POTTER-TIOGA MAPLE WEEKEND MARCH 18TH & 19TH

POTTER-TIOGA MAPLE WEEKEND MARCH 18TH & 19TH

Street Machines Auto Care

Stoltz Of Coudersport

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

CIMINO AUTO PARTS

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Coudersport Ambulance To Ice Mine Road

At 8:15 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Ice Mine Road for a medical emergency.

Motorcyclist Injured In Crash On Smethport Main Street

Motorcyclist Injured In Crash On Smethport Main Street

At 7:27 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire & EMS dispatched to West Main Street & N. Marvin Street for a motorcycle versus car crash with injury. The motorcyclist is reported lying in the street.

Mrs. Moses Retires After 35 Years Teaching At Port Allegany Elementary School


Bradford Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire

Bradford Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire

At 5:46 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. dispatched to 6 Congress Street for a possible structure fire.

Warren Man Arrested For Child Porn

Warren Man Arrested For Child Porn
 

Agents from the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section along with officers from the City of Warren Police Department arrested Michael Geer, 32, 1 Harmony Place, Warren, Warren County on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following an online investigation into the distribution of child pornography.

 6-6-14 Michael Geer
Michael Geer

According to the criminal complaint, agents successfully downloaded several files, which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. Investigators were able to track the computer's IP address and identified Geer's computer as the source for the graphic files.

A search of Geer's Warren residence resulted in the seizure of two computers, which upon initial viewing, were found to contain more than 100 files of suspected child pornography, including images of children as young as 6 years old engaged in graphic sexual poses.

Geer is charged with eight counts of distribution of child pornography, eight counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was preliminarily arraigned before Warren Magisterial District Judge Glenn Carlson and held on $50,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on June 11, 2014.

Attorney General Kane thanked the City of Warren Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Warren County by Deputy Attorney General Courtney Butterfield of the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section.
Reporting Internet PredatorsSuspected Internet predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Internet safety tips are available on the "Operation Safe Surf" section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642 or via email at education@attorneygeneral.gov.

Eldred Dispatched For Ruptured Gas Line

Eldred Dispatched For Ruptured Gas Line

At 4:44 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. dispatched to 395 Sartwell Road for a gas line rupture.

Traumatic Injury To Leg

Traumatic Injury To Leg

At 4:31 PM on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire,, Boro Ambulance & Medic 16 dispatched to Sartwell Road for a traumatic injury to the leg when a tractor fell on it. Mercy Flight is on standby.

OUTSIDE FIRE-SM GRASS-BRUSH Address: 253 HIDEAWAY RD City: HORTON

OUTSIDE FIRE-SM GRASS-BRUSH
Address: 253 HIDEAWAY RD
City: HORTON
Cross Streets: DR DR

Agency: ELK COMPANY 7 FD
6/7/2014 4:28:12 PM

Norma Cobb-Nichols work day correction

Norma Cobb-Nichols work day correction

We are working at Norma's Tuesday and Wednesday not Monday. Sorry for confusion.
Pastor Steven

Grace Prokopchuk, 80, of Wellsville, NY

GRACE MAE CHRISTINE PROKOPCHUK
July 3, 1933-May 29, 2014


Grace Prokopchuk, 80, of Wellsville, NY, entered peacefully into rest on Thursday (May 29, 2014) at 8:30 a.m. in the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville, NY after suffering from Alzheimers.


Grace was born the daughter of Wendall and Thressa Lawton Hallock (Burrell) on July 3, 1933 in Cuba, NY. Her step-father was Walter T. Burrell. On December 16, 1951 in Ellisburg, PA, she married Luman John Prokopchuk who predeceased her in 2003.


Surviving are her five children: Howard Prokopchuk of Scio, NY; Richard Prokopchuk of Tucson, AZ; Rhonda (Roy) Dunn of Groton, NY; Michelle (David) Higdon of Murfreesboro, TN; L. John Prokopchuk of Murfreesboro, TN; brother, Joe (Edna) Hallock of Bradford, PA; 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by step-sister, Thressa M. Lusk (Burrell).


