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John Hanger at top of straw poll at meeting of liberal wing of Democratic party

John Hanger
John Hanger at top of straw poll at meeting of liberal wing of Democratic party

Marijuana legalization advocate and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger who says he's never tried pot, ranked a solid first in a straw poll of the liberal wing of the Democratic party.

pennlive.com 
By Donald Gilliland | dgilliland@pennlive.com

John Hanger has repeatedly said he's "the progressive candidate" for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Saturday proved him right. A straw poll of 267 attendees at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit at the Hilton in Harrisburg put Hanger at the top of the Democratic pack.

After the self-styled progressives heard the candidates for governor debate Friday night, the majority lined up behind just three candidates: Hanger, State Treasurer Rob McCord and millionaire businessman and former state revenue secretary Tom Wolf.

Hanger was well ahead of the rest of the candidates with 31.5 percent of the vote.

McCord followed with 24 percent.

Wolf was third with 22.8 percent.

Former White House advisor and state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty was fourth with 10.9 percent, followed closely by Philly-area U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz with 9.4 percent.

An indication of how Hanger's ill-funded but deeply passionate "people's campaign" has upended conventional wisdom is the fact Schwartz won the same straw poll a year ago.

JoEllen Litz, who attended the event, and Jack Wagner, who didn't, both polled less than 1 percent.

"This is a very important victory," Hanger said, calling the people gathered at the summit "the conscience of the Democratic party and the heart of its activist community."

Hanger said the result "conclusively demonstrates" that his message of 'Jobs, Not Jails, Schools, Not Jails - Legalize, Tax and Regulate Marijuana' is "resonating with progressive Democrats and can transform this campaign once more."  Read more...


While the disagreements between the Democratic candidates may not be bitter or personal, John Hanger's People's Campaign offers bold, progressive change that challenges the elites, and is clearly differentiated from his opponents. We need major reform to address these challenges and not timid half-measures. Here are key Hanger proposals that sharply contrast with those of his fellow Democratic candidates:
Jobs: No other Democrat has a detailed, documented plan to create jobs. Hanger's 8-Point Strategic Jobs Plan is a detailed roadmap that will create 382,000 new, good-quality jobs through 2019. His jobs strategy calls for investments in transportation and environmental infrastructure, developing and expanding renewable energy resources, expanding Medicaid, and restoring public education funding to reverse layoffs under the Corbett Administration.
College and training opportunities: The Hanger College Affordability Plan throws open the doors of higher education to all Pennsylvanians by providing two years of community college or one year of state college free of tuition upfront. After students graduate and enter the workforce, they repay the tuition at manageable rates based on their earnings.
Legalization and taxation of marijuana: Our cruel, expensive marijuana laws prevent doctors from prescribing cannabis to the ill, cost taxpayers $500 million in wasted expense and lost tax revenues, and fail to keep marijuana out of the hands of children. Legalization and taxation of marijuana will allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis, will stop the massive waste of taxes, will generate new tax revenues and will attack the school-to-jail pipeline. Half of all drug arrests involve marijuana, and African-Americans are arrested five times more than whites, although usage rates are the same. Regulating the sale of marijuana in state stores or licensed businesses will also do a better job of keeping marijuana away from children.
Auto insurance premium hikes: At a recent candidates’ forum, Hanger was alone in opposition to increasing the liability minimum, because it would raise auto insurance premiums for all who own a car. This is a real pocketbook difference!
Public schools: Hanger alone clearly oppose privatization of our schools, oppose using a single test to decide whether students graduate high school, and make the case for "Schools, Not Jails," to stop the spiraling cost of prisons that now exceeds $2 billion per year. He also would stop funding failing cyber schools that waste more than $300 million annually.
Energy: Hanger has worked on energy issues hs entire professional life, giving him unique expertise in this environmentally and economically critical sector. Hanger spearheaded reforms as a Public Utility Commissioner that capped electric rates for 14 years, saving consumers billions of dollars. the Hanger energy program will cut carbon emissions by one-third, quadruple wind power and increase solar power tenfold, accounting for 65,000 new jobs. His 21-point energy plan ensures gas drilling will be kept out of places it does not belong, and will be
strongly regulated, zoned and taxed.
Campaign finance: Regrettably, Hanger is the sole candidate demanding a halt to Big Money buying the governor's office. While the other candidates have been bundling six- and now seven-figure donations, Hanger's been talking with voters. He continues to call for public campaign financing of gubernatorial elections and challenge this obscene campaign spending spectacle.
These -- and other -- differences between Hanger and the other candidates get glossed over in the superficialities of political reportage, with its emphasis on personalities, fundraising and handicapping the horse-race. All the details of where he stands are available at the website:www.hangerforgovernor.com

News From The Pa. Governor Race: 2014

Pa. Governor Race: 2014

Police On Lookout For 2 Escapees From Crawford County

Area police agencies have been put on the lookout for 2 individuals who escaped from the VisionQuest facility in Crawford County, PA. Use caution in who you might give a ride. If you see them call 911.

9:04 PM--UPDATE: STATE POLICE ARE NOW REPORTING A 3RD ESCAPEE

DJ Fat Kid tonight at the Friendly Inn in Roulette

The Friendly Inn


Are you sitting at home on the computer wishing there was something to do? 

Put your dancing shoes on and head to the Friendly! 

DJ Fat Kid tonight from 9 to 1!

Carl R. Dickerson, age 83, of State Route 244 Belmont, NY

Carl R. Dickerson, age 83, of State Route 244 Belmont, NY, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, after a short illness at Rochester General Hospital. He was born on September 10, 1930 at home in Alma to Charles and Lina Harrington Dickerson. On April 11, 1953 in Alma he married the former Lucille Quick who survives.

