POTTER-TIOGA MAPLE WEEKEND MARCH 18TH & 19TH

POTTER-TIOGA MAPLE WEEKEND MARCH 18TH & 19TH

Street Machines Auto Care

Stoltz Of Coudersport

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

CIMINO AUTO PARTS

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Local Photography and Sculpture to be featured at Wellsboro Gallery--Opening Reception Today (Sunday) From 2 to 4 PM

Spring Antique & Collectibles Auction April 13 At Carter Auction Center

www.carterauctions.com

UPDATE: Frost needs 110 votes to take lead back by 11:59pm

UPDATE: Frost needs 110 votes to take lead back by 11:59pm


It seems the leaps and bounds Mr. Peter Ramirez has made throughout the day has placed him 106 votes ahead of our local cartoonist, Lonny Frost.

"It's disappointing to everyone involved, to have the lead as long we did, then lose it in a 2 hour spread," Lonny stated this evening after returning home.

"My supporters have not given up, nor have I given up. I am one of the 35 contestants still left in this contest. I still believe I have the best group of family, friends and fans," Frost stated excitedly.

Our staff has watched the progression of this round to see how it ran and we cannot figure it out. But we have confirmed that many supporters still have one more vote left before 11:59pm ticks in.

So if you have not yet signed up to vote for Lonny's "Wild Tails" comic, we ask that you do it now and get a vote in.

"I am so close to grabbing that 1st spot and I know my supporters want to hand it to me, but we are just shy of the number of votes needed," Lonny stated.

So now it is a waiting game as the clock ticks down and supporters start posting their last votes. How close will they get Lonny Frost? Or will, Peter Ramirez find another 100 votes at the last minute and keep us all from getting the ending we would love to see?

I guess all those questions are in the supporters' hands. There comes a time in each round that it always ends up in the hands of those participating. That is why we have been pushing those who have not yet signed up, to do so. They maybe the ones that could be the deciding votes.

The three judges from the Cartoonist Studio are ready to eliminate 10 to 12 more of the remaining contestants. Making the number of contestants drop into the twenties, as we wonder who will make it into Round 9.

There is less than a hour to go, so get your last votes in everyone. New people feel free to join up now and vote. Make a difference in someone's life.

"I thank everyone for keeping me at the top and in the contest," Lonny thankfully exclaimed.

"I hope we can do this again next week, in Round 9," Mr. Frost stated.

We will have an update after midnight and list the top four contestants for you.

Here is the link: http://www.thecartooniststudio.com/Contestant/137/Lonny-Frost

Problems with Injection Wells

Problems with Injection Wells

 
Jim, 
Would you be willing to post this news article?  An article this week in the Leader-Enterprise carried the following headline: "EPA rep says Pa. 'conducive' to injection wells for drilling wastes."  If PA starts disposing natural gas drilling waste in this manner, we will likely be faced with the same problems Ohio is already struggling with.

 
- Martha

Proposed Rulemaking For Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells Doesn't Cut It

Proposed Rulemaking For Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells Doesn't Cut It

The next Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Meeting is:Tuesday April 23, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. In
Room 105,at the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA

http://youtu.be/RI6_g-uN9Uc

DRAFT PROPOSED RULEMAKING:
Chapter 78 Subchapter C Annex A


Proposed revisions "§ 78.52a. Abandoned and orphaned well identification.
(a) Prior to hydraulically fracturing the well, the operator of a natural gas well or horizontal oil well shall identify the location of orphaned or abandoned wells within 1,000 feet of the well bore, including the entire length of a horizontal well bore in accordance with subsection (b). Prior to hydraulically fracturing the well, the operator of a vertical oil well shall identify the location of orphaned or abandoned wells within 500 feet of the well bore in accordance with subsection (b)."
"Identify the location" These proposals do not require operators or the owners of abandoned, unplugged wells to plug them.

Pennsylvania needs regulations in place to protect
ground water from contamination. Left unplugged, these wells are at an increased risk of becoming pathways for natural gas and fluids used during the fracturing process. 
Let them know that these proposals are woefully inadequate. These wells need to be plugged to prevent conduction of fracking fluids to the potable water aquifers!!

Reader Submits Link To Info On Frack Treatment Company

Reader Submits  Link To Info On Frack Treatment Company

 REVH2O, LLC, is the company that  distributes the Sionix on-site, mobile treatment system to be used in Potter...

"Our water treatment system and the related technology are unproven in commercial operation and may not achieve widespread market acceptance among our prospective customers. If we are unable to sell our water treatment systems, our business and prospects will suffer and our results of operations will be adversely affected." Page 15

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/764667/000121390012007048/f10k2012_sionix.htm

Japan stepping up preparations to import shale gas from the United States

Business
Traders gear up for U.S. shale gas

JIJI

Japan’s top trading firms are stepping up preparations to import shale gas from the United States, a move expected to ease skyrocketing procurement costs for liquefied natural gas driven by Tokyo’s verbal bludgeoning of the yen.

Lower LNG costs will help curb electricity rates that have soared since the loss of atomic power caused by the Fukushima disaster sent demand for fossil fuels soaring. Only two of Japan’s 50 reactors are running.

The trading firms are expected to start importing shale gas from the U.S. as early as 2017 if Washington approves exports to Japan in the first half of the year. Read more...

Updated "List of the Harmed" including at least 35 dead

Updated "List of the Harmed" including at least 35 dead





Next time someone tells you about Fracking's "Golden Opportunity," read them these names, from the List of the Harmed.
  • Charles E. Bevins III (DEAD),
  • Terry and Dustin Smith (DEAD),
  • Brian Norberg (DEAD),
  • Jeffery Todd Kinkaid (DEAD),
  • Paul C. Sherman (DEAD),
  • Stephanie Boggs (DEAD),
  • Jimmy Dale Deweber (DEAD),
  • Sandra Mora DeHerrera (DEAD),
  • Mike Krajewski (DEAD),
  • Elizabeth Mobaldi (DEAD),
  • David Chappel (DEAD),
  • Dennis Peterson (DEAD),
  • Roy and Amy Heady and their children (ALL DEAD);
  • Troy Orth (DEAD),
  • Adbal Audeh (DEAD),
  • Sharon Ward (DEAD),
  • Robert Blackcloud (DEAD),
  • Joseph “Jay” Buchanan, Jr (DEAD),
  • Chris Albert (DEAD),
  • Charles and Dorothy Harper and grandson (ALL DEAD),
  • Donald Allison (DEAD),
  • Carl Stiles (DEAD),
  • Glenda, Kirsten and Don Sumler (ALL DEAD),
  • Maggie Golden (DEAD),
  • Dustin Bergsing (DEAD),
  • Brian Wallace (DEAD),
  • Timothy Roth (DEAD),
  • Randy Baumann (DIED),
  • Jose Lara (DEAD)
  • ...... how many more? ...
The list is incomplete.

