Local News


Friday Feb 5

Covington Man Charged

Blossburg Police have charged Seth M. Perrins, 23, of Covington, with disorderly conduct and criminal
mischief after he and another man allegedly damaged two vehicles in Hamilton Township.

According to documents, Perrins and another person went to 1156 Morris Run Road, Hamilton Township,
and caused $4,392 in damage to two separate vehicles parked at the location and caused a disturbance
outside the residence.

Two of other vehicles were keyed on the driver and passenger sides and there were dents in the hood of
one of them. Damages to the keyed and dented cars totaled $4,392.

Perrins was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 24 preliminary hearing.



Keystone Exams Suspended

 Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation, which will put the Keystone Exams on hold.

The tests, which are designed to show proficiency in Algebra 1, biology and literature and were instituted in 2013 for PA High School Students to graduate, will be put on hold for at least two years. 

Officials say that there have been significant failure rates in the texts leading to costs and time involved in students then having to pass alternative project based assessment to graduate.  Wolf says he remains committed to accountability.




Thursday Feb 4

Blossburg Woman Charged

Blossburg Police have charged Cassie M. Atkinson, 25, of Blossburg, with burglary, theft, criminal
trespass and receiving stolen property after she allegedly burglarized the same house two times last month.

According to documents, Atkinson went to the Keith Brooks residence on Tannery St. on Jan. 26,
entered through an unlocked rear window, took a jar of money and a pair of Ugg boots and left.

Then, on Jan. 28, police said she forced open a locked rear door with a tire iron while Brooks, his
live-in girlfriend and their infant child were inside.

Police arrived to find Brooks restraining Atkinson on the kitchen floor.

Police said the money and boots were found in her vehicle.

She was jailed in lieu of $20,000


Mansfield Man Charged With Retail Theft

State police have charged Robert A. Murray, 39, Mansfield, with theft by deception for allegedly taking items from Wal-Mart and then "returning" them for a gift card.

According to documents, Murray took three sets of cookware, valued at a total of $251, one at a time and then took them to the customer service desk to "return" them without the receipt.

He was issued a store credit each time.

Murray was issued a summons to appear at a Feb. 17 preliminary hearing.




Wednesday Feb 3

Search Widens For Missing Woman

Police, Game Commission officials and others fanned out across an area between Canton in Bradford County and Morris Run in Tioga County as the search continued for Michelle Inch of Montoursville.

The 31 year old woman went missing last week the same day her boyfriend, Michael Houseweart and another man allegedly burned down her parents Fairfield Township home with them tied up inside.  Foul play is suspected.  Yesterday’s search was initiated after cell phone information
from both Inch’s and Houseweart’s phones placed them in that area. 

The search did not turn anything up and state police are asking anyone with information to give them a call at the Montoursville barracks.



Jazz Fest Feb. 18-21

The 5th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival Jazz Fest will include four concerts in four days, Feb. 18-21. One will be in Mansfield and three in Wellsboro.
For the first show on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m., EMMF and Mansfield University are bringing the 30 members of the Cory Band of South Wales, U.K. England to perform at 8 p.m. in Steadman Theater in Mansfield on the MU campus. The Cory Band is the "No. 1 ranked brass band in the world" and is the 2015 National Brass Band Champions of Great Britain. This will be the band’s first visit to the United States in 40 years. On tour in the U.S. from Feb. 12-21, the Cory Band will give 6 concerts in 10 days; the one at Mansfield will be one of two performances in Pennsylvania. Their  themed performance at Mansfield is "A Space Odyssey" and will include music from movies "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "E.T." and "2001: A Space Odyssey," as well as celestial-themed pieces such as Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" and "Mars" from Gustav Holst's "The Planet Suite." For their other show in Pennsylvania, the band will perform different music. 
The Mansfield University Jazz Ensemble, 16-18 music students directed by Dr. Jeff Jacobsen, and the X-Ray Big Band, 16 musicians directed by Enrico Doganiero, will present Big Band Sounds, performing classic and contemporary big band tunes in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre in Wellsboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The audience will be seated at tables. Tickets holders are welcome  to bring their own beverages and snacks.
Saturday night, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Bram Wijnands Trio will give a concert in the Penn Wells Hotel dining room in Wellsboro. Wijnands, a festival favorite, is a master of jazz, swing and stride piano. Performing with him will be Jeff Jacobsen on bass and Joe Turner on percussion. Dinner will be served at the Penn Wells from 5-7 p.m. followed by the concert and dancing. 
A featured jazz artist will perform at the Penn Wells brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
For concert tickets, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at 570-787-7800 or visit www.endlessmountain.net.
Tickets for the Thursday night Cory Band concert are $15 per person or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more and may also be purchased at music.mansfield.edu.
For the Friday night Big Band Sounds concert, tickets are $25 per person and for the Bram Wijnands Trio concert, $25 per person. For Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch reservations, call the Penn Wells Hotel at 570-724-2111.




Friday Jan 29

                                                                       Baker Fights For Funding Of Critical Access Hospitals

Included in Gov. Tom Wolf’s multi-billion dollar cuts to the state budget he signed in December was $5.67
million to help fund the state’s 14 critical access hospitals, and Rep. Matt Baker (Tioga/Bradford/Potter),
chairman of the House Health Committee, has introduced legislation to restore this vital funding. 

“There is no reason why the governor would choose to cut dollars to support hospitals dedicated to
providing health care to those residents in rural areas of state who have limited care options, other than
to use these institutions as leverage to gain the spike in tax increases that he has been demanding since
last March,” said Baker. “I think it is reprehensible to use our health care system in such a fashion. The
health and safety of the residents of this Commonwealth are our top priority and his manipulation of
the budget only hurts those in our state who are most vulnerable.” 

Critical access hospitals, such as Troy Community Hospital in Bradford County and Charles Cole Hospital
in Potter County among others, are defined under federal law as rural critical access hospitals, located at least 35 miles from another hospital, have an average daily census of fewer than 25 patients and participate in the Medicare program. There are currently 14 critical access hospitals thoughout the state. 

These hospitals are reimbursed by Medicare on a “reasonable cost basis” for services. Baker’s legislation would require the Commonwealth’s Medical Assistance program to reimburse these hospitals on the same basis. 

Baker noted that since critical access hospitals are the only option for the communities they serve, they cannot turn away patients and, therefore, end up with a disproportionate share of uninsured or Medicaid insurance patients. If these hospitals fail, the entire community’s health would be in jeopardy. 

House Bill 1460, as it passed the General Assembly and was presented to the governor, provided these critical access hospitals with a $1.8 million increase over the 2014-15 budget in order to direct funding to two additional facilities. 

Baker said the funding increase represented an important investment for these institutions and the people they support each day. Unfortunately, the governor’s veto left these hospitals with no support from the state. 

“I am hopeful to gain the support from my colleagues in the House and Senate to have this funding restored and quickly driven out to these important facilities,” said Baker. “The budget impasse has been both frustrating and challenging, but we need to set our differences aside and make sure our hospitals have the funding needed to continue delivering quality care to patients in need.” 




Tioga County Teen To Reign As 2016 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

Tioga County Fair Queen Darby Kasper of Roseville, Tioga County, was crowned the 2016 Pennsylvania Fair Queen on Saturday, January 23, at the annual joint convention of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs and Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association.

“Fairs are the intersection of two of Pennsylvania’s largest industries – agriculture and tourism,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at the convention’s Thursday evening banquet. “These young women are ambassadors for agriculture, and I congratulate them on their success and thank them for their selfless dedication to their fairs.

“I send my congratulations to Darby and look forward to working with her through the coming year to promote agriculture and our 109 county and community fairs,” added Redding following Kasper’s coronation.

Kasper is the 17-year-old daughter of Bradley and Kathleen Kasper of Roseville, Tioga County. She is a dual enrollment student through North-Penn Mansfield High School and Mansfield University. The proprietor of Kasper’s Rabbitry, Kasper is a member of 4-H as well as the Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and band and chorus. She volunteers with Sunnybrook Meadow therapeutic riding and Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue. Kasper enjoys figure skating and is a certified coach through the Ice Skating Institute.
“I’m excited to spend this year promoting Pennsylvania’s agricultural fairs that I love so much,” she said upon receiving the crown and sash.

Kasper will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs at the conclusion of her reign in January 2017.  She was crowned by outgoing Pennsylvania Fair Queen Alana Eisenhour of Wellsville, York County.

Each of the 60 contestants – tied for the highest number of queens in the competition’s history –  prepared a brief speech highlighting the activities at her county or community fair. They also wrote an essay about the fair’s significance in their life and local community. Each queen also gave a stage introduction during the fair convention annual banquet and was interviewed by three judges.

Contestants are evaluated on their public speaking skills and knowledge of the agriculture industry, as well as on their poise and personal presentation in an evening gown competition.
Five finalists were chosen and gave an impromptu answer on how they see fairs evolving in the future.

“I see fairs reaching out to our partners in new ways – embracing social media and using evolving technologies to make connections with youth, educators and families,” responded Kasper. “That’s how we can continue our tradition of showcasing agriculture and educating visitors about our industry.”



Thursday Jan 28

Covington Women Charged

State Police have charged Kelly L. Gilbert, 24, of Covington, with possession of a controlled
substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia following a
search of the trailer she shared with her boyfriend, Wayne A. Roupp, 35.

According to court documents, on Jan. 11, police stopped to do a routine check for compliance
on Roupp, who was on parole.

Police said after they came in and told Roupp they were going to search the residence, he went
to a furnace door and pulled out a cardboard box containing items he said he had ordered
from China.

Police said they found inside the box about a pound of two types of bath salts, dibutylone and
alpha PVP.

Roupp previously was charged and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and his preliminary hearing held
last week. His county court arraignment was set for Feb. 22.

Gilbert was released on $25,000 unsecured bail and her preliminary hearing held Wednesday.

Her county court arraignment was set for Feb. 22



Tioga Man Charged With Retail Theft

State Police have charged Taylor M. Cuneo, 21, of Tioga, with retail theft and theft by deception after he allegedly took items from shelves at Wal-Mart and "returned" them for a gift card.

According to documents, Cuneo went to Wal-Mart on Dec. 21, and took two flash drives valued at $42.32 and a package of laminated padlocks valued at $21.07 and left the store activating the alarm.

He then came back and took the items to the service desk to return them for a gift card for $42.32, using his driver's license as an identification card.

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



Tuesday Jan 26

Store Robbed In Tioga County

A Tioga County convenience store was robbed over the weekend and state police are looking for information. 

Around 1:15 on Saturday, morning a man, wearing dark clothing walked into the Acorn Market along State Route 328 in Lawrence Township holding a large knife.  He then motioned for the clerks to remove all the money from the register and hand it over. 

The man then got away on foot with an undisclosed amount.  No one was hurt and state police in Mansfield are asking anyone with information to give them a call at 570-662-2151.



Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project Is New HG Venture

The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is a new venture inspired by the number of women who audition for roles in the various shows produced by Hamilton-Gibson Productions, a community theater arts group based on Wellsboro.

“The number of women who audition for our plays often far exceeds the number of roles available. In keeping with Hamilton-Gibson’s mission to provide opportunities for people of all ages to enrich and empower their lives through community performing arts, the Women’s Project is being designed to provide events for interested women to participate in all aspects of performance," said Thomas Putnam, artistic director. 

Barbara Biddison, Linda Iseri and Lilace Guignard are responsible for bringing the Women’s Project to life.

“For the first event, we expect to be reading rehearsed monologues and dialogues aloud for an audience in Readers Theater fashion, meaning lines are practiced but not memorized,” said Biddison.

Dates for signup and a “read around” are Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Women are welcome to attend either or both of the signup sessions.

Women interested in participating in the HG Women’s Project and the first show, ‘Her Voices’ set for April 23 and 24 at the Warehouse Theatre in Wellsboro, are invited to sign up and take part in the read around,” Biddison said. “In addition to those who want to be on stage, we hope to include women who wish to work behind-the-scenes, perhaps in lighting, costumes and set design."

“This opportunity is open to young women in the ninth through twelfth grades in high school with parental permission and to older women with or without experience in the performing arts. “The primary requirement is commitment to rehearsal and performance dates,” she said.

“The Women’s Project is envisioned as an ongoing, far-reaching exploration of the woman’s voice,” Putnam said. “On Feb. 21 and 24, women are encouraged to offer ideas and thoughts about directions the project can go in the future.”

For further information call the Hamilton-Gibson office 570-724-2079, email hamgib@gmail.com or visit Hamilton-Gibson's Facebook page.



Friday Jan 22

                                  Funding Available For Home Repairs Through USDA Rural Development 504 Loans

Harrisburg, PA- Homeowners in rural areas who need repairs to their homes but can’t afford regular loans may be eligible for participation in USDA Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants Program. 

Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants, also known as the Section 504 Home Repair Program, aims to provide loans for very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes. A 504 loan can reach a maximum of $20,000 at a fixed interest rate of 1%. The 504 Program also
provides grants, which can be worth a maximum of $7,500 and may only be issued to eligible seniors aged 62 and older, and may only be used for the removal of health and safety hazards.

In order to qualify for a 504 loan, an applicant must be the homeowner and occupy the house, be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere, and have a family income below 50% of the area’s median income. For grants, the only qualification is that an applicant must be 62 years of age or older and must be unable to repay a repair loan.

Applications for this program are taken year-round. For more information on the 504 Home Repair Program call (717) 237-2186. For more information on the other programs Rural Development has to offer in Pennsylvania visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/pa.




Thursday Jan 21

Gaines Man Charged

Police have charged Martin E. Gleason, 47, Gaines, with theft by deception after he allegedly took money from a borough resident for a home-improvement project and then failed to do the work.

According to documents, Gleason allegedly quoted the victim a price of $975 to purchase and install replacement windows at her residence on Oct. 19.

Gleason also allegedly took $800 in cash from the victim as a down payment.



Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Patrick H. White, 49 with recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief after he allegedly rammed his truck into another vehicle on East Avenue.

According to documents, on White rammed his 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck into the side of a moving 2006 Acura TSX sedan owned and driven by Britany Newman in front of Pudgie's Pizza, 106 East Ave.

According to police Newman said she stopped at the intersection with Jackson Street and East Avenue to turn eastbound on East Avenue and White, who was signaling to turn left, pulled out behind her and stayed on her bumper as she accelerated to 35 mph.

White then pulled into the center lane, overtaking her and running into her driver's side, causing substantial damage to both vehicles, police said.

He was issued a summons for Feb. 9 preliminary hearing.




Senate Back, No Budget Agreement In Sight

The Pennsylvania Senate returned into session Tuesday in Harrisburg with the state’s budget impasse still looming large. 

With three weeks left until the governor is supposed to deliver a budget address or 2016-2017, a budget for this year still needs to be approved. It is now seven months late.  Sticking points include how much money will be delivered to school districts and how it’s to be divided, as well as what if any new or increased taxes will be levied. 

The state’s top Republican Senator, Jake Corman urged Governor Tom Wolf to accept changes to a bipartisan budget agreement in order to end the 7 month battle.




Wednesday Jan 20

                                                                                                            SPCA Offers Reward

 A reward of $500 is being offered by the SPCA for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for allegedly animal poisoning in Blossburg.

Along with the Blossburg Borough Police, the PSPCA is investigating the deaths of three dogs and one cat. The dogs, which are all owned by the same resident.

