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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Process Improvement Coordinator/Analyst Needed At Cole Memorial in Coudersport, PA

2 Vehicle Crash Reported On Bucktail Road In St. Marys

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: 1800 BUCKTAIL RD
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: HONEY LN * BELSOLE RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD
 
 6/15/2013 11:34:15 PM
FIREFIGHTER REPORTS MINOR OR NO INJURIES
12:02 AM--All Company 1 Units Returning & Available

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Phone Calls Threatened To Kill Woman


Police Report Child Punished With Hot Sauce On The Tongue


Kane Ambulance To Male Down On Sidewalk

Kane Ambulance To Male Down On Sidewalk
At 11:12 PM on Saturday, Kane Ambulance has been dispatched to Chase Street near Greeves Street for a male down on the sidewalk .
REPORT INTOXICATED MALE

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, June 14, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

House Adopts 2013-14 Budget Proposal


 
The state House took another important step toward passage of an on-time, fiscally responsible budget on Wednesday when House Bill 1437 was approved and sent to the Senate for its consideration.

The $28.3 billion plan includes no new or increased taxes. Basic education funding for the state’s school districts is increased by $100 million while funding for higher education remains level with the current fiscal year. The bill adds $20 million to reduce the waiting list for services for people with intellectual disabilities; restores funding for agriculture programs, including hardwoods research; and restores $4 million for county conservation districts.

For more information, click here.
                         
Temporary Schedule Change at Coudersport Office

 
Please note that my Coudersport office, located at 107 S. Main St., will be closed on Fridays for the next few weeks due to temporary staffing changes. The Friday closures begin next week, on June 21, and will continue through late July. Should you need assistance on Fridays, you may reach the Bradford office by calling, toll-free, 1-866-437-8181. Information and links to a variety of state forms are also available online at RepCauser.com. I apologize for any inconvenience and anticipate returning to the five-day schedule no later than Aug. 2.  
 

Make Your Fair Plans!

 
The 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online and at my offices in Bradford and Coudersport. Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
Local fairs are scheduled as follows:
 
 • Potter County Fair, July 28-Aug. 3.  
 • Cameron County Fair, Aug. 2-10.  
 • McKean County Fair, Aug. 10-17.  
 
For a free copy of the Pennsylvania Fair Guide, click here or visit my office in Bradford (78 Main St.) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St.).  

Michael K. BURKE, 60, of Westfield, PA

Michael K. BURKE, 60, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, June 14, 2013 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

 Born September 15, 1952, in Miami, FL, he was the son of Edward and Julie Pullman Burke. 

On June 25, 1971, in Harrison Valley, PA, he married the former Kara Anne Wynick, who survives. 

 He was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield, Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley, and F.M. Howell & Co. in Elmira, NY. 

There will be no public visitation or service. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

2 dogs running around Annin Creek

There are 2 dogs running around Annin Creek, one is a chocolate lab/pitbull mix,male with a purple collar.The other is a female black lab mix, both very friendly. Please post this, afraid they will be hit by a car.

My Owner Has Been Found--Thanks


Roulette Ambulance To Maple Street

At 7:56 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance to Maple Street for a medical emergency.

Recalls

06/14/2013 08:13 PM EDT
OSKRI Corp. of Lake Mills, WI is recalling “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate”, “Coconut Bar Dark Chocolate Minis”, “Fig Dark Chocolate Bars” and “Almond Dark Chocolate Bars” because the dark chocolate contains milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
 
06/14/2013 09:16 PM EDT
See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all Milk and Dark Raisins because it may contain undeclared tree nuts and eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (e.g.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews) and/or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

LOST FEMALE BEAGLE HAS FOUND OWNER

LOST FEMALE BEAGLE
Still trying to find this females owners. She was traveling down past Moateville/Sterling Run (in the Emporium, Pa area) around 5pm on 6/14 with another black and white sheltie or collie. The beagle was caught but the other dog bolted.
If you would know who she belongs to please call the Cameron Co. SPCA @ (814)486-0101 – Lv a message and we will be sure to get back to you.
 
Her owner was found.........Thanks to everyone sharing her......Her mom called and she will be returned tomorrow.

