Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Joseph F. Burfield, 57, of 2107 Balltown Rd., Bardstown, Kentucky formerly of Emporium, PA died unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital, a Campus of Plantation Hospital, Miami, Florida on Wednesday (September 25, 2013) afternoon.
He was born October 12, 1955 in DuBois, PA a son of Jean Schreffler Burfield of Cameron and the late James Burfield, Sr.
On March 13, 1976 in Emporium he married Cindy Graham Burfield, who Survives.
Mr. Burfield graduated from Cameron County High School and from Triangle Tech in Falls Creek, PA.
He moved to Kentucky from Emporium in 2001. Joe worked for Kewitt International as a Safety Engineer and was a member of the OSHA outreach trainers.
In addition to his mother Jean Schreffler Burfield and his
Wife Cindy Graham Burfield
Son: Cory Burfield and his wife Michelle, Bardstown, KY
Daughter: Erin, Mrs. Reuben Solveson, Emporium
Son: Shane C. Burfield and his wife Kylie, Clarksville, TN
8 Grandchildren: Aliyah and Kadance Solveson, Camyron, Noah & Emma Burfield, Jonea Swatsworth & Lucas and Logan Burfield
Sister: Carol Olay, Emporium
Brother: James Burfield, Jr. and his wife Shannon, Emporium
Sister: Lona, Mrs. David Klase, Duncannon
Brother: Jeffrey Burfield, Dover, PA
Sister: Stacey Burfield, Corfu, NY
Preceded in death by:
Father: James Burfield
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-8 PM.
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (October 1, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Edward Carocci, Agape Assembly of God Church, St. Marys officiating. Burial will be in the Castle Garden Cemetery, Driftwood.
Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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GAME COMMISSION TO TAKE DEEPER LOOK AT BAT DECLINES
Board says it wants to do what it can toward finding a solution.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners said Tuesday it will be looking closely at what the Game Commission might do to help bat populations, which have been in decline due to White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).
White-Nose Syndrome is caused by a fungus and affects hibernating bats. The fungus, which is white in color, accumulates on the bats’ noses and wings, and causes the bats to arouse often during hibernation, leading them to burn up crucial energy reserves. Most of the bats afflicted with white-nose syndrome end up dying, and the decline among bat populations has been sharp.
The commissioners said any actions they might take to help bats need to be taken soon, or the impact of WNS on bats might be too severe.
“I don’t want to sit here in two or three years and say it’s too bad we didn’t do anything,” Commissioner David Putnam said.
The board said it would be discussing the matter further at its December working group meeting.
QUAIL MANAGEMENT GIVEN BOOST
Commissioners vote to route $250,000 from lease agreement to efforts outlined by plan.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners hope to jumpstart the state’s quail management efforts, and on Tuesday took action toward that end.
The board formed a committee to oversee implementation of the Game Commission’s quail-management plan, which includes an initial survey to identify quail habitat and determine how many wild quail live in Pennsylvania .
Additionally, the board amended a nearly $3.9 million lease agreement for oil and gas rights to route $250,000 to wildlife management resources, specifically for the management of the northern bobwhite quail.
Commissioner Jay Delaney made the motion to amend the lease, and it was seconded by Commissioner Brian Hoover and approved by a 5-2 vote. Commissioners Ralph Martone and Charles Fox voted against the measure, and Commissioner Ronald Weaner was absent.
Delaney said the Game Commission should place priority on efforts to manage bobwhite quail, since most reports indicate the species is in decline, and perhaps could be considered endangered.
The commissioners said the additional funding would help in providing resources for quail management.
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Clifford the Big Red Dog came to see us at the Northern Potter Children's School on Tuesday, September 24th 2013. This is first grade celebrating with Clifford!
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Mt. Jewett Dispatched To Structure Fire
At 10:00 AM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 1303 Kushequa Avenue for a report of a structure fire. Smoke is reported coming from the roof.
STATION 20--ONE ENGINE TO MT. JEWETT FOR STANDBY.
STATION 20--FULL COMPANY RESPONSE TO SCENE
KANE FIRE DEPT. ENGINE TO SCENE
KANE ENGINE TO STANDBY AT MT. JEWETT
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On Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, Mansfield Crane Service will be at the Potter County Habitat for Humanity build site at 116 Main Street in Roulette, PA at 8:00 a.m. to move the Vo-Tech house onto the foundation that has been prepared. We have been looking forward to this day for quite a while and are excited to see it happening.
