At 11:08 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Potato City Inn for a medical emergency.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/OVER EMBANKMENT
Address: 2 MEFFERTS RUN RD
Cross Streets: WILCOX RD * SUMMERFIELD LN
EMT CALLED FOR AMBULANCE TO CHECK OUT 2 VICTIMS
Agency: ELK COMPANY 6 FD
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Weekend in the Wilds Friday Night Line Up Announced
Weekend in the Wilds Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 will be the largest yet according to organizers. Entertainment begins Friday night and continues through all day Saturday in Emporium, then travels to the Cameron County High School Football Field.
To kick off the event the Emporium Garden Club will host a petite standard flower show called “The Many Loves of Little Flora” at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce & Artisan Center. The free show opens Friday afternoon 2-5pm and continues 7-9pm Friday.
Music will begin flowing at the First Presbyterian Church at 3:30pm. The Merry Music Makers will perform until 5pm when singer, storyteller and songwriter Van Wagner performs until 6pm. In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church a fundraiser ice cream social will be held. Home baked deserts and Penn State Creamery ice cream for $4.00 a person!
“We are very fortunate to have Van Wagner coming to the Weekend in the Wilds,” said chamber executive director Tina Johns Solak. Wagner has been contracted through the PA Game Commission to perform throughout the region at festivals highlighting the 100 year celebration of elk restoration. Wagner’s music is described as folk/blues. You can view his music videos on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNNHAlXBrnI.
Entertainment for Saturday is in the final stages and will be announced in the upcoming days. Organizers say they only have a handful of spaces available for artists under the tent. Those tents will be placed on north and south Chestnut Street with vendors lining Fourth Street from Broad to Walnut Streets.
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Prizes for Big Foot Hunt top the $500.00 Mark
Mountaineer Search & Rescue Big Foot Hunt adding up the prizes to be handed out during Weekend in the Wilds. Organizers say businesses have donated more than $500.00 in cash and prizes to the hunters that successfully capture the twelve Big Foots!
Licenses are needed to participate in the hunt. The $5.00 fee can be paid at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office, Phillips One Stop in Driftwood, South Park Supply in Emporium, or Sinnemahoning Tavern.
The hunt begins at 6am on Saturday, July 6 and concludes at 1:00pm. Prizes will be awarded during Weekend in the Wilds at the mini-park at 2:00pm.
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Weekend in the Wilds Wine Walk Returns
Weekend in the Wilds includes activities for all ages including preschoolers and wine connoisseurs. This year the Wine Walk in the Wilds will be held Saturday July 6 from 2-6pm. Come try different types of wine from wineries in the PA Wilds.
Participating businesses include Pizza Palace Plus, Chateau Soleil, Endeavor Media/Copy Katz, Guy and Mary Felt Manor and Emporium Pharmacy. At each of the five businesses, wine and a sample of food will be offered and participants will receive a complimentary glass for the $25.00 donation.
Participants must be 21 years old and all wine must be consumed inside the businesses. To pre-register contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 814-486-4314. Tickets will be available on a limited basis Saturday July 6 at the chamber office until 2:00pm.
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Sinnemahone 50K Offering Prize for Participant Traveling Farthest
Running or hiking the 50K through Cameron County in October may seem daunting, but this month the organizers of the Sinnemahone 50K upped the ante! The participant that travels the farthest to participate in the event will be given a free registration for the inaugural 50K.
Registration closes in September and organizers say they are excited about the number that have committed to the grueling 10 hour event. The race on Saturday October 19 will begin on the West Creek Rails to Trails in the center of Emporium and continue to the Buttonwood Motel and Restaurant, up the mountain and follow DCNR trails to the Emporium Country Club and return using more trails along the Bucktail Path.
If the 50K is too ambitious participants can register as a two person relay, and there is the opportunity to complete a 25K shorter race. More information can be found at http://www.phdispatch.com/sinnemahone-ultra-marathon/ or by calling the chamber office at 814-486-4314.
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Truck rolls over on Route 287Wellsboro Gazette
No one was injured after a water truck rolled over on Route 287 at the Duncan Township line at around 9 a.m. the morning of Saturday, June 29.
The passenger of the truck told state police on the scene that the truck was traveling north, and a southbound car traveled into the northbound lane, causing the driver of the truck to swerve into the guardrail. The driver of the car fled the scene.
Neither the truck's driver nor passenger, both from the Ulysses area according to the passenger, were injured.
Read more and see photo at Wellsboro Gazette
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Elmira-area soldier killed in Afghanistan
By John Zick
BAGRAM, Afghanistan —
An Elmira-area soldier died Friday in Afghanistan as the result of a non-combat-related incident, bringing to at least 10 the number of local servicemen killed overseas during the country’s post-9/11 wars.