6/15/2013 2:08 PM DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT 9842 ROUTE 549 WELLS TWP

6/15/20132:08 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 9842 ROUTE 549 WELLS TWP
Fire F12 DISPATCHED
Fire F13 DISPATCHED
Fire ERWAY DISPATCHED

CALLER REPORTS 2 VICTIMS OF A DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT AT THE ABOVE LOCATION
 
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Giant Unveils PA Preferred Milk

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture

Nearly two years ago Gov. Corbett signed the PA Preferred™ legislation into law at a Cumberland County GIANT food store. This week, I joined Lt. Gov. Cawley at the Harrisburg store to unveil the GIANT PA Preferred™ milk brand. 

As a former PA dairy farmer, it was an exciting opportunity. It gave me a chance to tell consumers about our state dairy industry and the importance of supporting our dairy farmers, all during June Dairy Month. GIANT added the PA Preferred™ logo – a gold checkmark inside a blue keystone – to its jugs of milk, showing shoppers they can enjoy local, fresh PA dairy products. 

By purchasing milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products made in PA, you directly support our state’s dairy producers, processors and retailers. When you buy PA Preferred™ dairy products, it makes a difference to local dairy farmers, processors and businesses – our friends and neighbors. 

PA dairy cows produce more than 1.2 billion gallons of milk annually, generating more than $2 billion in milk receipts and $5 billion annually for PA’s economy. Nearly 85 percent of dairy farm families' income is spent close to home, and they support more than 60,000 jobs. They are making a difference in their communities and they’re making a difference in PA. Support local dairy farm families and help keep our state’s bottom line and communities strong.

Charlotte M. Zaffino, 85, of Warren, PA

Charlotte M. Zaffino
Charlotte M. Zaffino, 85, of Warren, PA, died Friday evening, June 14, 2013 at her residence after a brief illness.

 She was born April 8, 1928 in Tionesta, PA. to the late Charles and Lottie Carll Host. She has resided in Warren, PA. since 1946 and was a 1946 graduate of West Forest High School. 

She was employed with Blair Corporation in the finishing dept. for 18 years. She had previously been employed with the former G.G. Greene Co. and Browns Boot Shop. 

Char was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Women of the Warren Moose Lodge 109 where she enjoyed playing Bingo and Trivia. She was a member of the Warren Eagles Aerie. Char was an avid bowler, traveler and beach lover. Her family was the center of her life, she especially loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by her 3 children – Holly and Cindy Zaffino, Jeff F. Zaffino and his wife, Diane, 2 grandchildren – Kyle and Ashley Zaffino all of Warren, PA., several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Bruno J. “Jeff” Zaffino whom she married September 19, 1956 in Warren, Pa., who died December 1, 1991, her siblings, Jeanette Licht, Charles Host, Audean Blum, John Host, Allen Host.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted Tuesday at 3:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor of St. Bernard R.C. Church, Bradford, Pa., officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Chapter of the Special Olympics or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

State Baseball Champions Welcomed Back Home In Johnsonburg


Rams Baseball State Championship Escort into town (Deckertown)

Barb Neilson Barb Neilson
 What an amazing group of young men! 6 were on the state silver medal basketball team, also. Just gentlemen...and they made Johnsonburg (and all of D9) so proud! It was amazing to watch them play yesterday.

Johnsonburg defeated Canton 5 to 0 to win the PIAA Class A Baseball Championship


Johnsonburg defeated Canton 5 to 0 to win the PIAA Class A Baseball Championship.

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Bryce Davis Wins At East Smethport's McKean Raceway

BRYCE DAVIS TOPS 38-CAR FIELD AT MCKEAN TO BECOME 4TH DIFFERENT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WINNER IN 4 RACES AFTER A HEARTBREAKING END FOR JOE MARTIN
June 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(East Smethport, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series headed north on Friday night for their first of five appearances this season at McKean County Raceway. Race #4 of 27 was the rained out rescheduled event from May 23 and attracted a season high 38 drivers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ontario, Canada.  

After a simply flat-out dominating performance- possibly one of the best of his career, Joe Martin's night came to a devastating end on lap 22 when he got too high and slammed at the end of the frontstretch fence. Martin's misfortune turned into Bryce Davis' fortune as the young racer held off Series point leader Rick Singleton for the $1,500 victory- the biggest of his career in Crate Late Models! Davis became the fourth different winner in as many Sweeney Tour events held this season. Read more...