Another neighborhood resident's cat died with similar symptoms.

The investigation into the deaths is ongoing, and the PSPCA is calling on the help of the public to provide additional leads.

Anyone with information in this case should call the Pennsylvania SPCA's Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.




Tuesday Jan 19

Hamilton-Gibson Elkland Winter Theatre Arts Camp
Performances January 29 And 30

Performances of the musical "The Phantom Tollbooth Jr." will be given at the high school auditorium in Elkland at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 30.

The 53 third through ninth graders participating in Hamilton-Gibson's 10-day after school Winter Theatre Arts Camps in the Elkland auditorium are learning this inventive musical's multiple roles and tunes to perform the show for the public. The camp opened Jan. 18 and runs through Thursday, Jan. 28.

Playing Milo, the lead character is Carter Ackley, a fourth grade student at Westfield Area Elementary. Trevor Newcomb, a ninth grader at Williamson Senior High, is King Azaz, the ruler of the realm of letters and words. Evan Kies is Tock, the watchdog. Brody Johnson is the Mathemagician, the king of
numbers and McKenzie Schoonover is Princess Rhyme. All three are eighth graders at Cowanesque Valley High. Megan Shutes, a seventh grader at Cowanesque, is Princess Reason. The voice of Tollbooth is David Wert, Cowanesque Valley High director of theater and band.

Directing the camp is Thomas Putnam, artistic director of Hamilton-Gibson Productions. Assistant director and choreographer is Maia Stam, who has choreographed many H-G shows.

Adapted from Norton Juster's beloved, award-winning children's book, "Phantom Tollbooth" features catchy tunes by Arnold Black and witty lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick.

The magic tollbooth transports a bored Milo to adventure in the Land of Wisdom. Milo has to rescue princesses Rhyme and Reason to bring peace to the two kings who are feuding about which is more important – words or numbers. Milo learns everything has a purpose and finds out there is never a reason to be bored in a world of hidden discoveries.

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can to both performances at Elkland.

The Deerfield Charitable Trust is sponsoring the camp. 

For information, call the HG office at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.



Hills Creek Concession Open for Bid

Hills Creek State Park is seeking a Watercraft, Food and Refreshment Concessionaire for the opening of fishing season through Labor Day. 
Sealed bids will be received on the seventh floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-3201, until 2:00 p.m. prevailing time, February 10, 2016, and then publicly opened and read for the operation of the FOOD AND REFRESHMENT CONCESSION at HILLS CREEK STATE PARK, TIOGA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Bid documents containing all pertinent information can be obtained 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday at 
Hills Creek State Park
111 Spillway Road
Wellsboro, PA  16901-9676
Telephone number – 570-724-4246
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informalities, defects, or irregularities in the bids.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and requires conformance with Title 16 Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 49, Contract Compliance Regulations.




Monday Jan 18

Blossburg Man Sentenced

Jonathan P. Matczak, 25, of Blossburg, has been sentenced in   to 11 1/2 to 23 1/3 months incarceration for corruption of minors in connection with an incident that took place in December of 2014.

 Matczak also must pay a $2,500 fine and register as a sex    offender.

Following jail time, he will be on five years' probation and must do 100 hours of community service.

He also must have no contact with the victim.



Bradford County Man Is Accused Of Sexual Abuse

State Police have charged Justin Sabin, of Milan, with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors.

Police say Sabin had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim on Jan. 7 at a residence in Smithfield Township.

As a result of the charges, Sabin was sent to the Bradford County jail with bail set at $100,000, to await further court proceedings.




Friday Jan 15

Covington Man Charged

State Police have charged Wayne A. Roupp, 35, of Covington, with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and drug paraphernalia after a search of his trailer Jan. 11.

According to documents, Roupp has been on parole for the past year and police stopped to do a routine check for compliance.

Police said that after they came in and told Roupp they were going to search the residence, he went to a furnace door and pulled out a cardboard box containing items he said he had ordered from China.

Inside the box, police said they found two types of bath salts, dibutylone and alpha-PVP.

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



Lawrenceville Man Charged

Osceola Township police have charged Sean M. Gleason, 25, of Lawrenceville, with theft by deception, receiving stolen property and writing bad checks at the Osceola Big M in October.

According to, between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15, Gleason presented two checks at the store to be cashed totaling $486. The bank returned both checks as duplicate checks that had already been cashed by someone else. Gleason was notified but never returned to pay the store, according to police.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 28 preliminary hearing.




Man Charged With Sexual Abuse

According to Pennsylvania state police a 28-year-old Pennsylvania man is accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl in Bradford County.

Justin Sabin, of Milan, was charged Wednesday with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors.

Police say Sabin had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim on Jan. 7 at a residence in Smithfield Township.

As a result of the charges, Sabin was sent to the Bradford County jail with bail set at $100,000, to await further court proceedings.




Thursday Jan 14

                                             Death of 8-Week-old Bradford County Child Under Investigation


Pennsylvania State Police in Bradford Country are investigating the death of an 8-week-old male
child who was transported to Troy Community Hospital and then on to Geisinger Medical Center
in Danville after being found unresponsive at a private residence in Leroy Township.


The infant died just four days later but the cause is still uncertain and the investigation is on going.





                                                                            Farmland Preservation Program Accepting Applications
The Tioga County Agricultural Preservation Board will be taking applications for the purchase of development rights of farms within legal Ag Security Areas until March 1, 2016.

Offers must be in an Agriculture Security area, be of at least 50 acres, and have at least 50 % crop and pasture land in land capability classes 1 thru 4. 

Please contact Andrea Boyce at the Tioga Co. Conservation District @ (570) 724-1801 ext. 1301 for more information.




Wednesday Jan 13

                                                    No Releasing Of Funds For State Affiliated Universities

State related universities, still waiting on cash from the state will have to wait longer until a full budget is done. 

A plan by Republican Lawmakers in the state house to free up $578 million dollars for the universities was shot down yesterday when backers failed to get the 2/3rd majority needed in order to free up the money. 

That means that Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln University as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary school will have to continue to wait on funding until a full budget is approved.



Hamilton – Gibson Productions Endowment Fund   
     Established At Community Foundation For The Twin Tiers
The Community Foundation of the Twin Tiers (CFTT) Board of Directors is happy to announce a new endowment fund that has just been established. The Hamilton-Gibson Productions Endowment Fund was established by an anonymous donor to support the wonderful work they do in providing theatrical programs.
Hamilton-Gibson Productions is a non-profit  that began in 1991 to create a space where the arts could flourish…a place where people, from children to senior citizens, could tap into new areas of their lives and in so doing be enriched and empowered.  That first year began with two productions.  Each had three performances, with an average audience of 100.
Over the years the theatrical programming has expanded so that Hamilton-Gibson Productions is now producing seven main-stage productions per year.  The number of participants, in just these main-stage productions, totals over 100 each year…and that’s just the performers.  The backstage and offstage volunteers total over 200.  In the past five year that’s over 1500 people exploring the theatre arts; with only the main-stage productions.  Audience members in a five year span well exceeds 10,000.
Hamilton-Gibson has also created the ACTING UP group for senior citizens, HG Children and Youth Choirs, and five theatre arts camps for kids throughout the county. A new venture is the HG Women’s Project, offering more opportunities for citizens of all ages to enrich and empower their lives through the performing arts.
Non-profits cannot exist without operating money to pay for basic things such as utility bills, yet operating money is the hardest to raise.  For that reason, this endowment fund that supports any of the agency expenses ensures its ability to provide the services it does to the community.
Anyone looking to help grow the fund, to offer more support, can donate by sending a check to: CFTT, 104 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840 with the Hamilton-Gibson Productions Endowment Fund name in the memo line of your check.  Or you can donate on the CFTT website at: http://www.twintierscf.org/ by clicking donate now and picking Hamilton-Gibson Production Endowment Fund from the drop down box of funds.




Monday Jan 11

Mansfield Man Charged

State Police have charged Frank E. Gardner, 46, of Newtown Hill Road, Mansfield, with receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a chain saw and other items from a Charleston Township residence and tried to sell them at Al's Chainsaw and Small Engine Repair on Dec. 22.

According to documents, Gardner broke into the residence of Timothy White, Charleston Road, Charleston Township, between Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 and took a Stihl MS 290 Farm Boss chain saw valued at $393, an LG 47-inch TV, plus miscellaneous tools and copper fittings.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 19 preliminary hearing.




Katherine A. Brennan Scholarship Funds Established

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) wishes to announce two new endowment funds. Katherine Ann Brennan Memorial Scholarships have been established to assist students with tuition costs at Trinity Lutheran School and Hamilton-Gibson Productions.  Katherine was a music teacher, wife and mother of three children who lost a short battle with cancer in June.  She touched countless lives through her teaching and music and brought joy and love to all she encountered.  Her family has established the following scholarships in her memory. 

The first is the Katherine Ann Brennan Memorial Scholarship – Trinity Lutheran School.  This fund will assist students with tuition needs.   Trinity Lutheran School provides a unique learning experience for students in K – 6 grades by providing low student to teacher ratios, enabling teachers more time with each individual child.  Katherine was an elementary music teacher with this school and truly loved the work she did.

The second is the Katherine Ann Brennan Memorial Scholarship – Hamilton-Gibson Productions.   Katherine was a Choir Director with Hamilton-Gibson Productions.  This fund will support students with financial need who would benefit from participation in this special musical organization.

Additional donations to these funds will be gladly accepted and will provide further assistance to children in two areas that Katherine believed in most: Christian education and music.  To donate, log onto CFTT’s website at http://www.twintierscf.org/ and click “make a donation”.  Then pick the Katherine Brennan fund that you would like to donate to from the drop down box.  Donations can also be sent to CFTT at 104 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840.  Put the fund name in the memo on your check.



Friday Jan 8

Grays Sentenced

A Lawrenceville man convicted in November in connection with a 2013 crash that killed two former Elmira residents was sentenced Thursday to at least 21 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of up to 47 years

Roegester Grays, 45, was found guilty of multiple charges, including driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle with DUI and aggravated assault following a jury trial in Bradford County Court.



State Is Borrowing Money From The Treasury

Let the borrowing begin.  The Pennsylvania Treasury has extended a $2 billion dollar line of credit to the state in order to prevent state government from bouncing checks as payments begin to go out to school districts, social service agencies and counties. 

The governor signed a stopgap spending bill last week, even though a full budget has not yet been approved in Pennsylvania.  The state will have to borrow from the treasury to tide itself over until spring. 

No word on when the budget impasse will come to an end as it is now into its seventh month.




Thursday Jan 7

Two Charged With Burglary

Two area men are in Tioga County prison following their arrests for a November burglary in the Liberty Area. 

State police in Mansfield say that 21-year-old Zachary Martz of Liberty and 26-year-old Justin Bastian of Trout Run entered the Ford Lane, Liberty Township home of Roland Litzleman back on November 22nd and proceeded to take two handguns. 

A subsequent investigation led police to the two. They have been arraigned on charges of burglary and theft and jailed in lieu of bail.




Wednesday Jan 6

Wellsboro Physician Charged

John Terry, 65, was charged Tuesday for allegedly writing fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone for individuals who were not his patients.  The investigation began June 2013.

Terry allegedly caused Medicare to be billed for fraudulent prescriptions intended for Stephen Heffner Jr., 46, of Elkland, knowing that Heffner was not his patient and that the drug was not actually intended for Heffner but for Terry's patient, David Hatch, 28, of Addison, New York.
Medicare paid for the prescription received by Heffner, but actually delivered to Hatch.

Additionally, it is alleged that Terry provided prescriptions for quantities of oxycodone and other narcotics to another patient, Thomas Ray, 52, of Wellsboro, who he should have known was not seeking the drugs for legitimate medical purposes. Medicaid paid for medically unnecessary
prescriptions written for Ray, Smith said.

Heffner and Hatch also were charged with theft from Medicare arising out of the same incident.




Friday Jan 1

Mark’s Brother’s Fire

The Mark's Brother's Restaurant in Mansfield caught fire Thursday morning. 

Crew actively worked to extinguish the flames. Emergency crews were also observed to be breaking into the attic of the building where a lot of damage was visible. 

Assistant Fire Chief John Andrus said there is extensive damage to the second floor and a portion of the roof collapsed. 

The first floor suffered water and smoke damage. 

The fire was brought under control in about 2 hours and traffic was detoured during that time. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pa. State Police Fire Marshall. 




Thursday Dec 31

Galeton Man Sentenced

Jonathan Proctor, 28, of Galeton, has been sentenced in Potter County Court to 12 to 36 months in state prison for his role in the drug overdose death of Daniel W. Lowe, 20, of Sunderlinville.

In October of this year, Proctor was found guilty of felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death, flight to avoid apprehension and delivery of a controlled substance for providing the heroin that Lowe used, leading to his death.

Proctor also was ordered to pay $18,085 in fines and restitution, some of it to pay for Lowe's funeral.






Governor Releases Money But Vetoes Other Parts Of Budget


Schools, Social Service Agencies and Counties will receive much needed funding, but as for getting an entire budget done, the state legislature has to get back to the drawing board once again.


Governor Tom Wolf used his line item veto powers to allow for $23.4 billion dollars in order to get money to school districts which have had to borrow to pay bills as well as other programs in need of the money now. 


He did veto other parts of the $30.2 billion dollar state budget saying the republican led legislature’s spending plan is an exercise in futility calling on lawmakers to get back to work on it.  


The budget stalemate now heads into its 7th month.





Thursday Dec 24

                                                                                              Westfield Man Charged

Pennsylvania State Police have charged Timothy Gardner, 44 of Westfield with making contact with a Westfield juvenile over Facebook and asking for oral sex.

According to court documents on Nov. 27 Gardner saw the victim at a mutual friend's house and told his friend that the victim was "hot."  Then on Nov. 28, Gardner sent the 11-year-old victim two messages on Facebook asking for oral sex.

The victim did not respond to any of the messages.

Gardner remains in the Tioga County Prison at this time and is charged with soliciting a minor for sex.




Thursday Dec 17

                                                                        Bradford County Armed Robbery

An armed robbery occurred at a Bradford County convenience store on Monday evening. 

State police in Towanda say around 9:39 on Monday, a man walked into the Dandy Mini-Mart along Church Street in East Smithfield brandishing a silver handgun and demanding money.  He then fled on foot with an undetermined amount.  No one was injured. The man is described as having been wearing a dark colored mask with a dark hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and brown work shoes. 

Anyone with information into that robbery is asked to contact state police in Towanda
at 570-265-2186.



Liberty Man Faces Charges

 A Liberty man face charges after allegedly attempting to purchase weapons knowing he was prohibited from doing so because of prior convictions.

State Police have charged Kevin L. Taylor, 59, of Liberty, with making a false statement under penalty, after he allegedly answered "no" on an ATF form to a question about any having prior convictions as he attempted to purchase a firearm from Donald Roan Auctioneer, 8349 Route 414, Liberty Township on May 22.

Taylor was convicted of theft May 18, 2005. He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 12 preliminary hearing.




Wednesday Dec 16

                                                                             Blossburg Winter Theatre Arts Camp Auditions And Sign Ups
                                                                                 Are Tuesday And Wednesday, December 15 And 16

Area youngsters in grades 3-9 can audition and sign up for Hamilton-Gibson Productions' Blossburg Winter Theatre Arts Camp at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, December 15 at the Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Mansfield and this Wednesday, December 16 at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue
in Wellsboro. 

