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Flooding From Locey Creek in Middlebury Township

3/29/201410:58 PMROAD HAZARDLOCEY CREEK FROM HOUGHTELLINGSMIDDLEBURY TWP
MIDDLEBURY & KNOXVILLE DISPATCHED. ROADS ARE VERY ICY.

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Rollover Crash On Top Of Minard Run Hill

Rollover Crash On Top Of Minard Run Hill
At 11:38 PM on Saturday, Hilltop, Bradford Township Fire Dept & City Ambulance dispatched to top of Minard Run Hill for a one vehicle rollover crash. No entrapment. Unknown injuries.

 



* FLOOD ADVISORY --FIRE CHIEF REPORTS EXTREMELY ICY ROADWAYS

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Flooding Reported Over Roadway In Westfield Township

3/29/201410:38 PMROAD HAZARD6196 ROUTE 349WESTFIELD TWP
Westfield Chief is on scene. Caller reports flooding getting worse.

Galeton, Gaines, Sabinsville , Westfield area shown has received nearly 2 inches of rain according to the NWS weather radar map.

Use caution if traveling. Do not drive through flooded roadways, there may be no road there. 

12:11 AM--ROADWAY NOW OPEN

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURY Address: 4189 route 219

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURY
Address: 4189 route 219
City:


Agency: ELK COMPANY 7 FD
3/29/2014 10:25:49 PM

EMS Called For Woman With Hypothermia

EMS Called For Woman With Hypothermia
At 9:29 PM on Saturday, EMS from Bradford City has been dispatched to a staging area on Interstate Parkway where a search detail has located a woman with hypothermia.
9:59 PM--BRADFORD AMBULANCE TRANSPORTING TO BRMC

Large Barn Fire On Byrnedale Road In Fox Township

STRUCTURE FIRE-LG NON DWELLING (BARN)
Address: 615 BYRNEDALE RD
City: FOX
Cross Streets: WHITE OAK DR * CLEVELAND ST

Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD; ELK COMPANY 5 FD, FOX TWP. AMBULANCE
3/29/2014 8:32:06 PM


8:38 PM--CALLER ADVISES BARN NOW COMPLETELY COLLAPSED

UPDATE FROM THE RIVER 98.9
 PA State Police Fire Marshal and Jay Township Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a wood frame barn at 615 Byrnedale Road, in Fox Township on Saturday night. 
Two Holstein Steer Cows perished in the blaze. The building and contents were lost. Damage is estimated at $100,000.00. There were no  other injuries. 
Anyone with information about the fire should contact the PA State Police Fire Marshal at 776-6136.

Fireballs In the sky

Fireballs In the sky 
At 8:10 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to multiple reports of fireballs and explosions east of Kane in the Route 6 area. Fire Dept. officials are investigating the source.

8:21PM--Chief 5 Issues RECALL

The 40th Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic is scheduled for Saturday, April 5

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The 40th Annual Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Committee is very hopeful for good water conditions. The overall theme of the 2014 event is a tribute to all sponsors, volunteers, participants, and spectators. Numerous volunteer organizations will be on hand offering assistance helping to provide a safe and quality event. A limited supply of kayaks and recreational canoes will be available for a rental fee. To reserve a canoe or kayak, you must call or email me at the number / address indicated above no later than one week prior to race day!

The 2014 race awards will be handmade paddle plaques which will be given to participants over a wide array of classes. Emporium Hardwoods has donated the cherry wood. Mr Donald Benedict and his son Paul planed, traced, cut and sanded the plaques. The 2014 design was done by Art and Ink. Total Engraving of Smethport, PA laser-etched them, and Cool's Auto Repair will finish them. The awards ceremony will be held at the Emporium Firehall along with a pasta dinner to be prepared by the Emporium Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

On behalf of the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic Committee, I would like to thank in advance all of this year's race sponsors, volunteers & organizations and anyone who helps to make the 40th edition of the Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic the best yet. I hope to see many new and former participants and spectators at this year's event. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call me at (814) 546-2011, email me at beetlecamp@yahoo.com, or visit the event website at www.canoeclassic.org

Sincerely, Randy Bailey - Event Organizer

Steuben County woman missing since March 19th has been found dead.

BATH, N.Y. (WETM-18) -- A Steuben County woman missing since March 19th has been found dead.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office says that Bobbi Jo Hatter was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a hunting stand about 15 feet off the ground, near County Route 14 in the Town of Bath.

The Steuben County Coroner pronounced her dead on the scene.

Trout Season Opened Today In Southeast Pennsylvania; April 12 Opener For Rest Of State



Fish & Boat Commission and volunteers stocked the Allegheny River today in preparation for the April 12 opening of Fishing Season.

The White House has a plan!

ARE THEY KIDDING ? GET READY !

Some days amazing news comes across the wires and/or appears on the printed page. This is one of those days.

The White House has a plan!

The new strategy to start “slashing emissions of methane” (the admins’ words, not mine) and the one that will effect this region most, will begin in June. A biogas roadmap will be released jointly by the EPA and the Energy Department so the public will be able to identify the stinkiest areas. Apparently our noses aren’t sufficient. 