If any one wishes to volunteer to help, please come to the site by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.
We could also use some help on the day before, Wednesday, October 2nd, to make final preparations to the site and house for it to be moved. We will start at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday also.
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Short-term lane restrictions on I-80 EB east of Exit 242 on Sept. 30
Motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Columbia County are advised to be alert for some short-term lane restrictions on Sept. 30.
The contractor working east of Mifflinville Exit 242 will be sweeping any loose stone from two small bridge decks following the epoxy deck treatments each received recently.
The lane restrictions should last no more than an hour or two at each bridge location. Stay alert for changing lane closures in the eastbound lanes of I-80 east of Mifflinville on Monday.
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Galeton’s 8th Annual Fall Festival Saturday
Galeton Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their 8th Annual Fall Festival this Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at John J. Collins, Sr. Memorial Park. There will be craft vendors, food vendors, demonstrations, children’s activities (including the popular hayride), dog games and live music all day.
New attractions for this year’s festival are Cinco C’s Alpaca Farm with live alpacas,
and Shaggy Mountain Farms Petting Zoo. With a variety of domestic animals, the petting zoo provides a wholesome, educational and fun experience for the entire family.
Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries will be hosting Dog House Games for dogs and their families from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your dog on a leash to enter a set of 6 games! Prizes will be awarded. There is a $5.00 donation for 6 games. All donations benefit Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries.
Live music beginning at 11:00 a.m. will feature Ellis Callahan performing contemporary music from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Acoustic Pawnshop will perform acoustic classic rock from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The music is co-sponsored by Pine Creek Realty.
Be sure to bring a few extra dollars and take your chance on winning one of the many locally donated items from the Silent Auction. All sales from the auction benefit future Galeton Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored activities.
Plan on having lunch by the lake! Cold & hot drinks will also be available.
For additional information, please contact Theresa Tubbs, Fall Festival Chairperson at 814-435-2280 or 814-558-5764.
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Minnesota Firm Recalls Pizza Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Junction Pizza, a Grey Eagle, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,194 pounds of frozen pizza products that contain soy lecithin, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product labels.
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Portville Youth Football Chicken BBQ FundraiserPortville Youth Football will be holding a Chicken BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th from Noon until sold out. It will be available at the Portville Youth Football field during the Portville Panther vs Cuba Rebel football games.
The cost is $8 and this includes a roll/butter, Baked beans, macoroni salad and chicken. Come out and support your local Portville Youth Football team with this fundraiser! All proceeds will go towards new equipment for these children!
Thank you in advance for your support!!
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Friday, September 27, 2013
|Finding A Way To Dismantle Obamacare And Fund The Government|
Click here to watch my remarks on the Senate floor. Pat Toomey
All my Republican colleagues and I want to end Obamacare completely. All the Democrats support Obamacare and want it to continue. The Republicans control the House and have passed defunding legislation. Democrats control the Senate and will not pass defunding legislation. Thus, we are at an impasse.
Yesterday, seeking to break this all-or-nothing standoff, I proposed a way to fund the government and to repeal some of the most egregious parts of this terrible law. Acknowledging that Senator Reid has the votes to strip the bill of its Obamacare defunding language, I sought to offer three modest amendments to the Senate bill. The first would repeal the medical device tax that is costing Pennsylvania jobs; the second would provide relief from the infringement on religious liberty in Obamacare; the third would delay the individual mandate for one year.
Those three items all have bipartisan support, could have passed the Senate, and might well be acceptable to the House. But we will never know because the Democratic leadership would not permit me to offer those amendments. For this reason, and others, I voted against the measure.
I remain hopeful that Congress will avoid a government shutdown. I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to find a responsible solution.
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Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers annual dinner on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at the Ulysses Fire Hall
POTTER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE TWIN TIERS
Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at the Ulysses Fire Hall, with a 6 p.m. dinner followed by entertainment and the presentation of grants to Potter County non-profits.
Each attendee will receive one ticket for the drawing, and the individuals whose names are drawn will each have the opportunity to choose a non-profit to delegate as their grant recipient. All county non-profits are encouraged to get as many of their board members and supporters as possible to attend the celebration in order to increase their chances of getting one of the $500 grants.
Entertainment will be provided by Randy Cimino from Roulette, who achieved the “Triple Crown” of long-distance hiking by backpacking all three major north-south trails in the United States for a total of approximately 8,000 foot-miles: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide. Randy will share tales of his adventure, demonstrate some backpacking gear, and show pictures of trail highlights.
