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Eleni Interiors, Olean, NY

Eleni  Interiors, Olean, NY

Stoltz of Coudersport

Coudersport Wellness Center Packages

Coudersport Wellness Center Packages

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

Howard's Inc.

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

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WAIT IS ON FOR LATE-STARTING PENNSYLVANIA DEER SEASON

WAIT IS ON FOR LATE-STARTING PENNSYLVANIA DEER SEASON

Some big bucks await those heading afield for Dec. 2 opener.


Hunters are known for their great patience – and it’s a good thing, too.

Those eager to start the clock on yet another deer-hunting season are waiting out the latest-starting season opener in years.

Because of the way the calendar falls in 2013, and with the opening day of Pennsylvania’s general deer season traditionally held on the Monday following Thanksgiving, the state’s “unofficial holiday” kicks off a full week later than it does in some years.

But when that special day arrives, hunters statewide are likely to find the wait well worth it.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is tracking deer populations as stable or increasing in nearly all of the state’s 23 wildlife-management units. That means another good opportunity awaits the approximate 750,000 hunters expected to take to the deer woods on the Dec. 2 opener, and for those hunting during the remainder of the season.

“The opening day of the firearms deer season is something most hunters look forward to all year, and waiting out those few extra days when the season falls late like this can test one’s patience,” said Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. “But by 7 a.m. that first Monday, the wait all across Pennsylvania will be over, and tens of thousands of lasting memories will be made in the hours, days and weeks that follow.”

Statewide season

The statewide general firearms season runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14. In many parts of the state, properly licensed hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer at any time during the season. In other areas, hunters may take only antlered deer the season’s first five days, with the antlerless and antlered seasons then running concurrently from the first Saturday, Dec. 7 to the season’s close.

Rules regarding the number of points a harvested buck must have on one antler also are different in different parts of the state, and young hunters statewide follow separate guidelines.

For a complete breakdown of regulations, consult the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is issued to hunters at the time they purchase their licenses. The digest also is available online at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

One very important regulation that applies statewide is the requirement for each hunters to wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on his or her head, chest and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. And for safety’s sake, nonhunters who might be in the outdoors during the deer season and other hunting seasons might also want to consider wearing orange at this time.

Deer forecast

While deer populations are being tracked as stable or increasing in most of the state, many other factors influence deer hunting, said Chris Rosenberry, who supervises the Game Commission’s deer and elk section.

The availability of food sources in an area plays a role in the deer harvest at a local level, he said.

This year has produced a spotty acorn crop statewide, said David Gustafson, the Game Commission’s chief forester. A late spring frost affected white oaks and chestnut oaks. And a cold and wet spring in 2012 affected red oaks, which take two years to produce. Those conditions have combined to limit acorn availability in many areas.

That’s not to say there aren’t acorns to be found, Gustafson said. In some cases, though, it can take some work to find them. Meanwhile, soft-mast and fruit crops have been good this year statewide, he said.

And Gustafson said he’s seen areas this year where food has appeared more plentiful in the low-hanging parts of valleys.

In any case, finding those food sources can be the key to hunting success.

While factors like food and weather can influence the deer harvest, Rosenberry said it’s unlikely the late start will play much of a role.

The timing of deer-hunting seasons in relation to the deer’s breeding season, commonly referred to as the rut, can impact the harvest, he said. But he said other factors typically are more important, as evidenced by deer harvests in different seasons with either early or late starts.

Those hunters taking part in the season have a sizeable chance of taking home a trophy. A good crop of adult bucks is produced each year statewide, and last year’s harvest resulted in about 200 new entries into Pennsylvania’s Big Game Records Program, which recognizes exceptional whitetails, bears and elk.

Meanwhile, hunting license sales also are slightly ahead of their 2012 pace.

All of it adds to the potential for an outstanding deer season, Roe said.

“Considering deer and hunter numbers both are good, the pieces are in place for a great season,” Roe said. “And for those hunters who harvest their ‘buck of a lifetime’ this year, it will be the best season ever.

“That chance lies in store for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who will take part in our deer seasons,” he said. “I hope each of them soon discovers that, indeed, good things come to those who wait.”

Proper licensing

Hunters during the statewide firearms season can harvest antlered deer if they possess a valid general hunting license, which costs $20.70 for adult residents and $101.70 for adult nonresidents.

Each hunter between the ages of 12 and 17 must possess a junior license, which costs $6.70 for residents and $41.70 for nonresidents.

Hunters younger than 12 must possess a valid mentored youth hunting permit and be accompanied at all times by a properly licensed adult mentor, as well as follow other regulations.

In order to harvest antlerless deer, hunters must possess either a valid antlerless deer license or a valid DMAP permit.

Antlerless deer licenses can be used only within the wildlife management unit for which they’re issued. DMAP permits can be used only on the specific properties for which they’re issued.

For many areas, antlerless licenses or DMAP permits might already be sold out. License availability can be checked online through the Game Commission’s website.

Licenses can be purchased online, but as the season nears, hunters might find it better to purchase licenses in person. Deer licenses purchased online are mailed, meaning they might not arrive in time if purchased too close to the start of the season.

Tagging and reporting

A valid tag must be affixed to the ear of each deer harvested before that deer is moved. The tag must be filled out in ink by the hunter.

Within 10 days of a harvest, a successful hunter is required to make a report to the Game Commission. Harvests can be reported online at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us by clicking on the blue “Report a Harvest” button on the home page. Harvests can also be reported by mailing in the postage-paid cards inserted into the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, or successful hunters can call 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681) to report by phone. Those reporting by phone are asked to have their license number and other information about the harvest ready at the time they call.