Carl attended Wellsville Central School and served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1957. He was a self employed for several years with Dick Marsh as DicMar Construction. Carl later bought the Belmont Hardware in the mid 1970's till he sold it in the early 1980's. He then went to work for the former Brooks Farm and Home Center in Wellsville from where he retired. For 26 years he and Lucille ran Dickerson's Rest Home in Belmont and for the last several years he Lucille could be seen in Fassett Lane Lumber doing the year-end inventory. Carl was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont where he served as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader and for 53 years was a deacon. Carl was an avid gardener and had two passions in life, faith and family.

Surviving besides his wife Lucille are a son Warren (Kim) Dickerson of Belmont; 2 daughters, Ann L. Brown and Anita (Marc) Johnson both of Wellsville; Several grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Carl was predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters, Ruby Birch and Charlotte Kellogg, 3 brothers, Earl, Orville, and Arvis Dickerson, a granddaughter, Melissa Johnson and a son in law Steven Brown.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont and on Tuesday from 1pm to 2 pm in the Belmont First Baptist Church. His Funeral Service will follow at 2 pm with Pastor Roger Downer with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials in Carl's name may be made to either the Belmont First Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Utica Shale Holds Great Promise For Natural Gas Production

Shale Gas Is Already ‘Game-Changer’ In Pennsylvania
Potter County Today gaspipesSome eye-opening statistics on the enormity of shale gas production in Pennsylvania were presented during a webinar presented recently by educators Matt Henderson and Dave Yoxtheimer from Penn State Extension. Among participants were representatives of the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center. Henderson said that in just four years, Pennsylvania has evolved from a net importer of gas, ranked 14th among all states in production, to a gas exporter.
Pennsylvania already produces four times as much gas as the state consumes and the gap is growing daily.

 The revolution is the result of rich gas deposits tapped in shale formations and accessed through horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing. Henderson (shown below) said that, entering 2014, there were 4,917 producing shale gas wells in Pennsylvania, with another 1,225 wells drilled and ready to produce when pipelines and other infrastructure are in place. 

Property owners have earned billions of dollars in royalties, he pointed out. Royalties paid out in Bradford County have totaled $564 million, followed in order by Susquehanna ($488M), Washington ($234M), Greene ($232M), Lycoming ($231M) and Tioga ($214M). Some of the wells drilled into Marcellus Shale formations roughly 7,000 feet deep in Susquehanna County are gushers, Henderson pointed out. Chesapeake remains the most active gas company in Pennsylvania, but second-ranked Cabot — which is concentrated largely in Susquehanna County — owns 14 of the top 15 producing individual wells in the state. Rounding out the top six are Range, EQT, Anandarko and Talisman.

matthendersonAnd it’s not just the Marcellus Shale that holds gas, Henderson noted. At least four other shale “plays” at varying depth have been confirmed to be productive. One layer, the Utica Shale, is being tapped in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.  

Most recently, Royal Dutch Shell tapped a Utica Shale well in Tioga County that has a initial yield more than three times the state’s most productive Marcellus Shale well, Henderson said.

Yoxtheimer concentrated on trends in disposal of contaminated water, sand, mud, cuttings and other waste generated at each shale gas well. About 87 percent of the water is being recycled — 71 percent of that total in the field and the other 29 percent in centralized recycling facilities. The webinar is now archived on the Penn State Extension natural gas website,  http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/natural-gas/webinars. Upcoming Penn State Marcellus Education Team webinars include the following:

  • March 27: “Land and Property Valuations with Shale Development,” featuring Jeffrey Kern, senior appraiser for Resource Technologies Corp.
  • April 17: “Pennsylvania Royalty Calculations and Decline Curves,” featuring Jim Ladlee, associate director of the Penn State Marcellus Center and director of special initiatives for the Penn State Shale Training and Education Center.
  • May 15: “World Oil and Gas Resources, Consumption, and New Trends, According to U.S. EIA,” presented by Aloulou Fawzi, industry economist and project manager of the exploration and production team with the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website covering a variety of topics, such as oil and gas best practices; Act 13 (Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law); the volume of gas in shale formations under Pennsylvania; seismic testing; air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; royalties; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland; gas pipelines and pipeline project trends; and the reclamation of cuttings from the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.

Addison native killed in car accident

Addison native killed in car accident

By Evening Tribune

GROVE | A Hornell man was killed Thursday after the vehicle he was driving went off state Route 70 and struck a tree, New York State Police reported.

NYSEG mechanic Darryl W. Coots, 36, formerly of Addison, was driving south on Route 70 when the one-car accident happened, state police said. State police responded to investigate at around 3:12 p.m.

Coots was pronounced dead at the scene by Allegany County Coroner Bud Baker.

State police said Coots was driving a NYSEG vehicle and may have had a medical incident before the accident. An autopsy is to be performed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.


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Structure Fire Dispatched In Friendship

Structure Fire Dispatched In Friendship
At 6:17 PM on Saturday, Friendship & Cuba Fire Dept. dispatched to 41 Depot Street for a structure fire.
CUBA HOLD IN QUARTER-RECALLED--FIRE IS OUT

Structure Fire Dispatched In Ridgway Boro

STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 224 WALNUT ST
City: RIDGWAY_B
Cross Streets: PARK AVE * ORCHARD AVE

REPORT SMOKE SHOWING

Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD
3/1/2014 4:25:09 PM

The Galeton Rotary club met at the Ox Yoke Inn

The Galeton Rotary club met at the Ox Yoke Inn on Thursday, February 27th, with Club President Doug Reeves presiding.

The club welcomed back club vice president, Pete Folk. Pete was sidelined due to having open heart surgery last month. We were very pleased to see Pete. Pete has been very active in Rotary and is currently serving as assistant district governor for our district. Pete is in charge of the 2014 Woodsmen's Show and besides that very big job he keeps our club on the right Rotary track.

