Coudersport, Pa., April 25, 2023 – UPMC in North Central Pa. recruiters are inviting community members to the UPMC Wellness Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, every first Wednesday of every other month beginning on May 3, for one-on-one meetings to learn more about UPMC careers. The “Walk-In Wednesdays” sessions are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Who gets up at 4:30am? Okay, I realize there are those that do because of work, but how many do it just because? There are too many mornings that I find myself fixing a cup of coffee at 4:30am for no apparent reason other than I’m up. No reason, I’m fully rested, there’s no agenda. Just sitting in the recliner watching. For what I don’t know but I watch.
Some might say that God must have me up for a reason, but I don’t necessarily think that way. Oh, I’m sure it’s possible but I rather doubt it. No, I think it has more to do with my biological clock is starting to wear out. Actually, I love early mornings. There’s much that can be accomplished that otherwise might not happen. Even writing is better in the morning than it is later in the day. No, it’s not the early morning that’s the problem, it’s the waste of an early morning.
Sadly, many are sidetracked by their views of an event rather than the event themselves. I’ve heard many complain about the early morning wakeup without ever exploring any benefits that might be available for them that the event brought upon them. If you look at a half-empty glass as only being half-empty, it will never appear half-full. And that can be one of the biggest reasons we miss out on some very important events in our lives. We just won’t allow ourselves to see them.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the story of Joseph in the Bible? He had a horrific life at the hands of his brothers. Fortunately, Joseph was able to look past the events to find ways to capitalize on them. Of course, not everything happened as planned but eventually he found himself in a place that he had two options: 1. Take revenge upon his brothers for all that they had done. 2. Use his newfound position to be the one who rescues his family from famine and death. Of course, he picked the second option. Why? Because he understood that God brought him into this position. Though his brothers intended it for evil, God planned it for good. Think about it.
Public safety is a top priority of the Shapiro Administration
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that in 2022, statewide traffic deaths decreased to 1,179 from 1,230 in 2021. Reportable crashes were also down in 2022, amounting to the second lowest on record since 1951.
Public safety is a top priority of the Shapiro administration. PennDOT’s commitment to reducing traffic crashes and fatalities builds on Governor Shapiro’s promise to ensure every Pennsylvanian feels safe in their community, including on the roadways.
“Pennsylvania is committed to moving toward zero deaths,” said Carroll. “Our biggest priority continues to be safe travel across all transportation modes, and we continue to work with our partners to decrease fatalities through education and enforcement.”
PennDOT focuses on data trends to drive enforcement and education improvements and invests approximately $23.5 million annually in federal grant funds statewide to support these behavioral safety programs.
FRIENDSHIP – The weekly Community Prayer Gathering for Friendship area residents will add a number of broader focuses next week as it coincides with the annual National Day of Prayer observance.
The activity, hosted by The Carter House Community Ministry Center, will take place at 3PM Thursday, May 4, at the 37 East Main Street facility, with both church and non-church affiliated individuals welcome to participate or observe.
The theme for this year’s national gatherings is “Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much,” with a focus on prayer for the government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
The national observance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the U.S. House and Senate, being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 2988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.
Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Organizers have noted that “prayer brings people together,” and builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties.
“Prayer reminds us that we are created in God’s image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go,” they said.
Pastor Kirk Kirch of the United Church of Friendship, which currently meets at The Carter House and started the regular Thursday afternoon community prayer opportunity, said that other prayer requests, as normal, for individuals, families and other situations also will occur at the session.
“Prayer is a major component of everything we do,” he said, noting that it also is a focus with other activities at The Carter House, including a 10AM to 11:30AM Monday series on “Flickering Lamps – Christ & His Church,” a 10AM to 11:30AM Wednesday study on the Gospel of Matthew, a book of the Bible, and a 1:30PM to 2:30PM Thursday series on “Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God,” all of which are open to the public.
Further information about the local activities is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 973-7951 and on the National Day of Prayer, including free guides on “How to Pray for America” and “How to Pray as a Family,” at https://bit.ly/3vLelFz.
Mark Daniel Chiodo, 65, of Bradford, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Bradford Manor.