During the Blossburg camp, participating youth will learn the parts and music of "Phantom Tollbooth Junior” and then give performances to students and the public. 

The camp will be in the auditorium at North Penn High School in Blossburg every day after school Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 14, as well as on Saturday, January 9.

The nonrefundable fee is $40 per camper, which includes the script, printed materials, a T-shirt and instruction in theatre arts. The fee must be paid when the youth signs up for camp.

Some scholarship money is available to assist youth with the camp fee. For more information about the auditions, camp and scholarships call the HG office at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.



Tuesday Dec 15

Teen Reports She Was Raped In Bradford County

An 18-year-old teen in Bradford County has told state police there that she was raped over several
years while she was a minor. 

State police say the teen told them that the rapes happened as she was between the ages of 10
through the age of 17 at a residence in Warren Township and that a man known to her raped her. 

Police have not yet named a suspect and say they continue their investigation into that report.




House Continues To Talk Budget

More budget talk is expected to dominate the Pennsylvania State House session this week. 

The house is still going through the $30.8 billion dollar budget plan passed by the state senate last week, but house leaders say they are not close to taking a vote as of yet, though they say they would like to get things done by the end of the week.  There are still questions raised about the senate’s plans for pension reform as well as the deregulation of the sale of wine by the state. 

Meanwhile, more social service agencies have announced that they are suspending operations and schools continue to borrow money to keep running.




Thursday Dec 10

Bradford County Man Dies In Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in Towanda released the name of a Northern Tier man Thursday morning that died this week in a one-car crash.

The crash happened Tuesday around 10:30 PM in the area of 1334 Whipple Road in Bradford County's Springfield Township, according to State Police.

The driver, 43 year-old Michael Brown from Columbia Crossroads was driving east on Whipple Road. Upon negotiating a left curve in the roadway and entering into a straightaway, Brown lost traction with the dirt road causing his car to go into a clockwise spinning motion. It continued
off the roadway where it struck an embankment and overturned, according to State Police.

Brown was pronounced dead at Robert Packer Hospital.  A passenger, 25 year-old Casey Laudenslager, sustained minor injuries in the crash.



                                                                                  Baker Bill Expands Use of Epi-Pens in Effort to Save Lives

In order to ensure greater safety for those individuals who may have a severe allergic reaction, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has authored legislation passed by the House to permit a variety of establishments to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors available for emergency use. 

“Food and other allergies can strike a person quickly and can often develop into a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis shock, which is why the availability of epi-pens is so important,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “Many children may not even be aware they have an allergy to a particular food they never tried before, or may be stung by a bee for the first time and experience a severe reaction while away from home. Also common is that an adult may have forgotten his or her epi-pen at home not realizing that a particular ingredient they are allergic to would be used in a dish they ordered at a restaurant. These are the situations in which having an epi-pen on the premises would be valuable.” 

Entities that would be authorized to obtain epi-pens under the legislation include recreation camps, colleges, restaurants, sports arenas, amusement parks and day care centers. These establishments would not be required to have a supply of epi-pens, but they would be permitted to have them if they wanted. Those that do acquire epi-pens would be required to have the individual(s) in charge of storage, maintenance and general oversight and use of epi-pens complete a training program offered by the Department of Health. 

Also included in House Bill 1351
 is a Good Samaritan clause to protect entities, health care practitioners and employees from liability if they are acting in good faith when administering the medication. 

Baker noted that similar legislation to allow schools to have epi-pens was enacted into law last session, and today, more than 2,645 Pennsylvania schools are participating in the program to receive epi-pens. 

“Having epi-pens available is no different than schools and other facilities having AEDs in the case of a cardiac emergency,” said Baker. “Allergic reactions can happen very suddenly and epi-pens that are administered quickly can save lives. It just makes sense to make them available in places where food allergies in particular can typically take place.” 

To date, 17 states have enacted similar legislation in law, and more than 20 states are considering such legislation. 

House Bill 1351 has the support of Food Allergy Research and Education, Kids with Allergies, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Pennsylvania Department of Health. 



Wednesday Dec 9

Drug Forum Set For Thursday

A local politician says a drug epidemic is sweeping the nation, and Pennsylvania is not immune to it.  And to help in the fight, local officials are hosting an anti-drug forum Thursday.

Representative Matt Baker, members of the law enforcement community, and those impacted by drug use will be at the forum.

“This is becoming a growing problem in communities across the Commonwealth, which is why the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors was so willing to host this forum with me." Baker said in a news release. "We want to bring together various sectors of the state to
talk openly about our mounting drug problem and brainstorm on ways in which we can combat it.”

The event is on Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Whitneyville Fairgrounds in Wellsboro.

“This forum presents a great opportunity to share information on the impact of drugs in our communities, how they are being transported and distributed, what challenges law enforcement and prosecutors face, and what resources are available to help those affected by drug addiction,” said Baker. “Once we educate ourselves on the specific challenges, we can work on possible solutions and coordinate efforts to address this problem.”


Senate And House At Odds Over Budget Plans

It’s showdown week in the state house and senate.  Yesterday the senate voted yes for a $30.5 billion dollars state budget which would increase funding to schools as well as human service agencies without calling for a broad based tax increase. 

The state house meanwhile may vote today on a budget which is a little less, but has hundreds of thousands of dollars less in school and human service funding. The governor says he could go ahead and sign either budget. 

With the budget more than five months late, some human service agencies have had to close their doors, school districts have had to borrow money and counties are contemplating different ways of spending money.



Blossburg And Elkland Winter Theatre Arts Camps  

Tioga and Potter County youth in grades 3-9 are invited to sign up and audition now for Hamilton-Gibson’s Winter Theatre Arts Camps. The two 10-day camps are being held in Blossburg and Elkland in January.
Auditions and sign ups for the Blossburg camp will be at 3:30 p.m. this Wednesday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 15 at the Warren L. Miller Elementary School in Mansfield and at 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 16 at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The camp will in the auditorium at North Penn High School in Blossburg every day after school Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 14, as well as on Saturday, January 9.
For the Elkland camp, auditions and sign ups will be at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday and Friday, December 10 and 11 in the auditorium at Elkland High School. The camp will be in the auditorium in Elkland every day after school Monday, January 18 through Thursday, January 29, as well as on Saturday, January 23.

During both the Blossburg and Elkland camps, participating youth will learn the parts and music of “The Phantom Tollbooth Junior” and then give performances to students and the public. This musical is adapted from Norton Juster’s children’s book. The magic tollbooth transports Milo to the Land of Wisdom to rescue princesses Rhyme and Reason and bring peace to the two kings who are divided about which is more important – words or numbers. The score is by Arnold Black and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick known for “Fiddler On The Roof” and “She Loves Me.”

Performances at the Blossburg auditorium will be during the day for school students on Thursday, January 14 (tentative) and Friday, January 15 and for the public at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 17.

Elkland camp performances for school students will be in the auditorium during the day Friday, January 29 and for the public at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday January 29 and 30. This camp is offered free-of-charge to students residing in the Northern Tioga School District due to a generous grant from the Deerfield Charitable Trust.
The fee for students who live in the Galeton, Wellsboro and Southern Tioga School Districts is $40 per camper, which includes the script, printed materials, a T-shirt and instruction in theatre arts. The non-refundable $40 fee must be paid when the youth signs up for camp.
Some scholarship money is available to assist youth with the camp fee. For more information about the auditions, camps and scholarships call the HG office at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.




Friday Dec 4

Two Charged With Theft

Two area men have been arrested for stealing form a Liberty residence. 

State police in Mansfield say that Zachary Martz of Liberty and Justin Bastian of Trout Run are accused of stealing a handgun, shotgun and a Playstation 4 from Adam Chapman, a roommate of Martz’s. They then traded the handgun and shotgun for heroin in Williamsport and sold the
Playstation to buy more.

They are charged with theft, and receiving stolen property and are jailed in Tioga County Prison.



Dickens Trinity Lutheran Church And School

 For Dickens of a Christmas, the Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School, both at 53 West Avenue in Wellsboro are hosting a Dickens of a Dinner Friday night, December 4, and Breakfast with Father Christmas Saturday morning, December 5.

Both meals are open to the public and will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church’s Family Life Center, located off West Avenue on Luther Lane behind the Church. A train layout will be on display.

Dickens of a Dinner

The Friday night dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Included are: ham with raisin sauce, parsley potatoes, cranberry relish, winter vegetables, roll and butter, homemade dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens 62 and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under age 5.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

Saturday morning’s breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. and include pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, hash browns and a beverage. Santa Claus will be attending throughout the breakfast. There will be photographs with Father Christmas and a craft activity for youngsters. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children.






Thursday Dec. 3

The Candlelight Walk For Peace

The Candlelight Walk for Peace and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday night, December 5
during Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas.

Walkers with lit candles will gather at Packer Park on Queen Street. Following a brief greeting at 5 p.m.,
the walk will proceed from Queen Street to Main Street and end on “The Green.”

The Peace Education Group of Tioga County sponsors the walk. “It is just as relevant today as when it
was first held,” said Bryn Hammarstrom, who chairs the group. The late Dr. John Dowling, a physics
professor at Mansfield University, founded the Peace Education Group in the 1980s and started the
walk soon after. He was against war and totally dedicated to trying to find more peaceful ways to solve
problems. "John said rather than assuming we are going to fight and survive a nuclear war, let’s do
everything we can to prevent one because nuclear war is insane."

The Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on The Green. Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen Rebecca Leuthold of Lock Haven will light the tree, Carl Linscott, pastor of the Crossroads Family Worship Center, will give a Christmas message and there will be caroling.


A Christmas Carol

 Hamilton-Gibson Productions, the Fifth Season and Indigo Xtreme Internet are offering seven performances of one of the world’s most enduring stories at two different locations during this year’s Dickens of a Christmas.

On Saturday, December 5, Charles Dickens’ own classic ghost tale, “A Christmas Carol” is being performed at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Theatre in the Deane Center at 104 Main Street by one cast and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue by the second cast. Each performance runs just over one hour. Tickets are $18.

 At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 6 will be a Pay-What-You-Can performance in the Coolidge Theatre.

The script for both productions is the same. The Warehouse performances are presented in a traditional proscenium setting. The Coolidge production is set somewhat in the round, with the audience on two sides.

“A Christmas Carol” features six actors, one as Scrooge and the rest each portraying a number of different characters. Costume changes are made in view of the audience and the action of the haunting tale unfolds seamlessly. Much is left to the individual theatergoer’s imagination because the production celebrates the rich Dickens’ prose with the use of the “story theater” form. The actors not only play characters, but also serve as narrators using the original Dickens’ language.

The Warehouse cast includes Tom Walrath as Ebenezer Scrooge, a part he has played for over a decade. Most of the cast members have been in this production for many years. They are: Kristine Worthington as Scrooge's sister Fan, his jilted fiancé Belle and Mrs. Fezziwig; Brian Kennedy as Jacob Marley’s ghost, Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig; Kimberly Robinson as Mrs. Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past; Dallas Dziuba as Scrooge's nephew Fred and the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Simon Messineo as Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Director of this cast is Gabe Hakvaag. Music Director is Cherilyn Ayres. Kate Phillips is in charge of set design.

The Coolidge Theatre cast includes Rob Kathcart as Ebenezer Scrooge; Pam Kathcart as Fan, Belle and Mrs. Fezziwig; Jeff Ryan as Jacob Marley's ghost, Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig; Coleen Evert as Mrs. Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past; Gary Fizzano as Fred Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Blake Solow as Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Thomas Putnam is the director of this cast, the music director and in charge of set design.

Tickets can be held up to 15 minutes before the performance. For reservations, call H-G Productions at 570-724-2079, email hamgib@gmail.com or visit http://www.hamiltongibson.org and click on “Buy Tickets.”



Wednesday Dec 2

Baker to Co-Host Drug Forum in Tioga County

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, this week is co-hosting a Drug Forum in Tioga County with the help of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). 

“Pennsylvania is not immune to the drug epidemic sweeping the nation,” said Baker. “This is becoming a growing problem in communities across the Commonwealth, which is why PSATS was so willing to host this forum with me. We want to bring together various sectors of the
state to talk openly about our mounting drug problem and brainstorm on ways in which we can combat it.” 

The forum is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at the Whitneyville Fairgrounds, 2258 Charleston Road, Wellsboro. 

Joining Baker and PSATS for the forum will be Secretary of Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis; Lycoming County Judge Nancy Butts, who has been a drug court judge for 18 years; as well as representatives from law enforcement, the legal community, area school districts, PennDOT, local nonprofit organizations and those impacted by drug addiction. 

“This forum presents a great opportunity to share information on the impact of drugs in our communities, how they are being transported and distributed, what challenges law enforcement and prosecutors face, and what resources are available to help those affected by drug addiction,” said Baker. “Once we educate ourselves on the specific challenges, we can work on possible solutions and coordinate efforts to address this problem.” 

As chairman of the House Health Committee, Baker has spearheaded several bills that have been signed into law to combat drug abuse and the proliferation of drugs in our state. 

“I look forward to a productive conversation and am hopeful I will be there in person to take part,” said Baker, who noted that due to ongoing state budget talks in Harrisburg, he may be unable to attend the meeting. “If I am not able to be there, I will be given a thorough overview and follow up with all of the stakeholders to ensure we pursue any ideas that result from the forum.” 



Budget Talks Drag On

The state legislature is back from its Thanksgiving break with still no budget deal in sight.  Talks between Governor Wolf and top lawmakers continue yesterday on the five month old budget stalemate.  Very few details have been released as to how a budget will be passed. 

Last week, the state senate shot down a plan to raise the state sales tax and eliminate billions of dollars in property tax money while increasing funding for state schools.  The governor wants to add $350 million dollars in new aid for schools, but it’s not clear as to which school districts will benefit from the money. 




Tuesday Dec 1

                                                                                                       Cruelty To Animals

A Bradford County man has been charged with cruelty to animals. It’s believed that on two separate occasions 32 year old Simon Wickey went to the Baptist Hill Road home in Columbia Township of Daniel Chamberlin and severely beat the family’s leashed dog causing permanent disfigurement to the animal
 by striking the animals’ eyes.

It’s believed that Wickey waited until the man was not home to commit eh crimes. The man told police that he beat the dog due to the animal aggravating him due to barking though he lives a half mile away.

He is being charged through the district judge’s office there.


Young Child Assaulted

Assault charges could be filed pending an investigation into a young child’s injuries in Bradford County.

State police in Towanda report that a 6-month-old boy from New Albany was taken to Towanda Memorial Hospital to be checked for a fracture of his left arm. A subsequent examination showed that he has suffered previous fractures to both arms.

Police and the Bradford County Children and Youth are investigating. A suspect has not been named as of yet.



Bridge Reopens

The Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges all across Pennsylvania over the next three years completed another bridge replacement project in Tioga County, as the SR 249 crossing over Jemison Creek in Westfield Township has reopened. 

The bridge was closed for reconstruction in late July with traffic using staged construction with temporary stop signs, and reopened early morning of Saturday, November 28. The work was performed by LC Whitford. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed to last as long as 100 years.

Next spring a final layer of a special polyester concrete will be placed on the bridge deck to resist pothole formation and reduce bridge maintenance costs. That material can only be applied in temperatures above 50 degrees and after the deck has cured for at least 30 days. Drivers may notice a slight bump as they cross the bridge until that final step is completed. 