Gasland Part 2 To Be Shown June 19th In Williamsport


Annual Rummage Sale At St. Eulalia Parish Center Starts June 20, 2013

Annual Rummage Sale At St. Eulalia


Woman/Children in Canoe Mishap In Ridgway Township

WATER RESCUE-SWIFT WATER
Address: 35069 PORTLAND MILLS RD [RIDGWAY_T]
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: GAME COMMISSION RD * MAINE LN
WOMAN & 2 SMALL CHILDREN CAPSIZED CANOE AT TRESTLE
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD;
RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
6/15/2013 11:48:45 AM
REPORT WOMAN TRYING TO HOLD ONTO CHILDREN 
 12:03--LT. 41 ADVISES EVERYONE IS OUT OF THE WATER
12:30 PM--Units returning & available


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Bath salts blamed in Pennsylvania man's brutal attacks on woman

Bath salts blamed in Pennsylvania man's brutal attacks on woman

mcarroll@centredaily.com
Centre Daily Times

A Boggs Township man was behind bars Friday after police charged him with a series of brutal assaults on a woman that culminated with three days of alleged bath salts-fueled violence last week.

Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview said Justin D. Hinds, 35, allegedly beat the woman with a crude weapon made by affixing a nail to a heavy flashlight, threw a cell phone at her face, breaking a tooth, and pointed a loaded shotgun at her.

The woman told police the latest round of abuse began June 5 and escalated over the next several days. According to the charging documents, the woman told police Hinds was using bath salts, wasn't sleeping and was increasingly paranoid.

Bath salts are a synthetic stimulant that can result in paranoia, agitation and hallucinations, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The woman was able to escape Hinds' home June 8 and went to police several days later. Troopers wrote in the charging documents that they saw injuries to the woman's head, back, legs, arms and tooth. Read more...

Ambulance Responding to Assist Man Who Fell From Equipment

At 10:57 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Ambulance is responding to Postlewaite's Mulch Yard across from Birch Run Road for a male who has fallen from a piece of equipment and suffered a fracture.

Operators Restart Unit 1 at PPL Susquehanna After Completing Turbine Modifications

Operators Restart Unit 1 at PPL Susquehanna After Completing Turbine Modifications

BERWICK, Operators reconnected the Unit 1 reactor at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant to the regional electric grid Friday (6/14), after completing improvements that will address the turbine issues experienced at the plant over the past several years.

"We will continue to monitor the performance of the turbines on both units over the next few years to confirm the modifications are working as designed," said Timothy S. Rausch, senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer.

Unit 2 returned to service June 5, having completed a refueling and maintenance outage.

The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.

CoudersportAmbulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 10:45 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Sweden Valley Manor for a woman to go to Cole Memorial.

Nikky's Dance Studio final night of recital


Last chance to see Nikky's Dance Studion present "When I Grow UP" tonight at 7:00 pm at the Smethport High School.

Register Your Choir For Festival Of Choirs USA Set For August 17, 2013


Governor Corbett Submits Letter to Pennsylvanians Supporting Pension Reform

Governor Corbett Submits Letter to Pennsylvanians Supporting Pension Reform

HARRISBURG, Governor Tom Corbett today sent an open letter to Pennsylvanians in support of pension reform.

The letter was submitted to newspapers statewide.

It reads:

To the People of Pennsylvania:

Since taking office as your governor, I have made public pension reform one of my top legislative priorities. Pennsylvania is in the midst of a pension crisis.

Pennsylvania's two public pension systems, the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), are badly in debt. This is a problem that was waiting for me when I took office, but one I am determined to fix.

How bad is the problem? At the end of 2011, both systems had a combined debt of $41 billion. At the end of 2012, it had increased to over $47 billion. This equates to an increase of more than $6 billion in one year, $510 million each month, or nearly $17 million each day.

What's worse, this debt is expected to grow to more than $65 billion by 2018. To eliminate it, each household in Pennsylvania would need to contribute approximately $13,000.

The weight of this large debt will soon be felt by every taxpayer in Pennsylvania. This is because current law requires the state and public school districts to drastically increase their contributions of state and local taxpayer funds to SERS and PSERS in order to help lower it.

