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The Eaton Calendar – May 19, 2021

The Eaton Calendar – May 19, 2021


1. Record Number of Anglers Participate in 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament press release with photo and caption
2. Six High School Seniors are Awarded 2021 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament Scholarships press release with photo and caption
3. Wellsboro Growers Market to Open This Thursday, May 20 press release with photo and caption
4. Free Two-Hour Beginner Fishing Program is Offered at Two Different Times This Saturday, May 22; Preregister On or Before This Friday, May 21 press release
5. Last Free Guided Bird Walk at Hills Creek is This Saturday, May 22 press release with photo and caption
6. Canyon Pilots Association Memorial Day Weekend All-You-Can-Eat Fly-In Breakfast is Sunday, May 30 press release with photo and caption
7. Laurel Festival 10K Footrace Registration Deadline is May 31 for Free Event T-shirt press release
8. Fire In The Glen Concert is Friday, June 4 press release with photo and caption
9. “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” Cast Members are in Rehearsals for June Performances press release with photo and caption

Diane Eaton


A record number of fishermen registered for the May 15 and 16 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament held along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek in Tioga and Potter counties. The 644 anglers caught a total of 162 of the 250 tagged fish, 124 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday, a new record.

“This was definitely a good year,” said Zach Snyder of Pittsburgh, one of five fisherman who took home $500 in cash thanks to the luck of the draw. Six $500 cash awards were listed on the prize board along with the top prize of $1,000.

“Usually the water is high and cold on Saturday but this year the water was good, the weather cooperated and the fish were definitely biting,” Snyder said. “We caught 15 fish. One was a 21-inch brown that we got in the same hole as the tagged fish.”

“Zach is being deployed to Egypt next week and told us he plans to be back next year to fish our tournament again,” said Jim Baney, president of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, which has been sponsoring the tournament since 1991.

“It all comes down to the luck of the draw,” Baney said. Participants must bring their tagged fish in “live condition” to the snowmobile clubhouse on Route 6 where they draw a numbered ping-pong 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,” said Baney. “No one took home the $1,000 in cash or the sixth $500 prize.”

“We had well over $14,000 in cash, merchandise and gift certificate prizes this year,” said Baney. “In 2019, 518 people registered to fish and 94 of the 250 tagged fish were caught. That record was smashed this year.”

Albert DiMassimo of Montoursville, caught three tagged trout, drew three ping-pong balls, one for $500 and two for $50 and took home $600 in cash. He has been participating in the tournament for about 20 years and plans to return in 2022.

Another $500 winner, Brandon Crumb of Stony Fork in Delmar Township has entered the tournament for 22 years. “I was 16 my first time at the tournament,” he said. “About eight years ago, I caught a fish tagged with a $500 cash prize. That was before they started the luck of the draw.”

“I won a $100 prize before but this is my first $500 cash prize,” said Paul Melicharek of Schnecksville, Pa. “I started entering the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament 15 or 16 years ago. I hadn’t been able to come up for the past three years.”

Also winning a $500 cash prize was Tom Kilburn of Osceola Township. “I have fished at this tournament for 30 years, every year since it was first held in 1991. I caught two tagged trout this year and won $500 and $50. That’s the biggest amount of money I’ve ever won here.”

The 30th Anniversary Appreciation Drawing was held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. All registered participants could enter for a chance to win one of two $1,000 cash prizes. The two winners were: Lesia Potter of Painted Post, N.Y. and Hunter Johns of Ephrata.

Thirty youngsters, 12 and under, won rod and reel combos in the free “Draw A Ball and Win A Prize” event . “We ran out of prizes but with the help of Smitty’s Sports in Gaines, the Tackle Shack in Wellsboro and club members who donate items, we will do it again in 2022,” said Baney.

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

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Photo by Jim Baney
Paul Melicharek writes his name on the prize board.


Six seniors from five high schools in Tioga and Potter counties were awarded the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament Scholarship for Wildlife, Ecology and the Environment on Sunday, May 16 during the annual tournament.

Presenting the $500 scholarships to the students were Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club President Jim Baney and Cheryl Gross, a member of the club’s board of directors, along with Seneca Resources Company, LLC representatives Jim Westbrook, district production foreman, and Wayne Fletcher, environmental health and safety representative. The event took place at the snowmobile clubhouse at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro.

“With Seneca Resources partnering with us this year, we were able to award six $500 scholarships,” said Baney. Seneca Resources is the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company.
The snowmobile club has been presenting scholarships to graduating high school seniors every May since the tournament began. The only exception was in 2020 when it was cancelled due to the pandemic. The club awarded two $100 scholarships each year from 1991 to 2007; three $300 scholarships from 2008 to 2018; and three $500 scholarships in 2019.

Each student completed an application for the 2021 scholarship that included writing short essays. The first was on what they see as major wildlife, ecological, and/or environmental issues in their areas. The second was how their chosen career field would allow them to have a positive influence on these issues. “Each student’s answers were very thoughtful and reflected well on them, their education and families,” Baney said.

Curtis Craig, a senior at North Penn-Mansfield High School, is the son of Scott and Betsy Craig of Covington Township. This fall, he will attend Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and major in civil engineering.

Hope Sampson of Charleston Township, a senior at Wellsboro Area High School, is the daughter of Mary Beth Lasko of Middlebury Township and Matt Sampson of Charleston Township. This fall, she plans to attend Montana University in Missoula and major in environmental science and sustainability. Sampson also plans to earn a master’s degree and work in the Peace Corps.

Carter Anderson of Allegany Township, a senior at Northern Potter High School in Ulysses, is the son of Jon and Keri Anderson, both of Coudersport. In the fall of 2022, Carter plans to attend Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths, New York and major in forestry. He is taking a year off before going to college to work as a forestry consultant either with the state of Pennsylvania or with a private company. “The scholarship and working for a year will help me financially so I can graduate with less debt,” he said.

Alexis Banik, a senior at Wellsboro Area High School, is the daughter of Lisa and Stephen Banik of Charleston Township. This fall, she will attend Penn State University in State College, and major in veterinary and biomedical sciences, a four-year program. She then plans to continue her studies for four more years to become a veterinarian.

Stevia Swimley, a senior at Cowanesque Valley High School, is the daughter of Erin and Tom Swimley of Knoxville. This fall, she plans to attend Penn State Harrisburg and major in political science. She wants to do something in government such as public administration or policy-making. “I don’t have enough money to pay for my first semester in college so I am looking for a second job and applying for a ton of scholarships,” Swimley said.

Ryann Upham of Jackson Township, a senior at North Penn-Liberty High School, is the daughter of Angela Upham of Liberty Township and Brett Upham of Jackson Township. This fall, she plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and take undecided business, an exploratory course, to help her decide what aspect of business she wants to pursue.

All six students said this scholarship would help them afford to go to college and to graduate by assisting with tuition or book costs.

Photo by John Eaton
Pictured in front of the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Club are the 2021 Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament Scholarship recipients and presenters (front row, from left) Jim Westbrook, Wayne Fletcher, Stevia Swimley, Alexis Banik and Hope Sampson; (back row, from left), Ryann Upham, Curtis Craig, Carter Anderson, Jim Baney and Cheryl Gross.


This Thursday, May 20 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Wellsboro Growers Market is opening for the 2021 season on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro, next to the Green Free Library.

Ann Vayansky of Growin’ Native will be at this Thursday’s market with shrubs, small trees and flowering plants that are native to North Central Pennsylvania and ready for planting. Among them are flowering perennials – sneezeweed and swamp milkweed; flowering plants – Monarda and Zizia; shrubs – Indian currant and nannyberry; and small trees – witch hazel, pawpaw and hazel.

Frank Maffei will be hosting tastings of his Staggering Unicorn wines, which will be sold by the bottle. He is bringing elderberry and black raspberry, the only dry wines he makes; fruited wines, such as pineapple strawberry, cherry, lemon and mixed berry, and specialty wines, like maple.

At the Between Two Rivers Maple Products booth will be Sally and Jeff Jones with their maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy.

Liz McLelland of Yorkshire Meadows is bringing an array of goodies, including her lemon, orange and lime curd, carrot cake, Eccles cakes, scones, caramel shortbread bars, pecan sandies, assorted cookies and pastries, her new summer fruit preserve, raspberry mango jam, triple berry jam and other British delights.

Kathy Siegrist of Bakery 303, “the pound cake lady” is offering lots of new treats. In addition to bringing her classic butter, lemon glazed, serious chocolate, chocolate stout and pecan streusel swirl pound cakes, she is introducing her newest flavor, spicy jalapeno chocolate pound cake, which is made with jalapeno beer, and her new supersized pound cake, great for sharing because it’s soooo big. Also new will be caramel twirl chocolate dipped pretzels and different flavored cake pops, such as lemon cake pops dipped in chocolate and chocolate cake pops dipped in a melted peanut butter candy coating.
Offered at the New View Farm booth will be Linda Sweely’s artisan breads, herb focaccia, bagels (plain, cinnamon raisin and everything) and Boston cream cupcakes as well as jams and jellies, honey, maple syrup products, homemade sauerkraut, ground horseradish and sprouts.

Shortsville Green Growers, a no-spray, chemical-free operation, will have microgreens, such as pea shoots, organic black oil sunflowers, broccoli and daikon purple radish, salad greens and some vegetable plants that home growers can buy.

At the CBJ Collective booth will be hand-poured scented candles in a wide variety of fragrances, wax melts, liquid and bar soaps, hand lotion and bath scrubs, as well as crocheted items. Among the most popular scents year-round is pumpkin apple butter. People also enjoy combination scents, such as basil, sage and mint; cucumber melon; mandarin peach; and white tea and ginger.

Udder Merry Mac Farm may be at this Thursday’s market, too.

Goodies For Our Troops will have yard sale items at the market and is holding a prize raffle.

Customers are asked to wear face masks and maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others.

“Our Growers Market is a rain or shine event,” said Thomas Putnam, event organizer. “When there are rain showers, we stay outside under the trees. If there is a downpour or constant, heavy rain, the market will be cancelled.”

The market will be every Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. through October 14, weather permitting. For updates on who and what will be at the market, email or visit the Wellsboro Growers Market Facebook page.

Growers and others who want to participate at an upcoming market are asked to contact Putnam for more information at 570-439-2000 or email him at

Photo by John Eaton
Jessie Thompson of Shortsville Green Growers checks plants growing in the seed house where vegetables are germinated and kept until they can be planted outdoors.


People of all ages interested in learning how to fish are invited to preregister for the free two-hour Beginner Fishing program being held this Saturday, May 22 in the beach area at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. The park is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township.

Preregister for either the 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. session on or before this Friday, May 21 by calling the park office at 570-724-4246. Only 12 people can attend per session due to limited gear and tackle.

The requirement to have a fishing license is waived for those who preregister and participate. “Because this is an entry level program, we will be using spin cast rods with reels,” said Park Naturalist Jim Mucci. “A spin cast rod is simple to use, the least expensive, and easily repaired. I’ve seen some huge fish landed with this tackle,” he said. “Everything people need to fish will be provided,” he said.

During the program, participants will be fishing for perch, bluegills, and crappies and could catch a bass or chain pickerel.

Those attending are encouraged to bring snacks, bottled water, sunscreen and to wear a hat and sunglasses.

To preregister or for more information, call the park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.


The last free guided bird walk at Hills Creek State Park is this Saturday, May 22. It will be led by volunteers Bob Ross, Ken Cooper and Gary Tyson, all members of the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, the local birding group. The park is on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro,

This walk will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The walk will be slow-paced, cover a limited distance and provide an opportunity to see the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in the park or are migrating through.

Those who want to participate are asked to meet at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro a little before 8 a.m. to drive to the nearby starting location. In case of inclement weather, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep participants dry.

Everyone is welcome, including birders of all levels, first timers to experienced. Bring binoculars and cameras and wear subdued clothing and sturdy walking shoes.

Sixteen people, eight men and eight women, participated in the 2.3-mile, two hour and 20-minute walk on May 15, including Sean Minnick who was joined by the three other TAS members who will be leading this Saturday’s bird walk and 12 other people. The group identified 86 birds representing 45 different species, including the continuing sighting of the long-tailed duck first seen during the May 8 bird walk. This migratory seabird is heading back to the Arctic to breed after spending the winter on the coast or the Great Lakes, according to Minnick.

For updates and local birding information, visit or or email Participants are also asked to wear masks and social distance. Call the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 570-724-4246 for information about Hills Creek State Park.

Photo by John Eaton
This male red-winged blackbird was photographed at Hills Creek during the bird walk. One of the most abundant and boldly colored with scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches, it is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires.


Sunday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to noon, the Canyon Pilots Association’s All-You-Can-Eat Memorial Day Weekend Fly-In Breakfast will be indoors at the commercial corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport, just west of Wellsboro on Airport Road in Delmar Township. The hangar doors will be open for good airflow.

This event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

Handicapped parking will be along Airport Road near the hangar. Others can park along the roadway and in the parking area near the main gate.

On the menu are ham, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, coffee and orange juice. Requested is a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for youngsters ages 3 to 8 years old. Children 2 and under will be admitted free.

Weather permitting, pilots in various types of full-size aircraft will fly to the airport for this year’s breakfast. “People who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and, as soon as they finish eating, to join family members and friends outdoors to chat and watch airplanes land and takeoff,” said Tom Freeman.

“We are asking people to social distance while eating breakfast and to wear masks and social distance outdoors,” he said.

Members of the Canyon Country Ultralight Club will have a display of ultralight aircraft outdoors. The Mountain Modelaires will display radio controlled airplanes and helicopters and, as long as supplies last will give away free foam gliders to eight to twelve year olds to assemble at home.

For more information about the breakfast or flight instruction scholarships for youth, 16 and older, email Tom Freeman at

Photo by John Eaton
Canyon Pilots Association and Canyon Country Ultralight Club volunteers cook and serve eggs, ham and pancakes at the Memorial Day Fly-In Breakfast in 2019.


The Laurel Festival 10K Footrace, sponsored by First Citizens Community Bank, will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 19 followed by the two-mile Fun Run/Walk at 9:05 a.m.

The 6.2-mile course is challenging with rolling hills and both paved and dirt surfaces and offers exciting views of Pennsylvania Grand Canyon country. The age categories range from 19 and under to 60 and over.

Those who preregister for the 10K by Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 and pay the $25 entry fee will receive a free event T-shirt. Pre-registered racers are also eligible for the “Early Bird Drawing” with a chance to win $25 in Wellsboro Chamber Dollars to spend in any of the 57 participating area businesses.

Those who preregister by May 31 can pay with a Visa or MasterCard. Race day registrants must pay in cash or by check.

Registration and check in will be at Packer Park on Queen Street in Wellsboro from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day, June 19.

UPMC Wellsboro is sponsoring the awards. Medals will be presented to the 10K male and female runners who place in the top three overall; finish first, second or third in each age category and the oldest and youngest runners to cross the finish line first.

Each Fun Run participant will receive a commemorative ribbon. The overall Fun Run first, second and third place runners and the youngest to cross the finish line will each receive a medal.

Timing will be by Insta-Results. The Tioga County Amateur Radio Club will handle communications.

C&N and Weis Markets are providing free post-race refreshments for all participants.

For an entry form, visit the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce website at, click on “Forms” and on the drop-down menu click on “10K Footrace Application” or pick one up at the chamber office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro.

Call the chamber at 570-724-1926 or email for more information.


The three members of Fire in the Glen are bringing a lively performance of blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs and a few soulful ballads and airs to the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre stage at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 4.

Sponsoring this concert are the Endless Mountain Music Festival and the Deane Center for the Performing Arts.

Playing a blend of traditional Irish, Scottish and maritime tunes and their own brand of “Celtic eclectic” will be Amanda Wells on guitar, Rod Nevin on pennywhistle, ukulele and Scottish smallpipes and band founder Tom Knapp on fiddle and bódhran drum. All three sing.

The trio’s energy will get the audience clapping, dancing and singing along.

A sampling of the songs and tunes they may perform from their playlist are: “I’ll Tell Me Ma”, “The Road to Lisdoonvarna”, “The Ferryman”, “Lily the Pink”, “The Swallowtail”, “Reilly’s Daughter”, “Red-Haired Mary”, “Tha Mi Sgith (gaelic)”, “The Susquehanna Pirate”, “The Wellerman”, “Lannigan’s Ball”, “The Hills of Connemara”, “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?”, “Scarce o’ Tatties”, “Bonaparte’s March” and “Finnegan’s Wake”.

“These are all likely musical numbers we will draw from,” said Knapp. “We vary the show and sometimes make decisions while on stage based on the audience’s preferences.”

Not only will the trio be performing on June 4 at the Deane Center but will return to the area on Wednesday, July 21 to perform at the Williamson HIgh School Auditorium at Tioga Junction as part of the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s 15th Summer Season.

This concert is BYOB with audience members encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and snacks. Admission is $25. To purchase tickets and reserve a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Photo provided
Fire in the Glen includes (from left to right) Tom Knapp, Amanda Wells and Rod Nevin.


Hamilton-Gibson is currently preparing for its second production in front of a live audience, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” being directed by Gabe Hakvaag of Wellsboro.

Cast members are in rehearsals for performances at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, June 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, June 6 and 13 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

“The Last Romance,” a bittersweet romantic comedy with a twist, sold out five of its six shows the first two weekends in May. It did not matter that only a limited number of seats were available due to social distancing. This was the first time the community theater arts group had produced a live show since October 2020.

“This play struck a chord of hope and art and connectedness,” said Thomas Putnam, its director. “Audience members were thrilled to be able to meet again for a live theater production. A number came a second time and brought friends with them. It was a great experience for everybody,” Putnam said.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is a very different kind of comedy. It tells the story of Jean. She is in a cafe trying to enjoy her lunch but is frustrated because the cell phone of the man seated at the next table keeps ringing incessantly but he won’t answer it. She storms over, picks up the phone and begins speaking to the man’s callers, one after another. They identify him as Gordon. Soon, she realizes that Gordon is dead.

This modern fable, written by highly respected American playwright, Sarah Ruhl, explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age.

“Ruhl’s productions are intentionally highly imaginative and collaborative, and cast members are expected to bring creative problem solving along with acting skills to the production,” said Hakvaag.

“She captures everyday actions within a mythic framework, telling stories the way fables are told: this thing happened, then this and then this,” Hakvaag said. “The results are stories that are both delicate and hilariously funny, simply charming but with teeth that bite.”

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is also about how people memorialize the dead and how remembering changes them. Through this odyssey, Jean is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Jean is played by Kadee Jay of Mansfield and Gordon by Tim Wilbourn of Wellsboro. Ellen Schaefer of Muncy Valley is Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon’s mother. Kacy Hagan plays two characters, Hermia, Gordon’s widow and The Other Woman, a stranger. Joshua Allen is Dwight, Gordon’s brother. Both Hagan and Allen are from Wellsboro.

Taylor Nickerson is the choreographer and Sean Bartlett is the stage manager of the show.

“Reservations are required. We are asking people to buy tickets in advance so we can assign seats to meet social distancing protocols and state guidelines. No tickets will be sold at the door,” said Hakvaag.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. For more information, to purchase a flex pass or to reserve and prepay, call 570-724-2079 with credit card information or prepay online at

Photo by John Eaton
Jean (Kaydee Jay) grabs the cell phone and begins answering Gordon’s calls.


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