Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Member to Member Announcements

September 19 , 2019


Bookstore Seeks Indie Small Business Award; Vote Each Day

From My Shelf Books & Gifts has been nominated for the Indie Small Business Award sponsored by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement ( "Only 25 businesses will make it to the next round. We can't do it without support from chamber members and the public," said Kevin Coolidge, owner of the bookstore at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro and author of the “Totally Ninja Raccoons,” a children's series he wrote specifically for young reluctant readers. "People can vote for the bookstore up to 25 times a day per IP address between now and Monday, Oct. 28. That means those who use multiple computers can vote from home, from work, and even their local coffee shop every day,” Coolidge said. The 25 businesses getting the most votes will proceed to Round 2, which starts on Oct. 28 and ends on Nov. 17.  The top 10 selected will be in the running for the Indie Award grand prize. The overall winner will be announced on Nov. 25 and receive an enhanced prize package valued at $25,000. To make voting easier, a link to voting is pinned to the top of From My Shelf's Facebook page and to the top of the Totally Ninja Raccoons’ Facebook page. Those who don't do Facebook, can still vote for the bookstore by visiting


Register Now for Two-Day Stress-Free Leadership Workshop

Triumph Leader Group’s business culture and personal development experts Kate Sholonski and David Larson are co-leading the Stress-Free Leadership: Living Your Best Life While Inspiring Others Workshop in Williamsport on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30. The workshop will be from 9am to 4pm each day. Participants will: 1) See themselves as leaders and responsible for moving their department forward, even if they don’t have a leadership title; 2) Be able to identify at least three relationship-building strengths they previously underused; 3) Take responsibility for how they contribute both positively and negatively to the atmosphere of their workplace; 4) Learn how to bring out the best in others by identifying the qualities that make each individual a unique asset to the team; 5) Learn how to minimize office drama and resolve conflicts while gaining trust and respect; 6) List personal hooks and triggers that make them vulnerable to negativity, and one or more sure-fire ways to side-step those hooks; 7) Use two or more of the powerful communication strategies practiced in the session to facilitate positive outcomes; 8) Learn the five components of trust to elicit cooperation from co-workers and subordinates; and 9) Practice new strategies of awareness to mitigate stresses and move through challenges with greater ease and with a higher level of productivity. Registration is limited to 10 participants. To register, call Kate at 570-439-2004. The fee is $587.

September Activities at Pop’s Culture Shoppe

Free Open Game Nights are on Fridays, Sept. 20 & 27

Fridays, Sept. 20 and 27, from 6pm until late, all ages and abilities can play a variety of board games free and join in a “Game Night Challenge.” The winner will receive a $5 store credit if present. 

Magic the Gathering Throne of Eldraine Pre-Release Sept. 27 & Sept. 28

The newest Magic the Gathering set's prerelease with four prerelease events will be on Friday, Sept. 27 at 4pm and 9:30pm, and Saturday, Sept. 28 at noon and 6pm. Participants will receive a prerelease kit containing six packs of Throne of Eldraine, a foil copy of a random rare or mythic rare from the set, and a 20-sided spin-down life counter. Each event will be $25 and everyone will receive at least one pack for participating with further prizes for the top players.

Mahjongg Club is Saturday, Sept. 21

Saturday from 12pm to 4pm is free play. New players are always welcome.

Chess Club is Mondays, Sept. 23 & 30

Mondays at 3:30pm, all skill levels are invited to play or learn chess for free in a casual environment. Pop’s will be open from 9am to 5pm on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2.

Mahjongg in the Morning is Tuesday, Sept. 24

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


Yu-Gi-Oh! Club is Wednesday, Sept. 25

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

National Comic Book Day is Wednesday, Sept. 25

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, celebrate National Comic Book Day at Pop’s with 50 percent off $1 comics, 30 percent off open bin comics, and 20 percent off all other comics and graphic novels.

Summer Commander League is Sept. 25

From 3:30pm to 6pm on Wednesday, Sept. 25, play and earn points as the 12-week Magic The Gathering: Summer Commander League draws to a close. Prizes will be awarded.

Pokémon Club is Thursday, Sept. 26

Thursday, Sept. 26 from 3:30 to 4:30pm play Pokémon with others. It’s free! Learn the basics, collect cards, improve and play in tournaments.