The purpose of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers is a vehicle for individuals, families, businesses, and local non-profits to set up endowment funds to provide income now and forever. Most charitable gifts are spent immediately, but an endowment provides a revenue stream “For Good … For Ever.” Grants are provided into perpetuity and invest in long term solution versus a temporary fix that only provides a band aid to ever changing community needs.
Currently, seven endowment funds through CFTT exist to benefit Potter County. The Ulysses Library has a $250,000 endowment fund, which generates $10,000 a year in income for the library. The Potter County Discretionary Fund will give out a $400 grant at this event. The Darlene J. Sitler Memorial Scholarship Fund gave out its first scholarship of $1,000 this year. The Northern Potter Scholarship Fund also gave out its first scholarship this year. The Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award provides a scholarship to a student from Potter County who is going on to pursue a degree in music. The Darlene Sitler Music Fund provides support to the Northern Potter Childrens School music program. The Barbara Joy Olney Community Harmony Fund supports musical, artistic, theatrical, and educational programs sponsored by the Ulysses Library.
One purpose of the this dinner is to acquaint people with the many different types of funds and the opportunity to add to existing funds to help them grow, or to create specific new endowment funds to benefit local causes close to their heart.
Tickets to the event are $20 and are available at Olga’s Café in Coudersport or Olney Funeral Home in Ulysses. For more information, contact CFTT at 570-888-4759 or 814-848-7542 locally, or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Interstate 80 WB rest area traffic impacts for next week
Here is a traffic-pattern update for the reconstruction project at the Interstate 80 westbound rest area at mile 246 near Mifflinville in Columbia County next week.
On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 2-3, the contractor will set up a 1,000-foot daytime lane closure in the I-80 westbound passing lane at mile 246 for a hauling operation. This lane restriction will be in place from 7 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m. each day.
The rest area is currently closed to all public traffic for reconstruction activities.
The project completion date is Oct. 31.
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DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program students and faculty volunteered their time to help senior citizens stay safe behind the wheel on Friday at DuBois Village Personal Care Home. The Older Driver Safety Event was a collaborative effort between the faculty and students in the OTA program, administrators at DuBois Village, Brant's Driving School of Johnstown, and Penn DOT.
The event featured several components including a seminar and a "Does Your Car Fit You" program. The "We Need to Talk" seminar offered by Penn State DuBois faculty provided tactics for broaching the sensitive topic of a loved one's ability to continue driving.
"Does Your Car Fit You" is a program aimed at helping older drivers find ways make their cars "fit" them best. Small adjustments are made to parts of vehicles when needed, including the steering wheel, seat, seat belt, and mirrors to achieve optimum visibility, safety and comfort. The OTA students were trained to administer the program and offer drivers suggestions on any adjustments they may need to make to their cars.
"This helps keep the elderly out in the community and helps them feel more comfortable while traveling," said student Becca Gherrity of Tyron.
Student Victoria Holben of Brockway added, "This is something you would not see offered anywhere else, and I can see how it would be very useful for people."
"This helps show people in the community what occupational therapy can do," said student Betsy Crawford of DuBois.
The program is also useful for the students, who are training for careers in occupational therapy where they'll work with people in similar ways.
"You get to judge someone's physical abilities and mental functions, and how they're able to move," said Josh Bonante of DuBois. Gherrity added, "It helps us get comfortable talking with and working with people."
Carolyn Skaggs of DuBois Village helped to organize the event, and was grateful that the OT students participated. She said, "I think it's wonderful that they were willing to come out and spend time here helping people learn how to stay safe while driving. I also think it's great that they're pursuing an education in a field that benefits so many people."
Skaggs went on to point out the benefits that the "Does Your Car Fit You" program can have for older drivers, and the value of the services the students provided.
"It makes them aware that if they do properly set things like mirrors and seats that they'll be able to drive more effectively and more safely. They'll be able to see better and drive better," Skaggs said.
A driving rehabilitation specialist was also available during the event to provide more detailed information on driving assessments and vehicle modifications.
Photo: Senior Driving Event at DV 015
Student Shane Thomas checks a driver's visibility in their rear view mirrors while classmate Ashley Barr looks for ways to adjust the mirrors for improved visibility. The goal is for the driver to be able to see how many fingers Shane is holding outward.
