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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shinglehouse Fire Department Open House & Kids Day Sunday

On-Site Public Auction Saturday, October 12 At Mt. Jewett, PA

Apartment & Single House For Rent In Coudersport For Rent

For Rent – Coudersport
Apartment – 2BR with Den
No HUD or Pets. Convenient to Everything
Tenant pays utilities
495 per month. Security & references required.

Single House
3BR. No HUD or Pets
Tenant pays utilities
595 per month. Security & References required.
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Christmas in a Small Town Parade

The Galeton Area Chamber of Commerce is currently planning their Christmas in a Small Town Parade and we are looking for participants. Parade will be held Saturday, November 30th, line up begins at 4:00 pm and parade begins at 4:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Jaimee at 814-203-7258 or Janet at 814-435-3513.

Sizerville State Park for Autumn Festival

Beautiful day @ Sizerville State Park for Autumn Festival. Thanks to everyone that came out and supported our non profits and artists from the region. Enjoyed watching the kids make cider!


Motorcycle or ATV Fire In Jay Township

VEHICLE FIRE-VEHICLE
Address: 22862 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
City: JAY
Cross Streets: SPRING RUN RD * GONTERO RD
FIRE IS REPORTED OUT
Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD
10/5/2013 7:15:35 PM

Flood Advisory Issued For Potter & Steuben County


iNWS Alert - New event. Areal Flood Advisory from 10/5/2013 7:01 PM to 9:00 PM EDT for Potter County. More... http://t.co/Qn1Tenv5HC
 
WHITESVILLE  HAS REPORTED FLOODING ON RT. 248 A

B. Roy Prentice, 56, of 244 W. State Street, Wellsville, NY,

B. Roy Prentice
B. Roy Prentice, 56, of 244 W. State Street, Wellsville, NY,  passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at home. He was born May 19, 1958 in Neptune, NJ the son of Bernard A. and Wilma (Costigan) Prentice.

Roy was raised in Neptune and resided in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1979 to 1992 where he was employed by Maas Brothers Department Store. He moved to Wellsville in 1992 and has been an employee of Northern Lights Candle Company for the past 18 years.

He is survived by his mother of Wellsville, his father of Allentown, a brother, Adam Prentice of Allentown, several loving nieces & nephews, three beloved dogs and many good friends at Northern Lights. He was predeceased by a brother, Bill Prentice on October 23, 2011.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Pastor Kevin Palmiter presiding. Burial will be in Whiteville Rural Cemetery. 

To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

10/5/2013 6:36 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 8471 ROUTE 6 DELMAR TWP

10/5/20136:36 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 8471 ROUTE 6 DELMAR TWP
6:40 PM Fire A01 DISPATCHED
6:40 PM Fire F01 DISPATCHED
6:40 PM Fire M1 DISPATCHED
6:49 PM Fire M2 ON SCENE UNIT (CLI)
7:05 PM Fire 01-6 ENROUTE TO HOSPITAL

Ambulance Dispatched For Person Fallen From Tree

Ambulance Dispatched For Person Fallen From Tree
At 5:51 PM on Saturday, QRS 21, Mt. Jewett Ambulance, and Medic 5 have been dispatched to the Village of Westline for a person who has fallen out of a tree on Westline Road.

Eva R. CONNORS, 85, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Genesee

Eva R. CONNORS, 85, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Genesee, died Friday, October 4, 2013 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born May 17, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of Clarence and Iris B. Wintermantel McDivitt.

 She previously attended Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY. 

Surviving are: two daughters, Susan J. Blair of Coudersport and Patricia (Keith) Musser of Sunbury, PA; and five grandchildren, Danielle, Erin, Megan, James, and Emily. 

She was predeceased by a son-in-law, George Ronald Blair. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Monday, October 7, 2013 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. The Rev. James A. Campbell will be the Celebrant.

Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915, the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org, or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

BENEFIT DINNER FOR SHAWN GLOVER Sunday, October 13

BENEFIT DINNER FOR SHAWN GLOVER
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Austin School (11AM–5PM)

Shawn is 32 years old and was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. He has already suffered some complications and no longer able to work and has started treatment(s) at
Roswell Park, Buffalo.

Being a father of 4 young sons, ages 5, 4, 2 and 10 months old “He is Fighting”! He is married to Amber Valenti Glover. Their 2 year old son was diagnosed with Unilateral Complete Cleft lip, bilateral complete pallet and Hemi Facial micro semia and has underwent 3 surgeries and will need 3 or more additional procedures.

The members and friends of the churches in Austin are hosting this Spaghetti Dinner that will be served with salad, bread stick, beverage and dessert.

Cost = “DONATION”. Also, a Chinese Auction will be held during this event.

Anyone wishing to make a separate monetary donation may leave it at the Northwest Bank (Austin Branch) or to a member of the Austin Methodist Church, Austin Free Methodist Church or St. Augustine.