For example, for fiscal year 2010-11, the commonwealth's General Fund contributed $518 million in state taxpayer dollars to SERS and PSERS. By fiscal year 2017-18, that contribution is expected to rise to $3.359 billion, a staggering 548 percent increase.

This same dynamic will also play out at a local level, where more than one-third of public school districts have applied for exceptions to increase property taxes above normal limits. For most of these school districts, increasing pension costs are to blame.

At its core, the root cause of the public pension crisis in Pennsylvania is the type of plan afforded to state and public school employees, which is called a defined benefit plan. This plan is archaic by today's standards, because it guarantees public employees a specific benefit upon retirement, regardless of investment performance.

By contrast, most workers employed in the private sector have a defined contribution plan, commonly referred to as a 401(k), or no retirement plan at all. Under a defined contribution plan, retirement benefits are determined by employer and employee contributions and the actual return earned on investments.

Under my pension reform plan, new state and public school employees will be enrolled in a defined contribution plan, rather than a defined benefit plan.

In my view, conversion from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan is the most responsible way to provide an adequate retirement for state and public school employees, while shielding the taxpayers from bearing the burden of contributing billions to help balance an outdated and expensive defined benefit plan that has become increasingly rare in the private sector.

Moreover, as I have said countless times, my plan does nothing to affect the benefits of retirees or the benefits of current employees that have already been earned.

So count me in. As governor, I pledge to you that if the General Assembly passes pension reform, I will gladly join new state and public school employees as a member of the new defined contribution system. Together, we can solve this pension crisis and make Pennsylvania a better and less expensive place to live, work and raise a family.

Kidnapping and Assault 2nd Arrest In Steuben County Today

Man Arrested For Assaulting Female Jogger

Friday, June 14, 2013

Art Classes For All Ages

Essence Of Motion Dance Studio, LLC. will present “Taking Flight” Saturday, June 15th

“Taking Flight”
SHOW AT COUDERSPORT HIGH SCHOOL

The students of Essence Of Motion Dance Studio, LLC. will present “Taking Flight” on stage Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th at 7:00pm at the Coudersport Area High School. The dancers will entertain you with a wide variety of dance styles. All dances are performed to a wide variety of music including Moondance, Franklin’s Tower, Moves Like Jagger, Ragdoll, and many more. Tickets are $10.

Korean War Veterans Sought For Ceremony/Dinner July 20th


Troopers Seeking Actors Who Dumped Trash Off Crandall Road in Sylvania Township


Known Female Took Money From Donation Jar In Galeton


Man Cited For Harassment After Argument


Process Improvement Coordinator/Analyst Needed At Cole Memorial in Coudersport, PA


Activated Fire Alarm At Comfort Inn In St. Marys

ALARMS-HIGH LIFE HAZARD
Address: 195 COMFORT LN
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: S SAINT MARYS ST
UNITS CLEARED SCENE AT 10:53 PM
Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD
6/14/2013 10:34:20 PM

Tourism Fuels $250,000. Expansion At Benezette Hotel

http://www.wjactv.com/news/news/elk-county-restaurant-expands-meet-growing-tourism/nYLsr/

6-15 Whitesville Community Yard Sale Day

Rosella B. “Rosie” Chapell, 90, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of the Ulysses area

Rosella B. “Rosie” Chapell

Rosella B. “Rosie” Chapell, 90, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of the Ulysses area, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Arrangements, under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary at a future time.

Allegheny National Forest announces camp closures due to potential dam failure

BREAKING NEWS: Allegheny National Forest announces camp closures

Titusville Herald

ELK COUNTY – The Allegheny National Forest on Friday announced the closure of all campsites along Millstone Creek, in Millstone Township, Elk County.

The day use/swimming area at the Loleta Recreation Area is also closed.

The closures are necessary for public safety due to a potential dam failure upstream, according to a forest news release.

The closures are effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

For additional information, call the Marienville Ranger District, at 927-5700.

Emporium Teenager Injured In Cowley Hill Road Crash


Motorcycle Crash In Lafayette Township

Motorcycle Crash In Lafayette Township
At 5:08 PM on Friday, Lafayette Fire Dept. and Bradford City Ambulance have been called to a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Rt. 219 & Rt. 59 in Lafayette Township.