The intent of this map is to speed up the adoption of Methane Digesters. I was glad to have these contraptions explained because in my ignorance I’d never heard of one. Apparently their purpose is to reduce methane emissions from cattle --- both ends. The goal is to cut bovine greenhouse gas emissions by 25 % by 2020.

In my mind this is showing prejudice against those brown-eyed creatures which have been a nutritious food source for centuries, as well as suppliers of leather. Where is the American Civil Liberties Union when needed, or aren’t our cattle American? Is it time to start checking them for green cards?

If you believe cattle are being picked on let your politicians know. They should be aware that emissions come from both ends of most creatures! Didn’t our elementary science teachers teach us that carbon dioxide which is breathed out is the source of methane and necessary for healthy plants?

Of course other ideas will be forth-coming on the methane subject. The Interior Department “plans on making proposals” to reduce venting and flaring of methane related to O & G production on public land. The Bureau of Land Management wants public comments, i.e. ideas how to capture and sell methane coming out of coal mines that exist on land leased by our federal government.

It appears that the only solid plan revolves around the machines that will digest methane from cattle. Does this mean it will take decades to invent similar machines to solve the same problem coming from domestic fowl, horses, hogs, and (yes readers) US ?! Ah, what a wonderful world we will have then!

Hopefully when the biogas maps are released in June our region will receive enough copies for everyone. Then we’ll know where to go to see these machines in action. They will be delivered immediately, won’t they? GET READY!

The bones of this article were reported in the New York Times based on facts provided by White House news sources so I took them as “the gospel”. However it’s a rainy day and I can’t get outside to work in the yard, so my quirky mind picked up on the humorous side of how our government intends to work on serious subject.

Readers who connect my name with the 4-County Leasing Group know that environmental concerns have always been a big portion of our proposed leasing documents … as much as $$$ and %’s we strive for. Most of our members live in this region, and all treasure its beauty and wildlife. Environmental issues can’t bring an end to using fossil fuels, but they also can’t be ignored.

We just don’t have to take life’s challenges so seriously all the time.

Today is my day off!

Janice Lanphere Hancharick

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM EDT SUNDAY...

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2 Missing Dogs Fishing Creek in Roulette

Happy to report the dogs have returned home.

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Blossburg Boro Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2014-03-29 00:00:00 at site DCNR 595 18H 50285 OG WELL in Blossburg Boro township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Blossburg Boro Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2014-03-29 00:00:00 at site DCNR 595 17H 50267 OG WELL in Blossburg Boro township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2014-03-28 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5041 23H 50716 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Region

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V&T Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

NY State Police Amity -
V&T Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

On Thursday - March 27, 2014, subsequent to a traffic stop on I-86 in the Town of Friendship, New York State Troopers arrested CHRISTOPHER C. CALDWELL, 26, of Eldred, PA for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. 

CALDWELL was released on an Appearance Ticket returnable to the T/Friendship Court on 04/08/14 at 5:00pm.

Successful Start For ‘Support Our Troops’ Project

Successful Start For ‘Support Our Troops’ Project

march29supporttroopsFilling of care packages for active-duty military service members began recently. The project is spearheaded by the Potter County Office of Veterans Affairs. Students from Austin and Galeton public school, as well as Hebron Center Christian School, sent cards and letters of support to be included in each package.

Family members or friends of service members who would appreciate packages are still encouraged to provide names and mailing addresses. Donations of cash and care package items are being accepted. Financial donations will be used to cover shipping costs. Among the items that are being packed are snacks, personal care items, reading materials, writing supplies, playing cards, DVDs, video games, compact discs and games. Personal cards and letters are also being accepted. 

More information is available from Will Worthington at 274-8290, extension 210, or Charlotte Dietrich at 274-8254. Will and Charlotte  joined Deb Ostrom (right) in filling the first round of care packages on Wednesday.

Thompson Hearing Gathering Information For Rewrite Of Endangered Species Act Next Year

Thompson Agriculture Oversight Hearing Exposes Widespread Abuse of Taxpayer Funded Lawsuits
Litigation Stemming from Endangered Species Act Negatively Impacting Forest Management and Species Restoration; Policy Requires Greater Accountability

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and related litigation on the U.S. Forest Service and National Forest System management.

The ESA was signed into law in 1973 in order to “preserve, protect, and recover key domestic species.” Since its enactment, more than 1,500 domestic species have been classified as either threatened or endangered, with only 28 of those species having been delisted as of September 2012. The Forest Service must comply with ESA before engaging in any type of management activity designed to ensure forest health. 

However, the ESA contains a citizen lawsuit provision, which allows private citizens to sue federal agencies and private landowners for allegedly failing to fully comply with the Act. A recent study in the Journal of Forestry examined 1,125 management cases filed against the Forest Service in federal court between 1989-2008. Though the costs borne by taxpayers responding to these lawsuits is likely significant, federal agencies do not track these costs, nor are any of these costs recouped, including cases where the federal agency prevails.  

The subcommittee heard from witnesses representing the Forest Service and private industries, including Mr. Jim Peña, Associate Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest Service, and Mr. Alva J. "Joe" Hopkins III, President, Forest Landowners Association.  Testimonies focused on the direct and indirect costs associated with the lawsuits, including the financial impact on the Forest Service’s budgetary resources.