Mentored youth hunters are required to report deer harvests within five days.

Reporting deer harvests helps to better estimate deer populations in wildlife management units and statewide, and hunters are asked to do their parts in this important process.

Chronic wasting disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in two areas of Pennsylvania, and special rules apply to hunters within each Disease Management Area (DMA).

There are two DMAs. DMA 1 encompasses parts of York and Adams counties. DMA 2 includes parts of Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon and Cambria counties.

For the specific boundary line of each DMA, check the Game Commission’s website or turn to the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Hunters may not remove from a DMA any deer parts deemed to have a high-risk of transmitting CWD. The head, backbone and spinal cord are among those high-risk parts, and successful hunters who live outside a DMA can remove and deposit high-risk parts in dumpsters that have been set up on state game lands within each DMA. They can then transport the meat and other low-risk parts outside the DMA.

Hunters can also take their harvests to a processor or taxidermist within the DMA, and the processor or taxidermist can properly dispose of the high-risk parts. In some cases, processors and taxidermists just beyond the border of a DMA have been approved as drop-off sites and those facilities appear on the list of cooperating processors and taxidermists available on the Game Commission’s website.

The Game Commission will be taking samples from about 1,000 deer in each DMA, but just because a hunter drops a deer off at a processor or taxidermist, or deposits high-risk parts in a dumpster on game lands, doesn’t mean the deer will be tested for CWD.

To ensure a harvested deer will be tested, hunters can make arrangements with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Laboratory. There is a fee associated with testing. More information about this process can be found online at www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

Transporting a deer head outside a DMA so the deer can be disease-tested at a lab is a permitted exception to the rule prohibiting the removal of high-risk parts from a DMA. Deer heads should be double-bagged in plastic garbage bags before they are removed from the DMA.

Chronic wasting disease is transmitted from deer to deer by direct and indirect contact. It is always fatal to deer that become infected, but it is not known to be transmitted to humans.

Out of an abundance of caution, people are advised not to consume meat from deer that test positive for CWD.

For more information on CWD and rules applying within DMAs, visit the Game Commission’s website.

Times Publishing Company names new publisher


Times Publishing Company names new publisher

Get your tickets for the To Fill A Backpack’s annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle

You are running out of time to get your tickets for the To Fill A Backpack’s annual 12 Days of Christmas raffle. Once again we have a nice variety of prizes for the raffle that were donated by local people, businesses and the Backpack program. 

Tickets are $1.00 each and are available in almost every local town. 

The first ticket will be drawn on December 1st, another ticket being drawn daily with the last ticket to be drawn on December 12th. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact us as soon as possible so that we can put you in contact with one of our sellers. 

You can also mail your payment to To Fill A Backpack – Attn: Raffle – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746. You can reach us by calling (814) 544-2612 and leave a message if no one answers. 

Possible Structure Fire On County Road 40 In Wirt

Possible Structure Fire On County Road 40 In Wirt
At 9:11 PM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to 7627 County Road 40 in the Town of Wirt for a possible structure fire. Caller smells smoke in the residence but can not locate source.

More Crashes

2013 - 2859411/23/20137:16 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 6 ERICHMOND TWP
2013 - 2859311/23/20136:31 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 49 NELSON TWP
2013 - 2858511/23/20135:48 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTSWEDEN HILL RDSWEDEN TWP
2013 - 2857911/23/20135:28 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 49NELSON TWP
2013 - 2857811/23/20135:21 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 6 WEULALIA TWP
2013 - 2857711/23/20135:21 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 287&ROUTE 6DELMAR TWP

Estates Auction Next Saturday At Pine Creek Inn


TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: RIDGWAY JOHNSONBURG RD and BEAVER DR
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: BEAVER DR * PAVILION DR

Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD; ELK COMPANY 2 FD, RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 6:39:50 PM

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURYAT 1077 MILLION DOLLAR HWY

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURY
Address: 1077 MILLION DOLLAR HWY
City: FOX
Cross Streets: GLASS RD * LINWOOD AVE

Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD
11/23/2013 5:51:57 PM

Vehicle Crash On Sweden Hill Road

Vehicle Crash On Sweden Hill Road
At 5:50 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance dispatched to Sweden HIll Road for a car crash into a ditch with injuries reported.
NORTH HOLLOW IS OPEN

IF YOU'RE HEADED TO GREENMAN HILL-DON'T GO


IF YOU'RE HEADED TO GREENMAN HILL-DON'T GO. Helen and I just spent half an hour on top waiting to go down the other side toward Coudersport. It's a sheet of ice and absolutely no cinder trucks out/ At one time there were seven trucks and cars skidding all over and some across the highway. I called PSP and they sent a car out but by that time some had managed to turn around and head back toward Shinglehouse- We rode the berm all the way down the hill. Please stay in tonight and stay safe

219 Bypass in Johnsonburg is also slippery

The 219 Bypass in Johnsonburg is also slippery. Tractor trailer jacknifed at Grant & 219. Use extreme caution or find an alternative route.

