4 • Community Life
Endeavor News
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Dog training classes
offered locally
Plan August Wedding
Penn State Cooperative Extension of McKean County is offering Basic Dog Obedience
Classes on Thursday evenings starting May
31 at the Cameron County Fairgrounds in
Funds from the class will go to support the
Cameron County 4-H Youth Program.
Penn State Extension Educator based in
McKean County, Jim Clark, will be instructing the six one hour sessions.
Interested individuals need to pre-register
with the Cameron County Extension Office
by Monday, May 21. Participants should
bring a six foot lead, a collar, and proof of
veterinarian vaccination to the first session.
Dogs must be at least six months old. To register call 486-3350. Space is limited and will
be filled on a first come, first served basis.
David L. Anderson
MARCH 21, 1948 - APRIL 30, 2012
David L. Anderson, 64, of
Coudersport, died Monday,
April 30, 2012 at Charles Cole
Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.
Born March 21, 1948 in
Coudersport, he was the son of
Leon E. and Shirley Melquist
David was a 1966 graduate
of Coudersport High School
and the Erie Business Institute. He was a computer programmer most of his life, working for 20 years in
Texas. After moving back to Coudersport in 1998,
he worked for Adelphia Cable Communications and
most recently for Morgan AM&T. He also worked
with his brother, Dale, at Anderson’s Garage.
David was confirmed and a member of St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church and a former member of Eulalia
Lodge No. 342 F&AM.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and bicycler. He
participated in the Bike Centennial in 1976, and
biked from the west coast to Virginia. He also biked
the Baja Peninsula. David enjoyed music and was
a member of Coudersport’s regionally famous rock
band, Ollie and the Go Gos.
Surviving are his mother, Shirley Anderson of
Coudersport; two brothers, Roger A. Anderson and
his wife Sharon, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dale R.
Anderson and his wife, Sharie, of Coudersport; two
sisters, Janet A. Long of Coudersport and Beverly
J. Gilpin of Bellefonte; as well as Riva Holliday of
Coudersport, whom he thought of as a daughter, and
11 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his father, who died on March 31, 1999.
Fickinger Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Eulalia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer
Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport PA 16915;
or Eulalia Cemetery Association, c/o Donna Lehman,
P.O. Box 226, Coudersport PA 16915.
John W. Valenti
JULY 23, 1961 - APRIL 29, 2012
John W. Valenti, 50, of Austin, died April 29, 2012,
of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Liberty Township, McKean County.
Born July 23, 1961 in Coudersport, he was a son of
Joseph B. and Alma H. Johnson Valenti. On May 12,
1984 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, he
married Rhonda K. Ripple, who survives.
John was a 1979 graduate of Austin High School.
He was a lifetime tool and die machinist, working
for various companies, including Philips/ECG and
GKN Sintered Metals, both in Emporium, and most
recently with Morgan AM&T in Coudersport. He had
also achieved his CDL license and worked with Werner Trucking.
He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church
in Austin and was a Third Degree Knight with Knights
of Columbus Council No. 1355. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 368 of
Emporium, Sons of the American Legion and Southern Potter County Snowmobile Club.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Marcia T. Valenti of Austin, and Karina H. Valenti and her fiancé, Kevin Chelton, of Erie; one sister, Vera E. Valenti of Austin; four brothers, James
P. (Missy) Valenti, Joseph M. (Sue) Valenti, Jeffrey
G. (Ali) Valenti, and Jesse L. (Michelle) Valenti, all
of Austin; one aunt, Marcia (Mrs. Earl) Asperger of
Emporium; and many nieces and nephews. John was
looking forward to his first grandchild, due in July.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Burial was in St. Augustine-St. Paul Cemetery in
Costello. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine
Catholic Church, Post Office Box 271, Austin PA
Blood analysis slated
May 12 in Coudersport
Jessi Jo Davis & Beau-Anthony Howard Gross
Mary and Jeff Davis of Coudersport announce the
engagement of their daughter, Jessi Jo Davis, to BeauAnthony Howard Gross, son of Nola Gross and Lee Gross
of Coudersport.
The future bride received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She is
currently employed by Forbo Flooring as the central sales
representative. Her fiance is an active Reservist, having
served one year in Iraq, and is currently employed by
Howard’s Inc. as a shop mechanic.