“Direct and indirect litigation costs may result from judicial orders requiring payment of attorney fees and costs to a successful litigant,” stated Peña. “The agency also incurs costs in defending litigation, such as redirecting staff from other priority work to prepare administrative records and review legal briefs. In addition, every lawsuit filed requires the federal government to pay for the Department of Justice lawyers, departmental counsel, and the federal court system necessary to address the case.”

A report released in 2012 by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service does not keep accurate, aggregated information on such attorney claims or fees that have been paid out to litigants. Often these recipients include special interest organizations.

"The cost to a private landowner of defending against such a lawsuit, let alone also facing the litigation over the other sides’ costs and fees is daunting,” stated Mr. Hopkins. “We remain greatly concerned that the draconian, one-size-fits-all approach of the ESA has resulted in it being used primarily as a powerful tool in the hands of those who would halt land management activities, while the actual needs of species, including humans, who inhabit the land have become secondary.”

“This is not the first time we have received testimony with regard to frivolous lawsuits that have delayed or ultimately prevented the Forest Service and private industries from implementing timely and effective management decisions,” stated Thompson.  “These abusive activities are a significant threat to the health of forests and pose an equal threat to the economic well-being of our local communities.”

Rep. Thompson also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group, which is currently identifying policy reforms to the ESA, before moving forward with a rewrite of the law in the coming year.     

“Today’s hearing provided us with a more detailed understanding of the negative economic effects this litigation has upon the Forest Service and private foresters, and also the species we are aiming to protect,” Thompson said. “This input will be beneficial as we consider broader reforms to improve and strengthen the ESA.”   

Additional information on today’s hearing can be found here.

One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 19 In Willing

One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 19 In Willing
At 9:50 AM on Saturday, Willing Fire & Wellsville EMS dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Rt. 19, just north of Palmer Road. 2 persons are reported self-extricated. Crash is behind storage units, not visible from Rt. 19.

Nanipops Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop Opens Monday, March 31

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Potter County Fair Donation Auction Today Ulysses Community Center

·The moment has arrived! The Potter County Fair Donation Auction will begin in 30 minutes! Come on over to the Ulysses Community Center and try your chance at some amazing prizes. Camping trips, Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle; too many items to list here. Huge thank you to our sponsors and other donors! Drawings start at 3:00 and you don't need to be present to win! Get your derby duck while you're there too!
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Drug Task Force Executes Search and Arrest Warrants Friday

Sweden Twp. officers along with others throughout the county, Drug Task Force officers and AG's office executed arrest and search warrants yesterday within the Twp.

One man was jailed, after his arraignment, when he was unable to make bail. Numerous drugs/paraphernalia were seized.


 Court Records show Manuel Liete Senna, 51, of Coudersport, PA, was charged by Shinglehouse Police Chief Bradley Buchholtz and arraigned before District Judge Delores Weiss who committed Senna to the Potter County Prison in lieu of bail. The incidents took place in Sweden Township.


Cub Cadet Truckload Sale At Moon's Farm Yard In Ulysses, PA

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Country Store & Consignments Auction Saturday, March 29th At Carter Auctions, Allegany, NY

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4-County Group / CX-Energy Open Meeting Wednesday, April 2 At Shinglehouse Fire Hall

4-H Show Pig Auction Saturday, April 12 At Carter Auctions in Allegany, NY

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Food Service Supervisor Position Open At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport, PA

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3-29 Fashion Show And Competition

Friday, March 28, 2014

Disease Cluster Research

Disease Cluster Research

I have been overwhelmed by the responses. There is so much disease in our area and am now even more convinced that this needs attention by medical researchers. As of right now, I have a total of 53 respondents. I am hoping for at least 100 respondents before I send the information in. I'm hoping that 100 respondents will get their attention. If you have already responded, thank you. If you have not, please consider participating. This will only serve to help our communities.


Car On It's Roof On West Washington Street

Rollover Crash On West Washington Street
At 10:55 PM on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Rescue & Bradford City Ambulance dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near 2060 West Washington Street. A car is reported on it's roof at that location next to a propane tank. Unknown Injuries or entrapment.
11:18 PM--ADDITIONAL AMBULANCE DISPATCHED; ADDITIONAL ALS UNIT DISPATCHED. NO HELICOPTERS AVAILABLE.

Cleaning People Needed For Potter County Campground

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Man Threatened Doctor At BRMC/ Jailed

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STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE Address: 417 ASH ST City: EMPORIUM

STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 417 ASH ST
City: EMPORIUM
Cross Streets: E 5TH STREET EXT

Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
3/28/2014 7:19:35 PM

WINTER STORM WATCH...CATTARAUGUS...ALLEGANY...COUNTIES

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Senator Scarnati Announces Pennsylvania Elk Drawing Moved to Elk County

Senator Scarnati Announces Pennsylvania Elk Drawing Moved to Elk County
On March 28, 2014

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s annual Elk License Drawing will be held at the Elk County Visitor’s Center this summer, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The 2014 drawing will take place at the Elk County Visitor’s Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in conjunction with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival.

“I am very pleased that the Game Commission has followed my recommendation and decided that the Elk License Drawing will take place in Elk County this year,” Scarnati said. “Year after year, Pennsylvania residents and visitors from out-of-state, come to the northwestern region of our Commonwealth to see the impressive herds of elk and other wildlife. Holding the Elk License Drawing during the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival will encourage a larger number of people to visit the region to experience the Festival, while also spurring greater economic development for this rural portion of our state.”