Modern Constructed Tournament is Thursday, Sept. 26

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6pm play in Magic The Gathering: Modern Constructed format tournaments. Ten proxies are permitted. The entry fee is $5 or free with any $10 purchase.

RPG Night is Thursday, Sept. 26

Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6pm to 9pm, join Miles on Sept. 26 for an open Pathfinder Adventures scenario. Characters will be provided for those who don’t have one. Bring dice. Check “Pop’s Role Playing” Facebook page for updates:

FMI: Stop in at Pop’s Culture Shoppe at 25 Main Street in Wellsboro, call 570-723-4263, email or visit


"Every Brilliant Thing" Performances are This Friday & Saturday

The last two performances of “Every Brilliant Thing” are at 7:30pm this Friday, Sept. 20 and this Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The play is funny and heart-warming and effectively combines comedy with a serious topic. It is about a seven-year-old boy whose mother is hospitalized after a suicide attempt. He tries to make her happy by writing a list of every good thing in the world worth living for. What begins as a child's attempt to cure his mother's depression turns into a community tribute to building resilience and appreciating life's little blessings. Unique and fresh is the way the audience is involved in this show. Before and after each performance, audience members can stop at a resource table provided by the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro that has information about suicide awareness, prevention and survivor support. There will be talk-backs following each performance. Audience members are welcome to stay to discuss what they just experienced. Tickets are $12 for adults. Reservations are recommended. To reserve seats, call 570-724-2079 or visit Sponsors are Drs. Tina Tolins and Grady Gafford; Lee and Janet Bellinger; and the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro.

Joe Crookston Concert is This Friday, Sept. 20

At 7:30pm this Friday, Sept. 20, nationally acclaimed American folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter Joe Crookston will perform in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. A resident of Ithaca, New York, Crookston regularly tours in the United States, Canada and Ireland. He will perform upbeat, high-energy songs along with artful and quiet songs. Not only is he known for his lyrics, "created with wit, intelligence and heart" but also for his excellent musicianship and charismatic stage presence. A master storyteller, Crookston has written many songs based on true American stories. After meeting Dina Jacobson, an elderly Holocaust survivor from Poland who was living in Elmira, N.Y., Crookston wrote "Blue Tattoo." She bore an identification number tattooed on her body from her time in the Auschwitz concentration camp. That 2007 song was the inspiration for a 2014 documentary of the same name. The film is about how Crookston and Jacobson met and formed a unique friendship. In Wellsboro, Crookston will perform two of his story songs, “Blue Tattoo,” and "The Letters of Florence Hemphill", which he wrote about a nurse from Wilson County, Kansas who volunteered to serve in World War I. When he sings those two songs, supersized acrylic portraits Crookston painted of Hemphill and Jacobson will be displayed on stage. During intermission, the singer will have some of his 8½- by 11-inch matted, framed and autographed monoprints available for purchase. He created them based on lyrics in his songs. This concert is BYOB. Audience members can bring their favorite beverages and snacks and reserve a table at no extra charge. Admission is $20. For tickets and a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Musical “Once on This Island” is This Friday and Sunday

 The Arcadia Theater at 50 Main Street in Wellsboro will present the musical “Once on This Island” at 7:30pm this Friday, Sept. 20 and at 2:30pm and 7:30pm this Sunday Sept. 22. Since its arrival on stage in 1990, the award-winning musical, based on “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, has been performed internationally, including a recent sell-out Broadway revival. The story follows the orphan Ti Moune and her search for love, with the help of the fantastical gods on a small island in the Caribbean. It moves through themes of destiny, cultural division, and sacrifice, expressed alongside an exciting reggae/Caribbean original music score. “Playing Ti Moune has been one of my dream roles for my theater career,” said Skylar Marcen, a sophomore music performance major at Mansfield University and lead for the show. “It’s intimidating and very enjoyable to bring such a powerful character to life,” she said. Marcen has experience in theater productions at Mansfield University, the Arcadia Theater, and in high school. “I love a lot about this show, from the music to the message,” she added. MU sophomore music education major Seth Shields, plays Tonton Julian in the 29th show of his career. Shields said, “The music in ‘Once on This Island’, natural and enjoyable on the surface, hides an underlying powerful story and intricate musical elements.” Peter Davis, Arcadia Theater general manager and the show’s director, produces shows every year with Mansfield University students. The production involves students of all backgrounds, and provides a unique musical experience in a professional setting. Davis and the Arcadia Theater have previously produced musicals like “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve seats, contact the theater box office at 570-724-9371.