Born June 23, 1957, in Olean, NY, he was the only son of the late Mary Kathryn Chiodo.
He was a 1974 graduate of Bradford High School.
Mark was employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over 20 years; ending as a Lieutenant at Federal Correctional Institution McKean. His memberships included the Italian American Club, LaStella Lodge.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Chiodo, his aunt, Genevieve R. Chiodo-Killen, and his grandparents, Sam and Mary Josephine (Julian) Chiodo.
Services were private at Mark’s request. Burial was in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to St. Bernard Church 95 E Corydon Street Bradford, PA 16701.
Sandra J. Caldwell, 83, of Bradford, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2023, surrounded by her family, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center.
Born September 22, 1939, in Salamanca NY, she was a daughter of the late Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Doyle and William L. Doyle, Jr. She was a 1957 graduate of Bradford High School.
Sandy was employed at Dresser Manufacturing Company. She started as a clerk, she was promoted to a secretary position, then became Senior Production Planner. She retired after 44 years of service.
Sandy was a member of St. Bernard Church, Catholic Women’s Club where she served as treasurer. She was a member of and past secretary of the Dresser Credit Union, the American Production Inventory Control Society, and Chairwoman of it’s membership, the Dresser Service League where she was a past Secretary.
Surviving are three sons, Jeffrey A. (Joanne) Caldwell, of Bradford, Francis “Joe” (Kimberly) Caldwell, of Irvona, and Kevin T. (Joyce) Caldwell, of Bradford, five grandchildren, Brian Lindquist (Michael) of Erie, Ashley Caldwell (Darik) of Bradford, Samantha Caldwell (Tyler) of South Park, Jeffrey Caldwell II (Amber) of Bradford, Kathleen “Katie” (Kyle) Myers of Irvona, 12 great grandchild, Danielle, Alyssa, Hallie, Lillie, Logan, Carter, Natalie, Jeffrey III, Kalen, Brielle, Beau, Brynnleigh, and two brothers, William L. Doyle III, of Bradford, and David F. (Cathy) Doyle, of Bradford, and two godchildren Amanda McVay and Bret McVay and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, Francis “Frank” Caldwell, who died June 16, 1995, and one sister Diann G. Nicholas, who died April 25, 2010.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday May 2, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at St. Bernard Church with Rev. John Jacquel, Pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired may be made to the SPCA P.O. Box 113, Bradford PA 16701.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Diane M. Hoffman, 72, of Ridgway, died on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born on December 26, 1950, a daughter of the late David P. and Doris B. Raybuck Mecca.
On April 28, 2006, she married the late Charles “Will” Hoffman, who preceded in death September 26, 2021.
Diane was a kind, loving person always willing to help. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and socializing with her friends.
Diane is survived by 2 daughters: Jennifer M. (Jesse) Patterson of Ridgway and Julie L. Patterson of Lakewood, Ohio,3 stepchildren: Tracey (Steven) Smith of Florida, Ashely (Brian) McLaughlin of Monaca, and Brian (Melissa) Hoffman of Monroeville, 9 grandchildren: Damon Carlson, Michael Swanson, Damian (Abby) Patterson, Dallas Gustafson, Jaelynne Gustafson, Blake, Grayson, and Addison McLaughlin, and Tristen Hoffman, a great granddaughter, Maryjane Patterson. She is also survived by 2 sisters in laws, Marlene Mecca of Emporium and Barb Mecca of Pittsburgh, a daughter in law, Kim Hoffman of West Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 2 children at birth, Michael and Melissa Patterson, 2 brothers, David P. and Duane O. Mecca, and a stepson, Michael Hoffman.
A Memorial Service for Diane M. Hoffman will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Hallton Church of Christ, 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, Pa 15853, with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.
Friends and family will be received at Hallton Church of Christ from 9:00 AM until the time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ridgway ambulance or Ridgway Fire Department.
Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com
Craig W. Redington, 70, of 120 Williams Street, Bradford, passed away Friday, April 28, 2023, with his family and friends by his side at Bradford Manor.
