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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Think About It

Creating Beauty Out Of Chaos

In Genesis 1:1-2 we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface.” Sometimes our lives seem to be formless and empty. It has often been said that life happens while we are making other plans. There isn’t a person alive that doesn’t have dreams and hopes. These dreams and hopes are for good things, not pain and despair. Yet, life brings us both the good and the bad.

Have you ever noticed that we go to the doctors and undergo tests with the expectation of a good report? Yet, we don’t always get good reports. Sometimes the report is bad, sometimes it is devastating, and like our verse above life suddenly seems empty and dark. Hope is replaced with despair and worry. What was thought to be known in one moment is gone the next. Our hopes, dreams and plans for tomorrow can be gone in an instant.

Paul states in Romans 8:28-29 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. The promise of this passage is that God can take the chaos of life and bring beauty out of it. The question is really about trust. Do we trust Him enough that in spite of the darkness, despite the emptiness, and despite the feelings of despair that we can trust Him enough to believe that even in this, He has a plan, and his plan has my good in mind.

We each need to remember that God brings order out of chaos, and creates beauty out of ashes. The problem is that we get our eyes on the problem and not the problem solver. The question is simple, what are your eyes focused upon? Think about it.

PSP Press Conference Update on Frein Capture:

Jon Meyer WNEP

DETAILS ON FREIN CAPTURE: State police say Frein was spotted around 6pm by U.S. Marshals team near old Birchwood Pocono Airport Hangar. They ordered him to get down and he did. He was arrested, handcuffed with Cpl. Bryon Dickson's handcuffs, put in Dickson's cruiser and brought to the same barracks where he's accused of killing Cpl. Dickson 48 days ago. Frein was in good physical health at the time and "definitely taken by surprise."

U.S. Marshals were one of many teams taking part in the PSP search.

Pike County's District Attorney says he will seek the death penalty: "Now it becomes time to find answers on behalf of the fallen officer's family and truth on behalf of justice."

Potter County Commissioners Pledge Support For Ski Denton Restoration

Potter County Commissioners Pledge Support For Ski Denton Restoration
 Bradford Era
The Potter County Commissioners discussed the move at length at their regular meeting held Thursday morning, and said a panel was put together about a year and a half ago to discuss ways to help the ailing ski operation, which has had ongoing problems and is badly in need of infrastructure upgrades.

“In February of 2013, the commissioners had a summit to discuss concerns — there’s been a lot of dialogue on it, but until a thing hits crisis mode, it’s hard to change things,” said Commissioner Doug Morley. “We’re looking to work with the group from 2013 to see where to go from here, develop an outcome and move forward in a positive direction.”

Commissioner Susan Kefover discussed the large volume of inquiries into the situation at Ski Denton and said the board is committed to helping the operation get back on its feet.

“We can’t let it die — we won’t let it die,” said Commissioner Paul Heimel. “We will actively remain involved in efforts to save our ski area.”  Read more...

Link Sentenced To 22 1/2 to 45 Years In Prison

Link Sentenced To 22 1/2 to 45 Years In Prison
Bradford Era
A Port Allegany man convicted of sexually abusing a child over several years will serve 22 1/2 to 45 years in state prison.

Gordon D. Link, 66, was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court before President Judge John Pavlock. Link pleaded no contest in April to four counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors. Read more...

Port Allegany Dispatched To Rt. 6 For Traffic Control

 Port Allegany Dispatched To Rt. 6 For Traffic Control
At 10:15 PM on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. Fire Police dispatched to a no injury accident on Route 6 for traffic control. Vehicle is in roadway.


Liberty Dispatched For Victim Of Fall From Tree Stand

Liberty Dispatched For Victim Of Fall From Tree Stand
At 10:15 PM on Thursday, Liberty Fire Dept. and Medic 3 dispatched to Plank Road for an individual who fell 25 feet from a tree stand suffering from a back injury.


Police & Fire Dept. Investigating Screams For Help Heard At This Bridge Near Angelica

Police and Angelica Fire have been called out to the area of this bridge where a caller reports someone screaming for help. It's on County Road 2, just off County Road 16, near Angelica.
 Albert Witt Some one has GOATS close by and some goats have blats that sound likes HELP so I bet it is GOATS as I have been FOOLed before over it

Waverly Hull, 80, of Smethport, PA

Waverly Hull, 80, of Smethport, PA, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, in the Kane Community Hospital, Kane. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Texas Firm Recalls Boudin Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse

Texas Firm Recalls Boudin Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse 
Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products, which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Municipal officials talk tax fairness in Coudersport

Municipal officials talk tax fairness in Coudersport

By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter
Bradford Era
Government officials from eight counties and others met in Coudersport to get ready to take on Harrisburg.

The State Land Tax Fairness Coalition meeting involved about 40 people helping to figure out the best chance of success to get money filtered back to rural areas that have significant amounts of state-owned land and oil, gas and timber industries. More than half of those who turned out for the program at the F.W. Gunzburger County Office Building were commissioners from eight counties, and others, mostly geographic information system (GIS) professionals and chief tax assessors.

The group is championing to get two laws passed: One proposal would call for an increase in-lieu-of-taxes payments to school districts, counties and municipalities for state-owned lands, and the other for state-collected revenue from future gas and oil leases and timber sales on state-owned land to be shared with school districts, counties and municipalities. Read more...

Roulette Ambulance To Burleson Avenue

At 7:55 PM on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Burleson Avenue for a diabetic emergency.

Photograph of Frein in police car shortly after his capture

Traffic Disruption Next Week on I-180 Resurfacing Project

Traffic Disruption Next Week on I-180 Resurfacing Project

Interstate 180 between the Muncy/Main Street Interchange in Lycoming County and the Turbotville Interchange in Northumberland County will be restricted to the driving lane in both directions next week.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, contractor New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., will disrupt traffic on I-180 eastbound so an overhead sign can be removed near the Interstate 80 Interchange. A rolling roadblock will be used to slow traffic while the work is being performed. The roadblock will be implemented sometime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

During the week, subcontractors will install signs, replace lighting and guiderail and reseed disturbed areas. Final line painting also will be performed.