Scarnati explained that last December he introduced an Amendment to Senate Bill 1190 to legislate that the annual license drawing be a part of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance Elk Festival. The drawing is administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has been held at the Game Commission offices in Harrisburg in previous years.

“Holding the Elk License Drawing at a convenient place and during a time when sportsmen and sportswomen can be present is a great way to make this process more transparent and accessible to the public,” Scarnati stated.

Senate Game & Fisheries Committee Chairman Rich Alloway also expressed support for the decision to move the location of the Elk License Drawing.

“The annual Elk License Drawing is a popular attraction for sportsmen from across the country, so the event should showcase all of the natural resources the area has to offer,” Alloway said. “Holding the drawing in Elk County not only provides an economic boost to the region, but also helps to highlight the conservation and habitat preservation efforts funded by the licensing program.”

According to Scarnati, the Elk License Drawing will be open to both residents and non-residents of the Commonwealth. Once the Game Commission Board of Commissioners finalizes the dates of this year’s elk hunting season and hunting allocations, hunters will be notified directly of the change.

“The decision to hold the Elk License Drawing where the elk are located is an exercise in good common sense,” Scarnati stated. “The Pennsylvania Game Commission has recently made some concerning choices, however this decision to move the drawing is clearly a step in the right direction and will better serve the interests of our sportsmen and sportswomen. I am encouraged by the initiative taken by the Game Commission is this instance and will continue to work with them to help restore the public’s trust in the Agency.”

PARK FRIENDS GROUP LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

PARK FRIENDS GROUP LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

The Friends of Lyman Run group is asking area businesses ( or individuals) to donate funds to be used for their upcoming Kid's Fishing Derby. The derby is free for kids aged 12 and under. All registered kids are given a free lunch and there are many prizes that are awarded. The group needs money to pay for fish, the lunch as well as the prizes and give-aways. 

Friends of Lyman Run is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and is a 501 (c) 3 charitable non-profit group. Anyone wishing to donate can make a check out to PPFF and write "FOLR"-fishing derby in the memo line. The checks can be mailed directly to PPFF, 1845 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011. The Friends group is also looking for donations of prizes appropriate for young children and pertaining to fishing or activities in the outdoors. These items can be dropped off at the Lyman Run State Park office or the office can be called to arrange for pick up. The Lyman Run State Park office number is (814) 435-5010. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Kid's Fishing Derby has been extremely popular, with a special area for fishing for kids from the dam spillway pool to the old ford across lower Lyman Run. This is a great way to get kids outside and into the sport of fishing, or just coming out to the park to have a great time. Won't you please help us with this event?




Jay Paterno drops out of lieutenant governor race

Jay Paterno drops out of lieutenant governor race

By Mike Dawson
mdawson@centredaily.com
Centre Daily Times
 
Jay Paterno is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, his campaign announced Friday.

In a statement, Paterno said his decision stems from a ballot challenge being waged by a competitor, Brad Koplinski, who contends that Paterno did not earn enough valid signatures on nomination petitions. A hearing was scheduled for Monday in Harrisburg.

Paterno said he discussed the issue with lawyers, and it became clear that Koplinski’s ballot challenge could extend beyond the hearing.

“With less than two months remaining before the primary, I do not want an ongoing legal back-and-forth to be a distraction in this race,” Paterno said. “The outcome of this election is too important for the future of the working families and all the people of this commonwealth.”

Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/03/28/4108499/jay-paterno-drops-out-of-lieutenant.html?sp=/99/264/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

New DEP Hearing Dates Set For Forced Pooling Applications Filed By Hilcorp In Lawrence & Mercer Counties

DEP Announces Hearing Dates for Hilcorp Application for Gas Well Spacing Units

Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., have been scheduled for May 7 and May 8.

“We successfully secured a delay in order to ensure the public was properly informed on this important matter,” DEP Deputy Secretary Scott Perry said. “The postponed hearing sessions will give the department time to personally notify all potentially impacted royalty owners and operators well in advance of the hearing proceedings.”

Hilcorp Energy Co. is applying for a well spacing order that establishes four gas well drilling units on 3,267 acres to drill into the Utica Shale Formation in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County and Shenango Township, Mercer County.

Under the Oil and Gas Conservation Law of 1961, when a spacing order application is submitted, an administrative hearing must be held prior to entering an order establishing well spacing and drilling units.

The first hearing session, originally scheduled to occur on March 25 and March 26, has been rescheduled for May 7 and May 8. The hearing session will begin at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively and be held at the Albert P. Gettings Government Center Annex of the Lawrence County Government Center, Assembly Room, 349 Countyline St., New Castle.

The first, two-day hearing session will accept testimony, much like a trial, on the spacing order application from DEP, Hilcorp and all property owners and operators in the area subject to the order. The first session will be open for the general public to attend and observe.

The second hearing session will begin at 6 p.m. on May 8, at the same location. As requested previously by DEP, anyone from the general public will have the opportunity to provide input about the application at the second session.

The department will submit a public notice of the rescheduled hearings for publication in local papers at least two weeks prior to the hearing sessions. Although not required by law, DEP also will directly notify all royalty owners and operators within the area subject to the requested order.

