacerations. They also allegedly took a smartphone belonging to Draper valued at $500.

Both were jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail each and their preliminary hearings set for Nov. 17.





Wednesday Nov 8

Woman Dies In Tioga County Crash

A crash on Route 15 near Liberty on Sunday took the life of a New York State woman. 

67 year old Lynn Ruding of Portville New York was driving on State Route 15 just south of the Liberty exit in Liberty Township, Tioga County around noon on Sunday when she failed to stop for stopped traffic in a construction zone there and slammed into the back of a tractor trailer
driven by a New York state man.

Ruding was transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro where she was pronounced dead from her injures. The truck driver was uninjured.




Thursday Nov 3

                                                                                 Bradford County Judge Facing Charges

Bradford County District Judge Michael G. Shaw has been charged by the Judicial Conduct Board in the Court of Judicial Discipline with violations of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges and the state Constitution in connection with alleged “sexting” incidents.

Shaw faces charges of impropriety or the appearance of impropriety, special consideration, “ex parte” communications, failure to recuse and three counts of violating the rules or canons prescribed by the state Supreme Court.

According to a news release issued Tuesday, during Shaw’s time as presiding judge of Treatment Court for the Court of Common Pleas of Bradford County, he developed a relationship with the girlfriend of a convicted drug abuser and continued to send text messages to her from February through April 2014.

Shaw admitted some of the text messages were “flirtatious” and some were sexual in nature, also known
as “sexting,” according to court documents.

During his July 30, 2015, deposition, Shaw admitted he engaged in sexting conduct with other women, including a 35-year-old female probation officer employed by the Bradford County Probation Department during his term of service as district judge in Bradford County.

Shaw will be disciplined in the Court of Judicial Discipline. According to Chief Counsel for the Judicial Board Robert Graci, a hearing date has not yet been set by the court.



Baker Applauds New Laws to Help Combat State’s Opioid Epidemic

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, joined Gov. Tom Wolf as he signed five new bills into law that will help address the Commonwealth’s growing opioid and heroin crisis. 

“More and more deaths are being attributed to opioid and heroin overdoses every day,” said Baker. “We have taken steps at the state level to help curb the overuse of prescription opioids that can often lead to addiction and the eventual use of heroin, which is cheaper and more easily obtainable thaa prescription opioids.




Wednesday Nov 2

                                                                                Fire Destroys Home

At about 5:30 pm yesterday, November 1
st, Multiple fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire in Richmond Township.

According to Mansfield fire personnel the home's location made it difficult to get to the scene quickly. The home was located up a steep single lane dirt road. Fire apparatus had to be staged at the base of driveway. As did tankers from Blossburg, Wellsboro, Tioga, Lawrenceville and

According to reports no one was home at the time of the fire.

Due to the fire's early start without being detecting quickly the flames had already caused the roof to collapse into the structure.

The 1976 home was completely destroyed by the fast moving blaze.



 LIHEAP Program Now Open, Says Baker

The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for home heating assistance grants, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) said today. 

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service. 

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450. 

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence. 

For additional information or to apply online, visit RepBaker.com




Friday Oct 28

Mansfield Police Investigate Robbery

Mansfield Police are investigating a larceny at Subway on Thursday. 

An unknown white male entered the Subway located at 33 W. Wellsboro St. in Mansfield around 11:10 a.m. and took a small amount of cash from a tip jar sitting on the counter. 

The male then exited the store and got into a white colored station wagon which was driven by another unknown person. 

According to police, the car was last seen traveling eastbound toward the intersection of Main St. and Wellsboro St. 

If you have any information on the incident, you are asked to contact the Mansfield Borough Police at  (507)662-3093. 


Couple Arrested For Multiple Crimes

Two people have been charged by police agencies in connection with the robbery of Smokin’ Joes smoke shop in Wellsboro on Oct. 1.

According to documents, Elkland Borough police arrested Thomas Andrew Ross, 22, and Alyssa June Sherman, 26, both of Osceola, Oct. 7. They were charged with one count each of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

According to Wellsboro police, Ross and Sherman conspired to rob Smokin’ Joes. Ross allegedly entered the store, took between $200 and $600 from the cash register and fled out the back door. The two were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

Ross also is charged with robbing the Adult World store in Lawrence Township June 25 of $92. He was charged by state police with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and harassment.

Bail for that incident was set at $25,000.

Wellsboro police have also charged Ross and Sherman with one count each of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

Wellsboro police say Sherman, a Penn Wells Hotel employee, reported $229 missing at the end of her shift Sept. 6. Police said an investigation revealed that Ross and Sherman conspired to steal the money. Her bail was set at $25,000.

Elkland Borough police charged Ross with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly broke into the Beam House in Elkland on Jan. 23 and removed $4,100. His bail for that incident was set at $25,000.

Charges against Ross for alleged crimes in Gaines Township in 2015 include multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, plus possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Ross and Sherman remain in the Tioga County Jail in lieu of a total of $100,000 bail each. They waived their preliminary hearings and their Tioga County Court arraignments were set for Nov. 7.


Hunting Bill On Wolf’s Desk

Governor Wolf now has the power to decide whether or not to allow hunters across the state of Pennsylvania to use semi-automatic rifles while out in the woods.

The deer hunting season begins in less than a month and yesterday, both branches of the state legislature passed a bill which would lift the ban on hunters using semi-automatic rifles as well as the ban on air and gas powers rifles. The bill was sent to the governor’s desk for him to sign. 

If passed into law, the PA Game Commission would set regulations and rules on what season and which animals could be hunted with those rifles.




Thursday Oct 27

Mansfield Man Charged In Traffic Death

Police have arrested a Mansfield man accused of driving under the influence of controlled substances following a crash which killed another man on Route 15 near Blossburg in October of last year. 

Cody Gross had three children in the car during the crash in which he ran into a vehicle driven by 66 year old Anthony Kin on October 8th of last year.  King was pronounced dead at the scene.  Gross and two of three children in the car were ejected and seriously injured. 

He faces charges of homicide by vehicle while under the influence, involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children and several other counts.




Wednesday Oct 26

                                        Baker Welcomes $245,000 For Projects In Tioga And Potter Counties

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today said two projects in the 68th Legislative District have been selected to receive funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, which is funded by impact fees imposed on the
natural gas drilling industry under Act 13 of 2012. 

A grant of $95,000 has been awarded to the Potter County Redevelopment Authority for a feasibility study of the Galeton Dam on Berger Lake in Galeton Borough. Berger Lake was created in 1976 by damming Pine Creek. However, sediment has been accumulating behind the dam and reducing the depth of the lake, which is making it unusable for recreation and degrading the fish habitat and water quality. The dam structure requires minor repairs, and recent management plans recommend the inclusion of a fish passage, while the PA Fish and Boat Commission has placed the dam on its list for removal. 

Baker said the study which the grant money will help fund will evaluate all three options: repair, creation of a fish passage or complete removal. 

The lake is a community treasure; however, we want to make sure that whatever decision is finally made will ensure the water quality and fish habitat are safe and healthy so we can optimize our enjoyment of the lake,” said Baker. “The degradation of the lake has been a concern for some time now, and I am pleased to have this money being appropriated for a needed study before any future plans are determined.” 

A grant of $150,000 has also been awarded to Mansfield Borough in Tioga County to rehabilitate the Graydon Scott South Academy Street Playground. 

The funding will be used to rehabilitate the playground by removing the existing play structure and pavilion; purchasing and installing new playground equipment, swings, a new pavilion, safety surfacing and fencing; installing a new ADA parking area and concrete sidewalks; and reconditioning the basketball court. Additional site improvements include new basketball hoops, park benches, trash receptacles, signage, erosion and sediment control, and landscaping. 

This playground is a well-loved destination for many families and youth in the area,” said Baker. “In fact, it has been so well loved over the years that it is sorely in need of rehabilitation. I look forward to seeing the playground, not only restored, but improved, so the community can enjoy it for many more years to come.” 

The CFA funding, generated through impact fees paid by drilling companies in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region, is to be used for statewide initiatives, including abandoned mine drainage abatement; abandoned well plugging; sewage treatment; greenways, trails and recreation; baseline water quality data; watershed restoration; and flood control. 

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. 



Monday Oct 24

Strike Over

The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday and immediately ended a walkout that was in its third day.

Both sides thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for helping to end the impasse, which had disrupted classes formore than 100,000 students.

The new contract provides raises for all employees but also requires them to pick up a greater share of their health care costs. It must now go to the full union membership for ratification.

The Pennsylvania state system is one of the nation’s largest public university systems. State funding, $444 million this year, is about the same as it was 17 years ago, even as full-time enrollment has risen more than 10 percent.

It was the first strike in the system’s 34-year history.




Thursday Oct 20

College Faculty Officially On Strike

Some 5500 faculty and coaches at 14 state owned universities are officially on strike. A strike was called to begin at 5am yesterday morning as the faculty has been working without a contract for over a year, with the sticking points being salaries and health care. 

The State System of Higher Education and the faculty’s union have not come to an agreement, thus the strike which affects more than 100,000 students at the universities including Bloomsburg, Mansfield and Lock Haven.


Man Charged With Assaulting Teenager

Police have charged Zachary Putnam, 24, of Wellsboro, with statutory sexual assault after he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

According to documents, Wellsboro Police also charged Putnam with indecent assault, corruption of minors and dissemination of explicit sexual materials to minors following the alleged incident June 2 at his residence.

Putnam was issued a summons to appear at a Nov. 22 preliminary hearing.




Monday Oct 17


                                                                              Baker Welcomes More Than $1 Million in Funding

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced a total of $1,088,000 in funding is
being made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation
Enhancement Program (PHARE) to help meet the growing demand for available, affordable housing
in the 68th Legislative District. 

PHARE is funded through the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee, which was established in 2012 as a fee
assessed on the natural gas drilling industry in addition to standard business taxes. Hundreds of
millions of dollars have been collected through the fee each year, which is then distributed to
counties to be used to help address various impacts from the industry. A portion of that money
is used for housing needs through PHARE. 

The population in the Northern Tier has been growing rapidly over the past several years, and this has resulted in a housing shortage that PHARE is helping to address,” said Baker. “This funding will help especially with those individuals and families who have limited financial means. I am grateful so many projects in our area have been chosen to receive funding, and look forward to seeing the money put to good use.” 

Projects in the 68th District which are slated to receive funding include: 

As more people come into the area and purchase properties, we must also continue to look for ways to help those individuals who may have lost a job, fallen ill or face other circumstances in which they could be left in an unhealthy home or face homelessness,” said Baker. “The funding our area is receiving will help provide some of these people with the assistance they need.” 

Baker noted projects in the 68th Legislative District slated to receive funding are among 40 housing projects totaling $6.2 million approved to meet housing needs in 29 counties across the Commonwealth. 




Thursday Oct13

                                                               construction Postponed On Route 549 Bridge In Jackson Township

Construction for the Route 549 bridge, spanning Seely Creek in Jackson Township, Tioga County, has been delayed to start until 2017. The bridge was previously scheduled to be replaced this fall as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement

A release with full details on the new construction timeline will be distributed prior to the start of construction in 2017.

This bridge is referred to as JV-130 and is one of 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.




