Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

August 31, 2018


The Chamber office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.


Chamber Members Invited to Game Commission Night This Thursday

This Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6pm to 8pm at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on East Avenue, chamber members who hunt or are landowners are encouraged to attend a Special Pennsylvania Game Commission Night for information about this agency and what it is doing to preserve wildlife. The doors will open at 5:30pm. Expert-led presentations include: Land Manager Rodney Mee - The power and effects of a controlled burn; State Game Warden Rob Minnich - How to present yourself when approached by a state game warden; Information and Education Supervisor Mike Steingraber - Chronic wasting disease and how it is affecting the deer population: and PA Game Commission Board Member Charlie Fox - The future of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. These guest speakers will also answer questions from attendees. Refreshments will be provided. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP online at or call 570-724-1390. Seating is limited.


Complimentary Presentation for Chamber Members is Friday, Sept. 14

On Friday, Sept. 14 from 8am to 9am at the Penn Wells Hotel, Kate Sholonski of Triumph Leadership Group is offering a complimentary presentation, The Power of First Impressions: Creating a Positive Impact in Less Than Three Minutes. Members can pay for breakfast at the front desk. Please RSVP to so seating can be arranged.

Please consider sponsoring an American flag in honor or in memory of a military service member. 

A plaque, engraved with the name of the person who is being honored or memorialized, his or her rank and the name of the sponsor, will be placed on the flagpole. The cost to sponsor a flag is $125, including the flag, flagpole, plaque and bracket. Each American flag is four by six feet in size and made of a high quality fabric. The flag is on a two-piece, 10-foot wooden pole. The bracket is placed on a parking meter, and the flagpole is inserted into it. The flags are flown on federal, state and local holidays and for events. Each sponsored flag, pole and bracket will fly for three years. If they are damaged in less than three years, they will automatically be replaced at no charge. After three years, the sponsor will have the option to renew. Members interested in sponsoring an American flag are invited to call the chamber at 570-724-1926.

Preregister Today, Aug. 31 for Free Mountain Bike Challenge T-shirt

The Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the US Geological Survey Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro via Route 6. Male and female riders 12 to 68+ who preregister today, Friday, Aug. 31, either online at or by bringing a completed entry form to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro before 4pm will pay a $30 entry fee and be guaranteed a free event T-shirt in the size they order. Registration and check-in will be at 8:30am on Sept. 8, race day. Those who register will pay a $35 entry fee and can purchase an event T-shirt for $15 while supplies last. Credit cards will not be accepted on race day. Pay in cash or by check made payable to the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. Racers will receive a food voucher when they register or check-in on Sept. 8. The start of the 11-mile course for beginners will be at 10am and the 22-mile course for expert, sport and single speed entrants will be at 11am. Course maps and registration forms are available on the bike challenge’s Facebook page and at the chamber office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. For information, call the chamber at 570-724-1926.


To Guarantee Free Tryathlon & 5K T-shirt Preregister Today, Aug. 31

The 11th Annual Step Outdoors Tryathlon & 5K will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township. The triathlon is open to all ages. There are no competitive categories; every finisher in the Tryathlon and the 5K will receive a medallion. Those who preregister online at today, Friday, Aug. 31 will be guaranteed a free event T-shirt in the size they order. The deadline to register online for the Tryathlon and 5K Trail Run/Walk is 11:59pm on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Those who mail in a registration form must complete it and mail it to Wellsboro Parks and Recreation, Attention: Tryathlon,  227 Nichols Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 in time to ensure it arrives by Tuesday, Sept. 11. Registration and check-in time on Sept. 15, race day will be from 8:30 to 9:30am at the tent between the park’s bathhouse and concession stand. The pre-race talk for all entrants, especially those participating for the first time, will be at 9:45am. Individuals who register online to do the 5K Trail Run/Walk only will pay a $20 entry fee and to do the three legs of the triathlon solo, a $25 entry fee. For two- or three-person teams the entry fee is $60 per team. Those who register by mail or in person on the day of the event will pay a $25 entry fee to do the 5K Trail Run/Walk only and a $30 entry fee to do the three legs of the triathlon solo. For two- or three-person teams the entry fee is $65 per team. At registration on race day, any surplus event T-shirts will be available for purchase while supplies last. Walkers and runners can opt to do the 5K only. Individuals can solo or be on a two- or three-member team to compete in the three legs of the event - the 5K, the 1.75-mile paddle a canoe or kayak on Hills Creek Lake and the 8-mile biking course on dirt and hard top roads around the park. To register online or download a printable registration form, visit Or, for more information, call Tim Morey at 570-724-8561 or email