On March 21, DEP, along with Hilcorp, requested a delay in the hearing process in order to provide more complete notice to potentially affected people. The assigned hearing officer accepted this joint request, delaying the hearing process.

For more information about Hilcorp’s application, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on “Oil and Gas,” “Office of Oil and Gas Management” and then “Conservation Law.”

Pennsylvanians looking for more information should call 717-772-2199.

FRIENDS OF LYMAN RUN TO MEET SUNDAY

FRIENDS OF LYMAN RUN TO MEET

There will be a membership meeting of the Friends of Lyman Run on Sunday, March 30 at 4:00 pm. 

The meeting will be held at the park maintenance building past the upper end of the lake. We will be discussing the Kid's Fishing Derby which will be held on May 17th this year as well as upcoming summer programs and projects for the park. 

All members are encouraged to attend and anyone interested in becoming a member of this volunteer group are invited as well.

Light refreshments will be served.

Ridgway EMS Called For Assault Victim

ASSAULT-BRAVO-PD
Address: 124 BEAVER DR
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: WHISTLETOWN RD * KANSAS LN
EMS FOR MAN STRUCK OVER HEAD WITH PIPE
Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
3/28/2014 5:29:16 PM

POLICE ARE ENROUTE, ASSAILANT HAS LEFT SCENE

Public Safety Leads House Agenda

Public Safety Leads House Agenda

The House returns to session on Monday, March 31. As always, House session and most committee meetings will stream live on PAHouseGOP.com. Many events also may be viewed on Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

Always working to protect public safety, the House will take up two bills this week aimed at reducing incidents of gun crime and violence in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 1091 (Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia) would establish a new mandatory minimum sentence of two years for the violation of carrying an illegal firearm on public streets or public property in Philadelphia, and grades the offense as a third-degree felony. The measure is similar to an initiative instituted in New York City in 2005, where violent crime has been reduced overall and shootings have fallen to the lowest levels in nearly two decades.

House Bill 1243 (Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery County) would require the Pennsylvania State Police to send mental health data within 90 days to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to check the background of individuals attempting to acquire a firearm nationwide. The bill would additionally require ongoing submissions to the national database within 48 hours of the state police receiving mental health data.

House Bill 1498 (Stephens) would impose a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for felons who illegally and visibly possess a firearm or replica firearm which places the victim in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury and designates such actions as a “crime of violence.”

Ensuring School Safety and Educational Opportunities Always Priorities

The House returns to the issue of ensuring safety in our schools by taking up House Bill 2063 (Rep. David Maloney, R-Berks County), which would require public and private schools in Pennsylvania and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children.

Members will also consider a bill to reestablish the Governor’s Schools of Excellence. House Bill 2074 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) would require a minimum of three Governor’s Schools of Excellence in science, agricultural science, and engineering and technology at institutions of higher education within the Commonwealth. The program was established originally in 1973 with a focus on the arts but was discontinued in 2009. However, Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed to allocate $350,000 for the program for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab. Click here for schedule


MVA On Rt. 219 In Bradford

MVA On Rt. 219 In Bradford
At 4:55 PM on Friday, Bradford City Fire & EMS to 2 Vehicle MVA on Rt. 219 Southbound. Report self-extricated. Possibly no injuries.

Dolores D. Monroe, 85, of Ceres, PA

Dolores D. Monroe 
“beloved wife, mother and sister”

Dolores D. Monroe, 85, of Ceres, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY, from injuries sustained in a fall at her home on Thursday.

Born November 27, 1928 in Smethport, she was a daughter of Leighton C. and Wilma D. Haynes Mix. On August 20, 1950 in the Ceres United Methodist Church, she married Donald C. Monroe, who survives.

Dolores was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1946 and a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College in Buffalo with a degree in business.

For her entire working career, Dolores was a self-employed tax accountant and bookkeeper in Olean, NY.
Mrs. Monroe was a member of the Ceres United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities which included Sunday school teacher and church auditor. 

She enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, Dwight A. Monroe of Chicago, Illinois; two grandchildren, Joshua (Tracy) Monroe and Jennifer (Andy) Carlson; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley E. (Kevin) Macdonald of St. Augustine, Florida and Barbara (Thomas) Splain of East Aurora, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Monroe was predeceased by her parents.

In keeping with Dolores’ wishes, there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the Ceres United Methodist Church with the Rev. Becky L. Edwards, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Ceres United Methodist Church, 9289 School Street, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Dolores, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

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April 2014

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by John Arway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Annual Spring Open House at Linesville
Hatchery Scheduled for April 5

The PFBC will host its very popular Linesville spring open house at the Linesville State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Scheduled activities include:   
  • Kids casting area.
  • Basic fly casting and fly tying.
  • How to tell the age of fish. 
  • Basic knot tying and how to rig a fishing rod.
  • Buy a $3 t-shirt and put a fish print on it. 
  • Buy your PA fishing license, posters, patches, and books.
  • Visit the boating safety tent to stay current on boating regulations.
  • Visit with staff from various divisions within the PFBC and other partner agencies at their booths.
Several of the traditional activities are dependent on having open water at Pymatuning Lake. The lingering effects of winter may prevent these from occurring. This includes walleye spawning demonstrations, including fish sorting, removing/fertilizing eggs; fish filleting and cooking demonstrations; and viewing fish in the 10,000 gallon viewing tank. 
 