Wednesday Oct 12

Worldwide Knitting Project To Begin In Wellsboro

Young people and adults who love to knit, want to give it a try or just want to watch are invited to attend the first event in a worldwide knitting project of community understanding and outreach by Myrna A. I. Stahman of Boise, Idaho.
The inaugural event, led by Linda Voss Plummer of Galeton, will be on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. 
Knitters who participate will receive two complementary sets of scarf patterns as well as cards to attach to the scarves they choose to make. The cards read: “When difficult times ensue, it is amazing what a hug can do. Although I cannot be by your side, a knitted hug is what I can provide.”
“Myrna and I are hoping that each knitter at the Gmeiner will make a scarf for someone who has experienced loss or needs a hug,” Plummer said.
Knitters are asked to bring at least 200 yards of worsted weight or lighter and smooth yarn and needles appropriate to that weight of yarn. Needed are donations of yarn and needles.
At 2 p.m., knitters will be given copies of the scarf patterns. "Those familiar with knitting will get a good start on a scarf. We can always do a follow-up for those who need more help," said Plummer.
Completed scarves will be mailed to individuals or communities in need or knitters are welcome to distribute them on their own.
Plummer has knitted for 62 years, taught knitting for more than 40 years and designed patterns for 20 years.
This die-hard knitter had never met Stahman. “I became aware of Myrna after she designed two Seaman-style lace knit scarves in memory of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was murdered in Wyoming in 1998. I was living in Pittsburgh in 2000 and held Matt workshops featuring those scarves for an Aids organization,” Plummer said.
This year, after the June 12 murder of 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Plummer wrote Stahman and asked if she would design a scarf to help end the hurt in the world.  
In response, Stahman designed two collections of three patterns each that she described as “Different, Yet Much the Same.” The End-to-End Lace Scarf Collection includes Vortex, Leaves and Harmony & Depth. The Beautifully Simple Lace Collection – One-Row Lace Scarves includes Patience, Forbearance and Acceptance.
As with her earlier designs, Stahman is donating her patterns to knitters with the request that they offer their help, hope, and hearts to make the world a better place.
Citing the brutal murders of people worldwide, Stahman is asking knitters to “join together to help ease those heartaches by knitting and giving scarves to survivors and family and friends of victims."  
Stahman views a scarf as a knitted hug. "Show your acceptance of our differences by giving many of these knitted hugs to individuals who need encouragement, sunshine, color, and warmth in their lives. May the acts of knitting and giving, whether individually or in concert with others, foster understanding and healing."
For more information about the knitting project, email linda@artsyknits.com.




Monday Oct 10

Middlebury Center Man Charged

State Police have charged Clayton L. Hallett, 54, of Middlebury Center, with four counts of aggravated indecent assault on a child less than 13 years old, displaying explicit sexual material involving a minor, endangering the welfare of children, three counts of indecent assault and
corruption of minors for incidents that allegedly took place between August 2009 and December 2012 at a residence in Farmington Township.

The victim, now 16, said she was an acquaintance of Hallett and his wife, according to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb's office, and that he bought items for her and her family, she told police.

According to police, Hallett repeatedly touched and fondled the victim and showed her pornography on a computer.

Hallett was remanded to Tioga County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail and his preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 13.


Westfield Woman Charged

Lauren E. Francis, 35 of Westfield, faces charges of retail theft, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, following incidents at the Goodwill Store in Elkland, on Aug. 12-13.

According to Elkland police, she was seen shoplifting in the store for more than two hours, putting items in her pocketbook. After she checked out, paying for some items and stealing others, she was stopped by police, cited and told not to return.

The next day, she came back and attempted to return the items bought the previous day, then refused to leave.

She was issued a summons to appear at an Oct. 20 preliminary hearing.




Wednesday Oct 5

Life In Prison For Houseweart 

It is life in prison without parole for a Bradford County man who entered a guilty plea in Bradford County Court for the killing of his girlfriend which happened in January of this year. 

28 year old Michael Houseweart of Canton admitted in court that he shot and stabbed Michelle Inch then left her to die in a rural area in Overton Township on January 26th of this year.  Houseweart told the court he didn’t go there with the intention of killing her and blamed his actions on drugs.  Her body was found in March. 

He entered a plea to first degree murder and still faces charges for the home invasion and arson of Inch’s parents’ house near Montoursville which occurred the day after the murder.


Pipe Replacement Project Begins Next Week In Covington Township

 Motorists in Tioga County are advised Route 2020 (Mack Road) in Covington Township will be closed beginning Tuesday, October 11 between Route 2022 (West Hill Road) and Route 660 due to a cross pipe replacement project.

A detour will be in place using West Hill Road, Route 2005 (North Williamson Road) and Route 660.


The project is scheduled to be completed on Friday, October 14.




Tuesday Oct 4

Tioga County Man Arrested

Following an 11-month investigation Osceola Township Police have arrested 55-year-old Richard B. Fobare who was found to be in possession of
child pornography. 

Fobare had taken several pictures of a five-month old female's private parts who was living at his residence at the time of the complaint. 

Fobare is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, one count of photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer of filming sexual acts, one count of indecent assault, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. 

He was arraigned in Elkland Court where he was sent to the Tioga County Prison after he was unable to post $100,000 bail.



Thursday Sept 29

Covington Woman Charged

Janet M. Towne, 37, of Covington, has been jailed after she allegedly discharged a firearm inside an occupied structure at 2312 N. Williamson Road in Putnam Township on July 8.

Tstate Police have charged Towne with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and recklessly endangering another person after she fired a 20-gauge shotgun inside an upstairs apartment, shooting into the downstairs apartment, which was occupied by five people, some
of them children.

Police said one victim was hit by debris and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Towne said she was moving the gun while cleaning and it accidentally went off.

Towne was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and her preliminary hearing set for Oct. 12.


Wellsboro Man Charged In Stabbing

State Police have charged Eric S. Grabowski, 33, of Wellsboro, after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in the leg during a domestic incident.

According to documents, Grabowski was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment after allegedly stabbing Crystal Lynn Roupp in the leg with a kitchen knife during a domestic incident at the residence Sept. 12.

Police said he also choked her several times and hit her head off the counter during an argument.

Grabowski was released after posting $25,000 bail, and his preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 20.




Tuesday Sept 27

Man Accused Of Scamming Elderly Woman

State police in Bradford County have announced the arrest of a Galeton man accused of stealing from an elderly Columbia Crossroads woman back in May of 2013. 

It’s believed that 34 year old Charles Carr told the 84 year old woman he would do some work at her home, took money from her and then did not do the work.   He was charged with felony counts of Home Improvement Fraud, Theft by Deception and Receiving Stolen property on Thursday of
last week and then released after posting $75,000 dollars bail.


Towanda Man Charged With 9 Year Old Rape

A Towanda man has been charged stemming from the rape of a woman which happened 9 years ago. 

State police in Towanda last week charged 33 year-old Kenneth Raymond Sr., with counts of rape, sexual assault, aggravated assault and indecent assault all stemming from an incident I which police say he raped a now 39 year old woman at a home in Athens Township, Bradford County in September of 2007. 

He was arraigned last week and then released after posting $25,000 bail.

 His preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 11.



Monday Sept 26

Strike Possible By The End Of October

A strike which could halt classes for up to 100,000 state university students across Pennsylvania including at Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities could go into effect on October 30th if no deal is reached on a contract between the union representing the faculty and
the PA State System of Higher Education. 

The union has rejected a request for 8 additional bargaining sessions and says that if no deal is in place that a strike will take place at the end of October. 



Thursday Sept 22

Mansfield Man Charged

Mansfield Police have charged Timothy J. Francisco, 55, of Mansfield, with indecent assault against a victim less than 13 years old and corruption of minors, after he allegedly molested a child between Jan. 13, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2015, at his residence.

Francisco allegedly showered with the child three or four times over the last three years, starting when the victim was 8 years old, and washed the child's body with soap, his hands and a sponge, according to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office.

According to police, the most recent time was November 2015.

Francisco was issued a summons to appear at an Oct. 12 preliminary hearing.


Galeton Woman Charged

State Police have filed retail theft charges against Jacqueline J. Vangorder, 24, of Galeton, after state police say she took about $484 in clothing, stationary and household goods and placed them in her purse and diaper bag while walking around and shopping at the Wal-Mart store on Aug. 30.

She then used the self-checkout station but allegedly did not take the items out of her bags or process any of the items in the bottom of her cart.

She was issued a summons to appear at an Oct. 12 preliminary hearing.




Wednesday Sept 21

Police Searching For Sex Offender

The Elkland Borough Police Department is asking for help locating a sex offender who failed to register within his required time. 

28-year-old Ryan E. Penner left Ekland on September 1st and failed to register his new address. His last known address was 207 A West Main St. in Elkland.

Penner is a lifetime registered Tier 3 sex offender and is required to register his address within 72 hours of him relocating. He is charged with one felony count of failure to comply with registration of sexual offender's requirements and an active arrest warrant has been issued. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact local police or the Elkland Police at (814)258-5419.


Missing Man Found Dead Near Mansfield

State police say that the death of a man who was found in the woods near Mansfield over the weekend is not suspicious. 

58 year old Thomas Rumsey disappeared from his Mansfield home about 2 weeks ago, and hadn’t been seen since.  Acting on a tip as to his possible whereabouts, police say they found Rumsey in a wooded area just south of Mansfield in Richmond Township on Saturday morning.

A cause of death was not reported.



Tuesday Sept 20

 Baker Announces $19,821 in Grants 

Several volunteer fire companies in the 68th Legislative District have been awarded $19,821 in state grant funding through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to support the efforts of rural fire departments, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter). 

Firefighters in rural areas with dense forest areas are especially challenged and are in need of additional firefighting equipment that most urban companies do not need,” said Baker. “That is why these grant are so vital. Volunteer fire companies already largely operate on shoestring
budgets so these grants to help with the purchase of specialized gear and vehicles, as well as training, are so important to public safety.” 

Fire companies in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents were eligible to apply for the grants. The funding is used to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in The money can be used for purchasing wildfire-suppression equipment, protective clothing, mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training, and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles for fire suppression. 

Departments in the 68th Legislative District to receive grants are as follows: 

• Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Canton, Bradford County: $7,000. 
• Liberty Volunteer Fire Company Inc., Liberty, Tioga County: $2,134. 
• Middlebury Township Volunteer Fire Department, Middlebury, Tioga County: $7,500. 
• Morris Township Fire Company, Trout Run, Tioga County: $3,187. 

Funding for the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service through the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.  unprotected rural areas. 



Monday Sept 19

Bradford County Woman Arrested

Police have apprehended a Bradford County on four charges against a 6-year-old in Bradford County.

Jessica Lynn Gowin, of Columbia Crossroads Pa., has been charged with indecent assault, a third-degree felony; indecent exposure, a first-degree misdemeanor; simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor; and corruption of minors, a third-degree felony.

Police say the incident took place between July 12 through 14, while Gowin was in the care of the 6 year old.

Gowin is currently being held in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for failure to pay
$25,000 straight bail.



Thursday Sept 15

Two People Face Charges

According to documents, Tyler M. Morgan, 24, and Lynette B. Carson, 29, both of Wellsboro, took a total of $4,170 in 15 transactions between Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 from Morgan's mother's account at First Heritage Credit Union and transferred it into his account in order to buy heroin.

Carson allegedly agreed to help Morgan take the funds by making phone calls to transfer the funds.

They both were charged by Wellsboro police with identity theft, theft by deception and criminal conspiracy.

Both were jailed, Carson in lieu of $10,000 bail and Morgan in lieu of $40,000.

Their preliminary hearings are set for Sept. 20.



Mansfield Man Hurt In Crash

Pennsylvania State Police reported a single vehicle accident involving a truck and a deer on Granville Road in Granville Township.

Police said William E. Auwarter, 72, of Mansfield was heading west when a deer entered the roadway. Auwarter was unable to avoid the deer and struck it, causing disabling damage to his vehicle.

Auwarter suffered suspected minor injuries but was not transported by medical services to any hospital.


Retail Theft Reported


Pennsylvania State Police reported a retail theft where the suspect took coffee and a bag of rolling tobacco from Aces and Eights General Store in Richmond Township before fleeing the scene.

The investigation continues.



Wednesday Sept 14

Man Died In Tioga County Crash

A one car crash Monday afternoon in Tioga County took the life of a man there. 

The crash occurred around 3:30 pm in Delmar Township along Stony Fork Creek Road as Richard Layton was driving northbound through a reason and for an unknown reason struck a guardrail with the car then leaving the roadway and going into a creek, and striking a tree.  Layton was
pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

No one else was involved and that crash investigation continues.


Sayre Man Dies In Crash

A 32-year-old Sayre, Pennsylvania, man was killed Monday in Tioga County, New York, when his van veered off the road and struck a tree.

Harley Spencer, 32, crashed his Chevrolet Venture on West River Road in the Town of Nichols, according to New York State Police. He was traveling southbound when the van drove off the road's east shoulder and hit a tree.

Spencer died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, the release stated.

The crash remains under investigation.