10/5/2013 4:21 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT DIVIDING RIDGE RD&DUTCH HILL RD HOMER TWP

10/5/20134:21 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT DIVIDING RIDGE RD&DUTCH HILL RD HOMER TWP
Coudersport Fire Rescue & Ambulance responding. 2 victims reported. Request for helicopter cancelled. 2 transported to Cole Memorial.
4:43 PM--ROULETTE AMBULANCE STANDBY AT OWN STATION.  RELEASE ROULETTE AT 5:00 PM.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM
Address: 950 WINSLOW HILL RD
City: BENEZETTE--DEVIL'S ELBOW AREA
Cross Streets: CHURCH ST * BEAR DR
REPORTING 2 INJURED
Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD; CAMERON COMPANY 16 FD; ST. MARYS AMBULANCE; BENNETT'S VALLEY AMBULANCE
10/5/2013 4:22:52 PM

5:03 PM--2ND MEDIC UNIT FROM ST. MARYS DISPATCHED 
5:20 PM--ELK COMPANY 5 FIRE POLICE DISPATCHED

10/5/2013 2:32 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 12 MUTTON HILL RD OSCEOLA TWP

10/5/20132:32 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 12 MUTTON HILL RD OSCEOLA TWP
ATV CRASH WITH ARM INJURY
2:36 PM Fire F14 DISPATCHED
2:36 PM Fire A25 DISPATCHED
2:36 PM Fire M1 DISPATCHED
2:36 PM EMS EHLNET DISPATCHED
2:43 PM EMS EHLNET UNAVAILABLE
2:43 PM EMS EHLNET CLEAR UNIT
2:45 PM Law SPNY RESPONDING
2:46 PM Fire 14-2 TRANSPORT
2:46 PM EMS EHG RESPONDING
2:52 PM Fire 14-2 LANDING ZONE

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/OVERRIDE

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/OVERRIDE
Address: 12040 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
City: HUSTON
Cross Streets: MITCHELL RD * MELODY LN

Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
10/5/2013 1:58:24 PM

Raymond L. Finn, 82, of 9 Lawton Road, Bradford, PA

Raymond L. Finn, 82, of 9 Lawton Road, Bradford, PA died Friday October 4, 2013 at the Pavilion @ BRMC, from declining health due to a gas explosion at his residence on October 24, 1996.

Born in Rixford, on July 18, 1931, he was a son of the late Thomas and Annie (Brown) Finn.

On February 16, 1952 in Derrick City United Methodist Church he married Carolyn G. (Woodward) Finn who survives.

Mr. Finn attended the First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the former Derrick City United Methodist Church and the Quarter Century Club at Witco.

He attended Otto Township Schools. After school he worked at Hardes Lumber Company and then W.R. Case Cutlery and Sons. On October 1, 1952 he entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He recieved the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged on July 20, 1954. Upon returning home he worked for Kendall Refining Company then Witco as a foreman of the pipe line which later became Belden & Blake. He retired after 40 years of service.

In addition to his wife Carolyn of 61 years, he is survived by a son, Terry R. Finn of Bradford and one sister, Lenna E. Wood of Monaca, several nieces and nephews and special friends Tim and Kay Stark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Cheryl A. Finn who died in 1983, two brothers, Earl T. Finn and Edward H, Finn.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday October 8, 2013 from 10:00am to Noon at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at Noon with Rev. Tom Verner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. At the conclusion of the service members of the United States Army will accord Military Honors. Burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the United Way of Bradford or the Pavilion @ BRMC Activity Fund or a charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Thompson Statement on House Passed Measures to Fund Government, End Stalemate

Thompson Statement on House Passed Measures to Fund Government, End Stalemate
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement on the status of the government shutdown and efforts in the U.S. House to fund critical government services and operations.

“In addition to passing three separate continuing resolutions to fund the government prior to the lapse of appropriations, the House has passed, with bipartisan support, eight separate bills to fund critical government operations,” said Thompson. “Even though many of my Democrat colleagues in the House have supported these measures, the Senate has denied consideration of almost every proposal.”

“The American people are suffering under the shutdown and taxpayers are being neglected as the Senate refuses to do its job,” Thompson added.  

The House on Saturday voted unanimously to retroactively pay back federal employees furloughed due to the shutdown. Following the vote, Thompson delivered remarks from the House floor on the eight separate funding bills that passed the House over the last week.    

“These measures should have received the support of every member. They are bills that should have passed the Senate and made their way to the President’s desk,” stated Thompson. “Let’s end this stalemate and move forward with the people’s business.”
A chronological list of House and Senate actions since October 1, 2013:
OCTOBER 1, 2013
House appointed negotiators to a formal House-Senate conference to fund the government.
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_negotiations.pngPay Our Military Act (H.R. 3210): ensures our troops would be paid in the event of a government shutdown. (Passed in the House 423-0).
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-pass_potus-sign.pngOCTOBER 2, 2013
Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act (H.J. Res. 71): allows our nation’s capital to continue operating using its own funding. (Passed in the House by voice vote).
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngOpen Our Nation's Parks and Museums Act (H.J. Res. 70): opens all of our national parks and museums, including the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC that was initially closed to veterans by the administration. (Passed in the House 252-173)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngResearch for Lifesaving Cures Act (H.J. Res. 73): provides funding for the National Institute of Health, which is responsible for lifesaving medical innovations and cancer research. (Passed in the House 254-171)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngOCTOBER 3, 2013
Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act (H.R. 3230): ensures the government shutdown doesn’t affect pay for our National Guard and Reserve. (Passed in the House 265-160)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngHonoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act (H.J. Res. 72): provides immediate funding for critical veterans benefits and services, including disability claims, education and training, and more. (Passed in the House 259-157)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngOCTOBER 4, 2013
National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (H.J. Res 85): provides immediate funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (Passed in the House 247-164)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngNutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. (Passed in the House 244-164)
http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/votes_house-pass_senate-block_potus-veto.pngOCTOBER 5, 2013:
Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223): provides for compensation of federal employees furloughed due to the government shutdown. This is similar to bipartisan legislation enacted during previous shutdowns. (Passed in the House 407-0)

Driver Charged With DUI After Rollover Crash In Ludlow


Andover Dispatched For Structure Fire on Greenan Road

Andover Dispatched For Structure Fire on Greenan Road

At 12:44 PM on Saaturday, Andover Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 1945 Greenan Road, for a structure fire. Alfred Station dispatched with tanker. Wellsville units have been dispatched. Firefighters on scene reports smoke showing. At 12:58 PM, Whitesville Fire Dept.has been dispatched to set up water supply for Andover.  Mask men from Whitesville requested to the scene.