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BOBCAT, RIVER OTTER MANAGEMENT PLANS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW
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Alumni and Friends of Penn State DuBois to Be Recognized for Accomplishments
DuBOIS – Three individuals will be honored for their professional accomplishments, as well as their support of the campus during the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Awards Banquet on October 17.
This year's honorees include David Roush, a 2004 Penn State graduate, and recipient of this year's Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Roush is currently employed as an instructor of Media Communications at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, New York.
Rawland Cogan, who earned degrees in 1979 and 1992, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award. He is the current president of Keystone Elk Country Alliance in Benezette, PA.
John Bean will receive the Distinguished Ambassador Award, which is given to individuals who may not be Penn State DuBois alumni, but have offered steadfast support to the campus. Bean is the Chairman of Symmco Inc., in DuBois.
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Mary Jane Hoskins, 91, formerly of Warren, PA died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Rouse Warren County Home in Youngsville, PA.
Mary was born on June 14, 1922 in Warren, Pa to the late Ernest and Inez Smith Hoskins.
Mary was a 1942 graduate of Warren High School and resided in Warren most of her life. She was employed for 23 years with G.T.E. Sylvania in the plastics department retiring in 1987. It was during those years that she raised her three nieces, Mindy, Tanya and Stacey and her nephew, Scott. Mary resided in Erie, PA for 13 years after her retirement being a caregiver to her sister, Ila.
Mary loved traveling the U.S. and Europe, playing her weekly Yahtzee and cards and enjoyed playing Bingo. She was an avid walker and animal lover, especially cats. Mary loved spending time with her family, who lovingly called her Mimi. She took pride in the fact that she was born on June 14th, Flag Day. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Mary is survived by her three nieces whom she raised, Mindy (Luke) Howe, Warren, PA, Tanya (Fred) Ellrich, Memphis, TN, and Stacey (Ralph) Spicer, Warren, PA, and her nephew that she raised, Scott (Darlene) Hoyt, Kane, PA. Mary is also survived by her other nieces and nephews, Cheryl (Joe) Condle, Pittsburgh, PA, Judy Dunham, Florida, Fr. Mark Mastrian, Curwensville, PA, Jeff (Sandy) Donavan, California, great nieces and nephews, Tracy Howe, Nathan Howe, Jessica Tassone, Heather Felhman, Ted Carrington, Jr., Katie Ellrich, Seth Ellrich, and Tom Dunham, Jr., and several great-great-nieces and nephews. Mary is also survived by her friend and caregiver, Pam (Larry) McDannel.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her four sisters, Ila Smith, Wanda Mastrian, Olivia Drees and Teresa Hoyt.
Friends may call at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at which time a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will follow conducted by Fr. James Gutting, pastor, and Mary’s nephew, Rev. Mark Mastrian, Pastor of St. Timothy’s R.C. Church, Curwensville, PA, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph R. C. Cemetery.
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Ave., Youngsville, PA 16371 or to Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
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October Class Offered
Cameron County Artist Nancy Zoschg will offer a wreath making class at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday October 23 from 4-6pm. The straw wreaths will be covered with mesh ribbon.
Students have the opportunity to design a fall or Christmas wreath and can select from orange, brown with copper highlights, Christmas Red, Christmas Green or Burgundy. The cost is $15.00. Reservations are required by October 9 and can be made by calling 814-486-4314.
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|M. Patricia Phalon|
Born July 13, 1922, in Rixford, PA, she was a daughter of John and Goldie McMillan Bigler. On Nov. 22, 1945, in Eldred, PA, she married Charles K. Phalon, Sr., who died Nov. 20, 2006.
Patricia had worked for the US Postal Service, the War Department in Washington, DC, the Munitions Factory, Eldred, and the former North Penn Gas Co, Port Allegany, before her retirement.
She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church of Port Allegany, and Order of Eastern Star, former Myrtle Chapter 46, Port Allegany, where she was a past Worthy Matron and Grand District Deputy, and now a 50 year member of Keystone Chapter 2, Duke Center, where she was a past Worthy Matron.
Surviving are a son, Charles K. (Jennifer) Phalon, II of Doylestown, PA; a daughter, Kathy M. Phalon of Port Allegany; a grandson, Aaron W. (Sarah) Nyer of Williamstown, PA; and two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Olivia Nyer; and a sister-in-law Edith Bigler of Duke Center, PA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, a brother, Jack Bigler; and two sisters, Alberta Millet and Marie Morphy.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Sept. 30, 2013) in St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. Joann Piatko, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
An Eastern Star service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorials can be to St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Port Area Ambulance Service, or S.W. Smith Library.