Tonight, Friday, Aug. 31 See and Hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt

At 7pm tonight, Friday, Aug. 31, experience firsthand the history that shaped our nation as U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes the stage in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Neill Hartley of Havertown, Pa. is FDR in this fully staged historical presentation that will entertain and educate audiences from school age to adult. A professional actor with 30 years of experience, Hartley takes on Roosevelt's physical characteristics and vocal style for this exciting first person presentation. Hartley not only looks, talks and acts like Roosevelt but also dresses in period clothing and uses actual words spoken by our 32nd President. Be transported back to December 29, 1940. Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term as President. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of his famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech. Learn what FDR is thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our allies. The audience is invited to ask questions of one of America's most influential presidents and to take photos of and with him. Admission to this History Comes Alive presentation is $15, $12 for seniors 65 and older and free for youth ages 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit


Hills Creek State Park Offers Free Programs Tonight, Tomorrow & Sunday

Three free one-hour programs will be given at 8:30pm in the Nature Center area at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township. Registration is NOT required. The programs are: tonight Friday, Aug. 31 learn about the World of the Beaver, its history, biology and management through photos, skulls, hides and demonstrations and its importance in the development of the United States; this Saturday, Sept. 1, find out about the amazing recovery Eagles and Ospreys have made in Pennsylvania and where they can be seen in this area; and this Sunday, Sept. 2, Meet the Weasel Family, learn how to identify them and about their aggressive nature. A free Evening Canoe Tour is offered on Friday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 8pm. Explore the wildlife of Hills Creek Lake and learn about the lake’s history and management. Meet at the park’s beach area. All equipment will be provided, including canoes and personal flotation devices. Those who wish may bring their own canoes and equipment. Everyone must preregister either in person at the park office or by calling 570-724-4246 between 8am and 4pm weekdays.


Free Night Sky Tour at Cherry Springs is Tonight, Tomorrow & Sunday

From 9 to10:30pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2, will be a Night Sky Tour at the Night Sky Viewing Area at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road in Coudersport. The park is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road. Park staff will conduct a laser-guided tour of the constellations and talk about the legends and myths that surround them. Afterwards, use park telescopes for an up close look at celestial objects. To preregister, visit If there is a problem with preregistering online, email or call (814) 435-1037. Preregistration IS required. Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. On Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2, those who arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area are welcome to use the park's nearby picnic tables and charcoal grills for a picnic supper and and/or on Friday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 2, join park staff in the Night Sky Viewing Area from 7:30 to 8:15pm for a family friendly Nature at Night program on fascinating critters, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes or, on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30pm meet park staff at the information kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of Route 44 to go on a short (30-minute) guided Park Welcome & Walking Tour to learn about the past, present and future of park facilities. The walk is less than a mile on mostly level terrain. All ages are welcome. Registration is NOT required to picnic or attend Nature at Night or the Park Welcome & Walking tour.

September Activities at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

Sanctioned Pokémon Standard Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 1

On Saturday, Sept. 1 register from 10am to 10:30am for the Pokémon Best of Three Standard Format Tournament with prizes for top finishers. Play begins at 10:30am and ends at 3 pm. Because this is a sanctioned tournament no proxies are allowed. Deck lists and Pokémon IDs are required. There is a $5 entry fee or play for free with any $10 purchase.


Magic the Gathering Commander League is on Saturday, Sept. 1

On the first Saturday of each month will be free Magic the Gathering Commander League play with pods forming at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Stop in for more information or to learn about this casual, multiplayer format.

Club is Saturdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

On Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm is free play with others.


Mahjongg in the Morning is on Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25

On Tuesdays, from 10am to 1pm people who want to learn and new players are always welcome to join this free, fun group.