Fire in Andover today, Red Cross called in to assist. Homeowner had burns on his arm and taken to Jones Memorial Hospital, emergency officials said.

Coudersport Ambulance To Area of Courthouse

At 12:00 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to East 2nd Street near the courthouse for a fall victim.

Approved Minutes of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of September 19, 2013






10-5 Craft Fair Coudersport


10-5 Craft Fair Coudersport

Agenda of Potter County Commissioners Meeting of October 3, 2013





Brooklyn James At Westfield Library For Books & Albumn Signings


Roulette Ambulance To Lyman Road

At 10:15 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been called to Lyman Road for a fall victim.

Ambulance Dispatched For Woman On Roadway

Ambulance Dispatched For Woman On Roadway
At 1:10 AM on Saturday, Eldred Ambulance & Bradford Medics have been dispatched to the Kendall Bridge across from Fox's Pizza for a woman lying on side of road.
1:14 AM--MEDIC 1 RECALLED

Tim Walck Photography Grand Opening Friday & Saturday In Coudersport

For more information:   https://www.facebook.com/events/517294708347005/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Apartment & Single House For Rent In Coudersport For Rent

For Rent – Coudersport
Apartment – 2BR with Den
No HUD or Pets. Convenient to Everything
Tenant pays utilities
495 per month. Security & references required.

Single House
3BR. No HUD or Pets
Tenant pays utilities
595 per month. Security & References required.
Call for more information 814-698-2595. 
Leave message if no answer

Dickinson Center, INC- P.R.I.D.E. Falling Leaves Festival

Shinglehouse Fire Department Open House & Kids Day Sunday

Actor Shot Arrow Into Welcome To Galeton Sign


Burglars Take Electrical Wiring From Camp In Stewardson Township


Motor Vehicle Accident Reported In Ludlow

Motor Vehicle Accident Reported In Ludlow
At 12:29 AM on Saturday, Ludlow and Kane EMS have been dispatched to Rt. 6 for a report of a motor vehicle accident.
CHIEF ON SCENE REPORTS ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER, NO ENTRAPMENT
12:51 AM--COMMAND TERMINATED--ROADWAY OPEN

Governor Corbett Issues Statement in Response to Same-Sex Marriage Comment



Governor Corbett Issues Statement in Response to Same-Sex Marriage Comment

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following statement in response to the airing of a news segment on same-sex marriage.

“During a recent interview, I was asked to comment on the ruling by Judge Pellegrini that the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts did not have the power to decide the constitutionality of state laws.

“My words were not intended to offend anyone. If they did, I apologize.

“I explained that current Pennsylvania statute delineates categories of individuals unable to obtain a marriage license. As an example, I cited siblings as one such category, which is clearly defined in state law. My intent was to provide an example of these categories.

”The constitutional question is now before a federal court and that is the venue in which same-sex couples wishing to legally marry have standing to intervene and be heard. Same-sex marriage is an important issue and the question of its legal status is one that will be heard and decided upon its merits, with respect and compassion shown to all sides.”

For more information, visit www.pa.gov.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Governor Corbett Orders U.S. and State Flags at All Commonwealth Facilities to Fly at Half-Staff in Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Governor Corbett Orders U.S. and State Flags at All Commonwealth Facilities to Fly at Half-Staff in Tribute to Fallen Firefighters



Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities across the state to fly at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 6, in tribute to fallen firefighters.

President Barack Obama has ordered the American flag to be flown at half-staff on the first Sunday in October in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The week of Oct. 6 through Oct. 12 has been proclaimed as National Fire Prevention Week, honoring the courageous first responders who put their lives at risk every day to protect others. It also serves as a reminder to everyone to take meaningful steps to reduce the risk of fire wherever possible.

The United States and Pennsylvania flags should be flown at full-staff on Monday.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.

Annual DIG PINK FUNDRAISER this Tuesday


DIGGIN DEEP FOR OUR COMMUNITY……

As October is breast cancer awareness month, the Coudersport Volleyball Team is raising funds in support of the health of our community. The girls would like to invite everyone to their “Dig Pink” volleyball game on October 8th at 6 p.m. at the Coudersport High School.   All funds raised are in support of digital mammography at Cole Memorial to advance breast imaging services in our area. During the event they will be selling breast cancer awareness merchandise, 50/50 and basket raffles donated by community members.  Last year the girls were able to raise over $1,200 and with your help they can beat that this year!  Come out and support the girls and watch them raise money for a great cause!

State Police in Amity Investigating a Serious Injury Accident Involving 5 Vehicles

State Police in Amity Investigating a Serious Injury Accident Involving 5 Vehicles
Serious Work Zone Accident on ST-243 in Allegany County


 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE  Major Michael J. Cerretto
Troop A Commander

 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE *Update 5:20 PM

 Friday, October 4, 2013

The New York State Police in Allegany County are currently investigating a 5 car motor vehicle accident with injuries on ST-243 in the Town of Rushford near Balcom Beach Road. Initial investigation reveals a chain reaction collision within a work zone resulting in one vehicle occupant sustaining serious injuries. ST-243 is closed to traffic between CR-23 and ST-19 while the investigation continues and the crash scene is reconstructed. Detours have been established and it is estimated the road will be closed for 2-3hours. Updates to follow.