Video: List of the Harmed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LcDHcEha44

The List of the Harmed:
http://pennsylvaniaallianceforcleanwaterandair.wordpress.com/the-list/

 

Myths and Realities, Ingraffea, St. Bonaventure, NY, Video links

Myths and Realities, Ingraffea

St. Bonaventure, NY, Video links


Videos: Part 1. "The Fracking Controversy: Myths and Realities" Chris Stanley - Member of the Theology faculty, welcomed community members and introduced Dr. Anthony Ingraffea who spoke on the science behind the practice of hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil production and the potential problems that it poses for the environment. March 25, 2013 at the John J. Murphy Professional Building - Dresser Auditorium, St. Bonaventure, NY http://youtu.be/bwkULFMcowI
Part 2 http://youtu.be/rQGYEX2pJys
--
Laurie Barr

The Pittsburgh Health Summit is underway

The Pittsburgh Health Summit is underway. For those of you who couldn't make it, here is a website with some of the video footage we will show here this afternoon. Much more content to come, so stay tuned to FrackingOurFuture.org. Click link below to see videos.
 
http://frackingourfuture.org/

WJAC Reports Clarion County 13 Year Old Found Safe/Joshua Baker In Custody In South Dakota

From the Clarion County DA: Alexandria Sewell, 13, has been found safe in Martin, South Dakota. 
 
Joshua Baker, 31, has been taken into custody by South Dakota authorities pending kidnapping charges. 
 
Further information will follow when available.

Lots of Wildfires Today

4/6/20134:09 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 544 COON HOLW CERES TWP

4/6/20133:30 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 337 N FORK RD BROOKFIELD TWP

4/6/20133:20 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 3620 ROUTE 249 CHATHAM TWP

4/6/20133:18 PMTHEFT 13305 ROUTE 49 LAWRENCE TWP

4/6/20133:13 PMHAZMAT 1636 JACKSON CENTER RD JACKSON TWP

4/6/20133:13 PMHAZMAT 1636 JACKSON CENTER RD JACKSON TWP

4/6/20131:36 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 82 LAKE ST TIOGA TWP

4/6/20131:10 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE NEWTOWN HILL RD RICHMOND TWP

Author/Pastor Rick Warren's Son Has Died

Rick Warren's Son Takes Own Life After Lifelong Battle With Mental Illness

Christian Post.com
The 27-year-old son of Pastor Rick Warren has taken his own life after a lifelong struggle with mental illness.

Pastor Warren, 59, author of the Purpose Driven Life, which is the best-selling hardback non-fiction book in history and the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible
Read more

Almond Fire Dept. Dispatched For Grass Fire

Almond Fire Dept. Dispatched For Grass Fire
At 4:17 PM on Saturday, Almond Fire Dept has been dispatched for a grass fire near a building.
MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS HAVE RESPONDED TO ASSIST. A RESIDENCE ON MAPLE RIDGE EXT. HAS EVACUATED S THE FIRE GROWS NEAR IT. THE FIRE IS LOCATED OFF HENDERSON ROAD. 

Small Wildfire In Jay Township

OUTSIDE FIRE-SMALL
Address: 37 JOHNSON ST
City: JAY
Cross Streets: WASHINGTON ST

Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD
4/6/2013 4:12:38 PM

Wildfire On Coon Hollow Road in Ceres Township

Wildfire On Coon Hollow Road in Ceres Township
Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a wildfire in Ceres Township on Coon Hollow Road off Bells Run Roa.

Traffic Stop Results In DUI Charge For Kane Man

State Police stopped a vehicle at 2:27 AM on Saturday morning on Route 6, just east of Ludlow in Hamlin Township, McKean County, for numerous traffic violations.

On further investigation, Colton J. Johnson, 25, of Kane, PA, was found by Trooper Jeffrey J. Walker to be under the influence of alcohol.  Charges for DUI will be filed in District Court 48-3-04..

Mailbox Vandals Strike Again

Mailbox Vandals Strike Again
In Wetmore Township, McKean County, unknown actors damaged mailboxes along Route 6 near UPS on April 4 between 7:15 AM and 11:30 AM.

Trooper Roger McCloskey said the victims whose mailboxes were damaged in the Criminal Mischief incidents were Stephanie R. Hayduk, Wade E. Cochran, and Elkhorn Gas Processing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

This lost dog came to our house-The dog has been claimed.

This lost dog came to our house
The dog has been claimed.

Vehicle Went Off Roadway And Damaged Fence Posts

State Police are looking for driver who drove off the roadway and broke four wooden fence posts on Whites Corners Road in Harrison Township, Potter County on 3-29/30-2013.

Trooper Justin Lemaire said the victim is Rodney Lane of Woodard Road in Harrison Valley, PA. Anyone with information is asked to call PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Stocking Bennett's Branch

Formerly Polluted Bennett Branch Stocked with 1,000 Trout Saturday
Plant Treated Acid Mine Drainage Pollution Dated to Mining’s Start in 1850s

WILLIAMSPORT -- Thanks to the Department of Environmental Protection’s successful Hollywood acid mine drainage treatment plant, the Bennett Branch and Toby Creek watershed associations and the Potter County Anglers’ Club will celebrate the waterway’s rebirth on Saturday and stock 1,000 trout above and below the plant near the Clearfield-Elk counties border.

“In less than a year, the Hollywood plant has treated 21 separate discharges from four abandoned deep mines, raising the pH from 3.8 to neutral and removing harmful metals like iron, aluminum and manganese,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner said. “Bennett Branch is now so healthy that trout stocking will be done for the first time, which is sure to increase tourism in that area and benefit local angler-related businesses.”

The 11:30 a.m. trout stocking will be done by the Potter County Anglers’ Club as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Cooperative Nursery Program.  Read more...


1st 2 pics are in Force at the Baumertown Bridge area. 2nd 2 are in Weedville at the Redwood St Bridge.