Register by This Friday, Sept. 20 for Mill Cove’s

Clays for Kids to Guarantee Event T-shirt and Ammo

This Friday, Sept. 20 before 11:59pm is the deadline for individual men and women and four-person teams to register online for Mill Cove’s Second Annual Clays for Kids to guarantee an event T-shirt in the size ordered and ammunition. Register and pay online at Those who register online between Sept. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 3 or in person at 8am on Saturday, Oct. 5, the day the event is being held, will participate in the shoot but not receive an event T-shirt and may not receive ammunition. Mark Hamilton and Gary Wilson are co-chairing Clays for Kids being held from 8am to 2pm on Oct. 5 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays at 619 Leon Brown Road in Middlebury Center, PA 16935. Proceeds will benefit the outdoor Mill Cove Environmental Education Center where children learn about nature up close and personal, and the Tioga County Children's Advocacy Center, an Asa’s Place program, which will serve child abuse victims ages four to 18 at 16 Water Street in Wellsboro. The facility is expected to open late in 2019 or early in 2020. The entry fee for Clays for Kids is $130 per person and for a team of four is $500. Lunch only is $20 per person. Included in the entry fee are: four boxes of ammunition, either 12- or 20-gauge per shooter; 100 target rounds per shooter; golf cart use; lunch and an event T-shirt. Registrants must bring their own gun and eye and ear protection. Registration and check-in for the Oct. 5 shotgun shoot will begin at 8am with the shoot to start at 9am. The pork barbecue lunch and presentations about the beneficiaries, the Mill Cove Environmental Education Center and Tioga County Children's Advocacy Center, an Asa’s Place program, will be at noon. At 1pm, a raffle will be held and awards presented to the top male, female and team shooters. For more information about registering to participate in Clays for Kids or to learn about available sponsorship opportunities, call Mark Hamilton at 570-772-1299 or Gary Wilson at 570-337-8699 or email

Tryathlon & 5K Run/Walk are This Saturday, Sept. 21         

This Saturday, Sept. 21, the 12th Annual Step Outdoors Tryathlon and 5K Trail Walk/Run will be at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901. It is open to all ages. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township. There are no competitive categories; every finisher in the Tryathlon and the stand-alone 5K will receive a medallion. Registration and check-in time will be from 8:30 to 9:30am this Saturday at the tent between the park’s bathhouse and concession stand. Those who register in person 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 Tryathlon solo. For two- or three-person teams the entry fee for the Tryathlon is $65 per team. At registration on race day, any surplus event T-shirts will be available for purchase while supplies last. The pre-race talk for all entrants, especially those participating for the first time, will be at 9:45am. The start time for both the Tryathlon and the 5K is 10am sharp. 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. The focus of the Step Outdoors TRYathlon is on trying rather than winning, on camaraderie rather than competition and on personal challenge rather than place of finish. That is the reason age and gender categories were eliminated in 2015. For more information about the Tryathlon or 5K, visit

Hometown Science Festival is This Saturday, Sept. 21

This Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4pm, children and adults are invited to take part in the third annual Hometown Science Festival on The Green in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, rain or shine. The festival is free and open to the public. This event is a collaboration of community organizations and individuals who are passionate about local science and science education. Their goal is to show how people use and rely on science every day in their homes, backyards and neighborhoods. Learn how audio speakers work thanks to marvelous magnetism, tour an electrofishing boat, launch water pressure rockets, build unsinkable foil boats and create coffee filter parachutes, find out how humans process sensory information to participate in everyday activities, measure people's reaction time to different stimuli, use common household materials to take DNA from strawberries, learn about embryology at a 4-H display of eggs and chickens, find out about aquatic insects, monarch butterflies, American eels and freshwater mussels, Hellbender salamanders, honey bees and hydrology, how hemlock trees help fish, the damage invasive insects like the spotted lanternfly and the emerald ash borer do to grapes and fruit and ash trees, about simple machines, how to use telescopes and more. From 12 to 12:30pm David Driskell will present "The Science of Sound and Music," an exploration of the production, amplification, and convection of sound and how this relates to music. Simple, homemade instruments will be demonstrated and used in a play along session. From 1 to 3pm, Van Wagner of Danville, Pa. will give a presentation entitled “Soft Coal, Hard Times…The History of Bituminous Coal Mining in Our Region." This singer-songwriter, historian, Pennsylvania logger and coal miner, and environmental science teacher will also give a concert of his original songs about the coal and lumbering eras. Wagner is releasing "Wales," his 25th CD this week. It is about his Welsh ancestry. At 3:15pm awards will be presented on The Green to the winners of the "Hooked on Science" art contest. The artwork submitted for the contest will be on display from 2 to 5pm today, Sept. 20 and from 11am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. For more information, email or visit