Two non Rotarian' , Jeffery and Buddy Sutton have volunteered to help set up and run the show in August. This news was well received by the club.

The program was a talk by Patrice Levavassuer, Director of the Cole Foundation and director of patient services and community outreach for Cole Memorial Hospital. She spoke about what is happening at Cole. The new emergency department expansion and construction is now complete and is functioning very well. She noted that plans for the future includes a $7 million addition to the operating room facilities which will help accommodate the ever growing orthopedic sports medicine department. 

She took many questions from the club concerning the Galeton Health Center. 

Cole Memorial is actively working to fill the void here since Dr. Callahan's retirement. In the meantime the center is staffed with medical personal and remains very busy caring for the medical needs of Galeton. 

A free flu shot clinic will take place on March 7th at the health center and will co-sponsor with Rotary, a blood analysis from 7AM to 10AM on Saturday March 22 at the First Presbyterian Church. On March 12th two members of the Cole staff will speak at the Germania Luncheon Club and talk about managed care.

Next week students from the Galeton Area school will speak to the club about the "Four Way Test"
by Henry Lush

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Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendevoux photos by Lori Elias

"John Hanger for Governor" Petition signing opportunity

"John Hanger for Governor" Petition signing opportunity

Last chance to sign a petition to get Democrat John Hanger on

the Primary ballot for Governor in 2014!

John Hanger, "A Governor for ALL Pennsylvanians."

If you are a Potter County registered Democrat and would like to support John Hanger's initiative to get on the Primary ballot for Governor this May, PLEASE CONTACT US.

This is the LAST weekend that the petitions will be circulated in the Coudersport, Eulalia Twsp., Roulette and Clara Twsp. areas.

Please call: 

Diane Weeks, Potter County Coordinator - 

John Hanger for Governor                   814-544-9942

Help John stop Big Money from buying another election.

hangerforgovernor.com
facebook.com/hangerforgovernor 

Coudersport Ambulance To Middle Lane

At 3:19 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Middle Lane for a fall victim.

Dana Stevens Named Firefighter Of The Month At Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department

Dana Stevens
Firefighter of the Month 

 
 Dana Stevens was elected by members of the department as FF of the month (February). Dana is currently serving as Lt. of the dept. and board member, has obtained numerous certifications and trainings over his 20 years with our dept. his most recent state certification as FF I.

Congratulations Lt.,
Chief Phelps

Smethport Woman Charged After Traffic Stop


Cellphone Found On Wykoff Run Road


Centre County police departments are now online with the new 911 system

http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/centre-co-dispatch-center-up-running-1799.shtml

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Are you tired of winter yet? Ready to think about summer activities? We’re already doing that here at the library. Plans are underway for summer reading, and this year we are going to add a summer reading program for adults! More details will be forthcoming.

The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library was one of 75 libraries nation-wide chosen to receive a grant for a four-part reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called “Pushing the Limits”. The series brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring our world. The second program will take place on March 12th at 6:00 p.m. To register and receive a copy of the book we will be discussing, T.C. Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done, please stop by the library or call us at 697-6691. The 3rd session will meet on April 9th at 6:00 p.m. The book being discussed that night is The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel.

The library’s book discussion group is reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. The group will meet for discussion on Wednesday, March 19th, at 1:30 p.m. We have plenty of copies available for anyone who would like to attend.

Make plans now to join us for a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library on Saturday, March 29th, from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Oswayo Valley MS/HS cafeteria. Dinners are $5 each with take-outs available. There will be a gluten-free option available also!

The library will be sponsoring an Antiquities portrait fundraiser on Saturday, April 12th, and Sunday, April 13th, at the library. Sittings are $10 each with a free 10×13. This offer is limited to children up to age 16. Older children may be photographed with their younger siblings. To pay your $10 sitting fee and get your coupon for a free 10×13, stop by the library or see any board member.

The following ongoing monthly programming events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
• Genealogy research group: 2nd Friday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
• Story Time with Pen: every Wednesday at 4 p.m.
• Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
• Book discussion: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-3:30 p.m.

Do you like to read, but can’t always make it to the library? We also have eBooks and audio books that are available through our website that you can download onto your eReader and MP3 player. Go to our website www.ovmlibrary.org and click on “Download Books”.

You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at www.ovmlibrary.org. You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve. You can see what new books are available by clicking on the “New on the Shelves” tab.

“Like” our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ovmlibrary) to keep informed of events happening at the library.

The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library’s board of directors’ monthly meeting will be held on March 24th at 6:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.


PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Koebley Timothy W in Warren City, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-02-25 to Koebley Timothy W in Warren City, Warren county. 402CSL - Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

God’s Country Waterdogs will hold their next meeting on Saturday, 08 March

The God’s Country Waterdogs will hold their next meeting on Saturday, 08 March, 1:00-3:30pm at the Gunzberger Bldg in Coudersport.  
 
All Waterdogs and individuals interested in becoming a Waterdog are encouraged to attend.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Calls Answered In February