Photos shared by Mike & Bonnie

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Approved Minutes from 3-31-2013



Drilliing Violations Issued By DEP

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Deerfield Twp, Tioga County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-03-26 to Swepi Lp in Deerfield Twp, Tioga county. 206C - Failure to restore well site within nine months after completion of drilling, failure to remove all pits, drilling supplies and equipment not needed for production.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to James Allen Cripe in Pleasant Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-04-02 to James Allen Cripe in Pleasant Twp, Warren county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to James Allen Cripe in Pleasant Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-04-02 to James Allen Cripe in Pleasant Twp, Warren county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

FROM THE FRONTLINES", John Kurucz


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FROM THE FRONTLINES", John Kurucz

Brush Fire In Wooded Area In Ridgway Area

OUTSIDE FIRE-LARGE
Address: 260 EUCLID AVE
City: RIDGWAY_B
Cross Streets: E CARDOTT ST * FORREST ST

Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD
4/6/2013 12:33:14 PM

Firefighters Dispatched To A Working House Fire In Bradford

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WESB Photo
Working Structure Fire
At 12:27 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. and Bradford township have been dispatched to a 2 alarm working house fire. Bradford Police on scene report smoke showing from the back of the structure. The fire is located on East Corydon Street, between Congress and South Avenue.

ATV Crash With Injury On Bark Shanty Road

ATV Crash With Injury On Bark Shanty Road
At 11:18 AM on Saturday, Austin Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to an ATV accident in front of the Art Moate  residence at 372 Bark Shanty Road in Keating Township. One person is reported injured.

Billie T. MILLER, 77, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Doylestown, PA

Billie T. MILLER, 77, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Doylestown, PA, died Friday, April 5, 2013 in Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. 

 Born March 21, 1936, in Knotts Island, NC, she was the daughter of William and Chloe White Tatem. On June 19, 1955, in Norview, VA, she married Richard W. “Dick” Miller, who survives. 

She was a member of the Potter Brook Peoples Church and the Potter Brook Happy Hour Club. 

Surviving besides her husband, Richard, are: two sons, Edward D. (Doreen) Miller of Towanda, PA and David L. (Cheryl) Miller of Greenville, SC; a daughter, Cheryl Ann Miller of Middletown, CT; a daughter-in-law, Doreen Miller of Clinton, CT; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Robert W. Miller; an infant daughter, Billie Miller; a granddaughter; and two sisters, Thelma and Nanette. 

Friends may call Monday, April 8, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in the Potter Brook Peoples Church, Westfield, PA. Interim Pastor Matthew Zehr will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter Brook Peoples Church, c/o Dianne Olney, Treas., Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

1 year old Beagle went missing from Stevens St. in Shinglehouse

"Bree our 1 year old Beagle went missing on Friday night 4/5/2013 from Stevens St. in Shinglehouse she is scared of everything please call 814-904-5049 with information "

Kitchen Fire At Sweden Valley Manor Is OUT

Kitchen Fire At Sweden Valley Manor Is OUT
At 8:50 AM on Saturday, A kitchen fire is reported out at Sweden Valley Manor in Sweden Valley. Chief 48-1 is on scene reporting FIRE OUT. All units to hold in quarters except engine 48-1.

Large Fire At Bradford's Riddell House On Main Street

Large Fire At Bradford's Riddell House
At 1:30 AM on Saturday, Bradford Township and Bradford City Fire Depts. and EMS have been dispatched to a large fire on the third floor of the Riddell House at 153 Main Street in Bradford.

POLICE ARE ATTEMPTING TO EVACUATE THE STRUCTURE 

Some readers have commented that the fire was basically confined to one apartment on the third floor and that that apartment was destroyed. Firefighters reportedly cleared the scene around 3:00 AM. There is smoke and water damage to other areas of the building. A website featuring the history of the Riddell House/ Holley Hotel says it was built of all non-combustible materials. The only wood in the structure was in the doors and decorative trim. The woman in the apartment lost everything.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hamilton's Pancake House Is Now Open Saturday & Sunday From 8 to 4

Part Time Registered Nurse Needed In Coudersport

CCMH Job Opening

Biggest Ever Earthquake In Oklahoma Is Linked To Oil Wastewater Injection

Biggest Ever Earthquake In Oklahoma Is Linked To Oil Wastewater Injection

While the emerging link between natural gas fracking and earthquakes has been grabbing a lot of attention, another problem has been bubbling up under our feet: a series of earthquakes in normally calm areas has been traced to conventional oil drilling operations. In particular, Oklahoma has been hit by a string of unusual earthquakes over the past couple of years, including the biggest one ever recorded in the state, a magnitude 5.7 temblor near Prague on November 6, 2011.
 
 The quakes are ongoing and in the meantime a study co-authored by researchers from Columbia University and the U.S. Geological Survey has uncovered positive evidence that wastewater from an active oil drilling operation was being pumped into a set of abandoned oil wells, putting increasing pressure on a documented fault nearby that finally “jumped” under the stress.
 

AMAZING SIMILARITIES!!

AMAZING SIMILARITIES!!

What do Anti-drillers, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, J.P. Morgan, entertainment stars, Mid-East oil/gas magnates, and individuals past and present all have in common? It’s wishful thinking that the answer is the punch line to a joke. Instead it’s straight from the annals of fairly modern history. If you followed the recent specials on the H2 network (history channel), you would recognize the tactics employed by some of those above … and many people today vary little. As technology has advanced naysayers have always been present. Their reasons have also varied only slightly.

MONEY and MISUNDERSTANDING

John D. Rockefeller waged war against Edison and his financier J.P. Morgan because the electric light (Direct Current) was going to make the light produced by his country-wide supply of kerosene old hat. Imagine what it must have been like to control the source of light for America, and then have an invisible thing like electricity take it all away! Scare tactics were used to stop that from happening. They involved spreading the word through newspapers and “scientists-for-hire” that electricity would be the ruination of safe, comfortable lifestyles. Fires that mysteriously happened in buildings using the new electricity supposedly proved this theory when they burned.

Then Nikolai Tesla invented Alternating Current electric lights which proved to be better for multiple uses, and it was Edison’s and Morgan’s turn to “bad-mouth” electricity, i.e. the kind NOT produced by them. Any famous person that could attract an audience and spread the word that electricity of any kind would bring down life as people knew it was encouraged to do so. The above names had the modern-day equivalent of billions of dollars at their disposal in defense of whatever resource they owned and wanted to use to secure their fortunes.