Motorists should be alert for construction traffic entering and exiting the median and workers in the passing lanes.

Route 255 Project in Saint Marys Comes to an End

Route 255 Project in Saint Marys Comes to an End

Saint Marys – Work to improve a section of Route 255 in the city of Saint Marys has been completed and traffic controls between the Tractor Supply Co. intersection and Route 120/State Street have been removed. Drivers along this section of Route 255 should find travel to be smoother and more efficient.

For the past two construction seasons, work has included pavement repair, drainage improvements, addition of a right-turn lane for Route 255 northbound traffic at Vine Street, re-alignment of the Arch Street intersection, a right turn lane on Route 120 east for Route 255 south traffic, and other construction items.

Dave Gutelius Excavating Inc. of Mifflinburg has been the contractor on this $12.8 million project. PennDOT thanks area drivers for their patience during this extensive project.

Coudersport Ambulance To East Second Street

At 7:12 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to East 2nd Street for a medical emergency.

Suspected Cop Killer Eric Frein Captured After 48 Days in Pennsylvania

Suspected Cop Killer Eric Frein Captured After 48 Days in Pennsylvania

Suspected cop killer Eric Frein has been captured by Pennsylvania State Police after a 48-day manhunt, a senior law enforcement spokesperson with direct knowledge of the arrest told NBC News on Thursday.

Frein is accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another in a Sept. 12 ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks. Police found a diary entry, his AK-47, two homemade pipe bombs and several campsites but hadn't been able to capture him until Thursday.

Second lawsuit filed to halt drilling in state parks and forests

Killing of Dogs or Cats Is First Degree Misdemeanor In Pennsylvania

350 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134

                                              Report Cruelty 1-866-601-7722

It has been brought to the attention of the Pennsylvania SPCA that animals may be being shot, and / or poisoned..

The only legal remedy for controlling stray domestic animals is to capture using a humane trap, and surrendering them to a shelter.

Title 18 § 5511. Cruelty to animals

(2.1) (i) A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he willfully and maliciously:
(A) Kills, maims, mutilates, tortures or disfigures any dog or cat, whether belonging to himself or otherwise.

(B) Administers poison to or exposes any poisonous substance with the intent to administer such poison to any dog or cat, whether belonging to himself or otherwise.

(ii) Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this paragraph shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than two years, or both. The court may also order a presentence mental evaluation. A subsequent conviction under this paragraph shall be a felony of the third degree.

Pennsylvania SPCA
Humane Society Police Officer
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Route 144 Detour to End Tomorrow as Potter County Improvement Work Winds Down

Route 144 Detour to End Tomorrow as Potter County Improvement Work Winds Down

Clearfield – A $4.2 million project to rehabilitate sections of Routes 44 and 144 in Potter County is winding down, with a detour for Route 144 set to end tomorrow afternoon. The project is funded through Act 89, the state’s new transportation plan.

PennDOT’s official detour directed drivers to use Route 6 and Route 44, while full depth reclamation and resurfacing took place on a section of Route 144 from Carter Camp to north of Germania. PennDOT expects the roadway to be fully open on Saturday.

Overall project work began in late June and has also included pipe improvements on Route 144 from Carter Camp to Germania, pipe replacements on Route 44 from Carter Camp to Sweden Valley, and patching on Route 144 near Oleana.

Crews will continue with drainage work through November, dependent on weather. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this project. PennDOT thanks area motorists for their patience during this closure and detour.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Possible Structure Fire At Seneca Inn Near Port Allegany

Possible Structure Fire At Seneca Inn Near Port Allegany

At 3:52 PM, Port Alllegany & Roulette Fire Dept. dispatched to a possible structure fire at the Seneca Inn on Route 6. Smoke is reported coming from a vent in the building.

Bellefonte man sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, more than $20,000 in fines and costs in Elk poaching case

Photo caption: Left, to right, WCOs Dan Murray, Dave Stewart and Mark Gritzer, and Northcentral Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Rick Macklem pose with the antlers seized in the poaching investigation that has led to charges against three Centre County men. The 10- by 9-point rack at right initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. Only two bulls legally harvested in Pennsylvania have scored higher. The rack from the 5-by-7 bull is at left, and the sawed-off antlers from the 4-by-5 can be seen in front of it.


Bellefonte man sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, more than $20,000 in fines and costs.

A Bellefonte man has been sentenced to spend up to 18 months in jail and pay more than $20,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty Wednesday to poaching three bull elk, one of them among the largest on record in Pennsylvania. 

Frank Gordo Buchanan Jr., 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of unlawful taking of big game, and one count each of unlawful taking of game, unlawful use of a vehicle to take game, and unlawful use of an artificial light to take game.

As part of the plea agreement accepted by Magisterial District Judge Jerome M. Nevling, of Kylertown, Buchanan will spend three to 18 months in the Clearfield County Jail and pay $9,550 in fines. Additionally, he is responsible for paying $11,500 in replacement costs for the poached elk, two of which are classified as trophy-class animals.

Two other men charged in the incident waived their rights to preliminary hearings on charges, sending their cases to county court. If they are convicted of unlawful taking of big game, they, too, would be required to contribute to replacement costs.

The charges against Buchanan stem from two nights of poaching in the same area of Karthaus Township, Clearfield County, in September. Buchanan had admitted to shooting all three elk.
The largest of the three bulls had a 10- by 9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. At that score, and if the bull had been legally harvested, it would rank as Pennsylvania’s third-largest bull elk ever.

The other two illegally killed bulls included a 5- by 7-point bull measuring 243 1/8 inches and a 4- by 5-point bull measuring 178 3/8 inches.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough spoke to the severity of the charges filed in the case. Hough said he is pleased the case against Buchanan was speedily resolved, and acknowledged the penalty is justified. 