Motorists may encounter occasional short term flagging operations for cleanup work over the next couple of weeks

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.





Monday Nov 30

Wellsboro Man Charged With Stealing Checks

Police have charged Travis F. Huck, 20, with stealing his grandmother's checks and cashing several of them before she realized what was going on.

Huck was charged by state police with forgery and theft for taking and cashing 15 checks belonging to his grandmother Betty Ann Goff between Oct. 9 and Oct. 14, 13 at Weis Market and two at a local bank, totaling $648.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 5 preliminary hearing.



December 4th Dickens Of A Concert

The Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs will present their annual Dickens of a Concert on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

The four choirs will open the concert with “Hodie,” a rousing fanfare featuring trumpet and conclude it with “God Bless the Master,” a traditional folk carol. R. Vaughan Williams composed “Hodie” and arranged “God Bless the Master.”

In between, each choir will sing songs individually and with other choirs.

Under the direction of Laureen Davis, Choir, TOO, Hamilton-Gibson’s training choir composed of second through fourth graders, will sing “Snow” and other selections. They will join with the Children’s Concert Choir fifth through eighth graders to sing “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Poet Robert Frost wrote the text.

The Young Men’s Choir will sing the moving “Scots Nativity,” a traditional Scottish carol; the traditional Spanish carol “Riu, Riu, Chiu;” and “You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The Young Women’s Choir will perform “White Christmas” and a spoof of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” among others. Both choirs are composed of ninth through twelfth graders.

Other combined choir numbers are “Past Three O'Clock,” arranged by Cary Ratcliff, and the African “Baba Yetu.”

Hamilton-Gibson is committed to making sure that every family that wants to be involved with the H-G Choir program can be, regardless of financial situation. To enable eager young singers to participate, find out about contributing to the George H. Putnam and the Katherine Brennan Scholarship Funds by calling Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or emailing hamgib@gmail.com.

Admission to the concert at the door is $8 for adults and $4 for students and children. For more information call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079.



Friday Nov 27

Blossburg Man Charged

Blossburg Police have charged Christopher W. Gee, 44, of Blossburg, with possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, after a probation officer found several illegal drug smoking devices at the residence on Nov. 10.

According to documents, the paraphernalia included glass pipes, bowls and a bong used for smoking illegal drugs.

Sparks was charged with endangering the welfare of a child by violating a duty of care, protection or support, because he allegedly exposed a young child to drugs or the dangers of drugs within the residence.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing.



Wednesday Nov 25

Property Tax Elimination Bill Shot Down


A plan to eliminate billions of dollars in property taxes and replace it with increases in the state sales and income taxes was shot down by the state senate yesterday by the narrowest of votes. 


The senate actually tied 34-34 on the bill with a deciding vote against it by Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack. It’s believed the bill could be revisited as one of the co-sponsors of the bill was not present for the vote and another state senator from the Pittsburgh area, just elected to the post has not yet been sworn in.


It’s not believed the bill has enough support from the state house and the governor is not in favor either.



Dickens Of A Christmas

 For the 32nd Annual Dickens of a Christmas, December 4-6, Wellsboro's downtown will become an early Victorian marketplace featuring delectable fare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving or for oneself.

Saturday, December 5 beginning at 9 a.m., visitors will meander to the outdoor food and craft vendors that line the streets and enjoy performances by strolling musicians, singers and dancers. The town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day. 

The Dickens streets are closed to motorized vehicles Saturday only. Performers and vendors get in the spirit by dressing Victorian style. Adding to the festivities are holiday-bedecked stores and the community’s boulevards, which are decorated with fresh Christmas trees covered with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.

Outdoor craft vendors will be offering hand carved Christmas trees, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses and meats, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery, furniture, jewelry, specialty candles, hats and scarves, pet treats, heirloom Santas, stuffed animals and dolls, wrought iron and hand-turned wooden pieces and many other items. Also available will be Christmas wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens.

Restaurants and food vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot roast beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, hot cider and coffee, sausage sandwiches, whoopee pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn and apple dumplings.

The Vesta Fine Art and Craft Show & Sale will be open at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Indoor craft shows at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center will be open Friday and Saturday. An indoor craft show will be at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on Saturday only.

Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5. Among them is a Dickens of a Dinner, Breakfast with Father Christmas, lunches, concerts, a model train display, a cookie sale and in the spirit of helping others, an Alternative Christmas Fair with entertainment and refreshments.

Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. The Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” Friday and Saturday.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on the Green.

For a detailed schedule of events or more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, call 570-724-1926 or email info@wellsboropa.com.




Tuesday Nov 24


Woman Dies In House Fire

An early Monday morning fire claims the life of Sandra Webster.

According to State Police, the fire at a house on the Muck Road in Delmar Township was reported
at 3:27 Monday morning.

The fire caused heavy damage to the residence and emergency personnel found the victim dead
inside the residence.

Investigators have been unable to determine the origin or cause of the fire due to the extensive



State Budget Deal In Jeopardy?

A battle in the state senate over how to distribute property tax rebates could further delay an already five month’s overdue state budget deal, which is being floated by the governor. 

A deal was reportedly in place to raise the state sales tax to 7.25%, and in order to fund an increase in money for schools, and also to generate $1.4 billion dollars in rebates in property taxes for state property owners. 

Republican State Senators are said to want to further debate the plan that could put even more of a delay on the budget that was due back on June 30th




Monday Nov 23

12 Year-Old Charged

State police have charged a 12-year-old juvenile, from Wysox, with the shooting of a 3-year-old.

According to police, the incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Police responded to a report of a juvenile shooting another juvenile with a BB gun.

The 12-year-old was charged with harassment.




State Police Investigate Murder/Suicide

State police in Bradford County are investigating the shooting deaths of two men as a murder/suicide.

According to police, Hubert V. Daly, 53, of New Albany, entered a residence at Ambrosius Road, Wilmot Township, around 10 p.m. Thursday and shot Robert C. Shelley, 49 and then turned the gun on himself.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and the manner of death was ruled as a murder/suicide.




Friday Nov 20


Jury Finds Grays Guilty

Roegester Grays, 48, of Lawrenceville has been found guilty in the deaths of Ryan and Karen English, of Towanda, in a crash as they traveled to visit with family, leaving their three young children orphaned.

Both English, 35, and his wife Karen, 32, sitting in the front passenger seat, were killed instantly in the head-on crash March 1, 2013 on Route 328, just over the Bradford County line near Elmira, New York.

The trial at the Bradford County Courthouse began Monday and was expected to wrap up today, but according to Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett, the jury deliberated just three-and-a-half hours before coming to a unanimous decision Thursday night.

Grays could face up to 20 years in state prison after the jury convicted him of three second degree felonies including homicide by vehicle while DUI, felony DUI and homicide by vehicle by means other than DUI, in this case reckless driving.




Covington Man Arrested

Wellsboro police have charged Richard A. Nittinger, 45, Covington, after they found him lying in the middle of the street at Grant and Waln streets Nov. 8.

According to documents, Nittinger was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police found him in the roadway. Police said he had almost been run over by a motorist.

He was released on $1,000 bail and his preliminary hearing set for Nov. 24.




Thursday Nov 19

Five Are Arrested In Drug Bust.

On Nov. 14 Wellsboro Police responded to a local motel around 5:45 p.m. for a report of suspicious activity in one of the rooms.

During a search of the room and a vehicle a large quantity of drug paraphernalia along with Bath Salts, Fentanyl, morphine pills and $12,000 in cash were found.

The estimated street value of the Bath Salts is around $14,000 to $15,000.

Five people have been arrested in connection to the bust:

- 23-year-old Brandon Nelson, no current address.
- 37-year-old Christopher Pond of Athens, Pa.
- 24-year-old Seth Russell of Middebury Center, Pa.
- 23-year-old Kathleen Tyler of Bath, N.Y.
- 30-year-old Jacklyn Walker, Addison, N.Y.

Police are continuing their investigation


A No Vote On Property Tax Abolishment

Saying they first need to address various issues including ensuring that enough money would be raised, the Pennsylvania Senate yesterday postponed a vote to end school property taxes and replace the money with $14 billion dollars in higher state income and sales taxes. 

A vote will be pushed to next week. Its part of the 5 month old budget stalemate where Governor Wolf wants to institute the higher taxes and allow for more money to go to school districts across the Commonwealth. 




Wednesday Nov 18

                                   Baker Urges Wolf to Reconsider Position on Allowing Syrian Refugees in Pennsylvania

Rep Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement concerning the placement of Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania: 

“In light of the recent terrorist attacks in France, I have grave concerns regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement on Monday that Syrian refugees will continue to be welcomed for placement in the Commonwealth. 

“A government’s primary responsibility is the protection of its people. FBI Director James Comey recently testified before Congress that there are gaps in the data necessary to track and screen Syrian refugees. As we have all heard, one of the terrorists implicated in the Paris attacks is suspected
of posing as a refugee in order to gain admittance to France. 

“We must halt any additional refugee immigration until we can be certain that no safety risks are posed. 

“I sympathize with the refugees who are fleeing a nation engulfed in civil war, but we must prioritize the safety of Pennsylvanians. 

“Although this is largely a federal matter, I am investigating our options at the state level. I have signed a letter to the governor urging him to reconsider his decision, and I am co-sponsoring several resolutions to the president of the United States, Congress and the secretary of Homeland Security regarding this urgent matter.” 




Casey Lane November 29 Reception

The public is invited to attend a free reception to meet photographer Casey Lane of Galeton, see the display of 44 of her nature photographs and learn about her work. The reception will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Refreshments will be provided.
Lane's nature photographs are on display daily now through Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Deane Center lobby. They are taken from different perspectives and are in color, sepia and black and white. "My goal is to show the beauty in nature. I have photographed trees, flowers and other subjects and captured them in reflections and shadows."
The exhibit is free and open daily to the public.
For more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.




Tuesday Nov 17

Pine Creek Rail Trail Closing

Beginning November 23, 2015 the Tioga State Forest will be removing hazard trees along Pine
Creek Rail Trail from Marsh Creek Access to Tiadaghton Campground. 

This section of the trail will be closed until the hazard trees have been removed.  The contractor
is expected to complete this project by May 31, 2016. 

For more information contact DCNR Bureau of Forestry Tioga State Forest at (570) 724-2868.



Down Winding Roads Photo Contest To End November

 The "Down Winding Roads" contest being held at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro will officially end Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Those who want to enter the “Can you name these roads?” contest can go to the gallery at the Gmeiner between 2 and 5 p.m. any day between now and Nov. 25, including this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22.
Featured in the exhibit are 60 color photographs taken by Mia Lisa Anderson and Sam and Nancy McCaughey. Among them are the nine photos of roads in Tioga County.
The names of the nine roads will be provided at the gallery. Find hints on the Gmeiner and Down Winding Roads' Facebook pages.
The person who correctly identifies the name of each road pictured will win. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held.
The winner will be named Monday, Nov. 30 on the Gmeiner's Facebook page and awarded an unframed 16- by 20-inch matted print of the image he or she chooses from the 60 photographs in the "Down Winding Roads" exhibit.
The exhibit is open daily from 2-5 p.m. now through Sunday, Nov. 29 except Nov. 26 and 27 when the Gmeiner will be closed for Thanksgiving.



Monday Nov 16

Rolling Roadblocks On Route 15

Motorists in Tioga County are advised that a short-term rolling roadblock will be implemented daily this week on Route 15 between the Blossburg exit and Sebring exit.

The roadblock will be implemented each day in both directions for about 15 minutes sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19, while Talisman Energy Inc. blasts rock for a natural gas well pad. 
Traffic will not be stopped but will be guided at a slow rate of speed through the work area.

No impacts to the roadway are anticipated. The roadblocks are being implemented for precautionary purposes only.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the area.

This work is weather permitting.





Friday Nov 13

Hamilton Win Re-election Bid

Tioga County has announced that they have counted up all of their ballots with an incumbent County Commissioner there re-elected as a write in candidate. 

Republican Commissioner Mark Hamilton of Mansfield will join the two other incumbents Roger Bunn of Blossburg and Erick Coolidge of Wellsboro for a four-year term as Commissioner in Tioga County. 

Hamilton officially received 2,596 write-in votes outpolling Democrat Joe Druetto of Knoxville who was on the ballot and received 2,427 votes.




Items taken

State police at Mansfield said Richard R. Elia Jr., 33, of Waverly, N.Y. is accused in a retail theft incident that took place at approximately 6:55 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Walmart in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pa.

Police said Walmart Asset Protection team members apprehended Elia after he had removed a folding knife and a laser bore-sighter from their packing, and attempted to leave the store, without paying for them.

Police said the items were valued at $33.84





Wednesday Nov 11

Retail Theft

State police at Mansfield said Shane R. Vanderpool, 36, of Towanda, is accused in a retail theft incident that took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Walmart in Richmond Township, Tioga County.

According to police, asset protection staff apprehended Vanderpool stealing a Belkin car charger, valued at $5, from Walmart.




Tuesday Nov 10

Bridge Project Completed

The Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to rebuild 558 bridges across Pennsylvania over the next three years completed another bridge replacement project in Tioga County today, as the Holden Brook Road (SR 4017) crossing over Holden Creek in Osceola To​wnship reopened. 

The bridge was closed for reconstruction in late August and reopened to traffic late afternoon of Monday November 9th. The work was performed by Glenn O Hawbaker, a State College, PA based company. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed to last as long as 100 years.

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.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.PARapidBridges.com.




History Comes Alive Robert E. Lee By Al Stone Is Wednesday, Nov. 11

In a special Veteran’s Day presentation, titled “The Dilemma,” the Deane Center’s popular 2015 History Comes Alive series will conclude with Al Stone portraying Robert E. Lee, one of America’s greatest military leaders.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro, the legendary general will reveal why he resigned from the U.S. Army and aligned himself with the Confederate Army during the American Civil War (1861-65). Lee will share information about his experiences, the war and his final dilemma – surrendering to Union Army Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant.
Stone will then answer questions from the audience, first as General Lee and then as himself.
Now 71, Stone has been portraying Lee for over 20 years.
Born in rural upstate New York, a few miles north of the Pennsylvania line, Stone had two great-great grandfathers who served as volunteers in the War Between the States and was raised by a father who was an avid history buff. By the time he was 15, Stone had trekked the rocks and fields of Gettysburg many times while on trips to Maryland and Washington, D.C.
At 21, Stone relocated to Lynchburg, Virginia to take a job. There, he continued to explore his interests in the conflict that divided the north and south and became aware of Lee’s impact, not only on Virginia, but also the Union, before and after the war.
During moves to Alabama, Florida, West Virginia and then back to Florida, he continued to educate himself about the Civil War. As his hair changed from brown to white, Stone became a re-enactor portraying a Confederate officer. When he first began attending reenactments 25 years ago with a friend, people kept saluting him. He asked his friend why and was told to look in a mirror and compare his image with a photo of Lee.
For the first time in May 1995, five years into his reenactment career, Stone took on the role of General Lee as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. Since then, he has portrayed Lee at the annual Gettysburg reenactment for eight years, including the 150th anniversary and at well over 1,000 other reenactments around the United States. He has appeared as the general in more than 30 small and big screen documentaries and movies, including the History Channel documentary “April 1865 – The Month that Saved America.”
Civil War re-enactors and historians have described Stone as presenting the most accurate impression of General Lee. It’s not only his physical appearance but also the clothing Stone wears, which is designed to replicate that worn by the general during the various periods of his life. Author Emory Hackman wrote:  As a lifelong student of Robert E. Lee, your image and word selections are an impressive display of the man himself.”
On April 11 of this year during the 150th anniversary of the historic meeting of April 9, 1865 between Lee and Grant at the Appomattox Virginia Courthouse, where Lee officially surrendered to Grant, Stone officially retired his field impression of Lee. It was his last battle appearance as the general.
Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students and free for youth 12 and under when accompanied by a parent. For reservations or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.