We don’t need to be overjoyed that electricity won out causing these gentlemen to lose fortunes and die paupers. They didn’t. Technology in other forms gave us new types of transportation, so that although the market for kerosene declined, gasoline demand has far surpassed it. Today oil uses go far beyond gasoline. Our uses for AC and DC electricity have expanded more than anyone could have imagined during its “youth”. Nowadays the “fight” is for natural gas, its growing multiples uses, and its accessibility through directional drilling … ALL made possible by advances in technology.

***

If the only way people can see themselves advancing financially or even maintaining the status quo, is to spread fear through staged demonstrations, the press, political pressure, or total misrepresentation of something they don’t understand …

Then How Far Have We Really Come?

Janice L. Hancharick

Spring Antique & Collectibles Auction April 13 At Carter Auction Center


Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 7:38 PM on Friday,  Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a fall victim.

DCNR Holds Invitation-Only Meeting on Gas Drilling in State Forest

DCNR Holds Invitation-Only Meeting on Gas Drilling in State Forest

Renowned Scientists Coming For ‘BioBlitz’

Renowned Scientists Coming For ‘BioBlitz’

bioblitzshearPlans have come together quickly for the Potter/Cameron County BioBlitz at Sinnemahoning State Park on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21. Not only will participants collect scientific data, they’ll also raise awareness of natural resources and biological diversity while encouraging environmental stewardship. 

Hundreds of high school students will collaborate with scientists, naturalists to identify as many kinds of organisms as possible in at the park during the two days and one night of the event. Organizers are excited about the variety of habitats at the park, including the East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek, Exceptional Value and Class A tributaries, an impoundment, vernal pools, ponds, swamps, marshes, grassy fields, woodlands and more.

A core planning committee is meeting and welcomes volunteers. Sinnemahoning State Park Superintendent Lisa Bainey is involved, as are the Potter and Cameron County Conservation Districts and educators from the high schools in Potter and Cameron counties. 

A team of respected scientists and naturalists from museums, universities, state agencies, and conservation groups are committed to the project. Among participants will be Dr. William Shear (shown), a Coudersport native, who will be coming from Virginia to BioBlitz at Sinnemahoning State Park. He is a recognized authority on spiders. 

BioBlitz offers a rare opportunity for students and teachers to be linked directly with the science team which will be using an interesting array of techniques for collecting data. Student groups will have an opportunity to enter their discoveries in the National Geographic Chesapeake Bay FieldScope GIS program on site. Website for the blitz is constantly being revised by graduate student Jen Gross. Address is: https://sites.google.com/site/sinnemahoningbioblitz/home.

PITT-BRADFORD’S SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE OFFERS GARDENING AND APIARY WORKSHOPS

PITT-BRADFORD’S SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE OFFERS GARDENING AND APIARY WORKSHOPS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Sustainability Committee will be sponsoring two free talks on gardening and beekeeping on Saturday, April 13, at 9 a.m. at the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

The first talk by Robin Cauvel, will be “Raised Bed Gardening” and will include a question and answer session. Cauvel has been gardening most of her life, even as a toddler helping her father toss stones and pull weeds out of their garden. She and her husband, Bruce, became interested in raised bed gardening five years ago. They started with one bed and now have eight. The Cauvels freeze most of their bounty and give away the rest to family and friends. Robin Cauvel also grows her own herbs and lots of flowers.

At 10 a.m., Tom Frair will talk about “Beekeeping” and answer questions. Frair is a lifelong resident of Lafayette Township, where he has kept bees for nearly 30 years. He serves as a forestry consultant, primarily to private forestland owners. Frair is also a Certified Arborist and serves as the municipal forester for Warren and Wellsville, N.Y., as well as communities in the region. He and his wife operate a greenhouse business, the “Frair Hause Greenhaus,” where they custom grow most of the annual landscape plants for Pitt-Bradford. He grows garlic, cut flowers, herbaceous perennials, herbs and fall mums for sale at Warren Farmers’ Market, the Cuba (N.Y.) Garlic Festival, and his own roadside stand. Frair is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in forestry.

Refreshments will be served in the lobby before and after each session.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Wildfire On Heise Run Road

4/5/20135:03 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 847 HEISE RUN RD DELMAR TWP 
Wildfire On Heise Run Road in Delmar Township
ON SCENE REPORT 2 TO 3 ACRES INVOLVED. 
5:24 PM--COMMAND REPORTS FIRE UNDER CONTROL

Delores J. “Dolly” Silsby, 83, of Bolivar Dr., Bradford, PA

Delores J. “Dolly” Silsby
Delores J. “Dolly” Silsby, 83, of Bolivar Dr., Bradford, PA, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born on July 1, 1929 in Bradford, a daughter of the late Martin and Olive Childs Swanson.

On January 12, 1956 in Carrollton, NY she married Richard A. “Dick” Silsby who preceded her in death on May 30, 2004.

Mrs. Silsby attended Grace Lutheran Church, Bradford Foursquare Gospel Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Derrick City. She loved to travel and spend time with her family; she also enjoyed going out to eat with friends and family and sitting in her gazebo at home. She will be remembered as a good neighbor to other people and animals.

She was employed by Zippo Manufacturing Co.; retiring in 1985 after 25 years of service.

She is survived by one son, Chester (Anne) Kraft, Bradford, two daughters, Esther (Lea) Wolfe, Abilene, TX, Cindy (James) Pais, Bradford, one sister, Gloria Conklin, Bradford, eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and LaMurr Swanson.

At her request there will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Frost Takes Back Lead by One Vote!


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Frost Takes Back Lead by One Vote!



We are left scratching our heads in wonder as Peter Ramirez took the lead with another 100 votes. That is the highest and fastest gain we have seen in this contest. Peter Ramirez ended receiving over 200 votes within 8 hours. At that rate we too will have to make sure Lonny gets more than 200 votes every six hours.

"When I logged in to vote, I was excited to see that my supporters had brought in 1215 votes. I thought I would have a nice lead since I had a 40 vote lead at 9am," said Frost.

Lonny continued, "So I voted and looked up Peter Ramirez's score and sat there in shock seeing he just lost the lead by only one vote!"

'"Everyone has done a great job at keeping me ahead, but it looks like everyone is in for a long night and a long day tomorrow of voting," Lonny stated.