“Elk are an extremely important resource in Pennsylvania,” Hough said. “People travel hundreds of miles just to visit the elk range and be able to witness their majesty and the marvel of the bugling season, and those people support a lot of local businesses there. It’s no different with elk hunters. Some apply each year for a chance at an elk license, and those who are lucky enough to get one also create an economic boon for many northcentral Pennsylvania towns. In fact, the hunter who paid $41,000 for the license auctioned off by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – a sum that will be used in its entirety to fund conservation efforts in Pennsylvania – was hunting the very record-book elk that was poached.

“That, right there, shows you the value of Pennsylvania elk, and reinforces the logic that the penalties for killing one illegally need to be appropriately stiff,” he said.

The first of the illegally killed bulls – the 4-by-5 – was discovered Sept. 9 by a resident nearby. The antlers had been removed, but most of the carcass was left to lay there.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Mark Gritzer initiated an investigation and extracted a 7 mm bullet from the elk’s shoulder, according to court documents filed with Nevling.

On Sept. 15, Gritzer, working night patrol, returned to the area where the bull was killed. At about 9 p.m., he parked in an area overlooking a reclaimed strip mine where multiple elk could be heard bugling. Within 15 minutes, he saw a pickup approach. Its occupants appeared to be spotlighting recreationally, but, suspiciously, the driver would turn off the headlights each time the pickup stopped, the documents indicate. 

At about 9:45 p.m., a single gunshot erupted from the area of the pickup. 

Gritzer activated the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle, and drove to the location where the pickup was sitting parked with its headlights off. 

When Gritzer’s backup, WCO Dave Stewart, arrived at the scene, he found a 7 mm rifle lying on the ground nearby. Not only was the rifle consistent with the caliber used to kill the 4-by-5 bull on Sept. 9, a handsaw caked with elk hair and tissue also was found in the pickup, according to court documents.

Buchanan admitted to shooting at a large bull elk, and two other men in the vehicle – Jeffrey Scott Bickle, 46, of Bellefonte, and Cody Allen Lyons, 20, of Milesburg – were arrested alongside Buchanan.

Because a fog had moved in, the officers decided to wait to try to find the elk. Instead, they accompanied Buchanan, Lyons and Bickle to the state police barracks in Woodland for fingerprinting, at which time Buchanan admitted to killing 4-by-5 bull on Sept. 9, court documents state.

At 2 a.m., he led Gritzer and Stewart to a trailer home in Milesburg, where he retrieved a sawed-off set of antlers that perfectly matched the skull plate on the poached bull, according to the documents.

At 7:30 a.m., Gritzer and Stewart returned to the arrest scene to search for the larger bull at which Buchanan admitting shooting, the documents state. They quickly found the 10-by-9, which had been shot in the neck with a 7 mm. And within sight, about 350 yards away, the 5-by-7 lay dead.
Further investigation indicated the men had killed the 5-by-7 at about 8:15 that night and left the area to go to the town of Snow Shoe and get a chainsaw to remove the antlers, according to the documents. Gritzer arrived after they had left, and when they returned, they encountered the 10-by-9, the documents state.

Buchanan, at that time, admitted to killing the third bull, as well, and told the officers he had intended to sell the antlers on eBay, court documents state.

Lyons is charged in the Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 incidents. Bickle is charged only in relation to the two bulls killed on Sept. 15.

Lyons faces three counts each of unlawful taking of big game; unlawful use of a vehicle to take game; unlawful presence of a loaded firearm in a vehicle; and unlawful use of artificial light to take game ; as well as one count of unlawful taking of game. Bickle faces two counts each of unlawful taking of big game; unlawful use of a vehicle to take game; unlawful presence of a loaded firearm in a vehicle; and unlawful use of artificial light to take game; as well as one count of vehicle operation to avoid identification.

The men are to appear Nov. 19 in Clearfield County court for their formal arraignment on charges.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Deadline is December 7
APPRISE Medicare Counselors will Provide Free Help

People with Medicare have until December 7th to change their current Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plan. They can get free, personalized help from APPRISE Medicare counselors who are highly trained to provide expert advice.

The Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period starts October 15 and ends December 7, 2014. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members can make plan changes at this time.

Starting January 1, and until February 14, 2015, people with Medicare Advantage plans will only be able to return to Original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan. They will not be able to switch to another Advantage plan.

“Medicare’s annual enrollment period ends soon. We encourage Medicare beneficiaries to call for an appointment as soon as possible,’ emphasized Darlene Sampson, APPRISE Director at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, “Your plan may have changed. APPRISE counselors can check to be sure your plan will still cover your prescription drugs and will be accepted by your doctor. They will also check to see if you qualify for a cost-savings programs.”

Potter County Events with open appointments available:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Galeton Senior Center
Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.– Potter County Human Services
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Ulysses Senior Center
Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. – Potter County Human Services

The Enrollment Events are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for Potter County residents. Limited appointments are available. To make an appointment please call the Potter County APPRISE Program at 1-800-800-2560.

Potter County APPRISE Program is a local affiliate of APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the designated State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in Pennsylvania. 54 SHIPs in the US and its territories receive grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one, counseling sessions, presentations, and public education programs. APPRISE is funded in part by a grant through the Administration for Community Living.

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (also known as Medigap), Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Call our statewide toll free line at 1-800-783-7067 to connect with a counselor in your area. Or, for more information, call Potter County APPRISE Program at 1-800-800-2560.

Rollover Accident On Summit Road In Keating Township

Rollover Accident On Summit Road In Keating Township
At 3:15 PM on Thursday, Austin Fire & Ambulance dispatched to Summit Road  & Reed Run Road in front of the Jim Ludwig residence for a vehicle over the embankment. Report one vehicle rollover with possibly one injury.