Monday Nov 9

Additional Charges Filed

Richard H. Vanderpool, 47 of Towanda, accused of injuring three Pennsylvania state troopers has been charged with new crimes related to 11 additional victims.

Last Thursday Vanderpool was given a preliminary arraignment at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, where he has been held since the Oct. 21 incident that police say involved a stolen vehicle in Franklin Township.

Charges have been re-filed against Vanderpool related to crimes against seven Bradford County residents, one Lycoming County resident, another from Montour County, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services and society in general, according to Pennsylvania state police.

Vanderpool faces 28 charges, some with multiple counts, including criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide, aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, criminal mischief, terroristic threats, kidnapping, burglary, and recklessly endangering another person.

As a result of the new charges, Vanderpool has been jailed on $2 million bail.



HAVEN To Hold Fundraiser

HAVEN of Tioga County will be hosting a Wine and Design fundraising event at the Deane Center on November 13th! Don't know how to paint? Don't worry, they will teach us- their fool proof design will guide our paint strokes.

Come join us for a fun filled evening of shopping, baked goods, drinks, laughter, and painting. Shopping and snacks will begin approximately 5:00 and painting will begin approximately 6:30.

Tickets are $45 per person and all are welcome! The doors open at 5:00 to give time to get some holiday shopping done at our vendor show, mingle with friends, and enjoy snacks. Our painting class will begin at 6:30 and will go until 8:30. Tickets include admission to the vendor show, complimentary refreshments, all supplies necessary for your painting, and our very skilled art guides.  

All tickets can be purchased online at http://www.wineanddesign.com/calendars/event.php?id=5489




Wednesday Nov 4

Tioga County Election Results



Tuesday Nov 3

                                                            Dickens Of A Christmas Costume Workshop Is Nov. 4

Larry and Barbara Biddison will host the Dickens of a Christmas Costume Workshop Wednesday, Nov. 4,
beginning at 7 p.m. in the Penn Wells Hotel lobby at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. It’s free!
This workshop is for those who want to dress Victorian style for Wellsboro's Dickens of a Christmas
celebration so they can join friends, families and visitors Saturday, Dec. 5 for a stroll of Wellsboro’s
streets, tipping a top hat, or performing a graceful curtsy in a long skirt, and wishing all who pass
a “Happy Holiday.”
During the workshop, learn how to put together a costume using items on hand or that can be easily
and inexpensively obtained and where to go to find them.
Leftover Halloween costumes, wedding or prom attire, curtains, tablecloths, old coats and hats, and all kinds of items that might be found in grandma’s attic can add to the Victorian look and to Dickens festival fun on Dec. 5.
At the workshop, people will model their Dickens clothing, explain how they made the costumes they are wearing and how they stay warm while strolling outdoors. There will also be a demonstration by Linda Huntingdon about how to turn jean-clad kids into Victorian-era street urchins or well-mannered children.
Available at the workshop will be clothing that can be purchased on the spot for reasonable prices. The clothing is being provided by the Northern Tier Children's Home thrift shop.
Larry said, “Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas festival is not one of those ‘historically correct’ events where people are expected to wear authentic period costumes. Any clothing or accessory that looks ‘old fashioned’ will serve. Some can easily be made; for example, to create a pair of old fashioned glasses just bend electricians’ wire.
“Dickens participants are people in make-do costumes enjoying themselves. It’s great fun to walk up and down Main Street, offer cheery greetings to strangers and see their smiles,” Larry said. “It’s also fun when folks stop to inquire about my costume. And it’s even more rewarding when someone asks if I wouldn’t mind posing for a picture! In those cases, I always make a point of learning where they are from or if this is their first visit to Wellsboro. Naturally, I invite them to come back during our other seasons.”
Join in this year and have a Dickens of a good time. 




                                                                                    PennDOT Removes Weight Restriction On Route 249

PennDOT advises motorists in Tioga County that a weight restriction has been removed from a section of Route 249 because of upgrades made by PennDOT department forces.

The current 10-ton posting was removed on Route 249 from the intersection of Route 287 in Middlebury Township to Route 4012 (Short Hill Road) in Chatham Township, Tioga County.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.




Monday Nov 2

Still No Budget

The State of Pennsylvania heads into month number 5 without a budget which is beginning to
cause problems on many levels. School Districts are having to borrow money and hold off on
 paying their bills. State subsidized Pre-Kindergarten programs are beginning to shut down. 
Other state subsidized agencies are closing their doors as well. 

The Governor is still calling for large tax increases in order to fund schools and help bridge a
budget deficit gap and the Republicans who control the legislature say they will not allow
increases, and also are calling on the governor to make major changes to the state funded
pension plan and to sell of the state liquor system.




Friday Oct 30

A Massive Tire Fire In Tioga County

According to Emergency Management officials 400 to 500 tires burned at a personal residence on the Canoe Camp Creek Road in Richmond Township.

There was some concern when the siding of a nearby home started catching fire but firefighters were able to get that out and protect the structure.

Foam was applied to the fire and firefighters began making good progress on the tire fire by around 8:00 p.m. Thursday

There are no injuries to report.

The State Department of Environmental Protection and the local water authority have been notified and are sending representatives to the scene.



Man Charged With Threatening Woman

State Police have charged David H. Farr, 41, of Mansfield, with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment at 1272 S. Main St. on Oct. 25.

According to documents, police were dispatched to a report of a domestic incident at the residence and found Farr, who said he and his wife had gotten into an argument the previous night and she wasn't home at the time.

Farr allegedly had kicked the victim in the stomach and told her he knew how to hold a gun to someone's head and pull the trigger.

Farr was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail 



Thursday Oct 29

Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Mark A. Ives, 55, of Wellsboro, with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment, following a domestic disturbance at the residence between him and an unidentified female victim.

Police were dispatched to the apartment, after the victim told a dispatcher that following verbal arguments earlier in the day as Ives was drinking, she left and came home to find the door locked.

When she finally got in, police said, Ives was lying on the couch with a loaded rifle on a coffee table in front of him.

He threatened to shoot and kill her and her dog if she didn't get out of the house, according to police.

Police said they found Ives heavily intoxicated with a rifle.

He was jailed at Tioga County Prison, where he remains, on $10,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was held Oct. 20 and his county court arraignment is set for Nov. 9.



                                                                       Medicare Open Enrollment Events To Be Held In Tioga County

Are you a Medicare beneficiary? Then this announcement is for you. The annual Medicare open enrollment period is October 15th-December 7th. This period is used for making changes to your Medicare insurance plans and drug plans. The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. has free Medicare counseling available through the APPRISE program.There are open enrollment events being held and appointment can be made by calling 1-800-822-6793. The events dates are November 10th, November 24th, and December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.

These are events are free of charge and will be held at the Tioga County Area Agency on Aging office. Please schedule your appointment now to ensure your Medicare insurance and drug plans will meet your needs for 2016.

The APPRISE and B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the United Way of Susquehanna County; and the Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga County Commissioners.




Wednesday Oct 28

Dracula Is This Weekend

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and this Sunday, Nov. 1 at
2:30 p.m., Hamilton-Gibson Productions is re-telling Bram Stoker's classic horror tale as an
 audio drama.
"Dracula: A Symphony of Terrors” will be at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in
Sponsors of this production are Dr. Richard and Kate Black.
Thursday and Friday tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for students; Saturday tickets are $12
for adults and free for children and students; and the Sunday performance is Pay What You Can.
For reservations or information, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.



State Unemployment Rates

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in September, down one-tenth of a percentage point from August. Pennsylvania’s rate was two-tenths of a percentage point above the U.S. rate of 5.1 percent, which was unchanged from August. The commonwealth’s rate was also 5.3 percent in September 2014 while the national rate declined by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 7,000 in September to 6,409,000. Both resident employment and unemployment were down for the month.

Total nonfarm jobs were down 16,400 in September to 5,840,300. Both public and private sector jobs declined from August. Education & health services and government had the largest declines, with the educational components of each super-sector accounting for most of the overall September job loss. Leisure & hospitality (+8,000) showed the largest gain.




Monday Oct 26

                                                           Towanda Man Charged With Attempted Murder On Officer

A Towanda man has been charged with criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide and several other counts stemming from a Bradford County incident on Wednesday evening. 

State police in Towanda say that 47 year old Richard Vanderpool stole a car outside a Towanda mini-mart.  He then drove to a nearby home, went inside, and got a shotgun, firing a shot inside the house.  When police arrived, he tried to run ramming the vehicle into a state police cruiser,
which got pushed into another one.  One state police officer was pinned between the vehicles and suffered serious injuries, another suffered minor injuries. 

Bail was set at $1.5 million dollars.




Friday Oct 23

Towanda Man Charged With Child Porn

A Towanda man was arrested this week on a count of possession of child pornography, a count of dissemination of child pornography and a count of criminal use of a communication facility. 

An investigation into a peer-to-peer online download led police to the Towanda Residence of 48-year-old Peter Zang.  A search warrant was issued and electronic devices were seized with evidence of child pornography as well as software used to download the images. 

Zang was charged on Tuesday and jailed in Bradford County prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail.


Galeton Man Faces Drug Charges

David Piaquadio, 58, of Galeton was indicated Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court on charges he allegedly took part in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, oxycodone and Fentanyl, and heroin in Potter and Tioga counties.

A federal grand jury charged Piaquadio with distribution of oxycodone pills and Fentanyl patches prescribed for him and other persons and covered by Medicaid and Medicare benefits, according to district U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.

H was also charged with conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of those substances, as well as distribution of heroin purchased in Williamsport with the proceeds from illegal sales of the prescription drugs.

The maximum penalty under federal law upon conviction is 40 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine.



Money For Schools Drying Up

The PA State Education Association reports that due to the budget impasse which is now at 113 days, that school district are going deeper into debt, and that some may soon have to close. 

The Association reports that districts have received no state money since July and they have to borrow money just to stay open.  They say that low-income districts are being especially hard hit. 

In addition, the state has currently stopped payments to charter schools across the commonwealth. 




Thursday Oct 22

Covington Man Faces Charges

Robert Preston Lane, 42, of Covington, has been charged with terroristic threats and harassment.

According to court document, Lane allegedly took out a knife and threatened the life of a person at a camper on Canada Road. The victim got away and called state police.

Lane was jailed in county prison with bail set at $2,500.





Covington Man Accused Of Selling Pot, Oxycodone

Police have charged Earl Joseph Zeigler, 49, of Covington, for allegedly sold marijuana, percocet, oxycodone hydrochloride and hydromorphone to an informant and state police.

During the investigation numerous controlled buys with a criminal informant purchasing the drugs from Zeigler at various locations in Covington Township, Richmond Township and Putnam Township.

Zeigler has been charged with criminal use of communication facility, prohibited possession of a firearm, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

Zeigler was jailed in county prison with bail set at $100,000.




Wednesday Oct 21

                                                              The Women's Inner Discovery Workshop Is This Saturday

Jenny Garrison, R.N. and Judith Sornberger, Ph.D. are presenting "Your Heart, Your Name, Your Prayer," a women's inner discovery workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Grand Community Room at the Deane Center in Wellsboro. 
This workshop will help women figure out who they are beyond their jobs and roles as spouse, parent and child. They will explore their individual true path through guided imagery, a playful exploration of their names, poetry, movement, writing and sharing with others in a safe, encouraging environment. 
Those attending the workshop are invited to bring business cards, brochures, publications and handcrafted items to share and sell.
Sornberger is the author of six collections of poetry and the prose memoir "The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany." She is professor emeritus of Mansfield University where she taught creative writing and created the Women's Studies Program. "Women and Spirituality," a class she team taught to students of all ages opened up new ways for perceiving and engaging the spiritual in their lives.
Garrison teaches yoga and imagery as a way to deepen individual experience of the inner world. She holds certifications with the Academy for Guided imagery and the International Institute for Visualization Research. She is the author of "Imagery In You: Mining for Treasure in your Inner World" and the audio CD "Gentle Yoga."  Garrison believes everyone can draw strength and wisdom from their inner world.
For more information, call 570-439-2951 or 570-724-5429.




Monday October 19

                                                                  Man Charged With Assault

37-year old Michael E. Given faces charges after police say he choked a woman unconscious and
struck her in the face.

Given has been charged with Terroristic Threats and Assault.

According to Pennsylvania State Police say the incident occurred on Locey Creek Road in Osceola
Township on October 10th when an argument escalated into an assault.

Police say the victim, 48-year old Trina Pope suffered moderate injuries. 



Auditions For H-G's "Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike"

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is holding auditions for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," a Christopher Durang comedy that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013.
"We're auditioning for one young man in his 20s or 30s who must be comfortable on stage in his underwear, two middle-aged women, one woman in her 20s or 30s and one woman of any age who is wild," said Thomas Putnam, H-G artistic director.
A synopsis of the play describes the action. "Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pa., where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha."
Auditions will be at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in Wellsboro at 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 20 and 21 and  Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Performances will be given on Feb. 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20, 2016. The show is sponsored by Ward Manufacturing.
For more information about the auditions, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.




Thursday Oct 15

Rape Investigation In Bradford County

State police in Towanda are investigating the rape of a young girl, which occurred sometime in
the month of May or June of this year. 

Police say a man they have not yet named reportedly raped the 12 year old at a residence in
Wyalusing Township.  They say they continue their investigation into that allegation and will
not release any other details until they have finished their investigation. 



Morris Run Man Charged

According to court documents Samuel Allen Hebe, 19, of, Morris Run has been charged with simple assault, harassment, public drunkenness and similar misconduct.

State police were called to a domestic disturbance and arrived to find a victim complaining of a broken arm and witnesses stating the injuries allegedly were caused Hebe.

Hebe's bail was set at $2,500.



Bridge Work Set To Begin In Elkland

On Monday, Oct. 19, prep work for a bridge replacement project on Route 4023 (Ellison Road) in Elkland Borough, Tioga County, will begin.

The existing bridge, which spans a tributary to Camp Brook, is located just north of the intersection with Route 49.

Work this year involves the construction of a road leading to the proposed site of a temporary bridge. The temporary bridge will be built next year and used for traffic when the existing bridge is closed for replacement. After the temporary road is completed, work will cease for the winter and resume in the spring.

The project is expected to be completed in late October of 2016.

Susquehanna Supply Co. is the prime contractor on this $1.8 million project.



Wednesday Oct14

                                             Baker Says Impact Fee Delivers Funding To Help With Regional Housing Needs

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced $495,000 in funding through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhance Program (PHARE) to help meet the growing demand for available housing. 

“Here in the Northern Tier, we are at the epicenter of the natural gas production boom, which has created many jobs and contributed greatly to the local economy,” said Baker. 

The Marcellus Shale Impact Fee 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. 

