Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Emporium troopers are investigating a hit & run crash on Route 120 east of Beechwood Road in Shippen Township at 9:54 PM on Thursday.
Trooper John Whitcomb said the crash occurred as an unknown vehicle traveling west on Route 120, went off the road onto the shoulder where it struck a mailbox and continued westbound. It then re-entered the roadway, spun clockwise and began to slide in a westbound direction where it struck a guy line attached to a utility pole and came to rest. The vehicle operator then dislodged the vehicle from the utility pole and left the scene traveling west on Rt. 120.
A BOLO was broadcast to area police agencies.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/27/2013 10:10:00 PM
State Police: Commissioner Frank Noonan Announces Sergeant, Corporal Promotions
Harrisburg – Twenty-three members of the Pennsylvania State Police have been promoted to the rank of sergeant and 95 others have been promoted to the rank of corporal, Commissioner Frank Noonan announced.
Following are the newly promoted sergeants, their previous assignments, new assignments and their year of enlistment:
• Stephen J. Adamczyk, of Windber, Somerset County; Troop A, Somerset; Troop A, Indiana; 2001;
• Kent D. Bernier, of Bellefonte, Centre County; Troop G, Hollidaysburg; Troop C, Punxsutawney; 1994;
• James J. Bernosky, of Susquehanna, Susquehanna County; Troop R, Gibson; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, Pittsburgh; 1992;
• Barry L. Brinser, of Middletown, Dauphin County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1994;
• Devon M. Brutosky, of Sugarloaf, Luzerne County; Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards; Troop J, Embreeville; 2002;
• Tracy J. Dinger, of Girard, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop E, Meadville; 1995;
• Brian J. Dropinski, of Catawissa, Columbia County; Troop N, Bloomsburg; Troop B, Washington; 2000;
• James M. Dunleavy, of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County; Troop P, Shickshinny; Troop D, New Castle; 1995;
• Gino M. Fagnilli, of Spring Grove, York County; Troop B, Uniontown; Troop B, Belle Vernon; 1995;
• Sean F. Flaherty, of Needmore, Fulton County; Troop G, McConnellsburg; Troop B, Uniontown; 1991
• Leo D. Hannon, Jr., of Wyoming, Luzerne County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1996
• Fred H. Krute, III, of Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County; Troop L, Schuylkill Haven; Troop D, Butler 1992;
• Dennis W. Long, of Slatington, Lehigh County; Troop M, Bethlehem; Troop B, Washington 1991;
• Mark A. Magyar, of Marietta, Lancaster County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 2003
• Scott W. Ohl, of Alburtis, Lehigh County; Troop M, Fogelsville; Troop L, Reading; 1999;
• Craig E. Polen, of Milton, Northumberland County; Troop F, Milton; Troop G, Hollidaysburg; 2002;
• Harold W. Rinker, Jr., of Jersey Shore, Clinton County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; Troop G, Huntingdon; 1992;
• Jeffrey M. Schaeffer, of Scottdate, Westmoreland County; Troop B, Belle Vernon; Troop B, Uniontown; 2003;
• Joseph M. Sparich, of Weatherly, Carbon County; Troop N, Fern Ridge; Troop M, Bethlehem; 2000;
• Charles A. Staskiewicz, of Richland, Lebanon County; Troop L, Reading; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1994;
• Keith M. Stetor, of Venetia, Washington County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1999;
• Michael B. Tinneny, of Collegeville, Montgomery County; Troop K, Philadelphia; Troop K, Media; 1994;
• Serrell C. Ulrich, of Elizabethtown, Dauphin County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop B, Uniontown; 1996;
Following are the newly promoted corporals, their previous assignments, new assignments and their year of enlistment:
• Joseph D. Akers, of Montoursville, Lycoming County; Troop F, Montoursville; will remain at Troop F, Montoursville; 1994;
• Michaelann Andrusiak, of Glenside, Montgomery County; Troop K, Media; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2002;
• Kevin J. Azaravich, of Kingston, Luzerne County; Troop N, Hazleton; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2003;
• Robert L. Bailey, of Lancaster, Lancaster County; Troop J, Lancaster; Troop J, Embreeville; 2007;
• Leigh A. Barrows, of Philipsburg, Clearfield County; Troop G, Rockview; Troop G, Bedford; 1996;
• Patrick A. Beaver, of Penns Creek, Snyder County; Legislative Affairs Office; will remain in the Legislative Affairs Office; 1999;
• Dennis M. Bernard, Jr., of Greensburg, Westmoreland County; of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1994;
• Christopher D. Bock, of Coudersport, Potter County; Troop F, Emporium; Troop F, Coudersport; 2002;
• James G. Brown, Jr., of Erie, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; will remain at Troop E, Erie; 1994;
• Kevin S. Brubaker, of Summit Hill, Carbon County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop N, Swiftwater; 1993;
• Charles N. Burckhardt, Jr., of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County; Troop K, Philadelphia; will remain at Troop K, Philadelphia; 2007;
• Tyler P. Burgess, of Breinigsville, Lehigh County; Troop M, Fogelsville; Troop K, Skippack; 2007;
• Adam J. Burk, of Lancaster, Lancaster County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 2006;
• Lee C. Bunyak, of Cranberry, Venango County; Troop C, Clarion; Troop E, Erie; 2002;
• Geoffrey T. Bush, of Carlisle, Cumberland County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 2005;
• Henry L. Callithen, III, of Strasburg, Lancaster County; Troop J, Avondale; Troop J, Lancaster; 2000;
• David J. Cannon, of Edinboro, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop F, Mansfield; 1994;
• Todd A. Cessna, of Ephrata, Lancaster County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1997;
• William A. Chase, of Penfield, Clearfield County; Troop C, Ridgway; Troop F, Coudersport; 2000;
• Robert W. Claar, of Palmyra, Lebanon County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1997;
• Eugene K. Cullen, of Lancaster, Lancaster County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1994;
• Scott M. Davis, of Selinsgrove, Snyder County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1994;
• James E. Dewalt, of Strasburg, Lancaster County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1991;
• Byron K. Dickson, Jr., of Dunmore, Lackawanna County; Troop N, Fern Ridge; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2007;
• Anthony Doblovasky, of West Wyoming, Luzerne County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 2006;