Rep. Causer Joins with Senator Scarnati In Effort To Keep Ski Denton Open And Expand Offerings Year-Round

Causer Issues Statement on Status of Denton Hill State Park

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) issued the following statement in response to news that Ski Denton at Denton Hill State Park may not open this season for financial reasons:

“I am deeply disappointed by the prospect of Ski Denton at Denton Hill State Park being closed this winter. The park is a wonderful place enjoyed by so many of us in the area, and it has great potential to offer year-round recreation. Despite years of calling on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to step up and invest in the park’s infrastructure, the facility has been virtually ignored by state officials. Considering the financial boost the state gets from the thousands of acres of state-owned land in our region, it is certainly fair to expect some of that money to be invested here at home.

“I have spoken with DCNR in recent weeks about this situation and am encouraged the department has agreed to conduct a feasibility study to identify ways to not only improve skiing at the park but also open up other year-round recreational opportunities.

“I am committed to working with the concessionaire, DCNR and Sen. Joe Scarnati to do all we can to keep the ski area open. And by working together, I believe we can look forward to a brighter future for Denton Hill State Park.”

Trick or Treat For Smethport is Tonight (Thursday)

Notice: The Smethport Borough Office has verified that Trick-or-Treat night is Thursday from 6:00-7:30 pm. 

The announcement in Thursday's Bradford Era that Trick -or-Treat is on Friday night is incorrect. 

Additionally, the Haunted House for kids at the American Legion is Thursday night from 5:00- 7:30 pm.

Betty A. Comilla, 81, of Duke Center, PA

Betty A. Comilla
Betty A. Comilla, 81, of Duke Center, PA, passed away on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on March 21, 1933 in Bradford to the late Peter and Catherine Brown Gigliotti.

She was a 1953 graduate of the St. Bernard School.

On November 24, 1956 at the St. Bernard Catholic Church she married Donald E. Comilla who survives.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.

After high school Mrs. Comilla went to work for McCourt Label until she had a family to take care of. After her kids had grown up she was then employed by Zippo Manufacturing Co. until her retirement.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, Donald Comilla of Duke Center, she is also survived by three sons, Vincent Comilla of Duke Center, Thomas (Collene) Comilla of Johnson City, TN, Nicholas Comilla of Duke Center; one daughter, Katherine (Steve) Schwandt of Elk River, MN; six grandsons, Jeremy Comilla, Anthony Comilla, Joshua Torrey, Brandon Comilla, Garrett Comilla, Ryan Comilla; two granddaughters, Jamie Comilla-Hoch, Brittney Comilla; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Comilla, three brothers and five sisters.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:45 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Burial and committal services will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 South Second St., Suite 102, Clearfield, PA 16830 or DaVita Bradford Dialysis, 665 East Main St., Bradford, PA 16701.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at



With deer activity on the rise, Game Commission cautions motorists to stay alert.

With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time about to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.

“All motorists should be advised that white-tailed deer have entered a period of increased activity and are crossing roads more frequently as a result,” said Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough. “While drivers should always remain alert and on the lookout for whitetails crossing roads, now more than ever is a time to pay particular attention while behind the wheel.”

Deer become more active in autumn with the lead up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Around this time, many yearling bucks disperse from the areas in which they were born and travel sometimes several dozen miles to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks more often are cruising their home ranges in search of does, and they sometimes chase the does they encounter.

Add to this the fact autumn sees a number of people taking part in outdoor activities that might flush deer from forested areas or briar thickets, and that deer are more active feeding to store energy for winter months, and it quickly becomes evident why motorists might be more likely to encounter deer on roads.

The start of daylight saving time also increases vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.

Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Motorists are urged to pay particular attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs.

For example, deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.

A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the Game Commission region office representing the county where the accident occurred and an agency dispatcher will collect the information needed to provide a free permit number, which the caller should write down.

A resident must call within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. A passing Pennsylvania motorist also may claim the deer, if the person whose vehicle hit it doesn’t want it.

Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions either must be turned over to the Game Commission, or purchased for $10 per point by the person who claims the deer. Also, removing antlers from road-killed bucks is illegal.

If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to maintain their distance because some deer might recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a Game Commission regional office or other local law enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the Game Commission will direct the proper person to do so.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Tips for motorists

• Don’t count on deer whistles or deer fences to deter deer from crossing roads in front of you. Stay alert.

• Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulder of the road. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.

• Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population; where deer-crossing signs are posted; places where deer commonly cross roads; areas where roads divide agricultural fields from woods; and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.

• Deer do unpredictable things. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing. Sometimes they cross and quickly re-cross back from where they came. Sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing. Slow down; blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. Stop if the deer stays on the road; don’t try to go around it.




Monica Thomas

By Monica Thomas

It's been an interesting two weeks and if you didn't notice we were blessed with two showings of double rainbows recently right along with some beautiful fall days, now we've got to hurry and get everything buttoned up for winter. The clocks turn back this weekend.

At the school report cards can be viewed via the parent portal as of Thursday the 30th. They will be having the Elementary Parade at 8:30 Friday morning in the gym. Saturday our COED Cross Country Team heads to States, good luck kids we are proud of you. On Monday the 3rd of Nov., the juniors will involved in ASVAB testing. They also will be selling hoagies and there is a School Board Meeting at 7:00.

Congrats to our new fire chief Scuff Simons. The Halloween Party the Ladies threw for the kids was awesome . There were 99 kiddos parading around and the party was a great success. Thank all of you for everything you do for our community.

Best wishes and a happy retirement to Mark the Postman, we will miss your smile and quick wit.

I see UGI is around inspecting and fixing leaky gas lines. Let's hope this time they repair the sidewalks and not just put gravel where they demolished cement.

Sunday Nov. 2nd is the last grass drag of the season at Canfield's Outdoors Power Equipment in Ceres sponsored by Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club. They are having a Driver Appreciation Chicken Barb-B-Cue. Drivers free, 1pit person 1/2 price all others $9.00. All funds go toward trail maintenance and trail insurance for the upcoming snowmobile season. They maintain over 80 miles of local trails.