Born April 11, 1953, in Bradford he was a son of the late William O. Redington and Charlyne (Freeman) Redington-Coburn. He was a 1971 graduate of Bradford High School.
On September 7, 1985 in the First Presbyterian Church he married Sue (Holsinger) Redington, who survives.
Throughout his working career, Craig was employed at Taylor Rolly Doors, Willow Dale Cemetery, McCourt Label and P V Paving. Craig also worked at Dresser Manufacturing, retiring after 35 years of service.
He was a member of the Bradford Union Masonic Lodge # 749 F&AM, the Coudersport Consistory, Orak Grotto, Trinity Commandery #58, Occident Council #41, Bradford Chapter #260.
Craig enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, target shooting. He had a great love for the outdoors. Many evenings he enjoyed a night on the front porch and a good cigar with his friends and neighbors. He was an avid reader of Civil War history.
Surviving is his wife Sue of 37 years, one sister-in-law Rhonda (Bruce) Gray, and one niece, Samantha Gray, all of Bradford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Jeanine L. Redington, and stepfather Clifford Coburn.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday May 2, 2023, from 5 pm to 7pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday with Rev. Rob Klouw, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
At 7:00 pm Tuesday members of the Masonic Lodge #749 F&AM will conduct a Masonic service.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to No Feline Left Behind PO Box 783 Bradford, PA 16701.
Ronald L. Bruni, 90, of Kersey, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2023 with his family by his side following a brief illness.
He was born March 24, 1933, in Ridgway, son of the late Bruno and Lillian Teston Bruni of Byrndale. He was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Jay Township High School in 1951. In 1953 he was drafted to the United States Army and served two years during the Korean War. He was awarded several medals and commendations and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class.
On July 16, 1955 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, he married the late Barbara J. Hanes, who preceded him in death on July 29, 2011. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Bruni and a sister, Sharleen Guido both of Byrndale.
Ron is survived by two children, John Bruni of Treasure Lake and Cheryl (Douglas) McAlee of Kersey ; three grandchildren: Christian McAlee of Ridgway, Austin McAlee of Conway, SC, and Jillian Bruni-Crytser of Treasure Lake; and his sister, Janet Pretti of Penfield.
Ron was a lifelong employee of Airco Speer/Carbon where he worked for 37 years. He concluded his employment as the General Manager of Building 600. He was a member of the American Legion and his hobbies included sports and outdoor activities. He was a longtime “true-blue” Dodger fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered for his garden which he tended for over 25 years. Its bounty was not only enjoyed by his family but many friends and neighbors shared in its abundance.
Private funeral services for immediate and extended family will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeffery Noble officiating. Full military honors will be accorded by the Fox Township Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Force.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Amercan Legion Post 511, 198 Skyline Drive, Dagus Mines, PA 15832 or to a favorite charity of one’s choosing.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.
The McKean County Conservation District spent the last two weeks celebrating Arbor Day by sponsoring the “My Growing Tree” program with the assistance of Marshall Hamilton, Service Forester and Stan Hess, volunteer from DCNR, Bureau of Forestry. 500 First or second grade students in each of the public schools were given a white oak seedling along with a poster that included charts to enable the students to monitor their own height as well as the growth of their tree.
District staff members and DCNR staff spoke about the importance of Arbor Day and how trees help to protect and improve our water resources. Students learned about the water cycle and the different ways trees help decrease pollution in streams by providing a protective barrier called a riparian buffer and by stabilizing streambanks with their roots.
Students learned the parts of the tree. Presenters also discussed how to plant a tree and did an activity that illustrates how forests are renewable which points out cutting trees is not bad when practiced in a sustainable manner.
Special guests Smokey Bear and McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane helped kids recite a pledge to conserve our natural resources and to work for a cleaner and healthier McKean County. Seneca Resources, LLC, donated $2,000 toward the delivery of the “My Growing Tree” program. “We are very grateful for the continued support we have received from Seneca Resources,” said Sandy Thompson, District Manager of the McKean County Conservation District.