MVA On Rt. 6 West near Erway Farm

MVA On Rt. 6 West near Erway Farm
At  5:34 PM on Saturday,  Report of motor vehicle accident on Route 6 near Erway Farm. No injury but vehicle partially in roadway. Use caution in that area. Coudersport Fire Dept. for traffic control.
FIRE POLICE RECALLED

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT S SAINT MARYS ST and VINE RD

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: S SAINT MARYS ST and VINE RD
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: S SAINT MARYS ST * CHESTNUT ST

Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD
11/23/2013 5:31:14 PM

MULTIPLE CRASHES--STAY HOME UNTIL PENNDOT CAN SERVICE ROADWAYS

2013 - 2857611/23/20135:17 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT704 NORTH HOLLOW RDSWEDEN TWP
2013 - 2857311/23/20135:09 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 6SHIPPEN TWP
2013 - 2857011/23/20134:56 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT334 E ACADEMY STSHINGLEHOUSE BORO
2013 - 2856911/23/20134:48 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 15 NBLIBERTY TWP
2013 - 2856711/23/20134:26 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 6ROULETTE TWP
2013 - 2856411/23/20134:01 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTWINTERGREEN RDGENESEE TWP

Residential Structure Fire In Bradford

Residential Structure Fire In Bradford
At 5:18 PM on Saturday, Bradford City has a reported residential structure fire at 159 Congress Street.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES AT FAIRVIEW RD and MILLION DOLLAR HWY

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: FAIRVIEW RD and MILLION DOLLAR HWY
City: FOX
Cross Streets: MILLION DOLLAR HWY * CHERRY RD

Agency: FOX TWP AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 5:05:24 PM

5:330 PM--AMBULANCES DISPATCHED FOR 2 ADDITIONAL PATIENTS

SR 948, Montmorenci, has been shut down

SR 948, Montmorenci, has been shut down, due to hazardous conditions & accidents.

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN MANY CRASHES--STAY OFF THE ROADS

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: BENNETTS VALLEY HWY and CALEDONIA RD
City: JAY
Cross Streets: CALEDONIA RD * SPRING RUN RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD
11/23/2013 4:48:34 PM
REPORT 4 INJURIES--POSSIBLY 2 TRANSPORTS

POLICE ----STAY OFF THE ROADWAYS---

Police are advising that all people in Elk County are to stay off of the roads. Route 255 in Johnsonburg is also closed due to a tractor trailer blocking roadway because of weather conditions.

Port Allegany Dispatched For Debris In Roadway

Port Allegany Dispatched For Debris In Roadway
At 4:42 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department to Rt. 6 neaqr Seneca Inn for debris in the roadway from a minor MVA. Report vehicle hit multiple guide rails with debris all over the roadway.

SR 255 closed between Taft Rd. & The Elk Regional Health Center

SR 255 closed between Taft Rd. & The Elk Regional Health Center, in St. Marys, due to hazardous road conditions. PennDOT has been deployed Countywide.

SR 255 between Taft Rd. & Elk Regional is now open.

2 Vehicle Crash On West River Road

2 Vehicle Crash On West River Road
At 4:27 PM on Saturday, Fire Rescue And EMS have been dispatched to the area of 3433 West River Road for a 2 vehicle head-on accident with air bag deployment.

Vehicle Crash Into Rocks At Burtville Cut on Rt. 6

Vehicle Crash Into Rocks At Burtville Cut on Rt. 6
At 4:26 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to the Burtville Cut for a vehicle into the rocks with one injury.
RESPONDERS REPORTING ROADWAYS EXTREMELY SLIPPERY 
REPORT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES 


... Heavier snow showers and local snow squalls

... Heavier snow showers and local snow squalls will affect
Cameron... Clearfield... Clinton... Elk... Lycoming... northeastern
Union... northern Cambria... northern centre... northern
Montour... northwestern Columbia... northwestern Northumberland...
Potter... southeastern McKean... Sullivan and Tioga counties...

At 324 PM EST... a cold front was producing several bands of snow
showers with embedded squalls over central and north central PA. The
snow showers were moving into and through portions of Cambria...
Cameron... centre... Clearfield... Clinton... Columbia... Elk...
Lycoming... McKean... Montour... Northumberland... Potter... .Sullivan...
Tioga and Union counties at 324 PM EST... and were moving southeast
at 35 mph.

Wind gusts to 40 mph are possible with these snow squalls. The snow
will rapidly drop visibilities to less than a mile. The snow will
fall onto warm Road surfaces... which will cause it to quickly melt
and then re-freeze. This could create very icy conditions if the
Road surface is untreated.

This will impact the following major roads... Route 6... Route 15...
Route 119... Route 219... Route 220... alternate Route 220... Route
322... State Road 14... State Road 26... State Road 118... State Road
120... State Road 153... State Road 255... State Road 350.

Whiteout Conditions Reported In St. Marys--Roads Reported Terrible Condition All Over The Area


11/23/2013 4:01 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WINTERGREEN RD GENESEE TWP

11/23/20134:01 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTWINTERGREEN RDGENESEE TWP

GENESEE FIRE RESCUE & AMBULANCE ALONG WITH WELLSVILLE RESCUE DISPATCHED.

Rollover Crash Near Bradford Airport On Rt. 59

Rollover Crash Near Bradford Airport On Rt. 59
At 4:00 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue and Priority Care Ambulance have been dispatched to a rollover crash on Route 59 near the Bradford Airport.

11/23/2013 3:30 PM FIRE / STRUCTURE 1245 E SHAMBAKER RD ELK TWP

11/23/20133:30 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE1245 E SHAMBAKER RDELK TWP
GALETON & GERMANIA DISPATCHED

BARNUM ROAD CLOSED DUE TO MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS

BARNUM ROAD CLOSED DUE TO MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS
At 3:30 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Barnum Road at Artline Road to close Barnum Road due to multiple crashes on the hill in Cattaraugus County.

Coudersport Dispatched For 2 Vehicle MVA

Coudersport Dispatched For 2 Vehicle MVA
At 3:27 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched for traffic control on Rt. 49 at the Baker Creek Road. Report 2 vehicle accident, no injuries.