Skeet Shoots are Sundays, Sept. 22 & 29

From 1pm to 3pm Sundays, Sept. 22 and 29, the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting skeet shoots at its outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro, weather permitting. The fee to shoot skeet for members and non-members 18 years of age and older is $5 per round of 25 clays. Skeet shooting is $2 for youth ages 12 to 17. The club will provide up to two boxes of ammunition free to each youth to use at the range the day he or she shoots. For more information, contact Skeet Shoot Coordinator John Davis at or 570-439-1300.


Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours to Begin Monday, Sept. 23

Rich Hanlon is leading five Creek and Canyon Wildlife Tours to explore the beauty and wonder of the wildlife and wild spaces in the Wellsboro area while taking time to reflect on the wisdom of Jesus as well as American nature writers such as Aldo Leopold, John Muir and Rachel Carson. Two of the tours are handicapped accessible. Hanlon is an outdoor enthusiast, member of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro and founder of the BestLife Community blog. The first tour is the Barbour Rock-West Rim-Bear Run Loop on Monday, Sept. 23. Participants will gather at 7am at the Barbour Rock Trailhead parking lot and hike about 3.5 miles on easy terrain that includes vistas overlooking Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Among the wildlife that may be seen are hawks, eagles, vultures and migrating warblers. On Saturday, Oct. 5 participants will gather at 9:30am at the handicapped accessible Leonard Harrison State Park Overlook to enjoy the autumn leaves and to see eagles, hawks, crows, ravens and vultures cruising over Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. At 4pm on Saturday, Oct. 19 gather at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901 to go on an hour-and-a-half hike on the four-mile Lake Loop Trail and see an assortment of ducks, geese and maybe an eagle and a red-breasted nuthatch. On Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4pm gather at the handicapped accessible Ives Run Recreation Area parking lot at the big boat launch directly adjacent to the campground to watch ducks, geese and eagles flying and swimming on Hammond Lake. The last tour will be the Barbour Rock-West Rim-Bear Run Loop on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants will gather at 9am at the Barbour Rock Trailhead parking lot and hike about 3.5 miles on easy terrain that includes vistas overlooking Pine Creek and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Wildlife that may be seen include hawks, eagles, vultures and migrating warblers. To go on one or all of the upcoming tours or for more information, .email Hanlon at, call 1-412-992-6648, or leave him a message at

Reserve Seats for Mature Driver Operator Refresher Course

AAA North Penn at 9 Charleston Street in Wellsboro is accepting reservations for the Mature Driver Operator Recertification Course. This four-hour course is being held from 9am to 1pm Tuesday, Sept. 24 and again from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Payment is due at the time reservations are made. For more information, call 570-724-4134 or stop in.


Acting Up is Tuesday, Sept. 24

Acting Up! Hamilton-Gibson’s free readers theatre program for adults 55 and older, is now in its 17th season. Barbara and Larry Biddison coordinate the program. An ever-changing group of fun-loving men and women gather from 2pm to 3pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from September through May at the HG Office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro. 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 on Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more details, contact Larry or Barbara at 570-724-4586.


Trap Shoot Practice is Tuesday, Sept. 24

The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting a trap shoot practice for members and the public, beginners to experienced shooters from 3pm until 6:30pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24, weather permitting at the club's outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro. The fee is $5 per adult per round of 25 clays and $2 for those under 18. Eye and ear protection must be worn. Shooters are asked to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. For more information, call Rick Niles, Nessmuk trap shoot organizer, at 570-439-0187.