The death of Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, remains under investigation, according to the Department of Defense. The only specific information released by the DOD was that Rogers’ death was the result of a non-combat-related incident at Bagram Airfield.
Read more: http://www.the-leader.com/news/x946747184/Elmira-area-soldier-killed-in-Afghanistan#ixzz2XeVZg6dn
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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN ARMSTRONG COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
* UNTIL 1045 PM EDT
* AT 736 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS OVSERVED OVER THE
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Assessment teams are currently working in Reynoldsville Borough. Some
of which we knew but, are learning of more damage all over the county.
If you received damage from Thursday's storm and have not been seen by
a damage assessor or have reported it, please contact the Emergency
Operations Center for Jefferson County at (814) 849-5052. This is
countywide. We need to know this information to see if the county
qualifies for disaster assistance. General questions or information can
be answered at this number as well.
If you received damage from Thursday's storm and have not been seen by a damage assessor or have reported it, please contact the Emergency Operations Center for Jefferson County at (814) 849-5052. This is countywide. We need to know this information to see if the county qualifies for disaster assistance. General questions or information can be answered at this number as well.
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Roulette Ambulance Dispatched For Traumatic Injury
At 7:22 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 6 West near C & S Lumber for a traumatic injury.
MEDIC 6 RESPONDING--RECALLED
PLACE MERCYFLIGHT ON STANDBY
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Address: 1413 MILLION DOLLAR HWY
Cross Streets: RESCH RD * BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
ELECTRICAL FIRE AT QUALITY DISPERSIONS
Agency: FOX TWP AMBULANCE; ELD COMPANY 3 FD; ELK COMPANY 1 FD
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MOST UNITS RECALLED BY CHIEF
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Port Allegany vs. Coudersport Alumni Football Game
3rd meeting of Gator and Falcon Alumni in Annual Charity Football Classic.
Where: CARP (Coudersport Area Recreational Park), Coudersport PA
Date: July 6th Time: 3:30 PM
All money raised will be distributed to local charities.
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Coudersport Alumni football game to include a Marching Band.
The Coudersport High School Marching Band would like to invite anyone interested in playing at the Alumni Football on July 6th to break out the old horn, sticks or even flag for an Alumni Marching band.
Even if you’re not alumni of this school your still more than welcome. This will be more of a pep band for the game so there is no worry about having to march.
We are going to rehearse for three days from Monday, July 1st thru Wednesday, July 3rd from 6-7:30 in the Coudersport high school band room.
This is open to anyone who has played with any marching band in the past or plays a marching band appropriate instrument.
I would like to ask that you e-mail before the first practice to make sure there is enough interest, you can do so at email@example.com or just show up on Monday.
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ENERGY LEASES TO GENERATE $4.7M IN REVENUE FOR GAME COMMISSION
Royalty payments to commission also guaranteed by deals
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved lease agreements with energy companies that will bring in nearly $4.7 million in bonus payments, and a yet undetermined amount of royalties.
Nearly all of the lease agreements result from requests by companies that have strong leaseholds in the surrounding areas, and already are in possession of the energy rights on Game Commission properties. The agreements ensure the fuels are extracted with little to no surface impacts on game lands. The agreements are:
· A lease with Range Resources Appalachia LLC for oil-and-gas development on a 62.6-acre portion of State Game Lands 117 in Washington County. The $2,500 per acre bonus payment is worth $156,500, and the commission is to receive 19 percent in royalties from fuels that are sold.
· A lease with Southwestern Energy Production Co., of Houston, Texas, for oil-and-gas development across 736.2 acres on State Game Lands 175 in Susquehanna County. The $3,000 per acre bonus payment is worth $2,208,600 and the commission is to receive 20 percent in royalties for the fuels that are sold.
· A lease with Southwestern Energy Production Co., of Houston, Texas, for oil-and gas development on a 774-acre portion of State Game Lands 35 in Susquehanna County. The $3,000 per acre bonus payment is worth $2,322,000 and the commission is to receive 20 percent royalty for fuels that are sold.
· A lease with Robindale Energy Service Inc., of Armagh, Pa., to mine and remove approximately 64 acres of coal rights in Beccaria Township, Clearfield County. While the coal rights on the property are owned by the Game Commission, the property on which the mining would occur is privately owned. The five-year agreement sets royalties at either 6 percent of freight-on-board pit price or $2.50 per ton – whichever is greater – for coal that is sold and has a BTU value of 10,000 or greater. Royalties are set at 6 percent for coal that is sold and has a BTU value of less than 10,000. Freight-on-board price, or F.O.B., is the price for which coal is sold at the pit.
