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  1. Hamilton-Gibson Productions to Hold Auditions for Role of Tiny Tim; For Script Contact Office No
  2. Blast and Cast Raffle Tickets Available by Phone/Email
  3. 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament is Cancelled

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


Hamilton-Gibson is seeking a new actor to play Tiny Tim and other characters in the Warehouse Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” The show was adapted from Charles Dickens’ novela by playwright Christopher Schario.

“I am looking for a young actor, ages 6 to 8, either male or female, who reads well and can handle memorizing the script, as this is a large role,” said Director Gabe Hakvaag.

“In light of the current COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines, children can make an audition video of themselves reading from the script and send it to Hamilton-Gibson Productions electronically via email at or mail it to 29 Water Street, Wellsboro PA 16901,” Hakvaag said. Video auditions will be accepted until Saturday, May 2. For details and to get a script selection to read, contact Hamilton-Gibson by email or phone.

“The auditions are for Actor One,” explained Hakvaag. “Actor One narrates the play, plus appears as Tiny Tim, Dick Wilkins and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Be.” Although seen only briefly, Tiny Tim is a major character and serves as an important symbol of the consequences of Scrooge’s choices. Dick Wilkins, Mr. Fezziwig’s apprentice, works with Scrooge and is seen during the Ghost of Christmas Past segment. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the third and final spirit to visit the miserly Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

Each year as part of the Dickens Of A Christmas festival in Wellsboro, HG stages two productions of the play, one in the Warehouse Theatre and the other in the Coolidge Theatre. For each production, one actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge, while five others play all the other characters. The Warehouse Theatre production stars Thomas Walrath, Brian Kennedy, Kris Worthington, Mitch Kreisler and Sarah Knight.

A number of young actors have played the role of Tiny Tim over the years. “Bryson Fuhrer has played Tiny Tim for three years and while we love having him in the cast, he’s now a teenager and is just too tall to play Tiny,” Hakvaag said.

Rehearsals for the Warehouse Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” will begin in September for performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.

For more information or to request a portion of the script, contact Hamilton-Gibson Productions at (570) 724-2079 or


Tickets for Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688’s annual Blast and Cast Raffle are available now, according to Dave Cahill, who is in charge of this year’s raffle.

“No public events where we can sell our raffle tickets have been held since mid-March,” said Cahill. That is when Gov. Tom Wolf first ordered social distancing actions statewide to stop or slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients. The governor closed schools for two weeks beginning on March 16, ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close and asked people to stay six feet from each other. On March 30, he extended school closures indefinitely.

“We had been selling raffle tickets at our Flies and Lies socials, regular meetings and other events before everything was cancelled, Cahill said. “With no idea how long it will take to contain the spread of this highly contagious disease, I felt people might be interested in purchasing tickets directly from me. I will mail tickets to those who email me their name, street address, including zip code and the number of tickets they want and include a check made payable to Tiadaghton TU,” Cahill said. The price is $5 for one raffle ticket and $20 for five. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

“We are still planning to hold the drawing for the three Blast and Cast Raffle winners’ names immediately following the Laurel Festival Parade on Saturday, June 20.”

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 takedown enables a quick separation of the barrel from the action making it easier to transport and store it.

The second prize is a Moonshine Revival Classic Glass 3-weight, seven-foot rod with matched Lamson reel valued at $298.99. The Moonshine is a three-piece rod with two tip sections, double uplocking burl reel seat, hard canvas compartment rod tube and a lifetime warranty. The Lamson Liquid Smoke Reel has a sealed conical drag system, pressure cast aluminum spool and frame, and a large arbor to prevent line stacking.

The third prize is a Simms Headwater Fishing Backpack valued at $169.95. The 35-liter volume, four-way main compartment can be accessed from the sides, bottom or top. The flexible design includes an aluminum frame with mesh back and multiple tool attachments that allow 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.

All proceeds from this raffle benefit chapter activities, such as stream habitat enhancements, environmental programs. youth fishing, and funding of conservation and educational projects.

For tickets or more information, email Cahill at Those with questions can call and leave a message at (570) 439-5276.


For the first time in its history, the two-day Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, has been cancelled. It was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

Every May since 1991, the tournament has taken place along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough, Potter County and the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township, Tioga County.

Tournament proceeds are used to provide scholarships to three graduating high school seniors, to assist local charities and families with special needs, to groom and maintain area snowmobile trails and help cover the club’s annual operating expenses.

“This year, we were looking forward to celebrating 30 years of wonderful memories with some very special prizes,” said Jim Baney, snowmobile club president. “Unfortunately, with the coronavirus outbreak sweeping our country, the only prudent thing to do was to cancel our tournament,” he said.

“Last year, each of the 518 participants in our tournament entered our small clubhouse on Route 6 to register and pick up their badges. Because COVID-19 is highly contagious and we want to keep everyone safe and healthy, we made the decision to celebrate 30 years of tournaments in 2021 rather than this year,” Baney said. “Next year we hope to have this serious health concern behind us and hope everyone will join us in celebrating our tournament’s 30th anniversary.”

“We understand some people had made reservations ahead of time for this year’s tournament and we apologize for that but Pine Creek is still open for fishing and there are a good many fish in the creek,” Baney said.

“in 2021, we are planning to award two $1,000 cash prizes in appreciation of 30 years of memories. Both can be won by anyone of any age who registers and picks up their badge for the 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament before the special drawing that will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 next year.”

Those who participate in the tournament in 2021 will also have a chance to win $1,000 and four $500 cash prizes all based on the luck of the draw. The club implemented a lottery system for the tournament in 2015. Participants must bring their tagged fish in “live condition” to the clubhouse on Route 6 where they draw a numbered ball for each tagged trout they catch. The number on the ball is matched to the number on the club’s prize board to identify what the angler has won. “Anglers like the ball draw because everyone has an equal chance to win our largest cash prizes rather than those who happen to catch the ‘right’ fish,” Baney said.

“In 2019, we had more than $14,000 in prizes,” said Baney. The minimum prize for a tagged fish has a $50 value composed of cash, merchandise and/or gift certificates. Anglers can earn more than one prize depending on how many of the 250 float stocked tagged trout they catch.

“Last year we added Draw A Ball and Win A Prize,” said Baney. This was a new, free event for youngsters, 12 and under, whether they were registered to fish or not. With help from Smitty’s Sports in Gaines, the Tackle Shack in Wellsboro and club members who donated items, 16 youngsters won rods and reels and other fishing equipment. “We plan to do it again in 2021.”

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This young man proudly displays the spinning rod and reel he won at the 2019 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament. He was one of 16 children ages 12 and under who won fishing equipment by entering Draw A Ball and Win A Prize. It will be among the activities being held at the 2021 tournament.

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