Register Now for Penn College Fall Courses on Sept. 25, Oct. 23

Penn College's Center for Business and Workforce Development at 1127 West Fourth Street in Williamsport is offering fall courses. Register now for Introduction to Office Online and OneDrive being held on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 9am to noon, and for MS Office 365 Online Productivity Apps being held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 9am to 4pm. The Introduction to Office Online and OneDrive course is for business users who are already competent in a desktop-based installation of Microsoft Office and want to extend it to a collaborative cloud-based environment. Take an introductory tour of Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 software online from the perspective of an end user. Participants will learn how to upload, manage and share files using OneDrive for Business; will be introduced to editing and co-authoring shared documents in the popular Office 365 online apps - Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote; and create mail groups and manage contacts using the Outlook web app. The MS Office 365 Online Productivity App course builds on the foundational knowledge of the Microsoft Office 365 online apps. Participants will explore the following apps: Teams, Planner, Forms, Stream, Sway and Flow. A prerequisite is a basic understanding of the Office online core applications including OneDrive, Outlook on the Web, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Also being offered this fall are: QuickBooks: Level I on Wednesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, from 6pm to 9pm; QuickBooks: Level II on Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 23, from 6pm to 9pm and Access: Level I on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9am to 4pm. To register, call 570-327-4775, email or visit and click on “computer.”

Go for Free Run on Thursday, Sept. 26

Adults and children are invited to meet members of the Tyoga Running Club in the parking lot at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph to go on a free, one-hour run at 6pm on Thursday, Sept. 26. The laboratory is eight miles west of Wellsboro off Route 6. There are different pace groups for varying distances for runners of all ages and ability levels. Visit or email for more information.

Grammy Award-Winner to Perform Sept. 27 in Wellsboro

Joanne Shenandoah, Grammy Award-winner and one of the nation's leading American Indian singer-songwriters and recording artists, draws upon her heritage as a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy - Oneida Nation. At 7:30pm on Friday, Sept. 27, Joanne and her daughter, Leah will sing their original music in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Joanne will sing selections from the 23 albums she has recorded during her 30 years as a professional artist. Among them is her recent single "We Will Rise Up," which is nominated for a Native American Music Award. In addition to her own releases, she composes music for mainstream film and television projects and is a 2019 Emmy nominee for a PBS special titled "Native America." Her popularity is the result of the crossover power of her music. She sings in English and in her native Iroquois language and plays a medley of instruments, including guitar, piano, flute, cello and clarinet. Joanne has performed at St. Peter’s Basilica for the canonization of the first Native American St. Kateri Tekakwitha, at five Presidential Inaugurations, at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the White House, Kennedy Center, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions (Africa, Spain and Australia) and Woodstock '94. Leah will sing original songs from her debut album "Spectra," which received a Native American Music Award for “Best Debut Album” and “Best Alternative Album”. Her original compositions have received national and regional recognition. She is currently enrolled in her fourth year as an Apparel Design Ph.D. student at Cornell University, is an indigenous scholar, artist, activist and musician. To earn a Master’s of Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Metals and Jewelry, Magna Cum Laude, she did her thesis as a multimedia experience. It consisted of: five textile, paint and steel sculptures, five sets of jewelry, five outfits and a 45-minute DJ set with 12 original songs, which she wrote and performed. Admission is $25; for tickets or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit

Cherry Springs Offers Free Night Sky Tour on Sept. 27 & 28

From 7:30pm to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, go on a Night Sky Tour in the Night Sky Viewing Area at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915. The park is 12 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding them. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email

Passion Play Meeting of Interest is Sept. 28

There will be a meeting of interest on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3pm at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Invited to attend are youth and adults of all ages willing to help with a community presentation in April, 2020 of the passion play "You Are The Christ!" sponsored by Shepherdess Worship Ministries. Needed are people who want to act, dance, build sets, sew costumes, bake, serve refreshments, organize, advertise or be a gofer. “This play has been on my heart for more than 20 years, since we first came to Wellsboro,” said Rachel Linscott, the founder and leader of Shepherdess Worship Ministries, a Messianic ministry, independent of any particular church or ministerial organization. The passion play will be presented on stage in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theater with a full cast of characters to show Jesus’ earthly ministry and His passion on the cross. Refreshments will be provided at the Sept. 28 meeting, which is free and open to all. For information, contact Rachel Linscott at 570-439-6515 or  