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Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) awards two scholarships to Northern Potter graduate, Amelia Kibbe.
Matthew Reed and April Blake, Co-Founders of the Darlene J. Sitler Memorial Scholarship Fund and Amelia Kibbe
to Northern Potter graduate, Amelia Kibbe.
The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) had two new scholarship funds developed last year. These were available to Northern Potter seniors this year.
The Northern Potter Scholarship and the Darlene J. Sitler Memorial Scholarship were both awarded to Amelia Kibbe. Each scholarship had its own separate selection committee. Both committees reviewed applicants and both recommended Amelia to CFTT for their scholarship award. For two selection committees to feel that Amelia’s application, accomplishments, and goals stood out the most, says a lot about the bright future this woman has ahead of her.
Amelia will receive $2,000 from these scholarships. She will be attending St. Bonaventure in the fall of 2013. She will be pursuing a major in English and Journalism/Communications. Amelia stated “As well as enjoying writing and speaking, I also believe communication is an essential aspect of society”.
Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship fund or donating to help grow these existing scholarships, to benefit more students, can contact CFTT by any of these methods: telephone - 570-888-4759; email - firstname.lastname@example.org; or website - www.twintierscf.org.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO 11-12 YEAR OLD POTTER-MCKEAN ALL STAR TEAM! THEY ARE DISTRICT 15 CHAMPS!
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Free fishing weekend in New York State
Published : Saturday, 29 Jun 2013, 12:43 PM EDT
- Posted by: Liz Reiman
Anglers of all ages are allowed to fish without a license in any of New York's freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.
New York is home to 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. Free fishing weekend started in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing NYS has to offer.
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|Neva Y. Anderson|
She was born Sunday, June 23, 1935 at the home of her grandmother, Ruth Irvine in Mt. Jewett, PA. to the late Albert and Merle Irvine Lore. Neva was a Warren area resident since 1945 and a graduate of Warren High School Class of 1954. She was employed at Lorangers retiring from there after many years employment.
She was a member of the former Warren Free Methodist Church, a 30 year member and Past President of the Warren Eagles Aerie, also served as State Bulletin Editor and on various state committees.
She was an avid cat lover, enjoyed reading. She fulfilled one of her bucket list items, at the age of 77 she had her 1st ride ever on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by her great nephew, Tony.
She made a difference in many lives with sternness and love. She is remembered as a wonderful wife and mother.
Neva is survived by her husband of 57 years, Leroy “Sonny” Anderson whom she married June 16, 1956 in Warren, PA.,
Her bestfriend and caregiver, Julie Shaffer, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 2 sons – Leroy A. Anderson, Jr. and Albert C. Anderson, 4 brothers – Howard, Raleigh, Stanley and Thomas Lore.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Monday, July 1, 2013 from 4 to 7:00 P.M. and on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Followed by a funeral and committal service at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Ned Burkett and Rev. Bruce Burkett, friends and retired pastors. Interment will be in Barnes Cemetery, Barnes, PA.
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365 or the Warren Eagles Memorial Fund, %Julie Shaffer, 203 Central Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365. E –mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
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July 1 starting @ 8:00am, Township officials will be doing pipe
replacement on Irish Farm Rd. between Brookland Rd. and Skytop Rd.
Please make alternate traveling arrangements.
This work will be
concluded by the days end. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Sweden Township Supervisors
Sweden Township Supervisors
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Join us for a week-long event in the outdoors where you will get the chance to learn more about the forests, the dirt you walk on, the wildlife around us and the water you swim in. You will also get the opportunity to make your trash a treasure, eat dirt, and go for adventurous hikes.
Program is open to all youth ages 5-10 and is $5.
Place: Penn State Extension Office
24 Maple View Lane
Time: Monday- Friday, 10:00- 11:30AM
Program Dates: July 15-19
To register, email email@example.com or call 274-8540.
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Memo Regarding Prevailing Wage
Should a state law that’s been in place for more than five decades be updated to help Pennsylvania’s local municipalities and school districts deal with tight budgets today?
We have all heard a lot of talk from House Democrats over the past week or so, saying they will “walk” if language dealing with the road maintenance guidelines are included in a transportation funding bill. The Democrats have made further claims that the guidelines have nothing to do with transportation.
Well, that is just hogwash.
Roads are an integral part of a transportation system – by definition.
The first question I would wonder about is … why are the Democrats so opposed to helping local communities and taxpayers? Are they representing their constituents or the union bosses in Harrisburg or Philadelphia?
Second, if they walk away from a $2 billion transportation funding package to ensure safe bridges, fixed roads and additional public transportation funding over a provision to help our boroughs, townships and counties, as well as taxpayers… then… let them explain that as local property taxes increase. Their walk will have a direct effect.