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Calls Answered In February


2-2 QRS Box 48-30 Sweden Vly Manor assist CVAA
2-2 MVA Box 48-05 Sweden Twp N Hollow Rd
2-2 QRS Box 48-05 Sweden Twp-Sweden Hill assist CVAA
2-3 AMA Box 44-02 Automatic mutual Aid -Structure Fire Austin Boro
2-5 QRS Box 48-30 Assist CVAA medical at CCMH
2-8 CW Box 48-02 Check Welfare-Kids on the ice in Channel-Peet st x Sr 6
2-8 MVA Box 48-03 Eulalia Twp Sr 6 Near Erways Farm
2-9 MVA Box 48-03 Eulalia Twp. SR 6 and Olmstead rd
2-9 PS Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro- Clearing of hydrants-Public Safety
2-10 MVA Box 48-05 Sweden Twp-N Hollow rd
2-10 MVA Box 48-06 Summit Twp- Automatic Mutual Aid W/Dept.44-S Ayers Hill Rd
2-12 AFA Box 48-31 Automatic Fire Alarm @ Morgan AM&T- Eulalia Twp
2-13 S/F Box 48-06 Summit Twp- Structure Fire-Chimney-Black Hole Rd
2-13 TC Box 48-07 Hebron Twp-Traffic Control Greeman Hill-assist PennDot & PSP
2-15 MVA Box 48-07 Allegany Twp-Snowmobile Accident-Peet Brook Rd
2-15 FP Box 48-05 Sweden Twp-Snowmobile Club Traffic Control
2-16 SF Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro- Sr 6 west x Dingman Run Rd
2-18 QRS Box 48-05 Sweden Twp. Cherry Springs Rd x Watson Rd-Med. Assist CVAA
2-19 Sdby Box 46-02 Roulette Twp-Stand by Assignment Roulette
2-19 QRS Box 48-05 Sweden Twp-Med.Assist-S.Dry Run Rd x E Second st
2-20 MVA Box 48-05 Sweden Twp-Sky Top Rd x Irish Farm Rd
2-20 QRS Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro-Elk st - Medical assist CVAA
2-21 SdBy Box 47-02 Stand by @ Ulysses Fire station
2-23 Box 48-31 Eulalia Twp CCMH assist medevac Helicopter
2-27 QRS Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro-Medical Assist CVAA - N West st x W 7th
2-28 SF Box 48-02 Cdspt Boro- Maple View Ln - Freeman house-Structure fire

All of these calls were answered by Professional Volunteers along with answering these calls for service members also participated in state and local trainings and meetings(required)that totaled over 580 hrs to protect our district as well as neighbor districts.

Structure Fire Dispatched On Bordell Road

Structure Fire Dispatched On Bordell Road
At 10:40 AM on Saturday, Smethport, Rew Fire Dept., and Otto Township Fire & Ambulance dispatched to a structure fire at 1276 Bordell Road.
10:52--MOST UNITS RECALLED BY CHIEF 8

Update For Girl Scout Cookies

Update: We only have 3 dulce de leche and 1 thank u berry much Girl Scout Cookies left. Get them while they last! 544-7403. Thank You!

Grant Writing 101 from UPB

Grant Writing 101 from UPB

This class will provide basic information to those who are new to grant writing or to those who need a refresher in grant writing. We will begin with researching grant sources, discuss the differences between federal, state and foundation applications, and review the Logic Model format of planning projects. Participants will then write a short project narrative for review in the class. The instructor for this course has over thirty years of grant writing experience!

This class is being held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $69 per person. To register, call UPB at 814-362-5078.

PITT-BRADFORD TO NAME NEW RESIDENCE HALL FOR RICES

Lester & Barbara Rice
PITT-BRADFORD TO NAME NEW RESIDENCE HALL FOR RICES

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will name its new residence hall in honor of Lester Rice, chairman emeritus and former CEO of KOA Speer Electronics Inc. and the Mukaiyama-Rice Foundation, and his wife, Barbara.

The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved the naming of Lester and Barbara Rice House at its meeting today in Pittsburgh.

Rice House will become home to 109 students this fall. Pitt-Bradford broke ground for the $9.3 million residence hall, which is located near Hanley Library, in October.

“Les Rice, and his wife, Barbara, are tireless advocates for our campus and, by example, helped to establish a legacy of giving not only to our campus, but to this community in general,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “We’re honored and thrilled to have their names grace our newest residence hall.”

The Rices, along with KOA Speer Electronics and the Mukaiyama-Rice Foundation, have provided substantial gifts to Pitt-Bradford over the course of many years and at critical times in the university’s development. The gifts have supported such initiatives and activities on the Bradford campus as the renovation and expansion of the Frame-Westerberg Commons, the renovation and expansion of what is now the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center, and the creation of an annual scholarship fund that has supported an average of 10 students each year since 1998.

In 1997, Pitt-Bradford awarded Lester Rice its highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Distinction, given to those who make significant contributions to the campus and the community.

The Rices are Detroit natives, and Lester Rice got his start in electronics in the U.S. Navy, where he attended Electronics Technician School. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics engineering from the University of Michigan in 1951.

The Rices also lived in Elmira, N.Y., Pittsburgh, and St. Marys before settling in Bradford, where they raised five children, Scott, Jeff, Jody, Judy and Tim. They have 12 grandchildren.

Lester Rice’s professional career began in 1951 when he joined Westinghouse Corp., where he worked seven years with the Electronic Tube Division in Elmira before transferring to the Semiconductor Division in Youngwood, where he remained for nine years.

In 1969, Lester Rice joined Airco Speer, which was then located in St. Marys. The U.S. operations merged with KOA Corp. in 1980, and KOA Speer Electronics was established in Bradford. Today KOA is one of the largest resistor suppliers to the U.S. market and has 17 plants worldwide with distribution operations in Bradford, Germany and Singapore.

Lester Rice has been active in trade groups and the Bradford community, where he has been active in the Bradford Rotary and Exchange clubs, the Bradford Family YMCA, the Bradford Area Alliance, the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board and the board of directors of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.

Barbara Rice graduated from Michigan State University in 1955 with a degree in education. She then taught elementary school and flew as a TWA stewardess prior to marrying Lester Rice and staying home to raise her family. Barbara Rice has been very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Bradford, including long-term service as a Deacon. She has served on the boards of the YWCA, Bradford Creative and Performing Arts, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, where her accomplishments included initiating the Surgical Liaison Function and revitalizing the resale shop.

Rice House will bring Pitt-Bradford’s on-campus capacity to 1,047.

A formal ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be held in the fall.