Halloween trick-n -Treat Friday the 31st from 6-8 to 8. Leave the light on and watch out for the little goblins if your driving .........

So drop in and set a spell on the porch with me or you can reach me at 814-697-7625, or my facebook page to report information about what your organization is planning or news of the Oswayo Basin.

Reports Drilling Started

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC reports drilling started on 2014-10-26 00:00:00 at site LAUREL HILL 16H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC reports drilling started on 2014-10-26 00:00:00 at site LAUREL HILL 15H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cogan House Twp Township

RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC reports drilling started on 2014-10-23 00:00:00 at site LAUREL HILL 9H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas

Vehicle Accident With Entrapment In Town of Hume

Vehicle Accident With Entrapment In Town of Hume

At 1:42 PM on Thursday, Fillmore & Wiscoy-Rossburg have been dispatched to a vehicle crash with an 81 year old female entrapped  near 1467 Claybed Road in the Town of Hume.

DEP Announces Stormwater Management Design Training in Harrisburg

DEP Announces Stormwater Management Design Training in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites county and city planners, engineers, developers, redevelopment authorities and community leaders to attend a training session about stormwater management control for permitted activities on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Harrisburg.

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg. The cost to attend is $150 per person. Lunch and training materials are included in the cost.

The training will focus on explaining the state’s Chapter 102 environmental regulation, specifically the post-construction stormwater management requirements. The training will teach attendees how to identify the appropriate permits for construction and design activities, and how DEP reviews applications for those permits.

Participants will also learn about Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory searches and how to consider stormwater management when looking at a site. No prior knowledge or experience working with the Chapter 102 regulation is needed to attend this training.

The training will also include a question and answer session. To submit anonymous questions in advance of the training, participants should contact Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Director of Public Affairs and Education for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD), at the email address below. PACD is working in partnership with DEP’s South-central Regional’s Office’s Waterways and Wetlands Program to provide the training.

Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online in advance of the training at

For more information on the training, interested persons should contact DEP Waterways and Wetlands Permits Section Chief Nathan Crawford at 717-705-4798. Interested persons with questions regarding registration should contact Brandi at 717-238-7223 or

U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Enrollment Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program, Created by 2014 Farm Bill

U.S. Department of Agriculture Extends Enrollment Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program, Created by 2014 Farm Bill

December 5, 2014 Enrollment Deadline for New Risk Management Program

Bellefonte, PA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an extended enrollment deadline for the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

“Extending the enrollment deadline to December 5th will ensure dairy farmers have enough time to familiarize with the new and improved risk management tools created through the 2014 Farm Bill,” stated U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), a subcommittee Chairman on the House Agriculture Committee. “I encourage producers to fully evaluate coverage options under the Margin Protection Program so they can make informed decisions well in advance of the new enrollment deadline.”

Participating farmers must remain in the program through 2018 and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year.

“Farmers should also take advantage of the new online resources available through USDA that enable producers to combine unique operation data with future price and market projections,” Rep. Thompson said. “These new tools enable producers to quickly and easily identify the level of coverage that is most appropriate for their specific needs.”

USDA’s Online Web Resources are available at

USDA also extended the opportunity for public comments on both the Margin Protection Program and the Dairy Product Donation Program until Dec. 15, 2014. Comments can be submitted to USDA via the website at

Thompson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and served on the Conference Committee that was tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The 2014 Farm Bill, which included the creation of the dairy Margin Protection Program, was signed into law on February 7, 2014.

Green Valley Road in Lycoming County Closed for Gas Pipeline Work

Green Valley Road in Lycoming County Closed for Gas Pipeline Work

Motorists in Lycoming County are advised that Route 2061 (Green Valley Road) will be closed beginning Monday, Nov. 3, just north of South Frymire Hollow Road so contractor TW Mahaffey of Jersey Shore can perform gas pipeline work.

The work is expected to last two weeks.

A detour will be in place using Route 2073 (Beaver Run Road), Route 405 and Route 118.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Performed Tonight At Hebron Center Christian School

Firefighters Responding To Structure Fire On North Open Brook Road

Firefighters Responding To Structure Fire On North Open Brook Road

At 12:59 PM on Thursday, Port Allegany, Eldred, Roulette & Smethport Fire Depts. dispatched to 31 North Open Brook Road in Liberty Township for a structure fire..

Brent V. Silvis, 41, of Hedges St., Mansfield, OH, formerly of Coryville and Bradford, PA

Brent V. Silvis
Brent V. Silvis, 41, of Hedges St., Mansfield, OH, formerly of Coryville and Bradford, PA passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2014) in the MedCenter Hospital, Mansfield, OH.

Born January 26, 1973, in Portsmouth, VA, he was a son of Ronald G. and Kathy G. Austin Silvis. On July 18, 2012, in Wellsboro, PA, he married Deborah Mitchell, who survives.

Brent was an avid outdoorsman and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife Deborah, are his maternal grand-parents, Glenn and Bea Austin of Smethport, his parents, Ronald and Kathy Silvis of Eldred; a son, Logan T. Silvis of Eldred; a sister, Samantha C. Silvis of Bradford; a stepson, Allen (Jess) Mitchell and a nephew, Kaden R. Silvis both of Bradford.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Silvis, and a son, Vincent E. Silvis, who died July 25, 2012.

Friends will be received from 11a.m.-1 p.m. in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, officiating. Burial will be in Moody Hollow Cemetery, Eldred.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe Food Safety Course

ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis.)

This 2-day class is being held on Wednesdays, November 5 and 12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PCEC’s Port Allegany office. The cost is $175 and includes book, study guide and exam. For more information or to register, call 877-489-7398 or go to

Cinnamon Bear Posed For A Portrait

Ulysses Firm Picked For $800,000. Grant To Build Facility To Produce Liquid Natural Gas

Governor Corbett Announces 33 Incentive Grants for Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Improve Air Quality

Additional Grants Awarded for Innovative Alternative Fuel Projects

HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced nearly $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 local governments, non-profit organizations and companies making the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, or electric, for medium to light-weight fleet vehicles.