The following explains the issue and provides some concrete examples.
Prevailing Wage, What is it?
Prevailing wage laws hurt taxpayers even more directly, driving up the cost of construction projects funded with public money. Every year, municipalities and school districts spend millions of dollars more than they need to spend because of the prevailing wage law; savings from reform could make a big difference to local taxpayers.
The state’s statute requires workers on public projects be paid “prevailing wage” as determined by the state Department of Labor and Industry. The method of setting prevailing wage is weighted heavily toward union pay scales.
Both studies and real-life examples show an enormous gap between prevailing wage levels set by the state and amounts actually paid to workers. The prevailing wage requirement increases the costs of small public projects by 10 percent to 40 percent (depending on locations) above the average true market wage paid.
The law costs Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars a year and has reduced local projects, from filling potholes and fixing curbs, to small resurfacing projects.
The state’s prevailing wage law has made it difficult for local governments when budgets are tight and money is scarce; municipalities would be able to accomplish more infrastructure projects if the cost included a more honest representation of what local wages actually are.
Prevailing wage is a taxpayer protection issue, a property tax issue, a local government issue, a county issue, and a jobs issue. If every municipality was able to do 15 percent to 25 percent more work, think of the jobs that could be created.
Representing the Commonwealth’s taxpayers, House Republicans and the state’s municipal officials are fighting to reinstate in law a policy that had been in place for years before the Rendell Administration changed it in 2006. The policy change was affirmed by the state courts because the guidelines were not set in law. As Senator Corman stated in his April 6, 2006, letter to then-L&I Secretary Schmerin, Rendell used his administration “to enrich unionized labor at the expense of Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.”
Senator Corman was correct. As municipalities across this Commonwealth would tell you, the Rendell Administration’s actions led to “abandoned local road enhancement projects,” including “delays in building and maintaining local roads…”
By extending the Prevailing Wage law to potholes and curbs, the state effectively reduced funds available for road maintenance due to what everyone acknowledges is a 10 percent to 40 percent (depending on location) increase in costs. The policy, which House Republicans are trying to fix, has been, as Senator Corman wrote, “outrageous and devastating to municipalities.” Unfortunately, Governor Rendell did not follow the good advice from the Senator, and did not provide money to municipalities “to pay for this folly.”
The House Republicans are only trying to allow our local municipalities to fill potholes, fix curbs and do small resurfacing projects in a financially efficient manner. Who could really be against helping maintain local roads, paid for by local residents, at a reasonable price?
Following a lawsuit in the wake of the Rendell-changed guidelines, the state Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that municipalities must use prevailing wages on road resurfacing projects. For years, these projects were considered maintenance and PennDOT did not require prevailing wage. The court decision required municipalities to rebid the projects using prevailing wage, and the comparisons proved the mandate increased road construction costs.
Prevailing wage adds a huge burden on property taxpayers; there are approximately 77,000 road miles maintained by municipalities, as well as local and county bridges.
With declining revenues and increasing costs of materials, municipalities cannot afford to provide safe, quality roads and other infrastructure with mandates that artificially increase costs. Unless members of the General Assembly update this archaic law, taxpayers will continue to be shortchanged, with fewer local roads resurfaced each year.
Many local governments can no longer afford to pave their roads because prevailing wage hikes costs too high. Several examples of the effects of the Prevailing Wage:
· In Youngwood Borough, Westmoreland County, the 2005 street resurfacing project was contracted to include the resurfacing of five streets, surface treatment of two streets, minor drainage work on one street, patching of one street and other incidental work. The project was bid without prevailing wage due to the interpretation of the law, at that time, that the project was maintenance and not subject to the Prevailing Wage Act. The project was awarded for $183,209. However, after the PA Supreme Court’s decision deemed the project to fall under the Prevailing Wage Act, the borough was required to pay an extra $23,086.80 or a 12.6 percent increase.
· A paving project in Greene Township, Franklin County, that was bid immediately before the Youngwood ruling in June 2008 had to be rebid in August 2008 due to this court decision. After adjusting for the change in the asphalt index during this period, the prevailing wage alone increased the cost of this maintenance project by almost $10,000 per mile, with no change to the quality or effectiveness of this project
· In 2009, Rose Township, Jefferson County, oiled and chipped a road that is a high-traffic major route to a neighboring township and another road used as a short cut between two state highways. The township was able to oil and chip these two roads for $36,000. The township would have liked to have paved them both, but the total estimated cost, including prevailing wage, was more than the township could afford.
· Brecknock and Robeson Townships, Berks County, jointly purchased a road paver, an asphalt zipper machine, and have utilized a joint road crew to perform paving projects that would otherwise have been unaffordable.