We need more votes and more voters if Lonny is going to hold off Peter Ramirez for the top spot. Since Lonny nearly got eliminated last week, we want to make sure he is in the top spot so he can move forward into Round 9.

So share this story and by email and Facebook to everyone on your lists. Together everyone in Tioga County, Potter County and across the U.S., we can do this if we reach out to our friends and families.

Thanks for checking in on the updates and helping Lonny Frost.
http://www.thecartooniststudio.com/Contestant/137/Lonny-Frost

Wildfire Headed Toward A House In Hinsdale

Wildfire Headed Toward A House In Hinsdale
At 2:59 PM on Friday, Hinsdale Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 2073 Union Valley Road for a grass & brush fire endangering a residence.
3:10 PM--WESTONS MILLS & TOWN OF OLEAN REQUESTED TO ASSIST WITH MANPOWER AND UTILITY TRUCKS.

Corbett Names Michael Wolf as Secretary of Health Department

Governor Corbett Names Michael Wolf as Secretary of Health Department

Cumberland County Man Has Been Department's Acting Secretary Since October

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today named Michael Wolf as Secretary of the Department of Health.

Wolf will oversee the regulation of Pennsylvania's hospitals, nursing homes and various other health care facilities, while organizing and supporting public health initiatives and services, as well as outreach, education, prevention and preparedness activities. The department has an annual budget of more than $838 million and has approximately 1,700 employees.

"Michael has proven his ability to manage this important department and is well-respected among his colleagues,'' Corbett said. "I have confidence in his knowledge of the public health system, as well as his leadership ability and dedication to the commonwealth."

Wolf, 46, of Enola, joined the health department in May 2011 as executive deputy secretary after working as Pfizer's director of worldwide public affairs and policy. He was named acting secretary in October 2012.

The Department of Health has been working to modernize Pennsylvania's health care system, increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas, and expand programs that help attract and retain health care practitioners.

"I am grateful to Governor Corbett for giving me this great opportunity to serve our commonwealth and honored to work alongside the employees of the Department of Health to ensure every resident has access to affordable, high-quality health care, regardless of where they reside in the commonwealth," Wolf said.

A Pennsylvania native, Wolf is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and earned his master's degree from the University of Phoenix.

Soup Luncheon on Sunday, April 14th at the Christ Episcopal Church

The Coudersport Jr-Sr High School Interact Club is hosting a Soup Luncheon on Sunday, April 14th at the Christ Episcopal Church from 11:00am-1:30 pm.  The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students and children ages 5 and under are free.  The Soup Lunch includes: Soup, Roll/Crackers, Dessert and Beverage.   

The money raised will be used to support the club’s international community service projects this year. 

Fire Alarm At Kane High School

Fire Alarm At Kane High School
At 2:20 PM on Friday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at Kane High School.
Lt. 56 REPORTS PLANNED FIRE DRILL--THERE IS NO FIRE--RECALLED

Wildfire On Fessenden Road Near Port Allegany

Wildfire On Fessenden Road Near Port Allegany
At 2:16 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. is responding to a wildfire at 33 Fessenden Road in Liberty Township.

Follow-up: DEP eNotice - Regulation Update

Follow-up: DEP eNotice - Regulation Update


On 4/4/2013, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission took the action noted on the following final regulation:

Emergency Response Planning at Unconventional Well SitesApproved

Because the rulemaking was promulgated as an emergency certified final rulemaking, it was published in the PA Bulletin and became effective on January 26, 2013.  Please see 43 Pa.B. 526 at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol43/43-4/132.html.

I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for next week

Travel Advisory
04/05/2013
I-80 Columbia County work zone restrictions for next week

Here are the scheduled traffic impacts in the I-80 work zone near Mifflinville in Columbia County for next week.

From Tuesday through Thursday, April 9-11, there will be rolling roadblocks to slow traffic in order to set new concrete bridge beams on the eastbound bridge under rehabilitation. This will affect traffic traveling eastbound on I-80 from mile 236 (Lightstreet Exit) to mile 241 (Berwick Exit) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

As a reminder, the I-80 westbound Mifflinville on-ramp remains closed. This is due to merging-traffic safety concerns in the narrowed two-lane area. The signed ramp detour remains in effect.

Fire Weather Warning

Fire Weather Warning
Statement as of 11:14 AM EDT on April 05, 2013

... Red flag warning in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening for all
of central Pennsylvania...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a red
flag warning for central Pennsylvania... which is in effect
until 8 PM EDT this evening.  


The potential exists for rapid fire spread if
uncontrolled fires develop... or for prescribed Burns to get out
of control.

Critical fire weather conditions are expected or occurring. Any
fires that develop may quickly get out of control and become
difficult to contain.

Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

Would you love to grow your own nutritious, great tasting vegetables but always come up with the same excuses - too much work, too many weeds, takes up too much space? Square Foot Gardening (SFG) solves all of these problems in a simple, logical method. Learn how to use a small space and no power equipment to create a highly productive vegetable garden. Bad soil? Hate to weed? Not a problem with SFG. Learn the basics of maximum yield with minimum space and effort. Included at no additional charge: a tour of instructor Don Vought's garden on a Saturday morning on a date to be determined.

This course is being held Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $25. To register, call (814) 274- 4877 or visit our website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org.

Google's Search for Interns Finds Campus IST Student

Google's Search for Interns Finds Campus IST Student

DuBOIS – Internet search engine Google helps millions of people find what they're looking for every day. However, the web giant conducted its own search recently, to find the very best internes for their summer internship program. One of the top "hits" on Google's search has a direct "link" to Penn State DuBois; it's the campus' own Information Science and Technology (IST) student Jessica Noland, who will begin an internship with Google at the company's Pittsburgh location in May.

"They actually found me," Noland said. The IST program junior from DuBois recalled that a recruiter from Google contacted her about the internship program after finding her personal profile on the popular online professional networking site LinkedIn. She said, "They found my profile, and asked me to apply for the internship." She noted that an interview process followed before she was offered the internship. Noland confides that she has put substantial effort into her résumé and online profile, which likely attracted the attention of those at Google.

During Noland's 12-week internship, she will work in Google's internal information technology department, assisting Google employees with computer operation and troubleshooting. It's the first time the company has offered an internship in this particular area. At the end of May, Noland will fly to the main headquarters, known as the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, for a week of training. Then, she'll return to Pennsylvania and serve out the internship in Google's Pittsburgh offices. Located in the city's Bakery Square, the Google office is housed in a renovated Nabisco factory, and boasts such morale-boosting features as a replica of a rollercoaster car from Pittsburgh area amusement park Kennywood.