Chess Club Is on Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25

On Tuesdays at 3:30pm, all skill levels are invited to play or learn chess for free.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Club is on Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26

On Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6pm play Yu-Gi-Oh! Learn the basics with others, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments and Sneak Peek duels.

Magic the Gathering Commander League is on Wednesdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26

On Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6pm play for free in the Magic the Gathering Commander League to earn points (limit two matches per week) with prizes awarded at the end.

Pokémon Club is on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27

On Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5pm, play Pokémon with others. Learn the basics, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments.

Magic the Gathering Tournaments are on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27

On Thursdays at 6pm, join others to play in Magic the Gathering Modern Constructed Format tournaments. Ten proxies are permitted. Entry fee is $5 or free with any $10 purchase.

Open Game Nights are on Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28

On Fridays, starting at 6pm, all ages and abilities can play a wide variety of board games or join in a weekly Game Night Challenge. For a complete schedule, visit

Ticket to Ride Tournament is on Friday, Sept. 14

On Friday Sept. 14, from 8:30 to 11pm, journey around the world in the Ticket to Ride Tournament. The entry fee is $5. Each entrant will receive a set of exclusive, limited edition, purple translucent trains and get 25 percent off the purchase of any Ticket to Ride products.


Stop in at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro or call 570-723-4263 or mail


All-You-Can-Eat Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast is This Sunday, Sept. 2

The Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast will be this Sunday, Sept. 2, from 8am to noon, rain or shine. The breakfast is open to the public. Ham, fried or scrambled eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice will be served in the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport just west of Wellsboro on Airport Road. Requested is a donation of $8 for adults and $3 for youngsters 3 to 8 years old. Children 2 and under eat free. Full-sized airplanes and ultralights will be on display. Airplane and helicopter rides will be available for a fee, weather permitting. Radio controlled airplanes, helicopters and quadcopters will be on display. A computer will be set up with an R/C flight simulator program for children and adults to try. Children, ages eight and older, can assemble and decorate a foam model glider to fly on-site and take home.


Try Flight Simulator for Free This Sunday, Sept. 2

This Sunday, Sept. 2, people who attend the All-You-Can-Eat Canyon Pilots Association Labor Day Weekend Breakfast between 8am and noon can try out the new general aviation flight simulator for free. A certified flight instructor will be on hand in the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport terminal to assist those who want to try the Redbird TD-2 simulator; to demonstrate how it works; to discuss flight instruction and answer questions about flying; and to schedule the simulator for future use. Installed on the flight simulator is software for all public airports in the United States, including the Wellsboro airport. The flat liquid-crystal display screen directly in front of the pilot replicates what he would see through the windshield and the two side screens what he would see when looking out of an airplane's side windows during takeoff and landing at an airport and while in flight.


Fly a Radio Controlled Airplane for Free This Sunday, Sept. 2

Adults and children 10 and older can register to fly a dual radio-controlled trainer aircraft for free on Sunday, Sept. 2 between 2 and 6pm at the Mountain Modelaires’ flying field on Hilboldt Road in Charleston Township, just outside of Wellsboro. The Modelaires will be registering people for the free Sept. 2 RC Aircraft Introductory Flight School during the Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Labor Day Fly-In Breakfast being held from 8am to noon on Sept. 2 at the Wellsboro-Johnston Airport. During the Sept. 2 flight school, student pilots will be given a transmitter and shown how to work the various levers and sticks to control the model aircraft, will practice on an R/C flight simulator to see how aircraft respond to different control stick movements and then be taken to the flight line to try their hand at flying assisted by Frank Granelli of Wellsboro, an Academy of Model Aeronautics certified introductory pilot instructor, using a buddy box RC transmitter system. Those interested in flying a radio-controlled aircraft can register by contacting Ed Staron at 570-662-2986 or or at the fly-in breakfast.