Operator of vehicle #1 - KENNETH C. SWANN, 88, of Angelica, NY traveling northbound on ST-243 enters work zone where vehicles 2-5, also traveling northbound, are stopped in traffic. SWANN fails to observe stopped traffic and strikes vehicle #2 occupied by NATHAN D. ANDRES, 20, of Sandusky, NY forcing his vehicle into vehicle #3 resulting in serious injuries to ANDRES. Occupants of vehicles #3 through #5 suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. ANDRES was transported to Olean General Hospital. Investigation to continue.

Dingman Run closing Monday

Dingman Run closing Monday

Road 334 (West Branch of Dingman Run) will be closed to all thru traffic on Monday, Oct 7 from 7am to 6pm. Crews will be placing driving surface aggregate from the top of the hill at Gorham's to the Potter Game Club Road. Residents in this area should expect heavy truck traffic. 

Eulalia Township Supervisors

Keystone International 2013 Livestock Exposition

Pennsylvania Agriculture Media Service


Canada's Hatfield Lady Jewel Reigns Supreme at KILE Draft Horse Show
Kim Smith of Westwind Farms in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, earned Supreme Champion honors with her Clydesdale Hatfield Lady Jewel during the Draft Horse Show Friday, Oct. 4, at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
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Best Berkshire Boar and Yorkshire Gilt Top KILE Swine Breeding Show
A Yorkshire Gilt and a Berkshire Boar were chosen as Supreme Champions during the open breeding swine show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg. More...

Open Horse Show Scores Second-Year Success at 2013 KILE
More than 240 exhibitors and 400 equines competed in the second annual Open Horse Show held Sept. 28-29 during the 2013 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg. More...


Maryland Snags Top Stockman Title at 2013 KILE
Aislinn Latham of Thurmont, Md., was named Keystone Junior Stockman of the Year, while her Maryland 4-H team took top group honors, at the 36th Keystone Stockman’s Contest Friday, Oct. 4, during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
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Canada's Hatfield Lady Jewel Tops KILE Clydesdale Show
Kim Smith of Westwind Farms, Oakville, Ontario, dominated the competition in several classes with his Clydesdale entries on Friday, Oct. 4, during the Clydesdale Eastern Regional Halter Show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg. More...

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The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, featuring nearly 4,000 animals, including beef cattle, horses, sheep and pigs. The expo runs through Oct. 6. For more information and a complete show schedule, visit www.keystoneinternational.state.pa.us.

Annual Senior Expo Oct. 11 At Roulette Firehall

Annual Senior Expo Oct. 11 At Roulette Firehall

October 1st, 2013
senior-servicesDozens of agencies and vendors will be setting up at the Roulette Firehall from 9 to 1 on Friday, Oct. 11, for the annual Potter County Senior Citizens Expo. They’ll distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection and personal safety. Health screenings will be offered. Lunch will be available and door prizes will be awarded. More information is available from Rep. Martin Causer’s regional office at 274-9769.

Gas Meeting: Pipelines, Water Quality, Jobs Discussed

Gas Meeting: Pipelines, Water Quality, Jobs Discussed

October 3rd, 2013
pottergasmeetdavem2Many pipelines, big and small, are coming to northern Pennsylvania in the coming years. Penn State Extension educator Dave Messersmith framed some of the challenges this could pose during the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center’s quarterly public meeting. Messersmith has spoken and written extensively on pipelines that are being, or will be, built to carry natural gas by the billions of cubic feet to users in the Northeast. Pennsylvania is already both a supplier and a conduit of gas, poised to play a critical role in the coming years as companies drill down two miles or more into multiple shale formations.

Messersmith cited impacts that must be monitored and potentially controlled, including air pollution, erosion and sedimentation, wetlands disturbance, wildlife habitat fragmentation, deterioration of “viewsheds,” spreading of invasive weeds, noise pollution, decreased real estate values and safety hazards. He cited studies showing that populations of some forest raptors, songbirds and woodland amphibians could be threatened by pipeline development, while other species could benefit from additional clearings.

Messersmith listed several steps that companies could take to lessen the negative impacts: locating lines in existing rights-of-way; managing rights-of-way to enhance certain wildlife species; reducing the spread of invasive weeds and insects; boring under sensitive acreage, such as wetlands and streams; re-establishing forest cover; managing soils and re-seeding responsibly; and better planning of pipeline corridors. He added that property owners who are approached to lease their land should consider requiring certain conditions before signing.

Potter County Conservation District manager Chris Mitterer shared information on that agency’s commitment to protecting high-quality waterways. Potter County’s dirt and gravel road management program is a success story and local officials must continue to be vigilant, he said. JohnMcLaughlin,chairman of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, discussed plans to develop a regional plan for protection of public drinking water supplies.

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel, who serves on the Natural Gas Task Force for the County Commissioners Association of Pa., said he is part of a group that is lobbying for greater state oversight of gas drilling near public water supplies.

Terry Cole (right), administrator of the local Pennsylvania CareerLink office, said most natural gas jobs that are available in Pennsylvania and elsewhere would require travel to distant worksites. Lingering low prices at the wellhead have delayed the forecasted increase in local drilling, so companies have directed resources to areas where the gas supplies have already been tapped. A broad variety or resources, including job training opportunities are available for individuals seeking employment in the gas industry. Those interested in details are advised to contact CareerLink at 274-9330 or contact Terry Cole directly at tecole@state.pa.us.

Domestic Violence Organization Vigil Oct. 7

Domestic Violence Organization Vigil Oct. 7

October 4th, 2013
candlelight-vigilPotter County’s domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention agency, A Way Out, will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 pm, Monday, Oct. 7, at the Coudersport Arboretum. It’s located next to the borough office on South West Street. 

A Way Out holds the quiet observation each year to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Speakers will remember those who have died because of domestic violence and celebrate those who have survived. A Way Out provides educational and prevention resources to the area and are always looking for volunteers to help cover our large rural area. More information is available at 274-0368.

Local Government, Clergy Forge Partnership

Local Government, Clergy Forge Partnership

October 4th, 2013
pottercoclergymtgStriking a balance between taxpayer-funded services for those in need and charitable work by churches, volunteers and community organizations is always a challenge – made more difficult by government budget cuts. Potter County took a step to bolster the partnership by hosting a gathering of local social service agencies and clergy at Cole Hospital’s Wellness Center. Some 15 agencies and a dozen churches were represented.

The vehicle that’s forging the new approach is known as Potter County LINK and the focus was on services available to residents 60 or older and the disabled of any age. LINK Coordinator Barb Kiel, who organized the session, was encouraged by the outcome. “It went very well and the pastors’ evaluations were positive and encouraging,” she noted. She said pastors welcomed information on services that could benefit their parishioners. “This will help them as they minister to others,” Kiel noted. “Some clergy members suggested a gathering of this sort should be held annually, which we will consider.”

Kiel represents the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, which is a lead agency for LINK, together with Potter County Human Services, Community Resources for Independence, and Life and Independence for Today. People in need are often confused or overwhelmed by the social service system. As a result, in some cases those needs are unmet. Clergy at last week’s session came away with a greater understanding of the government programs and the potential to integrate their pastoral care with social services. More information on LINK is available at 1-800-753-8827.

Public Transportation Available In Potter County

Public Transportation Available In Potter County

October 4th, 2013
atabusArea Transportation Authority of Northcentral Pa. has embarked on a public relations campaign to make people aware of its service. Many Potter County residents do not know that those familiar ATA buses they see on area roads can provide transportation at a reasonable cost for shopping, doctor appointments, employment and other activities. Those 65 and older and people with disabilities can qualify for a reduced fare through Pennsylvania Lottery revenues
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ATA has launched “Call A Bus,” encouraging people who want to learn more about local bus service or schedule a ride to call a toll-free telephone number: 1-866-282-4968. Brochures explaining riders’ options are available at the Potter County Commissioners office at the Gunzburger Building. Those interested in obtaining a brochure should contact Dawn Swatsworth at 814-274-8290, Ext. 207.
The following schedules are in effect:

Coudersport (including Cole Hospital, Sweden Valley, Jenkins Hill, Roulette, Olmstead and other areas) — 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday; additional hours of 7:30 am to 9 am from mid-September to mid-May.

Galeton (including Germania and other areas) — 10 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 2 pm; additional hours of 7:30 am to 8:15 am and 3 pm to 3:30 pm from mid-September to mid-May.

Ulysses (including Harrison Valley, Genesee, Mills, Bingham, Mills, Andrews Settlement, Elmer, Hickox, Ellisburg and more) — 9 am to 11:30 am, and 1 pm to 3 pm, Monday through Wednesday.

Shinglehouse (including Sharon Center, Millport and more) — 9 am to 11 am, and 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday.

(ATA has asked readers to please call 1-866-282-4968 for scheduling information in the Austin and Roulette areas.)

County Tourist Agency Seeks New Members

County Tourist Agency Seeks New Members

October 4th, 2013
Potter County’s tourist promotion agency welcomes new members as it continues the mission to improve the region’s standing as a destination for visitors. Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) reports that in 2011, latest year for which data are available, tourists spent $36.5 million in Potter County, an increase of around $12 million since 2005. PCVA members receive free listings in the Potter County Visitors Guide and the agency website, visitpottercounty.com. Members are also listed on tourism websites and can share brochures at public venues. For more information, call 814-274-3365.

Medicare Help Sessions Planned In Potter County

Medicare Help Sessions Planned In Potter County

October 4th, 2013
medicarePeople with Medicare will have the chance to get personalized help from counselors at several local enrollment events. There are a number of changes to Medicare this year. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members may choose to make changes at this time. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, people with Medicare Advantage plans will only be able to return to original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan.