ACCOUNTING STUDENTS TO HELP RESIDENTS PREPARE TAXES

ACCOUNTING STUDENTS TO HELP RESIDENTS PREPARE TAXES

BRADFORD, Pa. – For the 24th consecutive year, accounting students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

Due to the popularity of the program, residents are being asked to make appointments this year. No walk-ins will be seen. Appointments will be available from noon to 4 p.m. March 2 and March 22 in the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center as well as during the late afternoon hours Monday through Friday for the rest of the filing season.

Accounting students who have been certified by the IRS will prepare 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and Pennsylvania state returns for individuals.

Families and individuals interested in participating in the program are asked to bring proof of identity and Social Security cards for themselves and any dependents, hard copies of 2013 W-2 and 1099 forms, and proof of account (such as a voided check) for direct deposit of refunds, if desired.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Ernest Kallenbach, assistant professor of accounting, at (814)362-7626 or Nancy Kloss, administrative assistant for the Division of Management and Education, at (814)362-7561.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Galeton School District Registration


Gun Consignment Auction March 1st At Carter Auctions In Allegany, NY

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4 Wheelers For Sale


Friday, February 28, 2014

Fire & Ambulance--Somebody's Going To Dial 911 & Nobody's Going To Show Up

Pa. is beyond sounding the alarm about a shortage of emergency responders, fire commissioner says

 By Jan Murphy | jmurphy@pennlive.com

Penn Live.com
In 1977, there were 300,000 volunteer firefighters. Today, the number is closer to 50,000.
Recruiting and retaining firefighters and emergency medical service providers is a growing concern in Pennsylvania and lawmakers are looking at ways to address it.

Volunteer ambulance squads have also seen a decline. Even the number of paid career emergency responders are seeing cuts because of municipal funding shortages.

“Sooner or later, somebody’s going to dial 911 and the 911 center is going to dispatch a fire department and nobody’s going to show up,” State Fire Commissioner Edward Mann told the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Thursday. “That’s where we’re headed.”  Read more...

Anonymous wrote:
Burnout-When you have to take how many hours to train away from your paid job/family sometimes at your own cost dedication can only go so far. People only have so much they can give of themselves @ the cost of their careers/families. That's just training. Consider maintenance & upkeep. You can't just use equipment & let it sit. Every time there is a call & @ least a couple of times a month these same people have to clean-maintain-repair & replace tools & equipment. If you have a large incident, cleanup can take days. Purchase of new apparatus-By the time you replace a 25 yr old piece of apparatus the cost is x 4. It's not cheap-things don't last forever. Maintenance of building & grounds-takes time & money. 

Fundraising-Not only do firefighters train/maintain-they also have to secure funds to stay afloat. If each county had a grant writer it would save the local volunteers COUNTLESS COUNTLESS HOURS-this position could represent all companies in the county. That's just grants. Grants do not account for a very large dollar figure in any fire company's budget in this county! The big bucks are awarded to large municipalities below I 80. Most fire dpts receive emergency services taxes from the municipalities they serve but that's not enough to cover their budgets even when combined with grant income. 


Management-If you are a company officer you just offered yourself up for a 40+ hour a week job. Volunteers hold these positions at great costs to them personally. Thank god we are fortunate enough to have people who will take on these unpaid jobs. That's dedication. There is great pride in being a leader & volunteer, & thank God you have a supportive family. 

The general public, while supportive, doesn't understand what it takes to keep a fire station (or ambulance hall for that matter) going. Depts don't get free utilities-they have to pay insurance- buy fuel-protect their members safety- maintain & replace equipment- maintain premises-buy fire prevention materials-and spend a large amount of time raising other funds. Envelope drives help, but its still not enough. Don't forget, every piece of paper, stamp, pencil or pen used at the fire station costs money. Nothing is free for emergency services. 

Charging for services rendered works in some place but not in others. You have to do billing and follow up but you may have to spend funds to collect outstanding debts-if someone still doesn't pay do you take it to court, enter judgments? Does a volunteer organization have the funds, personnel, & time to pursue this avenue? Not usually. 

New members don't coming knocking at the door very often either. People just don't have the time to dedicate. A good % of new members are children & family members of other firefighters. At a local fire station in Potter Co about 50% of members are family. Every person who joins a volunteer organization deserves our deepest gratitude. Potter County has some of the best emergency services personnel this country could provide. The family members in my house represent approximately 55 years of experience & dedication & it has made us better people for it. 

We must urge Ed Mann / state leaders to step up their support. We need to rally our politicians to help us serve our public. 


The lists above are missing at least one thing-answering the call when it comes. The above activities all have to happen BEFORE answering the call because without training-maintenance- fundraising- membership duties, answering the call can't happen. 

Please support your local volunteers!!! They may not be perfect, but they are definitely God's gift to protect us. 

Donations For Westfield Fire Victims Set

Janel Stage
Anyone looking to donate items to today's fire victims in Westfield PA we at Nationwide in Elkland will be a drop off point for stuff to help this family out. They are in need of EVERYTHING as their home was a total loss today. I do have some clothing sizes they are in need of. Baby girl 6 month. Womans size 16 pants and Large tops . Man's pants 33/34 and Large shirts. Mans pants 36x34 and XL shirts. Womans 3x Tops and 26 Pants. And Woman's SL top and 16 pants. We will be here 9-noon on Saturday and then all week next week. If you need to call for anything or need to drop off Sunday ect 814-258-5618. Thanks!

Colonial Hotel is, also, accepting donations.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Butter Creek Road

At 7:30 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Butter Creek Road for a medical emergency.

PennDOT Extends Temporary Waiver Allowing Extended Service for Commercial Drivers Hauling Road Salt

PennDOT Extends Temporary Waiver Allowing Extended Service for Commercial Drivers Hauling Road Salt

Harrisburg – At the direction of Governor Corbett, PennDOT has extended a temporary waiver on certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for continued smooth delivery of road salt supplies.

“Though we are entering March, the forecasts call for more winter weather and extending the waiver for drivers of salt trucks will help us overcome the challenges a huge surge in salt demand has placed on the delivery systems,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

The waiver, now in place through March 31, extends the limits on hours of service for salt delivery drivers. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the waiver, the limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours. The first waiver was put in place Feb. 3 and was to expire March 2.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. This rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of seven or eight consecutive days, respectively. Any period of seven or eight consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.

Statewide Workshops Target Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

Statewide Workshops Planned to Target Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

Harrisburg – Methods to combat an invasive insect pest proving deadly to Pennsylvania’s ash trees will be showcased in the coming months in a series of free, public workshops planned across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced today.

“Municipal officials, landscapers and home and woodland owners all are asking what they can do as this destructive insect spreads steadily across our woodlands,” Ferretti said. “We hope to offer solid answers and useful direction by tapping the expertise of our forestry and state parks bureaus, as well as a long list of other knowledgeable speakers.”

Beginning in mid-March and ending in mid-June, workshops will be held in Chester, Huntingdon, Allegheny and Tioga counties as part of DCNR’s ongoing Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan for Pa. Communities. Admission to the day-long sessions is free, but pre-registration is required.
“Attendees will leave these workshops with a wealth of newfound knowledge on what they can do personally to challenge the emerald ash borer’s spread,” said Ferretti. “Do you have ash trees in your community? Is the emerald ash borer in your area or nearby? Do you want to save your ash trees? These are among the many questions experts and tree-care professionals will be asking and answering.”

Panels will focus on the biology of the ash tree and its insect enemy; damage detection and control; and ash tree inventories and management strategies.

Attendees also will be introduced to urban tree benefits; insect management tools; utilization of dead ash trees; costs of management options; and species selection to replace dead ash trees. Field trips to local management areas and chemical treatment demonstrations are planned.
Municipal officials, urban foresters, arborists, conservationists, pesticide applicators, tree-care professionals, landscapers and home and woodlot owners are expected to attend. Scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., workshops are planned:

 Tuesday, March, 18, in Room 113, Merion Science Center, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, Chester County;

 Wednesday, April 16, park office, Greenwood Furnace State Park, Route 305, between Belleville and McAlevys Fort, Huntingdon County;

 Wednesday, May 14, North Park Lodge, North Park, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County;

 Wednesday, June 18, Allen Hall 104, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Mansfield, Tioga County.

Reservations must be made five days in advance of the workshops by telephoning (717) 783-2066 or emailing cshafer@pa.gov. Workshops will be held regardless of weather; refreshments will be provided at the sessions.

Training is funded by the USDA Forest Service through a grant to the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council. Other supporters include DCNR, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the Pa. Horticulture Society, Pennsylvania State University, The Nature Conservancy, Allegheny County Department of Parks, Tree Pittsburgh and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Most recently, emerald ash borer infestations have been confirmed in 47 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. It is now found in 22 states.

Since the emerald ash borer first was detected in June 2007 in Cranberry Township, Butler County, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has worked cooperatively with the state Department of Agriculture to track and contain its spread. Efforts have included placement of purple panel traps along roadways in Eastern Pennsylvania; release of parasitic wasps; requesting firewood not be moved beyond 25 miles of where it was cut to reduce movement of infested wood; removal of infested trees; application of systemic insecticides; and distribution of outreach and education materials to communities.

Among the possible sources of replacement trees is TreeVitalize®, a DCNR-led initiative to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania communities. Municipalities, non-profit organizations and homeowners can apply for matching grants and financial assistance for replacement plantings. For details, visit www.treevitalize.net.

Ash species compose less than four percent of Pennsylvania’s forests, or about 308 million trees, and most are located in the state’s northern tier counties. Millions more are found in urban communities in the streets, back yards and parks.

Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer first was detected in the United States in Michigan in 2002. Beetle larvae bore through ash trees, disrupting flow of water and nutrients through the tree, and eventually killing it. Tree owners fearing infestation should be alert for the May and early June emergence of adult insects through D-shaped exit holes in the bark.

Details on the emerald ash borer and other Pennsylvania forest pests can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/index.htm.

House Advances Bills to Protect Consumers, Promote Job Growth as Part of Stop Government Abuse Week

House Advances Bills to Protect Consumers, Promote Job
Growth as Part of Stop Government Abuse Week
Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, released the following statement after voting to support a series of bills that will eliminate or reform burdensome laws and regulations, and increase transparency and accountability in government, which were part of Stop Government Abuse Week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Overregulation is harming good-paying jobs, limiting wages, and keeping our economy from growing. The House has continued to work diligently at rolling back the overly burdensome regulations that are putting a damper on our economy. These measures promote transparency and hold the Administration accountable for the impact of its regulatory strangle-hold on America, its businesses and workers.”Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.  

On Friday, the House passed H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, which will provide Congress with greater ability to identify rules and regulations that may impose undue harm on consumers, workers, small businesses, and state and local governments.

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2014 (ALERRT Act), which will increase transparency of federal agencies regarding proposed or finalized rules, and H.R. 3193, the Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability Act

On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, which will prevent the Internal Revenue Service from finalizing regulations that could potentially jeopardize non-partisan social advocacy groups from organizing.

Also on Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3308, the Taxpayer Transparency Act, which will require communication funded by a federal agency for advertising or an educational purpose to clearly state that it is produced at taxpayer expense.

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1423, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, which will increase accountability and transparency in government by requiring every federal agency to disclose basic cost and performance information about the programs they administer.

Next week, the House will consider multiple bills directed toward reducing home heating costs.

