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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lawrenceville, Tioga Dispatched For Fork Truck Fire With Injuries

At 12:47 AM on Sunday, Lawrenceville & Tioga Fire & Ambulance dispatched to H-Mack for a fork truck fire with injuries.

40th Annual Germania Old Home Day Sunday, September 6, 2015

Seeking a part-time caregiver, male or female

Seeking a part-time caregiver, male or female

Person should be able to assist me in performing daily tasks, some cooking as needed, housekeeping, must have car to run errands as needed, assist with leisure activities, and perform other duties around the house as needed.

Must have reliable means of transportation and a valid drivers license. Some lifting involved.  Hours will primarily be on Saturdays and Sundays, but may include a weekday from time to time. This position will range from 20-30 per week. 

The position is located between Coudersport and Austin.

Must be comfortable with working in a family setting around children and pets. Experienced Required. Starting at $10/hour. Background checks required. 

Please email your references and resume to tanc16915@yahoo.com or if you have questions call 814-260-4692 and leave a message & I'll call you back.

34th Annual Penn-York Camp Auction, Farmer's Market & Flea Market Saturday, September 5th

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Dietary Aide / Housekeeper Needed At Lakeview Senior Care In Smethport

Apply Online--Open Interviews Monday / Start Work As Early As Tuesday At Empereon In Coudersport

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Care Unlimited Seeking RN's, LPN's, CNA's & HHA's For Smethport / Coudersport Area

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PSA Has Openings In Bradford, Emporium, Port Allegany, St. Marys and Wellsboro

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Online Auction: Genesee Wood Working Shop Bidding Ends 9-9-2015

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PSA Has Openings In Bradford, Emporium, Port Allegany, St. Marys and Wellsboro

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Shinglehouse Community Health Center Hours Starting August 31, 2015

Part-time and Perdiem Opportunities Available At Sweden Valley Manor

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Prison suicides leave families grieving, seeking answers

By Kristina Scala, 
Delaware County Daily Times

Posted: 07/19/15,


CONCORD >> Two recent suicides at Delaware County’s Prison have the families of inmates pleading for information about their loved ones deaths and threatening legal action against the county.

On May 26, a 35-year-old woman with a history of mental illness was found dead in her cell at the Delaware County prison, hanging by her bra from a vent on the wall.

Janene Wallace had been in the Concord facility for nearly three months on charges she had violated her probation linked to a 2013 arrest for terroristic threats and related offenses.

On July 5, Richard Dandrea, a 46-year-old employee at the Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, hung himself with a rope from a laundry bag. Dandrea also had a history of psychological issues.

Dandrea, formerly of Aston and previously of Galeton, Pa., in Potter County, was jailed for failing to pay child support in June. He was sentenced to serve six months at the facility.

The Daily Times reported a suicide in 2007, making the most recent the seventh at the facility in 10 years.  Read more...

Lawrenceville Dispatched To 4 Vehicle Crash In LIndley

At 9:25 PM on Saturday, Lawrenceville was dispatched to Route 99 Northbound in Lindley for a 4 vehicle crash. Unknown injuries. Roadway is reported blocked.

Coudersport Dispatched For A Gas Leak Behind Original Italian Pizza

At 9:00 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched to 18 East Second Street at Original Italian Pizza for a gas leak in the alley behind the restaurant.
9:12 PM--RECALLED BY CHIEF 48

Austin Dispatched To Motorcycle Crash With Injury

At 7:33 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched with Medic 6 to a motorcycle accident on Route 872, 5 miles south of Coudersport near the Fish Hatchery. Caller reports one motorcycle, one injury.

Known Actor Charged With DUI In Coudersport Boro


Shinglehouse Man Charged With Simple Assault On 29 Year Old Female


Unknown Actors Stole Items From Camps On Turton Lane In Ulysses Township


Lots of People Enjoying the Dam Show At Austin

Photos by Laura Landry Sypien

Lost Brittany Spaniel between Turtlepoint and Larabee

Could you post a lost Brittany Spaniel, white with little brown spots. Probably wet and muddy. We lost track of her while kayaking. She should me in the Sartwell area between Turtlepoint and Larabee. Call 558-7615!! Lost around 3:00 pm Sat. Her name is Keema.