PHARE, also known as the State Housing Trust Fund, is funded by the impact fee. 

“Funding through PHARE will help repair aging, affordable housing complexes; assist low-income individuals obtain and retain housing; and help address the growing population of individuals and families who are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless,” said Baker. “These funds give the helping hand needed to ensure more people have a safe place to live.” 

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

• Leased House Rental Start-Up, Bradford County - $50,000 to assist with first month’s rent and security deposits for eligible, low-income households. 
• Potter County Homeless Prevention Program, Potter County - $30,000 to provide homeless prevention services in the form of short- and medium-term rental assistance, and security and utility deposits to low-income households who are at risk of becoming homeless. Funding can also be used to re-house individuals and families who are newly homeless. 
• Tioga County Leased Housing Rental Start-Up Program, Tioga County - $50,000 to assist with first month’s rent and security deposits for eligible, low-income households. 
• Sherwood Manor Roof Replacement, Tioga County - $155,000 to replace the roof at an existing 48-unit senior occupancy affordable housing development. 
• Kenner Court/Garnet House and David’s By the Lake, Tioga County - $100,000 for rental subsidies, building operations and the on-site supportive services offered at the three facilities. Combined, Kenner Court and Garnet House provide 22 units for homeless individuals. David’s By the Lake provides three apartments for homeless families with children, or older couples without children. 
• Tioga View Apartments, Tioga County - $110,000 for the preservation and rehabilitation of 51 units of affordable general occupancy housing in the borough of Mansfield. 



Bookfest Is This Saturday Oct. 17

The 7th Annual BookFest is this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby at the Deane Center, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro. Admission is free. BookFest co-sponsors are From My Shelf Books & Gifts of 7 East Avenue and Wellsboro area schools on Nichols, Meade and Sherman streets.

Being offered are thousands of hard and soft cover used books across all genres and age groups. All books will be priced at $5 or less; most will be less than $2. All proceeds from the used book sale will benefit Wellsboro Area School District  libraries. After BookFest, new books will be purchased for each school. To date, BookFest has raised more than $8,000 to add inventory to Wellsboro school libraries.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet local and regional authors and buy an unusual gift for someone special - a personally-inscribed book. The authors will be available to talk about their writing process and their experiences with publishing.

This year's authors are: Bill Robertson, Bucktail series and many other historical fiction novels; Jess Eppley, “The Book of Siavon,” a fantasy series for young adults;  Brenda Sieglitz, “Ebb from the Shoreline," a memoir of a young cancer-widow;  Frank Deter, “A Dog Named Judy,” a boy-dog-father and son memoir; Baiba Kreger,“My Heritage, My Destiny,"  a memoir of a WWII survivor and U.S. immigrant;  D.L. Lubertowicz, "Blood Moon," a paranormal romance; Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, “Breadline Blue," a young adult historical fiction novel; Ella Phillips, author of “Little Blessings" and two other children's picture books; David Scrimshaw, "Christian, Awake!” and other Christian literature; and Meredith Shaw,  “The Swordmaker's Daughter," a young adult fantasy.

Large fabric bags will be for sale while supplies last for $5 each with the proceeds to benefit the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own bags.

Both the used book sale and many of the authors will accept major credit cards for purchases over $15. Cash is preferable. Personal checks will not be accepted.



Tuesday Oct 13

Mansfield to Implement New Tuition Program

With the goal of increasing retention, student persistence and four-year graduation rates, Mansfield University will launch a new tuition pilot program in the fall of 2016.

The Freeze Individualized Tuition (FIT) program will charge tuition on a per-credit basis for all undergraduate students and freeze that tuition rate for eight consecutive fall and spring semesters. This pilot program is based on a four-year plan. A student’s tuition will not increase for eight
semesters, excluding summer or winter terms, or until the first degree is conferred, whichever occurs first.

“As part of our commitment to provide access and affordability to all students, we continue to explore innovative ways such as FIT to control costs and provide opportunity to our students,” MU President Fran Hendricks said. “We believe this pilot program will increase enrollment while also increasing retention, student persistence, academic profile and four-year graduation rates.”

FIT will replace the current hybrid model in which students enrolled in 12–18 credits are charged a flat rate, and students who are not full-time are charged on a per-credit basis. At the time of implementation, per-credit tuition for all students with less than 90 credits earned to date will be frozen for subsequent academic semesters. Students with 90 or more credits will have the option either to pay the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) per-credit rate or participate in FIT.

“This innovative program puts Mansfield University in a leadership position in addressing the rising cost of higher education,” Ralph Meyer, chairman of the MU Council of Trustees, said. “Freezing tuition increases for eight consecutive semesters will help students financially over the course of their education, and assist them in planning their higher education expenses. This program is also consistent with PASSHE’s mission of providing high quality education at an affordable cost.”

“We appreciate the support of the Mansfield Council of Trustees and PASSHE Board of Governors in approving FIT for implementation,” Hendricks said. “Increasing costs and concerns about student debt are major issues facing higher education and we believe this program helps to address those issues and give our students and their parents some cost assurance.”

FIT will be in place as a pilot program until 2019. At that time it will be evaluated to measure its effectiveness and viability to continue. Graduate courses, as well as summer and winter courses are not included in the program.

For more information on FIT, go to mansfield.edu/fit



Golden Afternoons Free Luncheon Registration Deadline

Adults, 55 and older are asked to register on or before this Friday, Oct. 16 for the Golden Afternoons program being held Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the lobby at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. with bingo. Julian Stam of Pop’s Culture Shoppe of Wellsboro will be bringing board and card games for people to play, such as mahjong.

At noon, lunch will be provided free for registered participants compliments of the Deane Center. It will include sandwiches and cookies made by the Native Bagel and beverages.

“Usually our Golden Afternoons programs begin at 1 p.m. and last one hour. Their purpose is to give adults, 55 and older, an opportunity to socialize and have a good time. Free refreshments are provided. Admission is free,” said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director.

"We are trying something new with the Oct. 20 program. We are starting at 10 a.m. and offering lunch at noon,” Connelly said. "We have also extended an invitation to Wellsboro Senior Center participants to see if they would be interested in coming.”

To ensure enough lunches will be available, those who will be attending are asked to register by this Friday, Oct. 16 by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

For more information about Golden Afternoons programs, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.




Monday Oct 12

Middlebury Center Home Destroyed I Fire

The Middlebury Fire Department and the Tioga Fire Department, along with 5 other departments
responded to the fire at 11:30 Saturday morning.

The home was a farmhouse that was divided into two separate apartments and is now a total loss.
A family of 3 lived in one of the apartments. The other apartment was unoccupied.

No one was injured in the fire. One person was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but
was not transported to the hospital. 

The cause is still under investigation, however it is not suspicious and appears to be electrical.




Baker Welcomes Chesapeake Bay Grants For Area Organizations

More than $1 million in grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will benefit organizations and area projects in Bradford and Tioga counties, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter). 

“This grant funding will be used for restoration, conservation and environmental projects that will improve our local watersheds and have far-reaching benefits by helping to enhance water quality in the Chesapeake Bay,” said Baker. “This is a substantial amount of funding that will help these projects leverage matching funds and move these important and comprehensive projects forward.” 

Funding is being awarded through the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program and the Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program. 

The INSR program provides grants to innovative and cost-effective projects that reduce or eliminate the flow of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment pollution into local waterways. The SWG program provides grants to organizations and municipal governments that are working to improve the condition of their local watersheds through on-the-ground restoration, habitat conservation and community engagement. 

The grants are as follows: 

INSR Grants 
• Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (Pennsylvania/New York): $317,895 
• Tioga County Conservation District (Pennsylvania/New York): $199,291 
• Bradford County Conservation District: $450,000 

SWG Grants 
• Bradford County Conservation District: $132,875 

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, including a full list of this year’s awardees, visit The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund web site. 



Friday Oct 9

Man Awakened By Intruder

Police have charged Jaguar Matthew J. Gordon, 21, of Mansfield, with simple assault, harassment and burglary.

According to court documents, the victim called the state police to report a burglary at his residence in Rutland Township. The victim told police he went to investigate a noise that woke him from sleeping, that is when Gordon and another man allegedly attacked the victim.

His bail was posted at $7,500. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4.




Mansfield Woman Accused Of Terroristic Threats

Borough police charged Natasha English, 34, of 52 Sullivan St., with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct including hazardous or physically offensive conduct.

According to court documents, English went to confront her boyfriend at a bar on South Main Street and argued loud enough to alarm patrons. Witnesses stated hearing her threaten to destroy her boyfriend's belongings and burn his house down, according to court documents.

English was jailed in county prison with bail set at $2,000.



Baker Votes No On Governor's Multi-Billion Tax Plan

State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today joined the majority of his colleagues in the House in voting no on the governor’s new tax plan that would increase taxes by billions of dollars by increasing the Personal Income Tax, as well as placing an additional tax on natural gas production operations. He issued this statement following the vote: 

“Today’s vote clearly demonstrates to the governor that the support is not there to increase taxes on the hard-working people of Pennsylvania. The governor’s proposed Personal Income Tax increase of 16 percent would have taken more money out of every paycheck, which is something the residents I represent do not want. It would also hurt many of our small business owners. 

“The additional tax he is proposing on natural gas production, on top of the impact fee and other business taxes the companies already pay, would make Pennsylvania the costliest state in the country for these companies to operate. Under the governor’s proposal, a severance tax would be levied at 3.5 percent in addition to another 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet. With the price of natural gas around $1 per thousand cubic feet, this would equate to about a 14.7 percent effective tax rate. This would have a negative impact on the industry and take more jobs out of state. Here in the Northern Tier, we have overwhelmingly benefitted from the job creation, cheaper energy prices and increased regional revenue from the industry. Any additional taxes would be to the detriment of our area’s economy. 

“There have already been two proposals sent to the governor that balances the budget without any tax increases. I am hopeful today’s vote will challenge the governor to take a new direction on resolving the state budget impasse – one in which we can get majority support.” 




Thursday Oct 8

Bear Causes Vehicle Damage

Over the weekend, a vehicle accident in Tioga County left 64 year old Peter Mulhall of Wellsboro rattled when he was traveling on Stoney Fork Creek Road around sunset and had to swerve off the road to avoid colliding with a bear.

Mulhall came to a stop on the shoulder, only to have the ground give way, causing the vehicle he was driving to slide sideways down the embankment, roll onto it’s side and finally come to a rest against a tree.

Mulhall was wearing his seat belt and no related injuries were reported.



Wellsboro Man Charged

Wellsboro Police have charged Mark Anthony Hopper, 25, of Wellsboro, with theft by unlawful taking of valium and possession of a controlled substance.

The incident was reported to Wellsboro police by the victim, who said she saw Hopper going through her purse at her home in Wellsboro. The victim kept Diazepam (Valium) in her purse, and she called the police when she found tablets missing.

Hopper was jailed in county prison with bail set at $5,000. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing.




A Covington Woman Accused Of Stealing

 According to Wellsboro police, Carole Ann Chase, 37, of Covington, is accused of receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking.

According to court documents, Police received a complaint from the victim's mother regarding $2,500 that was stolen.

Police said Chase was an employee associated with the victim's residence, a group home in Wellsboro. Chase allegedly took the victim in a company vehicle to the bank to cash checks in the victim's name.

Bail will be determined at the preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 27.



                                                                             Autumn Chorale Concert Oct. 11

This Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m., the four Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs will present a variety of musical selections as they explore the concept of "time" during their fall concert Autumn Chorale at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the corner of Pearl and Charles streets in Wellsboro. Among the songs are "Step in Time" from the musical "Mary Poppins," the old campground song "No Time,"  the spiritual "Ain't Got Time to Die" and "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent."

Singing will be the members of  Hamilton-Gibson’s Choir TOO, grades 2-4 under the direction of Laureen Davis; the Children’s Concert Choir, grades 5-8 and the Young Men’s Choir, grades 9-12, both directed by Thomas Putnam; and the Young Women’s Choir, grades 9-12, directed by Marian Miller who is also the accompanist for the concert.

Sponsors are Drs. Tina Tolins and Grady Gafford. Purchase tickets at the door for $8 for adults and $4 for students and children.

For more information about the concert or joining the choral program, call the Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choirs at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.




Tuesday Oct 6

Thanksgiving Food Drive


The South Creek Lions Club is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive to be able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for the needy in South Creek Township. Members of the Club recently 
voted to do this drive in order to help those who need help. Members will be making up foodboxes from donations and also purchasing turkeys to hand out for those in need.

Bags of non-perishable food items can be left on the porch under the sign any day of the week from October 5th until November 20th

The South Creek Lions Club is located on Route 14 just south of the village of Gillett Pennsylvania in South Creek Township.

For more information, please contact the South Creek Lions Club President, David Rockwell, at 570-529-2763.




Monday Oct 5

Charges Withdrawn

Tioga County District Attorney Krista Deats has withdrawn criminal charges against a man who allegedly fled the scene of a vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 34-year-old Lawrencevillewoman nine years ago.

Deats withdrew two counts of accidents involving death or personal injury against Simon Eugene Gigee, 45, Westfield. Deats has the option to refile the charges.

Gigee was accused by state police of allegedly leaving the scene of the crash that killed Rhonda Fromm and injured her husband, Michael Fromm, on Route 287.

State police arrested Gigee in 2014 after their investigation of the accident which took place during the day on Oct. 27, 2006. Police said a homemade trailer came loose from Gigee's southbound truck and entered Fromm's lane on Route 287 near Tioga borough.



Bridge Replacement Starts Today


Work begins today on a bridge replacement project with a bridge closure taking place on Wednesday, October 7 on Route 249 in Chatham and Middlebury townships in Tioga County. The existing structure will be replaced with a precast concrete box culvert

The work area is 2.1 miles southeast of the intersection of Route 4011(Blair Creek Road) in Chatham Township and 3.1 miles west of Route 4017 in Middlebury Township.

All work on the $572,000 project will be performed during daylight hours. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is the contractor.

There is a 21 day maximum allowed for the closure and work is expected to be completed around October 23, 2015.

A westbound detour will be in effect via Bee Hive Road to Glenn Road. A truck detour will be in effect via Route 4027 (Cummings Creek Road) to Route 49 west to Route 249.




Friday Oct 2

Wellsboro Man Charged

Police have charged Anthony F. Allen Jr., 29, of Wellsboro, with selling heroin, following two controlled buys in May, according to documents.

Allen allegedly sold an informant six bags of heroin for $100 at a public library and 13 bags of heroin for $200 at an automotive store, according to court documents.

Allen was charged with conspiracy to manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, criminal use of communication facility and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Allen was jailed in county prison in lieu of $30,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled
for Tuesday.



Man Accused Of Selling Cocaine

Police have charged John Francis McConomy IV, 26, Charleston Road with selling drugs from his vehicle at the West End apartments on Calkins Lane.

McConomy allegedly was driven to the apartments by a juvenile to sell cocaine from the vehicle. 

McConomy was charged with solicitation of minors to traffic drugs, conspiracy criminal use of communication facility and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

McConomy was jailed in county prison with bail set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.




Thursday Oct 1

House Approves Baker Bill

As part of continuing action to combat the nation’s growing drug epidemic, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, to empower the secretary
of the Department of Health to add new substances to the list of controlled substances used to manufacture illegal drugs. 

