Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

May 15 , 2020


To All Chamber Member Businesses and Organizations—
Today, May 15, all chamber member businesses and organizations are receiving an updated listing of COVID-19 Business and Organization Reopenings by email. Updated and new listings are identified. This listing is also being posted on the chamber’s Facebook page and website. Included are 64 businesses. Of the 41 listings released on May 7, 26 remain the same and 15 have been updated. Also included today are 23 new listings, many of them restaurants. To change information on this listing or to add a new listing, contact Sharon Hazelton by email at by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

Hills Creek State Park Campground, Park Office Open Today, Tomorrow’s Springfest Has Been Canceled
The park office and family campsites at Hills Creek State Park opened today, May 15 for the first time since March 13. The park is located at 111 Spillway Road, midway between Mansfield and Wellsboro. Springfest, set for this Saturday, May 16 at Hills Creek, is canceled. Cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts will open at Hills Creek on Friday, June 12. Remaining closed until June 15 at the park will be all organized group tenting, organized group cabin camps, and pavilions. Canceled through June 15 are all public educational programs and all events for gatherings of more than 25 people like Springfest. Reservable boating facilities and select restroom facilities in the park’s day use areas have been open since Friday, May 8. Visitors at Hills Creek State Park can access trails, lakes, rivers, non-marina docks, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking. The Turkey Path at Leonard Harrison State Park near Wellsboro will remain closed until damage to wooden structures along the trail can be repaired. Hikers should utilize the Overlook Trail at Leonard Harrison until those repairs can be made. For more information, call the park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

SBDC Offers Live Video Online Q&A Sessions
for Small Businesses on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center is offering Q&A live video online group sessions with SBDC consultants on Tuesdays from 10am to 11am and Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm. The sessions are open to small businesses in Tioga County interested in getting answers to questions they may have. Small businesses can find the Zoom link information at<> or via this Zoom link: For important COVID-19 Information for Small Businesses visit <> or<>. Business consultants at the University of Scranton SBDC at are available for individual meetings by phone or real-time video conferencing on multiple platforms. E-mail<;>; or call 570-941-7588 and leave a message.

Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club Trap Shoot Practices Begin
Weather permitting, trap shoot practices for beginners and experienced shooters are being held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. every Tuesday, May 19 and 26 through Oct. 27 at the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club's outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. On March 20, President Frank Copley had announced that trap shoot practices, set to begin at Nessmuk on Tuesday, March 24, were canceled until further notice due to the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, which offered little choice but to close all shooting ranges statewide. On Friday, May 8, 24 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties were upgraded from the red to yellow phase to ease COVID-19 restrictions. In the yellow phase of the state's three-phase reopening plan, outdoor shooting ranges in those 24 counties are allowed to reopen, including Nessmuk's outdoor range. Trap shoot practices began on Tuesday, May 12 at Nessmuk. "The Tuesday trap shoot practices are open to members and the public," said Rick Niles, Nessmuk's trap shoot organizer. "We have five shooting stations at our outdoor range. A distance of six feet, nine inches separates each station. We ask that shooters wear masks to the range and while they are here. The only time they do not have to wear a mask is when they are actually shooting." The fee is $6 per adult per round of 25 clays and $3 for those under 18. Eye and ear protection must be worn. Shooters are asked to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. The club will have a limited supply of 12-gauge shotgun shells in boxes of 25 available for purchase. For more information, call Niles at 570-439-0187.

Register by Thursday, May 21 for Hamilton-Gibson’s
Virtual Voice Acting Workshop on Saturday, May 23
Register by Thursday, May 21 for the Hamilton-Gibson Tune In To Radio HG Festival Virtual Voice Acting Workshop. It's free and open to the public. Fifteen people are currently registered with room for 10 to 15 more. The workshop is being held as a virtual video conference call at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. On Friday, May 22, information for joining the video conference call will be sent to registrants so they can stay home and participate. Gabe Hakvaag, Alice Jean Hakvaag and Ryan Thomas Dalton are leading the two-hour workshop. These professional radio announcers and voice-over actors will share basic microphone techniques with aspiring performers as well as how to create a character with sound, preparing scripts for a performance and scene acting. “One of the radio play festival’s goals is to encourage people to try voice acting for the first time,” said Gabe. “We decided to hold this workshop to help volunteers get comfortable with performing in front of a microphone. It is for anyone interested in learning about vocal performance, including for radio, podcasting, audio books and readers theater like HG's Acting Up. Voice acting is a great way to try acting without the worry of memorizing lines or learning blocking for a stage performance," he added. For many years, Gabe has produced and directed audio plays, including the three-year-old Tune In To Radio HG Festival. Among his other credits are: "The Wearing of the Green", performed at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, "Tom Slade and The Taste of Thieves" for WBZ Radio in Boston, and "The Party Hat" for WXPN Philadelphia. His daughter, Alice is a theater artist and voice actor based in Philadelphia. She was heard in "The Scream of Shalka" by Siderooms Productions and in the "Swamp Things" podcast, produced by Robert Reineke. Ryan Thomas Dalton is a filmmaker and WOGA Radio announcer weekday afternoons. He is also the director of The Hut student center at Mansfield University and wrote the comedy  "A Romp Through The Complete History of Hamilton-Gibson, More Or Less”, a homage to Hamilton-Gibson's 30 years of community theater productions of mysteries, dramas, comedies and musicals in the Wellsboro area. "A lot more goes into voice acting than one would think," Gabe explained. "Voice actors need to read with a clear, clean voice that sounds good to the ear. It’s critical to understand how a microphone works and how to project your voice without distorting sound. Voice actors also need to create compelling characters that come across without the usual visuals. They can play young or old, male or female, polished or unsophisticated, all using nothing more than the sound of their voice." Workshop participants will also be encouraged to audition for the Tune In to Radio HG festival being presented Thursday through Sunday, August 6-9. Auditions will be in late June or early July. To register, contact Hamilton-Gibson Productions at or by calling 570-724-2079 by May 21. 

Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter to Meet Thursday
The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 outdoors at the Mill Cove Shooting Range in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa. Following a short meeting on gun safety, will be a pistol and revolver shooting practice. The group will follow Pennsylvania's COVID-19 guidelines. Marilyn Jones and Pat Butts are chapter co-leaders. Women who don't own a firearm and want more information before making a purchase or want to find out about joining the chapter are invited to contact Jones at 570-549-2794 or

May 24 All-You-Can-Eat Fly-in Breakfast is Canceled
The Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday, May 24 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road, near Wellsboro, has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.

Deane Center Cancels June Shows
The Deane Center for the Performing Arts has canceled six shows scheduled in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro between June 5 and 19, according to Kevin Connelly, executive director. They include the Remembering Red Skelton show, Brian Hoffman's tribute to "America's favorite clown" on Saturday, June 6; and concerts by Toby Walker on Friday, June 5, the four-member band Like a Hurricane’s tribute to Neil Young on Friday, June 12,  the bluegrass and jug band Dishonest Fiddlers on Monday, June 15, Drowsy Maggie playing bluegrass, old-time, country, folk and Americana music on Tuesday, June 16 and Gathering Time, a Long Island, N.Y.-based folk-rock harmony trio, paying tribute to the music of the iconic Peter, Paul & Mary and Crosby, Stills & Nash on Friday, June 19.  As 24 counties in northwestern and north central Pennsylvania moved from the red phase to the yellow phase on May 8 under Gov. Tom Wolf's three-phased re-opening approach, theaters that offer entertainment, like the Deane Center's Warehouse and Coolidge theaters remain closed. In the yellow phase, gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people compared to 10 in the red phase. "We should be able to re-open once Tioga County is in the green phase," Connelly said. "We're just not sure when that will be." Those with questions about specific shows or tickets can email Office Administrator Mary De Bockler at or Kevin Connelly at The Deane Center phone number is 570-724-6220 and website address is

Rotarians Cancel Laurel Festival Booster Dinner
Following the cancellation of the 2020 Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival on April 30, Wellsboro Rotarians announced Thursday, May 7 that they were cancelling the Wellsboro Rotary Club Laurel Festival Booster Dinner, a fundraiser. The April 29 booster dinner was postponed on March 30 when statewide social distancing guidelines were extended until April 30 to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prior to the coronavirus, Wellsboro Rotarians had been meeting at noon on Thursdays at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street. In-person meetings have not been held since March. The purpose of the Wellsboro Rotary Club, founded 95 years ago in 1925, is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace locally and around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. For more information about becoming a member, call Jim Paxson at 570-724-2028.

Blast and Cast Raffle Drawing is Postponed to 2021
The Board of Directors of Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 has postponed the 2020 Blast and Cast Raffle drawing until next year. The decision, made during the board's regular meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 5, was prompted by the recent cancellations of both the May 24 Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast and the June 13-21 Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. "Since we sell most of our raffle tickets during those two events, a motion was made and approved that we postpone the drawing from Saturday, June 20 of this year to Saturday, June 19, 2021 during next year's Laurel Festival," said Dave Cahill, raffle chair. Through the Fly Fishing Film Tour and the Blast and Cast Raffle, the Wellsboro-based nonprofit TU chapter raises money to fund its conservation and educational projects in Tioga County, such as stream habitat improvements, youth fishing and water quality monitoring. "People who want to buy raffle tickets anytime between now and next year can do so by emailing me at or calling me at 570-439-5276," Cahill said. "Those who already purchased raffle tickets but want a refund because the drawing is delayed, can contact me and I will refund their contributions," he said. The raffle tickets are priced at $5 for one and $20 for five. The names of three prizewinners will be drawn in 2021. The first prize is a Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle valued at $397. It has a stainless steel barrel and polymer stock, a detachable 10-round rotary magazine and carry case. The second is a Moonshine Revival Classic Glass 3-weight, seven-foot rod with two tip sections and a lifetime warranty and a matched Lamson Liquid Smoke Reel having a total value of $298.99. The third is a Simms Headwater Fishing Backpack valued at $169.95 that allows the angler to carry all essential gear needed for a full day of fishing, from fly boxes to rod tubes, a net, hydration, extra layers of clothing and more. 

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