The Memorial Service for family and friends will be held on Sunday (June 22, 2014) at 2:00 p.m. at Genesis Bible Church, 4193 State Rt.19S, Belmont, NY 14813 (located in Scio, NY) with Pastor Marc Chamberlain officiating. Memorials may be made at the donor's choice.

6/7/2014 3:36 PM DUMP TRUCK ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ROUTE 660&THIRD ST CHARLESTON TWP

6/7/20143:36 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTROUTE 660&THIRD STCHARLESTON TWP
WELLSBORO FIRE DEPT. DISPATCHED FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL. DUMP TRUCK FULL OF DIRT ROLLED OVER IN ROADWAY. AVOID THE AREA OR EXPECT DELAYS.

Final Inspection For Derrick City's New Rescue Truck


TRAUMATIC INJURIES-BRAVO Address: 4814 GRAY HILL RD [BENEZETTE] City: BENEZETTE

TRAUMATIC INJURIES-BRAVO
Address: 4814 GRAY HILL RD [BENEZETTE]
City: BENEZETTE
Cross Streets: OLD YELLER LN * PETE LN
TREE REPORTEDLY FELL ON 22 YEAR OLD
Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
6/7/2014 1:24:00 PM

The meeting for the month June 2014 for the Bucktail Chapter Of The Military Officer's Association

 Bucktail June Meeting

The June monthly Meeting of the Bucktail Chapter Of The Military Officer's Association will be 
Tuesday June 17th , at the Bucktail Hotel 101S. Forest Street Marienville, Pa. at our normal time. (11:30 hrs. ) Luncheon and meeting will held to discuss up coming events.

Our host will be Lt Col. Fred Jefferds. If further information is needed ,contact either Lt. Col. Jefferds at Marienville ,Pa. or CWO Daniel Causer at the Eldred WW II Museum at phone : 814-225-3681.

An officer member of any branch of service may attend including civilians of equal status. This includes retired and active duty. We need a good showing of any qualified members as it is time for new officers to be appointed to varies positions within the chapter. RSVP. if possible.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Pa Gen Energy Co Llc in Howe Twp, Forest County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-29 to Pa Gen Energy Co Llc in Howe Twp, Forest county. 78.54 - Failure to properly control or dispose of industrial or residual waste to prevent pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Inflection Energy Llc in Eldred Twp, Lycoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-28 to Inflection Energy Llc in Eldred Twp, Lycoming 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

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Highland Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-06-02 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site WT 3781 1401 5HD in Highland Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gaines Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-06-02 00:00:00 to ULTRA RESOURCES INC for site SIMONETTI 817 6H in Gaines Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Elk Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2014-06-02 00:00:00 to ULTRA RESOURCES INC for site STEWART 805 4H in Elk Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Coudersport Ambulance To JJ Lane

At 12:09 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to JJ Lane for a medical emergency.

Jim Quinn Opens New Store In Emporium




Jim Quinn‎ has opened a new store front in Emporium, PA. Jimmers Bargain Items located at 15 E 4th St. between Singers Auto & Food King. Right across from Mountian Natural Foods. They carry many items: a few are knives, swords, indian dream catchers, toys & games & a large supply of fireworks. All items are priced below retail value. 

They are open Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM. Come check them out. Many new items coming in weekly. Always great deals.

Top 4 Students To Speak At Port Allegany High School Graduation Sunday

Pam Fischer Photo: From left, Logan Hutton, Krista Miller, MaKayla Ramadhan, McKenna Johnson
PAHS GRADUATION SPEAKERS - The top four students at Port Allegany High School will speak at Commencement Exercises to be held Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Speakers include Krista Miller, MaKayla Ramadhan, McKenna Johnson and Logan Hutton. Welcoming the audience will be class president (not pictured) Bryana Baer.

Congrats to A J Kelly, our half marathon winner in the #godscountrymarathon


Congrats to A J Kelly, our half marathon winner in the #godscountrymarathon

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 11:27 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for transport to Cole Emergency Room.