• Daryl J. Elias, of Pocono Lake, Monroe County; Bureau of Forensic Services; will remain in the Bureau of Forensic Services; 2005;
• Gregory J. Emiliani, of Scranton, Lackawanna County; Troop N, Swiftwater; Troop R, Honesdale; 2006;
• Eric M. Farabaugh, of Emporium, Cameron County; Troop F, Emporium; Troop G, Hollidaysburg; 1998;
• Derek D. Felsman, of Waymart, Wayne County; Troop N, Swiftwater; Troop R, Honesdale; 2007;
• Richard B. Fennell, of Sarver, Butler County; Troop D, Butler; Troop A, Greensburg; 1998;
• Brian R. Finn, of Durham, Bucks County; Troop M, Belfast; Troop K, Skippack; 2005;
• Patrick J. Finn, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County; Troop N, Bloomsburg; Troop H, Harrisburg; 1994;
• William E. Foutz, of Lebanon, Lebanon County; Troop L, Jonestown; Troop J, Embreeville; 2007;
• Erik L. Friend, of Chalk Hill, Fayette County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop B, Uniontown; 1999;
• Gary M. Garman, of Erie, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop E, Meadville; 2005;
• Adam K. Gibson, of Kylertown, Clearfield County; Troop C, Clearfield; Troop F, Lamar; 2005;
• Reed L. Grenci, of Clarion, Clarion County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1999
• Joshua L. Guthrie, of Pen Argyl, Northampton County; Troop M, Belfast; Bureau of Training and Education; 1998;
• Dennis E. Haines, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1991;
• Shawn M. Haines, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County; Troop K, Philadelphia; Troop K, Media; 2006;
• Matthew G. Hartman, of Manor, Westmoreland County; Troop A, Greensburg; Troop B, Uniontown; 2000;
• Joseph D. Horton, of Robertsdale, Huntingdon County; Troop G, McConnellsburg; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1999;
• Richard D. Hunter, of West Alexander, Washington County; Troop B, Washington; will remain at Troop B, Washington; 1994;
• David M. Janson, of Bloomsburg, Columbia County; Troop N, Bloomsburg; Troop N, Swiftwater; 1994;
• Michael Joyce, of Nicholson, Wyoming County; Troop R, Blooming Grove; Troop R, Gibson; 2006;
• Kent R. Kaylor, of Hershey, Dauphin County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1998;
• Christopher M. King, of Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County; Troop P, Wyoming; Troop F, Montoursville; 1999;
• Douglas R. Kramer, of Kane, McKean County; Troop C, Kane; Troop B, Belle Vernon; 2006;
• Joseph J. Kulick, Jr., of Nanticoke, Luzerne County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, Pocono Downs; Troop P, Towanda; 2003;
• Christine Lench, of Waterford, Crawford County; Troop E, Erie; will remain at Troop E, Erie; 1994;
• Lucas M. Lohrman, of Wind Gap, Northampton County; Troop M, Belfast; Troop M, Bethlehem; 2003;
• John F. Mallon, of Millersburg, Dauphin County; Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; will remain in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations; 1996;
• Gregory E. McCombs, of Carlisle, Cumberland County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop H, Carlisle; 1991;
• Joseph R. McCunney, of Havertown, Delaware County; Bureau of Communications and Information Services; will remain in the Bureau of Communications and Information Services; 1994;
• Mark W. McGinnis, of Dubois, Clearfield County; Troop C, Clearfield; Troop F, Mansfield; 1996;
• Cory S. Mengel, of Hamburg, Berks County; Troop L, Jonestown; Troop L, Reading; 2005;
• Frank R. Milliard, of Johnsonburg, Elk County; Troop C, Kane; Troop F, Mansfield; 1998;
• Kevin M. Mills, of Glenside, Montgomery County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Troop M, Trevose; 1994;
• Christopher A. Nacios, of Warminster, Bucks County; Troop M, Trevose; will remain at Troop M, Trevose; 2002;
• Robert P. Naprava, Jr., of Hazle Township, Luzerne County; Troop T, King of Prussia; Troop M, Trevose; 2003;
• Eugene T. Ondeck, Jr., of Wapwallopen, Luzerne County; Troop P, Shickshinny; will remain at Troop P, Shickshinny; 2000;
• Christopher C. Ott, of Fayetteville, Franklin County; Troop H, Chambersburg; Troop H, Carlisle; 1996;
• Alan D. Pietkiewic, of Drums, Luzerne County; Troop N, Hazleton; will remain at Troop N, Hazleton; 1999;
• Brian K. Pitchford, of Uniontown, Fayette County; Troop B, Waynesburg; Troop B, Uniontown; 1999;
• Robert P. Podbielski, of Erie, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop F, Coudersport; 2005;
• Jeffrey Ramos, of Bethlehem, Northampton County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop M, Trevose; 2000;
• Jason J. Rasmus, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County; Troop N, Hazleton; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2005;
• Jessie D. Romanchick, of Scranton, Lackawanna County;Troop N, Swiftwater; will remain at Troop N, Swiftwater; 2007;
• Michael A. Santos, of West Chester, Chester County; Troop J, Avondale; Troop J, Embreeville; 2007;
• Michael A. Sbardella, of Indiana, Indiana County; Troop A, Indiana; Troop B, Uniontown; 2004;
• Lance L. Schimp, of Shippenville, Clarion County; Troop C, Kane; Troop C, Marienville; 2004;
• Michael A. Schmitt, of Lebanon, Lebanon County; Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop H, Newport; 2005;
• Brian J. Schutter, of Douglassville, Berks County; Troop K, Skippack; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2006;
• Louis J. Serafini, of Somerset, Somerset County; Bureau of Communications and Information Services; will remain in the Bureau of Communications and Information Services; 1996;
• Kevin E. Selverian, of Northampton, Northampton County; Bureau of Training and Education; will remain in the Bureau of Training and Education; 1994
• William C. Slaton, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County; Troop K, Philadelphia; Troop K, Media; 2007;
• Michael W. Smith, of St. Mary’s, Elk County; Troop F, Emporium; will remain at Troop F, Emporium; 1996;
• Shawn D. Smith, of Moscow, Lackawanna County; Troop N, Swiftwater; Troop R, Blooming Grove; 2006;
• Brent D. Spleen, of Pottsville, Schuylkill County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, Penn National; Troop L, Jonestown; 2004;
• Chris A. Stafford, Jr., of Erie, Erie County; Troop E, Erie; Troop B, Belle Vernon; 2001;
• Ronald A. Stonis, Jr., of New Kensington, Westmoreland County; Troop A, Kiski Valley; Troop A, Greensburg; 1994;
• John R. Straub, of Bedford, Bedford County; Troop G, Bedford; Troop G, McConnellsburg; 2002;
• Jonathan S. Sunderlin, of Glen Mills, Delaware County; Troop K, Media; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2004;