· Cumberland County’s 2010 bridge maintenance contract totaled $121,430 for work on 17 bridges that included clearing and grubbing, crack sealing, deck flushing/washing, patching, concrete repair and debris removal. In 2008, the county incurred a cost of $325,000 for deck rehabilitation of one bridge, which was slightly less than the county’s Liquid Fuels allocation for that year. Previous to the Youngwood decision, these projects would have been exempt from the prevailing wage.
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Update: Route 6 resurfacing project in Bradford County starts April 29
The Route 6 resurfacing project in Bradford County (detailed below) is completed.
A $794,952 resurfacing project along 1.8 miles of Route 6 in Bradford County is set to start on April 29.
Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will begin by making a series of drainage improvements. Later in the project, the work will include milling of the existing top layer of pavement and resurfacing with new blacktop, placement of epoxy overlays on two bridge decks and guiderail upgrades.
The work along Route 6 extends from approximately two-tenths of a mile east of Old State Road in Sylvania Borough to just east of the intersection with Farmers Valley Road in Troy Township.
Traffic will be maintained by daylight flagging operations.
All work is scheduled for completion by July 3.
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Insterstate 80 WB Mifflinville Rest Area project update
Here’s a brief update on the reconstruction project at the Interstate 80 westbound rest area at mile 246 near Mifflinville in Columbia County.
On Monday, July 1, the contractor will set up a 1,000’-long daytime lane closure in the I-80 westbound passing lane at mile 247 for a stone-hauling operation starting at 6:30 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.
The truck parking area is closed and message boards are in place along I-80 westbound in advance of the work to inform truckers that the rest area is closed to truck traffic.
The project completion date is October 31.
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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.
On Monday, July 1 there will be rolling roadblocks eastbound to slow traffic in order to set new concrete bridge beams on the eastbound bridge being reconstructed. This will affect traffic traveling eastbound on I-80 from mile 236 (Lightstreet Exit) to mile 241 (Berwick Exit) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.
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Pennsylvanians Urged to be Safe, Follow State Laws When Using Fireworks
Harrisburg –Fireworks are a traditional part of many Fourth of July celebrations, and state safety and law enforcement officials are reminding citizens to be safe as they celebrate the holiday.
“People who want to celebrate with family and friends using small novelty fireworks should do so with an over-emphasis on safety,” State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann said. “Make sure your holiday memories are safe and happy ones, and leave the big fireworks displays to the professionals.”
Pennsylvania law allows consumers to use small “novelty” fireworks, which are ground-based and include sparklers and trick noise makers. These fireworks can be sold by retail establishments with valid permits.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan also warned that although fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, they are dangerous and their use is strictly limited by state law.
"The only fireworks permitted for the public's use are sparklers and devices containing extremely small amounts of powder; no more than in a toy-pistol cap," Noonan said. He stressed that items such as firecrackers, Roman candles, cherry bombs and M-80s are illegal.
“Fireworks are a highlight of Independence Day celebrations and can provide great entertainment when purchased and used legally,” Agriculture Secretary George Greig said. “Stay safe by buying fireworks only from reputable in-state dealers.”
All display fireworks that are shot into the air and burst into a large, colorful display—such as those seen at organized celebrations and sporting events—are prohibited for use by consumers. These aerial-based fireworks are sold at facilities licensed by the state Department of Agriculture and may be purchased only by out-of-state residents with identification or in-state residents with a municipal permit.
Mann shared the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water handy.
• Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter or combine them.
• Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water prior to disposal.
• Use common sense. Anyone igniting fireworks should wear safety glasses, and spectators should stay a safe distance away.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
• Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives – illegal fireworks should be reported to local law enforcement.
• Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision.
• Always remain standing and at least six feet from others while using sparklers.
• Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
• Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person.
• Never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
• Sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop the spent sparkler directly into a bucket of water.
For more information on Pennsylvania laws regarding fireworks, please visit the Pennsylvania State Police web site at www.psp.state.pa.us, and click on “Frequently Asked Questions about Fireworks.”
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Summer Robotic & Science Challenge
Penn State Extension in Potter County will be conducting a 4 week program on robotics and science in the Coudersport, Genesee and Galeton Libraries. Youth will get the chance to build and program an eco-bot and try their hand at a variety of hands-on science experiments. The program is open to all youth ages 8-14 and is free.
The program will be held at the Coudersport Library on Wednesday Mornings from 9:30-11:00AM beginning on July 10. In Genesee the program will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30PM beginning on July 9 and in Galeton on Wednesday Afternoons from 1:00-2:30PM beginning July 10. To register, call the Extension Office at 274-8540 or stop in to the Coudersport, Genesee or Galeton Libraries.