No Skeet Shoot This Sunday, Sept. 2; Shoots will be on Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30

The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is not hosting a skeet shoot this Sunday, Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday. From 1:30 to 4pm on Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 skeet shoots will be held at the club’s outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. The fee per round of 25 clays for members and non-members 18 years of age and older is $5 and for youth ages 12 to 17, $2. Shooters have to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. Eye and ear protection are required. For information, contact Coordinator John Davis at


Shoot Trap on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27

The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting trap shoot practices for members and the public, beginners to experienced shooters on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3pm until dusk, weather permitting. The practice will be at the club's outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. The fee per round of 25 clays is $5 per adult 18 and older and $2 for youth 12 to 17. For more information, contact Rick Niles, Nessmuk's trap shoot organizer at 570-724-1787 between 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday.


Thursday Night Runs are on Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27

The Tyoga Running Club is hosting free one-hour runs for members and the public on Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27. The runs will start promptly at 6pm. To participate, meet in the parking lot at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro off Route 6. The runs are held no matter what the weather. There are different pace groups for runners of all ages and most ability levels. For information, visit or email

Sept. 7 First Friday Theme is “The Art of Wine”

Words like grapes, fruit harvest, wine tasting, end of summer mellowness, sunset glow and sweet are all reminders that the Sept. 7 First Friday theme is “The Art of Wine.” Between 5 and 8pm on Sept. 7, retailers will have a variety of specials and free activities in their shops. Outdoors will be street entertainers, the chalk art contest and pianos to play, weather permitting. Join in the fun!


First Friday at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

From 5 to 8pm on First Friday, Sept. 7, youth can pick up a sweet treat to celebrate the sweetness of the season and take advantage of “September Super Sales” with discounts of up to 70 percent off at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro. Many items will be in Pop’s “Smart Shopper Section” with more discounts tucked in the store’s regular inventory. For information, call 570-723-4263.


Stage Fright to Perform Songs by The Band on Sept. 8

Stage Fright will perform songs made famous by The Band on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30pm in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The Band, a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968, produced many popular songs such as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “Whispering Pines” and was considered to be in the same league as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Members of Stage Fright are: Joe Callahan of Wellsboro on guitar; Sean Monroe of Horseheads, N.Y. on bass guitar; Mike Watkins of Addison, N.Y. on piano, organ, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; and Mike Nickerson of Corning, N.Y. on percussion. Watkins, Nickerson and Callahan grew up in Tioga County, Pa. This is a BYOB - bring your own snacks and beverages - event. Tickets are $15. To reserve a table free of charge and for tickets, call 570-724-6220.


Night Sky Tour is Saturday, Sept. 8

From 9 to 10:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Night Sky Viewing Area, staff at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport (12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road) will take visitors on a laser-guided tour of the constellations and tell the legends and myths that surround these mysterious patterns in the dark sky. Following the program, park telescopes will be available for an up close look at celestial objects. Preregistration for this Night Sky Tour IS required. Visit to preregister. If there is a problem with preregistering online call (814) 435-1037 or email This stargazing program will be cancelled if it rains or thunders. Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions. 


Acting Up to Start 2017-2018 Season on Tuesday, Sept. 11

Acting Up! Hamilton-Gibson’s free readers theatre program for adults 55 and older, begins its 16th season on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Barbara and Larry Biddison coordinate the program. An ever-changing group of fun-loving men and women gather at the H-G Office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro from 2pm to 3pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from September through May. The one-hour sessions bring together congenial and mutually supportive people in a relaxed, informal atmosphere that provides a low-key, low-pressure opportunity to experiment with reading stories, plays, and poems “with expression.” “It’s a safe place for people who have a fear of speaking in public, as well as for those who have always wanted to act but weren’t ready for the stage," Barbara said. Several participants have gone on to be in H-G radio plays and H-G Women's Project productions while continuing to attend Acting Up. "There’s always plenty of fun stuff to read aloud among friends," Larry said. There are no fees and no long-term commitments. Even though regular attendance is not required, the Biddisons are pleased with the strong repeat turnout. Anyone interested in seeing what Acting Up is all about is welcome to attend. For more details, contact Larry or Barbara at 570-724-4586.


Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet on Sept. 13

The monthly meeting of the Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will be on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6pm at the Lambs Creek Sportsman's Club at 339 Sportsman's Club Road, Mansfield, Pa. The Sept. 13 topic is “Training with a Holster and Conceal Carry Products for Women.” The change in location is due to flooding of the Mill Cove Environmental Area during the week of July 23 to 27, which led to the Cabin Run Creek/Mill Cove Environmental Area access bridge having to be replaced; work will begin in September. The group will continue to hold monthly meetings at either the Lambs Creek Sportsman's Club or Perkins Restaurant until the bridge is replacedMeetings are normally on the third Thursday of each month but this month's meeting is on the second Thursday because that was when space was available. For more information about joining the chapter, contact Marilyn Jones at 570-549-2794 or

HG “Velocity of Autumn” Shows are on Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22

In "The Velocity of Autumn,” Hamilton-Gibson’s upcoming comedy-drama, Alexandra, an 80-year-old artist who is healthy and quick-witted, is in a showdown with her three grown children about where she is going to live. Alexandra wants to stay where she is. Her children don't want her to continue living in her Brooklyn brownstone because she is growing older and is alone. Her response is to barricade herself in her apartment with enough homemade Molotov cocktails to take out her whole block. Alexandra’s estranged son Chris returns after 20 years, crawls through his mother’s second-floor window and becomes the family’s unlikely mediator. No sooner does he utter the words “Hi, Mom” than the emotional bombs start detonating. Pat Balon of Elkland is Alexandra and Herb Johnson of Wellsboro is Chris. Performances will be at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 15 and Sept. 21 and 22 and at 2:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 16 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The show is sponsored in part by Citizens and Northern Bank. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for youth,18 and under. There is a $60 FlexPass for adults. Email, visit or call 570-724-2079 for tickets.


Arcadia Theatre to Host Endless Mountains Film Festival Sept. 14-16

The Third Annual Endless Mountains Film Festival will be at the Arcadia Theatre at 50 Main Street in Wellsboro on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-16. The public is invited to screen 12 full-length feature films and documentaries with running times of 61 minutes to two hours and 34 shorts with running times of 5 to 30 minutes. The film shorts are in eight different screening blocks based on type - documentaries, comedies, horror/thrillers, dramas, faith-based, web series/TV pilot and student films. A talkback will be held after each of the 20 screenings to give the audience and filmmakers an opportunity to discuss the film or films they just saw. The festival will be in the flexible theater at the Arcadia, which has chairs and tables. Each of the 46 films will only be shown once during the weekend. Those who purchase a $50 VIP pass can attend the entire festival, including the welcome party from 10 to 11:30am on Sept. 14, the showings of all 46 films and the Sept. 16 awards show and closing night party from 7:30pm to midnight. A $10 film pass includes viewing any feature-length film or any short film block and a talkback. A $25 day pass is good for an entire day, including any feature length films and documentaries and short film blocks being shown that day. For the festival schedule and information about each film visit the festival website. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Arcadia Theater or at the festival website,


Featured Speaker on Sept. 19 Can Help Backyard Birders

In recognition of 2018 as the “Year of the Bird,” the Tiadaghton Chapter of the National Audubon Society is hosting Steve Kress as its featured speaker at 6:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Wellsboro Area Senior High School’s Large Group Instruction Room at 225 Nichols Street in Wellsboro. This meeting is free and open to the public. Chapter members will hold their regular business meeting at 5:30pm that night, which the public is also welcome to attend. In the 1800s, hunters wiped out nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins on islands off the coast of Maine. Kress will talk about how he restored puffins to their nesting colonies on an island called Eastern Egg Rock off the Maine coast and how these diving seabirds are now serving as a sensitive indicator of climate-induced changes in the Gulf of Maine. He will also discuss how lessons learned from the puffin restoration project can help people create sanctuaries in a changing climate for birds in their own backyards. Kress is not only the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program executive director and Bird Conservation vice president, but has also remained the director of Project Puffin since 1973. In addition, he is the manager of the National Audubon's Maine Coastal Island Sanctuaries and was the ornithology instructor at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island from 1969 through 1981, camp director from 1982 through 1986 and is currently serving as its director now. Today, Kress manages 13 seabird nesting islands in Maine that are home to more than 42,000 water birds of 27 species including most of Maine’s rare and endangered seabirds. Hundreds of professional seabird biologists can trace their first interest in seabirds to assisting Project Puffin, which is now celebrating its 45th year. Methods first developed in Maine for restoring lost colonies of seabirds are now standard practice worldwide. Kress is also a laboratory associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. where he teaches a popular annual birding course called “Spring Field Ornithology.” Those who have any questions are asked to contact the Tiadaghton Audubon Society by email at or Sean or Robin Minnick by calling (570) 948-9052.