Shuttle service from the parking areas to the Visitor Center will be provided. Directions: Turn south off State Route 6 at the only light in downtown Linesville and travel ½ mile to the entrance. Address is 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424.
 
Sales Up 7.5 Percent on Eve
of March 29 Regional Trout Opener

On the eve of the March 29 regional opening day of trout season, the number of licensed anglers are up by approximately 7.5 percent. Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million adult trout in 733 streams and 124 lakes. Stocking lists are available at: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx. (Photo – Volunteers help stock trout on the East Branch Oil Creek in Crawford County.)
 
 
 
We Appreciate the Anglers - PFBC
Angler Thank You Campaign

This year on the opening days of trout season we will be taking time to thank anglers for their purchase of a fishing license.  PFBC staff will be deployed on selected waters to pass the message on, and partners are lined up to offer hot beverages to licensed anglers on these opening days.  Please see http://fishandboat.com/anglerboaterthankyou.htm  for a list of participating businesses.  
 
Mentored Youth Fishing Days
Combined into One Day on May 10

Unusually cold weather has prompted the PFBC to reschedule its two Mentored Youth Fishing Days into one statewide date on May 10. The days were originally scheduled for March 22 and April 5.
 
“This program is designed to encourage adults to take kids fishing, to show them that fishing is fun, and to promote active, outdoor recreation,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We will be better prepared to deliver this experience at this later date when the weather is warmer and the waters are free from ice.”
 
“We have received nothing but positive publicity and positive public comments about the Mentored Youth Fishing Day program,” Arway added. “Adults and kids are excited and we want to keep it that way. To ensure our customers have an outstanding chance to catch fish on this day, the Bureau of Hatcheries will stock a fresh load of trout at each water prior to the event.”
 
For more information, visit www.GoneFishingPa.com.
 
Boaters Benefit by Reporting
Fuel Purchase and Use

No one likes to pay taxes. That’s a given. But, what if you could get that money back each year in goods and services? Boaters can get those kinds of benefits from their tax dollars, but only if they get involved.
 
When a boater buys fuel, taxes are paid on that fuel at the state level. The tax money ultimately goes back to PFBC and is used for maintaining boat access areas, printing the Pennsylvania Boating Handbook, and running boating safety classes and more. Over the past 10 years, the PFBC has received about $1.5 million annually from these taxes.
 
But reviews over the last two decades suggest PA lags behind the national average in taxes refunded to boating programs. Every two years, when boat owners renew their registrations, they’re asked to estimate how many gallons of fuel they’ve used in that time. Those figures determine how much money the PFBC gets back, so accurate reporting is critical.
 
Not all boaters report how much gas they used, though, and some don’t report anything at all, either leaving the spot blank or inserting “0.” Reporting having used “0”gallons of fuel, as opposed to leaving that line on the form blank, is especially damaging.
 
If a boater leaves the line blank, the PFBC uses a formula to estimate how many gallons of gas the boat may have been expected to consume based on size. However, if boaters insert a “0,” that means no taxes are refunded. This, in turn, has a negative impact every year by bringing the average down.
 
If a boater has any doubt whatsoever about how much fuel he used, it’s better to leave that blank than report a zero.
 
 
Boating Advisory Board Meets

The PFBC Boating Advisory Board (BAB) met on Thursday, March 6, at PFBC headquarters in Harrisburg. Included on the agenda were updates on the annual Recreational Boating Safety program, Boating Accident Analysis report and the water rescue program. The board also reviewed several proposed amendments to boating regulations regarding an update to language in the lighting regulation, adding a definition for paddleboards and regulating the use of airborne devices.
 
For the complete agenda, click here(Photo, left to right, Laurel Anders, PFBC Bureau of Boating and Outreach Director; Loren W. Lustig, BAB; Mary Gibson, BAB Chairperson; Henry Grilk, BAB; Michael LeMole, BAB; PFBC Executive Director John A. Arway; and Ryan Dysinger, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Missing from the photo is Andrew Talento, BAB Vice-Chair.)
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U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson and Tim Ryan Introduce “Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act”

U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson and Tim Ryan Introduce “Medical
Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act” 
Legislation Will Bring Mental Health To Parity With Physical Health In
Military Recruitment Evaluations
Bellefonte, PA – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Tim Ryan
(D-OH) today introduced the bipartisan Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act (H.R. 4305).  The bill, which has 13 bipartisan cosponsors and the support of a large number of military and mental health advocacy groups, will help the military identify behavioral health issues and improve suicide prevention by instituting a mental health assessment for all incoming military recruits.

"Despite increased awareness and expanded efforts to address behavioral health issues in the military, our service branches still face challenges when it comes to early detection and prevention. Issues such as Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress, and suicide remain all too common. While the military performs comprehensive physical and medical evaluations, no similar examination for mental health exists,” stated Rep. Thompson. “The Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act will institute a preliminary mental health assessment at the time recruits are first joining the military. This small but consequential improvement to recruitment evaluations will help address a recognized knowledge gap within the military and ensure our soldiers are both physically and mentally fit to serve.”