Condolences can be made to:
109 Katherine St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743
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Three Public-Private Partnerships will Deliver Better, More Efficient Transportation Projects
Plan to Repair Hundreds of Structurally Deficient Bridges among Those Approved
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s Public Private Partnership (P3) Board today approved three projects that will help provide transportation services and infrastructure more efficiently through partnerships with the private sector.
The board approved two proposals from the private sector and one project through which PennDOT and a third party would quickly replace hundreds of bridges.
“When Governor Corbett signed the P3 legislation into law, he gave us a tool to find more ways to work with private businesses to meet our transportation needs, or expand the services we deliver,” PennDOT Secretary and P3 Board Chairman Barry J. Schoch said. “Although this helps us stretch our limited dollars, we need more resources to help ensure that we can use the P3 program to its fullest potential.”
Through one partnership agreement, hundreds of structurally deficient bridges of similar design would be replaced under one contract to streamline design and construction. The successful low-bidder would manage the bridges’ design, construction and maintenance. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic design and construction standards could be used for multiple bridges. The state also looks to save money by not paying for maintenance of those bridges for a yet to be determined number of years.
The P3 board also approved two projects based on proposals that were submitted by private industry. In the coming months the department will proceed with advertising a Request for Proposals (RFP) based on each concept. The RFP process will ensure any products or services are competitively purchased and achieve maximum value for the state and its taxpayers.
A project will be developed based on a proposal submitted by Paoli-based Site Acquisition Services, Inc. This project would allow the department to receive a fair-market “rental fee” for the use of its facilities such as bridges, signs, buildings and maintenance facilities where wireless antennas and related equipment can be attached. A contract would be awarded to a company that would market those opportunities to wireless service providers that may find those locations desirable to improve signals in the surrounding areas.
The other proposal was submitted by Bentley Systems, Inc., in Exton, and recommended that PennDOT replace its aging Automated Permit Routing Analysis System (APRAS), used to issue special hauling permits, with the company’s commercially available turn-key system already deployed in neighboring states. Based on their proposal, the department will pursue proposals for a new system.
In September 2012, Corbett signed into law the Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act, which authorized P3 projects in Pennsylvania. This law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects.
As part of the P3 law, the seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board was appointed to examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects. If the board determines a state operation or project would be more cost-effectively administered or delivered by a private company, the department or appropriate transportation agency can advertise a competitive RFP and enter into a contract with a company to completely or partially deliver the transportation-related service or project.
To learn more about P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.P3forPA.pa.gov.
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DEP’s Oil and Gas Program, Regulations Commended in Peer Review
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that an independent peer review of its Office of Oil and Gas Management found it to be proficient and ready to address the increase in oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania.
“This review demonstrates that the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania is matched by world-class oil and gas management and regulations,” DEP Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “Pennsylvanians can be assured that DEP is protecting their health and environment while oil and gas operations continue to grow.”
The peer review was conducted by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization called State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER).
STRONGER is comprised of experts from government, industry and environmental organizations that conduct a state review process to evaluate program strengths and provide recommendations for program improvements of state oil and gas programs throughout the nation.
DEP’s participation in the STRONGER review fulfills a recommendation put forth by Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.
In March 2013, DEP volunteered to have its program reviewed by STRONGER. Upon completion of the review, the team highlighted the strengths of the Office of Oil and Gas Management, particularly for:
• Increasing its staff levels to address additional permitting, inspection and enforcement activities related to increased unconventional gas well development;
• Expanding the program’s public participation activities associated with the abandoned well sites program;
• Initiating a comprehensive evaluation of radiation levels specifically associated with unconventional gas development, the first of its kind in the nation;
• Mandating that operators performing earth disturbance activities associated with oil and gas activities must develop and implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control Best Management Practices to minimize the potential for erosion and sedimentation; and
• Advancing its hydraulic fracturing program and requiring that well operators conducting well casing and cementing maintain control at all times, and prevent migration of gas or other fluids into sources of fresh groundwater.
Along with identifying strengths, the review team also made recommendations for the office to consider.
The recommendations included improvements, such as encouraging DEP to maintain consistent, standardized data for tracking violations and enforcement actions for the public; completing the TENORM study to ensure DEP is appropriately assessing production waste; considering developing a process to determine surface casing setting depths to protect fresh groundwater; and consider developing additional guidance for pre-drill sampling of water wells near potential well sites.