“These important grants allow Pennsylvania to make the most of our abundant natural resources, edging us closer to energy independence while also helping to improve our air quality,” Corbett said. “This funding makes it possible for many local governments, organizations and companies to convert their lighter-weight vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels.”

The awarded AFIG grants will help pay for the conversion or purchase of 274 natural gas vehicles, 261 propane vehicles, and 23 plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. An estimated 24 new fueling stations and 35 existing stations will be supported by these vehicles.

AFIG grants are an annual solicitation, providing financial incentive for a variety of transportation projects with the result of reducing air emissions in Pennsylvania. This year, AFIG grants focused on the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles weighing less than 26,000 pounds, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane or other alternative fuel vehicles of any size.

Applications were also accepted for innovation technology projects that include research, training, development and demonstration of new applications or next phase technology related to alternative transportation fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. 

DEP awarded $1.8 million in AFIG funding to four innovative alternative fuel technology projects.

REV LNG in Ulysses, Potter County, will construct, own and operate a pilot micro liquefied natural gas (LNG) production plant. The project expects to achieve LNG liquification production of 50,000 gallons per day, and would be the first of its kind in the eastern part of the country. $800,000 was awarded.

The AFIG fund was established under Act 166 of 1992, and is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection through its Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.

To learn more about the AFIG grant program, visit, Keyword: AFIG.

Facility will produce LNG

James Loewenstein | The Daily Review, Towanda, Pa.

NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP - A company based in Ulysses, Pa., is planning to construct a facility in Bradford County that will cool locally produced natural gas to its liquid form, so that it can be used as a fuel in the long-range trucking industry.

The plant, which REV LNG Inc. of Ulysses will construct off Dolan Road in Herrick Township, will produce up to 50,000 gallons a day of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the company's chief executive officer, David Kailbourne, told the Bradford County Planning Commission at its most recent meeting.

The amount of LNG that the plant will produce will be much less than is typically produced at other LNG production facilities, Kailbourne said.

The plant in Herrick Township will be "one of the first of its kind," Kailbourne said. LNG plants exist "all over the country, but on a larger scale," he said.

No other plants that produce LNG exist in Bradford County, said Sarah Reichard, Bradford County planner.

REV LNG, which owns tanker trucks that transport LNG, "is an LNG distribution company, that is very much like a propane distribution company," Kailbourne told the Planning Commission. Read more...

Heart’s Desire Annual Holiday Open House Set For November 1st In Downtown Galeton, PA

Heart’s Desire Annual Holiday Open House
 Looking for an innovative shopping experience? 

Then come Christmas shopping at Heart’s Desire’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 1st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Downtown Galeton.

Choose from a unique selection of new, vintage and locally made gift ideas including our very own Primitives Candles, a Heart’s Desire signature product. Browse a wide variety of local vendor gift ideas and home d├ęcor throughout two floors in a 1917 country store setting. You’ll be sure to find just the right gift for all the people on your list.

Enjoy live Christmas music by Vernal Pool performing Celtic & Appalachian music including traditional Christmas carols from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. They will be performing at the mezzanine at the front of the store, and the performance is free and open to the public.

C. F. Lawrenson, local artist/illustrator and author of two childrens’ books, Shalock and the Cloud of Bad Dreams and In Search of the Great Wild Kawkins, will be here for a book signing from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 Rusty Williams, local wooden basket maker, will be here representing his popular line of handmade hardwood baskets. Also, new this year is coffee sampling from Speakeasy Coffee Company…they will be featuring their own line of small batch, high quality, specialty coffees.
As always, there will be refreshments and drawings for gift certificate giveaways. Homemade cookie plates will be scattered throughout the store for your enjoyment. 

Shop Heart’s Desire for quality products and affordable pricing along with lots of “one of a find” gifts and collectibles. Galeton’s most innovative shopping experience is your Christmas shopping headquarters! Heart’s Desire is located at 27 West Main Street, Galeton, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday Noon – 3 p.m.

Annual Turkey Biscuit Dinner At Hebron Community Hall Sunday, November 2

Gustin's Auto & Truck Service In Roulette, PA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jenny Shelley Picked As An Athlete Of The Week At Theil College

Athlete Of The Week at Thiel College

Jenny Shelley, Women's Volleyball 10/13/2014. Link to Full Bio

Sophomore setter Jenny Shelley notched a double-double in Thiel’s 3-2 win over Saint Vincent on Wednesday, Oct. 8 with 43 assists and 23 digs.

Jenny is the daughter of Joseph and Amy Shelley Port Allegany, PA

Car Driver Suffers Minor Injury When Car Sideswipes School Bus In Hamlin Township

Tire Slashed; Items Stolen From Vehicles At Kane View Motel

PA State Trooper hit by a car on Route 119 in East Huntingdon.

Joe Scarnati Working With DCNR On Future Of Denton Hill State Park

10/29/2014 8:35 PM FIRE / STRUCTURE 22130 ROUTE 6 SULLIVAN TWP


Governor Corbett Announces $1.5 Million Grant To Help Build DuBois Hotel

Senator Joe Scarnati
Governor Corbett Announces $1.5 Million Grant To Help Build DuBois Hotel
I'm very pleased that Governor Corbett has announced a $1.5 million Economic Growth Initiative (EGI) Grant to assist in the design and construction of a new hotel and conference center in DuBois.

The overall $8.5 million project will consist of a 77 room, 55,000 square foot hotel, meeting and conference center serving the Dubois Country Club. Once completed, the project will complement the recently rebuilt facility with meeting and special event space to cater to businesspeople and tourists visiting Clearfield County. The project is expected to create nearly 200 jobs for the Dubois region. The project is being sponsored by DuBois Resorts, LLC.