Michael Spencer Named School Resource Officer At Bradford Schools

Bradford city police officer and Roulette native Michael Spencer  has been assigned as school resource officer at the Bradford Area High School and School Street Elementary School. Spencer is the son of  Tim and Nita Spencer of Roulette.

The job had been handled by Sergeant Butch Bartlett for the last five years, according to an article in the Bradford Era.

Habitat Looking For Yard Sale Items For Coudersport Town Wide Sept. 5th

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell at their yard sale on September 5, 2015 in Coudersport. 

If you are cleaning out your home, garage, basement, etc. we would love to have any items that you would like to donate.  We do not accept clothes or tires. We pick up items on Monday and Friday.

Please call: Eldon Price (814) 933-8513 if you have items to donate.

Edward KOSA, Jr., 93, of Ulysses, PA

Edward KOSA, Jr
Edward KOSA, Jr., 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. 

Born February 27, 1922, in Himlerville, KY, he was the son of Ede and Yolanda Dienes Kosa. On April 14, 1944, in Coudersport, PA, he married the former Helen Yardlay, who predeceased him on February 26, 2013. 

A 1939 graduate of Ulysses High School, he and his wife owned and operated EDKO Farms for many years. Ed was a member and deacon of the Bible Union Church in West Bingham, PA. He served as a director and member of numerous business, civic, and agricultural organizations, including First Citizens National Bank, Potter County Conservation District, Headwaters RC&D Council, Farmland Preservation Board, PA Farm Bureau, Tioga/Potter Farm Bureau, Potter County Extension, Select Sire Power, Agway, Progress Through Communications, and a charter member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company. 

Surviving are: four sons, E. Gene (Nancy) Kosa, Douglas (Donna) Kosa, and Kurt (Laurel) Kosa, all of Ulysses, and Brian (Marianne) Kosa of Woodbridge, VA; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Yolan “Jennie” Zimmerman of NE; a brother, Ernest R. Kosa of Wellsville, NY; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Justin Kosa. 

Friends may call Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Bible Union Church, West Bingham, PA. Pastors Brian Kosa and Marty Reisman will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the West Bingham Bible Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Norman Jean Wooster, 87, formerly of Lincoln Ave., Bradford, PA

Norman Jean Wooster, 87, formerly of Lincoln Ave., Bradford, PA, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Bradford Manor.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete will be announced and are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

SP Olean - Olean man arrested for Robbery 1st after stealing a Taxi Cab at gun point


SP Amity – Two males arrested for possession of Felony weight Heroin


Donations Can Help Keep The Doors Open At Port Area Ambulance Service

Port Area Ambulance Service


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My name is Kate Kysor. I am the treasurer for the Port Area Ambulance Service. 

We are in need of immediate financial support to remain open. 

We are located in a small rural community. 

We run approximately 600 calls a year. We are an ALS (advanced life support) as well as BLS (basic life support) service. We are 16 miles away from the closest hospital. 

Ambulances are a vital need in this area. We need your financial support to remain open for the remaining 2015 year.
Any amount is appreciated greatly. 

Causer Announces Meeting to Discuss Emergency Facing Area Ambulance Services

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)
PORT ALLEGANY – With area ambulance services struggling with limited personnel and limited finances, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of the community to a public meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Port Allegany Fire Department, 65 West Maple St.

“Our ambulance services provide vital, life-saving care to people in need, and we cannot afford to lose them,” Causer said. “But there is a very real chance that could happen if we don’t take steps to address these challenges.

“The organizations we rely upon to help us in the case of an emergency are facing an emergency of their own. It’s our turn to respond to their call for help,” he added.

Ambulance companies throughout the Commonwealth have been struggling for years with a dwindling number of volunteers. As a result, some companies have had to hire paid staff to ensure someone is available to answer emergency calls, and that has placed a heavy financial burden on the companies.


“Part of the problem with recruiting volunteers is the time and commitment it requires of them. But another part of it is the need for more local training opportunities at a reasonable cost to prepare people for what is a very important and rewarding opportunity to serve our community,” said Causer, who volunteered for the Port Allegany Ambulance Service for many years.

On the financial side, Causer said there are a number of factors contributing to the problem, including low reimbursements from Medicaid programs and the failure of patients to pass payments from their insurance companies on to the ambulance companies, as they are required to do by law. Ambulance companies may use third-party bill collectors in an attempt to get the money they are due, but that is a costly and time-consuming process.