Abruzzo noted that the significant environmental enhancements included in Act 13 of 2012, which represented the first comprehensive update to the state’s Oil and Gas Act in nearly 30 years, has contributed significantly to Pennsylvania’s increased protections of public health and the environment.
“This STRONGER review is a very positive reflection on the shared commitment of Gov. Corbett and the members of the General Assembly who have worked hard to adopt environmental standards that are now national standards.
“DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management will be working to implement STRONGER’s recommendations to further protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources,” Abruzzo said.
To view STRONGER’s report, visit the review team’s website at http://www.strongerinc.org/.
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Festivals This Weekend In Austin, Galeton
|(Photo: View of Austin, looking north, just hours after the flood of Sept. 30, 1911.)|
E.O. Austin Historical Society, an organization devoted to preserving the history of Austin, provided all funds for the construction of the monument. Those attending Saturday’s ceremony can also stop at the new Welcome Center/Gift Shop, which will be open from noon to 4 pm. Pork barbecue will be served and hosts will be on hand to answer questions. Other activities that weekend during Austin History and Pride Festival include the Duffee 5K Scholarship Run starting at 10 am Saturday and the Austin Alumni Scholarship Banquet that evening at 6. Both are located at the Austin Area School.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, there will be a Fall Festival from 11 to 3 at the Town Square. Activities include an ice cream social, bicycle-built-for-two tours, alpacas, pumpkin painting, face painting, and tours of the E. O. Austin Historical Museum. At the Austin Dam Memorial Park, the Welcome Center/Gift Show will be open from 12 to 3 on Sunday. More information is available from the ADMA social networking site on Facebook or by sending email to email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Galeton’s eighth annual Fall Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 am to 4 pm at John J. Collins Memorial Park. New this year are the popular “Dog House Games,” where dogs participate in six events and their owners can win prizes. Other events and activities include an auction, petting zoo, autumn craft demonstrations, food vendors, children’s activities and live music.
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DEP Issues Air Quality Plan Approval to En-Tire Logistics of Milton PA LLC
Agency Reviewed More Than 200 Written Comments Prior to Decision
WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has issued an Air Quality Plan Approval for the En-Tire Logistics of Milton PA LLC co-generation facility in White Deer Township, Union County.
The En-Tire plant will be authorized to combust a mixture of fuels—which includes natural gas and chipped waste tires—that will produce 7-megawatts of electricity and provide steam to the adjacent National Gypsum facility.
“The department has done a very careful and detailed review of this application during the past 18 months to be sure that all applicable federal and state air quality regulations will be met,” DEP North-central Regional Director Marcus Kohl said.
“In some areas, our plan approval application review exceeded state and federal requirements. We responded to more than 200 written comments we received from the public.”
DEP provided substantial opportunities for public input throughout its review process. On May 2, it conducted a combined public meeting and hearing in Allenwood that was attended by about 80 citizens, with 25 presenting testimony.
In addition, the department extended its public comment period for the draft Air Quality Plan Approval from the standard 30 days to 75 days at the request of local and state elected officials.
The department plans to hold an informational meeting with interested residents in October to discuss the approval process, what the roles of DEP and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were in the review, and what the issuance of the plan approval means. The details of this meeting will be announced in the near future.
DEP has determined that the proposed emission levels of air contaminants satisfy Best Available Control Technology (BACT) as well as the agency’s Best Available Technology (BAT) requirements. The department also has determined that this facility satisfies all applicable requirements of state and federal air quality regulations, including Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) requirements.
Although not required by state or federal regulations, DEP requested and En-Tire agreed to perform an inhalation risk assessment based on the estimated chronic risks posed by the proposed facility operating at maximum load, as well as two acute exposure scenarios from short-term emissions.
The assessment included a selection of 35 Compounds of Potential Concern (COPC) that DEP determined would be generated by the combustion of tire-derived fuel. The results of this assessment determined that the levels of risk posed by both chronic and acute exposure to the modeled COPCs do not exceed DEP’s inhalation risk assessment standards.
The department, in accordance with regulations, also sent the draft plan approval to EPA for its review, and EPA approved, with comments, DEP’s issuance of it.
The En-Tire project includes a combustion unit rated at 185 million BTUs per hour of heat input that incorporates kiln and boiler stages in series. The project also includes the construction of a dry sorbent storage and handling system, a cooling tower, and one aqueous ammonia storage tank. Emissions from the combustion unit will be controlled by a dry scrubber, fabric collector, oxidation catalyst, selective catalytic reduction, and a wet scrubber.