This grant will provide a significant investment in our region to help create a resort destination and conference center to attract business travelers and families to the area. I commend Governor Corbett for recognizing the importance of this project and supporting this funding which will create jobs and bring greater economic growth to our community.

Scott Michael McKeirnan, 55,Crosby, PA

Scott Michael McKeirnan, 55,Crosby, PA passed away, Saturday, Oct. 25, in Bangkok, Thailand.

He was born on July 4, 1959, in Bradford, PA, a son of Robert and Audrey McKeirnan of Crosby, PA.

He was a graduate of Smethport High School and worked in the oil fields of Alaska before retiring in 1999. He spent his retirement years living in Thailand.

He is survived by five brothers: Dennis McKeirnan of Crosby, Dan McKeirnan of Kenai, Alaska, Kevin McKeirnan of Maui, Hawaii, Tim McKeirnan of Soldotna, Alaska, and his twin brother, Shawn McKeirnan of Kenai, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 2nd, at 2 PM, in the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby.


Fall season begins Nov. 1 in most parts of state; season lengths vary by WMU.

One of Pennsylvania’s most exciting seasons will begin this Saturday as hunters head afield in pursuit of one of fall’s most coveted game animals, the wild turkey. But hunters really need to focus on the varying season starts and lengths throughout the state’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Hunter compliance protects the resource and ensures better turkey hunting in coming years.

While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMUs 3A, 3B and 3C – all of which are in northern Pennsylvania – to help those populations rebound from declining trends. And while a three-day season remains intact in WMU 5A, the timing of the season has changed to a Thursday-through-Saturday format to provide greater opportunity for hunters whose schedules do not allow for a weekday hunt.

Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season last year still might be unaware of season length changes put in place in 2013 in some WMUs, due to an ongoing study to determine how the length of the fall season affects the female turkey harvest.

And, as usual, fall turkey hunting remains closed in WMUs 5B, 5C and 5D in southern Pennsylvania.

Now is the time to check the dates of when seasons open and close, Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said.

“As is typically the case for the fall turkey season, different season lengths apply in different units, and the seasons in a handful of WMUs have been shortened this year, or are starting on a different day of the week,” Hough said. “The changes are easy to follow, though, and are laid out clearly in the Hunting & Trapping Digest issued to all buyers of hunting and furtaker licenses.

“With the digest as your guide, you’ll be well on your way to a successful season,” Hough said.

Information on turkey seasons, bag limits and other regulations can be found on Page 32 of the 2014-15 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

In most of the state, the fall turkey season opens Saturday, Nov. 1. The seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Nov. 1 to 8, and Nov. 27 to 29; WMU 2B (shotgun and archery only) – Nov. 1 to 21, and Nov. 27 to 29; WMUs 1A, 2A, 2D, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B and 3C – Nov. 1 to 15, and Nov. 27 to 29; WMUs 2C, 2E, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E – Nov. 1 to 21, and Nov. 27 to 29; and WMU 5A – Nov. 6 to 8.

The two-week season in WMUs 3A, 3B and 3C was adopted by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners earlier this year in response to decreasing turkey populations in those units.

The two-week seasons in WMUs 2F, 2G and 2H, as well as the three-week seasons in WMUs 2C, 2E, 4A, 4B and 4D are the result of the ongoing hen study, which is in its fourth of four years. At the end of the four-year study, the two separate study areas each will have had two consecutive years with a two-week season and two consecutive years with a three-week season.

Game Commission wild turkey biologist Mary Jo Casalena explained the changes.

“By switching season lengths between study areas, we can attempt to answer the question of whether the harvest gained by adding an extra week to a two-week season exceeds a sustainable level of harvest,” Casalena said. “Ultimately, results from this study will allow us to provide the longest fall seasons without overharvesting hen wild turkeys.”

In WMU 5A, where the framework was switched to provide more hunting opportunity, monitoring has indicated a stable wild turkey population. Fall turkey harvests have been minimal in WMU 5A in recent years, when the three-day season has occurred Tuesday through Thursday.

“Continued monitoring over the next several years will allow us to determine if this new framework is sustainable.”

Fall turkey forecast

Casalena is hoping for similar hunting participation as last fall, when the number of fall turkey hunters increased to 199,000, an increase of 70,000.

Casalena said fall turkey hunting remains a strong tradition in Pennsylvania, with more than 483,000 hunters participating in the fall season during the peak year in 1980. There were 16,755 fall turkey harvests in 2013, and number of harvests and hunters in Pennsylvania remain, by far, the highest in the Northeast, she said.

Casalena said fall hunter success depends on several factors:

· Summer turkey reproduction – Larger flocks translate to larger harvests;

· Food availability – The better the soft- and hard-mast production, the more nomadic flocks become and the more difficult it is to harvest birds;

· Weather during the season - Weather affects hunter participation, and;

· Overall hunter participation – More hunters in the woods keep flocks dispersed making it easier for hunters to call in lost birds.

“Although turkey reproduction this summer was below average in many WMUs, translating to smaller flocks this fall in those units, reproduction did vary and many hens simply nested later than normal due to the harsh winter, and these poults may still be growing when the season opens,” Casalena said.

Casalena said acorn, cherry and hickory-nut production also varied across the state, with red-oak acorn production and soft mast, like apples and grapes, seeing average to above-average production in many areas. That abundance of food might make turkeys harder to locate, she said.

“Abundant natural food tends to keep turkey flocks on the move as there is no need to concentrate on one food source,” Casalena said. “Therefore, hunters have the opportunity for plenty of exercise as it might take several miles, or several days, of searching to find flocks.

“So don’t get discouraged if flocks aren’t in their normal locations,” Casalena said. “This might be the year to explore more, or new, areas in search of your quarry.”

Casalena said the fall season is a great time to introduce a novice turkey hunter to turkey hunting.