  Help sessions are scheduled from 9 am to 2 pm as follows: Oct. 16, Coudersport Senior Center (9 am to 1 pm); Oct. 23, Ulysses Senior Center; Oct. 25, Potter County Human Services in Roulette; Oct. 28, Oswayo Valley Senior Center; Oct. 30, Galeton Senior Center; Nov. 6, Oswayo Valley Senior Center; Nov. 8, Potter County Human Services in Roulette; Nov. 13, Ulysses Senior Center; Nov. 14, Coudersport Senior Center; Nov. 20, Galeton Senior Center. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-800-800-2560.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: ST LEO'S
City: RIDGWAY_B
Cross Streets: SHERIDAN AVE * ALLENHURST AVE

Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE;
ELK COMPANY 4 FD
10/4/2013 8:33:53 PM

Morris Woman Arrested

http://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/Morris-Woman-Arrested-on-Bad-Check-and-Weapons/ZpTfdZJrGEaQ8JiCZY5BpQ.cspx

FUEL SPILL-CONTAIN SMALL

FUEL SPILL-CONTAIN SMALL
Address: 9615 MONTMORENCI RD
City: JONES
Cross Streets: JUD DR * BEN HUR CAMP RD

FROM TRACTOR TRAILER ON IT'S SIDE

Agency: ELK COMPANY 6 FD
10/4/2013 6:35:53 PM

Coudersport Dispatched To North Hollow Road Crash

Coudersport Dispatched To North Hollow Road Crash
At 6:25 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medic 6 have been dispatched to the area of 509 North Hollow Road for a motor vehicle crash.
COUDERSPORT ENGINE TO COLE HELIPAD TO ASSIST INCOMING HELICOPTER
7:59 PM ALL COUDERSPORT UNITS RETURNING TO THE HALL--COMMAND TERMINATED 

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: 6827 RIDGWAY JOHNSONBURG RD
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: KENTUCKY LN * TRANSPORTATION CTR

Agency: ST MARYS AMB; ELK COMPANY 2 FD
10/4/2013 4:57:15 PM

Cuba Dispatched To Car/Bicycle Accident

Cuba Dispatched To Car/Bicycle Accident
At 4:56 PM on Friday, Cuba Ambulance has been dispatched to the area in front of McDonalds on Genesee Street for a car/bicycle accident with injury.

Thompson to Congress: Withhold My Pay

Thompson to Congress: Withhold My Pay

Cosponsors “Government Shutdown Fairness Act”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that he will not accept a salary for the duration of the Federal government shutdown. In a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, Thompson formally requested that his pay be withheld during the lapse of appropriations.

“Pursuant to the 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, pay for a Member of Congress cannot be altered until a new Congress begins,” Thompson wrote. “However, it is clear that Congress has failed to fulfill one of its most basic responsibilities; making appropriations.”

“I respectfully request that you withhold my pay for the duration of the government shutdown,” the letter concludes.

Thompson addressed the action yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House, along with his co-sponsorship of H.R. 3160, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act, which would stop Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.

“Mr. Speaker, where I come from we believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” Thompson said. “It would be morally reprehensible for me or other members of this body to collect a pay check while this lapse of appropriations continues.”

Thompson’s staff will remain working without pay for the duration of the shutdown.

“My staff will also remain hard at work, and they, too, will work unpaid, providing the same level of services to the constituents of the 5th Congressional District,” stated Thompson.

Thompson’s letter to the Chief Administrative Officer can be found here.

Thompson’s full floor remarks can be viewed here.

National Fuel Gas will be performing routine testing of their gas lines located in Portage, Wharton and Sylvania Townships between October 7th and 18th.

Potter County Department of Emergency Services
National Fuel Gas will be performing routine testing of their gas lines located in Portage, Wharton and Sylvania Townships between October 7th and 18th.

The testing takes about 1 full day and requires shutting off the flow of gas and filling a section of the pipeline with water under high pressure for an extended period of time. The purpose of the test is to check for leaks and weak points in the pipeline without the danger of a potential gas release.

As a safety precaution they request that individuals stay away from the area of the pipeline during testing.

Your township has been notified and has a contact at National Fuel Gas if there are any questions or concerns.

TROPICAL STORM KAREN IMPACT ON PA

Potter County Department of Emergency Services
TROPICAL STORM KAREN IMPACT ON PA

• Tropical Storm Karen will make landfall along the central Gulf Coast over the weekend and weaken into a tropical depression as it moves over-land into the southeast U.S./Georgia Piedmont.

• The tropical remnants of Karen will likely merge into a frontal zone somewhere near the western Carolinas early next week. The remnants should then become absorbed into an upper level trough to yield a broad wave of low pressure, with deep tropical moisture streaming northeastward into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. This could lead to generous rainfall totals and a risk of flash flooding.

• Winds are not expected to be a factor with this system.

• The heaviest rain is expected to stay to the west of PA on Sunday.

• There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms on Sunday over western PA with the primary hazard being damaging winds.

• The main threat with this system is heavy rain. At this time, 1-2" of rain is forecast in PA through next week although some locally higher amounts are possible. These amounts should be largely beneficial given recent rainfall deficits. River flooding is not expected to be a problem.

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 3:35 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Main Street for a medical emergency.

Roulette Fire has been dispatched to set up landing zone for Mercyflight at Buckler Drive.

I-80 WB rest area project traffic pattern update for next week

I-80 WB rest area project traffic pattern update 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 Wednesday, Oct. 9, 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. to 7 p.m.

The rest area is currently closed to all public traffic for reconstruction activities.

I-80 WB Columbia County work-zone lane restriction Oct. 8

I-80 WB Columbia County work-zone lane restriction Oct. 8

Here is a scheduled lane closure for Interstate 80 westbound at the Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County next week.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the westbound right lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from mile 242 (Mifflinville Exit) to mile 241 (Berwick Exit) for spill clean-up work from an earlier crash.

Coudersport Ambulance To Gunzburger Building

At 2:41 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 has been dispatched to the back alley entrance to the Gunzburger Building for a fall victim.