Tuesday Sept 13

                                                             Wellsboro Community Concert Association Season Tickets On Sale

The Wellsboro Community Concert Association is hosting six shows during its 2016-2017 season.
All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
A season ticket for an adult is $70 or $11.67 per show and for a student, 13 and older, is $30 or $5 per show for those who attend all six. Children 12 and under accompanying an adult with a season ticket will be admitted free. The price at the door is $20 per show for adults and $5 for students and children.
The association's 69th season will open Saturday, Oct. 1 with Tommy Cash, a country singer who has released more than 20 albums during his music career. Among his hits are: “Six White Horses” and “I Recall a Gypsy Woman.” He is the brother of the late Johnny Cash.
Friday, Oct. 28, internationally and nationally acclaimed singer Toby Walker, hailed as a fingerstyle guitar wizard and known for blending blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style, will perform in Wellsboro.
Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie rocked the UK folk scene as the rhythm section of the Canadian powerhouse band Tanglefoot. With percussionist, singer-songwriter Beaker Granger, RPR will stretch their musical wings and create memorable experiences with songs, storytelling, humor and their high-spirited stage presence on Friday, Nov. 18.
Three Philadelphia-based artists Robert Durso on piano, Zeyu Victor Li on violin and Chen Cao on cello will perform Saturday, Dec. 10. They will present an entertaining and inspiring concert of works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Ravel and will end with a medley of holiday music, newly written for them by Philadelphia jazz pianist composer Brendan Cooney. 
The Hillbenders of Springfield, Missouri have united bluegrass and rock and roll in their version of The Who's "Tommy," They will perform Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, Baltimore-based Charm City Junction with Ken Kolodner, known for blazing new trails while respecting tradition, will play dance inducing old time rhythms, foot stomping Irish melodies and hard-driving bluegrass tunes.
Information and subscription forms are available by visiting www.wellsborocca.org, stopping in at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro or by calling 570-724-6220.





Friday Sept 9

Wellsboro Man Charged In Crash

Keith W. Cherwinski, 32, of Wellsboro is charged with careless driving following an accident that occurred on Route 660in Covington.

Police said Cherwinski was heading east when he fell asleep at the wheel while negotiating a right curve in the roadway.

Cherwinski awoke as his vehicle left the roadway. The car continued for approximately 111 feet along the berm before colliding with a mail box, then heading along another 12 feet to strike a utility pole, which broke off and fell into the roadway, then continued for around 260 feet to
come to a rest.

Cherwinski refused treatment for suspected minor injuries.


Tioga Man Charged

Derrick B. Updike, 27, of Tioga, is facing charges of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery and bad checks following an incident in February of 2016 in which he allegedly passed a stolen check to pay the first month's rent on an apartment at 5337 Main St., Millerton.

The check for $300 had been stolen and Updike is accused of forging the owner's name on the check. He was evicted in April after he allegedly refused to pay any further rent on the apartment.

He was issued a summons to appear at an Oct. 6 preliminary hearing.



Thursday Sept 8

Accused Killer Waives Hearing

A man accused of killing his girlfriend in Bradford County earlier this year has waived his preliminary hearing.  Former court arraignment is scheduled on homicide and other charges for Michael Houseweart of Canton on October 3rd in Bradford County Court.

He is accused of shooting Michelle Inch in the arm and stabbing her several times in the abdomen causing her to bleed out and die in a rural area of Bradford County back on January 26th of this year.Her body was found in March after several searches. 

Houseweart is also accused with another man of burning down Inch’s parents’ house near Montoursville after tying the two up inside.


Elkland Woman Faces Charges

Alisha M. Christensen, 24, of 226 River St., Elkland, faces charges possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop by Wellsboro police on East Avenue on Aug. 13.

Police said Christensen was in possession of 10 syringes, spoons, cotton filters, a lace tie-off and 25 empty heroin wax envelopes, which were surrendered by her.

She was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 27 preliminary hearing.


DCR Closing Swimming Areas

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that the beaches and swimming areas at Lyman Lake at Lyman Run
State Park, 454 Lyman Run Road, Galeton and Hills Creek Lake at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro will officially close
for the season at sunset on Sunday, Sept. 11.

“We would like to thank our visitors for a very successful swimming season and look forward to next year,” said Harry "Chip" Harrison,
who as Hills Creek State Park Complex park operations manager, oversees eight state parks. They include: Hills Creek, Colton Point and
Leonard Harrison state parks in Tioga County, and Denton Hill, Lyman Run, Patterson, Prouty Place and Cherry Springs state parks in
Potter County.

For more information call Hills Creek State Park at 570-724-4246 or Lyman Run State Park at 1-814-435-5010.


Wednesday Sept 7

Acting Up beginning Its 14th Season

Acting Up! Hamilton-Gibson’s readers theatre program for adults 55 and older, is entering its 14th season on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 2-3 p.m. at the H-G office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro.

The one-hour sessions on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from September through May bring together congenial and mutually supportive people who read stories, plays and poems to one another. The relaxed, informal atmosphere provides a low-key, low-pressure opportunity to experiment with “reading with expression." There are no fees and no long-term commitments.

Each Acting Up session is self-contained. Those present are not obligated to attend other sessions. The main focus is a group reading of a story or play or a series of poems. Participants often bring short poems, humorous stories, or thoughtful articles to share aloud with the group. They also enjoy bringing to life
vintage radio scripts, interesting essays and original short plays written by Acting Up participants. 
Anyone interested in seeing what Acting Up is all about is welcome to attend a Tuesday session. For more details, contact Larry or Barbara Biddison at 570-724-4586.





Tuesday Sept 6

Man Missing In Bradford County - FOUND SAFE & SOUND

A Bradford County man remains missing.  State Police in Towanda say 86 year old Leroy Hawley of
Towanda went missing over the weekend. 

He was last seen dropping off his daughter at her home in Towanda on Sunday evening around
8:45 and did not return home.  The man was wearing a blue and yellow short sleeved striped s
hirt, gray sneakers, blue jeans and glasses.  He was operating a black in color Dodge Dakota pick
up truck bearing PA Registration YCK0030. 

Police say that Hawley suffers from Alzheimers disease and is known to have heart complications.

Anyone with information into the man’s whereabouts is asked to contract state police
at 570-265-2186.


Raises For State Workers

Good news late last week for some 13,000 non-union state government workers. 

An email sent out from Governor’ Wolf’s office last week notified the workers who are managers as well as other non-union state employees that they will receive raises which will amount to more than 6 percent for many of them. The workers will also see a slight bump in health care premiums.  It’s estimated the raises will cost the state about $58 million dollars more for a full year.

The pay increase is the largest that the workers have received in decades.




Friday Sept 2

Death Investigation In Bradford County

State police in Towanda say they are investigating the death of a man who was reported missing from his home on Wednesday. 

Around 7:40 on Wednesday evening, a family member of 69 year Marwil Gillette reported him missing from his home in Sheshequin Township.  A search of the area commenced and then was suspended due to darkness.  Around 8am yesterday, the search started up again and Gillette was
found deceased in the wooded area behind his house. 

The cause and the manner of the man’s death is still under investigation.  The investigation continues. It’s not clear if an autopsy has been scheduled.


Elk Run Road Construction Completed

The Route 3001 (Elk Run Road) bridge that spans Elk Run in Tioga County is complete and open to traffic. The bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The state-owned bridge in Gaines Township has been under construction since March 15 and opened to traffic today. The work was performed by Walsh Construction II.

The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. As part of PWKP, Walsh/Granite JV will oversee construction. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.




Thursday Sept 1

Police Investigate ATV Accident

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl following an ATV accident in Tioga County.

It happened in Sullivan Township around 7:20pm on Sunday night.

An 11-year-old female was riding the ATV and lost control causing it to flip over.

She was taken to Troy Guthrie Hospital with life-threatening injuries where she was later pronounced dead.

The identity of the victim has not been released.




Wednesday Aug 31

Bradford County Man Arrested For Assaulting His Son

State police in Towanda have arrested a Columbia Crossroads man accused of dropping one child off along a roadway and then assaulting his other one. 

Police say that on Saturday morning, 42 year old Boyd Andress left his 6 year old son out of a vehicle along a roadway in Burlington Township.  He continued on and was found by police naked in a field holding onto his 1 year old son who was unresponsive.  The boy was flown to Geisinger
Medical Center with multiple skull fractures. His condition was not released. 

Andress was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, child endangerment and other counts and was jailed in Bradford County in lieu of $750,000 bail. 


New State Attorney General Confirmed

Pennsylvania now has a new Attorney General.  In the wake of Kathleen Kane’s resignation following her conviction on perjury and other charges, Governor Tom Wolf nominated Bruce Beemer to take over the post and clean up the mess left in the wake of Kane’s problems. 

Lawmakers unanimously confirmed Beemer who will serve in the post until Mid-January when a new Attorney General is sworn in following this November’s elections.




Tuesday Aug 30

Elkland Woman Charged In Meth Case

Elkland Police have arrested 30-year-old Brooke M. Draper after a lengthy investigation. Draper's car contained precursors used in making meth as well as the finished product of meth. 

She is charged with three counts of precursors and chemicals, two counts of operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a
controlled substance. 

Draper was arraigned in Elkland court and remanded to the Tioga County Prison after she was unable to post the $25,000 bail. 


Mansfield Woman Charged

Melissa Dominique, 37, of Mansfield, faces charges of false reports to law enforcement and false swearing at an official proceeding after reporting to state police that her credit card had been taken by someone after she left it at a gas station on South Main Street July 12 and then used it for purchases totaling $243.

She was issued a summons for a Sept. 21 preliminary hearing.



Monday Aug 29

State Police Arrest 17 People In A Drug Bust

According to police, the suspects were charged after numerous undercover drug purchases conducted in Bradford County by the Troop P Vice/Narcotic Unit including methamphetamine, crystal meth, heroin and prescription narcotics.

Assorted drug charges were filed against Dahn T. Breese, 43, of Gillett; Janet M. Cobb, 29, of Towanda; Shawn M. Cranmer, 44 of Wysox; Michelle A. Drogan, 23, of Meshoppen; Lyle J. Dunn, 61, of Dushore; Stephanie L. Eberlin, 29, of New Albany; Charles M. Fedock, 28,
of Athens; Melissa J. Ferro, 28, of Towanda; James C. Frantz, 26, of Sayre; Rosemary Johnson, 46, of Towanda; Kyle R. Lane, 31, of Wysox; Brooke N. Maloney, 22, of Towanda; William H. McClintic, 23, of Monroeton; Joseph P. Neely, 52, of Rome; Molly J. Pedro, 48,
of Towanda; Douglas E. Smith, 39, of Gillette; Bonnie L. Spindler, 24, of Tunkhannock.

Police still are looking for Gerald F. Hicks, 37, of Canton.



Friday Aug 26

Acorn Market Robbery

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a robbery in Tioga County Wednesday night.

Around 8:30pm a man entered Acorn Market in Delmar Township wearing baggy blue jeans, a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, and a white bandana covering his face.

The suspect told the clerk to empty the drawer into a bag and was given money from the register before fleeing on foot.

He is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing around 120 pounds.

No one was hurt and it’s not known if a weapon was shown during that Tioga County robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield.


Back To School Safety

With National Back to School Safety month on the way, PennDOT is reminding motorists that students will be walking, biking or riding the bus to get to school. 

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid distractions, obey the speed limit in school zones and be on the lookout for students at this time of year and always. In addition, they are calling on parents and caregivers to talk to children about traffic and school bus safety, and are also reminding motorists to about the school bus stopping law. 

Drivers convicted of violating that law could face a fine of $250, five points on their driving record and a 60 days license suspension. For more information, got to www.penndot.gov/safety.




Wednesday Aug 24

 Bridge Project Begins Next Week

A $1.7 million bridge replacement project on Route 549 in Rutland Township, Tioga County, is set to begin next week.

Prime contractor Nestlerode Contracting Co., Inc., will replace the existing bridge over Elk Run. The site is located 4.25 miles north of Route 6 at the intersection of Kingsley Road.

A temporary road and bridge will be constructed to allow Route 549 to remain open to traffic. However, Kingsley Road traffic will be detoured due to the project. The detour will use Route 549, Route 1004 (Mill Creek Road) and Route 1003 (Pickle Hill Road).

Work includes the installation of a new pre-stressed structure, removal of the existing bridge, paving, guiderail upgrades, drainage improvements and finishing work.

This project is expected to be completed in November.



Monday Aug 22

Road Work In Tioga County

A PennDOT Regional Paving Crew in Tioga County is scheduled to work on several roads throughout the county.