UPDATE FOR ROUTE 255 BETTERMENT WORK NEAR I-80/DUBOIS, WEEK OF JUNE 17

UPDATE FOR ROUTE 255 BETTERMENT WORK NEAR I-80/DUBOIS, WEEK OF JUNE 17

Update for Route 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois Continues

DuBois - Work to improve Route 255 near the Interstate 80 DuBois/101
interchange that began in April is continuing. When work completes in
mid-October, a smoother roadway surface and new traffic signals at the I-80
ramps will provide area drivers with more efficient travel and improved
traffic flow.

Work this week will include cutting and patching work on Route 255 starting
Monday. Subcontractor Plum Contracting Inc. of Greensburg will begin
working on the drainage on the roadway shoulders from Treasure Lake to the Fairfield
Inn on Wednesday. The cutting work is expected to wrap up by Friday, June 21,
while the shoulder drain work will take approximately three weeks.

Subcontractor Kukurin Contracting Inc. of Export will continue drilling and
placing a new water line in the area next week.

Motorists can expect to encounter flaggers in the work zone and travel
delays. Drivers should give themselves extra time to travel through the area.

PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert and proceed through the work zone with
caution.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by
mid-October of this year. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Inc. is the
contractor on this $3.4 million project.

Update for Burnside Area Road Work Next Week

Update for Burnside Area Road Work Next Week

DuBois – Roadway improvement work is continuing in Clearfield County, with an update for the Burnside area noted below. The Burnside area work is part of a contract that began in August of 2012. When all work completes in mid-July, PennDOT will have improved the roadway surface of eight routes in Clearfield County and provided area drivers with smoother, safer travel.

Overall work has included roadway milling and resurfacing, line painting, and miscellaneous construction. Burnside area drivers can expect the following activities the week of June 17:

• Paving on Route 3016 and 3014 near the village of Burnside.

Drivers will encounter daylight, alternating traffic patterns, with flaggers in the roadway. Motorists need to remain alert for sudden stops and be prepared for short travel delays. Drivers should obey posted speed limits and be cautious through all work zones.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Grannas Brothers Construction of Hollidaysburg is the contractor on this $6.5 million project.

Hughesville Man Flown After Rollover Crash On Rt. 46 Near Cameron County Line


Roulette Ambulance To Buckler Transport

At 2:28 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Buckler Transport for a medical emergency.

Approved Minutes of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of May 30, 2013





Agenda of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of June 13, 2013





PennDOT Invites Riders to Join National Ride to Work Day on June 17

PennDOT Invites Riders to Join National Ride to Work Day on June 17

Harrisburg – PennDOT today invited motorcyclists to participate in National Ride to Work Day on Monday, June 17, and urged riders to ride safely on that day and throughout the riding season.

“National Ride to Work Day is a great way to highlight the freedom and excitement riders experience on their motorcycles,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “The event is also a reminder that motorcycles and other vehicles should share the road safely throughout the riding season so we can all enjoy Pennsylvania’s roadways.”

To help ensure safe riding year round, riders should wear reflective clothing to increase visibility, ride sober and allow ample time and space to react to changing roadway conditions or hazards.

Riders are encouraged to attend free training offered through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, which offers four courses – the 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC); the six-hour Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2); the eight-hour Advanced Rider Course (ARC); and the 12-hour 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC).

For more information or to schedule a course, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and noon.

According to PennDOT, there were nearly 4,000 crashes involving motorcycles statewide last year, resulting in 210 fatalities.

Members of the motorcycling community are encouraged to share their riding stories and take the pledge to “Be One Less” statistic on PennDOT’s interactive motorcycle safety website, www.livefreeridealive.com.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Chapman Brook Road

At 12:32 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to Chapman Brook Road for a woman who has fallen.

US Senate Confirms 2 New Federal Judges For Pennsylvania

by Senator Pat Toomey

This week, the Senate voted to confirm Judges Nitza Quiñones Alejandro and Jeffrey Schmehl as U.S. District Judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. President Obama nominated these two judges last November upon a joint recommendation from Sen. Bob Casey and me.