“The state House has voted more than once to require insurance companies to send payments directly to ambulance companies, but the insurance industry has fought hard against the bill,” Causer said. “However, with more and more ambulance companies struggling to survive and continue their life-saving mission, the pressure is building to get this bill signed into law.”

House Bill 347, which requires direct pay by insurance companies to ambulance services, passed the House unanimously in June and is awaiting action in the Senate.

The General Assembly is also considering legislation to require emergency medical services agencies to be reimbursed for services provided, even if transport to a hospital does not take place. Current, that is not eligible for reimbursement. This bill also passed the House unanimously in June and is awaiting action in the Senate.

“Ensuring our area ambulance services remain in operation is a major public health issue, and it affects everyone. You never know when you might be the one in need of an ambulance, but you want to know it’ll be there when you do,” Causer said. “I hope residents will join us for this important discussion.”

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Causer’s offices in Bradford (814-362-4400); Coudersport (814-279-9769); or Kane (814-837-0880).

Tioga County 9-1-1 Holding Grand Opening Of New Center In Wellsboro On Friday, September 11th

Ever wonder what going on behind the scanner radio? 

Ever wonder what the dispatcher is doing during an emergency, or why we ask the questions that we do? 

Want to put a face to the voice that you hear dispatching your department. 

Want to say thank you? 

Here is your opportunity to do all those things. 

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!! 
Call now to register for a tour of the Potter-Tioga 9-1-1 Center.

Risser Farm on Rt. 49 has corn

Risser Farm on Rt. 49 has corn to be picked. There is a can for monetary donations. 

A donation for the corn taken will go to Penn York camp.

Fall Fitness Classes To Be Offered On Monday & Wednesday Starting September 9th At JEN-ESIS FITNESS In Port Allegany


Emergency Response Drill Planned For Saturday, August 29th At Cameron County Schools

Round & Square Dancing Saturday, August 29th At Odin Grange

40th Annual Germania Old Home Day Sunday, September 6, 2015

Care Unlimited Seeking RN's, LPN's, CNA's & HHA's For Smethport / Coudersport Area

Previous Phone Number was wrong, Please call again, this is the right number.

Apply Online--Open Interviews Monday / Start Work As Early As Tuesday At Empereon In Coudersport

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PSA Has Openings In Bradford, Emporium, Port Allegany, St. Marys and Wellsboro

www.psahealthcare.com

Seeking a part-time caregiver, male or female

Seeking a part-time caregiver, male or female

Person should be able to assist me in performing daily tasks, some cooking as needed, housekeeping, must have car to run errands as needed, assist with leisure activities, and perform other duties around the house as needed.

Must have reliable means of transportation and a valid drivers license. Some lifting involved.  Hours will primarily be on Saturdays and Sundays, but may include a weekday from time to time. This position will range from 20-30 per week. 

The position is located between Coudersport and Austin.

Must be comfortable with working in a family setting around children and pets. Experienced Required. Starting at $10/hour. Background checks required. 

Please email your references and resume to tanc16915@yahoo.com or if you have questions call 814-260-4692 and leave a message & I'll call you back.

Part-time and Perdiem Opportunities Available At Sweden Valley Manor

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9-2 Online Auction Ends / Bid Now, Genesee, PA

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Helpmates, Inc. is Now Hiring Personal Care Aides & CNA's In Galeton, Shinglehouse & Coudersport Areas

www.helpmatesinc.com

Cole Medical Group Has Openings At Bowman Health Center In Smethport

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Shinglehouse Community Health Center Hours Starting August 31, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

34th Annual Penn-York Camp Auction, Farmer's Market & Flea Market Saturday, September 5th

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Dietary Aide / Housekeeper Needed At Lakeview Senior Care In Smethport


Causer to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Solutions to Save Area Ambulance Services

Causer to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Solutions to Save Area Ambulance Services

WHAT: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the challenges facing area ambulance services. Many are struggling with limited personnel and dwindling finances, which is threatening their ability to continue operating.

WHO: Causer, ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of the community.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Port Allegany Fire Department, 65 W. Maple St., Port Allegany.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Depot Street In Oswayo

At 8:43 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Depot Street in Oswayo for a fall victim.