2014 Relay For Life Kickoff Saturday At Falling Leaves Festival In Coudersport


US Congressman Thompson To Meet With Constituents At Dinner In Coudersport

GT MEET & GREET SET FOR OCTOBER 14th



U.S. Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson, will be visiting Potter County this Monday, October 14th, at 5:30 p.m., to update local residents on federal-related issues and to hear the concerns of the residents of Potter County, according to Carl Long, Republican County Chairman. 

The “GT Meet and Greet” will take place in the dining room of the Hotel Crittenden (side entrance) with a buffet dinner available at $12.00 per person; dinner reservations required. 

Before being elected to the U.S. Congress, Thompson worked for 26 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Lycoming County, and served for six years as chairman of the Centre County Republican Committee. He spent twenty-five years as a member or president of the Howard Volunteer Fire Company 14 and actively volunteers as a fire fighter, emergency medical technician, and rescue technician.

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, Thompson has also served in various state and regional positions with the Boy Scouts of America, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society, the Private Industry Council for the Central Corridor (PICCC), and the Central Pennsylvania Work Force Investment Board.

Those interested in dining with GT at the October 14th Meet & Greet are asked to make dinner reservations no later than noon on Friday, October 11th by calling County Chairman, Carl Long at (716) 353-1369, or by calling Committeewoman, Karen C. Cahilly, at (814) 203-3933.

Oletha “Letha” B. Monahan, 91, Andover, NY

Oletha “Letha” B. Monahan
Oletha “Letha” B. Monahan, 91, entered into rest Monday (Sept. 30, 2013) at Wellsville Manor Care Center, with friends at her bedside.

Mrs. Monahan was born on May 2, 1922 in Wellsville to Cornelius J. and Hazel Pearl (Hungerford) Callaghan. She was a 1940 graduate of Andover Central School. On May 24, 1975, in Andover, she married Russell A. Monahan, who predeceased her on Dec. 4, 1992.

Letha worked for Southern Tier Home Health Care and later for Jan and Bev’s Home Care, both in Wellsville, retiring in 1999.

Letha is survived by a son, Neil (Judy) Storms of Aiken, S.C.; one brother-in-law, Thomas LeBar of Madison, Ohio; 18 grandchildren, Renee (Tim) Foster, Denae Storms, Jodi (Tim) Ross, Shawn Storms, Lee Patrick (Laurie) Storms, Rebecca (Dan) Barcy, Neil (Jessica) Storms, Casey Storms, Stephen (Delores) Storms, Shelly (David) Householder, Heather (Joey) Ahl, Sarah (Scott) McLeod, Audrey (Steve) Poore, Peggy (Nathanael) Berrett, Cindi (David) Fagan, Sandi Ryder, Tina Holcomb and Michelle (Brian) Asbury; 51 great grandchildren, 21 great- great grandchildren; a special friend, Ann Johnson of Wellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her second husband, Russell, she was predeceased by her first husband and father of her children, Walter L. Storms, Sr.; two daughters, Gayle LeBar and Cheryl Johnson; one son, Walter Lee Storms, Jr.; and one sister, Thelma LeBar.

Letha enjoyed growing flowers, sewing, reading and crossword puzzles. She was a member of the Andover Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary and attended Wellsville Bible Church.

Friends may call on Friday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 3:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation with Rev. Daniel Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church, officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Letha’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.

4-H Fall Harvest- Achievement Day.

4-H Fall Harvest- Achievement Day.

It’s that time of the year again… 4-H Fall Harvest time! This year, our 4-H achievement ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 6th at OV Lanes on East Academy Street in Shinglehouse. Below you will find the club schedule for free bowling time and the distribution of our yearly 4-H awards.

4:00 to 5:00 pm: All members bowl from -

Beyond the Horizons
Blue Ridge Riders
Bronc Busters
Bullseye Blasters
Cream of the Crop
Growing Country Clovers
Horse Feathers
New Horizons
Shinglehouse Sew Cooks
Silver Bits

All members/leaders in attendance for 4-H AWARDS CEREMONY – 5:00 to 5:45 (cider and donuts will be provided)

5:45 to 6:45 pm: All members bowl from -

Barnyard Buddies
Cow Patty Kickers
Crazy Critters
Dairywide
Eleven Mile Livestock
Famous Wabbits
Potter Show Animals
Showstoppers
New Germania Club

We hope to see every 4-Her in attendance for fun and socializing to celebrate the completion of another successful year of 4-H in Potter County!

Pennsylvanians Urged to Observe Fire Prevention Week

Pennsylvanians Urged to Observe Fire Prevention Week

Harrisburg – State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann today urged Pennsylvanians to take steps to prevent fires in their homes and businesses during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 through Oct. 12.

“This year’s theme is ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’,” Mann said. “Bad cooking is no laughing matter when you consider that kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires in 2011, resulting in 2,520 civilian deaths and nearly $7 billion in damages.

Working smoke detectors are one of the best ways to prevent fire injury and deaths in a home. Ideally, detectors should be placed in common areas of the home such as the kitchen and living room, as well as in each bedroom. Families should also create and practice an escape plan, so everyone in the home knows how to get out safely in the event of a fire or other emergency.

“As we head into the winter months and residents fire up their wood stoves and fireplaces, people should also check their carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly,” Mann said. “Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning mimic the flu, so you could easily be overcome without realizing it, and unable to get help for yourself or your loved ones.”

Carbon monoxide is created when combustible materials burn incompletely. Often called “the silent killer,” it is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can incapacitate victims before they are aware that they have been exposed. Sources of carbon monoxide can include wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, gas-fired appliances and fireplaces, grills and motor vehicles.

Additional information about Fire Prevention Week, including free resources for families and teachers, is available online at www.fpw.org.