"I don't even know that I can put it into words," Noland said of the excitement she feels over the opportunity to be a Google intern. "When I first came to college to major in IST, it's because I wanted to work for Google. So, to be doing this now is unbelievable."

Jason Long, the senior instructor and program leader for IST at Penn State DuBois said it's not so unbelievable for a student who possesses the skills and enthusiasm he has seen Noland exhibit. Though, this makes it no less exciting.

"Where Jess is now speaks for itself. Getting an internship at Google is momentous," Long said. "I am very proud that she got this opportunity. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for any IST student, and she definitely deserves it."

Noland is also no stranger to exceptional internship opportunities. Last summer she interned in Englewood, Colorado with EchoStar, a company that designs and produces set-top television boxes for Dish Network. She also continues to work locally in IT support for Magnus Marketing, a private consulting business.

With an already Google-worthy résumé in hand, Noland is excited about the future, but remains open about where that future may lead.

"I don't know where it leads from here," Noland said. "I'll come back in the fall and finish my degree. After that, nothing is off the table.

As a budding professional who was just recruited as an intern for one of the world's largest technology-based companies, Noland also offers advice for others just embarking on their careers. She said, "You want a strong résumé. You want it to clearly tell what you've done, what you're doing, what you can do, and what your goals are. Then, you have to get it out there."

Photo:
Jessica Noland in the campus IST Lab.


DEP Cites Drillers For Violations

PA Permit Violation Issued to Range Resources Appalachia Llc in Lewis Twp, Lycoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-03-26 to Range Resources Appalachia Llc in Lewis Twp, Lycoming county. 402CSL - Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-04-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 102.11 - Failure to design, implement or maintain BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-04-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 402CSL - Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-04-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 402CSL - Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-04-02 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Overton Twp, Bradford county. 102.4 - Failure to minimize accelerated erosion, implement E&S plan, maintain E&S controls. Failure to stabilize site until total site restoration under OGA Sec 206(c)(d)
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

DEP to Host Open House and Public Hearing for Washington County Compressor Station May 1

DEP to Host Open House and Public Hearing for Washington County Compressor Station May 1

PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will host an open house and formal public hearing on Wednesday, May 1, to discuss a proposed air quality plan approval for MarkWest Liberty Midstream and Resources LLC to install and begin temporary operation of new equipment at its Smith Compressor Station. The facility is located in Smith Township, Washington County.

The open house and hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Smith Township Municipal Building, located at 1948 Smith Township State Road in Slovan, Washington County.

The company is requesting approval to allow the installation and temporary operation of eight new rich burn natural gas-fired compressor engines. The newly proposed engines have a higher horsepower rating than engines currently in operation at the facility. The company is also asking to increase the capacity of a currently authorized dehydrator.

At 6:30 p.m., the open house portion of the evening will begin with representatives from MarkWest making a presentation outlining their request. DEP will explain the plan approval process. Then, company representatives will be available to further explain the request and answer questions.

Immediately following, at 7:30 p.m., members of the public may present up to five minutes of formal testimony for the public record. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony.

Those who wish to present oral testimony should contact DEP Community Relations Coordinator John Poister at 412-442-4203 or register that evening prior to the hearing. Only those who register can give testimony at the public hearing.

For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted by the close of business May 11 to Alan Binder, PA DEP Bureau of Air Quality, Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact John Poister at 412-442-4203 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).

For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 412-442-4000.

Formerly Polluted Bennett Branch to be Stocked with 1,000 Trout Saturday.

Formerly Polluted Bennett Branch to be Stocked with 1,000 Trout Saturday
Plant Treated Acid Mine Drainage Pollution Dated to Mining’s Start in 1850s

WILLIAMSPORT -- Thanks to the Department of Environmental Protection’s successful Hollywood acid mine drainage treatment plant, the Bennett Branch and Toby Creek watershed associations and the Potter County Anglers’ Club will celebrate the waterway’s rebirth on Saturday and stock 1,000 trout above and below the plant near the Clearfield-Elk counties border.

“In less than a year, the Hollywood plant has treated 21 separate discharges from four abandoned deep mines, raising the pH from 3.8 to neutral and removing harmful metals like iron, aluminum and manganese,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner said. “Bennett Branch is now so healthy that trout stocking will be done for the first time, which is sure to increase tourism in that area and benefit local angler-related businesses.”

The 11:30 a.m. trout stocking will be done by the Potter County Anglers’ Club as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Cooperative Nursery Program.

“This is a milestone in the recovery of the Bennett Branch,” Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway said. “Thanks to remediation efforts led by DEP, I am pleased to say that it is now fishable again. The Bennett Branch is one of the few places east of the Mississippi River where one can now fish for trout and listen to the bugle of Rocky Mountain elk.”

The $14.5 million plant began operating in July 2012 and covers 41 acres. Designed by DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and operated by the agency’s Bureau of Conservation and Restoration, it can treat an average of 4,000 gallons per minute of acid mine drainage.

The project was funded by $12 million from the state’s Capital Budget and $2 million from the Growing Greener program. Annual operating and maintenance costs of $400,000 are being funded by DEP’s Acid Mine Drainage Set-Aside program, which is funded by a fee placed on each ton of coal mined in the country. The federal Office of Surface Mining collects the fees and returns some of the money to states like Pennsylvania that have historic acid mine drainage problems.

DEP chose the Bennett Branch location for the project because about 70 percent of the land within its nearly 400-square-mile watershed is on state game land or state forest land. It is also within the scenic, rugged area designated as PAWilds, and it is the home of Pennsylvania’s elk herd. The local Bennett Branch Watershed Association has been an active partner with DEP for many years in watershed restoration efforts and will be awarded one of the Governor’s 2013 Awards for Environmental Excellence for another project in Elk County.

The Hollywood plant mixes lime with the acid water; removes the metals in a 180-foot diameter clarifier; and pumps alkaline sludge back into the deep mines. A major treatment component of the facility is a 4.5-acre polishing pond, which holds 10 million gallons of water five to nine feet deep, depending on flow. Water flows through the pond before entering the stream.

The plant, built by Kukurian Contracting Inc. of Export, Westmoreland County, also has a number of safety features, including an emergency generator with enough fuel stored on site to operate the facility for two days in the event of a major power failure. If necessary, a plant operator can use a laptop computer to remotely control the facility.