Family of Irvin Saler Sr.Says Thanks

Maybe you sent a card, attended or participated in the service, brought a dish, just said “I’m sorry” or in some way just showed you ‘care’…The family of Irvin Saler Sr. would like to say “Thank you”. We are so blessed with all our family, extended families and especially our work and church family. Having you all has made this time less painful. Our “sincere thanks” 

Family of Irvin Saler Sr.

4-County Leasing Group to Meet Tuesday

4-County Leasing Group to Meet Tuesday

Thad Stevens will be the guest speaker at the June 10th meeting of the 4-County Leasing Group at the Shinglehouse Fire Hall at 7:00. He has spoken previously at (PIOGA) Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and the (NARO) National Organization of Royalty Owners. He will be sharing information dealing with the legislative branch of the government.

Dog Found On South East Street In Coudersport

Can you please post the picture of this dog that has been found on South East Street in Coudersport? It does not seem to be very old and she is very friendly. She is wearing a pink collar with a zebra pattern. She has been taken to the Coudersport Boro Police station. The owner can contact the boro police to claim her.

Thank you!

ARG RESOURCES INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Highland Twp Township

ARG RESOURCES INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Highland Twp Township

ARG RESOURCES INC reports drilling started on 2014-06-05 00:00:00 at site WT 3783 551 in Highland Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, injection

Empereon/Constar Has Immediate Openings For 10 Quality Auditor Positions In Coudersport

SMC Powder Metallurgy Has Openings In Sales Department In St. Marys & Galeton, PA

4-County Group Meeting Tuesday, June 10 At Shinglehouse Fire Hall

Howard's Inc. Has Tractors From 18 HP to 100 HP For Sale


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Dickinson Center Seeking Part Time Employment Specialist In Coudersport

www.dickinsoncenter.org

Friday, June 6, 2014

Middie has been found!





 
Middie has been found!  She and Sylvester are both safe.  Thank you to my neighbors who helped to bring her back home.  I've lived in Emporium for five years, and I am grateful to be in a place where the people are so caring!

Emporium State Police Have A Laptop Found On Route 46 At Rich Valley Road Intersection


Letter of heartfelt thanks

Letter of heartfelt thanks

I want to thank all friends, neighbors, family and all who have sent cards, gifts, words of comfort, support, phoned and sent well wishes as I battle my diagnoses with breast cancer. 

I just cannot express in words the appreciation for the uplift you all have given me, faith, love and hope that although I have a long battle ahead, my chemo treatments have begun, I have up and down days but for the most part days are good. 

Much can be said for modern medicine but this about all of you, including my dear husband Ed who has been my constant support beam also. At first the screenings, MRI's, testings, biopsies, blood tests, waiting for answers and finding out that the cancer has spread was quite a strain on Ed and myself but we've come a long way just from then, and will continue to strengthen with all of you who I know are there for both of us! Because of all of you we are feelin' the healin'!

Once again I would like to thank everybody. 

Pam Hamilton

Cat Found in Conrad

Cat Found in Conrad

We found this tortoiseshell cat along the East Fork road just north of Conrad

Very friendly and hungry
647-5416

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Budget Preparation on the House Agenda Next Week

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Budget Preparation on the House Agenda Next Week

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

Protecting kids from sexual predators

The House will consider a bill to create a new offense of “sexual assault by a sports official.” House Bill 112 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery County) targets sports officials, such as coaches, athletic trainers, team attendants and managers by providing that it is unlawful for these individuals to engage in sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child under 18 years of age who is participating in the sports program.

This legislation passed the House unanimously last November. It was amended and passed the Senate 45-1 last week. The House will take up the amended version this week.

Parents entrust their children to the care of coaches and other athletic personnel serving sports teams which are part of recreational leagues and other organizations outside of the school environment. These organizations operate a variety of sports programs for children and include activities such as youth soccer, Little League baseball and volleyball.

Budget Bill Introduced

House Bill 2328 (Rep. Bill Adolph, R- Delaware County) has been introduced and is identical to the current fiscal year’s budget and will serve as the vehicle for the 2014-15 general appropriations bill.