Since joining the Senate, I've worked closely with Sen. Casey to fill Pennsylvania's judicial vacancies with qualified, experienced judges who have unquestioned honesty, ability and integrity. I believe both of these individuals meet this high standard.

In her 21 years on the bench, Nitza Quiñones Alejandro has presided over many cases incorporating different facets of the law. In addition to her extensive experience in the courtroom, she has also remained active in her community through her work with schools and mentoring summer law interns. She is eminently qualified and a committed public servant. Moreover, I am proud that Judge Quiñones will be the first Latina judge to serve in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey Schmehl's colleagues appointed him president judge of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in 2008, a sign of his fitness for the bench. He has also helped veterans in need of legal assistance by working to establish a veterans court in Berks County. He has a passion for the law and will be a dedicated jurist. I also am pleased that Judge Schmehl will be sitting in the Reading federal courthouse which has long needed a new judge.

I am confident that Judges Quiñones and Schmehl will serve Pennsylvania well.

Eldred Man Found To Be Under The Influence


Hatcher: You can do anything that you want to do

Josh Hatcher
Dear young people. I have some bad news. If you were raised on Blue's Clues, you may have been indoctrinated with a lie. Steve and Joe told you that "You can do anything that you want to do." (dun dun dun dun-dun-dun-dun)

Read more at Josh's Blog at http://www.joshhatcher.com/blues-clues-lied-to-you-the-truth-about-doing-what-you-want-to-do

Update for PennDOT’s Route 220/Auction Road Project, Week of June 17

Clinton County
Update for PennDOT’s Route 220/Auction Road Project, Week of June 17

Lock Haven – Work continues on Phase One of the Route 220/Auction Road project in Lamar Township next week. When work on Phase One and Phase Two are complete, area drivers will enjoy smoother, more efficient travel through this area and have increased sight distance at the four-way intersection.

Construction next week will include installing erosion, sedimentation and storm water controls for the project. The contractor will also begin clearing trees and excavating for future ramp construction.

This work may impact traffic and drivers should be alert for temporary flaggers in the roadway. Short travel delays are possible. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving vehicles throughout the entire work zone.

Construction of Phase One includes the building of the ramps on the eastern side of Route 220, adjacent to Central Pennsylvania Auto Auction. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor on the $3.4 million Phase One project.

Phase Two of the project will build the bridge and ramps on the western side of Route 220, adjacent to the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Phase Two is expected to begin in 2014.

PennDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, obey posted speed limits and proceed with caution through all work zones.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.

Penn State Extension: Rabies Clinic Saturday, June 22nd, at the Fire Hall in Austin

Penn State Extension: Rabies Clinic

A Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, June 22nd at the Fire Hall in Austin. The clinic will be from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. All dogs, cats, and ferrets that are at least 12 weeks old can be vaccinated against the rabies virus. The first time a dog or cat receives a vaccine, it is good for one year. Each time after that, the vaccination is good for three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually. All animals must be on a leash or in a container. Cost is $5.00 per animal. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of the Coudersport Animal Health Center.

Green cheek Conure lost in Rixford

Green cheek Conure lost in Rixford.  
If seen can you contact me on Facebook or text 814-558-0074. 
Thank you.

Tarra Marie Rolfe

Graveside Committal Services For Frank Dragoone Monday

Frank Dragoone  
 
Smethport- Graveside committal services will be held on Monday, June 17, at 11 A.M. for Frank Dragoone at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport.

Recalls

06/13/2013 09:04 PM EDT
Sequel Naturals Ltd. Dba “Vega” is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of nutrition bars due to finding trace amounts of milk in some lot codes.

06/14/2013 09:57 AM EDT
Lipari Foods of Warren, MI is recalling Raw Sunflower Seeds, Roasted Sunflower Seeds and Snack Mixes, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Rollover Crash Reported On Rt. 46 South Near County Line

Rollover Crash Reported On Rt. 46 
At about 7:55 AM on Friday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Medic 16 were called to a one vehicle rollover crash on Rt. 46 south near the Cameron County line. Initial dispatch reported 2 persons injured. Emporium ambulance is also responding. A Stat Medevac helicopter has been dispatched.
Emporium Fire Dept. has set up a landing zone at the Emporium High School.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Think About It.

Is It Always His Will?