Individuals interested in reviewing the Air Quality Plan Approval or the Comment and Response document can go to www.dep.state.pa.us and click on “Regional Resources,” then “North-central,” then “Community Information.”
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 03:40:00 PM
Route 15 NB to reopen to one lane at crash scene at Mansfield
3:20 p.m. update: One lane will be open in both directions on Route 15 at Mansfield shortly. Motorists are advised to use added caution when traveling through that area.
original advisory below:
Motorists in Tioga County are advised that the northbound lanes of Route 15 are currently closed at the scene of an overturned tractor-trailer in the work zone just north of Route 6 at Mansfield.
Northbound Route 15 traffic is being detoured onto Route 6 to Business Route 15, north to the North Mansfield on-ramp.
Emergency responders did not have an estimate of how long the closure will be in effect.
Southbound Route 15 traffic is not impacted.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 03:29:00 PM
|9/27/2013||2:34 PM||MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||ROUTE 15||RICHMOND TWP|
2:36 PM Fire F02 DISPATCHED
2:36 PM Fire M1 DISPATCHED
2:36 PM Law SPT1 DISPATCHED
2:37 PM Fire C270 RESPONDING
2:38 PM Law SPT1 RESPONDING
2:39 PM EMS EHL4 DISPATCHED
Mansfield dispatched to a report of a tractor trailer that crashed into a piece of construction equipment with 2 injuries reported, one serious.
2:50 PM--TIOGA DISPATCHED
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:47:00 PM
Structure Fire On Highland Road Near Kane
At 2:29 PM on Friday, Kane Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to Highland Road behind the school parking lot for a report of a structure fire. Caller reports trailer.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:32:00 PM
The Volunteers That Care just completed our second fundraiser. The first was the Mike Hemphill co-ed softball tournament, and the second the breakfast at the American Legion Potter Post 192,SAL unit. In both fundraisers we, The Volunteers That Care Organization was overwhelmed at the response from businesses, organizations and individuals with their donations.
There were so many people who gave many hours of their time to make these benefits a success.
Our goal from the beginning, Dec. 2012, was to help people living in or receiving treatment in Potter County with travel expenses to their treatments and also help with wigs if needed.
With the generosity of so many we have been able to provide gas cards and wigs to over 75 people to date. From the proceeds of these fundraisers we are able to continue helping others suffering from cancer.
We all send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who have supported us at these fundraisers.
We are here for those who need us and hope that we will continue to have your support in the future.
The "Volunteers That Care" Team
and President, Linda Bretz
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:24:00 PM
Crimes Reported in PA Down For Second Consecutive Year
Harrisburg – The overall number of crimes in Pennsylvania reported to the Pennsylvania State Police through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system decreased 1.2 percent in 2012, with violent crimes declining 1.4 percent from last year.
The statistics are included in the 2012 Uniform Crime Report available online through the Public Services link at www.psp.state.pa.us.
The total number of crimes reported in 2012 was 917,029, compared to the 928,145 crimes reported in 2011, and 931,606 crimes reported in 2010.
The annual report is based on crime statistics submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police by law enforcement agencies throughout Pennsylvania for the year 2012.
The number of violent crimes, which are murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, dropped overall from 46,032 in 2011 to 45,394 last year. Property crimes, which are burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft and arson, also decreased, and are down 2 percent from 283,825 in 2011 to 278,079 in 2012.
The number of Crime Index offenses, which are those considered most likely to be reported to police and are used nationally as a basis for comparing criminal activity, decreased 1.9 percent from 329,857 in 2011 to 323,473 last year. Crime Index offenses are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
The breakdown of reported Crime Index offenses for 2012 is as follows:
• Murders increased 10.5 percent from 639 to 706;
• Forcible rapes increased 1.1 percent to 3,366;
• Robberies declined 2.5 percent to 15,732;
• Aggravated assaults down 1.3 percent to 25,589;
• Burglaries decreased 1.2 percent to 57,017;
• Larcenies/thefts decreased 1.5 percent to 204,381;
• Motor vehicle thefts fell 11.2 percent to 14,940; and
• Arsons declined 2.0 percent to 1,741.