Round & Square Dancing Saturday, August 29th At Odin Grange


Bradford Ambulance To South Avenue For An Assault Victim

At 7:34 PM on Friday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to South Avenue  to assist a female assault victim. Police are en route.

Apply Online--Open Interviews Monday / Start Work As Early As Tuesday At Empereon In Coudersport

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Four-legged love: Family looks to breathe new life into old farm with animal therapy program

By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter c.deppen@bradfordera.com
Bradford Era

RIDGWAY — Drive on Long Level Road towards Ridgway far enough and you’ll come to a stretch that exemplifies the name.

Rolling turns give way to straights, inclines to smoother earth.

In a clearing off to the right sits a farm where goats graze in a field, wind chimes coo and woodsmoke wafts. A porous century-old barn caps a network of squat buildings scattered between the road and trees.

For Amanda Balon and her parents, Ray and Michele McMinn, this is home.

It is also a hope.

A psych grad with a master’s degree in counseling, Balon has big plans meant to restore this family farm to its former glory and bustle, while also answering her “higher calling” to serve. Read more...

2015 Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Events for Potter County


There is a vast amount of information associated with Medicare, much of it is complicated and it changes every year. If you’re going to be on Medicare soon, there is information available to help you make informed decisions about your Medicare choices. If you are already on Medicare, there is information that will protect your rights and may help lower your out of pocket expenses. If you are caring for family members on Medicare, there is information to help you ensure they receive the best care available under Medicare.

The Potter County APPRISE Program, a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, has specially trained counselors to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy to understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.

Local APPRISE counselors will be available to assist Potter County residents at the following Events:

• Falling Leaves Outdoor Show: Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Courtyard Square in Coudersport from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day.
• Representative Martin Causer’s Senior Expo: Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Roulette Fire Hall from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The following Medicare Open Enrollment Events are by appointment only. Please call the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging and ask for Barbara Busch, APPRISE Coordinator, at 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315 to schedule a private Medicare counseling session.

October Appointments
• October 15, 2015, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm – Galeton Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton.
• October 16, 2015, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North St, Roulette
• October 21, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses
• October 22, 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
• October 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm- Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse
• October 30, 2015, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette

November Appointments
• November 4, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses
• November 5, 2015, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm- Galeton Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton
• November 6, 2015, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• November 12, 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
• November 16, 2015, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm- Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse
• November 20, 2015, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette

Appointments are limited and time slots fill up fast! Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance. For more information about the APPRISE program or other supports and services provided by the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, please call 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315.

Update on Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County

Montoursville – This is the latest update on the Interstate 80 Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County.

From Monday, Aug. 31, through Thursday, Sept. 3, a daylight signing pattern will be used to close the westbound right shoulder of I-80 from mile 242 to mile 241 so the contactor can perform punch list repair operations.

Work will be performed from 6AM to 6 PM each day.

No travel lanes will be closed but some backups are possible.

Intelligent Transportation System Project Update

Montoursville – This is an update on the $4.2 million Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Union counties in central Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Aug. 31, the contractor will begin work on Route 11 southbound in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County.

This work includes excavating and placing a concrete pad for an electrical service cabinet at this location.

Later in the week, the contractor will move to Interstate 80 westbound in Mifflin Township, Columbia County. The contractor will install junction boxes at this location.

No traffic impacts are expected at either construction site.

Pavement Restoration Work on I-80 WB in Montour County Next Week

Montoursville – At 9 PM Sunday, Aug. 30, contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., will begin concrete patching on Interstate 80 westbound in Montour County.

This work will be performed from mile 223 to mile 221.

There will be single lane closures each day from 9 PM to 7 AM Sunday night through Friday morning.

This work is part of a project involving multiple routes in the area, including Route 15 and Interstate 80. The project is expected to be completed in mid-October.

The Northern Potter Junior class will be hosting Color Me Graduated

The Northern Potter Junior class will be hosting Color Me Graduated a color run aimed at assisting them to raise funds for their class. The run will take place October 10, 2015 at the Northern Potter School District Ulysses, PA. Registration starts at 9:30am and the run/walk will start at 10am. Participants will be splashed with color as they make their way through the cross country course at the school.

Cost per runner is $35.00 and $40.00 on the day of the event. First 100 participants will receive a t shirt. Register early to ensure a t shirt and color packets. Registrations forms can be accessed through the Northern Potter School District Facebook page as well www.northernpottersd.org. Any questions should be directed to Deborah Hamilton dhamilton@northernpottersd.org or by phone at 814-848-7534.