Hamilton-Gibson to Present Three Stand-up Comics on Sept. 28

For those who love to laugh, Hamilton-Gibson is presenting the Wise Crackers Comedy Club featuring three stand-up comedians on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30pm in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The doors will open at 6:30pm. Headlining the show is Brad Lowery. Nominated for Comedian of the Year four times, he has been seen on A&E's "Caroline's Comedy Hour" and CBS's "Star Search” and has opened for comedians such as Chris Rock, Tommy Davidson and Adam Sandler. Joe Ohrin, known for his energetic, witty, ad-libbing routines that feature great material and plenty of real-life experiences, will then take the stage. This native of Northeastern, Pa. has been performing live for more than 15 years at New York City comedy clubs, including Dangerfield's, The Comic Strip and Stand-Up NY as well as The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has been the opening act for Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Weird Al Yankovic, Jeff Dunham and Beatlemania, appeared on national TV shows and also wrote jokes for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Emcee at Wellsboro is Scott Bruce who has performed alongside Robin Williams, Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Chris Rock, Drew Carey and Bernie Mac. Raised in State College, Bruce began his career in comedy in 1981. "People may have caught my act on a cruise ship, at a nightclub in Las Vegas or at a Moose Lodge in rural Pennsylvania," he said. Bruce has performed in 46 of America's 50 states and in 30 countries. His quick wit, adlibbing ability, and natural timing make him not just a great comic, but also one of the most sought after MC’s working today. He guarantees his audiences a good time and lots of laughs. This show is for adults only. Rated PG, it mainly includes family type humor. Tables will be set up cabaret style in the Gallery. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Ward Manufacturing, Inc. is the sponsor. Tickets for adults are $12 and can be purchased online at the HG website at, via links to TicketLeap on HG's Facebook page or at the door. For more information contact Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email

Green Monster Online Registration Ends Monday, Sept. 30

The deadline to register online for the Sunday, Oct. 13 Green Monster Trail Challenge 15K, 25K or 50K is before 11:59pm on Monday, Sept. 30 at Hikers and runners who register by then in the 0-19, 20-29, 30-29, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80+ age categories will be guaranteed a swag bag with a Green Monster T-shirt and a pair of socks. The registration fee for the 50K is $90, for the 25K is $70 and for the 15K is $60. Those who register by Sept. 30 can pick up their swag bags on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 at Wild Asaph Outfitters at 71 Main Street in Wellsboro during regular business hours. Sept. 30 registrants must still check in on race day to pick up their bibs before the start of their event. Those who register in person on race day, Oct. 13 will not be guaranteed a swag bag or a Green Monster T-shirt. The registration and check-in tent will open at 6am on Oct. 13. It will be located near the 15K, 25K and 50K start/finish area along Straight Run Road about one-quarter of a mile north of the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, which is eight miles west of Wellsboro via Route 6. Swag bag pick-up, check-in and race day registration will end half an hour prior to each race’s start time. The start times are as follows: 7:30am for the 50K, 9am for the 25K and 10:45am for the 15K. The number of participants in the 15K is limited to 150; the 25K to 250 and the 50K to 100. Once the event limit has been reached, a wait list will be created for additional entrants who will be chosen on a first come, first served basis when spots become available. After all three events, there will be a post-race lunch for participants, a raffle, music and entertainment. The top overall male and top overall female finishers in the 15K, 25K and 50K will receive prizes. The top three place finishers in all three events will receive special prizes. All finishers will receive a unique Green Monster medallion. For course details and other information, visit or, or contact Race Director Jim Black by email at

Penn College Offers Computer Classes at Wellsboro         

The Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro has announced it is offering computer classes in Word, Excel and PowerPoint at its 22 Walnut Street, Wellsboro location. From 6pm to 9pm, the Word Level 2 split session will be on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and 3. From 6pm to 9pm, the Excel Level 1 split session will be on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 24 and Excel Level 2 on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 and 14. The PowerPoint Level 1 course will be from 9am to 3:30pm with half an hour for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and the split session from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 10 and 12. To register online, visit For more information, call Marie Van Ess at 570-724-7703.