• David A. Surra, of Kersey, Elk County; Troop C, Kane; Troop F, Emporium; 2006;
• Michael T. Taylor, of Sinking Spring, Berks County; Troop L, Reading; will remain at Troop L, Reading; 1996;
• John G. Thacik, of McMurray, Washington County; Bureau of Forensic Services; will remain in the Bureau of Forensic Services; 2007;
• Rayna J. Todd, of Drexel Hill, Delaware County; Bureau of Gaming Enforcement; Troop K, Philadelphia; 2002;
• Jason R. Troutman, of Kempton, Berks County; Troop M, Bethlehem; Troop M, Bethlehem; 2002;
• Anthony D. Vito, Jr., of Bentleyville, Washington County; Troop B, Uniontown; Troop G, McConnellsburg; 1992;
• Michael A. Walsh, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County; Troop N, Fern Ridge; Troop R, Blooming Grove; 2005;
• Steven J. Walters, of Bethel Park, Allegheny County; Troop B, Belle Vernon; Troop G, Bedford; 1997;
• James E. Weaver, of Knox, Clarion County; Troop C, Clarion; Troop C, Kane; 2004;
• Brian Wolfe, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County; Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop H, Carlisle; 2006;
• James A. Youngblood, Jr, of Shavertown, Luzerne County; Troop P, Shickshinny; Troop N, Swiftwater; 2004;
• Patrick J. Zirpoli, of Milanville, Wayne County; Bureau of Criminal Investigation; will remain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; 1992;
State Police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and colonel. For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/27/2013 07:03:00 PM
Bolivar/Richburg Responding To Vehicle Crash
At 5:09 PM on Saturday, Bolivar and Richburg Fire Sept. and Ambulance have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on County Road 33 in the Town of Bolivar in the area of Beers Hollow Road.
Victim of crash transported to Jones Memorial. Will likely be transferred to trauma center.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/27/2013 05:13:00 PM
|William H. Hopwood, Jr.|
He was born September 10, 1935 in Philadelphia a son of the late William H. and Frances Hopwood, Sr.
On October 4, 1958 in Philadelphia he married Norma Waters Hopwood, who Survives.
Mr. Hopwood served with the US Navy for four years during the Korean War. He worked for the City of Philadelphia Police Department, as a homicide detective for many years before moving to Emporium in 1975. Bill retired from Pennsylvania Pressed Metals where he worked for several years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Emporium Council #990, Fraternal Order of Police, National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America.
In addition to Norma Waters Hopwood
Son: William H. Hopwood, III, Emporium
Son: Dwayne M. Hopwood and his wife Danielle, Emporium
9 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren
Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Frances Hopwood, Sr.
Brother: John Hopwood
Sister: Elva Etley
There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (July 29, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector, of Emmanuel Episcopal Church officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium,
Pennsylvania Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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|7/27/2013||12:18 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||1500 DINGMAN RUN RD||EULALIA|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/27/2013 02:07:00 PM
All games at PA Senior Little League suspended Saturday.
Championship games will be played Monday at 1, 4, & 7 pm
All games for today rained out.
Games will start Sunday at noon, 3 & 6 pm.
All games for today rained out.
Games will start Sunday at noon, 3 & 6 pm.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/27/2013 12:54:00 PM
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
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Tomorrow's Church Services of Southern Potter UMC Will Be Combined
Southern Potter United Methodist Churches are having a combined service this Sunday July 28th at 10:30am at The Sweden Valley Faith Community UMC.
Costello, Austin and Keating Summit will not be having there Sunday morning services this week. If the weather is nice we will worship outside and we will have a picnic lunch to follow and an auction to help send our Pastor to the Holy Land.
Call 274-7097 with any questions.
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Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
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Friday, July 26, 2013
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The 61st annual Woodsmen's Show will take place on August 2,3 4 at Cherry Springs State Park, south of Galeton on route 44.
This year there will be several new vendors, 13 chain saw wood carvers, music and of course, several lumbermen's events on Friday and Saturday. Sunday afternoon features log pulling contests with teams of the finest area horses.
Click here for complete information and schedule for the Woodsmen's Show for 2013.
Admission on Friday and Sunday is $8. for adults. Admission on Saturday is $10. for adults. Children admission is $6. daily.
This is Galeton Rotary's major fund raising event. Over the years the Galeton Rotary club has contributed well over $300,000. to many Galeton community projects.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 08:42:00 PM
ALARMS-HIGH LIFE HAZARD
Address: 675 MONTMORENCI RD
Cross Streets: DAY ST * COMMONS LN
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD; St. Marys FD & Johnsonburg FD
7/26/2013 7:40:31 PM
7:51 PM--CANCEL ALL RESPONDING UNITS EXCEPT RIDGWAY UNITS ON SCENE
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 07:45:00 PM
Congressional Natural Gas Caucus Convenes Field Hearing in Pennsylvania on Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Production in the Marcellus Region
U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA): "Today’s hearing offered this Caucus and the broader public an insightful look at how natural gas production is having a hugely positive economic impact upon local communities across Pennsylvania. I want to thank all of the state and local officials and leaders for offering perspectives on how our communities have managed the challenges associated with rapid economic growth. The work being done by our communities to leverage these opportunities and maximize the economic benefit to local populations is truly impressive. I also want to thank the Pennsylvania College of Technology for hosting this event and offering us the opportunity to have this important dialogue.”
U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX): “These issues are important, and I am glad that our Caucus takes its role seriously. I look forward to having more of these educational events in the future.”
U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY): “Today’s testimony and discussion from the Natural Gas Caucus hearing further highlights the economic benefits local communities are seeing in Pennsylvania as result of natural gas development. While some benefits have been felt in New York, the full weight of the positive impact will not be seen until the moratorium is lifted. In addition to the Natural Gas Caucus, I also Co-Chair the House Manufacturing Caucus and see domestic natural gas as a major driver for manufacturers in revitalizing our economy. Natural gas development will mean jobs in the precise area of the state where they are needed most.”
The Congressional Natural Gas Caucus is a bipartisan effort in the U.S. House made up of more than 80 Members of Congress. The primary mission of the group is to educate Members of Congress and the public about the importance of natural gas as a domestic energy resource and its role in meeting the nation's energy demand.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 07:14:00 PM
Address: 39978 STATE ST
Cross Streets: VERNON AVE * IRVING AVE
RIDGWAY BOROUGH GARAGE
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD
7/26/2013 6:09:38 PM
7:00 PM--CHIEF REQUESTS FIRE MARSHAL TO SCENE
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Baker Testifies Before Congressional Field Hearing on Economic Impact of Natural Gas Production in Bradford, Tioga Counties
Baker Testifies Before Congressional Field Hearing on Economic Impact of Natural Gas Production in Bradford, Tioga Counties
|State Rep. Matt Baker|
“I was honored to be asked to present testimony to the caucus,” said Baker. “As a member representing the most productive natural gas drilling legislative district in the state, I have seen firsthand the economic revitalization throughout our region due to expansion of the industry – from a housing boom to record-low unemployment and infrastructure improvements. If we are able to continue to grow the natural gas industry in a responsible manner with strict regulatory oversight, the Northern Tier, and in fact all of Pennsylvania, will benefit.”
During the hearing, Baker highlighted the financial impact natural gas drilling has had on both Bradford and Tioga counties, which went from a few permits and wells in 2009 to now being the largest natural gas field in the country. Pennsylvania natural gas production in 2012 accounted for supplying gas to 11 percent of the 65 million gas households in the United States.
Baker pointed out that landowners in Bradford and Tioga counties have received a total of more than $550.6 million in royalty payments from January 2008 through December 2012. Total lifetime royalty payments for wells permitted as of July 13 are estimated to amount to $7.6 billion for local landowners. It is also worth noting that these figures do not even include amounts of signing bonuses.
Under a new law enacted in 2012, which Baker supported and helped lead floor debate for passage, impact fees are now imposed on natural gas companies drilling in the Commonwealth with 60 percent of the fees going to counties and local governments and 40 percent going to the state.
The state’s portion is to be used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.
Baker testified that during the past two years combined (2011-12) millions of dollars were paid to both local counties and municipalities. Bradford County received at total of $15.7 million, with another 23.4 million going to Bradford County local municipalities. Tioga County received in the last two years a combined $9.1 million, with an additional $13.6 million going back to Tioga County local municipalities. This brings total impact fees to date for the last two years for both county and municipal disbursement amounts to $39.2 million for Bradford County and $22.7 million for Tioga County.
Counties and municipalities have the option to use the funds to address a variety of drilling impacts, including preservation and reclamation of water supplies; improvements to local roads and bridges; construction and repair of water and sewer systems; delivery of social services including domestic relations and drug and alcohol treatment; local tax reduction; local affordable housing needs; assistance for county conservation districts; as well as emergency preparedness and flood plain management.
“Funding from the impact fees is essential to making sure any impacts to infrastructure or the environment due to the natural gas industry or other factors are able to be addressed,” said Baker. “The amount of funding received under the program has exceeded expectations and has been a great help to our local communities.”
Through his extensive research on the natural gas industry impacts in the region, Baker also took note that unemployment in the area has reached record-lows and that his area has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the state due to natural gas production and its ancillary industries. In fact, from 2006 to 2012, employment in the Northern Tier region has increased by 265.6 percent, according to the Center for Workforce Analysis.
“Employees working both directly within the natural gas drilling industry and those working in ancillary industries are earning family-sustaining wages and benefits,” said Baker. “For an area of the Commonwealth that has struggled with job growth opportunities in the past, this is a welcome change.”
To bring a single Marcellus well on line requires approximately 420 individuals across 150 different occupations, including engineers, geologists, attorneys, inspectors, truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, general labor, welders and many more.
“Not only have jobs become available in drilling, manufacturing, construction and trucking that one would typically associate with the industry but, due to increased populations, jobs in the health care, retail and restaurant sectors have also grown,” said Baker. “It has truly been a trickle-down effect that has benefitted everyone.
“Of course, as we are still in the somewhat early stages of Marcellus Shale exploration, I look forward to continuing to monitor the progress of the industry and its effect on our local and regional communities, as well as its impact on our national domestic energy supplies,” concluded Baker.
Also offering testimony with Baker at the hearing were Erick Coolidge, Tioga County commissioner; Jeff Wheeland, Lycoming County commissioner; Mike Flanagan, Clinton County Economic Partnership; Vince Matteo, Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce; John Augustine, Marcellus Shale Coalition; Brent Fish, Fish Realty; Seth Alberts, Alberts Spray Solutions; and Bobby Keen, Ultra Pipeline.
The Congressional Natural Gas Caucus is a bipartisan group of more than 80 members of Congress. Its primary mission is to educate members of Congress and the American people about the importance of natural gas as a domestic energy resource, its role in meeting the nation’s energy demand and in attaining energy security.
To view a copy of Baker’s entire congressional presentation, go to www.RepBaker.com.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 04:25:00 PM
First Game on Friday
West Point 6 Montoursville 4
Homerun West Point Jake Stemmerich
Homerun Montoursville Devin Singer
Doubles West Point. Tyler Gustafson Luke Crawford and Andrew Proch
Players from Montoursville heading home. At least 4 have a stomach virus. They will return Sunday for the semi final and finals
2nd game Friday PA senior little league tourney
Great Valley 13. East Stroudsburg 1 in 5 innings.
Doubles from Great Valley. Alec Gulasarian Jimmy Cox and Andrew Dolan
Final game day 3 pa senior little league tourney
Weston Park 2 KAU 1
Home run Dan Kelly Weston park
Doubles by KAU:
Double play Weston park (2)
Ceremonies @ noon tomorrow at the PA Senior Little League Tournament
2nd game Friday PA senior little league tourneyGreat Valley 13. East Stroudsburg 1 in 5 innings.
Doubles from Great Valley. Alec Gulasarian Jimmy Cox and Andrew Dolan
Final game day 3 pa senior little league tourneyWeston Park 2 KAU 1
Home run Dan Kelly Weston park
Doubles by KAU:
Double play Weston park (2)
Ceremonies @ noon tomorrow at the PA Senior Little League Tournament
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 04:14:00 PM
Man Injured In 4 Wheeler Crash At Majestic Trails
At 4:07 PM on Friday, Otto Township Ambulance & Medic 1 have been dispatched to Majestic Trails in Otto Township for an ATV crash. A 58 year old male is reported to injured.
Center is checking availability of a helicopter.
4:42 PM--ETA OF MERCYFLIGHT IS 10 MINUTES
5:05 PM--OTTO AMBULANCE & MEDIC 1 AT LZ
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 04:10:00 PM
Volunteer trail clinics at Hills Creek
The park is hosting two volunteer trail work days – August 6th and 13th – calling them Trail Tuesday Clinics, taking place from 9am to Noon each day. Registration is required. More information will be provided upon registration.
Calendar listing is online at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/hillscreek/index.htm under the events tab. Registrations are taken online and volunteers must sign up online as a volunteer prior to registering / attending. Questions: Hills Creek Park Office 570-724-4246.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 03:55:00 PM
GAME COMMISSION TO HOST ANNUAL WATERFOWL BRIEFING
This year’s symposium to be held at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.
Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, Aug. 9, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Northwest Pennsylvania Duck Hunters Association, on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed preliminary federal frameworks for the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting seasons.
The briefing will begin at 1 p.m., at the Game Commission’s Pymatuning Administration Building, 9552 Hartstown Road, Hartstown, Pa.
In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.
Public comments will be accepted at the meeting; or by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; or via e-mail through WaterfowlComments@pa.gov.
Based on public comments, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval.
All migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.
Early migratory bird hunting seasons – including September Canada goose, mourning dove, American woodcock and webless species – will be announced soon.
By mid-August, when the final selections are made, the Game Commission will issue a news release on the remaining hunting seasons for migratory birds. The agency also will post the annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us).
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 03:52:00 PM
Helen R. Irons Lucia, 85, of Warren, Pa died Friday, July 26, 2013 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home in Warren, PA.
Born on December 24, 1927 in Smethport, PA she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Janette Brougham Irons. On May 2, 1953 at St. Joseph Church on Beech Street, Warren, PA she married Peter Lucia, who died on December 30, 2000.
Helen was a resident of Warren since 1950. She was a graduate of Smethport High School, Class of 1947. She later graduated from the Wiltson School of Medical Technology where she received a certificate as a Laboratory Technician. Helen was employed by the former Warren Medical Group for 30 years and with the former Kinzua Valley Nursing Home for 9 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Joseph R. C. Church in Warren. Helen loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and was an avid Notre Dame Football fan.
Helen is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Theodore) Bailey of Warren, PA, Janet (Scott) Creveling of Pittsburgh, PA, and Phyllis “P.J.” Dahle of Pleasantville, PA, seven grandchildren, Lisa (Chad) Gelotte, Teresa (Dennis) Abplanalp, Joseph Bailey and his companion Erica Walker, Diana (Derek) Dygulski, Jenna Creveling, Jason Dahle and his companion Jill Anderson and James (Racheal) Dahle, four great-grandchildren, Traci, Edward and Jack Abplanalp and Olivia Dygulski, one step-great-grandson, Tyler Gelotte, two sisters, Emmogene (Daniel) Pancoast of Erie, PA and Marie (Elwin) Nichols of Morristown, TN, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Paul Dahle, a great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Bailey, one sister, Eileen Drum and two brothers, Milford Irons and John G. Irons.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. using the rear entrances. A vigil service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday with Rev. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery, Warren, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 03:48:00 PM
2 Vehicle Crash Reported On Route 305 In Town of Genesee
At 3:38 PM on Friday, State Police, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash in front of 1724 Route 305 in the Town of Genesee. Report airbag deployment on both vehicles. Unknown if injuries.
3:45 PM--Portville Chief requests more help to the hall
3:53 PM--REQUEST CLARKSVILLE SHUT DOWN RT. 305 AT COON HOLLOW ROAD
3:56 PM--WESTONS MILLS REQUEST AMBULANCE & CREW TO SCENE
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 03:43:00 PM
Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
That’s the beginning of the FFA Creed, and an idea that’s always stuck with me.
It’s also how Gov. Corbett is guiding our state. He and I believe in the future of PA, and we see its prosperity every day.
I see it in our strong ag industry – the state’s largest, and the cornerstone of our economy. Gov. Corbett sees it in the investments businesses are making in our communities, hiring workers and supporting families.
Since he took office, Gov. Corbett has made it his mission to ensure a job for every Pennsylvanian who wants one. This June, PA gained 19,100 jobs, the second-largest growth in employment in the country. We’ve added more than 130,000 private-sector jobs since Gov. Corbett took office and our unemployment rate is below the nat’l average. We’re still on that road to recovery, and the strength of our ag industry, plus Gov. Corbett’s actions to keep farmers farming, are leading the way.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 03:06:00 PM
Patricia A. "Patty" Alexander, 82, of 518 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, PA passed away, Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Bradford Manor.
Born April 8, 1931, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Edwin J. and Loretta A. (McCloskey) Chase.
On May 29, 1969, in Bradford, she married Mahlon R. "Fat" Alexander, who died on December 29, 2006.
She attended elementary school in Farmers Valley and graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1949. Certificates of Achievement were earned from the University of Pittsburgh, and she was registered by the Optometric Extension Program in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Alexander was an assistant to O. Sherman Carlson, M.D. for many years. She was also the office manager for Dr. Edgar R. Danny for 25 years.
She adored her family and her pets. An avid reader, she also loved oil and oil pastel painting, and played many musical instruments. Other favorite things were gardening, cooking, fishing and her computer. She loved socializing, a good party, and entertaining at home. Compassionate and caring, she quietly administered to the needs of many.
A present member of Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, she was also a volunteer for Bradford Regional Medical Center where she delivered mail to patients. She was a past board member of Zonta Club, and past president of the National Secretaries Association.
She is survived by twins, daughter Pamela (Richard) Jankowski of Allegany, NY and son Patrick (Julia) Cici of Cleveland, OH; a sister, Delores (Robert) Winner of Bradford; four grandchildren, Ashley (Stewart) Alessi and Allyson Jankowski all of Allegany, NY, Elissa (Doug) Evernahm of Indianapolis, IN, and Jeffrey Cici of Conshohocken, PA, two great grandsons, Benjamin Alessi and Nicholas Alessi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Joseph Cici, a niece Kathleen Ryan and a nephew Michael Steck.
Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, July 29, 2013, with Rev Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Cancer Society 95 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701 or charity of the donor's choice .
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 02:46:00 PM
OPEN HOUSE at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park
Sinnemahoning: The public is invited to an open house event in the new Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park on Saturday, August 10th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
View the new interpretive exhibits and discover the diverse wildlife of the area, including butterflies flying through the air, bears hiding in a cave, and young eagles hatching in their nest. Use the interactive panels to pick up photography tips, discover lost history, and plan your Pennsylvania Wilds adventures.
Park staff will be on-hand to showcase the new facility and explain how the new exhibits are designed to enhance the park visitor’s wildlife watching opportunities in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested, but not required.
Sinnemahoning State Park is a 1,910 acre multi-use park in Cameron and Potter counties with overnight facilities and year-round recreational opportunities. The park offers camping, cabin rental, picnic pavilions, environmental and outdoor recreation programs, trails for hiking, biking and snowmobiling, and the 145-acre George B. Stevenson Reservoir for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Sinnemahoning is also popular for viewing wildlife such as bald eagles and elk.
For more information about the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, please call the park office at 814-647-8401 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks
Directions to the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park: From the south, follow Rte. 120 to the junction with Rte. 872 in Sinnemahoning. Travel 13 miles north on Rte. 872 to Park Drive. The Wildlife Center is located at 4843 Park Drive. From the north, follow US Route 6 to the junction with Rte. 872 in Coudersport. Travel 30 miles south on Rte. 872 to Park Drive. The Wildlife Center is located at 4843 Park Drive. Watch for entrance signs. GPS coordinates for the new center are: N41*28.384 W078*03.438
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 02:02:00 PM
Port Allegany Dispatched To Natural Gas Leak
At 1:37 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to the Gene Mantz farm on the Lower Portage Road for a natural gas leak coming from oil tanks on the property.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 01:40:00 PM
State Farm Insurance, Local Agent Donate $3K to Campus Multicultural Programs
DuBOIS – Greg Cranmer, a DuBois-based agent for State Farm Insurance, and the State Farm Insurance Company have donated a total of $3,000 to Penn State DuBois to fund multicultural programs at the campus. Cranmer, himself, contributed $1500, and State Farm matched his gift under the company's Multicultural Sponsorship Program. Specifically, the funds will sponsor a lecture event at the campus on October 16, featuring Daniel Hernandez. Hernandez was the congressional intern credited with saving the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following the January 2011 attack during which Giffords was shot. Hernandez will fill many roles as a speaker when he appears on campus. He will speak for National Coming Out Day, as well as Hispanic Heritage Month. Additionally, new students will read his book, They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth as part of their orientation process this fall. The books will also be furnished by the donation made by Cranmer and State Farm.
"We want to better serve the community and be invested in the campus; that's a primary focus," Cranmer said of State Farm's gift and the intentions behind the company's Multicultural Sponsorship Program. "We also want to embrace the multicultural community that doesn't get a lot of attention in this area."
Information from State Farm's headquarters explains, "The State Farm Companies Foundation and State Farm values inclusiveness and diversity. Therefore, charitable funding is intended to advance access, equity, and inclusiveness while discouraging harmful discrimination based on age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or religious beliefs."
At Penn State DuBois, professionals in the Student Life Office and the Office of International and Multicultural Student Services make every effort to expose all students to various cultures and experiences in order to provide the most well-rounded education. Programs like the ones featuring Hernandez provide many of those enlightening moments. Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty said it is support from local businesses and the community, like the gift from Cranmer and State Farm that make these programs possible.
"I’m excited about this partnership with Greg Cranmer and State Farm and the experiences this sponsorship has unlocked for our students at Penn State DuBois," said Doty.
Photo: State Farm Sponsorship 009 –
State Farm Agent Greg Cranmer and Penn State DuBois Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty discuss Daniel Hernandez's book, They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 01:36:00 PM
Update for Work at the ‘Blinker Parkway’ Intersection, Week of July 29
DuBois – Work to improve the Route 119/322 “Blinker Parkway” intersection in Sandy Township is continuing, with an update noted below. When work completes late this year, area drivers will be able to travel through a wider intersection with improved visibility and enhanced safety.
For the week of July 29, area drivers can expect:
• Contractor will placing embankment along Route 322 for roadway widening
• Contractor will begin excavation and drainage work for the next phase of construction.
• Motorists should be alert for the new traffic pattern and traffic signal changes that were put into effect on July 24.
Drivers can expect travel delays as the travel lane change occurs. Traffic will controlled by flaggers at the Route 322/119 intersection.
PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious, watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the work zone, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
Overall work will include construction of turning lanes, roadway widening, slight roadway re-alignment, drainage improvements, new curbing and sidewalk, curb ramps, and traffic signal upgrades
All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by early December of this year. H.R. I. Inc of State College is the contractor on this $1.3 million project.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 01:29:00 PM
Update for Northern Route 255 Project in Saint Marys, Week of July 29
Saint Marys – Work to improve a northern section of Route 255 in the city of Saint Marys is continuing. The project stretches from the Tractor Supply Co. intersection to Route 120/State Street in Saint Marys. Work this year will concentrate on the section between Wendy’s and Satterlee & Sons.
Once the project completes in late summer 2014, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient. PennDOT will issue regular updates on this project.
Activity the week of July 29 will include:
• MOTORIST ALERT – CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERN: Beginning Wednesday at 8 p.m., the contractor will begin to shift traffic into a new traffic pattern, which will be in place by Thursday morning. This work will take place between the intersection at Tractor Supply Co. and Iron Run Road.
The new traffic pattern will restrict traffic to one lane northbound and one lane southbound with a center turning lane. Southbound and northbound traffic will be shifted to the newly completed southbound side of the highway to allow for construction of the new northbound lanes.
Flaggers will be in place at the following intersections:
o Tractor Supply
o School Road
o Ford Road
o Plaza Drive
Flaggers will remain at these intersections until the temporary traffic signals are relocated and activated on Thursday.
• During dayshift on Thursday, the contractor will begin breaking up the existing northbound pavement.
• The contractor will begin excavating and removing the existing northbound pavement Thursday night.
• The contractor will continue to place sanitary sewer on Route 255 between Arch Street and State Street. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction. This work will be performed during daytime work hours.
• The contractor will be paving street and driveway tie-ins from the intersection at Tractor Supply Co. to Plaza Drive. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic. This work will be performed during daytime work hours.
• The current traffic pattern, which will be in place until Wednesday night, restricts traffic to one lane northbound and one lane southbound with a center turning lane. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until Wednesday night. The center turn lane is for turning movements only.
• Access to businesses within the work zone will be maintained during normal business hours.
All work is weather and schedule dependent. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone. Motorists are advised to be cautious when traveling through the work zone and should obey the posted speed limit.
Overall work includes pavement repair, drainage improvements, addition of a right-turn lane for Route 255 northbound traffic at Vine Street, re-alignment of the Arch Street intersection, a right turn lane on Route 120 east for traffic heading south on Route 255, and other construction items. Dave Gutelius Excavating Inc. of Mifflinburg is the contractor on this $12.8 million project.
About a one-mile section of roadway separates this project from PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that stretches from north of Greenbriar Drive to just south of the Kersey/Route 948 intersection.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 01:27:00 PM
PennDOT Maintenance Work Schedule for July 29 – August 2, 2013
Potter /Cameron PENNDOT, Potter/Cameron County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of July 29 – August 2, weather permitting.
Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.
Potter County 0260:
• State Route: 0044 (Sweden Valley to Lycoming County) Sign Repairs & Upgrades
• State Route: 1022 (Galeton Borough) Bridge Repair
● State Route: 4008 (South Branch) Ditching
● State Route: 1011 (Ulysses-Hickox Road) Shoulder Stabilization
● State Route: 0144 (Cross Fork to Oleona) Ditching (Mon-Wed)
State Route: 0044 (Pine Mountain Area) Ditching (Thu-Fri)
● State Route: 1010 (Mills to North Bingham) Mill and Fill – Expect Delays
• State Route: 1010 (Mills to North Bingham) Mill and Fill – Expect Delays
• State Route: 4005 (Whitney Creek Road) Side Dozing
● State Route: 0244 (Genesee to Andrews Settlement) Mowing (Mon-Tue)
● State Route: 0449 (Gold to Genesee) Mowing (Wed-Fri)
Cameron County 0240:
• State Route: 0120 & 3001 Ditching
• State Route: 0120 Crack Sealing
• State Route: 0120, 3001, and 0046 Mowing
The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:
• L C Whitford: State Route 49 (Harrison Valley) Bridge Repair
• Glenn O Hawbaker: State Route 872 (Potter & Cameron) Drainage Improvements and Road Repairs
• LTT Trucking: State Route 0872 (Ladona Area) Bridge Repair (approx. end 09/22/14)
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 01:22:00 PM
Update for Route 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois, Week of July 29
DuBois - Work to improve Route 255 near the I-80 DuBois/101 interchange 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 the week of July 29 will feature the following activity:
• On Monday, the contractor will be pulling the waterline along the southbound shoulder of Route 255 under the I-80 bridges. This area is three lanes and should allow for two lanes of travel. The center lane will be used for southbound traffic, and the right lane for northbound traffic, unless an unforeseen condition may occur that may require closing the center lane.
• On Tuesday, the contractor will be placing drainage behind the guide rail on Route 255 under the I-80 bridges and continue into the middle of the week. This work will require the southbound lane to be closed and traffic will use the center and northbound lane.
• Toward the end of the week, the contractor will be placing under drain along the southbound shoulder of Route 255 between Treasure Lake and DuBois. Flaggers will be in place to allow traffic to alternate through this area. Drivers should expect traffic delays.
Motorists should expect to encounter flaggers in the work zone and significant 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. Normal work hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday.
Overall work on Route 255 will include milling and paving, bridge deck repair, cleaning and upgrading of pipe culverts and inlets, water-line extension, and installation of new traffic signals at the I-80 ramps.
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.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 12:47:00 PM
Guiderail upgrade project in four north central counties starts July 31
A $268,800 guiderail upgrade project along various state routes in four north central counties is set to start on July 31.
The routes are the following:
• Route 1041 (James Street) in Sheshequin Township, one mile north of Sheshequin Road;
• Route 1041 (James Street) in Sheshequin Township, one-half mile south of South Ghent Road;
• Route 414 in Brown Township, in the vicinity of Cedar Run;
• Route 154 in Forks Township, one-tenth of a mile northwest of Shanerburg Road;
• Route 1005 (Pumpkin Hill Road) in Roseville Borough, one-quarter mile north of Route 549;
• Route 1012 (Sopertown Road) in Rutland Township, at Route 549;
• Route 1012 (Sopertown Road) in Rutland Township, just east of Old Royd Road.
Prime contractor Green Acres Contracting Co., Inc. will maintain traffic with daylight flagging operations.
All work is scheduled for completion by mid-October.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 12:45:00 PM
Detour to be Lifted this Afternoon for Bridge Repair in Potter County
Austin –Work to repair a structurally deficient bridge on Route 3003 (First Fork Road) in Potter County will wrap up by 3 p.m. today. At that time, the bridge will be opened to traffic, and a detour in place since May will be lifted.
Crews from PennDOT Potter County Maintenance performed the work, which was not slated to be finished until next week. The project repaired the bridge, providing a smoother, safer ride for area travelers. The bridge spans Big Moores Run on Route 3003, in Sylvania Township, about five miles east of the village of Costello.
The bridge was built in 1984, is 34 feet long and carries an average of more than 50 vehicles per day.
Drivers are reminded to follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.
Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 12:23:00 PM
Sept. 14th Dinner Auction Set
The Coudersport Rotary Club announced today that it will hold its 2013 Dinner & Live Auction on Saturday, September 14th at the Coudersport Legion located along Route 872, Coudersport, PA.
|Jeff Gleason, Volunteer Auctioneer|
The Rotary Auction begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 and live auction. Tickets for the Auction $15.00/single and $25.00/couple.
Those wishing to donate items to the September 14th Rotary Dinner Auction and those wishing to reserve tickets should contact Karen at the Coudersport Rotary Club at 203-3933.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 12:17:00 PM
PENNVEST, DEP Announce Third Nutrient Credit Trading Auction for 2013
Harrisburg — The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection announced today they will host an auction Sept. 11, 2013, for the sale and purchase of nutrient credits in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds.
The auction will be a “forward” auction, where certified credits will be sold at auction, delivered later and applied to 2013 and future compliance years. The auction will afford wastewater treatment plants in these two watersheds the opportunity to purchase credits as a means of meeting their nitrogen and phosphorus discharge limits for the compliance years.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) is hosting the auctions to encourage and facilitate the trading of nutrient credits in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds. DEP’s nutrient credit trading program provides a cost-effective means for facilities that are subject to nitrogen and phosphorus limits to meet those limits by working with other facilities, non-point sources or both.
PENNVEST has chosen Markit Inc. to provide the platform for enrollment and eligibility, auctions and registry services. For more information, visit Markit Inc. at http://www.markit.com/en/products/environmental/auctions/auction-schedule.page.
PENNVEST anticipates charging buyers and sellers 2.5 cents per credit to offset administrative costs.
For more information, visit www.pennvest.state.pa.us and click on “nutrient credit trading” on the left side of the page; or call Robert Boos at 717-783-4493 (PENNVEST) or Veronica Kasi at 717-772-4053 (DEP).
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 11:10:00 AM
Cartwright Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Oil and Gas Toxic Waste LoopholeWASHINGTON — Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright introduced the Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations (CLEANER) Act along with Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-2). The legislation, introduced with 43 co-sponsors and endorsed by 137 organizations from across the country, aims to eliminate a hazardous waste exemption that was added onto the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1980. That amendment, which exempted oil and gas companies from having to comply with hazardous waste disposal standards, would be removed under the CLEANER Act, forcing oil, gas and geothermal companies to play by the same rules as other industries.
“Under current federal law, oil and gas companies do not even have to test their waste to see if it is toxic, leaving us with no way of knowing what is being disposed of and how it is being treated. It is time oil and gas companies comply with existing minimum standards and oversight,” said Cartwright.
“The CLEANER Act will better protect the public and the environment from hazardous waste produced by the oil and gas industry,” Congressman Huffman said. “We need to close this loophole so that oil and gas companies play by the same rules as everyone else.”
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 requires the safe disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials. In 1980, RCRA was amended to exempt waste from the production and development of oil and natural gas (“exploration & production” waste) and geothermal waste.
“RCRA is meant to protect the public and the environment from hazardous waste. Toxins pose health and environmental risks no matter what industry produces them. It’s time to hold oil and natural gas producers to the same standards that other industries have complied with for over 30 years,” said Cartwright.
The task of regulating disposal of these wastes is currently left to states, with mixed results. Recent articles have shown the extent of the problem and highlight the potentially fatal consequences.
"For too long now, the oil and gas industry has taken advantage of the American public by securing exemptions from many of our nation's commonsense health and environmental safety laws. Closing these loopholes is the only way we can protect the air we breathe and the water drink. Representative Matt Cartwright's legislation to hold toxic pollution from drilling and fracking up to the same standards as other industrial poisons is an important place to start,” said Mike Brune, Executive Director of The Sierra Club. “It is a courageous move to put the health and well-being of the American people before the financial interests of the nation's wealthiest corporations, and the Sierra Club stands beside Representative Cartwright."
"It's clear to everyone that the 1.3 billion gallons of fracking waste generated in Pennsylvania over the last few years, which is often laced with numerous toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, is hazardous to our health and environment," said Adam Garber, PennEnvironment Field Director. "The CLEANER Act will ensure that companies can no longer spray this toxic fluid on our roads, dump hundreds of thousands of gallons into water treatment facilities, or use it to water cattle. We applaud Congressman Cartwright for trying to make the law follow what we all already know: fracking wastewater is hazardous to our health."
Cartwright was sworn-in on January 3rd of this year and serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2013 11:07:00 AM