“My legislation would enable the secretary of Health to act more quickly so law enforcement can take swift action when new illicit drugs hit the streets,” said Baker. “Those who aremanufacturing these drug cocktails are often using legal, common substances in new ways
that leads to tragic and, sometimes, deadly outcomes for those who are using them. 
House Bill 608 
would enable law enforcement to keep up with the quickly changing illegal drug market and empower them to prosecute those who possess these substances with the intent to manufacture illegal drugs.” 

House Bill 608 would permit the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ban substances temporarily, pending full regulatory review, when there is an imminent hazard 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 time consuming. 

“Criminals adapt quickly to making the changes necessary to continue their illegal activities and often stay ahead of law enforcement’s efforts,” said Baker. “This legislation would make it harder for these criminals to circumnavigate the legal system and help bring them to justice. This is an important step in order to stem the tide of illegal drugs being manufactured in kitchens and basements all across the state. We need to be more adaptable and aggressive if we are to keep pace with today’s illegal drug manufacturers.” 

The legislation also would make changes to the current schedule of controlled substances in order to update the Commonwealth’s schedules to reflect the federal controlled substance laws. 

This is the second time Baker has introduced this legislation. In 2013, it passed the House but was never acted upon by the Senate. House Bill 608 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. 



Governor Vetoes Short Term Spending Plan

Saying that Republican leaders in the State Legislature are the only real things standing between “us” and a real state budget, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a short term state spending plan which had already passed in both the Republican controlled state house and senate. 

Wolf defended his veto as a choice between a sound long term fiscal plan and series of flawed Washington DC style short term fixes that neglects schools and deepens the deficit. 

Wolf and Republican leaders are back in budget talks with no end in sight to the impasse.




Wednesday Sept 30

Police Investigate Burglary

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence on Pine Lane in Liberty Township.

According to the property owner, Harry Campbell Sr., someone entered the residence between Sept 27th and Sept 29.  They removed numerous firearms, cash and other items.

Anyone with information should contact the PSP at 570-662-2151




Country Jamboree

This Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Country Jamboree, a national touring musical revue, will perform at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Some of the country classics from the 1940s to the 70s the audience can expect to hear are “Walkin’ after Midnight” by Patsy Cline, “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn as well as hits by Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson and others like Bobbie Gentry known for her 1967 hit, “Ode to Billie Joe.”
There will be plenty of wardrobe changes, lots of different cowboy hats and boots and a stage bedecked with interesting banners, Lone Star beer cases and a Texas Longhorn crossing sign, according to Major McCain, the band’s lead vocalist and front man.
The eight-member group also includes vocalists Miss Jeanne Monroe and Lady Di St. James and the Saddle Up All Star Band with Luther Jackson (pedal steel/backup vocals), Jackson Jackson (bass/lead and backup vocals), Buck McAllister (guitar/backup vocals), Tex Baker (piano/backup vocals) and Dallas Tanner (drums). Each of them has spent time in bands touring with or opening for country musicians such as Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Juice Newton, Lynn Anderson, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children.
For more information or tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.



Deadline To Register, Next Monday

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State is reminding PA residents that if they are not registered to vote to make sure they register by the deadline of October 5th in order to vote in the November General Election. 

Secretary of State Pedro Cortes is also reminding residents that they can register on line or make changes to existing registrations by accessing the website at www.registervotesPA.com

Individuals wishing to register are reminded that they must be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote at least 30 days before the election an at least 18 of age.




Tuesday Sept 29

Wellsboro Art Club's Art In Motion Show And Sale

“Art In Motion” is the theme of the Wellsboro Art Club’s show and sale. It opens this Sunday, Oct. 4 with a reception from 2-4 p.m. at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street, Wellsboro. Refreshments will be homemade appetizers and desserts made by club members. The reception and
show are free and open to the public.
“The theme invites people to think about each piece,” said Club President Suzan Richar. “Is the motion the subject of the piece, like a painting of a sailboat on water? Or, is it the movement the artist made in creating a piece? How much motion went into making the quilts, tote bags and iPad covers that will
be on display?”
The show will feature original art and handmade crafts by about 25 of the club’s 40 members. Included will be watercolor and acrylic paintings, pastels, photographs, painted ornaments and furniture, collages and unique handcrafted items from quilts to amber jewelry, note cards to handmade pinwheels and mobiles.
“We are planning to bring in new items during the month. Guests are welcome to visit our show several times,” said Richar.
The show and sale will be open daily from 2-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 25. Admission to the Gmeiner and the show are free.
For more information, call the Gmeiner at 570-724-1917.




Monday Sept 28

                                                Baker Supports Emergency Funding Bill for Social Service Programs, Education

 Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today cast an affirmative vote on emergency funding legislation that was approved by the state House and sent to the governor. The set of bills approved would ensure certain social service agencies and schools receive critical funding until
a compromise state budget plan can be agreed upon. 

“Due to the governor’s unwillingness to compromise, we have been left without a state budget since July 1,” said Baker. “The loss of state aid over the past three months has put a strain on many social service agencies, such as rape crisis and domestic violence centers, cancer screening services and programs that work with children with intellectual disabilities. Schools are also suffering from the loss of funding they rely on to meet their financial obligations. Although we are still working diligently on a final budget plan, this is a step we can take to
ensure our most vulnerable citizens are taken care of in the interim.” 

The funding contained in the bills includes state appropriations amounting to $11 billion, which would cover the timeframe of July 1 to Oct. 31. In addition to four months (or 33.3 percent) of state aid, the emergency funding bills would allow $24.3 billion in federal dollars to reach their intended recipients, and PHEAA grants and county child welfare funding would be disbursed at 50 percent. 

“This is the third time House Republicans have put up votes to ensure budget appropriations reach their intended targets, and I am hopeful this time the governor will sign the bills and help our schools and social service organizations stay afloat until a final budget plan is in place,” Baker added. 

The emergency state funding bills now await a decision by the governor to be signed into law or vetoed. 




Friday Sept 25

Judith Sornberger Book Signing And Talk Today

Acclaimed writer and scholar Judith Sornberger will read from, talk about, and sign copies of her new book "The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany" at the Gmeiner Center for Art and Culture at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The book party is free and open to the public.
Like many who plan to visit Italy, Sornberger had looked forward to sampling delicious foods, viewing art treasures, and tasting wine there. She was not prepared for what accompanied these experiences. As she traveled through Tuscany, visiting its many churches and museums, she discovered insights into the place of the Virgin Mary, along with other Biblical women, in a life of faith and service which turned her trip into a spiritual pilgrimage. 
“Part sensual memoir, part art historical meditation, part travelogue, part feminist spiritual manifesto, this book,” wrote poet and Penn State professor Julia Spicher Kasdorf, “delights both heart and mind.”  Alison Townsend, author of "The Blue Dress" and "Persephone in America," wrote that “Sornberger’s quest in this gorgeous book becomes ours, offering us new ways to think about the contemplative life.”
The author of six collections of poetry, Sornberger taught English and Women’s Studies for 25 years at Mansfield University where she created the Women’s Studies Program. She also taught for two years in the Nebraska prison system. While Sornberger’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, "The Accidental Pilgrim" is her first book of prose.




Thursday Sept 24

                             Attorney General Kane's Mobile Street Crimes Unit Files Criminal Charges Against 37
                                                                  During Third Deployment In Northern Tier

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the results of a successful third
deployment for the innovative law enforcement unit she created to target drug trafficking and
related criminal activity in municipalities across the Commonwealth.

Attorney General Kane at a morning news conference said her Mobile Street Crimes Unit
(MSCU) was responsible for filing criminal charges against 37 individuals during its recent deployment in Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties.

The MSCU also conducted more than 40 illegal narcotics investigations, which led to controlled purchases
of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, bath salts, prescription pills, medical grade marijuana, marijuana wax and hashish, a potent form of cannabis.

The investigations the Mobile Street Crimes Unit conducted over the last several months serve as an important reminder that the drug epidemic our state suffers from affects every community, said Attorney General Kane, who spoke to members of the media this morning at the Wellsboro Fire Department Annex.

“I strongly believe this unit has made a significant impact in the communities in which it has been deployed. It is vital moving forward that we continue to emphasize a collaborative approach with our law enforcement partners, Attorney General Kane said.

Tioga County District Attorney Krista Deats, Wellsboro Police Chief Jim Bodine and other local law enforcement officials joined Attorney General Kane at the news conference. She thanked Deats and Bodine for their support during the recent deployment, as well as Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett.

Attorney General Kane stressed the deployment was a success due to the close relationships MSCU agents and attorneys developed with local law enforcement as they all worked on a number of collaborative investigations.

Starting Tuesday morning, the MSCU, other agents with the Office of Attorney General and local authorities partnered for "Operation Northern Tier Takedown," a sweep in which active arrest warrants were served on alleged criminals identified during the MSCU deployment. The effort was the culmination of the unit’s deployment, which began in March.

The MSCU was created to visit Pennsylvania municipalities where drug trafficking and related criminal activity are present. The unit stays in one area for at least six months.

The units agents also relocate to the communities where they work and cultivate close relationships with local authorities as they work on collaborative investigations. Agents and attorneys are cross-designated between the Attorney General's office and local law enforcement.

The intelligence and operational framework the MSCU established during its deployment will remain in the hands of local authorities, with whom the unit will continue to work in the months ahead.

"We felt something had to be done to fight back against the impact drugs have had on our communities," District Attorney Deats said. "Bringing the Mobile Street Crimes Unit here was the best thing we could do. The unit truly made an impact and we're proud of that."

As of mid-September, the MSCU had initiated 42 illegal narcotics investigations during its third deployment. This occurred after law enforcement officials in 2014 reported only 15 known instances of illegal drug sales in Tioga County.

MSCU agents also investigated complaints of nuisance bars and assisted local and Pennsylvania State Police with other criminal investigations including burglaries, thefts and fraud. While conducting a narcotics trafficking investigation with Canton Police, MSCU agents interviewed a man who admitted committing a burglary in Bradford County and stealing firearms from a residence to pay for a drug debt. MSCU agents facilitated a meeting with the individual and Pennsylvania State Police in which the man gave a written and recorded confession to state police, admitting to the crime.

Others arrested and taken into custody included a Mansfield University student charged with selling marijuana wax on campus outside a dorm. Agents were assisted by Mansfield University Police. Another individual who was charged with selling heroin was taken into custody after agents observed him injecting suspected heroin into his arm while sitting in a parked car in a parking lot.

Two other individuals arrested were fugitives who were discovered by agents hiding in a trailer underneath a bed with an allegedly loaded stolen firearm. Agents found the two fugitives as they worked together with the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, helping to serve warrants. In addition to finding the stolen firearm, agents and sheriff’s deputies also discovered illegal bath salts and a large quantity of assorted drug paraphernalia.

The MSCU also partnered with a Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer on a case that led to criminal charges against a man accused of growing roughly a dozen marijuana plants on state land in the Tioga State Forest. The unit initiated a separate undercover investigation at Bear's Picnic, an annual music festival, which led to two arrests and the seizure of baked goods containing suspected hashish and various drug paraphernalia.      

The cooperation that we have with the agents for the Mobile Street Crimes Unit is critical to the work we’re all doing to improve public safety, Chief Bodine said. We are extremely grateful for the Office of Attorney General’s efforts and we will continue to work together to make the community safer for our residents.

Below is a list of the individuals being sought during Operation Northern Tier Takedown:

Christopher Joshua Allen, 23, 839 Marsh Creek, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Anthony F. Allen Jr., 29, 110 Confer Lane, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Samantha Lynn Arena, 25, 1969 Charleston Road, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (oxycodone and marijuana).

Ryan Vincent Arena, 25, 1969 Charleston Road, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (oxycodone and marijuana).

Christopher Mark Holleran, 35, 2280 Balsam Road, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for the purpose of planting, growing, cultivating and harvesting a controlled substance, as well as other related summary offenses (marijuana).

Mark A. Hopper, 25, 777 Stony Fork Road, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of delivery of a small amount of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility (dihydrocodeinone and hydrocodone).

John Francis McConomy IV, 26, 2257 Charleston Road, Wellsboro, Tioga County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of solicitation of minors to traffic drugs and criminal use of a communication facility (cocaine).

Brian Edward O'Donnell, 24, 61 Faust North Road, Bethel, Berks County, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance (hashish oil and marijuana).

Michael H. Patterson, 27, 1993 Tioga River Road, Lawrenceville, Tioga County, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin).

Nathan Randall Phillips, 25, 24 Rods Lane, Covington, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Joseph T. Tanaiewski, 19, 68 Jackson Center Road, Millerton, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Stephon Garrett Ahearn, 24, 228 East River St., Elkland, Tioga County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy/possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin and bath salts).

Trisha Lynn Brimmer, 23, 17887 Route 287, Tioga, Tioga County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

David Leroy Button, 44, 10 Mechanic St., Lawrenceville, Tioga County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Billie Jo Caffo, 48, 1072 Locust St., Sabinsville, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Lacey Dann Christley, 25, 235 Mann Hill Road, Tioga, Tioga County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility (heroin and methamphetamine).

McKenna Edith Ann Cook, 19, 209 Second St., Elkland, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, theft by deception and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Dakota Richard Cox, 20, 209 Second St., Elkland, Tioga County, is charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Miranda Jean Hatch, 20, 135 North Buffalo St., Apt. A., Tioga County, is charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carmelo Lopez III, 33, 107 West Main St., Westfield, Tioga County, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Kiana Renee Magill-Hale, 22, 35 Seneca Lane, Tioga, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia (bath salts).

Zena S. Mendoza, 37, 46 Silvan Ave., Meriden, Conn., is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Anthony Clayton Snider, 21, 245 Tremane Road, Lawrenceville, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Roy P. Wood, 33, 118 A First St., Elkland, Tioga County, is charged with five counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Dakota Woodard. 21, 228 East River St., Elkland, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (bath salts).        

Jacob Cobb, 22, 196 N. Main St., Mansfield, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Rhiannon Marie Gray, 20, 196 N. Main St., Mansfield, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Kelly Michelle Rinebold, 31, 343 North Williamson Road, Blossburg, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).

Tylor Shawn Rumsey, 21, 343 North Williamson Road, Blossburg, Tioga County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Kelcey Joann Jayne, 27, 348 Upper Mountain Road, Canton, Bradford County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Jordan Louis Lanzo, 31, 50 North Washington St., Canton, Bradford County, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility (heroin).

Archie William Vroman, 31, 162 Upper Mountain Road, Canton, Bradford County, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin).  

Below is a list of other individuals arrested in recent months during the MSCU's deployment:

Donald Eugene Meck Sr., 28, 35 Seneca Lane, Tioga, Tioga County, was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia (bath salts). Meck has since reached a plea agreement.

Austin Phillip Zimmerman, 20, 5 White Oak Blvd., Mechanicsburg, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility (marijuana wax).

Bryan David Ray Stone, 35, 105 East Maplewood Ave., Mechanicsburg, was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a small amount of marijuana, unlawful delivery of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana).

Michael Dalton Lawless, 21, of no known address, is charged with one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia (heroin).

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)



NY Man Charged

Raymond Walter Perry, 21, of Penn Yan, New York was charged with forgery, receiving stolen property and access device fraud after using another person's bankcard for purchases at Wal-Mart and Pump and Pantry.