House Bill 2328 does not contain any additional initiatives as the entire budget is being negotiated. It is acknowledged that the line items in the bill do not account for mandatory cost increases in the General Fund budget related to pension obligations, debt service and other requirements. These issues will be addressed in an amendment offered in the near future.

This process ensures budget negotiations can continue, and we can prepare an amendment to House Bill 2328 that will represent the product of negotiations between the House, Senate and the administration.

The Weekly Schedule

Emporium Man Jailed In lieu Of Bail On Forgery & Other Charges

Emporium Man Jailed In lieu Of Bail On Forgery & Other Charges

An Emporium man was arrested on June 3rd and committed to jail in lieu of $15,000. cash bail on several charges of forgery, access device fraud, theft, and receiving stolen property.

Paul A. Wyatt, 22, of Emporium, PA, was arrested by Emporium Police Chief Matthew Siple on the following charges according to online court records:


Wyatt was arraigned before District Judge Barry L. Brown at 4:00 PM on June 3, 2014, and sent to jail in lieu of bail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 12, 2014 before Judge Brown.

Missing Dog In Millport Area



 This little one has been found! Thank you to everyone that prayed for a safe return. He seems to be physically okay. Just thirsty and hungry and dying for love. :D

One Vehicle Crash On Minard Run Road

One Vehicle Crash On Minard Run Road

At 7:05 PM on Friday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. & Bradford City EMS dispatched to a one vehicle crash near 222 Minard Run Road.

Some ATV Trails Open In Allegany National Forest


State Prison For Man Who Called 911


Olean Police Looking for Man Trying to Lure Girls

Olean Police Looking for Man Trying to Lure Girls

Heather Ly, WGRZ
 OLEAN, N.Y. - Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly tried to lure teen girls and young women into his car earlier this week.

Olean Police Captain Robert Blovsky told 2 On Your Side there have been five separate reports of a man driving around the city in a red or maroon SUV and approaching females. Read more...

Millie Brindis, 90, of Warren, PA

Millie Brindis
Millie Brindis, 90, of Warren, PA, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Warren Manor Nursing Home after a brief illness. 

She was born August 6, 1923 in Gentryville, Indiana to the late Noah and Cleopatra Patmore Bender and has resided in Warren since 1945. 

Millie was employed in the assembly dept. at the former Republic Aviation Co. in Evansville, Indiana working on the P-47 fighter planes and worked at the former New Process Company for 15 years in the mailing dept. retiring from there in 1985. 

She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, a volunteer at the St. Joseph School Cafeteria and the Warren Manor Nursing Home. 

She was a member of the American Legion Post 135 Ladies Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Warren Moose Lodge 109. She enjoyed playing bocce. She is lovingly remembered as being the rock and foundation of her family.

She is survived by her 3 children - Joan Rich and her husband, Richard, Susan Morley, all of Warren, Pa., Frank Stephen Brindis and his wife, Virginia of Mesa, Az., 6 Grandchildren - Jason Rich and wife, Heather of Erie, Pa., Bob Rich and his wife, Melissa of Warren, Pa., Dana Atwood and his wife, Noreen of Erie, Pa., Michelle Miller and her husband, Stephen of Waterford, Pa., Anthony and Jolene Brindis both of Mesa, Az., 5 Great Grandchildren – Meredith and Mason Miller of Waterford, Pa.,, Justin and Casey Rich of Warren, Pa., Soren Atwood of Erie, PA., 1 Sister-in-law, Cynthia Brindis of Youngsville, PA., several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. (Shoey) Brindis, Jr. whom she married July 1, 1944 in Evansville, Indiana, 1 Son - David F. Brindis, 1 stillborn infant daughter, Martha Louise Brindis, son-in-law, John Morley, 3 Sisters, 2 Brothers.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Manor Patient Activities Fund, 632 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA, or a charity of one's choice. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Interstate 80 WB resurfacing project in Columbia County starts June 9

Interstate 80 WB resurfacing project in Columbia County starts June 9

Beginning next week, prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will begin a resurfacing project on Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia County, from the Fishing Creek Bridge (near Buckhorn), west to the Montour County line.