Vehicle Fire At Port Allegany Sheetz with exposures

Vehicle Fire At Port Allegany Sheetz with exposures
At 5:28 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to vehicle fire at Sheetz parking lot with exposures next to a kerosene pump. Attempting to extinguish fire with fire extinguisher.
5:31 PM--CHIEF 310 REPORTING FIRE OUT--RECALL

U.S. Rep. Glenn ’GT’ Thompson Sponsors LOCAL Act, H.R. 4100

U.S. Rep. Glenn ’GT’ Thompson Sponsors LOCAL Act, H.R. 4100
Bill will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore joint management
programs with local non-profit groups  

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, today joined fellow Members of Congress in the House as an original cosponsor to H.R. 4100, the Local Organization Cooperative Agreement and Facility Maintenance, or LOCAL Act.  The legislation would permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to restore Cooperative Joint Management Arrangements with local non-profit organizations to construct, operate, and maintain recreational facilities at USACE lakes and reservoirs.

Under Cooperative Joint Management Arrangements, non-profit associations had been able to collect and retain user fees generated from the public’s use of USACE-constructed recreation facilities. The non-profit organizations, such as the Friends of Raystown Lake, had then reinvested the user fees to perform operations and maintenance of recreational facilities.

After an internal administrative ruling by the USACE, suggesting that all user fees must be deposited into the Land and Water Conversation Fund at the U.S. Treasury, USACE Baltimore District was forced to terminate the Cooperative Joint Management Agreement with the Friends of Raystown Lake on September 11, 2013.

“The Friends of Raystown Lake should be commended for their volunteerism, not penalized by Washington’s bureaucracy,” stated Rep. Thompson. “I’m confident, through my meetings with the Army Corps. at Raystown, they will do everything possible to ensure that these recreational opportunities remain vibrant.”

“The passage of the LOCAL Act will ensure the partnership with the Friends of Raystown Lake can restart and they can continue to manage operations and maintenance of Raystown Lake at Seven Points and Susquehannock Recreation Areas in the 2014 season,” Rep. Thompson added.  

"In the nearly two years that the Friends of Raystown Lake operated the public campgrounds at Raystown Lake, they were able to better serve the camping public through increased staffing, maintenance and cleaning schedules than the Corps was able to provide with its limited appropriation.  In addition the Friends were able to make investments in capital improvements to the public campgrounds totaling $157,600.  The LOCAL Act would allow these improvements to continue,” stated Matthew Price, Executive Director of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.

Prior to the ruling the Army Corps of Engineers had Cooperative Joint Management Arrangements with non-profit organizations at 34 facilities nationwide.

Click here to view Thompson discuss H.R. 4100 earlier today from the House floor. 

Pennsylvania Game Commission again is selling bluebird nesting boxes

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE

In a winter like this one, it might seem spring will never come.

But it’s guaranteed to get here. And now is the perfect time to start “thinking spring” by making plans to connect with wildlife in your own backyard when temperatures warm.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again is selling bluebird nesting boxes. The boxes sell for $10.60 (includes sales tax), and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project.

“Bluebirds are early nesters, so now is the time to put up new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes,” said Dan Brauning, Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Division chief. “These bluebird boxes enable Pennsylvanians to help wildlife in a natural way.

“Also, building nesting boxes is a great project for individuals, families or civic organizations interested in connecting with wildlife. These box designs are proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens.”

Bluebirds live in open country, and are a beautiful songbird native to Pennsylvania. Bluebirds are cavity nesters and became less common due to a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as to urban and suburban sprawl. But the introductions of house sparrows and starlings in 1851 and 1890 were the primary reasons for the bluebirds’ decline, as these non-native species took over native bluebird nesting cavities.

The bluebird boxes offered by the Game Commission include an opening that is the prescribed 1½ inches in diameter. This precludes starlings from being able to enter. However, house sparrows still are able to enter the boxes. If this occurs, the house sparrow nest should be removed immediately. They’re usually easy to identify; they fill up the whole nesting cavity with grasses and almost always include feathers and manmade materials in their composition. Native species such as tree swallows and house wrens should not be excluded from nest-boxes. Wrens construct nests with twigs; swallows build a nest with a distinct cup below the entrance hole.

Boxes should be placed on a free-standing pole 3 to 5 feet above the ground – facing south, if possible – and facing a nearby tree or fence where young birds can safely land on their initial flights from the box. To reduce predation and competition from other species, no perch should be placed on the box; bluebirds do not need one. Boxes placed in pairs, about 20 feet apart, may help reduce competition from swallows.

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nest boxes and box kits for more than a quarter century. Each year, about 9,000 boxes are manufactured there and sold or provided to Pennsylvanians to help bluebirds. That annual influx of new nest boxes helps ensure Pennsylvania remains a “keystone state” in bluebird conservation.

The boxes are on sale at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, the Howard Nursery, the Game Commission’s six region offices, and can be ordered by mail through an order form available online. Sales will continue while supplies last.

Office hours are Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

The Howard Nursery is located at 197 Nursery Road, Howard, Pa.

To order by phone, call the Game Commission’s Harrisburg office at 1-888-888-3459. If ordering by phone, shipping and handling costs will apply depending on how many boxes are ordered.

The 2014 Wildlife Homes Order Form will soon be available at the Game Commission’s website. It will be found under the “General Store” tab, and in the “Howard Nursery” category.

For more information on bluebirds, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), hover over “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then select “Birding and Bird Conservation”, and then “Eastern Bluebird” in the Natural History section of the page. Also, information about additional wildlife nesting structures can be found by putting your cursor on “Self-Help” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then clicking on “Download Forms and Brochures” in the drop-down menu listing, and then clicking on “Wildlife Homes Order Form” in the “Agency Programs” section.

STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE, 420 FERNWOOD RD., ST_MARYS

STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 420 FERNWOOD RD
City: ST_MARYS
Cross Streets: JOHNSONBURG RD
REPORTED TO BE CHIMNEY WITH SMOKE & FLAMES SHOWING
Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD; ELK COMPANY 2 FD, ST. MARYS AMBULANCE
2/28/2014 4:31:48 PM

PA Fish & Boat Commission Currents For Feb./March

 


February/March 2014

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‘Classic’ Fishing License Buttons Return

What was old is new again! Anglers yearning for the nostalgic vintage fishing license buttons, first introduced by the PFBC in 1923, can now add to their collection. For the 2014 license year, the PFBC has reintroduced annual fishing license display buttons as an alternative to displaying the current paper licenses.
 
Anglers must first purchase an annual, multi-year or lifetime license before adding an optional display button, which will sell for $5 and are expected to become available on March 11 through the PFBC’s online Outdoor Shop at www.GoneFishingPa.com
 
Each custom button will measure 1 3/4 inches with a high-quality, pin-back design and will feature the angler’s customer identification number, the same number displayed on a paper license. As a result of a recent regulation change, as long as the angler is carrying a valid paper license, a valid button is the only display requirement.
 
Buttons will be mailed directly to the requestor from a contracted vendor. License buttons were originally sold from 1923 until 1960. They were briefly produced again in 1974 and 1975.
 
Mentored Youth Fishing Days
Fast Approaching in March, April

 
After a highly successful first run last year, the PFBC’s popular Mentored Youth Fishing Days program returns this spring to kick off the 2014 season. The first day will be held on 12 waters on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is the Saturday before the March 29 regional opening day of trout season.
 
To participate in the program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license. Both are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.
 
Follow these tips if you are obtaining a free youth permit or voluntary youth license online through The Outdoor Shop:
  • The youth permit or license cannot be obtained under the mentor’s customer account.
  • Individuals must create a new customer account for the participating child or young adult. This will assign a new customer identification number (CID) to the individual.
  • OR – If an individual has previously participated in the Game Commission’s Mentored Youth Hunting programs, a youth fishing permit or license can be obtained by signing in using the youth’s existing CID.
The second Mentored Youth Fishing Day will be held on 29 waters on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is the Saturday before the April 12 traditional opening day of trout season.
 
Click here for more information, including a list of the waters. (Photo - A family enjoys the 2013 mentored youth fishing day at Deep Creek Dam at Green Lane Park in Montgomery County.)
 
Governor Visits PFBC Booth,
Buys Fishing License & Trout Stamp

 
As part of his tour of the Great American Outdoor Show on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Harrisburg’s Farm Show Complex, Gov. Tom Corbett stopped by the PFBC booth to buy his fishing license and to chat with PFBC Executive Director John Arway, who presented the governor with the inaugural 2014 fishing license button. The color for the button was chosen from an online survey, which generated 6,571 responses. Approximately 1,900 respondents picked blue as their favorite color, followed by green, teal, orange, red, burgundy and brown. (Photo, from left - Gov. Corbett accepts the 2014 fishing license button from Executive Director John Arway.)
 
Executive Director Stresses Alternative
Funding to Legislative Committee

PFBC legislative efforts over the last few years have helped to secure several sources of alternative funding, including dedicated income from the landmark transportation bill, but the agency still must find other revenue streams to meet its growing employee health care and personnel obligations, Executive Director John Arway told members of the House Game and Fisheries Committee Feb. 19.
 
“The new realities include the need to meet mounting health care, retirement, and other personnel obligations beyond our control while also dealing with the increasing costs of doing business that face any agency or company,” Director Arway said while presenting the agency’s annual report to the committee. “Without a significant increase in revenues over the next few fiscal years, we will continue to do what I call ‘less for less.’ Our preference is to maintain the level of services that have come to be expected by your constituents, so our focus will remain firmly on securing the funding to make that happen. The pursuit of new funding streams will continue to be our top priority here at the capitol.”
 
Click here to read Director Arway’s full testimony. Click here to watch the video. (Photos - PFBC legislative efforts are led by Tim Schaeffer, Director of Policy and Planning, and Devin DeMario, Legislative Liaison.)
 
Great American Outdoor Show
Draws Large Crowds after Missed Year

By most accounts, this month’s Great American Outdoor Show at Harrisburg’s Farm Show Complex was a huge success, packing in tens of thousands of visitors eager to see the latest in fishing, hunting and outdoor gear and find the best prices for guided tours. Long known as the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the event was cancelled in 2013 after exhibitors pulled out in protest of last-minute changes to the show’s format. It returned this year under the sponsorship of the National Rifle Association.
 
“We’ve had a booth at the show for years and look forward to sharing information about the Commonwealth’s fishing and boating opportunities not only with residents, but also with all of the out-of-state visitors who come to what is considered the largest outdoor show on the East coast,” said Carl Richardson, PFBC Education and Outreach Manager. “Even with the record-breaking winter weather, we saw a steady stream of visitors throughout the 9-day show, including Gov. Corbett and U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson.”
 
More than 35 staff from five PFBC bureaus worked at the booth. At times, all staff were busy selling fishing licenses, answering questions and distributing PFBC materials.  (Photo – Rep. Thompson, left, talks with Harry Wade, PFBC Manager at the Reynoldsdale State Fish Hatchery.)
 
Stream Habitat Staff Complete
Work on 70 Projects in 2013

The PFBC Stream Habitat staff finished the 2013 year by completing work on 70 projects. Overall, a total of 1,346 structures were placed in Commonwealth streams, helping to improve 7.67 miles of stream. Approximately 68 % of this work was conducted on “high priority” waters, selected jointly by PFBC Fisheries Management and Habitat Management staff as areas of greatest need for habitat improvement. The PFBC’s total cost for stream projects was $48,842, which included materials purchased and staff time. Funding generated from outside sources totaled $947,298, bringing the total contribution to nearly $1 million. For every $1 the PFBC put towards habitat projects, $19.39 was contributed from other outside sources. (Photo – A completed habitat project on Spring Creek, Centre County.)
 
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