Port Allegany Dispatched To ATV Crash

Port Allegany Dispatched To ATV Crash
At 3:15 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to a field on the hillside across from Johnson's Airport on Rt. 155 South for an ATV accident.
3:30 PM--ROULETTE DISPATCHED, MEDIC 6 DISPATCHED
3:33 PM--ELDRED DISPATCHED FOR ATV UNIT 
VICTIM IS REPORTED BACK IN THE WOODS. 
3:36 PM--ROULETTE UNITS RECALLED

PUBLIC AUCTION SUNDAY,NOVEMBER 24TH,AT 1:00PM


PUBLIC AUCTION
SUNDAY,NOVEMBER 24TH,AT 1:00PM
LOCATION:LLOYD BURKHOUSE AUCTION HOUSE,693 SOUTH KENDALL AVE.(RT.46),BRADFORD,PA.16701
TOOLS/COINS/COLLECTIBLES/HOUSEHOLDS/AND MORE!!
SKELETON LISTING:REFRIGERATOR(nice);GAS RANGE;DRESSER W/MIRROR;COFFEE TABLE;SHADOW BOX;DINING TABLE W/CHAIRS;ENAMEL TOP TABLE W/2 CHAIRS;FILE CABINET;BAR STOOL;AIR CONDITIONERS;STACKABLE CHAIRS;EXCESS PUBLIC LIBRARY ITEMS;EXERCISE EQUIPMENT;ELECTRIC SNOWBLOWER;GAS SNOWBLOWER;WEED EATER;ICE AUGERS;EXTRA LARGE AND MEDIUM SIZE PET CRATES;ALUMINUM EXTENSION LADDER;WOOD LATHE;ELECTRIC IMPACT(needs repair);JUMPER PACK;ELECTRIC DRILL;DRILL BITS;FILES;DRAW SHAVE;WOOD PLANES;YARD TOOLS;ASSORTED MECHANICS TOOLS;TOOL BOX;VINTAGE STUDEBAKER CAR PARTS;OIL CANS;BLOW TORCH;HARD GUN CASES;VINTAGE FREE STANDING CLOTHES WRINGER;LOTS OF CAMO AND ORANGE HUNTING CLOTHES;SLEEPING BAG;COLEMAN COT;FISHING POLES;TACKLE BOX;HAND MADE WOOD TOY TRUCKS AND TRACTOR;JIM BEAM COLLECTIBLE FIRE TRUCK DECANTERS;3 VINTAGE COLEMAN LANTERNS(1940'S&50'S);BANKS;LOTS OF HOT WHEELS COLLECTIBLE CARS(new in packages);SELECTION OF COINS AND CURRENCY;TOYS;GAMES;BICYCLE;RADIO FLYER WAGON;48 STAR FLAG;CAMERA;2 TON HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK;MILITARY CLOTHING;SCOOTER;ROLLER BLADES;ICE SKATES;COSTUME JEWELRY;ICE CREAM MAKER;CROSS CUT SAW;31 DAY WIND UP CLOCK;BOX LOTS;AND LOTS MORE TO BE UNPACKED BY SALE DAY! "CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES."

Gas Tax Plan Too Much for Constituents To Bear




Gas Tax Plan Too Much for Constituents To Bear
 Rep.Kathy Rapp·

It's A Big Bear

Picture of Darren Cummings bear 507 live weight 430 dressed. Bear check station at Coudersport Vol FireDept kitchen is open come check out some bears and get some warm food. — with Coudersport Vol FireDept.

Agricultural Accident With Serious Injuries

Agricultural Accident With Serious Injuries
At 1:50 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Rescue & EMS have responded to an agricultural accident near 1467 N. Bullock Road in Charleston Township with serious injuries. A helicopter has been requested.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/PINNED

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/PINNED
Address: @ 41.35201 @ 78.53218
City:
Cross Streets: STILLWATER RD * MILLION DOLLAR HWY

Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD
11/23/2013 1:46:01 PM


TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/PINNED
Address: 24716 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
City: JAY
Cross Streets: RITA LN * MICALE RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD
11/23/2013 1:53:25 PM 



Traffic may be delayed on SR255, near Rosie's Hilltop Diner, in Jay Township, due to a motor vehicle crash. Please obey all instructions by fire police on scene, or find an alternate route to your destination.


SR255 by Rosie's Hilltop Diner, Jay Township, is now open. Roads are still icy, so drive carefully!

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: VINE RD and SARA RD
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: SARA RD * QUEENS RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD
11/23/2013 1:44:17 PM

PENNDOT TO POST RESTRICTIONS ON A ROUTE 219 BRIDGE IN ELK COUNTY

Elk County
PennDOT to Post Restrictions on a Route 219 Bridge in Elk County

Ridgway – By the end of the day, tomorrow, Nov. 22, PennDOT will post new weight limits on a Route 219 bridge in Elk County. Once all signs are in place, the posting will be enforceable.

The Horton Township bridge spans Mead Run just north of the village of Brockport and about three miles north of the intersection of Route 219 and Route 28 in Brockway. It will be posted for 36 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles. The bridge was built in 1923 and carries an average of more than 5,300 vehicles daily. Trucks make up about 15 percent of the vehicle traffic crossing the bridge.

Posting the bridge has required advance detour signing for trucks. That signage appears along major routes in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties. Routes include I-80, 153, 219, and 255 in Clearfield County, 28 and 219 in Jefferson County, and 153, 219, and 255 in Elk County. Over 125 signs were needed prior
to officially posting the bridge.

In August, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized the transportation department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges statewide. Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow their deterioration and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us and click on “Bridge Information.”