Hope to see you this summer! Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.
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PennDOT, Police Partner for Independence Day Impaired-Driving Enforcement
Officers Also Continue Boating Under the Influence Enforcement
Harrisburg – In an effort to keep Pennsylvania roadways safe during the Independence Day holiday period, PennDOT and law enforcement agencies across the state are partnering to crack down on impaired drivers.
The initiative is part of a national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort which runs through July 8.
In addition to stepped-up enforcement on roadways, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) reminds people taking to the state’s waterways that Waterways Conservation Officers will be on the lookout for impaired watercraft operators through the boating season.
"The Independence Day holiday is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but we should always celebrate safely,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “No matter whether you’re driving a vehicle or a boat, never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Designate a driver ahead of time or arrange for a ride home.”
According to PennDOT data, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes and 20 fatalities in those crashes from Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 8, last year. This is an increase from 2011, when there were 325 crashes and 14 fatalities from Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 10.
PFCB data shows that 60 people were arrested for boating under the influence in 2012. BUI penalties can include jail time and fines.
“Operating a boat or other watercraft when you’ve been drinking creates a danger for everyone on the water,” Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway said. “Alcohol impairs your ability to operate a boat safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.”
The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 for motorists over the age of 21. For underage drivers, the blood-alcohol limit is 0.02 percent. DUI penalties can include jail time, license suspension and fines of between $500 and $5,000.
“Our enforcement efforts play a key role in protecting the public, but we need the cooperation of every motorist to put an end to impaired driving,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “Each individual has a responsibility to stay out of the driver’s seat if he or she is impaired by alcohol or other drugs.”
Pennsylvania's DUI Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement statewide will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the impaired-driving crackdown. Funding comes from part of PennDOT's statewide distribution of $4.2 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Visit www.JustDrivePA.com for more information on impaired driving and PennDOT's other traffic-safety initiatives.
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PennDOT to remove weight restrictions on two roads in Sullivan County
PennDOT advises motorists in Sullivan County that the weight restrictions will soon be removed on Route 1014 (Hunsinger Road) and Route 4013 (Molyneux Hill Road) because of gas-company upgrades to the roads.
The current 10-ton postings will be removed from the following:
• Molyneux Hill Road in Forks Township from its intersection with Route 87 to the intersection with Campbellville Hill Road and Hottensteins Hill Road;
• Hunsinger Road in Cherry Township, from its intersection with Dutch Mountain Road to the intersection with Dieffenbach Road.
The postings will be lifted as soon as the road-posted signs are removed.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 09:17:00 PM
Ulysses Rediscovers Lost Sidewalk!
The students and leaders of Youth Adventure Camp at Penn-York put faith into action as they learned about “serving others” during the last two weeks of June.
Camp speaker Pastor Josh Fajardo, a missionary in Spain, encouraged campers to develop a new mentality for serving others based on 1 Peter 4:8-11 – and then challenged them to actually do something about it. On Friday 6/28, a team of campers worked on beautifying the sidewalk that leads from town to the cemetery, parts of which were completely overgrown.
YAC is in its 24th year, and has been hosted at Penn-York Camp in Ulysses, PA for the past 11 years. A ministry of the Keystone Conference of the Free Methodist Church, YAC offers life-changing encounters with God to students in 7th-12th grades each June. YAC is open to anyone from any denomination, and includes campers from as far away as Florida – and this year Spain!
To find out more about YAC visit http://www.yaconline.com
To find out more about Penn-York Camp visit www.pennyork.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 08:42:00 PM
Tornado touched down Thursday in Perry CountyPosted: Jun 28, 2013 4:16 PM EST Updated: Jun 28, 2013 4:42 PM EST
The National Weather Service in State College has confirmed that a tornado touched down in southwestern Perry County during a strong thunderstorm Thursday afternoon.
The Weather Service said Friday that the tornado first landed near Goodland Road in the Tuscarora State Forest at around 2:20 p.m.
The tornado then traveled along Route 274 with intermittent touchdowns before finally lifting off near Eby Cemetery, about two miles southwest of New Germantown, after about four minutes.
The twister had a maximum rating of EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, with wind speeds reaching 80 to 90 miles per hour, and left a path 50 yards wide and two miles long.
Weather officials said a home was damaged when a tree fell on the roof, a barn had damage to its roof, and as many as 50 trees were damaged or knocked down.
There were no injuries or deaths.