Register Now for Front Line Supervisor Program

The Penn College Front Line Leadership Program is designed to prepare individuals to meet the unique challenges faced by front line supervisors today. The program includes three courses, which each contain four interactive modules and cover multiple topics across core competencies. Front Line Supervisor I: Supervisory Fundamentals is scheduled for Wednesdays, Oct. 2 & 9, 9am to 4pm; Front Line Supervisor II: Performance Management is on Wednesdays, Nov. 6 & 13, 9am to 4pm; and Front Line Supervisor III: Teamwork and Cooperation is on Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 9am to 4pm. Each course will be offered simultaneously at Penn College’s Williamsport and Wellsboro locations. To register or for more information, contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-327-4775 or

Fostering Diversity, Inclusion in the Multicultural Workplace

Penn College is offering a course titled Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Multicultural Workplace on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 9am to 4pm simultaneously at its Williamsport and Wellsboro locations. Understanding the business and intrinsic value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and the multicultural workplace is an important aspect of everyone's job. This course focuses on appreciating people's beliefs and cultural protocols as they relate to the workplace, understanding organizational power differences, improving workplace relationships, mitigating resistance, and promoting inclusion in today's diverse and multicultural organizations. This program can be customized and delivered on location. To register or for more information, contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-327-4775 or

Project Management Fundamentals Course to Begin Oct. 30

The Project Management Fundamentals course introduces the fundamentals of delivering projects on time and within budget to maximize customer satisfaction. Learn how to apply specific project management tools related to chartering, defining the scope, scheduling, risk and communication planning and closing the project. This program is appropriate for projects of any size and provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with project management tools and techniques to increase productivity. Participants are encouraged to bring work projects with them. If an actual project is not available, the instructor will provide a practice project. Classes are scheduled from 9am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and 13 and will be held simultaneously at Penn College’s Williamsport and Wellsboro locations. To register, contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-327-4775 or

Sgt. Pepper’s Bluegrass Band to Open WCCA’s 72nd Season

The 72nd season of the Wellsboro Community Concert Association will open on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30pm with a concert presented by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30pm, the band will present a second concert hosted by the Deane Center. "The Saturday night show is for the general public," said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director. Season ticket holders who would prefer to attend on Saturday or non-season ticket holders who want to attend on Friday should call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 to see what arrangements can be made. "We try to be as flexible as we can," Connelly said. Bands have been covering Beatles tunes for decades, but none like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: a satisfying musical cocktail. Sgt. Pepper’s is a collection of four very different musicians creating a new sound from the greatest music ever written by the greatest band ever… The Beatles. The band's repertoire features new and innovative takes on songs like "Eleanor Rigby", "Back in the U.S.S.R.", "Come Together", "Blackbird" and many more. “This isn’t your same old Beatles band,” says Dave Walser, founder of the innovative group. Walser was inspired to create Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band after seeing McCartney’s Back in the U.S. tour in 2002. “I thought it would be fun to get some great musicians together and play all acoustic versions of Beatles songs. Each of us adds a little something different to the mix”, he said. In addition to Walser who plays guitar and sings lead vocals, other Sgt. Pepper’s band members are vocalist Bach Norwood on double bass, vocalist Reginald Rueffer on fiddle and violin; and Gerald Jones on banjo and mandolin. The Wellsboro Community Concert Association is presenting five other concerts during its 2019-2020 season. Saturday, Nov. 16, American pianist Thomas Pandolfi will play the music of George Gershwin and Marvin Hamlisch with some Scott Joplin thrown in. Saturday, Dec. 14, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene, will entrance listeners with a set of Afro-Cuban, booty-shaking world jazz that would have made Dizzy smile. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020, the award-winning duo Robin Bullock and Sue Richards
 will play both Baroque and traditional Celtic music as they blend the Celtic harp with the resonance of the steel-string guitar, cittern and mandolin. Saturday, March 21, 2020, The Revelers
, a Grammy nominated six-member band, will perform their brand of Louisiana music, a masterful mix of Western, swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Tex-Mex and swamp rock. Saturday, April 4, 2020, The Fitzgeralds – featuring siblings Tom, Kerry and Julie - three-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions – will combine high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing with audience interaction. All shows will be at 7:30pm in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. For those who attend all six concerts, a season ticket for an adult is $70 ($11.67 per show) representing a $50 saving. For a student, age 13 to 18, a season ticket is $25 ($4.17 per show), a $4.98 saving. Children 12 and under accompanied by a parent or grandparent with a season ticket will be admitted free. The price at the door is $20 per show for adults and $5 for students and children. To reserve tickets, call 570-724-6220. Or, arrive at the Deane Center 15 minutes before the performance. All ticket sales at the door are on a first-come, first-served, space available basis. For information, season subscription forms and tickets, visit the association’s website:, stop in at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro or call 570-724-6220. 