An August 18, 2012 wedding is planned.
Coudersport Rotary Club will hold its annual comprehensive blood analysis on Saturday morning, May 12, from 6-9 at Christ
Episcopal Church, Coudersport.
Screening includes 30 blood tests to monitor anemia, diabetes, respiratory disease,
coronary heart disease, kidney function,
bone disease and more. PSA and TSH testing are also available for an additional fee.
Rotary, in conjunction with the Charles
Cole Memorial Hospital, makes this service available at the reduced rate of $45.
Registration can be submitted online at or by calling 2748200. Cole Hospital does not profit from the
screening. Proceeds are used by Rotary for
humanitarian and community-based projects.
Katheline Cherilla
Katheline “Marion” Watson
Cherilla, 85, of Millport, died April
25, 2012 in Clearfield Hospital,
Clearfield. A Bradford native, she
and her husband, Vincent Cherilla,
moved to Millport in 1985. He died
in 1996. Mrs. Cherilla attended
Millport United Methodist Church
and had volunteered at the Oswayo
Valley Senior. Among survivors is
a brother, Marty E. (Marlene) Watson of Millport. Virgil L. Howard
Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, was
in charge of arrangements. Burial
was in Genesee Cemetery.
Gaylon Clinton Jr. did it again! For the 35th year, he sponsored
a trip for Austin Area School sixth-graders to the popular Shrine
Circus in Altoona. Clinton is shown with this year’s attendees, who
included (from left) Tiana Butler, Jordan Brewer, Rylee Hooftallen,
Hunter Freer, Brandon Hostetlar, Jeremy Glover, Isaac Stuckey, Sophia Hewitt and Lilli Bailey.
Auditions for musical start Monday
Two audiences separated by more than a
decade have followed
the adventures of some
largely fictional Coudersport teenagers as central
figures in a local musical, “Coudy Was Great in
Another decade has
passed, and leaders of the
Potter-McKean Players
have decided it’s time to
revisit the adventures of
Booger Buchanan, Ronnie Fontana and some of
the other local notables.
They’ll be staging a
sequel to the locally produced musical and theatrical production, titled
“To Dream a Dream,”
later this year. Proceeds
will benefit Wounded
Warriors programs.
Auditions will be held
at 7 pm Monday, May 7,
at the United Methodist
Church in Port Allegany,
and at 7 pm Monday,
May 14, at the Laurelwood Inn, Coudersport.
Actors and vocalists are
Paul Herzig, who
portrayed the teen idol
Ronnie Fontana in the first
two performances and cowrote the scripts with Dr.
Francis Castano, will direct
and produce the ambitious
Its plot revolves around
members of a popular
singing group reuniting
after the passing of their
promoter. There will be
numerous flashbacks to
the 1950s and 1960s and
frequent references to local
landmarks, traditions and
Actors and singers will
be needed to bring the production to life and performance dates in September
will soon be established.
More information is available from Paul Herzig in
Coudersport or Joel Anderson in Port Allegany.
Potter-McKean Players
are also planning a Christmas play in December.
Edwin D. Long
MARCH 16, 1937 - APRIL 24, 2012
Edwin Dean Long, 75, of Austin, died April 24,
He was born March 16, 1937, in Nanty Glo, the son
of Samuel Blaine and Lillian (Tobin) Long. Mr. Long
lived for many years in Nanty Glo. After he moved to
Potter County, he served as a member of the Wharton
Township Board of Supervisors.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with
the U.S. Army. He was especially active in the affairs of American Legion Post 619 in Nanty Glo, as
a lifetime member, former commander, deputy commander and county president. He was also with the
Society of 40 & 8 and was a member of the United
Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 23 of
Survivors include two sons, Shawn M. Long and
his wife Cathy and beloved grandson, Mackenzie
Shawn Long; and Kevin M. Long and his wife Amy
and precious grandson and granddaughter, Ainsley
Elizabeth and Aiden Samuel Long; and a daughter,
Danielle Denise Long of Mundy’s Corner.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at
1 pm on May 20 at the Wharton Tavern. Memorials may be made to the Southern Potter Snowmobile
Club or East Fork Sportsmen’s Club.
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