Seneca Resources Company, LLC, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company, explores for, develops, and purchases natural gas and oil reserves in the Appalachia Region. Additional information about Seneca and National Fuel Gas Company is available at http://www.nationalfuelgas.com
Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April. For more information on Arbor Day or tree planting, visit www.arborday.org
At 3:35 PM on Sunday, Jay Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 45 Ponderosa Drive in Huston Township for a kitchen fire with heavy smoke showing. All occupants & animals are out of the house. One occupant is suffering from smoke inhalation.
We are preparing for our Ulysses Old Home Day Festival and would like to invite you to join us for our 5th annual car show.
The Ulysses Old Home Day Festival will be held on Saturday July 8thth 2023. It is now time to start making your reservations to register your vehicle, motorcycle or tractor and a misc. “vehicle” category. We will be presenting 1st place trophies for the following categories.
We will kick off the day with a car show parade at noon followed by the Main Parade.
Registration will be from 11am-1pm.
Cost-$8 early registration and $ 10 day of the event.
Checks can be made out to the Ulysses Area Improvement Association
Mail to Ulysses Area Improvement
51 Pleasant View Drive Ulysses, Pa 16948
The car Judging at 3pm.There will be a raffle for prizes for the Car Show Participants.
Classic – vehicle is 30-49 years old (1966-1985)
Antique – vehicle is 50+ years old (1965 or earlier)
Stock- vehicle 1986-present
Custom / Muscle– any age but must be customized in some manner (non-stock)
Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and return is as soon as possible please.
OLEAN, NY – Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and Olean General Hospital (OGH), announce the appointment of Jennifer Ruggles, MSN, RN as chief nursing officer and Scott Bonderoff, MBA as the chief operating officer. Both Ruggles and Bonderoff were serving as interim CNO and interim COO respectively, but will remove the interim from their titles.
Jennifer Ruggles is a lifelong resident of the Olean area. She has worked as a nurse in various capacities at both BRMC and OGH since her start in 2003 at UAHS. Her continued efforts to have OGH be a designated Primary Care Stroke Center has been exemplary and she played an essential role in nursing leadership throughout the pandemic.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work along Jennifer in her new long-term role as she continues to strive for excellence with nursing recruitment and retention initiatives, improving our quality of care and patient experience, and promoting a positive, transparent work culture for our team members,” said Jill Owens, MD, president, BRMC, OGH. “Her appointment will have cascading valuable effects on the rest of our administrative team as we continue to adapt and evolve our local healthcare system.”
Ruggles’ education and experience are apposite for the chief nursing officer position as she transitions from her current role as interim chief nursing officer and the associate director of nursing within the organization. She received her associate’s in nursing from Jamestown Community College in Olean, her bachelor’s in nursing from Daemen College in Buffalo, and her master’s in nursing education from the University of Phoenix. Her experience includes over a decade spent in supervisory and managerial nursing roles at Olean General Hospital.
Scott Bonderoff, MBA, who stepped into the role as UAHS interim chief operating officer in October 2022 will be transitioning into the chief operating officer position permanently.
“In the short time that Scott has been in the interim COO position, he has managed to help UAHS make strides in the right direction financially,” said Dr. Owens. “His skillset and experience are complementary to that of the rest of our administrative team. He will continue to help us shoot for our goals and driving our financial initiatives.”
Bonderoff has over 30 years of experience in healthcare in various capacities. Originally from Cooperstown, NY, he spent the last 20 years working for the Bassett Healthcare Network, a network that oversees 34 health centers, 14 school-based centers, 6 hospitals, 3 cancer treatment centers, nursing and home health services, and a variety of other healthcare related services including the Bassett Medical Group. His roles included president of one of their critical access hospitals and network vice president of clinical support services.
Bonderoff earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY and his master’s degree in business administration at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. He has been member of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“I’m excited to see our administration continue working together with our team members initiating positive changes throughout our organization,” Dr. Owens said. “We’ve started to see great things happen and a cultural shift with our team members. Healthcare will continue to face obstacles but I’ve stacked my team with experts in their field who are up for the challenges ahead.”
BRADFORD, Pa. – With nurses still in high demand, it’s no surprise that nursing students graduating from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Sunday are in demand.