The work will be in the westbound lanes. Work includes reconstruction of the roadway approaches to the bridges, roadway base repairs, milling of the existing pavement, and overlaying the entire roadway and shoulders. Work will also be performed on the exit/on ramps at the Buckhorn Interchange (Exit 232).

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane (westbound) throughout various phases of the construction during the weeks of construction, with no restrictions through the weekends.

The traveling public is reminded to please slow down and use caution while traveling through the construction zone.

Work under this $2.6 million, 4.8-mile resurfacing project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Tioga County, Pa., man will stand trial in runaway trailer death

Tioga County, Pa., man will stand trial in runaway trailer death

Star Gazette
WELLSBORO — A Westfield, Pa., man has been bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing this morning in connection with the 2006 death of an area woman who was killed when a runaway trailer slammed into her car in Middlebury Township.

The preliminary hearing had been scheduled for April 22 but was rescheduled to today when a material witness failed to appear.

The hearing today lasted more than an hour in front of Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Robert Repard.

A state police investigator and several of Gigee’s relatives, including his daughter, testified today as to what they recalled happening and what was said.

State police at Mansfield charged Simone E. Gigee, 43, of Ladd Road, with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury. One count is a felony, because it was filed in connection with the death of Rhonda Fromm, 34. The other is a misdemeanor because it stems from non-fatal injuries suffered by her husband, Mike Fromm. Read more...

The 61st Annual Ole Bull Music Festival Summer Awards Concert


The 61st Annual Ole Bull Music Festival Summer Awards Concert will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street New York, NY at 4:00 p.m.

Featuring winners of the 2013 Ole Bull Music Festival in Galeton, Pennsylvania, the concert will also include piano performance of a composition by Vladimir Padwa played by Philip H. Field, former piano duet partner of the late Dr. Inez Bull. Allan L. Mulgrav Jr. will perform a Grieg piano concerto. Billy Test and Karina Meiklejohn will play piano and Marlene Rice will perform on violin.

Billy Test is a former Ole Bull Festival winner who has become a professional classical jazz pianist. Ms. Meiklejohn is the 2013-2014 Inez Bull Piano Scholarship recipient at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Rice is a world-renowned violinist, songwriter and recording artist.

The Imania Women’s Chorus will perform a vocal adaptation of Ole Bull’s composition, “The Herd Girl’s Sunday.”

The Ole Bull Music Festival was created in memory of Norwegian violinist, Ole Bornemann Bull, who attempted to establish a colony of New Norway or Oleanna, in the mountains of Potter County Pennsylvania in the 1850’s. The festival was initiated by Dr. Inez Bull and her mother, Aurora Stewart Bull, who was married to a second cousin of Ole Bull.

The Spunky Norwegian Foundation, a 501(C)(3), was founded with proceeds from the estate of the late Dr. Bull to carry on her work in enhancing music education and appreciation in north-central Pennsylvania. The Foundation conducts the Ole Bull Music Festival in Galeton each October, and follows with an awards concert in New York the next summer.

Additional performers at the Merkin Hall concert will be students from South Valley Arts in East Orange, New Jersey, including Amru Ayinde. Foundation board member, Zach Hoffman, another former Ole Bull Music Festival winner may perform as well. The concert will be emceed by Spunky Norwegian Foundation Board chair, Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer.

Tickets may be purchased directly from the Merkin Box Office (862-216-7842) or from dee@southvalleysound.com for $15.00. For additional information see the Spunky Norwegian Foundation Website, www.SpunkyNorwegianFoundation.com.

Empereon/Constar Has Immediate Openings For 10 Quality Auditor Positions In Coudersport


PITT-BRADFORD TO HOLD INFORMATION SESSION FOR MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK COHORT

PITT-BRADFORD TO HOLD INFORMATION SESSION FOR MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK COHORT

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold an informational session June 11 about the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work degree offered on the Bradford campus.