On Tuesday, August 23, the crew will pave Route 349 (Church Street) in Westfield Borough. This work was originally scheduled for Monday, August 15, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

On Wednesday, August 24, the crew will stabilize two slide areas on Route 2027 (Canoe Camp Creek Road) in Richmond and Covington townships.

The crew then will pave Route 2005 (Old Route 15) between Liberty and Sebring in Liberty Township on Thursday, August 25. They will work on this road until Saturday, September 3.

There will be lane restrictions with flaggers and pilot vehicles providing traffic control.

All work is weather permitting. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zones.



Troy Man Sentenced In Robbery

 A Bradford County man will spend the next 7 to 15 years behind bars for robbing a Family Dollar Store in Troy at gunpoint last December.

Joshua Kinner, 29, of Troy, Pennsylvania was found guilty of Burglary in the first degree, Access Device Fraud in the third degree and Corruption of Minors in the first degree. He was sentenced to 85 to 182 months in the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility. Kinner also had to pay $750 in court costs and $653 in restitution.





Thursday Aug 18

Liberty Woman Charged

Pennsylvania State Police have charged Jeanaryl B. Likens, 37, of Liberty, with five counts of theft
and one count of receiving stolen property after she allegedly took $28,133 belonging to Liberty
Borough while she was secretary/treasurer.

According to documents, Likens wrote and cashed multiple checks to herself between 2011 to 2014.
The alleged thefts came were discovered on May 11, when it was found that borough bills were not
being paid by Likens and members of council asked state police to initiate a criminal investigation
regarding taxpayer money that appeared to have been stolen from the borough.

According to State police during an audit by Guthrie and Co. P.C., certified public accountants,
in the fall of 2015, it became apparent that Likens was paying herself multiple times a month with
increasingly higher amounts of money, with no approval noted in the treasurer's report for the amounts.

Likens waived her preliminary hearing and was released in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Her county court arraignment is set for Sept. 12th


Worked Hurt At Gas Well Site

A natural gas worker suffered injuries last Friday morning in an incident at a gas well pad off of Route 15 in Jackson Township, according to Liberty Fire Chief Todd Zimmerman.

Routine maintenance was being done on a section of pipe that was above ground when the pipe suddenly came apart, Zimmerman said.

The worker, whose identity was not known, was taken by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center about 11 a.m. for non life-threatening injuries.



Meeting Planned For Tioga County Bridge

Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) invites the public to a pre-construction coordination meeting to view plans for a Tioga County bridge that’s scheduled to be replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

The bridge to be replaced, as well as meeting specifics, are:

Bridges:     Route 549 bridge, spanning Seely Creek in Jackson Township (JV-130)

Location:    Jackson Township Municipal Building, 41 Back Street, Millerton, PA 16936

Date:          Monday, August 22, 2016 from 3 to 6 P.M. 

A presentation will be given at the start of the meeting. Representatives from Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, the contractor for the P3 bridge program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be available to discuss the project with the public, public officials, and emergency service providers. Construction plans will be displayed for reference.

The bridge replacements are part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach allows PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly, while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists.



Wednesday Aug 17

Attorney General Resigns

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced that she will resign as Attorney General effective at the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Kane was found guilty on Monday on nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy, for leaking grand jury information then lying about it in an effort to discredit a political rival. She faces up to seven years in prison.




Tuesday Aug 16

PA Attorney General Found Guilty

The Attorney General of Pennsylvania was convicted of all charges by a jury Monday night

Kathleen Kane was found guilty on nine criminal charges... including Perjury and Criminal Conspiracy.

Kane is accused of leaking grand jury information then lying about it in an effort to discredit a political rival.

The defense says they believe their arguments were "compromised."

Kane was the first woman and first Democrat elected as Pennsylvania's Attorney General.

There's no word yet if she will resign from her position.

Kane faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced.




Monday Aug 15

                                                           Bradford County Men Charged in 2015 Gun Burglary

Two Bradford County men have been charged in connection with the May 2015 burglary of Fulmer's Sporting Goods.

Authorities say 34 year old Aaron Vanderpool stole 48 firearms from the Wysox firearms dealer. He is also charged with distributing heroin.

28 year old Jared Miller is charged with transporting 47 of the stolen firearms to New York between May and June of last year.

Miller also faces charges for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 400 to 700 grams of heroin between June of 2012 and June of 2015. This is equivalent to around 16,000 to 28,000 doses of heroin.

The government simultaneously filed plea agreements with both Vanderpool and Miller which are subject to approval of the court.  A date for their arraignments has not been set.

Miller and Vanderpool were arrested last June and have remained in custody since their arrest.



Car Seat Regulation

A new car seat regulation went into effect Friday, August 12th in Pennsylvania.

The new law requires rear-facing car seats for infants and toddlers until two years of age.

Pennsylvania is now the fourth state to pass this law.

Officers will only give verbal warnings to offenders for the first year.

Then beginning next year, each violation will result in a $125 dollar fine.

According to AAA, car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children under the age of 14.




Friday Aug 12

False Reports

Melissa Dominque, 37, of Mansfield, was cited for making false reports after reporting her credit card was stolen and purchases were made using her card. An investigation turned up that she falsified the report.


Harassment Reported

Pennsylvania State Police charged Lewis Earle of Westfield with harassment after he came into physical contact with a victim in a manner that harassed, alarmed or annoyed the victim.


Crash Reported

Pennsylvania State Police reported no injuries after Shawn M. Willis, 22, of Woodhull was on Ikes Road in Charleston Township when he swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree off the roadway.


Tioga Woman Faces Charges

Brooke M. Draper, 30, of 238 Bear Creek Road, Tioga, faces charges of terroristic threats and harassment after she allegedly left a threatening phone message on June 30. She was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing.


Simple Assault Charges Filed

Ivy R. Gardner, 23, of 19 Pease Hill Road, Lawrenceville, faces charges of simple assault and harassment following a domestic incident at 68 State St., Lawrenceville, on July 19. She was issued a summons to appear at a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing.




Thursday Aug 11

A 2nd Crash Victim Has Died

A 2nd man has died from injuries suffered in an August 3rd crash in Tioga County. 

33 year old Harold “Don” Whipple of Williamsport was a passenger in a car driven by Andy Puhlick
of South Williamsport which was caught up in that five vehicle crash that started when a tractor
trailer plowed into a vehicle driven by Michael McCollum of Watsontown starting a chain reaction

Whipple was pronounced dead yesterday at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.   McCollum died on
Saturday.  Puhlick remains in stable condition. 


Two Charges With Theft Of Weapons

Two men who are already behind bars on gun and weapons charges in Bradford County now face charges for a gun heist at a business in Wysox which occurred last year. 

Police believe that 34 year old Aaron Vanderpool of Wysox took four dozen guns from Fulmer’s Sporting Goods in Wysox last May and then 28 year old Jared Miller transported the guns across the New York State line for sale. 

They face a number of counts stemming from that incident.




Wednesday Aug 10

Resurfacing On Route 349 Begins Next Week

On Monday, August 15, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin a mill and resurfacing project on Route 349 (Church Street) in Westfield Borough.

This project, which will last through the week, will require daylight lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.


New Rules Go Into Effect

New rules have gone in to effect which will loosen up restrictions on the wine and liquor business in the state of Pennsylvania. 

Legislation passed in the state earlier this year will allow businesses with restaurant and hotel licenses who currently sell beer to go, to apply for another license to sell wine as well.  It’s believed some 11,000 businesses are eligible across the state.

In addition, casinos in the state will now be allowed to sell booze all night long, and wineries in other states can now ship directly to PA Customers.  Also the PLCB has been given greater flexibility to set hours and prices at its state owned liquor stores. 

The legislation was passed to increase state revenues.




Tuesday Aug 9

Body Of Missing Woman Found

The Galeton Borough Police Department confirms that the body of a missing senior citizen was found.

The body of Shirley Frederick was found Monday evening though no further details are being released as the investigation is ongoing.

Frederick was last seen on the afternoon of July 15th in Galeton and an extensive search was done
until July 21st.


Man Injured In Crash Last Week, Dies

One of the men who were injured in a five vehicle accident on Route 15 in Tioga County has died from his injuries. 

Officials are Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre report that 39 year old Michael McCollum from the Turbotville area has died from his injuries suffered in the crash in Bloss Township when traffic slowed for another crash and a tractor trailer slammed into the back of McCollum’s vehicle, pushing it into another one which eventually damaged five vehicles. 

Two other men, Andrew Puhlick and a passenger in his vehicle, Harold Whipple remain in critical condition.  Three others were treated for minor injuries.



Monday Aug 8

Man Accused Of Possessing Meth Making Materials

State police in Tioga County have announced the arrest of a Tioga man accused of possessing meth making materials. 

31 year old Sean Holleran was seen with two others at the Mansfield Wal-Mart as well as the Dollar General store on July 31st purchasing lighter fluid, pseudoephedrine and lithium batteries among other items commonly used to make methamphetamines. 

He was stopped by police with the items found in his car and allegedly admitted that he was going to use the items not only to make meth, but also to trade for meth.

He was charged and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Burglary Reported

Pennsylvania State Police reported a theft from a Lawrenceville residence.

Police said a JVC camcorder was taken from the residence by an actor before they fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at Mansfield at (570) 662-2151.




Friday Aug 5

Six Injured In Five Car Accident

Six people were sent to area hospitals, three of them life-flighted, after a five-car accident on State Route 15 near Blossburg Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, at around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday when a Freightliner Service truck driven by Kieth Bryson was traveling south on Route 15 and approached stopped traffic from a previous collision on northbound lane of Route 15. The front of the Freightliner collided with a Honda Civic driven by Michael McCollum. The Honda Civic was then pushed into a Ford Taurus driven by Andrew Puhlick with Harold Whipple as a passenger. The Ford Taurus was then pushed into a Chevrolet Express van that was driven by Tim Miller with Dominick Carnevale as a passenger. The Chevrolet was then pushed into the rear of a semi-trailer that was being pulled by a Volvo
truck driven by Grigoriy Vorobey.

Puhlick, Whipple and McCollum all sustained life-threatening injuries and were life-flighted to the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Trauma Center in Sayre. The other drivers and passengers, with the exception of Vorobey, were transported to Williamsport Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

All four lanes of Route 15 were closed until around 7:30 with the southbound lanes not reopened until around 10:15 last night.


Columbia Crossroads Man Charged

Kevin Paul Stedge, 20, of Columbia Cross Roads was charged with unauthorized use of an automobile by Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said on July 24, they were contacted in regard to a vehicle that had gone missing from a Smithfield residence. The owner told police he had given no one permission to use the vehicle.

Police contacted Stedge, who told police he had taken the vehicle the previous night and traveled to Waverly, N.Y., to meet a girl he knew. Stedge told police he had taken the vehicle, knowing he did not have the consent of the owner to operate it.

He told police he had left the vehicle in New York, but did not tell police about the current whereabouts. The vehicle has been located without a license plate.



Bridge Painting Project In Tioga County Scheduled

A bridge painting project involving six structures in Tioga County is set to begin this Saturday.

A contractor will begin work on Route 1012 (Sopertown Road) in Rutland Township, then continue to Route 4013 (Merrick Hill Road) in Deerfield Township, Route 4016 (Reese Goodwin Road) in Charleston Township, Route 6 in Wellsboro, Route 3001 (Leetonia Road) in Elk Township, and Route 6 in Charleston Township.

There will be no impacts to traffic during most of the work. However, intermittent lane restrictions under flagging can be expected for short periods of time at some locations.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

This $411,000 project is expected to be completed in mid-November.



Thursday Aug 4

                                                           Drought Watch Issued For Tioga & Bradford Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a drought watch declaration for 34 Pennsylvania counties. This watch includes Bradford County and Tioga County, PA.

This watch is in effect due to low stream flows, declining groundwater levels and below-normal precipitation across the region. 

These conditions have resulted from the shortage of rainfall over the past 3 months.

DEP recommends the following ways to reduce water use:



Preliminary Hearing Postponed

The preliminary hearing for a Canton man who is accused of killing his girlfriend has been postponed. 

28 year old Michael Houseweart is accused of the killing of his girlfriend at the time, 32 year old Michelle Inch in Bradford County back in January of this year.  Inch disappeared back in late January after incidents in which Houseweart allegedly stole checks form Inch’s parents, went to their Montoursville area home with another man, tying them up and setting the house on fire, and allegedly killing Inch whose body was not found until two months later.  