In addition to the Hollywood plant, DEP has been working since 2004 with the Bennett Branch Watershed Association, several other state and federal agencies and the active mining industry to reclaim abandoned mine sites and improve water quality throughout the Bennett Branch Watershed. Since then, more than 1,000 acres of abandoned mine land has been reclaimed; six coal refuse piles have been reprocessed; and five smaller mine drainage discharges have been treated with wetland, or passive, treatment systems. The majority has been on state game lands or state forest lands.

For more information about acid mine drainage abatement, contact DEP’s Bureau of Conservation and Restoration; visit www.dep.state.pa.us; or call 717-787-5267

MILITARY UNIFORMS FROM THE SOCIETY’S COLLECTION, APRIL 1 – JUNE 10

MILITARY UNIFORMS FROM THE SOCIETY’S COLLECTION, 4-1 – 6-10

A new exhibit at the Potter County Historical Society features Military Uniforms from the Civil War Era through the Vietnam Era. The collection includes 17 uniforms from the Society’s permanent collection, and 3 unique uniforms on loan from private sources. Along with WWI Cavalry and Air Corps uniforms, a WWI nurse’s uniform and a WWII WAC uniform feature a feminine side to military style. The exhibit includes over 100 accoutrements, medals, badges and photographs.

Exhibit hours are Mondays and Fridays 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. A Special Open House will take place during the Maple Festival in Coudersport on Saturday, May 4th.

Preston S. Freemer Trust Pledges $75 K to Support Penn State DuBois Students

Preston S. Freemer Trust Pledges $75 K to Support
Penn State DuBois Students

DuBOIS – Mike and Tracy Lazar of DuBois have generously pledged support to students at Penn State DuBois through the Preston Stewart Freemer Special Needs Trust. The trust is named for Tracy's son, and will contribute a total of up to $75,000 to scholarship funds for students at Penn State DuBois who have a financial need.

"As the parents of a special needs child, my husband and I felt that first and foremost we needed to establish the Preston Stewart Freemer Special Needs Trust to insure Preston is taken care of after we’re gone," Tracy Lazar explained. She said that funds remaining in the trust after their primary goal is achieved will then be given to the campus by trustees of the fund.

"We also wanted to give back to the community that has been so kind and accepting of Preston", Tracy Lazar continued. "We thought of Penn State DuBois because I graduated from there in 2001, and while attending Penn State DuBois, I received several scholarships which helped me to earn my degree. My stepdaughter Kristine also graduated from Penn State DuBois in 2007. We feel that the DuBois campus brings a great deal to the community and we want to do our part to keep DuBois Penn State proud."

The Preston Stewart Freemer Special Needs Trust will benefit four students annually, awarding each student the significant amount of $1,000 per semester to help pay their tuition costs.

"Generosity of this kind means so much to our students," said Penn State DuBois Chancellor Melanie Hatch. "It may mean more than what many people realize. Sometimes getting a scholarship can be the difference between completing a college degree, or being forced to abandon education. Gifts like this really are life-changing for our students."

To learn more about how to make a gift to Penn State DuBois via a planned gift, such as this trust, contact Jean Wolf at 814-372-3038, or jaw57@psu.edu

Photo:
Left to right: Tracy Lazar, Preston Freemer, and Mike Lazar.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR TO BE HELD AT PITT-BRADFORD

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR TO BE HELD AT PITT-BRADFORD

BRADFORD, Pa—The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s annual Health and Wellness Fair will be held on April 11, 2013, from 11a.m. to 2p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

More than 30 health and wellness providers will offer information, screenings and demonstrations. Pitt-Bradford’s Office of Student Health Services will sponsor the fair. Attendance is free of charge and open to the public. There will also be door prizes and giveaways.

Free tests include bone density screening by the Bradford Regional Medical Center’s School of Radiology, “healthy parameters” by UPMC Hamot’s Center for Healthy Living, body mass index analysis by Pitt-Bradford’s sports medicine program, sleep disorder screening by Bradford Regional Medical Center and alcohol screening by Pitt-Bradford Counseling Services. Blood glucose testing will be provided by BRMC Center for Diabetes and Nutrition. BRMC McKean County VNA and Hospice and Community Nurses Inc. will both offer blood pressure screenings.

Lisa’s Hairport will offer paraffin hand dips. Other demonstrations include PennDOT’s impaired/distracted driving simulator, Bradford Therapeutic Massage and Body Resort’s chair massages and a Tai Chi demonstration by Confucius Institute Scholars Ada Huang and Lillian Zhang.

Other vendors will be podiatrist Dr. Gary Smith, Canticle Farm, Metz Culinary Management, McKean County Veterans’ Affairs, American Cancer Society, Pitt-Bradford’s Center for Rural Health Practice, MedCare, Fuhrman Chiropractic Center, Eye Care Professional Associates, Community Resources for Independence, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Foothills Medical Group, CORE -- Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Bradford Dental Center, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, BRMC Healthy Beginnings Plus, Pitt-Bradford’s Intramural and Recreational Sports, Pitt-Bradford Campus Police, The Pavilion at BRMC, Bradford Family YMCA, and the YWCA Victim’s Resource Center.

In addition, Pitt-Bradford student nurses will make presentations on various health topics.

For more information, contact Marcia Avey in the Office of Student Health Services at (814) 362-5272 or maa224@pitt.edu.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu .

Red light enforcement funding distributed for safety improvements

Red light enforcement funding distributed for safety improvements
All District 3

PennDOT today announced that $63,774 in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding will be distributed to one municipality located in its Engineering District 3 area. Statewide, approximately $4.7 million in grants are being distributed to 43 municipalities and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.

Under state law, fines from infractions at 21 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding.

The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 268 applications, totaling approximately $25.4 million.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as project benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost-sharing.

The one project awarded in District 3 is:

• $63,774 to the Town of Bloomsburg in Columbia County for installation of 76 pedestrian countdowns at various intersections, two school zone signs and other safety improvements.

PROMISING 2013 SPRING GOBBLER SEASON MAY BE AROUND CORNER

Photo by Leo Szczesny of Sunkenbranch Photography
PROMISING 2013 SPRING GOBBLER SEASON MAY BE AROUND CORNER

HARRISBURG – The cool spring so far throughout much of Pennsylvania may lead to increased gobbling for hunters planning to take part in the state’s spring wild turkey season.