It has become increasingly common for me to hear people imply that events that have happened in their lives or the lives of others is the direct result of the will of God. The idea being perpetrated is that everything that happens, both the good and the bad, is the direct result of God’s will. But is that true? Am I to believe and therefore except that what has happened is solely the result and plan of God? I don’t believe so.

There are several Scripture verses that would point to the conclusion that not everything that happens is the will of God. For example, in 2 Peter 3:9 we read, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent”. The “Lord’s Prayer” also implies that not everything is the will of God when Jesus stated, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10).

Because of free will, we have been given the power to go against the will of God. Adam and Eve did this in the garden. We do it all the time when we exercise our will over his. The problems in society aren’t because God wills it, but because man does. The tragedy that we see around the world is sometimes the direct result of man’s direct and indirect actions. The Scriptures teach that all of creation is in decay and awaiting the return of Christ, (Romans 8:22-24).

When I hear someone say that it must have been God’s will, or that God needed the person more than we did, I cringe inside. It’s bad theology and it’s harmful to the person. I suppose that some of the reason for this is that we need someone or something to blame, and God seems to be a likely choice. The reality is that bad things happen and often don’t have a good explanation as to why. Tragically, life can be cut short, whole communities can be devastated by a tornado, not because God wills it, but because it just happens. 

Think about it.

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Another Round Of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments Coming

Another Round Of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments Coming

shale3Local townships, boroughs and county governments will be receiving a second round of payments soon from the state’s new “impact fee” on shale gas drilling. Amount of each check from the Pa. Public Utility Commission (PUC) is based on gas production that took place in 2012. Annual allotments will continue in future years based on the previous year’s production.

 PUC will send $382,315 to the Potter County Commissioners. The payment is lower than the 2012 allotment, as production has tailed off due to low natural gas prices at the wellhead. Potter County will also receive $25,000 from a state-operated “legacy fund” and can use that money for greenways, natural areas and other environmental projects. Regulations that were passed by the legislature as part of Pa. Act 13 restrict how counties and local governments can use the revenue. Payments will be made by the PUC on or around July 1.

Breakdown of payments coming to the townships and boroughs in Potter County is as follows: Abbott, $17,313; Allegany, $38,387; Austin, $6,220; Bingham, $13,847; Clara, $45,134; Coudersport, $38,470; Eulalia, $12,539; Galeton, $11,567; Genesee, $11,668; Harrison, $22,175; Hebron, $21,052; Hector, $38,018; Homer, $8,204; Keating, $28,962; Oswayo Borough $2,000; Oswayo Township, $8,675; Pike, $5,633; Pleasant Valley, $84,891; Portage, $2,301; Roulette, $14,332; Sharon, $16,026; Shinglehouse, $5,383; Stewardson, $2,877; Summit, $4,681; Sweden, $32,462; Sylvania, $15,479; Ulysses Borough, $6,571; Ulysses Township, $11,616; West Branch, $124,428; and Wharton, $30,761.

Under Pa. Act 13, after the state takes its share “off the top” for designated uses, remainder of the money paid to the PUC by energy companies is distributed as follows: 36 percent to county governments with wells subject to the fee; 37 percent for host municipalities with wells subject to the fee; and 27 percent for all local governments in counties with wells. Both the PUC and the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) have posted information about the Act 13 impact fee and related topics on their websites.

Galeton, Pike Twp. Shifting To 68th District

Galeton, Pike Twp. Shifting To 68th District

reapportionmentPotter County will be split into two legislative districts starting in January 2014 under a reapportionment plan recently accepted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Two municipalities in eastern Potter County will become part of the 68th District (in green), which currently includes Tioga County and the western section of Bradford County and is represented by Republican Matt Baker. 

Affected municipalities are Galeton Borough and Pike Township. 

The rest of Potter County will remain in the 67th District (in blue), represented by Republican Martin Causer. 

A previous version of the plan placed Abbott, Stewardson, West Branch and Hector townships in the 68th District, but now they are staying in the 67th. 

All of Potter County will remain part of the 25th Senatorial District, represented by Republican Joe Scarnati. Changes are the result of the 2010 U.S. Census. Each of the state’s 203 House members represents just more than 60,000 residents. With Pennsylvania’s population increase, a House member now will represent more than 62,000 people.

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