His preliminary hearing on homicide and other counts has been rescheduled to August 30th.





Wednesday Aug 3

Baker to Host Senior Expo in Wellsboro Aug. 5

 Senior citizens residing in the 68th District are invited to a Senior Expo hosted by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) on Friday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellsboro Area High School, 225 Nichols St. in Wellsboro. 

The event, which is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees, will feature more than 75 vendors from federal, state and county agencies; area businesses; and health organizations providing information and answering questions important to senior citizens. 

The senior expo is always a great event for area residents,” said Baker. “It is a time when older neighbors can catch up with one another while gathering helpful information important to folks their age. I look forward to seeing everyone again this year.” 

The Pennsylvania mobile veterans outreach van will be available during the expo to answer questions, offer counseling and help veterans obtain assistance. In addition, flu shots will be administered by Weis Pharmacy to those who present their insurance card, and free hearing screenings will be performed by Dr. Richard Strauch. The Wellsboro Police Department will also be offering a drug take-back program in which individuals can bring in their outdated or no longer used prescription drugs for proper disposal. 

Educational programs will include Attorney Rita Alexyn speaking about grandparent’s rights and David Shallcross from the Office of Attorney General presenting information on common scams and how to recognize them. 

Admission to the expo is free, lunch and light refreshments will be served, door prizes will be awarded, and local musician Brandon Lusk will provide live music courtesy of Intermediate Unit 17. Free shuttle bus service will also be available from nearby parking lots around the school. 

The event is being co-sponsored by the Elder Services Work Group of the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. 

For more information, contact Baker’s district offices at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy. 



New Gmeiner Exhibit To Open This Sunday

The opening reception for "Standing Stones of Strength & The Winding Ways of Water" will be from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro. There will be refreshments.
The reception and exhibit are open free to the public.
This multimedia exhibit features the work of Carol Ann Simon Cillo and Steven L. Getz, two artists who find inspiration and solace in the healing spirit of nature and the insight it brings to the complex philosophies of everyday life.
"Whether an interpretation of the forces of nature in a variety of realistic styles or a commentary wound around abstracted images and concepts, this exhibit should tantalize the curiosities of those who appreciate the wonder of a running stream, the stability of a rock outcropping or the glimmer of this precious habitat," said Cillo. "We can find strength in those foundations and encounter new paths along hundreds of winding streams," she added. "Life and art are both journeys of discovery and introspection - both worthy of our best solutions."
To combine their creative skills and ideas into one visual message, the two artists have collaborated on special installation pieces for this show. His work includes oil paintings on canvas or birch and digital prints. She creates acrylic paintings on canvas and sculptural pieces in ceramics that often include graphics or writings accompanied by a poem she has written.
Cillo graduated with a B.S. degree in Art Education from Edinboro University and is a founder and current partner and owner of If-the Idea Factory, a design studio in Lock Haven. The company has been in business for 25 years servicing clients nationwide for graphic and surface design; creative solutions and custom exhibit work. She serves as vice president on the Clinton County Arts Council Board of Directors.
Getz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Lycoming College in Williamsport. He is the 2016 PA Wilds Artisan of the Year, is a partner in the If-the Idea Factory, president of the Clinton County Arts Council Board of Directors and a member of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail Advisory Board, Down Town Lock Haven Board and Clinton County Tourism Advisory Board.
As principals in the idea factory, Cillo and Getz have worked on many projects together, including exhibits and murals at the Taber Museum's collections in Williamsport. They did their first two-person exhibit of oil and acrylic fine art paintings at the Station Gallery in Lock Haven, in 2012, the year it opened.
This exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, Aug. 28. It will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, Aug. 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 13 and 14, 20 and 21 and 27 and 28.  Admission to the gallery is always free.
To schedule a private tour of this exhibit, contact Director Anna Wales at gmeinerartscenter@gmail.com.




Tuesday Aug 2

                                                             Water Line Work Begins Next Week Near Blossburg

On Monday, August 8, the Blossburg Water Co. will begin a water line replacement project on Route 2017 (Ogdensburg Road) just south of the intersection of Route 2014 (Morris Run Road) near Blossburg in Hamilton Township, Tioga County.

Single lane closures will be in effect during daylight hours with flaggers providing traffic control. All lanes will be open to unrestricted traffic during non-work hours.

This project is expected to be completed in five weeks.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.



Crash Reported

Pennsylvania State Police reported a crash on Cherry Flats Road in Covington.

Police said Casey J. Lane, 20, of Galeton was driving downhill when he lost control of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Police said no injuries were reported in the crash.



Liquor Law Violation Reported

The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited VFW Post 6757 of Richmond Township with failure to report their annual revenue to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenues.

The VFW could face penalties ranging from $50-$1,000 for a minor offense and up to $5,000 for a serious offense.

In addition, the trying administrative law judge could rule a suspension or revocation of their liquor license and mandate training in an effort to educate on the requirements of being a licensee.




Friday July 29

Missing Person

Galeton Borough Police are attempting to locate SHIRLEY M
FREDERICK, of Galeton. She was last
seen Friday the 7-15-206 In Galeton at about 2:30 PM. She is
about 4'11", wearing teal capri pants,
white t-shirt, and new balance sneakers.

If anyone sees her please contact this department 814-435-2600
or call 911






Thursday July 28

 Tioga Man Charged

Keith A. Monroe Jr., of 47 Coleman St., Tioga, was charged by state police with purchasing items used to make methamphetamine.

According to documents, Monroe went into the Richmond Township Wal-Mart on July 21 and purchased a quantity of pseudoephedrine and lighter fluid and took other items from the store, including lithium batteries and a steel necklace.

Monroe was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft.

Monroe was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail 


 Mansfield Man Charged For Attacking Child

Chad A. Smith, 23, of 31 Robinson Drive, Mansfield, was charged by state police with attacking a 5-year-old child.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson's office, Smith was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of children July 24 after the boy's mother, who was in the bathroom, said he heard a noise and came out to find Smith assaulting the child. She had to pull him off of him, she told police.

Smith was jailed in lieu of $120,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Aug. 3.



Tuesday July 26

Voluntary Water Restrictions In Wellsboro

The Borough of Wellsboro and Wellsboro Municipal Authority have issued a voluntary water
reduction notice for both residential and non residential water consumption.

This comes as much of Tioga County, Pennsylvania is experiencing a severe drought.


Residents can reduce water consumption in the following ways,

1. Reduce the watering of lawns, outdoor gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs, and other
outdoor plants.

2. Reduce the washing of automobiles, streets, driveways and sidewalks.

3. Reduce ornamental water use, including fountains, artificial waterfalls, and reflecting pools.

4. Reducing the use of fire hydrants by fire companies for testing fire apparatus.

5. Reducing the use of water to fill and top off swimming pools. 

6. Locate and repair all leaks in faucets, toilets and water-using appliances.

7. Adjust all water-using appliances to the minimum amount of water in order to achieve the appliances purpose.

8. Use automatic washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads.  Preferably, wash dishes by hand.

9. Take shorter showers and shallower baths.

10. Turn off shower while soaping; turn off faucet while brushing teeth, etc.

11. Install flow restrictors in shower heads and faucets.

12. Reduce the number of toilet flushes per day.  Keep a bottle of chilled drinking water in the refrigerator 



Robbery in Mansfield

Police are investigating a home robbery in Mansfield this month after a 54 year old resident reported the theft of a Glock 22 pistol, a 220, a Remington 870, a Bushmaster XM15, and assorted ammunition, as well as a ND3 laser, three fishing rods, a 35mm camera lens, and assorted baseball cards.

The total loss to the victim is estimated at over $6,000 and police are asking anyone with information on the crime or the stolen property to contact them in Tioga County.



Thursday July 21

Three Are Dead In Bradford County

A head on crash in Bradford County yesterday morning took three lives. The crash happened around 1pm in Burlington Township on Burlington Turnpike.

A vehicle driven by Phillip Frisbie of Towanda crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a car driven by Sarah Heasley of Towanda head on.  Heasley, and a passenger, Clifton Heasley of Towanda were pronounced dead following the crash.  An unidentified male juvenile
in Frisbie’s vehicle was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead from his injuries.  Frisbie and his passenger, Chey Wood were injured as was a juvenile in the Heasley car. 

Their conditions were not released. The crash investigation continues. 


IRS Scam In Bradford County

Pennsylvania state police have issued a warning to Bradford County residents about a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service.

Troopers have received from residents reporting that a male identifying himself as an IRS employee contacted them to inform them they are delinquent on their taxes and that state police will arrest them if they do not pay immediately.

Police are reminding residents not to give personal or financial information over the telephone. The IRS will initiate contact with taxpayers through the mail, and doesn't ask for credit card numbers or request prepaid debit cards or wire transfers over the phone or via email, according to the agency's website.




Wednesday July 20

                                                         Construction To Continue On Tioga County Bridge Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project continues in Tioga County in August with the reconstruction of a bridge in Jackson Township. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Tioga County’s structurally deficient

The state-owned bridge (JV130) is located on Route 549, spanning Seely Creek. Construction is expected to begin in August and be complete in October. During this time, drivers will be detoured using State Route 1011 (Bailey Creek Road) while the new bridge is replaced.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

This bridge replacement is part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP) under which PWKP will finance, design, replace and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impact on motorists. 


Baker to Host Senior Expo in Wellsboro Aug. 5

 Senior citizens residing in the 68th District are invited to a Senior Expo hosted by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) on Friday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellsboro Area High School, 225 Nichols St. in Wellsboro. 

The event, which is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees, will feature more than 75 vendors from federal, state and county agencies; area businesses; and health organizations providing information and answering questions important to senior citizens. 

“The senior expo is always a great event for area residents,” said Baker. “It is a time when older neighbors can catch up with one another while gathering helpful information important to folks their age. I look forward to seeing everyone again this year.” 

The Pennsylvania mobile veterans outreach van will be available during the expo to answer questions, offer counseling and help veterans obtain assistance. In addition, flu shots will be administered by Weis Pharmacy to those who present their insurance card, and free hearing screenings will be performed by Dr. Richard Strauch. The Wellsboro Police Department will also be offering a drug take-back program in which individuals can bring in their outdated or no longer used prescription drugs for proper disposal. 

Educational programs will include Attorney Rita Alexyn speaking about grandparent’s rights and David Shallcross from the Office of Attorney General presenting information on common scams and how to recognize them. 

Admission to the expo is free, lunch and light refreshments will be served, door prizes will be awarded, and local musician Brandon Lusk will provide live music courtesy of Intermediate Unit 17. Free shuttle bus service will also be available from nearby parking lots around the school. 

The event is being co-sponsored by the Elder Services Work Group of the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. 

For more information, contact Baker’s district offices at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy. 



Monday July 18

                                          Baker Says 2016-17 State Budget Invests In Schools, Health Care
                                    Historic Investments In Education Require No Broad-Based Tax Increases

The Pennsylvania General Assembly this week approved several budget-related bills that were signed into law to finalize implementation of the 2016-17 state budget, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter). 

The 2016-17 budget, which spends $31.6 billion, makes an historic investment in education,” said Baker. “I am pleased we were able to do this while still bringing down the governor’s original budget spending plan by $2 billion and getting him to take off the table any broad-based
taxes on working men and women in the form of a Personal Income Tax or Sales and Use Tax increase.” 

The final budget invests $250 million more in PreK-12 education, which includes $200 million more for basic education, $25 million more for Pre-K Counts, $5 million more for Head Start and $20 million more for special education. 

Schools within the 68th Legislative District will see the following basic education increases: 

    • Canton Area School District – $123,516 
    • Troy Area School District – $ 137,929 
    • Northern Tioga School District – $247,842 
    • Southern Tioga School District – $176,148 
    • Wellsboro Area School District – $172,546 
    • Galeton Area School District – $57,698 

Baker noted that in addition to significant increases in education funding, health care also benefits under the new state budget. 

The budget allocates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services. 

In order to further address the state’s growing opioid addiction problem, the governor has also agreed with our call to hold a special session of the Legislature when we can deal exclusively with this matter through new legislation,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “This special session, which is rarely done, will allow us to focus our efforts on legislation to address this singular issue.” 