“I am heartbroken by the staggering number of our veterans who are suffering from PTSD and TBI,” Rep. Ryan stated. “Our military makes sure every serviceman and woman is physically fit for duty and this legislation will ensure that they are also mentally fit. It will also ensure that we have a better baseline against which to measure any potential mental harm they may have incurred during their duty. These men and women put their lives on the line every day in the service of our nation, it is our duty to offer everything in our power to guarantee they return home safely, both physically and mentally.”

According to a recent Army study nearly one in five Army soldiers enter the service with a psychiatric disorder, and nearly half of all soldiers who tried suicide first attempted it before enlisting.

Additionally, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a large percentage of suicides in the military were individuals who had never been deployed in a combat role.

Support for the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act:

·        “NGAUS strongly supports the MEPS Act as long overdue in addressing the need to establish a workable baseline to identify the signature mental health injuries of the  current wars. Not having a baseline is a neglectful disservice to our military  members and veterans who risk their lives for our nation,” stated Peter J. Duffy, Colonel US Army (Ret), Director of Legislation, National Guard Association of the United States.

·        "The American Psychological Association is pleased to support Rep. Glenn Thompson's efforts to provide mental health assessment and appropriate follow-up for all persons enlisting in or receiving commissions into the U.S. Armed Forces, through the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service members Act of 2014," stated Heather Kelly, PhD, American Psychological Association.

·        “Hundreds of veterans over the last 13 years have been discharged with personality disorders rather than be properly diagnosed for post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic injury.  The MEPS Act would help such veterans by initial screening new recruits and setting a mental baseline for those who are eventually deployed,” stated Marshall Hanson, CAPT, USNR (ret.), Legislative Director, Reserve Officers Association.

·        “AUSN supports The Medical Evaluation Parity for Service members (MEPS) Act brings mental health to parity with physical health and will ensure that our incoming troops are both physically and mentally fit to serve,” stated Anthony A. Wallis, Legislative Director, Association of the U.S. Navy.

·        “The National Military Family Association supports the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act of 2014. We are gravely concerned about suicide trends among service members and veterans and the impact they have on families. We believe it is important to establish a baseline mental health assessment so that any subsequent evaluations can more accurately determine whether an issue is service connected. We thank Representatives Glenn Thompson and Tim Ryan for making the issue of military behavioral health and suicide prevention a priority,” stated the National Military Family Association.

·        “The VFW believes that providing a mental health exam as part of the initial health assessment for military recruits makes perfect sense. Having a baseline assessment can go a long way to protect service members and ensure mental health resources are in place,” stated Raymond Kelley, Legislative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Thompson included language similar to H.R. 4305 in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, but it was not included in the final Conference Committee agreement.

A summary of H.R. 4305 can be viewed here and the bill text can be viewed here.

Route 220 Bridge Replacement Project in Sullivan County Starts April 7

Route 220 Bridge Replacement Project in Sullivan County Starts April 7

A $2,409,477 bridge replacement project on Route 220 (German Street) in Dushore Borough, Sullivan County, is set to start on April 7. The contract also includes 1.7 miles of highway resurfacing in Dushore and Cherry Township.

The existing single-span concrete bridge over Little Loyalsock Creek, near the intersection with Water Street, was built in 1925 and is currently classified as structurally deficient.

This project includes replacing the old bridge with a new concrete structure on the existing alignment, drainage improvements, and concrete curb and sidewalk. The work also includes roadway base repairs and pavement resurfacing (mill and overlay) of Route 220 from the Route 87 intersection south of the borough to the Main Street intersection at the traffic signal, base repairs and pavement resurfacing (mill and overlay) of Route 87 (East Main, Mill and Carpenter streets) from the Route 220 intersection to just west of the Dushore Borough/Cherry Township line, and membrane waterproofing of the existing bridge deck on Route 87 (East Main Street) over Little Loyalsock Creek.

During construction of the new bridge, vehicular traffic will be detoured along the following:

• Route 220 truck traffic - Old Bernice Road, Route 487 and Route 87;
• Route 220 southbound car traffic – Main, Center and Julia streets;
• Route 220 northbound car traffic – Water, Turnpike and Main Streets;
• Route 87 truck traffic - Route 220, Old Bernice Road and Route 487;
• Route 87 southbound car traffic – Main, Center and Julia streets;
• Route 87 northbound car traffic – Water Street.

Traffic detours for the bridge replacement are tentatively scheduled to start on June 16 and end on Sept. 18.

Prior to the detours, the contractor will do repair work on two truck-detour routes, Old Bernice Road and Route 487. This work will start on April 7.

The resurfacing portions of the contract will take place once the new bridge is in service.

All work under this contract is scheduled to be completed by late November.

Robert C. Young, Inc. is the prime contractor.

Gerald McHugh and Edward Smith Confirmed as federal judges by Senate

Confirmed: Two Judges For PA's Eastern District
This week, the Senate confirmed Gerald McHugh and Edward Smith as federal judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sen. Bob Casey and I recommended these judges to President Obama. Gerald McHugh will join our talented jurists in Philadelphia, while Edward Smith will sit in Easton, which has gone without a federal judge for a decade.  Learn more about Judges Gerald McHugh and Edward Smith.
Judge Gerald McHugh, Sen. Pat Toomey, and Judge Edward Smith.
Sen. Casey and I have worked together to select qualified jurists to fill vacancies on the bench in Pennsylvania. The approval of these two excellent candidates demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of our bipartisan system, which has led to the confirmation of 10 highly qualified men and women to the federal bench in Pennsylvania since I joined the Senate in 2011.

