November 2023 was a mostly typical November however a very dry month. We recorded rain for only 6 days. Morning lows ranged from a low of 18 to mostly in the 30’s. We started off many days with clear skies and frost. It is interesting to note that with a dry month Pine Creeks looks very healthy with a nice flow of water.
There was no measurable snow until the 29th. As usual with the first snowfall there were slippery roads with no road treatments early with the usual accidents. The hill on Route 6 on West Main Street had five water trucks lined up with their wheels spinning. The gas wells had to wait for water on the 29th.
I must comment that it was reported to me that a person was observed mowing their lawn on the 24th. A day after Thanksgiving. Mowing seems to never stop. There was a time when it stopped on Labor Day. I will not comment on mowing until next year. However, I was told Sunday while picking up a Christmas tree at Geisers that a reader appreciates my comments about mowing.
The average high temperature for the month is 46 and the low average is 32. Last year we received 4.3″ of snow and 4.69″ of melted snow and rain. This year we received 1″ of snow and 1.96″ of melted snow and rain. We had one day with 1″ or more of snow on the ground and two mornings with a trace of snow. We had fog one morning.
Once again we missed the storms. Just to the west and north of Galeton they experienced heavy lake effect snow. We were under a winter storm watch but that was about all.
Henry W. Lush
National Weather Service Observer
John H. Bixler, Jr., 84, of Emporium, PA passed away at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Thursday evening (November 30, 2023).
He was born January 6, 1939 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late John H. and Dorothy McDonald Bixler.
John graduated from Cameron County High School. He served in the US Army during Vietnam. After serving in the Army he graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, PA where he earned a teaching degree. He went on to teach music at Union School District in Rimersburg for over 30 years. Years ago he enjoyed playing tennis, baseball and target shooting as he was a sharpshooter. He liked animals, especially his cats and dogs.More
At 3:40 AM on Saturday, Franklinville Fire Dept. & mutual aid fire companies have been called to 21 South Main Street in Franklinville for a house fire. Caller reports a fire in the basement. Franklinville Chief reports 2 story wood structure with smoke showing.
Route 16 northbound/southbound is closed from Franklin St to Elm St in Franklinville due to a structure fire at 4:15 am, Cattaraugus County.
6:15 AM–ROUTE 16 REOPENED
At around 9 PM on Friday, State Police were called to the Kwik Fill in Blossburg for a report of an armed robbery. A BOLO has been issued to all area police agencies. Three males in black face masks with firearms held up the store and took all the money, fleeing on foot from the rear of the store.
Anyone with information should call PSP Mansfield or 911.
At 9:13 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire & Ambulance, Roulette ambulance & Coudersport medic dispatched to 101 North Main Street at Sheetz for a school bus/car crash.
9:20 PM–All units hold in quarters except Roulette ambulance.
Roulette ambulance cancelled. Port Allegany ambulance is on scene.
John G. Fedorko, 90, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace and formerly of 128 Laurel Lane, Kersey, PA passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born February 5, 1933 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Stephan and Anna Paralic Fedorko. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1950.
On October 5, 1957 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, John married Doris C. Dippold, who preceded him in death on July 15, 1997.More
Dora Rae Hottel Berardi, 80, of Warren, PA., died suddenly on Wednesday, November 30, 2023.
She was born at home in North Warren, PA., on February 9, 1943. She was the daughter of Garrett Sager and Laura Iva Blandin Hottel, Sr.
Dora was a lifelong N. Warren and Warren area resident. She was a 1961 graduate of Warren High School. Dora was employed with the Warren State Hospital Dietary Department and retired in May of 2007 from Blair Corporation, after 15 years of service. Dora loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother.More
Clifton L. “Skip” Lunn, 79, of Route 417, Allegany, NY passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2023, shortly after arrival at Olean General Hospital.
Skip was born on March 17, 1944, in Hinsdale and was the son of Clifton J. and Carolyn Sherwood Lunn. On February 23, 1964, he married his loving wife of almost 60 years, Dorothy I. Austin, who survives.
Skip was a 1964 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He worked for Dresser Rand as a Pipefitter where he retired from in 2006 after 41 years of service. Skip was a member of the local 4601. He enjoyed scroll sawing, hunting, and fishing.More
M. Myrtle KEAR, 83, of Whitesville, NY, died Thursday, November 30, 2023 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.
Born February 6, 1940, in Willing, she was the daughter of Claude L. and Martha Teater Payne. On February 12, 1955, in Wayland, she married Bruce D. Kear, who survives.
She attended Whitesville Central School and went on to St. James Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed as an LPN by Highland Park Nursing Home and Jones Memorial Hospital.
Myrtle was a member of Whitesville Firemen’s Auxiliary and a founding member of the Independence Rescue Squad.More
After 29 years, our very own Tammy Kendrick has finally made the jump into retirement….well….mostly retired!
We were joined today by several of our “veteran” dispatchers for Tammy’s celebration. It was pretty overwhelming to count the years of service standing in one spot (roughly 165 years between 5 people). That’s pretty unheard of in the 911 world!
We are thrilled that Tam has decided that after a month of rest and relaxation in beginning of 2024 she will come back to us in a part-time status! We are very thankful to hang onto her for a while longer!
That said, we will be seeing a lot less of Tammy’s smiling face and hope that her retirement is everything she wishes for!
Congratulations Tam, here’s to the BEST OF YOUR LIFE!
The Youth Group, God’s Adventure Camp, the Crusader Club, Potter County Christian School students, volunteers from the First Baptist Church and other churches will present a Living Nativity on Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd from 6-8 pm. It will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, Roulette. It will be a drive or walk-through theater with four life scenes of the First Christmas – (or at least our depiction of them.)More
Seneca Highlands CTC proudly recognizes Abram Austin as the Building Construction Occupations Student of the Week.
Abram, an Otto-Eldred High School senior, stands out for his exceptional work
ethics, mentoring abilities, skills competition achievements, and his role as an Eagle Scout.
His dedication and achievements make him a valuable member of the BCO program and an inspiration to his peers.
|PA Permit Violation Issued to XTO ENERGY INC in Chapman Township, Clinton County|
|Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 11/27/2023 to XTO ENERGY INC in Chapman Township, Clinton county. 78a86 – CASING AND CEMENTING – DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING – Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect or failed to submit a plan to correct the defect for approval by the Department within 30 days.|
|Incident Date/Time: 2023-11-27 00:00:00|
|Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling|
Marie A. Clayson, 75, of 338 Yankee Hill Road, Ischua, NY passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born on September 13, 1948, in Olean, she was a daughter of Reid and Mazie Adams Levia. On July 8, 1989, in Cuba, she married Lanny Clayson who survives.
Marie attended Olean Schools. She had worked for Crown-y Recycling for ten years and then went to work for Wilcare as a home health aide, a job she truly enjoyed.
She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends showering them with love. On Monday nights she could be found playing bingo in Ischua and at home she found joy in gardening and watching wildlife from the front porch. The last few years she helped care for her mother-in-law with her husband.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by
Her Children: Dan Bishop, serving as a missionary in Budapest, Hungary; Hiram (Amy) Clayson, Arcade, Heidi Clayson, Cuba.
Her grandchildren: Bobby (Nicole), Heather (Justin), Amber (Chris), Haley, JT, Alyah, and Ayden, and many great-grandchildren.
2 Brothers: Robert Levia, Binghamton; Chuck (Caroline) Levia, Olean.
2 Sisters: Billie Jean (Bob) Levia-Perini, Phoenix, Arizona; Marilyn Levia, Willis, Texas
Son-in-law: Don Vanetten, Portville
Several Nieces and Nephews
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son Robert Bishop, Jr., a daughter Christine VanEtten, and a daughter-in-law Stephanie Bishop.
Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba, on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 5-7 P.M. at which time a Memorial Service will be held. The Rev. Rebecca Worth will officiate.
Marie will be laid to rest at the Carpenter Hill Road Cemetery, Town of Ischua this coming Spring.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com