Information about how to prevent fires and prepare for all types of emergencies is available online at www.ReadyPA.org. For more information about the fire service in Pennsylvania, visit www.osfc.state.pa.us, or call 1-800-670-3473.

Shut Down Cancells Veterans Health & Benefits Seminar In Wilcox Saturday


John Hanger says Corbett apology for LGBT slur not enough

John Hanger
Corbett’s apology for LGBT slur not enough

The governor must change his heart
by Jan Jarret
Harrisburg – John Hanger said today that Corbett’s remarks comparing between same-sex marriage and incest are unacceptable and beneath the office of governor and said that Corbett’s subsequent apology is inadequate.

“An apology for a comment so vile just doesn’t cut it,” said Hanger. “This governor has now used hateful, bigoted words twice to describe same-sex marriage. The LGBT community deserves more than an apology. They need the governor to change his heart.”

“Corbett’s words were beneath the dignity of the office of governor, and quite frankly, disqualify him from holding that office,” continued Hanger. “Hearing them took my breath away. The LGBT community and their families, co-workers and friends are right to be offended.”

“It’s too bad that November 2014 won’t come sooner,” concluded Hanger. “Pennsylvania does not deserve a governor who does not respect diversity and liberty.”

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Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."

4 Car Crash Reported On Rt. 243 near Rushford

4 Car Crash Reported On Rt. 243 near Rushford
At 12:55 PM on Friday, several northern Allegany County fire depts. have been dispatched to a report of a 4 car accident on Route 243 near the Balcom Beach Road. Medic 700 is en route.

Cecil Wayne “Pappy” Beer 80, of Rt. 646 Gifford, PA

Cecil Wayne “Pappy” Beer 80, of Rt. 646 Gifford, PA went to be with his Lord on Thursday October 3, 2013 at his residence, with his loving family by his side.

Born August 9, 1933 in Kittanning he was a son of John and Zelma (Brumbaugh) Beer.

He worked at the Quaker State Refinery in Farmers Valley for 38 years. Later he worked at Fairway Ford in Bradford retiring in 2012 because of health reasons.

He was a member and Past President of the Hilltop Lions Club, member of the Eagles Club #2432 in Bradford. He enjoyed riding his Harley Motorcycle and going on dice runs. For the last six years he volunteered and helped out at the Kids for Cancer Ride, which meant a lot to him.

Surviving is his wife, Sandra (Wyant) Beer, one son, Thomas (Jessie) Beer in VA, two daughters, Amy (Mike Livergood) Otto of NY and Tina (Ed) Hallock of Lantz Corners, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, one brother Joe (Viv) Beer of Elderton, one sister Kay Rosenberger of Kittanning, and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Lisa Tindell, one grandson Jeffrey Judkins Jr., one sister Pat Ellenberger and one brother Larry Beer.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday October 12, 2012 at 10:00am at the Hilltop Baptist Church with the Rev. Max Simms, Pastor officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Bradford, the Hilltop Baptist Church, Kids for Cancer or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Dickinson Center, INC- P.R.I.D.E. Falling Leaves Festival


Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, October 04, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Proposed Rural Community College Program


 
The Senate Education Committee held a public hearing this week on legislation introduced by Sen. Joe Scarnati to create a rural regional community college pilot program in our area. I introduced a companion bill, House Bill 1701, in the state House.

The bills were introduced in response to a 2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee that noted the importance of community colleges in meeting the demand to provide education and training necessary in today’s economy. However, it also found that 25 of 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community colleges and that rural youth typically pay twice the tuition of youth from areas with a community college.

To read the full report, click here.

To view the hearing, click here.
                       

Sportsman Newsletter Now Available

Check out the fall edition of my sportsmen newsletter for updates on new laws and legislative proposals impacting sportsmen and sportswomen in our region and throughout the Commonwealth. The newsletter also includes the full listing of seasons and bag limits. Click here to read it.

To ensure you receive future sportsmen updates, please sign up here.
 
   

Game and Fisheries Committee Approves Bills

The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, held a voting meeting this week at which four bills were unanimously reported to the full House for consideration.

Among them is a bill I sponsored (House Bill 1584) to clarify in statute that conservation officers have the authority to issue written or verbal warnings in lieu of making arrests or issuing citations. While this authority is available to conservation officers currently, it is not specifically spelled out in law and therefore may not be being used as much as it could be or should be. As a former police officer, I know how important it is to exercise discretion in law enforcement.

The committee also approved Senate Bill 648, sponsored by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Cumberland/ Franklin/York), which protects the rights of property owners who allow hunting on their property. The bill ensures those landowners are not subject to prosecution for violations committed by hunters on their land.

Finally, the committee approved two bills sponsored by Rep. Gary Haluska (D-Cambria). House Bill 681 removes the authority for commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to enforce powers granted to waterway patrolmen. House Bill 1144 amends the definition of “bow” to include crossbows and any device held in place by a brace secured around the body.  
 

Recognizing the Importance of Independent Oil Producers


I am really looking forward to taking part in a press conference with local oil producers at the Drake Well Museum in Titusville next Thursday to talk about their many contributions to the state and local economies.

The event, organized by Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP), will focus on the jobs supported by the conventional oil industry and our local refinery, the types of products created by Penn-grade crude and the regulatory challenges these producers face.

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973-74 oil embargo, it is important to recognize the value of this industry in Pennsylvania both then and now.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Drake Well Museum, 202 Museum Lane, Titusville.