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*****School Board Meeting Cancelled!!!*****
*****School Board Meeting Cancelled!!!*****
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 04:49:00 PM
EF1 tornado was confirmed yesterday (6/27) near Boalsburg just off of
US 322. The tornado touched down on Nittany Farms around 405pm EDT with
maximum winds around 100 mph. The path was about 1 mile long with
maximum path width approx. 75 yards. The tornado tracked in an atypical
direction (generally east to west) with observed damage consisting of
downed/snapped trees and roofing off of several outbuildings and corn
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|6/28/2013||3:39 PM||WIRES DOWN||JAMES ST||LAWRENCEVILLE BORO|
|6/28/2013||3:36 PM||TREE DOWN||64 SKYVIEW LN||LAWRENCE TWP|
|6/28/2013||3:36 PM||TREE DOWN||CROSS ST||LAWRENCEVILLE BORO|
|6/28/2013||3:28 PM||WIRES DOWN||2809 TIOGA RIVER RD||LAWRENCE TWP|
|6/28/2013||3:27 PM||TREE DOWN||16 MAIN ST|
|6/28/2013||3:16 PM||FIRE / WILDFIRE||8688 WATSON CK RD|
|6/28/2013||3:14 PM||TREE DOWN||STATE RD||MIDDLEBURY TWP|
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Kane Dispatched For Traffic Control On Rt. 6
At 3:45 PM on Friday, A second dispatch for additional manpower for traffic control west of the Kane Drive in on Rt. 6 for a oversize load broken down in the roadway blocking traffic.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 03:47:00 PM
Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 28 at 2:54PM EDT until June 28 at 4:00PM EDT by NWS Binghamton
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Swimming lessons classes for Session 3-- July 1-5
Water Aerobics at the Coudersport Town Pool will begin Monday July 1 and be on Mondays and Wednesdays for 5 weeks at 6 PM.
The cost will be $5.00 if you do not have a pass. If you bring children, they can swim in the little pool with a lifeguard for $1.00 each.
If you have any questions please call the pool at 274-7041.
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Governor Corbett Announces $1.65 Million in Grants to Support Mine Mapping Projects
HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $1.65 million in Mine Map Grants to seven recipients, including six of the state’s universities.
“These grants create an important partnership with higher education, develop a skilled workforce for the energy sector, and continue to ensure a safe working environment for Pennsylvania’s miners,” Corbett said.
The Mine Map Grant Program provides funding to learning institutions and incorporated nonprofit organizations to process mine maps and mine data into electronic formats that can be used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other computer applications. The grants will also provide funding for mine map and document restoration and preservation.
The grant-funded projects will georeference 7,200 maps, digitize 3,100 maps, scan 26,900 maps, and restore or preserve 259 maps.
Once the maps are digitized, they will be uploaded to DEP’s Mine Map Atlas—an online database of more than 15,000 mine maps that allows users to search for an area based on an address or latitude and longitude. Users can view the atlas from three perspectives: terrain, topographic or bird’s-eye.
The projects funded by the Mine Map Grant Program will enhance the quality, quantity and delivery of mining information to the millions of residents living in Pennsylvania's mining regions. The grant program also gives learning institutions and nonprofits the opportunity to train individuals in the use of the emerging geospatial technologies.
The Mine Map Grant Program is financed by Pennsylvania Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act funds, which come from coal mining license and permit fees and penalties, as well as state Mine Subsidence Insurance funds and the Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Fund.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Mine Map Grants.
Editor’s note: The seven organizations that were awarded grants are listed below with the funding amount.
California University of Pennsylvania, $85,934
Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, $321,968
Harrisburg Area Community College, $122,101
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, $299,534
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute, $484,631
Saint Vincent College, $110,832
University of Pittsburgh, $225,000
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Tractor Trailer vs Passenger Vehicle Crash
At 2:24 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Route 6 West, near the Cemetery Curve for a 2 vehicle crash. A passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer have collided with extensive damage to passenger vehicle. Initial dispatch indicated no injuries. It is being reported that there is no damage to the trailer. Report from the scene is that the roadway is at least partially blocked.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 02:31:00 PM
Galeton Rotary Club Newsby Henry Lush
The Galeton Rotary Club met at the Ox Yoke Inn on Thursday June 27th with President Beth Hoff presiding at her last meeting as president.
This meeting featured officer change over for the 2013-14 year. President Beth passed over the gavel to the new President, Doug Reeves. Doug will preside until June 30, 2014. Pete Folk is the new vice president, John Ziegler continues as secretary as does Dr. Joe Iaquinto as treasurer and Dr. Mike Callahan as sgt. at arms. Both Joe and Mike have held these very important positions for over 20 years. Asst. District Governor, Pete Folk presented the officers with their lapel pins.
President Beth completed a very successful year as president. She thanked the club for the support she received this past year. 2013 was the 83rd year of Galeton Rotary's service to the community.
It was noted that the Bill and Melida Gates Foundation as joined forces with Rotary International to defeat polio worldwide.
Rotarian Phyllis Conable collects a dollar each week from club members to help with this cause. Over the years the Galeton club has contributed thousands of dollar to defeat this terrible disease.
The band house restoration project is now almost complete. The band house has never looked better thanks to the efforts of Rotarian Joe Pagano. Our club has helped this project financially as has other community organizations.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 02:06:00 PM
AREA ROADWAYS AFFECTED BY FLOODING, AS OF 11:50 A.M.
Clearfield – PennDOT reports that several roadways in District 2 are being
affected by flooding in the region.
Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways.
may be deeper than it appears.
The following state routes are affected by flooding:
• Route 3009 (McGees Mills Road) is now open between the intersection with
Buhite Road and the intersection with Grant Road in Brady Township.
• Route 255 (East DuBois Avenue) is restricted to a single lane from the
intersection with Route 4014 (Shaffer Road) to the intersection with Platt
Road. Flaggers are directing traffic in this area;
• Route 150 is closed from Route 2024 (Water Street) in Beech Creek to
2019 (Laurel Run Road) in Bald Eagle Township. PennDOT plans to open the
to local traffic only as soon as possible, however through traffic will be
These routes will open when water recedes to allow for safe passage.
Conditions are changing rapidly, and motorists are advised that roadway
conditions can change rapidly. Obey all posted signs and be alert for signs and/or personnel at closed roadways.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 11:58:00 AM
Travel Advisory –State Routes Closed in Jefferson County Due to Flooding
The following state roads are closed in Jefferson County due to flooding and will open once the water recedes.
11 am Changes:
Route 36 is open in Bell Township between Route 2009 (Rikers Road) and Cloe Rossiter Road.
Remains the Same From Prior Updates:
Route 322 is closed in Reynoldsville Borough between Water Street and First Street.
A lane restriction is in place on Route 36 between Harriger Enterprise Road and River Road in Oliver Township. Two lanes are open.
Route 119 is closed in both directions in Henderson Township between Rock Dump Road and Sykesville/Troutville Road. A detour is being set up using Route 219 South , Route 36 South, and back to Route 119 South.
Route 950 is closed in Winslow Township between Gospel Church Road and Pancoast Road.
Route 2009 (Rikers Road) is closed in Bell Township between Route 36 and Route 119.
Route 3003 (Mt. Pleasant Road) is closed between Route 28 and Sheep Farm Road in Clover Township.
Route 1015 (Beechtree Road) is closed in both direction between Route 830 and Route 1008 (Rattlesnake Road) in Washington Township.
Closure near the intersection of Route 119 and Route 410 in Henderson Township due to water over the bridge.
Route 2008 (Berry Creek) in Stump Creek is closed between Route 119 and Buggy Road in Henderson Township. This road re-closed to insect the bridge.
Route 2010 (Sportman Dam Road) is closed in Winslow Township from Route 310 to Blose Hill Road. This road re-closed to inspect the bridge.
Route 2012 (Sykesville/Troutville Road) is closed in Henderson Township between Route 119 and the Clearfield County line. This road re-closed to inspect the bridge.
The local bridge at Route 1019 (Old Grade Road) in Washington Township is closed.
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|Photo Courtesy Of Carla Drabert|
In honor of Flag Day, June 14th, the Roulette Veterans Memorial received
some much needed attention by local volunteers. The Memorial has been in
place since 1972 and was beginning to show some signs of wear. In
addition to being power-washed, flowers were planted and white limestone
was added for curb appeal. Tasks were completed by Don Drabert, Sharon
Baker, Luke Baker and Shari Haskins. Though this recognition is a couple
weeks past due, I felt that the community would be appreciative of their
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/28/2013 11:12:00 AM
|Carolyn J. Atkins|
She was born September 11, 1934 in Warren, PA. to the late Samuel and Jennie Kujava Castagnino. She was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1953 graduate of Warren High School.
Carolyn was employed with Certified Electric, Johnson Enterprises and United Refinery Company as a secretary retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church where she was a Eucharistic minister. She enjoyed decorating and working in her flower beds at her home.
Her family and friends were her life.
She is survived by her 3 children – Judy M. Anderson and husband, Thomas, Margie A. Finscher and husband, Erik all of Russell, PA., Michael R. Atkins of Warren, PA., 7 grandchildren – Troy and Cory Anderson of Washington, D.C., Robert and Nicole Atkins of Warren, PA., Alex, Zack and Logan Finscher of Russell, PA., several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Atkins who died March 8, 1979 whom she married September 16, 1956 in Warren, PA., 1 Brother – John C. Castagnino, 1 Sister – Marlene Mealy.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted
Sunday at 3:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. by Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery.
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph Church Educational Center Fund or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
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