The UCR also includes figures on 18 other types of crime, known as Part II offenses. Those reported offenses dropped by .8 percent in 2012, from 598,271 in 2011 to 593,537. Included in the Part II violations are reported incidents of vandalism – down 4.8 percent to 94,682, and reported liquor law violations are down 6.1 percent to 14,449.
Other statistics from the 2012 UCR include:
• Reported hate crime victims increased slightly from 73 in 2011 to 80 last year. Hate crime incidents are those motivated by bias against an individual or group based on race, color, religion or national origin;
• The number of assaults on police officers in Pennsylvania decreased 2.6 percent to 2,413 last year;
• Driving under the influence offenses declined 1.9 percent. There were 50,799 arrests in 2012. Persons arrested for driving under the influence offenses were predominantly male, 75.3 percent.
The commonwealth’s UCR system is a web-based system through which law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania enter monthly data directly into a state police database. Citizens can go to the website and view the data as soon as it is submitted.
The UCR annual report does not explain the reasons for any increase or decrease in particular crimes. Its purpose is to help criminal justice agencies adjust their efforts and resources.
The numbers listed in the 2012 Uniform Crime Report are subject to change as police departments update or review their reports.
The report is dedicated to all Pennsylvania law enforcement officers and, in particular, to the following officers who lost their lives in the performance of duty during 2012: Patrolman Avery Freeman, Chester Police Department; Police Officer Moses Walker Jr., Philadelphia Police Department; Police Officer Bradley M. Fox, Plymouth Township Police Department; and Trooper First Class Blake T. Coble, Pennsylvania State Police.
For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:12:00 PM
Angelica Dispatched For Motorcycle Accident
At 2:01 PM on Friday, Angelica Ambulance and Medic 700 have been dispatched to 165 Main Street for a motorcycle accident with a 46 year old male suffering a shoulder injury..
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:06:00 PM
Other events, including breed shows and sales, youth competitions and children's activities, begin Thursday, Oct. 3. Families can enjoy barbeque and blues during the Keystone Classic Barbeque Championship Friday night and Saturday, Oct. 4-5.
Horse and livestock producers can learn from industry experts and receive continuing education and recertification credits at the free three-day Livestock and Equine Forum Oct. 3-5 at KILE.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 02:02:00 PM
Coudersport Falcon Varsity Football team and Cheerleading squad hold Pep Rally At Sweden Valley Manor
On September 5th, 2013 the Coudersport Falcon Varsity Football team and Cheerleading squad came to Sweden Valley Manor for a pep rally to celebrate the first home game of the season. The event is a revamping of a tradition started several years ago as a way to bring joy and compassion to the residents, and a learning experience for the students.
The residents look forward to the younger generation visiting and chatting with them during an evening filled with laughter, good food and sharing their special memories with the football players and cheer leaders.
Entering the front door of the Manor, visitors were greeted with a huge archway decorated with purple and white balloons. With music provided by George Dubots, a former Coudersport football player, each current football player and cheerleader ran through the archway to the residents. The entire facility was decorated with football memorabilia such as football helmets hanging from the ceiling, popcorn filled megaphones and trays of a bountiful supply of chicken wings and pizza
The event is a learning experience for the younger generation, bringing forth wisdom and guidance from the residents and bringing interaction between two generations.
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Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 01:59:00 PM
Keeping up a tradition; Making real maple syrupCoudersport Girl Crowned PA Maple Sweetheart
By Jane Bollinger
September 25, 2013 —
The River Reporter
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Pennsylvania’s new Maple Sweetheart was crowned on Friday night at the annual fall banquet of the PA Maple Producers Council held at The Settler’s Inn in Hawley.
This year the statewide organization’s fall banquet and two-day tour was hosted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and included visits to maple farms and sugarhouses in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna counties. The sap, of course, flows in the spring, but these maple producers are too busy during sap season for this kind of get-together, a mix of fun, business and of sharing their own experiences making maple syrup.
Bright and early Saturday morning, the commonwealth’s new Maple Sweetheart, Tracy Robinson from Coudersport, and her alternate, Rachel Phinney from Meshoppen, proudly wearing their crowns and sashes, joined a busload of 40 to start day two of the tour at Todd and Sue Klikus’ Augusta Acres Farm on Peggy Runway Road, Berlin Township. Read more, photos......
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 01:26:00 PM
There are no programs being held at Cherry Springs State Park this weekend, 09/27 through 09/29/13.
Programs will resume on 10/05/13. The program will be Changing Seasons “The Autumn Constellations” Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 01:03:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 9/27/2013 01:00:00 PM