The session, which will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 162 of Swarts Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus, will feature Phillip Mack, director of admissions for the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, which has climbed to No. 11 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings of Best Social Work Schools. It is the top-ranked social work program in Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Eckstrom, coordinator of the MSW program in Bradford, will also be on hand.

Topics to be addressed include the admissions process, program structure, curriculum, financial aid and more. Applications are now being accepted for Pitt-Bradford’s seventh class being formed for Fall 2014. Prospective students can expect to complete the degree requirements by December 2017.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford is a part-time program offered by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work in cooperation with the Bradford campus. It is taught by full-time and part-time School of Social Work faculty members, some of whom are members of the local social work community. The program continues to offer in-state tuition rates to students from neighboring counties in New York State.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford offers a concentration in direct practice with individuals, families and small groups, with a specialization in children, youth and families.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford admitted its first class of MSW students in Fall 2002. Its most recent class graduated in December, bringing to 92, the number of MSW graduates who have completed the degree in Bradford.

Students completing the MSW degree are eligible to take the examination to become a licensed social worker.

For more information, contact Eckstrom at (814)362-7527 or sae102@pitt.edu.

Work Detail At Norma's House

Work Detail At Norma's House

We are scheduling work detail at Norma's for Monday June 10th andTuesday June 11th.
Work to be finished includes, but not limited to complete the drywall installation so the finishing crew can get to work on that. Also finishing the window and door installations with jamb extensions.

If the crew is large enough possibly start hanging the siding, and insulation the attic. Call Pastor Steven for info or questions. 814-414-7505

Administrative Medical Assistants Complete Program

Administrative Medical Assistants Complete Program

Back Row (l – r): Tonya Miller, Keeley Lampman, Melissa Stanton, Samantha Rennells, Wendy Roys, Laurie White, Daisy Scheerer, and Kari Stake
Front Row (l – r): Dawn Lowe, Natalie Salamone, Blue Scheerer, and Amber Hilliard.
The Potter County Education Council hosted a graduation ceremony for students in the Administrative Medical Assistant Program on Friday afternoon, May 30, 2014. The five-month program was held in Coudersport through a cooperative effort between Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, Cole Memorial Hospital, and the Education Council. Twelve individuals were recognized for completion of the program and are prepared for employment in medical or dental offices, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities. During the graduation ceremony, over 50 percent of the class reported that they have already had interviews or job offers.

Certificates and pins were presented by Brenda Abplanalp, Director of North Campus Outreach Services to: Amber Hilliard, Keeley Lampman, Dawn Lowe, Tonya Miller, Samantha Rennells, Wendy Roys, Natalie Salamone, Blue Scheerer, Kari Stake, Melissa Stanton, and Laurie White. Daisy Scheerer also participated but will receive her certificate at a later date. Laurie White was presented an award for her academic achievement; perfect attendance awards were given to White, Lampman, and Roys. A reception for family and friends was held following the graduation ceremony.

The students completed 400 hours of classroom instruction followed by a 200-hour externship in local medical clinics and physicians’ offices. At the completion of all requirements, students are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association’s certification exams for Medical Administrative Assisting (CMAA) and Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS).

The next Administrative Medical Assistant Class is scheduled to begin in January 2015. For more information, contact the Education Council at (814) 274-4877.

Phlebotomy in Coudersport

Phlebotomy in Coudersport

Classroom theory and skills necessary to be able to collect blood samples from patients and prepare it for further medical testing will be the focus of this course, which is a cooperative effort between PA College of Technology and the Potter County Education Council. An externship at a clinical facility will allow students to gain experience with patients and laboratory personnel. Students are provided with the practical skills and information needed to sit for the National Healthcareer Association Phlebotomy Certification exam and to gain employment as a phlebotomy technician.