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Shinglehouse Community Health Center Hours Starting August 31, 2015


Edward KOSA, Jr., 93, of Ulysses, PA

Edward KOSA, Jr., 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. 

Friends may call Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Bible Union Church, West Bingham, PA. Pastors Brian Kosa and Marty Reisman will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the West Bingham Bible Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Robert D. Galey, 94, of Bradford, PA

Robert D. Galey, 94, of Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Emory Allen Palmer, 78, of Cleveland, Ohio

Emory Allen Palmer, 78, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away, August 20, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 17, 1937 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Emory W. and Elsie (Milliron) Palmer.

US Navy Veteran

On October 14, 1957 in Bradford, he married Emily Joyce (Scott) Palmer.

Mr. Palmer served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1958 and in the reserves until 1962.

He moved to Cleveland where he had been employed at Apex in Cleveland, and retired after 30 years of service.

Mr. Palmer enjoyed walking, riding his bicycle in the park and helping others. He was a kind and caring man. His greatest joy was being with his family and loved to have his grandchildren and great grandchildren near.

In addition to his wife of 57 years he is survived by two daughters, Lori (Robert) Mouro of Jacksonville, FL and Donna Palmer of Ohio, three sons, Emory A.”Jo Jo” (Helen) Palmer, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, Steven (Karen) Palmer and Daniel Palmer all of Cleveland, several grandchildren and great grandchildren and a sister, Lois (Perry) Miller of Bradford.

Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Debra Lynn Palmer and three sisters.

There will be no public visitation or services.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer




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Friday, August 28, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Effort to Release Vital Funding for Human Services and Schools Blocked
  

As the budget impasse enters its third month and human service agencies struggle with the lack of funding from the state, lawmakers were in Harrisburg this week to attempt to override portions of the governor’s budget veto to get money to those agencies and the people they serve.
  
Unfortunately, a series of override votes failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to pass. The votes all fell along party lines.
  
Had we been able to override these vetoes, funding could have started flowing to programs such as domestic violence response and prevention agencies, rape crisis centers, cancer center services and many others. Instead these important services are at a greater risk every day we go without a state budget.
  
Among the biggest hurdles standing in the way of the budget agreement is the governor’s unwillingness to take his 20 percent income tax increase and 10 percent sales tax increase, along with his proposed expansion of the sales tax to hundreds of new products and services, off the table. The state House voted on his tax plan in early June and it failed in a unanimous vote.
  
Read more in my press release here.
                                     
 
Your Input is Needed to Help Save our Ambulance Services
  

 
With area ambulance services struggling with limited personnel and limited finances, I am inviting ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of our communities to a public meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions.
 
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Port Allegany Fire Department, 65 West Maple St.
 

Our ambulance services provide vital, life-saving care to people in need, and we cannot afford to lose them. But there is a very real chance that could happen if we don’t take steps to address these challenges. The organizations we rely upon to help us in the case of an emergency are facing an emergency of their own. It’s our turn to respond to their call for help.
    

Attention Cold War-Era Veterans
  
Over the years, I have had the honor of hosting events to recognize groups of veterans who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
  
This year, I would like to recognize Cold War-era veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991. If you or a loved one served during this time, please take a moment to register by signing up at my website or by calling my office at 1-866-437-8181. Once a date has been set for the ceremony, you will receive a personal invitation to attend.
  
The event is open to Cold War-era veterans residing in the 67th Legislative District, which includes Cameron, McKean and Potter counties, as well as their family members.
 
To veterans who served in the Persian Gulf conflict or subsequent operations, please know that I wish to recognize your service as well and will plan to do so at a future event.
  

House Committee Endorses Measure to Ask Congress to Protect Military Recruiters
  
The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee advanced a resolution to further protect the safety of military recruiters by urging Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense to allow them to carry firearms while performing their duties.
  
House Resolution 437, which has bipartisan support, asks the Department of Defense to review current domestic force protection policies, including giving military personnel the authority to carry the weapons they have been trained to use and to protect one another should there be a threat of violence.
  
The resolution was drafted following the July 16 killing of four Marines and one sailor in two shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since 1992, the Department of Defense has limited the presence of weapons in public settings. The measure now goes before the House for its consideration.