11th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge Registration Deadline is Sept. 21

The 11th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge will be on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Ives Run Recreation Area on Hammond Lake at 710 Ives Run Lane in Tioga Township, 12 miles north of Wellsboro via Route 287. This event is for runners and walkers of all ages and first-timers. The age categories are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. To compete and be guaranteed a free event T-shirt, male and female walkers and runners must register online at by 11:59pm on Friday, Sept. 21 and pay the $20.50 entry and processing fees. Also guaranteed a free event T-shirt are those who mail a completed registration form with a check for $20.50 made payable to Friends of THC Lakes by Friday, Sept. 21 to Friends of THC Lakes, P.O. Box 451, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Do not mail an entry form after Sept. 21. Those who register online between Saturday, Sept. 22 and 11:59pm on Wednesday, Oct. 10 or in person on race day, Oct. 13 will pay $27.50 in entry and processing fees and will not be guaranteed an event T-shirt. There is no entry fee for children, 12 and under; they participate for free. Children who register online or by mail by Sept. 21 will be guaranteed a free event T-shirt. Those who register online between Sept. 22 and Oct. 10 or on race day will enter free but will not be guaranteed a T-shirt. To download course maps and registration forms or to register online, visit Check-in and registration for the Trail Challenge will be from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Stephenhouse Pavilion on Oct. 13, race day. Those who register will ride a bus provided by Benedict's Bus Service from the registration area to the Ives Run South Pavilion for the pre-race meeting at 9:45am. The Trail Challenge will start at 10am. The four-mile course includes portions of the Lynn Keller, Stephenhouse and Archery Range trails and has varying terrain. Awards will be presented at 11am. Hall's Homes and Lumber, Inc. is providing the T-shirts and the Holliday Alliance Church in Middlebury is providing free refreshments for all participants. Other Trail Challenge sponsors are: the Friends of Tioga, Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Martin's Garden Center and Landscape Services, Wild Asaph Outfitters, Ward Manufacturing, Penny's Daycare Center, the Native Bagel and Step Outdoors. For more information, call 570-835-5281. 

History Comes Alive with William Agress as Albert Einstein

On Friday, Sept. 21 at 7pm, William Agress will portray physicist Albert Einstein, the world’s most famous eccentric genius, in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. “On stage, I am Einstein," said Agress. "I speak in the first person. At least half of what I say are verbatim quotes by Einstein.” About 15 years ago, a friend who was planning the first Princeton Pi Day to celebrate mathematics and Albert Einstein’s birthday in Princeton, New Jersey told Agress that if he could play George Washington he could certainly play Einstein. The first three digits in Pi are 3.14 and Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. Thirty-five years ago, in 1983 a friend introduced Agress to American Revolutionary War reenacting. He first portrayed Colonel Edward Hand of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, a little-known hero of the Second Battle of Trenton. Among the other patriots Agress portrays is General George Washington who later became the first President of the United States. “Since Einstein was probably the most famous person to live in Princeton I began doing research and learned all about him,” Agress said. "I also listened to his voice on audiotapes so I could speak his words with a German accent.” Since then, he has portrayed Einstein at Princeton’s Annual Pi Day held every March for several days including the 14th, as well as at schools and other venues and events. In doing the research, Agress learned about Einstein’s theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics; that Einstein had grown up in Germany and Italy, earned his Ph.D. in Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen; and, in 1933, renounced his German citizenship when Hitler rose to power and left his homeland. Einstein accepted a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and worked there for 22 years until his death on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. In 1940, Einstein had become a U.S. citizen. Agress also learned about Einstein's childhood, his hobbies, his pets, what he liked to eat, how he helped young people who lived in Princeton with their math homework, about his family and his eccentricities. After the show, the audience is invited to ask questions and to take photos of and with Einstein. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors 65 and older and free for youth ages 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Register Now for Stress-Free Leadership Training on Oct. 10 & 11

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