Four-Mile Ives Run Trail Challenge is Saturday, Oct. 5

Online registration for the 12th Annual Ives Run Trail Challenge for male and female walkers and runners ends on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The Trail Challenge will be on Saturday, Oct. 5 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 who want to compete and first-timers whose goal is to finish. The age categories are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. Youth and adults, 13 years of age and older, who register online between now and 11:59pm on Wednesday, Oct. 2 or on race day, Oct. 5 will pay $27.50 in entry and processing fees. Children, 12 and under who register online between now and Oct. 2 or on race day will enter free. No one is guaranteed an event T-shirt. Visit to download course maps and registration forms or to register online. Check-in and registration for the four-mile Trail Challenge will be from 8:30 to 9:30am at the Stephenhouse Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 5. 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 is providing free refreshments for all participants. For more information, call 570-835-5281.

Knoxville Benefit for Second Chance Center is Saturday, Oct. 5

On Saturday, Oct, 5 at 12:30pm, Jerry Gaye of Osceola is hosting the sixth annual benefit for shelter animals at the Knoxville VFW at Boatman Brook, Knoxville, Pa. 16928. There will not be an admission or cover charge to attend. The Blue Country Roots band, with six members from New York and Pennsylvania, will open the benefit performing country and bluegrass tunes. "As music and animal lovers, we formed our band in November of 2016 at the request of our big-hearted friend, Jerry Gaye to help make this annual benefit a huge success," said Diane Brownell. A professional artist, Brownell plays five-string banjo and sings with the band. Gaye plays Dobro and five-string banjo. Other band members include: Jerry Calkins on bass, Walt Bialkowski on fiddle; and Joe Brownell and Don Javert, both on rhythm guitar. Bialkowski, Brownell and Javert, also sing. The Chinese auction will begin at approximately 3pm on Oct. 5 with lots of items available. "We will have a wide selection of donated items from people who want to help and regional and local businesses. Among them will be gift cards, jewelry, toys, clothing, dishes, bake ware, grills, tools, etc. Auction tickets will be available for people to place with the items they want to win," Gaye said. "We are hoping this year's benefit will be even bigger than last year's," said Gaye. "More monetary donations are coming in. People who attend can donate money to help Second Chance or bring a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies." The money raised through the benefits Gaye organized in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was donated to Animal Care Sanctuary in Wellsboro. The proceeds from the 2017 and 2018 benefits, as well as this year's will be donated to the Heading Home Center operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer-based organization that was founded in 2001 in Tioga County. "Second Chance will use the money to provide medical treatment for the animals in their shelter," said Gaye. "The Heading Home Center has guaranteed that 100 percent of the funds we provide will benefit the animals." In September of 2016, Second Chance opened its no-kill Heading Home Center in Middlebury Township (GPS address: 725 Gee Road, Tioga, PA 16946). For more information about the benefit and the Chinese Auction, call the Knoxville VFW at 814-326-4321 or stop in at Blend's Feed and Farm Supply 7788 PA-49, Osceola, PA 16942 or call 1-607-382-5448. Items for the Chinese auction can be dropped off at the Knoxville VFW or Blend's Feed and Farm Supply.


Oktoberfest Dinner, Entertainment are Oct. 5 at Trinity Lutheran

On Saturday, Oct. 5 between 4:30 and 7pm, Oktoberfest is being held at the Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center at 53 West Avenue in Wellsboro. Entertainment will include a German band and sing-along and the Wellsboro Men’s Chorus. On the dinner menu are roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce, a vegetable, roll, beverages and homemade pies. Requested is a donation of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for youngsters ages 5 to 12 and for a nuclear family, $30. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Takeout is available.

Course on Achieving Customer Service Excellence is Nov. 19

Penn College is offering a course on Achieving Customer Service Excellence on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 9am to 4pm simultaneously at its Williamsport and Wellsboro locations. Most organizations plan to differentiate themselves by providing exceptional customer service. However, despite these intentions, many actually continue to receive poor ratings. Somewhere between the intention and the actuality, something goes wrong. In this course, participants will identify their interpersonal style and that of their customers and learn the best ways to interact in person, by email, and over the phone. The course also addresses how to deal with difficult customer situations. Don't settle for providing anything less than the best customer service. To register or for more information, contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Pennsylvania College of Technology, 570-327-4775 or

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