“It’s not only a great time to be in the woods, but novice turkey callers can be just as successful as a pro when mimicking a lost turkey poult,” she said. “And once a flock is located, I remind hunters that turkeys are tipped off more by movement and a hunter’s outline than fluorescent orange.”

Overall, Casalena said she anticipates similar turkey-hunter success rates to last year, when about 8 to 10 percent of hunters were successful. Last year’s success rate was a slight decrease from the previous three years. Hunter success was as high as 21 percent in 2001, a year with excellent recruitment, and as low as 4 percent in 1979.

Casalena said spring-season harvests (including harvests from the special turkey license that allows hunters to harvest a second bird) totaled 41,260, an increase from 2013 and also higher than the previous long-term average of 38,756. Hunter success, 18 percent, was slightly higher than 2013 and the previous long-term average, both 17 percent.

Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation.

Leg-banded turkeys

Casalena also reminds hunters to report any leg-banded or satellite-transmittered turkeys they harvest or find.

Leg bands and transmitters are stamped with a toll-free number to call, and provide important information for the research project being conducted in partnership with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, with funding from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Pennsylvania Chapter of NWTF, she said.

“These turkeys are legal to harvest and the information provided will help determine turkey survival and harvest rates,” Casalena said.

Rewards for reporting marked turkeys are made possible by donations from the National Wild Turkey Federation, she said.

Fluorescent orange requirements

In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.

In WMU 2B, which is open to shotgun and archery hunting only during the fall turkey season, turkey hunters, while moving, must wear a hat containing at least 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange material, visible from 360 degrees. While fluorescent orange is not required at stationary locations in WMU 2B, it is strongly recommended.

Archery hunters who are hunting either deer or bear during the overlap with fall turkey season also must wear a fluorescent orange hat at all times when moving. The hat must contain at least 100 square inches of solid, fluorescent orange, visible from 360 degrees, and may be removed once in a stationary location.

Illustrations and a chart listing fluorescent orange requirements for different hunting seasons can be found on pages 63 to 65 of the 2014-15 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990, to none in 2012. Last year there was one nonfatal incident.

Mentored Hunters

Pennsylvania’s fall turkey season is among those open to Mentored Youth and Mentored Adult hunters.

The Mentored Youth Hunting Program sets out to introduce those under the age of 12 to hunting. Mentored Youth must obtain a $2.70 permit, and must be accompanied at all times by a licensed mentor over the age of 21.

The Mentored Adult Hunting Program is new this year, and seeks to remove an obstacle for adults who have an interest in hunting and the opportunity to go hunting with a licensed mentor. The cost of a resident Mentored Adult permit is $20.70 – the same as the cost of a resident hunting license.

Mentored Youth and Mentored Adults can participate only in approved hunting seasons, and the seasons that have been approved for Mentored Youth are different from those for Mentored Adults. Different sets of regulations apply to Mentored Youth and Mentored Adults, as well.

A full description of the programs can be found on pages 15 and 16 of the 2014-15 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

During the fall turkey season, a mentor may transfer his or her fall turkey tag to a Mentored Youth or Mentored Adult hunter.

Mt. Jewett Dispatched For Accidental Shooting At Kinzua Bridge

Mt. Jewett Dispatched For Accidental Shooting At Kinzua Bridge
At 3:38 PM  on Wednesday, Mt. Jewett Ambulance and Kane Medic dispatched to Kinzua Bridge State Park for an accidental shooting.

3:48 PM--Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. dispatched to set up landing zone in overflow parking lot for trauma patient. 

 The Bradford Era

Man wounded in accidental shooting at Kinzua Bridge
Era Correspondent

MOUNT JEWETT — A man working on the new Kinzua Bridge State Park visitors center was wounded on Wednesday afternoon after a firearm he was carrying accidentally discharged into his leg.

According to Trooper Matt Petrof of the Kane-based state police, the incident happened at approximately 3:45 p.m. when a 27-year-old white male from Cuba, N.Y. who was working on the new visitors center was sitting in his vehicle. Petrof said that the man claimed his firearm, a Ruger .45 caliber pistol, discharged as he was moving it.

The bullet entered the victim’s left leg through the hamstring, and exited through his calf, explained Petrof.


Melvin R. Garthwaite, 86, of the Loop Rd., Eldred, PA

Melvin R. Garthwaite, 86, of the Loop Rd., Eldred, PA, passed away on Tuesday (October 28, 2014) at the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport following a brief illness.

Born February 5th, 1928 in Dubois, PA he was a son of Leonard and Rose Resuiger Garthwaite. On May 27th, 1955 in Sweden Valley, Pa, he married Helen Soyke, who passed away on October 19th, 2007.

Mr. Garthwaite was a 1945 graduate of Dubois High School, and had been a longtime resident of Eldred.


Mr. Garthwaite was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Air Force in Germany during the occupation. He was employed by Clark Brothers, which later became Dresser-Rand, as a machinist, retiring on April 1st, 1993 after 36 years. He also managed Mel’s Drive Inn in North Eldred for several years in the 1950’s.

Melvin was a very active member of the Eldred United Methodist Church for many years where he served as an usher and had been on several committees. He was a lifetime member of the Eldred Township Fire Department. He enjoyed making candy for family and friends. In 1960 he constructed his home on the Loop Road from a Mainline Homes Kit.

Surviving are 2 sons, Robert (Jolynne) Garthwaite of Eldred and Charles (Christine) Garthwaite of Woodbine, Georgia; 2 granddaughters, Angela Garthwaite and April (Mike) Hollenbeck; 2 great granddaughters, Kealinn and Cecelia Hollenbeck; and a sister, Mary Vardy of Chicora, PA.
In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, John, Earl and Percy Garthwaite; and 3 sisters, Florence Holton, Edna Turk and Gladys Kuntz.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, on Sunday (Nov. 2, 2014) from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 at the Eldred United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ernie Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church or the Eldred Twp. Fire Department.

Online condolences made be made at