Another important health care initiative which will receive funding is West Nile Virus and Zika Virus Control, which will receive increased funding of $1.4 million, for a total of $5.3 million. 

The budget also restores funding that was eliminated by the governor for a number of key health programs, including regional cancer institutes, Lupus, trauma prevention, Epilepsy support services, bio-technology research, Tourette Syndrome and ALS support services. 

Critical access hospitals will also benefit under the new budget by receiving an additional $1.3 million in funding, which includes money for the newest facility to join the group – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. 

Critical access hospitals serve some of the state’s most rural areas,” said Baker. “In our area of the state, we already have two such facilities that serve residents – Troy Community Hospital and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital – and now Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will join the list of critical access hospitals. 

I am pleased health care-related programs and services were prioritized within the 2016-17 state budget,” concluded Baker. 




Friday July 15

Elkland Man Faces Charges

Clinton B. Wheaton, 57, of Elkland, faces charges of making a materially false written statement on an ATF form regarding prior commitment to a mental institution, in the attempted purchase of a gun at Beikirch's Hunter's Supply at 210 W. Main St., Elkland, on Nov. 27.

He was released on $5,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Aug. 4.


Lawrenceville Man Charged

Seth M. Thomas, 26, of 893 Collum Road, Lawrenceville, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana following a traffic stop on Wheeler Road, Lawrence Township July 5.

He was issued a summons to appear at an Aug. 4 preliminary hearing.


Warnings Issued For Those Playing Pokemon Go

Pennsylvania State police are putting out a warning for those playing the new game Pokemon Go which is downloaded as an app onto phones. 

The interactive virtual game utilizes GPS and a camera to allow players to see and virtually capture Pokemon characters while walking around their communities. State police are warning players to be aware of their surroundings as criminal’s might seek the opportunity to target players by luring them or waiting for their arrival at various stops for the game. 

Citizens should be aware that distracted game users might not be aware of their surroundings, stopping into streets or into restricted areas.



Thursday July 14

Wellsboro Woman Facing Charges

Julie L. Sherman, 46, of 19 Cone St., Apt. A, Wellsboro, faces charges of aggravated assault, harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police responded to a report of a hit-and-run.

According to documents on July 8 Wellsboro police were dispatched to the corner of Cone and Purple streets where they found Sherman lying in the parking area of the apartments located there.

Police said Sherman immediately became "belligerent" with the officer, telling him that she had not been hit by a car, but rather beat up by another person she called "Kathy Bro."

Sherman continued to be belligerent with police and ambulance personnel after they arrived on the scene, the police said.

Police said she also allegedly hit one of them in the face as he was assisting with her litter straps, causing police to put her in handcuffs and take her to the hospital in a patrol vehicle.

Police said she continued shouting and swearing at the hospital, where she was placed in a psychiatric emergency room.

After removing the handcuffs at the request of the emergency room staff, Sherman hit one of the nurses in the face. She then kicked another nurse and hit the officer in the chest.

Police said they later received a call from Kathryn Keyser, who identified herself as the vehicle driver, and told police she had been in an altercation with Sherman after Sherman called her and asked for a ride to a store. Police said Keyser said she saw Sherman drinking what she thought were shots of vodka when she went to her residence to pick her up.

Police said that Keyster told them Sherman demanded 20 presciption pills. When denied, Sherman put Keyser in a chokehold.

Keyser then ran to her car and Sherman followed and began hitting the driver's door and window as Keyser drove away.

Sherman was jailed and later released on $7,000 bail.




Tuesday July 12

Baker Bill to Make Oral Cancer Treatments More
Affordable Becomes Law

After a long journey and much hard work, legislation that will require insurance companies to provide coverage for oral anti-cancer medications on the same level they do for intravenous treatments has been signed into law in Pennsylvania, announced Rep. Matt Baker
(R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), author of the bill. 

This legislation was a long time in coming,” said Baker. “With more than 80,000 people per year receiving a cancer diagnosis in Pennsylvania, we needed to step up and make sure everyone hasaccess to the best and most cutting-edge cancer treatments. This legislation will help make sureoral anit-cancer treatments receive the same insurance coverage as intravenous treatments. This kind of parity was missing before and that put many individuals in difficult financial situations when they were unable to pay for the oral medications their doctors prescribed.” 

House Bill 60, now Act 37 of 2016, addresses the cost disparity between intravenous and oral anti-cancer treatments. Previously, intravenous anti-cancer medications were covered under a health plan’s medical benefit, often only requiring patients to pay a minimal fixed co-payment; however, oral anti-cancer medications were covered under a health plan’s pharmacy benefit, and required patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 percent to 30 percent. With the average cost for a one-month supply of an oral anti-cancer medication costing $7,000, some cancer patients in Pennsylvania were left with a coinsurance cost of between $1,400 and $3,500 per month. 

I am thrilled for all those who will benefit from this legislation,” said Baker. “I have met many people through the process with this legislation who reached out to me with their stories, and to be able to provide help for them through this bill is an honor. I am thankful my colleagues and the governor worked in an expedient manner to get this bill passed into law this session.” 

Baker said Pennsylvania now joins more than 40 states and Washington, D.C., in having enacted legislation to control out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients. 


Hickory Project Homecoming Concert To Be Rescheduled

The Hickory Project Homecoming Concert is being rescheduled to a later date.

 This concert was originally set for this Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deane Center.

A family emergency involving several of the band members led to the need to reschedule the show.

"Anyone who has bought tickets can contact the Deane Center and request a refund. Or, tickets will be honored at the rescheduled show," said Deane Center Executive Director Kevin Connelly. "As soon as we know the new date, we will announce it on our website and Facebook page and through the news media," Connelly said.

For a refund, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or stop in at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.




Friday July 8

                                              Bridge Preservation Work Next Week On Leetonia Road

On Monday, July 11, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will place an epoxy overlay on a bridge on Route 3001 (Leetonia Road) in Morris Township.

The bridge, located at the intersection of Mine Hole Road, will be closed from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. while work is being performed.

A detour will be in place using Mine Hole Road, West Rim Road and Route 414.

This work is weather permitting.




Thursday July 7

Woman Charged In Death Of Her Baby

Police in Tioga County have charged a Westfield woman with various counts stemming from the use of heroin back in March which killed her child who died after he was delivered that day. 

25 year old Danielle Redig had injected heroin just before delivering her son on March 8th. The child was delivered via emergency cesarean section.  Redig faces charges of drug delivery resulting in death, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and
possession of drug paraphernalia. 

She is jailed in lieu of $65,000 bail.


Missing Woman Found Safe

State police in Bradford County say a missing woman from Troy has been found safe. 

Police issued a missing/endangered persons report for 24 year old Danielle Heasley who left her home in Troy Township on the morning of July 4th.   She was located in Kentucky and after being interviewed by law enforcement is was determined that she had voluntarily left her residence with a traveling companion.

She is no longer considered a missing person in Pennsylvania.





Wednesday July 6

Morris Man Dies In Accident

63-Year Old Delbert Schmouder of Morris died over the weekend after the truck he was working on, fell on top of him.

State Police say Schmouder was working underneath his truck Saturday afternoon.

It was lifted on the front axle by two hydraulic jacks when the truck came off one or both of the jacks and fell on top of Schmouder.


Missing Woman 

State police in Bradford County have issued a missing/endangered person report for a 24 year old Troy woman. Danielle Heasley was last seen leaving her residence in Troy around 5:30 yesterday morning. She is described as a white female, 5 ft. 2 inches tall, weighing 117 lbs., and has long blonde hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion. 

She is described as having cerebral palsy, walks with a limp and a limited intellectual ability and is believed to be in the company of a 65 year old male who is possibly driving a red Toyota SUV. 

Anyone with information into her whereabouts is asked to contact state police in Towanda.



Baker Welcomes $2 Million in Funding for Water Treatment Plant Upgrades in Blossburg

 Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced a $2 million state loan to help fund an expansion project at the Blossburg water treatment plant in Tioga County. 

This funding will be used to help the Blossburg treatment plant purchase the equipment needed to keep pace with the amount of water it treats, which includes fracking water from the natural gas industry,” said Baker. “I’m pleased we could secure a loan amount of this size for the facility, which is essential to maintaining clean and healthy water for the surrounding community and environment.” 

The water treatment plant, Hydro Recovery, will use the money to purchase a cogeneration system that will help the plant meet the demands of purifying fracking water and other industrial fluids to discharge standards. 

The total cost of the expansion project is $7 million. Hydro Recovery will provide $5 million in matching funds. 

Funding comes from an Alternative and Clean Energy Program administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. 





Friday July 1

Man Charged In Death of Toddler

Pennsylvania State police have arrested a 27-year-old Forksville man in the death of an 18-month-old girl.

Jeremiah A. Cordell has been charged with second- and third-degree murder in the death of the girl, who was discovered dead in her New Albany residence Sept. 14, 2015.

Cordell also was charged with aggravated assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

Cordell was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility without bail.




Baker Bill to Help Cancer Patients on Its Way to Governor’s Desk

 Critically needed legislation that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for oral anti-cancer medications on the same level they do for intravenous treatments has passed the House and Senate and is now on its way to the governor to be signed into law, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) author of House Bill 60

“Each of us has been touched by cancer in some way, whether a personal battle or watching a loved one go through it, and with new medications now being offered for some types of cancer that would be more convenient, more effective and have fewer side effects, we need to make sure insurance is keeping pace and providing adequate coverage for these medications,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “Right now, the cost of oral anti-cancer medications for many patients is cost prohibitive, leaving them with fewer options for effective treatment. That is unacceptable.” 

House Bill 60 would help address the cost disparity between intravenous and oral anti-cancer treatments. Currently, intravenous anti-cancer medications are typically covered under a health plan’s medical benefit, often only requiring patients to pay a minimal fixed co-payment; however, oral anti-cancer medications are covered under a health plan’s pharmacy benefit, and require patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 percent to 30 percent. With the average cost for a one-month supply of an oral anti-cancer medication costing $7,000, some cancer patients in Pennsylvania are left with a coinsurance cost of between $1,400 and $3,500 per month. This creates an enormous financial barrier for most patients to follow their doctor’s prescribed course of treatment. 

“It has been a long road to get this legislation through the many legislative hurdles, but with widespread support from the medical community and the public, we are on the precipice of reaching our goal,” said Baker. “I am hopeful the governor will sign this legislation in all haste in order to finally bring about needed relief to so many cancer patients and their families.” 

Baker noted that House Bill 60 enjoys the support of 23 health-related organizations. In addition, a total of 40 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted similar legislation to control out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients. 

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, spoke during a press conference on June 28 held by the Pennsylvania Cancer Treatment Fairness Coalition in support of his legislation to make oral anti-cancer medications more affordable for patients in the Commonwealth. The legislation is now heading to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. 



Thursday June 30

State House Says Yes To Budget Plan

The state house of Representatives voted 132-68 yesterday on a state budget plan of which the state would spend $31.55 billion dollars in the next fiscal year. 

Among the funding increases are Pre-K and basic education money which is being increased by $250 million dollars.  The state’s share of school funding all together including school employee pension payments totals approximately $11.5 million dollars. 

The house was also able to pass it without having to raise sales taxes or income taxes.  The budget will now to the state senate for their consideration. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has come out saying he doesn’t believe that the budget is balanced and does not include enough revenue.  



Wednesday June 29

Mobile Meth Lab Found

Jeffrey Deitrick has been arrested by Elkand Borough Police after they they found meth paraphernalia and a mobile meth lab in the trunk of his vehicle.

Deitrick was taken into custody and transported to the Tioga County Prison.

The arrest came after police say Deitrick had carried several bags of unknown items to a vehicle while it was under surveillance and a search warrant was then issued.



Two Arrested In Gun Store Robberies

Two New York state men has been charged with stealing nearly 100 handguns and rifles from three area businesses.


Ben McCormack, 31, of Jamestown, New York, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport.

McCormack faces charges of conspiracy, theft of firearms, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by a felon.

James W. Thorne, 36, listed as jailed in New York state, was charged as co-conspirator.

The burglaries were at GNR Sporting Goods located near Mansfield on June 17, Fulmer's Sporting Goods near Towanda and a store in Forest County.



Another Hike In The Cigarette Tax?