11/23/2013 12:09 PM FIRE / STRUCTURE 62 MAIN ST WELLSBORO BORO

11/23/201312:09 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE62 MAIN STWELLSBORO BORO
CALLER REPORTS FIRE IN THE BASEMENT. DRYER FIRE IN BASEMENT OF PENN WELLS HOTEL.

One Vehicle Crash In Russell City Near The Store

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/ELECTRICAL HAZARDS/CAR INTO POLE
Address: 1508 ROUTES 66/ 948 NEAR THE STORE IN RUSSELL CITY
City: HIGHLAND
Cross Streets: PIGS EAR RD * COON RUN RD
UNKNOWN INJURIES
Agency: ELK COMPANY 8 FD; KANE AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 12:02:56 PM

Structure Fire--Apartment Building On Wilcox Road

STRUCTURE FIRE-APARTMENT
Address: 2054 WILCOX RD
City: JONES
Cross Streets: CUMMINGS DR * MEFFERTS RUN RD
SMOKE SHOWING
Agency: ELK COMPANY 6 FD; ELK COMPANY 2 FD
11/23/2013 11:55:29 AM

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY...

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PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Bloss Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-11-18 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site DCNR 595 89H 50936 in Bloss Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Bloss Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-11-18 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site DCNR 595 75H 50611 in Bloss Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Bloss Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-11-18 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site DCNR 595 74H 50610 in Bloss Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Bloss Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-11-18 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site DCNR 595 33H 50294 in Bloss Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

House votes to block federal fracking rules

House votes to block federal fracking rules

By Pete Kasperowicz
The Hill
The House passed legislation Wednesday evening that would block the Department of the Interior from regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in states that already have their own regulations in place.

Members passed the bill 235-187 with the help of 12 Democrats; two Republicans voted against it.

The bill, H.R. 2728, is one of three energy bills House Republicans brought up this week to speed up the process of extracting and moving energy across the country, which the GOP said would help lower energy costs and create jobs.

President Obama's veto threat against the bill, and the likelihood that the Senate will ignore it, means it stands almost no chance of becoming law. Nonetheless, Republicans argued that pending rules from Interior would only slow down energy production and job creation in states that are already regulating fracking. Read more...

Motor Vehicle Accident With Injuries On Bennett's valley Highway

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/INJURIES
Address: BENNETTS VALLEY HWY and WINTERBURN RD
City: HUSTON
Cross Streets: HICKORY RD * BAUM RD
REPORT 2 PERSONS INJURED
Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
11/23/2013 1:30:12 AM

Structure Fire At 8 Deer Run In Corydon Township

Structure Fire At 8 Deer Run In Corydon Township
At 1:29 AM, Corydon and Bradford Township Fire Departments have been dispatched to 8 Deer Run Road in Corydon Township for a structure fire.
CALLER REPORTS FLAMES IN CAMP THAT BURNED 2 NITES AGO.

Triple Divide Comes Back To Coudersport Theatre Tuesday

Black Friday Sale Next Friday & Saturday At Canyon Motorsports In Gaines


Christmas Open House At Abundant Blessings On Thursday, Friday & Saturday In Coudersport

PSP Troop C Urges Caution Driving Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend


No Injuries But Car Disabled After Hitting Deer In Mt. Jewett


Friday, November 22, 2013

Operation Safe Holiday Focusing On Impaired Driving and Seat Belt Use

PennDOT, Police Partner on Enforcement to Make Holiday Travel Safer

‘Operation Safe Holiday’ Focuses on Seat Belt Use, Impaired Driving

Harrisburg – PennDOT, the Pennsylvania State Police and local police statewide are teaming for “Operation Safe Holiday,” an enforcement initiative focusing on seat-belt use and impaired-driving that aims to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities this holiday season.

The operation begins with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement that runs from Nov. 22-Dec. 1. Law enforcement agencies will also conduct sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27, and from Dec. 1 through the New Year’s holiday to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“Unfortunately, holiday crash totals have continued to trend upward this year,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “Though there was a decrease in December data totals, Thanksgiving continues to be one of the most dangerous weekends for motorists. We continue to urge drivers to buckle up and avoid driving impaired on Pennsylvania’s roadways.”

According to PennDOT data, the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. The Thanksgiving holiday period, including the weekends before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, experienced the highest number of crashes and fatalities of any major holiday season last year. A total of 4,328 crashes and 53 fatalities occurred statewide during the Thanksgiving period, while the Christmas and New Year’s travel periods saw a combined 1,640 crashes and 19 fatalities.

Additionally, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, 861 of the statewide crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 31 fatalities in those crashes. In that same time period there were 758 crashes with unbuckled occupants, with 36 fatalities in those crashes.

PennDOT urges travelers to never drive impaired and always buckle up. Drivers should also avoid distractions, rotate drivers if possible and take frequent breaks.

Motorists should allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays. As weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year, motorists should always check the forecast for their entire route and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit and tires with good traction.

Weather and travel information for more than 2,900 miles of state roads is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511pa.com before leaving home.

You can find PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

7 to 13 Inches of Snow Expected For Chautauqua County

 Lake Effect Snow Warning issued by NWS Buffalo
...Lake Effect Snow Warning In Effect From Noon Saturday To 7 PM EST Sunday... The National Weather Service In Buffalo Has Issued A Lake Effect Snow Warning...Which Is In Effect From Noon Saturday To 7 PM EST Sunday. The Lake Effect Snow Watch Is No Longer In Effect. * Locations...Chautauqua County. Greatest Amounts Expected To Be Across The Southwest Portion Of The County. * Timing...Noon Saturday Through Early Sunday Evening. * Accumulations...An Inch Or Less Saturday...3 To 6 Inches Saturday Night...3 To 6 Inches Sunday...And An Inch Or Less Sunday Evening...Leading To Storm Totals Of 7 To 13 Inches In The Most Persistent Lake Snows. * Winds...Northwest 20 To 30 Mph With Gusts To 40 Mph. * Visibilities...As Low As A Half Mile At Times. * Temperatures...Highs In The Lower 30S Saturday. Lows Around 20 Saturday Night. Highs Around 20 Sunday. Wind Chill Temperatures In The Single Digits Saturday Night And Sunday. * Impacts...An Arctic Cold Front Will Bring A Burst Of Snow Saturday Afternoon Followed By Lake Effect Snow And Gusty Winds Saturday Night And Sunday. The Combination Of Snow And Gusty Winds Will Produce Difficult Driving Conditions With Snow Covered Roads And Poor Visibility.

In Lake Effect Snow The Weather Can Vary From Locally Heavy Snow In Narrow Bands To Clear Skies Just A Few Miles Away. If You Will Be Traveling Across The Region Be Prepared For Rapid Changes In Road And Visibility Conditions. If You Lose Power And Plan On Running A Generator...Make Sure That The Generator Is Located Outdoors And Is Properly Ventilated. Space Heaters Should Also Be Properly Ventilated And Used Only If They Are Operating Properly. Make Sure Snow Does Not Block Exhausts And Fresh Air Intakes For High Efficiency Furnaces And Water Heaters. Stay Tuned To Noaa Weather Radio Or Your Favorite Source Of Weather Information For The Latest Updates. Additional Details Can Also Be Found At Www.Weather.Gov/Buffalo. Report Snow Accumulation To The National Weather Service In Buffalo By Sending An Email To Bufstorm.Report@Noaa.Gov...Posting To The Nws Buffalo Facebook Page...Or Tweet...Using The Hashtag Bufwx

 The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch for Warren County.

Coudersport Dispatched To Possible Natural Gas Leak

Coudersport Dispatched To Possible Natural Gas Leak
At 5:42 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Sept. has now been dispatched to 707 Vine Street for a possible natural gas leak.

Corbett & Schoch Join Legislators To Celebrate Biggest Increase In Fuel Taxes In Decades


A Victory for Pennsylvania
Just last night, Governor Tom Corbett joined PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, members of the state Senate and House of Representatives and other officials to celebrate the final affirmative vote on an historic comprehensive transportation plan -- the most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation -- in decades.

“This bold transportation plan is a victory for Pennsylvania and demonstrates that our elected officials are serious about keeping our residents safe and our economy strong,” Corbett said. “The lawmakers who voted for this legislation have said, ‘yes’ to our state’s future and I thank each lawmaker whose yes vote will keep Pennsylvania moving.”

The final vote sent a bill to the Governor’s desk that will keep Pennsylvania safe and economically competitive.  By the fifth year of the plan, this legislation invests an additional:

  • $1.3 billion annually for state roads and bridges;
  • $480 million - $495 million annually for public transportation;
  • $237 million annually for local roads and bridges;
  • $144 million annually in a multi-modal fund;
  • $30 million annually for dirt, gravel and low-volume roadways; and
  • $86 million annually for Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion projects.
Corbett is expected to sign the legislation into law sometime next week.
For more information on transportation funding, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.

Coudersport Ambulance To Vine Street

At 5:31 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Vine Street for a medical emergency.

Seasonal Home Destroyed By Fire On Deer Run Road


The Corydon Township Fire Department and a state police fire marshal are still investigating the fire that destroyed a seasonal home on Deer Run Road Wednesday afternoon.
The fire at the camp of 85-year-old Louis Tantalo of Bradford did about $150,000 worth of damage.

No injuries were reported.

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR HAS NEW BOOK, TRANSLATIONS, MEMOIR PUBLISHED

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR HAS NEW BOOK, TRANSLATIONS, MEMOIR PUBLISHED

BRADFORD, Pa. – If you ask Dr. Carys Evans-Corrales, professor of Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, what she has been doing lately, you better have a notepad handy.

With a new book of translated poems published this summer and another 40 translated poems and a memoir due to be published in Spring 2014, she is also looking for a publisher for her Galician-to-English translation of a novel by a former student. It is the first time she has worked on translating a novel.

Although she speaks several languages, she specializes in Spanish and Galician, a language spoken in the northwestern portion of Spain that she fell in love with while teaching in that area.

Her current flurry of projects began in 2011 when she was asked to translate 40 Galician poems for Metamorphoses, a journal of literary translation published by Smith College. While translating those poems (which will appear in the journal’s Spring 2014 issue), she came across two by the Galician poet Pilar Pallarés that piqued her interest.

“I was stunned by the flexibility of her language and vastly attracted to the way she was able to express complex aspects of human emotion,” Evans-Corrales said. She arranged to translate Pallarés’s prize-winning fourth volume of poetry, “A Leopard Am I” from the original Galician to English.

“These poems allow you to share the experience of loss in all its manifestations, yet you also feel the poet’s personal victory as her mastery of language transforms her varied reactions to grief into these fine poems,” she said. “And Galician translates so well into English, especially where emotion and irony are concerned.”

Evans-Corrales discovered Galician, which is linguistically close to Portuguese, while teaching in Galicia. For many years, speaking Galician in public had been banned by regimes that insisted official business be conducted in the official Spanish dialect Castilian. At the time she was teaching, Galician language and literature were going through a resurgence in the area. Adept with languages from a childhood of globetrotting, Evans-Corrales enjoyed the opportunity to study and speak the new language.