Five of the graduates – Haley Dickel of Kersey, Paige Richner of Houtzdale, Jenna Morgan of Johnsonburg, Haily Schatz of St. Marys and Brianna Foy of Tyrone — will take on roles in the Penn Highlands hospital system, serving as neonatal intensive care unit, emergency room, medical-surgical and acute care nurses in the system’s DuBois, Elk and Tyrone hospitals.
The “Land of Endless Mountains” has been home to me for 37 years. I’ve grown to love and appreciate Cameron county with all of it’s rich history, mountains, streams, hidden waterfalls, vast variety of wildlife, the breath taking Moore Hill sunsets, the serenity and peace of the outdoors and most of all the people! This county is full of some of the most loving and caring people in the world!
My wife and I raised our three children here and have been so blessed to be a part of Cameron county and its very fabric. I’ve had the privilege to serve as Pastor and to be involved in public service in a variety of ways all these years.
In March of 2021 I took on a role in the governorship, when I was sworn in as one of the three Shippen Township Supervisors. In 2023 I ran on the Republican ticket for Supervisor and by your out pour of support I won the two year term. That term is ending and I’m pleased to announce that I am running for this position again, in the May primaries, that I may continue to serve the Shippen township residents.
Since taking office I also became a part time employee on the road crew which has given me a more thorough understanding of our roads, ditches, right of ways, waterways and areas that need attention. I’ve been able to view our roadways in the rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, torrential flooding rains and high winds. Now when one of our residents call in or attend a township meeting with a concern I have a much better understanding of the location being addressed. My boots on the ground with the road crew has greatly enhanced my ability as a Supervisor to make more knowledgeable and accurate decisions on the issues at hand. It also helps me to know, without a doubt, the condition of our trucks, equipment and tools and serves in helping me to make logical and practical decisions when a discussion and a vote is on the table to replace or update something.
I, as a Supervisor, am always focused on the safety of you the residents, who have chosen to live in Shippen Township, to ensure that your travels on our roads will be as safe as possible. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you for the past two years! I’m now asking for your support and vote as Shippen Township Supervisor, that I might continue to be a voice for all of you, with the best interest of you and your family on my heart. Thank you!
Ultimately, Jesus is the author (Hebrews 12:2) and without Him this work would not be available or possible. He is the One who challenged Pam to pen the words and compile the widow stories already written in the Word of God. He is the One who wants you to know how much He loves you in your time of grief and loss. And, so does Pam. Even though she is not a widow, she desires for you to see the Father’s hand in your life, to hear Jesus calling your name and to feel the Spirit comfort you. For God sees you. Jesus hears you. The Spirit truly is there to comfort you. He promises to never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
Pam and her husband, Roger, live in northwestern Pa. The Lord has blessed them with a daughter, Meredith and her husband, Dave, a son, Kyle and his wife, Talia, and four very grand grandchildren!
She and her husband presently attend the East Smethport United Christian Church where she teaches the ladies’ Bible study.
Pam has been the ladies retreat speaker for the Association of Evangelical Churches, Inc. through which she earned her license to preach the Gospel in 2013. “P3 Ministries”, Prison to Praise with Pam Ministries, is a recognized member of this association to declare that the Gospel of Jesus Christ releases us from “The Prison of Sin to Praising the Lord”.
Her mission trips include Honduras, Ecuador, Africa and Colombia as well as preaching the Gospel at the local jail for four years.
Jesus invites you to open up the pages of this devotional to discover God’s love, compassion, comfort and provision for this season of grief in your life. He is in every one of these twelve widow stories written in the Word of God. The stories are true and these women existed so you can hear their widow story speak to your heart to help heal and restore your loss as you turn to Jesus Christ, Our Savior.
God desires to meet with you personally on every page. He longs for you to turn to Him and hear His personal message of comfort for you in each passage. He draws near to you and hears your cry and will bring you up out of your sorrow. He will place your feet upon the rock of Jesus Christ, His Son, and help you take each step of faith. He will put a new song in your mouth so others will come to trust in the Lord because of your widow story.
May the words of Psalm 40:1-3 speak to your heart and draw you to Him:
“And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear, And will trust in the Lord.”