Another by-product of this year’s budget and the scramble for more revenue in the state of Pennsylvania could hit state smokers a little harder in their wallet.

The legislature is discussing a bill which would raise the stage cigarette tax a full dollar to from $1.60 to $2.60.  The tax increase could also include new taxes on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products as well. 

Officials say that if the increase does go into effect that the state will move from the 23rd highest cigarette tax in the country to the 10th highest.



Tuesday June 28

                                                                  House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Approves
                                                                      Natural Gas Royalty Legislation

Legislation authored by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) designed to protect natural gas drilling lease owners’ royalty payments was approved on a bipartisan vote of 20-7 by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today. Joined by co-sponsors Reps. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne), Matthew Baker (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), the following statement was issued:

There has been a great deal of work done with legislative colleagues and stakeholders on this issue for some time and House Bill 1391 represents a more simplified effort to provide fairness for natural gas drilling lease holders. The approval by the committee signals that this is a good
bill worthy of open debate on the House floor.

This bill would protect lease owners by guaranteeing that a minimum royalty payment for unconventional gas well production would not be less than one-eighth (12.5 percent). Companies have reduced royalty payments by deducting post-production costs. 

A 2010 Pennsylvania Supreme Court case determined that the General Assembly is the proper branch of government to determine public policy regarding royalty valuation. We have continued to push this effort for the protection of the shale gas well lease holders.

We anticipate the floor debate to include an amendment process and we look forward to a spirit of cooperation as we get to the final passage of this legislation.”




Friday June 24

Elkland Man Charged

Brandon L. Fuller, 28, of 624 E. Main St., Elkland, faces charges of endangering the welfare of children after his two sons were found playing in the street in front of his residence June 15.

According to documents, Elkland police were on patrol on Barney Hill Road when the officer noticed two unsupervised children playing in the road, one approximately 2 years old and the other about 4.

Police said that after driving by the residence repeatedly, the children still were in the road, so they found out who the mother was and contacted her at her place of employment, but she said she couldn't leave until her shift was over.

About an hour later when the officer drove by the boys were no longer outside. The officer banged on the door of the mobile home repeatedly but no one came to the door.

Police contacted Children and Youth Services and its representative also banged on the door repeatedly but no one opened it.

After police and CYS agents finally gained entry, Fuller said he thought the boys were down for a nap so he decided to take a nap too.

CYS inspected the residence and concluded it was not suitable for anyone to live there and they had to find another place to stay with the children or they would be placed elsewhere until other living arrangements were made.

Fuller was issued a summons to appear at a July 14 preliminary hearing.



Baker Supports Special Session On Opioid Abuse

 Opioid addiction, which often starts with prescription pain killers and later moves to illegal drugs such as heroin, is having a profound impact on both our state and country, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), which is why he joined a press conference with both Republican and Democrat House leaders in encouraging Gov. Tom Wolf to call attention to the issue through the use of a special session on opioid abuse.

The Legislature has already been moving and passing into law several meaningful bills aimed at addressing drug abuse in our state, but death rates and hospitalizations due to drug abuse continue to rise,” said Baker. “Clearly, more still needs to be done to stop the proliferation of drugs on our streets, curb the use of prescription pain killers and have programs in place to help those who are addicted.”

According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, Northcentral Pennsylvania, the rural 10-county region including Tioga County, saw the state’s largest percentage-wise growth in hospitalizations for heroin overdoses between 2000 and 2014, with a 509 percent increase.

Drug abuse is certainly not just an urban issue, as our rural areas are getting hit hard and we need to work collaboratively among state and local officials, law enforcement, school districts, the medical community and families to recognize and attack this deadly epidemic,” said Baker.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives formed a House Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation last session, which proposed a series of bills designed to proactively address the growing opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth. The House completed action on that package of bills this week. The measures addressed opioid addiction by improving insurance coverage of abuse-deterrent opioids; setting a limit on opioid prescriptions in emergency rooms; requiring prescribers and dispensers to undergo continuing education in pain management, addiction and prescribing practices; mandating that publicly funded recovery houses have the opioid overdose antidote on hand; and directing the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to find ways to increase access to addiction treatment through health plans.

Baker, who has been very active on this issue, also had legislation he authored signed into law recently that will speed up the process by which new substances used in the manufacturing of illegal designer drugs can be added to the state’s banned list of drugs and enable law enforcement to arrest and prosecute individuals for use of these new drug cocktails.

Today’s criminals are experimenting with new drug combinations in their quest to manufacture new, addictive illegal drugs. My legislation, now law, allows the use of these new substances and combination chemicals to be quickly added to the state’s banned list – a process that previously took a fair amount of time to accomplish. Law enforcement will now be able to keep up with the quickly changing illegal drug market and prosecute those who possess these substances with the intent to manufacture illegal drugs,” said Baker.

Other measures recently passed into law that are designed to help address the drug abuse problem plaguing our state include a new electronic database listing all controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help identity drug addiction, improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion and identify “doctor shopping.” Also, two new laws encourage others to call for help in the event of a drug or alcohol emergency and help reverse opioid-based overdoses.




Thursday June 23

Fatal Shooting In Bradford County

State Police say 51-year-old Daryl Barnes Jr., of Gillett, is charged with one count of Criminal Homicide after police say he shot and killed 46-year-old Fred Barnes of Elmira.

Police say Daryl Barnes Jr. allegedly shot Fred Barnes with a shotgun following an altercation at the accused's home just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. Fred Barnes was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where he died from his injuries.

Daryl Barnes Jr. is being held without bail in the Bradford County Correctional Facility.



Galeton Man Charged

Harvey F. Howell Jr., 31, of 1 Bridge St., Galeton, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop by state police on Route 6, Gaines Township, on June 19, during which police allege they found 30 wax packages of heroin and six empty blue packages for heroin in Howell's right shoe.

He was jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for June 29.




Wednesday June 22


The Tioga State Forest Announces that there will be a Bioblitz in the Asaph Wild Area June 23 – 25, 2016. The Bioblitz will be scientists together from all over the state to inventory the animal and plant species in wetland, vernal pools and upland habitats of the Asaph Wild Area.

Public participation is encouraged on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the USGS North Appalachian Research Lab in Asaph Pa and at Colton Point State Park. Activities on Saturday include a tour of the research lab, wildflower walk, drone photography demo, rattlesnake talk, macro-invertebrate demo. Visit the Asaph Wild Area Bioblitz Facebook page or call the Tioga State Forest at 570-724-2868 for times and details.




Monday June 20

Guns stolen

Pennsylvania state police in Mansfield report that 36 various hand guns and rifles were stolen from GNR Sporting Goods on south main street in Richmond township.

The burglary took place sometime between 6:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:45 a.m. Friday.

Police say someone gained entry by force, stole the guns and then fled the scene in an unknown direction and by unknown means.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania state police in Mansfield at (570) 662-2151.



Baker Announces More Than $15 Million In Natural Gas Impact Fees To Benefit 68th District

State rep. Matt Baker (r-Tioga/Bradford/potter) said it was announced this week that more than $15,029,623.20 in impact fees from act 13 are coming back to the counties and municipalities that make up the 68th legislative district. 

Under act 13 of 2012, impact fees are generated by the extraction of natural gas, which fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation, with a portion of those fees being directed back to the communities impacted by natural gas drilling. Since 2012, impact fee revenues have topped $1 billion. Bradford and tioga counties have received more than $100 million between them since implementation of the impact fee. 

“Despite the reduction in production, natural gas drilling continues to generate significant economic benefits for pennsylvania and especially the northern tier where actual drilling is taking place,” said baker. “i am pleased to have money coming back to the counties and our municipalities to help with housing, social service programs, watershed remediation and various infrastructure improvements that may be needed. Between lower gas prices, jobs and increased revenue produced by the industry, we have seen real and tangible benefits from the harvesting of this natural resource.” 

Impact fee revenues for 2015 resulted in the following (see attached list for complete municipality breakdowns.): 

Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent returned to benefit our counties and local municipalities affected by drilling. The rest of the money goes into a Marcellus shale legacy fund administered by the state to be used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives. 

Counties and municipalities have the option to use funds to address a variety of drilling impacts, including preservation and reclamation of water supplies; improvements to local roads and bridges; construction and repair of water and sewer systems; delivery of social services including domestic relations and drug and alcohol treatment; local tax reduction; local affordable housing needs; and assistance for county conservation districts. 




Thursday June 16

Pipe Replacement On Stoney Fork Road

On Monday, June 20, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin a pipe replacement
project on Route 3007 (Stoney Fork Road) between Route 3006 (Stoney Fork School Road) and the
Wellsboro Borough limits in Delmar Township, Tioga County.

The road will be closed during daylight hours and a detour will be in place using Route 660 and
Stoney Fork School Road. Motorists should plan extra time for their travels.

This project is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting.


Family Fishing Day Tournament 

Saturday, June 25, between 12:01 a.m. and 8 p.m., a Family Fishing Day Tournament will be at Hills Creek Lake. Weigh-ins will be at the beach area near from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No registration is required prior to the weigh-ins. Medallions will be presented after the 7 p.m. weigh-in to the winners in the following categories: largest perch, largest bluegill, largest bass, largest crappie, and largest stringer of game fish by weight (one angler’s legal limit of game fish for the day). A one-ounce bonus will be awarded for game fish that are caught and released.

All fish must be caught by legal means. This is a no cull contest (no replacing a smaller fish with a heavier fish on the stringer). In the event of a tie, the fish weighed the earliest will win. Spectators are welcome to watch the weigh-ins.

For more information about this tournament, call the Hills Creek State Park office at (570) 724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.




Tuesday June 14

 Jim Caudet & The Railroad Boys

This Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m., Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys will bring their dynamic blend of traditional mountain music fused with Gaudet’s diverse contemporary songwriting to the Deane Center’s outdoor stage on Central Avenue. If it rains, the show will be indoors on the Coolidge Theatre stage at 104 Main Street.
The Wellsboro Community Concert Association is sponsoring the performance. “It is rare that you have the opportunity to enjoy a band of this caliber as a free show,” said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director.
Gaudet plays acoustic guitar and is the songwriter and lead vocalist for The Railroad Boys. He started his musical journey as a flat-picker and re-emerged in the late 1980s as a classic singer/songwriter.
By the time 2006 rolled around Gaudet had been out of the music business for a while but had written some songs he wanted to record. The rest is history. Sten Isachsen on mandolin, guitar and Dobro and Bobby Ristau on bass have been playing with Gaudet as The Railroad Boys for 10 years, since the band was first formed. Ristau also sings harmony vocals. Performing with them in Wellsboro will be Tucker Callahan on fiddle.
At the June 19 concert, band members will introduce Gaudet originals from their just released fifth CD, “When It Rains.” His songs have been called “hard-driving,” “a folk-country fusion,” and “hybrid folk/bluegrass” with an “energetic front-porch feel.” Gaudet calls his style “hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll.
“Gaudet is anchoring his deft wordplay and savvy song craft in the classic roots music that so thrilled him as a young man. It’s a unique, driving style, firmly-based in Americana and Gaudet’s own guitar work now more fiery than every, is characterized by forceful, percussive rhythms that lack for easy comparison,” wrote Michael Eck in the Albany Times-Union.
The Albany, New York-based musician also credits the success of The Railroad Boys to the support of his fellow bandsmen who allow him to experiment. His songwriting influences are Bob Dylan, John Prine, Randy Newman. Loudon Wainwright and Steve Earle.
Gaudet is also known for winning audiences with his witty, unassuming stage presence and his mix of candor and comedy. Together, he, his band mates and the audience create one big “down home” family.
For more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.




Friday June 10

Arrests Made In Home Invasion

Police have arrested four men for an attempted robbery and assault in Bradford County.

They are accused of breaking into the home of William Miller Ewing, in Smithfield Township, early Tuesday morning where they tried to take his money and assaulted him.

Arrested are 24-year Isaac Clark of Milan, 19-year old Bryant Ashby of Milan, 20-year old Dakota Walters of Athens and 18-year old Bradley Stroud of Athens.

They face charges of Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Attempted Robbery and making Terroristic Threats.



15th Annual Family Day And Children’s Health Fair

The 15th Annual Family Day and Children’s Health Fair will kick off the 75th Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. The event will be Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors on “The Green” in Wellsboro, rain or shine. Everything is free.