A third project, also due out in late winter or spring, is written in English but revolves around her youth spent in Malaysia, Singapore, Jamaica, England and Spain. The memoir, “Talking Girl,” explains how each language she learned in each place resonated with a different part of her personality.

Currently, you can see her translations of two poems by Yolanda Castaño online at the Buenos Aires Review.

William H. Sobczak, 90, of Smethport, PA

William H. Sobczak, 90, of Smethport, PA died Thursday (Nov. 21, 2013) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Recalls

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Intevation Food Group, LLC, a Plover, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 156,924 pounds of frozen chicken fettuccine Alfredo products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

 California Firm Recalls Bolognese Sauce Products Due To Undeclared Allergen And MisbrandingDelMonaco Specialty Foods, a Morgan Hill, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,616 pounds of Armanino brand Bolognese sauce products because of an undeclared allergen and misbranding

 Utah Firm Recalls Fully-Cooked-Not-Shelf-Stable, Ready-To-Eat Pork Roast Products Produced Under The Wrong Haccp Plan And For MislabelingCreminelli Fine Meats, LLC, a Salt Lake City, Utah, establishment, is recalling 31 pieces (approximately 101 pounds) of fully-cooked-not-shelf-stable,
  ready-to-eat pork roast products because they were produced under the wrong Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan and for mislabeling

Turkey Trek Saturday November 23rd at Sinnemahoning State Park

Get ahead of the calorie count for the holidays by burning the equivalent of at least  one piece of pie on this 3.5 mile jaunt.  The pace will be brisk, with a few slight hills.  Fun will be had by all. Turkey sightings are not guaranteed, but who knows where they might be lurking!

The Turkey Trek tomorrow at Sinnemahoning State Park is a 3.5 mile hike at a brisk pace over mostly-easy terrain.  Most of the route is rails-to-trail with gravel surface.  Part of the route is uneven surface through pine forest.  A small portion is paved road.  Although we will travel at a brisk pace, we will stay together as a group and are limited to the speed of the slowest person.  The hike is interpretive – we will stop along the trail to discuss wild turkeys and share interesting facts about these amazing birds.

The program is free and open to all ages.  Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  (At this time, the forecasters are not being kind to us, but I hope that will change.) The program will be cancelled only in the case of dangerous weather.

The hike begins at 1:00 p.m. and will finish by 2:30 p.m.  Please meet at the south pavilion in the 40 Maples Day Use Area.

11/22/2013 4:08 PM FIRE / VEHICLE 65 EAST AVE WELLSBORO BORO

11/22/20134:08 PMFIRE / VEHICLE65 EAST AVEWELLSBORO BORO
4:16 PM-FIRE OUT

2 Vehicle Crash On Davis Street In Bradford

2 Vehicle Crash On Davis Street In Bradford
At 3:56 PM on Friday, Bradford Fire rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to Davis Street near Save A Lot for a 2 vehicle T-Bone Accident.

Bonnie Wagner Was Student Of the Week At Seneca HIghlands CTC for Nov. 8th

Bonnie Wagner
Bonnie Wagner is a junior from Kane and she is enrolled in our Health Assistant program at the Seneca Highlands CTC. 

She has shown compassion and empathy toward another student in the school. Bonnie is a very caring individual who puts others needs in front of her own. 

She is student of the week for Nov. 8.

(This posting was delayed)

Old Route 220 Closed West of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township

Old Route 220 Closed West of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township

Montoursville – Motorists in Lycoming County are advised that Old Route 220 (Lycoming Mall Drive) is currently closed at the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash west of Cemetery Road in Fairfield Township.

The crash occurred just west of the entrance to the Tules Run Development.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and detour via Interstate 180.

Emergency responders anticipate Old Route 220 will be closed at the crash scene for the next few hours.

Open House Today & Saturday From 11 AM to 8 PM


Andrew Lawrence selected Seneca Highlands CTC's student of the week

Andrew Lawrence
Seneca Highlands CTC Student of the Week
Andrew Lawrence has been selected as Seneca Highlands CTC's student of the week for Nov. 22. Andrew is an Oswayo Valley senior enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology program. He continually distinguishes himself from his classmates with his excellent work ethic, his high concern for accuracy and attention-to detail and his performance in leadership roles. Andrew is a student committee representative at the CTC. His future plans are to attend Alfred State to further his training as a diesel technician.

Senator Joe Scarnati Votes Yes On Transportation Bill

Senator Joe Scarnati Votes Yes On Transportation Bill

The 25th Senatorial District will receive approximately half a billion dollars in additional funding for transportation projects over the next decade, as a result of legislation passed today in the Senate, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who said the measure is vital to public safety and economic development.

Scarnati supported House Bill 1060, which will invest a total of more than $2.3 billion in the Commonwealth’s highways and bridges, transit agencies, railways, airports and ports. It follows the major recommendations made by the Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. House Bill 1060 received strong bipartisan support and passed the Senate by a vote of 43 to 7.

The bill, which now goes to the House for final approval, will raise revenue through a number of sources, including adjusting vehicle driver registration fees for inflation, increasing fines, uncapping the Oil Company Franchise Tax over five years and modernizing many PennDOT services for cost savings.

“Funding raised through this comprehensive transportation plan will make a huge difference in our region, enabling weight-restricted bridges and crumbling roads and highways to be repaired,” Scarnati said.

Scarnati said the bill represents a bipartisan effort to fund transportation projects throughout the state and address critical safety issues. Pennsylvania currently has more structurally deficient bridges – nearly 4,400 – than any other state in the nation, and 23 percent of its 44,000 miles of state-owned roads are in poor condition.

Scarnati noted that the funding initiative will also invest an additional $14 million in rail lines throughout Pennsylvania this year, with a total of more than $88 million allotted over the next five years.