Perry allegedly used a bank card belonging to Mildred J. Albertson to purchase two Sony Playstations at Wal-Mart and gas and cigarettes at Pump and Pantry on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, according to state police.

Perry was arraigned before District Judge James E. Carlson and jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.




Wednesday Sept 23

Northern Tier Drug Sweep

More than 30 people were arrested as a part of a state investigated drug bust. The arrest stems
from a 6-month narcotics investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Multiple
law enforcement agencies assisted in the arrests this morning.

At least 20 of the arrested were arraigned in Tioga County Court Tuesday & then taken to the
county jail. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is set to speak Wednesday with more
details about the arrests. A representative from her office says the Tioga County and Bradford
County District Attorney's are set to join her, along with the area police departments.


Pipe Replacement

On Thursday, Sept. 24, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County will replace a pipe on Route 4027 (Cummings Creek Road) in Farmington Township.

The road will be closed in the morning after school buses have run their morning routes and will reopen at approximately 3 PM. At least one lane will be open for school buses on their afternoon routes.

A detour will be in place using McCullum Hollow Road, McCullum Road and Elbridge Road.




Tuesday Sept 22

Short Term Budget Passed, Wolf Expected To Veto

Governor Tom Wolf is expected to veto a short-term $11 billion dollar budget, which was passed on Friday by the State Senate. 

The budget stalemate is not 80 days old with no end in sight. The budget would be for four months and passed by a 30-19 vote with democrats standing with Governor Wolf.  The four months budget would release $24 billion in federal funds for schools and social services, which have been held up due to the budget stalemate.

Wolf says he will not sign a short-term budget unless he and the Republican Legislative leaders have a full budget agreement in place.  No new talks on a full budget have been scheduled. 





Friday Sept 18

                                                            Baker, Pickett To Host Concealed Carry Seminar In Troy Oct. 8

Reps. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) today announced they will be hosting a concealed carry seminar in Bradford County on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Troy Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall No. 2. 

“This is a great opportunity for area gun owners, and potential gun owners, to learn more about the state’s concealed carry laws and other firearm-related regulations,” said Baker. “I encourage anyone who would like to attend to sign up early, as this event is expected to fill up quickly.” 

“Our guest speakers have a wealth of knowledge about our state’s laws and will share with participants important details about gun ownership, especially if a firearm owner plans to travel out of state, and the legal implications when a firearm may be used to protect oneself,” Pickett said. 

The seminar will feature Bradford County Sheriff C.J. Walters and Bradford County District Attorney Daniel Barrett. They will provide information about our state’s firearms laws and offer information on how to safely interact with police when carrying a firearm, as well as the legal aspects of Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine, which allows a homeowner to use deadly force if necessary when threatened by an armed intruder. 

Attendees should enter the fairgrounds through the Gate 3 entrance at Alparon Park in Troy. 

Registration is required for this event and can be made by going online at 
RepBaker.com or RepPickett.com
, or by calling Baker’s Troy office at 570- 297-3045 or Pickett’s Towanda office at 570-265-3124. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served. 




Toddler Found Dead In Home

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old girl.

The girl was discovered deceased in her New Albany Borough residence in Bradford County on Monday. The death occurred between 4:45 p.m. Sunday and 6:55 a.m. Monday, police said.

The state police Towanda station, along with the Bradford County coroner’s office, are continuing the investigation, pending test results.




Thursday Sept 17

                                                      Man Allegedly Shot And Killed His Parents' Dog For Barking

Matthew Ray Frost, 25, of Tioga, was with his mother, Barbara Frost, in the living room when the dog started barking. Barbara Frost told state police Matthew Frost allegedly retrieved a gun and shot the dog twice. Barbara Frost and her husband, James, fled the house and hid in nearby woods. James Frost told police he saw Matthew Frost drive away in his red Jeep.

Police located Matthew Frost's car at the Acorn Market near routes 287 and 328 and found a shotgun and handgun in the vehicle. When taken into police custody, Matthew Frost allegedly told police he shot the dog in self-defense.

Matthew Frost was arraigned before District Judge Robert Repard and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.




Covington Man Charged With Assault

According to state police, Matthew Ryan Jerome, 21, of Covington, was home with his girlfriend when he allegedly pushed her against a wall and hit her.

Police said they observed a scratch on the woman's left and right shoulders and red coloration around her neck.

Jerome was arraigned before District Judge James E. Carlson and jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.




PennDOT Removes Weight Restriction On Locey Creek Road

PennDOT advises motorists in Tioga County that a weight restriction has been removed from a section of Route 4017 (Locey Creek Road) because of upgrades made by the gas industry.

The current 10-ton posting was removed on Locey Creek Road from the intersection of Route 249 in Middlebury Township, north to the intersection of Route 49 in Osceola Township in Tioga County.





Wednesday Sept 16

Country Jamboree Tickets Are Available

Take a trip through the golden years of country music with the Country Jamboree.
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., this national touring musical revue is coming to the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. There will be costume changes, stage antics and even dancing.
Described as “like a night at the Grand Ole Opry,” vocalists and the Saddle Up All Star Band will deliver a magical concert featuring favorite Grand Ole Opry songs by well-known artists such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard.
This talented cast has performed with some of country music’s most popular artists. The music in the show runs the gamut from a poignant love song to an all-out hoedown and everything in between.
The Saddle Up All Star Band was formed in 2011 by bandleader Major McCain. Having been on the road with many acts over several decades, McCain was able to assemble an outstanding group of musicians that he had continuously crossed paths with at venues across the country. He also brought two incredible female vocalists on board. Since that time the group has maintained a busy touring schedule throughout the United States and has received rave reviews.
“This is an ultra entertaining show packed with a lot of real country music,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. “The Country Jamboree takes you back to when country music was really country music,” states the Las Vegas Sun.
The show will perform a run of engagements in Branson, Missouri and embark on a European tour in 2016.
Admission is $20 for adults with special pricing for children and seniors. For more information or tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.



Tuesday Sept 15

                                                                                                   Golf Outing Registration

There is still time to register for the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Golf Outing being held Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro.

The four-person scramble tournament will begin with golfer registration and a continental breakfast at 9 a.m., a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and end with awards and a buffet dinner.

The $100 per golfer fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Cash prizes will be paid to the first, second and third place teams. Three prizes totaling $32,500 are offered.

Golfers can sign up the day of the event. All tournament proceeds will benefit the Wellsboro Foundation.

For lunch and dinner planning purposes, organizer Lauren Morral is asking those who intend to play but have not yet registered to give her a call at 570-724-1926 between now and 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. 




Monday Sept 14

Pipe Replacement

On Tuesday, September 15th, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County, Pennsylvania will close a section of Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road) in Charleston Township for a pipe replacement project.

Weather permitting, the road will be closed through Wednesday, Sept. 16 between Route 3015 (Welsh Road) and Route 2016 (Arnot Road).

A detour will be in place using Welsh Road and Arnot Road.



Man Arrested For Robbery

A Tioga man, allegedly involved in a Loyalsock Township robbery back in June, which injured the homeowner, has been charged.

21-year-old Joshua Engel was arraigned on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, simple assault and other counts stemming from the robbery at the home of Donald Donato along East Third Street around 4:30am on June 8th

Engel allegedly joined three others in breaking into the home, assaulting Donato who was punched several times in the face, and then taking a television and other items.  He was arraigned  and sent to county prison with bail set at $10,000 dollars.



Man Dies After Towanda Fight, Autopsy Results Awaited

Towanda police say they continue to investigate the death of a man who was found hurt and bleeding on a sidewalk there on Saturday night. 

61-year-old Ronald Powell who was involved in a fight outside a bar there was found hurt and bleeding on the sidewalk and taken to an area hospital where he later died on Monday. 

An autopsy was ordered and police say they are waiting for the results. Police say they have a person of interest in the man’s death and say they will wait to file any charges in the case until they receive results of the autopsy.    




Friday Sept 11

                                                                Fire, Ambulance Companies Urged To Apply For State Grants

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) is encouraging fire companies and volunteer ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania to submit an application for the 2015-16 Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. 

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program. 

The application period will close on Oct. 22. 

For more information, visit Baker’s website at www.RepBaker.com
 and click on “Fire and EMS Company Grants.” 




Thursday Sept 10

Man Accused Of Assaulting Officers In Mansfield

A Forest City Pennsylvania man has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer after fighting with officers in Mansfield earlier this week. 

Mansfield University police were called on Tuesday to a parking lot following reports that 19 year old Anthony Wilcox allegedly took LSD and needed medical help.  When an ambulancearrived, Wilcox refused allegedly refused treatment and tried to run away.  When police tried to
arrest him, he resisted them and actually kicked one office in the groin. 

Wilcox was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $7500 dollars bail.



Wellsboro Man Charged With Identity Theft

Matthew David Wilson, 22 of Wellsboro, has been was charged with identity theft after allegedly using company credit cards for personal purchases.

Wilson allegedly used credit cards belonging to JGM Coach LLC on 16 purchases totaling $1,934.06.

Wilson will appear for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Repard Sept. 29.





Wednesday Sept 9

Rape Investigation In Bradford County

State police in Bradford County say they are investigating the alleged rape of a teen girl, which occurred there last month.

The 15-year-old girl from Towanda reported to police that she was sexually assaulted by a person known to her on August 1st at a home in Troy Township. 

Police do not have suspect in custody as of yet, and say that their investigation continues. 



Tioga Man Charged

Arlan Taft, 58, of Tioga, has been charged in a Susquehanna County crash that killed a man from North Carolina.

 Taft was arraigned on multiple charges in connection with the Jan. 2 death of 27-year-old Andrew Stevens in Springville Township, Pennsylvania state police said Tuesday.  

Stevens had been driving a Dodge Durango that was stopped behind a truck at the intersection, when a 2006 International water truck was unable to stop downhill and rear-ended Stevens’ vehicle, police said.  

Taft has been charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, careless driving and reckless driving. He has been released on bail and is awaiting a preliminary hearing Sept. 14, police said.





Friday Sept 4

                                                                          History Comes Alive Series To Feature Winston Churchill Play

At 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, Edmund L. Shaff of Los Angeles, California will bring Winston Churchill to life on stage at the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Andrew Edlin is the author of "Churchill," a two-act, one-person play. The performance is included in the Deane Center's History Comes Alive Series and is for teenagers and adults.
Shaff is an American-born veteran character actor of television, film and theater. He looks and sounds like the British prime minister. The play is set in 1955 when Churchill is 80. In trying to make up his mind about whether to resign as prime minister, he reflects on his journey to political power and his strained relationship with his father. As Churchill reminisces, his wit, humor, determination and understanding of people around him are revealed. Excerpts from his actual speeches are included. "When I first read it, this play moved me deeply," said Shaff.
Churchill was responsible for holding Britain together in 1940 and 1941 when his country was under attack by Hitler’s Germany. “He was a great orator and writer and had a world vision that not too many politicians do today,” said Shaff. “When he tried to warn Britain about Hitler in the 1930s and later the threat that Stalin and the Soviet Union posed, he was laughed at.”
Shaff started acting when he was 12. In his early 20s, he moved from California to New York City. For 10 years, he performed on and off Broadway, did summer stock and national tours. When he couldn’t make a living at it, he attended college and went to work as a CPA for 25 years. In his 40s, he quit his CPA job in Los Angels and returned to professional acting. He had recurring roles on television shows like “The Practice” and appeared in TV commercials and film.
In 2006, Shaff began writing what he hoped would become a play based on research he was doing on Churchill. It took him four years to study Churchill's life from 1874 to 1900. Knowing he had 65 more years to cover, he started looking for an existing script, found a clip of Edlin’s play on YouTube, got the rights and first performed it in Los Angeles for eight weeks in 2010.
Shaff has been touring the play for the past five years, since 2011. “This is the farewell tour,” he said. “I will perform in Wellsboro, do five shows in New Hampshire and then retire Churchill."
This year Shaff turns 80. "An actress has put a bug in my ear about doing a two-person piece once I finish Churchill."
Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.





Thursday Sept 3

                                                                        Two Tioga Women Sentenced

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that 27-year-old, Danelle Christine Wilson, of Tioga, who was convicted of possession and sale of a stolen firearm, was sentenced to 21 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that Wilson and co-defendant, Ciera Leann Bennett, were arrested after an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into the theft of a .38 caliber revolver from the owner, who lived in Tioga, Pennsylvania.

On April 26th, 2012, Wilson and Bennett transported the stolen .38 caliber revolver from Tioga, Pennsylvania, to Elmira, NY and sold it in order to buy drugs.

On December 31st, 2012, the firearm was recovered in Ithaca, NY.

Ballistic testing concluded that the firearm had been used in an officer-related shooting in October of 2012 which seriously injured an Ithaca police officer.

Ciera Leann Bennett was also convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison.



Woman Faces Heroin Charges

Blossburg police responded to reports of a drug overdose at Kwik Fill, 4320 Bloss Mountain Road, on Aug. 13 and found an unresponsive woman in a vehicle with a needle and spoon used to inject heroin.

Kerstyn Marie Buck, 18, of Elkland, was passenger in a returning from Williamsport when she allegedly injected heroin while a young child was riding in the back seat.

The driver of the vehicle, Dane Bliss, told police that Buck became unresponsive and he called 911.

Bliss told police he and Buck went to Williamsport to purchase heroin.

Buck will appear before District Judge James E. Carlson for a preliminary hearing Sept. 23.




Wednesday Sept 2

                                               Mansfield Man Arraigned On Child Pornography Charges

Gilbert West. 40-year-old of Mansfield, faces child pornography charges following a cybertip.

State Police say West was distributing child pornography files via the internet.

West faces several counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.

He was arraigned and released on $30,000 bail.



Man Cited

State police at Mansfield said a non-traffic citation was filed against Kevin N. Costas, 23, of Canton.

According to police, Costas drove past a residence six to 10 times, yelling profanities and "you're dead" between approximately 12:30 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. Aug. 23 on Route 414 in Union Township, Tioga County.



State Police Warn of IRS Phone Scam

Pennsylvania State Police are warning of a phone scam wherein callers (usually with a foreign accent) claim to represent the IRS using personal information about the victim.

Victims are informed they owe back taxes and if not paid immediately, they face arrest, deportation or suspension of licenses. over 3 thousand people have been defrauded out of more than 15 million dollars.

Police warn that anyone receiving a call from the IRS demanding a payment for back taxes should disconnect immediately and call the IRS, directly at their toll free number.




Tuesday Sept 1

A Tioga County Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Jackie C. Snyder, 66, of Elkland, was traveling eastbound on Route 49 Sunday night when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

According to Police, Snyder was attempting to negotiate a left curve when he went off the road onto the south shoulder.

Snyder was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma, troopers said. Deputy Tioga County Coroner Robert Gee pronounced him dead at the scene.




DEP Returns Clean Earth’s Application for the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport Project in Tioga County

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it is returning the NPDES permit application for stormwater construction to Clean Earth Inc. related to the company’s proposed use of treated drill cuttings for fill at the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport in Tioga County.
“Clean Earth has not fully responded to the deficiencies in the application and has agreed that the application should be withdrawn for the Tioga County project,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Marcus Kohl. “The department is deeming it withdrawn and returning it.”
DEP had been conducting technical reviews of the NPDES permit application and a site-specific approval under the company’s existing Waste Management Research and Development General Permit.
The department held a public meeting and hearing in late February in Wellsboro to discuss the project and accept public testimony.  







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