Prerequisites: Must meet pre-admission requirements including high school diploma or GED, physical exam with proof of immunizations and/or titers required by clinical agency, ability to meet physical demands of working in a health care facility, background checks clear of prohibitive offenses, prior experience working in a health care setting or health care educational background, and a $50 non-refundable application fee. Students must have a working knowledge of medical terminology, HIPAA, and infection control, and basic computer skills.

Classes will be held 2 evenings per week starting in mid-June at the Potter County Education Council, and will continue through the end of July. Clinical will be scheduled for 1 week in August. The Certification Exam will be given when all students have completed their required sticks. Clinical will be scheduled in various hospitals and clinics within a 50-mile radius of the classroom. Students must have reliable transportation and be able to complete clinical during daytime hours. All classroom and clinical hours must be successfully completed to be eligible for certification.

Cost for this course is $1290 and includes textbook and cost of certification exam. There is no financial aid available through the College. For an application or more information, contact PA College of Technology at (570) 724-7703.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer


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Friday, June 06, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Committee to Consider $1 Hunting, Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans

The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, is set to take up two bills on Monday that would expand access to low-cost hunting and fishing licenses to veterans who are considered partially disabled.

Under current law, veterans with a total physical disability, or with the loss or loss of use of one or more limbs, are eligible for free licenses. While that program would continue, we are also considering legislation that would provide hunting and fishing licenses for just $1 each, plus issuing agent fees, to a broader category of veterans who have a partial disability, as determined by the U.S. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The committee will also consider House Bill 2230, which seeks to allow the use of certain semiautomatic rifles for the taking of coyote, fox or woodchuck.

The meeting will be held at noon on Monday, June 9, and will be streamed live at RepCauser.com.

Earlier this week, the committee met to further review a study conducted by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on the feasibility of merging the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission. Video of that meeting may be found here.
 
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Protecting Senior Citizens

 
On Tuesday, the House passed legislation to help protect senior citizens from being taken advantage of by a power of attorney.

House Bill 2007 aims to address situations where a power of attorney fails to comply with the agent’s directives listed throughout the document. The legislation would require the official notice that failure to comply could result in criminal charges, eliminating a legal loophole of ignorance.

The legislation also would allow Area Agencies on Aging the ability to seek access to confidential records of a senior through a court order, if they believe that a crime is being committed and the senior lacks the capacity to give consent.

The legislation now goes to the Senate for additional consideration.




Expanding Good Samaritan Laws to Help Protect Children

The House this week passed legislation that would apply Good Samaritan civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, also known as epi-pens, to students suffering an allergic reaction.

Although current law allows school bus drivers to administer an epi-pen to a student in need, there is a general reluctance to assist these students, as school bus drivers currently assume the legal ramifications if something were to go awry in the process.

House Bill 2049 would eliminate the reluctance, as the civil immunity is granted for those operating in good faith, adhering to district policy and who are appropriately trained.

The legislation passed the House unanimously and now goes on to the Senate for further consideration.




Remembering D-Day

Today, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings during World War II, otherwise recognized as D-Day. D-Day marked the beginning of the final push across Europe to defeat Axis forces during World War II, with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded in that battle alone. For a full history of D-Day, click here.

I wish to extend a special heartfelt thank you to the men and women who served that day, and our utmost gratitude to those who did not come home. Your legacy is not forgotten.




Fly the Flag for Flag Day


 
Next Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day – a day created to commemorate the anniversary of the congressional adoption of the first stars and stripes flag design, which took place on June 14, 1777. Did you know there is a federal code dedicated to proper display and treatment of the flag? Click here to learn more and fly your flag on Flag Day and every day (following the Flag Code guidelines of course!)



  
Congratulations to all the area high school and college graduates!
May you find much happiness and success in your future.