“This comprehensive plan also makes a strong investment in rail lines and airports which are crucial to moving goods and services in rural areas of the state,” Scarnati said. “The plan will provide a boost to our economy through the significant funding for transportation infrastructure and is expected to create 50,000 new jobs.”

Scarnati explained that in addition, House Bill 1060 takes an important step to provide a $30 million increase to the Dirt and Gravel Road Program, which will bring total funding to $35 million annually for maintenance and improvement of dirt and gravel roads.

“Repairing weight-restricted bridges is particularly crucial in rural areas of the state, where motorists have farther driving distances to work, school and other activities,” Scarnati said. “Improving our roads will save motorists time, improve public safety and create good-paying jobs for workers.”

Baker Opposes Bill to Increase Gasoline Tax

Baker Opposes Bill to Increase Gasoline Tax
11/21/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week cast a series of votes in opposition to record high gasoline and diesel taxes.

“The vast majority of the good citizens of my district in Tioga and Bradford counties strongly oppose what is arguably viewed as the largest gas and diesel tax increase in Pennsylvania history,” said Baker. “The bill, as passed, will raise the gasoline tax on every driver, small business owner and consumer in the Commonwealth at record high levels and increases more than 108 other user fees such as registrations, licenses and permits.”

Baker noted that the gas tax could increase by as much as 28.5 cents and the diesel tax could increase by 39.8 cents per gallon over a five-year period. As currently levied, the Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) is about 9 percent of the price of a gallon of gas, which calculated on a maximum price of $1.25 per gallon yields about 20.3 cents.“By gradually lifting that cap over time to reflect actual gas prices already more than double the cap means the amount of the tax paid by the consumer will more than double,” said Baker. 

“With the cap on the OCFT fully lifted, Pennsylvania will become home to the most highly taxed gasoline in the nation, with a total of 75.2 cents of taxes on each gallon of gasoline.”Baker noted that under a current state-by-state comparison compiled by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the highest-taxed gasoline is sold in the state of New York with a total of 75.2 cents of taxes on each gallon of gas. The national average, according to API, is about 49 cents. The Pennsylvania gasoline tax would be more than twice that of many states since the OCFT, according to API economist Rayola Dougher, and like other taxes, gets passed down to the consumer.The current state gas tax load is 32 cents per gallon, 15th highest in the nation currently, according to the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association. The increased taxes could now make the Commonwealth ranked No. 1 in both gas and diesel taxes in the nation. The Tax Foundation has Pennsylvania also ranked No. 15 out of 50 states for highest taxes.“Another 28.5 cents per gallon tax increase on gasoline and 39.8 cents per gallon tax on diesel represent an average of an 8 percent increase in major living and operating expenses,” said Baker. 

“The new taxes would cost motorists $5 more on an average tank of gas for a mid-sized car and $80 more on an average tank of diesel for a tractor trailer, but could be more as the price of gas increases over time.”Over the next five years, an additional $7.36 billion could be generated for the state’s transportation system, which would more than double PennDOT’s budget over its current $6.8 billion state budget allocation.

“This tax is viewed by most citizens in the Northern Tier as excessive, extreme and too costly for the average person in my district to afford, given the financial hardships it would create to taxpayers struggling to provide for their families,” said Baker. “Many citizens in rural areas travel between 50 to 100 miles round trip to work every day to provide for their families. Though most people would like to see their roads and bridges maintained and improved, the magnitude of these taxes and user fees are strongly viewed as unreasonable, especially for senior citizens living on fixed incomes and low- to middle-income citizens struggling to support their families.”

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, November 22, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Gas Tax Plan Goes Too Far


 
This week, the state House and Senate adopted legislation – now awaiting the governor’s signature – to increase gas taxes and fees on Pennsylvania drivers. I voted “no.”

While there is clearly a need to invest in our roads and bridges here and across the Commonwealth, I could not support this proposal. I believe it goes far beyond what is truly necessary and far beyond what the people I represent can afford.

Under the bill, the tax on gasoline could increase by as much as 28.5 cents and the tax on diesel fuel by 39.8 cents per gallon by 2017. The tax hikes, along with increases in more than 100 other user fees such as vehicle registrations, driver licenses and traffic ticket fines, are expected to generate an additional $2.3 billion per year, including $1.65 billion for highways and bridges and nearly $500 million for mass transit.

Pennsylvania’s current budget invests $6.8 billion in transportation.

I had hoped to have the opportunity to vote for a proposal that would have been more affordable to taxpayers and still enabled the state to fix structurally deficient bridges and repair the roads that need it the most. However, the proposal was not brought up for a vote.
  

Outreach Office Hours Set for Dec. 5


To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Dec. 5:
 
 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.  
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.  
 
As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
    

Safety Tips for this Hunting Season


 
As you prepare to head out to our fields and forests, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers these important tips:
 
Basic Safety
 • Positively identify the target – Be sure you are shooting at legal game and not another hunter. And never shoot at sounds or movement.
 • Know your zone of fire and never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
 • Wear the mandated amount of fluorescent orange clothing and use layers of clothing that wick moisture, insulate and block wind or rain to help keep you safe and comfortable.
 • Let someone know where you are hunting and when you will return. They should alert authorities if you do not return at the appointed time.
 • Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.

Firearms Safety
                                   
 • Handle all firearms as if they’re loaded. Never assume they are unloaded and double check to be sure.
 • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
 • Unload and place your firearm on the ground before crossing a fence, log or other obstacle, or climbing a tree.
 • Shoot only when a safe and adequate backstop exists. Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces, water, or a target on the horizon.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.