The state’s one-day youth spring gobbler season is April 20, and will run from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. The general spring gobbler season is April 27 to May 31, with the traditional noon closure for the first two weeks – through May 11, and from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset the remainder of the season, beginning May 13. Hunters who purchase a second spring gobbler season license may harvest up to two bearded turkeys, one per day. Second tags must be purchased by April 19; they’re available from any license-issuing agent.

“Unlike last year’s warm early spring weather, which triggered an early start to gobbling, this year’s cooler-than-normal March and early April have suppressed gobbling activity,” explained Mary Jo Casalena, Pennsylvania Game Commission wild turkey biologist. “The arrival of warmer temperatures will bring more gobbling activity, and just in time for the spring turkey season.

“Our research has shown that, although weather affects gobbling, it does not affect the onset of egg-laying by hen turkeys,” Casalena said. “Rather, photoperiod, the amount of daylight, triggers it. And, similar to previous years, the hen turkeys that are equipped with radio transmitters are on course to begin incubating their nests as the spring turkey season opens. We open the spring gobbler season around the peak of nest incubation to minimize hen disturbance and mistaken kills. Nesting hens are less prone to come to a hunter’s call and abandon their nests.”

Another good sign for turkey hunters is that gobblers appear to have weathered winter well. “Gobblers are in good condition this spring, despite the cold winter, because of abundant mast in most of the Commonwealth – excluding the southwest counties, Casalena noted “That could mean those healthy males may just continue gobbling and looking for mates throughout the hunting season. That will make the coming season a very special time to be afield!”

Game Commission Game-Take Survey results show spring turkey hunting has become so popular that, since 2000, there now are more spring turkey hunters (227,000) than fall turkey hunters (158,000). Spring harvests average 34,000 to 39,000 bearded birds, while fall harvests average 14,400 to 20,200 birds of either sex.

“Pennsylvania has become a dream state for spring gobbler hunters, both for residents and out-of-staters, and not only because we manage one of the most prolific wild turkey populations in America,” noted PGC Executive Director Carl G. Roe. “The steps we have taken in recent years, such as extending the season to include Memorial Day and adding afternoon hours for the second half of the season, have been warmly received by turkey hunters everywhere. They welcome the opportunity to get afield more and their feedback and photos to the agency suggest they’re making the most of it.”

During the second half of the season, hunter participation decreases significantly and nesting hens are less prone to abandon nests, that’s why all-day hunting over the last two weeks of season is less likely to impact nesting. Moreover, the opportunity it provides to hunt woods occupied by few hunters is appreciated greatly, particularly by veteran callers and hunters who can’t get afield earlier in the day because of work or school.

The 2011 spring gobbler season was the first year of all-day hunting during the second half of the season, and the overall harvest has not increased from previous harvests. Since 2011 afternoon harvests comprise six percent of the total reported harvests and 22 percent of harvests during the all-day portion of the seasons. During the all-day portions of the seasons, 78 percent of the harvests occur by noon. For the afternoon segment, the majority of the harvest occurs between 6 and 8 p.m.

The Game Commission will continue to monitor the afternoon harvest in relation to population trends and age class of gobblers to gauge any impacts from all-day hunting. In the 49 states that conduct turkey seasons, 34 have all-day hunting for all or part of the season, including Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.

Recent spring and fall harvests are: 35,392 spring gobblers and a preliminary report of 13,995 fall turkeys in 2012 (final figures available this summer); 35,465 spring gobblers and 14,383 fall turkeys in 2011; 33,876 spring gobblers and 16,059 fall turkeys in 2010; 44,639 spring gobblers and 20,934 fall turkeys in 2009; 42,437 spring gobblers and 24,288 fall turkeys in 2008; 37,992 spring gobblers and 25,369 fall turkeys in 2007; and 39,339 spring gobblers and 24,482 fall turkeys in 2006.

Casalena encourages spring gobbler hunters to spend time scouting, which always plays an important role in hunter success, especially for those experienced older toms.

“Scouting improves hunters’ chances, especially if they line up multiple locations for the spring season,” Casalena said. “Learning several gobblers’ favorite strutting areas also is helpful for determining the best in-season set-up. This requires early-morning, pre-season scouting, but the potential in-season reward is worth it. Prior to the season, however, hunters should consider not using turkey calls to locate gobblers, because it will educate birds and cause them to be less inclined to respond to the early-morning calls of in-season hunters.”

Casalena also noted the importance of patience while hunting. “Last spring I wanted to move on a gobbler, but my hunting partner insisted on waiting,” she said. “Luckily I heeded his advice. Three gobblers finally came within gun range and we had a nice trophy to take home!”

Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to stalk turkeys or turkey sounds in the spring gobbler season. Given the wild turkey’s keen senses, it’s not a wise move anyway, but more importantly, it makes a tremendous difference for the personal safety of everyone afield. Every year, hunters are shot in mistake for game while approaching a hunter calling for turkeys, and/or callers are shot in mistake for game by stalking hunters.

The Game Commission encourages all spring gobbler hunters to hunt safely, defensively and to consider wearing fluorescent orange clothing while moving and posting a fluorescent orange alert band around a nearby tree when stationary – even though it is no longer required by law. Hunters should treat every sound and movement in the forest as if it’s another hunter until they can confirm positively it’s a legal turkey. Make an informed shooting decision by waiting until the gobbler is fully visible. Then look for the beard on the chest and take the bird if it’s within range.

Legal sporting arms are: shotguns plugged to three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; muzzleloading shotguns; and bows and crossbows with broadheads of cutting-edge design.

Shotshells must have shot size no larger than No. 4 lead, bismuth-tin and tungsten-iron, or No. 2 steel. Rifle-shotgun combinations also may be used, but no single-projectile ammunition may be used or carried.

Carrying or using rifles, handguns, dogs, electronic callers, drives and live decoys is unlawful. The use of blinds is legal so long as it is an “artificial or manufactured turkey blind consisting of all manmade materials of sufficient density to block the detection of movement within the blind from an observer located outside the blind.”

Coyotes may be harvested by turkey hunters. However, turkey hunters who have filled their spring turkey tag or tags may not hunt coyotes during the legal shooting hours of the spring gobbler season, unless they have a furtaker license.

Successful spring gobbler hunters must properly tag their turkey and report the harvest to the Game Commission within 10 days. Hunters also are encouraged to report all leg-banded turkeys they take to assist the Game Commission in ongoing research.