Coudersport's Play is Postponed

Coudersport's Play is Postponed

 Coudersport's High School play "Bernard and Barnaby" that was supposed to be tonight at 7pm, will be postponed until Friday, April 11th at 7pm due to a cast illness. We hope to see you all then! It is an original play written by senior Rebekah Long.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 1:33 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 to Rt. 6 West for a medical emergency.

Lower Arnot Road Bridge Replacement Project Starts April 7

Lower Arnot Road Bridge Replacement Project Starts April 7

A PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 2023 (Lower Arnot Road) in Bloss Township on Monday, April 7.

The existing 28’-long bridge over Sawmill Creek was built in 1964.

The project is located in the Village of Arnot, just south of the Arnot Road/Lower Arnot Road intersection.

The existing bridge will be removed and a new precast concrete box culvert will be installed on the same alignment. The roadway approaches will then be reconstructed and all other work needed to open the new bridge to traffic will be done.

While the project is underway, the road will be closed at the bridge. Traffic will be detoured onto Arnot Road and Bloss Mountain Road.

The new bridge is expected to be in service by mid-June, weather permitting.

C&N Names Three New Managers

C&N Names Elizabeth Johnson Sayre Manager

WELLSBORO, PA – Elizabeth Johnson has been named Community Office Manager for Citizens & Northern Bank’s Sayre office, 1827 Elmira Street. She succeeds Denise Manley who has been named manager for the bank’s Troy office.

Johnson is a native of the Troy area and a graduate of Troy High School. She has been in banking for six years and prior to coming to C&N held positions at Key Bank in Columbus, OH and Regions Bank in Anniston, AL.

Johnson and her husband, Todd, and their two children reside in Gillett.





C&N Names Sean McGuire East Smithfield Manager

WELLSBORO, PA – Sean McGuire has been named Community Office Manager for Citizens & Northern Bank’s East Smithfield office, 563 Main Street. He succeeds Sandra McNeal who retired earlier this year.

A resident of Milan, PA, he holds his BS Degree in management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his MBA in finance from Rider University. Prior to joining C&N, he was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Yardley, PA.

McGuire is a member of the Pennsylvania Freemasons and enjoys outdoor sports, biking, kayaking, hiking and is an avid guitar player.

C&N Names Welsey O’Neil Elkland Manager

WELLSBORO, PA – Wesley O’Neil has been named Community Office Manager for Citizens & Northern Bank’s Elkland office, 104 Main Street.

O’Neil previously worked in C&N’s Client Contact Center where he was a Client Contact Specialist. He is a graduate of Williamson High School in Tioga, earned his Associate’s Degree in hospitality management from Penn College of Technology and his BA Degree in history from Mansfield University. Prior to coming to C&N, O’Neil was a team leader at Adecco.

He and his wife, Brady, and their daughter live in Elkland.




Snowmobile Hill Climb Races At Ski Denton Saturday

 Snowmobile Hill Climb Races At Ski Denton Saturday


Ski Denton’s Trail & Pro Saturday snowmobile race March 29th. Come race your buddy with SHCRA’s true trail classes. Best of all if you do get beat 1st round pull in the loser’s lane and you have a chance to become a winner again as you race back up the hill ( by the way no cost for the second chance class and it pays a plaque to the winner)

Trail racers will run before intermission with 800 & 1000 Pro Mod mixed in to give the crowd a taste of the wild, high horsepower race sleds. The spring conditions of wet snow make the Pro Mod racing even more exciting as the drivers try to stay in the lane and keep the front down with the great traction.

SHCRA has quick sign up so you will have a shorter day. Sign up from 10 to 11:30, test runs & then race @ noon (2) test runs for $10 is a good deal to get a feel for the hill and traction.

 If you are new to the sport and have any questions Mad Scientist, Rich Daly, will be glad to give you some pointers when he and the crew tech your sled. SHCRA was formed to bring new people to the sport and they welcome all riders and fairly classify you according to horsepower not just motor size. 

Some examples bring out your 670 Mxz @ 120 hp and you run in the 600 class, a ZR 900 @ 140 Hp runs in the 800 under 145 HP class. That’s correct, Mxz, Rev , Zr & XC owners you 800 riders have your own class. The newer high HP 800’s are put in the 800 over 145HP class.
 
Follow us on facebook, SHCRA, Snowmobile Hillclimb Racing Association or Rich Daly with the Orange Ski-Doo. Any questions cell #315-277-1566

Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day

Presidential Proclamation -- Vietnam Veterans Day

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America's first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challenging wars. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Fifty years after that fateful mission, we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission. It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm's way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear. From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.

Eleven years of combat left their imprint on a generation. Thousands returned home bearing shrapnel and scars; still more were burdened by the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, of Agent Orange, of memories that would never fade. More than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Now and forever, their names are etched into two faces of black granite, a lasting memorial to those who bore conflict's greatest cost.

Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Yet, in one of the war's most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected -- to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example. We must never let this happen again. Today, we reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us. Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return. Our Nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2012, as Vietnam Veterans Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA