Tidioute Area News in Brief

Knights of Columbus

The Tidioute Knights of Columbus will meet this Thursday, Oct. 3 at the St. John Center at 7 p.m.

All members are asked to attend and bring all money in from the Sports Raffle.

Members will be getting an update on the raffle and other business.

Harvest Services

Allegheny Bible Church will hold the annual Harvest Service at Swedish Union Church.

Services of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord is on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. and the community is invited to attend.

Blood Drive

Tidioute Community Charter School located at 241 Main St. will be holding a blood bank on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 12:30 till 6 p.m.

Remember to get a good night’s rest before you blood donation, drink an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after your donation. Bring you ID and donor card when you come to donate, if you are a first-time donor you will only need ID.

54th PSCFT Success

Once again the Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament was held in Tidioute and it was another successful year.

Carnival Trowver of Gibsonton, Fla., provided rides and concessions from Thursday, Sept. 26 till Sunday, Sept. 29 most of the rides were geared toward the much younger crowd. However, everyone that attended any of the four-day activities found something of interest to them.

Most of the food vendors sold out of food by Saturday afternoon.

Plans are already on the drawing board for the 55th Annual Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament with dates for 2014 being Thursday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Tournament committee members would like to thank everyone who helped make the 54th Tournament a success. A special thank you to the Tidioute Trading Post and Servicemen’s Home Corp for their donations for the fireworks. Thank you to all the businesses in and out of Tidioute for their donations to the tournament. Thank you to all once again, without all the volunteers who dedicate their time and energy, all the donated door prizes and so much more this tournament would not be a success.

Kids Derby Results

The Kids Derby was for children ages 3 to age 10 with a three-fish limit. Winners were determined by the total length of three fish.

Winners in the Kids Fishing Derby were Mickey Horne age 8 of Washington, PA with a total of 35.5 inches.

Second-place winner was Kemper Phillips age 3 of Tidioute with a total of 33.5 inches, there was a three-way tie therefore a drawing was held to determine the winner.

Third place was won by Mark Walsh age 9 of Columbus, OH with 31 inches, there was a three-way tie here also, so a drawing was held to determine the third-place winner.

There were 60 kids registered. Only 95 fish were caught.

Chairperson Ann Jones thanked all those who helped her with the Kids Derby.

Carmen Fedele and Bill Weber of the Tidioute Lions Club went to Farnsworth to bring back the trout that were released into Tidioute Creek in time for the Kids Derby. Tidioute Lions Club paid for the fish.

Lions Club member Dick Bartges helped Ann measure the fish.

Arletta Marsh and Nellie Miller served food during this event. Tidioute Borough maintenance department cleared the creek bank to provide a safe area for the kids to fish.

Other helpers included Jane Downey, Madeline Jones, Jess Sanders, Frank Buccardo and Rich Pascuzzi.

Parade Results

There were 50 units in the parade this year honoring our volunteers.

Parade Committee members were John Brown, Nathan Brown and Marsha Brown.

Winners were as follows: Marching Band: First Place- Tidioute Community Charter School.

Color Guard was from V. F. W. Post 5958 of Titusville.

Drill Team First Place- Dance Express of Linda Dies Dance Studio of Warren.

Special Judges Award went to AM Vets Post 113

Float winners were in first place – St. John Ladies Guild, second place -Watson Grange, and in third place was Tidioute Community Charter School.

Motorized units first place went to Goldwing Riders Motorcycles.

Fire equipment for Best Rescue – Tidioute VFD; Best Brush Truck- Garland VFD; Best Ambulance -Tidioute Ambulance Service; Furthest Distance Traveled – Garland VFD.

Horses; Group first place -Hickory Creek Wilderness Ranch; Team First place -Connie Tenney of Grand Valley.

Parade Units were judged by professional All State Judges from Apollo, PA.

Junior Champion


Steve Barnett of East Hickory took the Junior Championship on Saturday evening with 23.41 pounds, Adam Barker of Warren took second place with 23.31 pounds and Terra Miller of West Hickory took third place with 22.11 pounds.

2013 Champion Angler

Champion Angler trophy and cash went to Chuck Schwab of Tionesta with 25.38 pounds. Schwab also won the Championship Title in 2002.

Second-place winner was George Defrehn of Harrisburg with 23.41 pounds, and Kyle Miller of East Hickory took third place with 21 pounds of fish.

Top three winners in Northern Pike were in First Place -Derek Rapp with 16.32; Second Place – Troy Moore with 12.86 pounds and in Third Place was Andy Rose with 11.73 pounds.

Top three winners in Walleye were in First Place- Jeremiah Callender with 15.75; Second Place with 14.87 pounds was Joe Thimons and in Third Place was Terry Cotterman with 13.81 pounds.

Top three winners in Smallmouth Bass was Kyle Miller with 23.36 pounds for First Place; in Second Place was George Defrehn with 21.98 pounds and in Third Place was Darren Potts with 21.6 pounds.

Top three winners in Trout were in First Place- Brian Johnson with 10.56 pounds; Second Place- Dan Ristau with 3.23 pounds and in Third Place with 2.81 pounds was Chuck Schwab.

There were no Musky brought in on Saturday.

Lunker awards went to Andy Rose with an 11.73 pound pike; Joe Thimons with a 6.09 pound Walleye; George Defrehan with a 4.19 Smallmouth Bass; and Brian Johnson with a 5.02 pound Trout.

Ellyn Bartges age 53 from Clearwater, Minn., was the oldest female who registered any fish. Henry Ursitz age 91 of Cannonsburg, PA was the oldest male who brought in any fish.

There was a total weight of 890.05 pounds of fish caught during the two-day event, a total of 296 fish turned in with only 56 people bringing in any fish to the scales out of the 250 that were registered.

Community Service


Beth Ann Bonner was this year’s female recipient and Michael Heenan was the male recipient.

People who are selected to receive this award are persons who live in Tidioute and do outstanding volunteer work throughout the community.

Beth is very active at the Tidioute Community Charter School with activities, helps her two sons with activities that they are involved in, wife of Dan Bonner.

Michael is active in the Knights of Columbus, Tidioute Fire Department (EMT and President), Tidioute Community Charter School Board Member and father of two, husband of Crystal Heenan.

Both Bonner and Heenan are involved in other activities in the community, too many to list.

If you know of a person who is worthy of this special award, send your suggestions to the PA State Championship Fishing Tournament Committee at 90 Main St., P. O. Box 242, Tidioute, PA 16351.

Prize/Drawing Winners

Several organizations held fund-raisers for their organizations with the drawings held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Closing Ceremonies. A list of those winners is as follows.

Tidioute Area Volunteer Fire Department Kayak with Paddle and $25 Gift Certificate -Winner was Chuck Ross of 303 Sunset Dr.;

Elzie E Lynch AM Legion Knife drawing winner was Debbie Yoakum.

Tidioute American Legion 50/50 drawing of $90 went to Dana Sites of Tidioute.

Knights of Columbus – Henry Big Boy Rifle 44 mg was won by Mike Mazza of New Jersey.

Tidioute Community Charter School Track Team: 12 ga. gun went to Barny Russ. Knife donated by Tidioute Knife Co. was won by Neil Gaines, and the $250 was won by Lorenzo Vicini.

Watson Grange 50/50 winner was John Ransom of East Springfield, PA

Avon winners were Michelle Cantrell and Marie Ecker.

Tastefully Simple winner was Patty Dikum.

Bicycles were won by Lexis Drukenbrod of Tidioute and Joe Walsh of Lykens, PA.

Grand Prize Winners

PSCFT Grand Prize winners were Jennifer Gray of East Hickory won the 42-inch Flat Screen TV and Kelly VanOrd of Tidioute won the $250

George Jones Memorial

Walleye Tournament

The 17th Annual George Jones Memorial Walleye Tournament will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Start time is 7 a.m. and you must be into the scales by 5 p.m. Weigh-in is at the Tidioute Boat Launch.

Entry fee is $30 per boat which includes the lunker award.

Fishing boundaries are from Kinzua Dam to President.

There is a six walleye per two man team limit to be weighed. No dead Walleye will be weighed.

Live bait or lures may be used, life jackets must be worn while combustion engine is running and all PA Fishing rules must be obeyed.

All fish will be returned to the river after they are weighted.

For more information, call Wade Adams at 484-7310 or Terry Cotterman at 730-3692.


Annual CROP Walk for Tidioute will be on Sunday, Oct.13 at 2 p.m. starting at the First United Methodist Church.

CROP Walk packets are located at the local churches and from Mary Huntington.

Those wanting to walk to help raise money to feed the hungry should seek monetary donations and all checks should be made payable to CWS/ CROP. Those under the age of 18 will need a signature from a parent or guardian.

Donations are tax deductible.