Hosting Family Day, which promotes wellness and healthy activities, are the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, the Wellsboro Montessori Children’s Center, and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. 

By resolution, the Tioga County Commissioners have designated June 11, as “Smoke Free Day on The Green.”

There will be activities for children of all ages, including games, refreshments and entertainment.

Over 30 businesses and non-profit organizations are participating in Family Day. Some will involve youth in creative projects or activities. At the Tioga County Relay For Life booth, youngsters can play Simon Says: Sunscreen, be on a watering can relay team and plant a seed that has a special meaning.

Other booths will have information about children’s health, safety and well being such as self-expression through music, eye health, substance abuse prevention, bicycle safety, car seat safety, emotional wellness, wildfire, water and fire safety, and healthy snacks with samples.

At 10 a.m., children and adults are invited to join guitarist and singer Mr. Ronn for a lively show. He will involve the audience in singing 1950s rock and roll and old-time country tunes and playing percussion instruments such as bells, tambourines, maracas, washboards, cymbals, bongos, accordions and a bass drum.

Sadie Green Sales will perform at noon. Timothy Walker and David Driskell will sing jug band songs and play a host of instruments, from banjo, harmonica and flute to a penny whistle, musical saw and washtub bass.

Pony hoppers for youngsters, teens and adults to ride; a bounce house with a slide; and slacklines to try will be on The Green.

Being given out free to participants will be a choice of one of the following: a rubber playground ball, a foam football, a foam Frisbee or a jump rope.

Wellsboro Pediatric Health Care Associates is sponsoring the giveaway of free bike helmets in sizes toddler to extra large while supplies last. For a free helmet, the youth must register and must be present to be fitted. 

Among the many free treasures at the booths will be hacky sacks, badges, ice/cold packs, bracelets, stickers, pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, a 10-inch flying disk with pouch, T-shirts and nail files.

For more information about Family Day and other Laurel Festival events stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street Monday through Friday, call 570-724-1926 or email info@wellsboropa.com.




Thursday June 9

Armed Robbery In Bradford County

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda are looking for three men who broke into a home in Bradford County and assaulted a man who lived there.

It happened on State Route 40-14 in Smithfield Township shortly before 2:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say three broke into William Miller Ewing's home, tried to get money from him, and assaulted him in the process.

Ewing was taken to Robert Packer hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police say two of the men were wearing ski masks and the third was wearing a handkerchief over his face.

If you have any information you're urged to call state police at 570-265-2186.



Baker Bill To Crack Down On New Illegal Drug Substances Becomes Law

 Legislation Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has been working on for several years to aid in the fight against the proliferation of newly created designer drugs has finally been signed into law. 

The new law will work by speeding up the process by which new substances used in the manufacturing of designer drugs can be added to the state’s banned list of drugs, thereby enabling law enforcement to arrest and prosecute individuals for use of these new drug cocktails. 

“Today’s criminals are smart and savvy and have learned how to use different chemicals to create new drug combinations to try and avoid prosecution,” said Baker. “My legislation combats those efforts by allowing the use of these substances and combination chemicals to be quickly added to a banned list – a process that use to take a fair amount of time to accomplish. Law enforcement will now be able to keep up with the quickly changing illegal drug market and prosecute those who possess these substances with the intent to manufacture illegal drugs.” 

The new law permits the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ban substances temporarily, pending full regulatory review, when there is a threat to public health. Currently, banning a substance under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act requires an act of the General Assembly, which can often be a time consuming process. 

“This is one more step forward in our fight against the illegal drug market,” said Baker. “Drug abuse and misuse has become an epidemic and I have been a leader and avid supporter of new laws to help combat this trending crime. Next to prescription drug abuse, these new designer drugs are a major plague on our society with individuals exposing themselves to unknown chemicals and toxins in order to get a ‘high.’ Giving law enforcement the tools they need to thwart illegal drug manufacturers can help save lives.” 

The new law also will make changes to the state’s current schedule of controlled substances in order to reflect the federal controlled substance laws. 

This new law has the support of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Association and the state Office of Attorney General. 




Wednesday June 8

Southern Tioga Tax Increase

A tax increase is in the works for Southern Tioga School District Property owners.

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday night for approval of a $29.8 million dollar budget for the 2016-2017 school year.  The budget will contain a tax increase of 3.1 percent for property owners in Tioga County and 2.75 for property owners in Lycoming County who live within the district. 

Even with the increase, a deficit of $571,000 dollars is expected.  Increases in salaries and benefits will come out to about $72,000 dollars. 



Baker Welcomes News of PA Manufacturing Plant to
Boost Natural Gas Industry

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) welcomed news today that Shell Chemical Appalachia has decided to build a multi-billion dollar ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, which will rely heavily on the abundance of natural gas produced in the Commonwealth. 

“With the need for large amounts of natural gas in the plastic manufacturing process, this type business should lead to an increase in production of natural gas from our area,” said Baker. “With the natural gas industry taking hits the past couple of years with lower gas prices, we have had some companies move out of the area and others decreasing their job force. I am hopeful the new Shell plant will help put more people back to work and even create new ancillary jobs in our region.” 

According to Shell, the complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce polyethylene, which is used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components. The company said up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs will be created. 

Baker also noted that a third-party study concluded that up to 17,500 in direct, indirect and induced jobs could be created by this plant, which could positively impact jobs in the 68th Legislative District. 

“This is a business deal that has been years in the making, and thanks to sound business policies we have enacted and our determination to keep business taxes in check, the people of Pennsylvania will benefit from an influx of new job opportunities that will reach well beyond the borders of Beaver County,” said Baker. 





Pa. Legislature Approves Bill To Allow Wine Sales In Grocery Stores

The Pa. House approved a Senate-amended plan that would allow grocery stores and other places to sell wine with the proper license.

Officials say selling wine in convenience and grocery stores will not only make it more convenient for the consumer, but will also generate millions of dollars initially to Pennsylvania's economy.

In a bi-partisan approved vote, house members say this bill is projected to bring in as much as $150 million initially, plus added revenue to help the budget yearly, "It will provide revenue from a budgetary perspective and provide the convenience that consumers have been looking for years across this commonwealth."

According to legislators, customers could buy up to four bottles of wine  at a time from the store.




Tuesday June 7

                                            Deadline To Apply For Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced today. 

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. 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. 

Income eligibility limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: 

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters). 
$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters). 
$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only). 
$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only). 

Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Baker’s office at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. 

For additional information or assistance, contact Baker’s office at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy, or visit his website at RepBaker.com

Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. 

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, approximately $6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. 



Monday June 6

Firemen's Carnival Set To Open

The Wellsboro Firemen’s Carnival will open Tuesday, June 7, and remain open through Saturday, June 11. Carnival rides for children, teenagers and adults, food and games will be on the grounds at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex at 21 East Avenue in Wellsboro. Hours will be 6-10 p.m. every night, Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, the carnival will be open from 3-10 p.m. 
Wristbands for rides Tuesday through Friday will be $15 each and good for the day of purchase. Wristbands for Saturday rides will be $20 each and good for that day. Individual tickets and strips of tickets will also be available. 
Firefighters will be offering hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh cut French fries, hot and sweet sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes and beverages. Bartlebaugh Amusements will have cotton candy, candied apples and beverages. 
“The Annex will be open so folks who purchase refreshments will have a place to come in and sit down and eat,“ said Wellsboro Fire Chief Lonnie Campbell. "Our overall goal is to have a great show so folks will attend. The carnival is our major fundraiser with the proceeds serving as the Wellsboro Fire Department’s main source of funding during the upcoming year. We rely on that money to help purchase uniforms and other needed equipment.”



Bridge Replacement Begins On Hills Creek Road

On Monday, June 6, A Penndot Maintenance Crew In Tioga County Will Begin A Bridge Replacement Project On Route 4039 (Hills Creek Road) In Charleston Township.

The Existing 21 Foot-Long, Single-Lane, Concrete Slab Bridge Spans A Tributary To Hills Creek. It Was Built In 1932 And Is Considered Functionally Obsolete. It Will Be Replaced By A Two-Lane Box Culvert.

The Bridge Will Be Closed During The Project. A Detour Will Be In Place Using Hills Creek Lake Road.

Work Is Expected To Be Completed In August.




Friday June 3

Pipe Replacement Next Week On Old Mill Road

On Monday, June 6, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will begin a cross pipe replacement project on Route 2031 (Old Mill Road) in Sullivan Township.

The road will be closed during the day between Route 2022 (Old State Road) and Rumsey Hill Road during this week-long project.

A detour will be in place during daylight hours using Rumsey Hill Road, Route 2029 (Mainesburg Road) and Old State Road.


Expanded Drug Monitoring Program Finally Set to Launch

 According to the state Department of Health, the Commonwealth’s newly improved prescription drug monitoring program is set to launch this summer, giving doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement more information to tackle Pennsylvania’s growing prescription drug abuse epidemic, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), House Health Committee chairman. 

The program, called the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act, is an electronic database listing all controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion and identify “doctor shopping.” 

“I am proud to have supported key language in the legislation creating this program,” said Baker. “As a longtime advocate of using technology to improve health care, this program seems like the perfect tool to identify patients in need of treatment and pinpoint any possible fraud or abuse taking place by those professionals prescribing and filling prescriptions. Although the state had a previous drug monitoring program, it was not being used to its fullest potential.” 

Until now, neither physicians nor dispensers had access to information that would help them address the growing negative effects of non-monitored scheduled drugs on the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. ABC-MAP will rectify this and give health care professionals the ability to address potentially fatal drug abuse and provide improved and streamlined care to their patients. 

Baker explained that this confidential database will supply the information they need to, in essence, “red flag” any instances of unusual or unacceptable practices in the prescribing, disbursement or procurement of a controlled substance. For example, if someone receives prescriptions from two different doctors for a narcotic and goes to two different pharmacies to get the prescriptions filled, that information will show up on the database. 

“According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs in the United States, following marijuana,” said Baker. “In fact, drug overdoses now surpass the number of deaths each year from automobile accidents in Pennsylvania. We need to be more proactive in helping those who have been caught in the web of drug addiction, and stop those who are overprescribing these addictive narcotics.” 

With virtually every state having in place some type of prescription drug monitoring system there will eventually be the opportunity to share information across state borders, which will enhance tracking of those who live along the borders and may use doctors and pharmacies in two states to feed their prescription drug habit. 

Signed into law in 2014, the database has undergone extensive improvements and will be launched this summer. It will be maintained by the state Department of Health. 



Wednesday June 1


Elkland Pharmacy Robbed

Police are looking looking for 35-year old Christopher McCormick of Tioga, and 35-year old Angela Cox/Watson also of Tioga in connection to a robbery at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Elkland.

At 9:40 yesterday morning they passed a note to the clerk on the pharmacy demanding opioid drugs.

The two were last seen traveling in a 2003 red Chevrolet Cavalier with license plate HCT-5531. 

If anyone comes in contact or has information regarding these two, police urge you to call 911. 


Star Party at Cherry Springs

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg is sponsoring the Cherry Springs Star Party this Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5. Astronomers will be set up at the park’s Astronomy Observation Field to view the night skies and listen to speakers who are experts in astronomy and astrophysics.

During this pre-paid, pre-registered event, the public is invited to look through different telescopes set up on the Astronomy Observation Field to view the stars one night only - this Saturday, June 4, from 8-11 p.m. Cherry Springs State Park is 15 miles from Coudersport on Route 44 in Potter County.

Bring a small flashlight with a red lens. The park’s Dark Sky Team volunteers will assist by providing visitors with red cellophane and rubber bands to convert flashlights with white light to red; white light is not permitted on the field.

The volunteers will also assist visitors in getting to Astronomy Field. Light sticks, strategically placed, will identify the 30 to 40 astronomers who have volunteered their scopes for the public viewing.

On a good night, thousands of stars can be seen along with planets, nebulae and distant galaxies. The entire Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon and the view is spectacular. Even under partly cloudy skies, many wonders of the Milky Way can be observed and enjoyed. If it is raining or totally overcast, the public viewing night will be cancelled.

The concession stand will be open and food and hot drinks will be for sale.

All visitors who are not registered to attend the star party will be asked to leave the park by 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund/Association website (www.csspdarkskyfund.org) or call 1-814-435-1037.




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