  


PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Universal Resources Holdings Inc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-30 to Universal Resources Holdings Inc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren county. 102.4 - Failure to minimize accelerated erosion, implement E&S plan, maintain E&S controls. Failure to stabilize site until total site restoration under OGA Sec 206(c)(d)
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Universal Resources Holdings Inc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-30 to Universal Resources Holdings Inc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren county. 102.4 - Failure to minimize accelerated erosion, implement E&S plan, maintain E&S controls. Failure to stabilize site until total site restoration under OGA Sec 206(c)(d)
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Mieka Llc in Winslow Twp, Jefferson County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-30 to Mieka Llc in Winslow Twp, Jefferson county. OGA 3259(1) - Drilling, altering or operating a well without a permit. Failure to comply with rules or regulations adopted under the 2012 Oil and Gas Act, DEP order, or a term or condition of the well permit.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Mieka Llc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-05-30 to Mieka Llc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson county. OGA 3259(1) - Drilling, altering or operating a well without a permit. Failure to comply with rules or regulations adopted under the 2012 Oil and Gas Act, DEP order, or a term or condition of the well permit.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Mieka Llc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson County

Administrative violation issued on 2014-05-30 to Mieka Llc in Henderson Twp, Jefferson county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Check Out This 4-H Day Camp Opportunity For Your Child On June 19th

4-H DAY CAMP

Is your child interested in finding out what 4-H Camp is all about but hesitant about going away for a few days? 

If so, we are offering a one-day day camp opportunity on Thursday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Flying Dove Ranch in Ridgway during our regular 4-H Camp. 

Day campers will participate in four workshops, group games, swimming, canoeing, traditional camp activities and join the other campers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is an opportunity to get a taste of camp without committing to the overnight stay. 

This day camp is open to all youth ages 7 – 9 in Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties. 

For registration information, call the Potter County Extension Office at 274-8540. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups. Nondiscrimination: http://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD85.html

VIEW FROM MY FRONT PORCH

VIEW FROM MY FRONT PORCH

By MizMonica Thomas
One of my favorite things about living in a small town is that on a summer evening you can wave at a neighbor whose riding her pink bike and she waves back with a smile, you see families out for an evening stroll and they stop and chat with you on their way by and people have eased off the gas peddle on the main streets as there is a new cop in town.

This is the last week of school for the kids. Baccalaureate is Wednesday night at 6:00 and Graduation is Friday evening at 7:30. The Senior Class is back from their senior trip to Toronto and I hear they had a wonderful time and were not detained at the border. Must be forty 18 yr. olds from Potter County was really more than the Canadian Boarder guards wanted to deal with at one time, can't say as I can blame them, to much adrenaline for me. We are glad they are home safely and the chaperones are in one piece.

I want to wish the Duesenbury's a happy 30th Anniversary, it doesn't seem possible they have been in business here that long. We are so thankful you chose Shinglehouse to run a business in and to raise your family.

The Library Summer Reading Program is still in need of cereal boxes folks, they will be using them for making guitars I understand, please check your cupboards and if it's been there longer than a month feed it to the cat and donate the box will you. At least my cat eats cereal, actually the ones on the back fence eat anything.

Congratulations Shinglehouse Junior Little League they were the big winners at Fielder Jones Park Saturday, check them out elsewhere in the paper this week.

We want to let folks know the Green family from up McCrea Brook is holding an online benifit for there little 2 month old Blazedyn. He is in Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital with meningitis. His parents Sadie Green and Brock Faulkner are traveling and staying there with him, this young couple is looking at some long term medical expenses. You can find the site at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/1pn4/prayers-for-baby-blazedyn.

Well the grass needs mowed or you won't find my porch if I don't get it done. So drop in or you can reach me at 814-697-7625, mizmonica@frontier.com or my facebook page to report information about what your organization is planning or news of the Oswayo Basin.

Boaters Urged to Check Water Conditions and Wear Life Jackets

Boaters Urged to Check Water Conditions and Wear Life Jackets

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 6) – With the summer boating season underway, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) strongly encourages boaters to check water conditions in advance and to always wear their life jackets on Pennsylvania waters.

“According to Pennsylvania’s boating accident reports, almost 80 percent of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket,” said Laurel Anders, PFBC Director of Boating and Outreach, “During late spring and early summer, boaters can expect to encounter high and cold water due to frequent rain events. These factors can be a recipe for disaster for boaters who underestimate the power of water.”

Sudden cold water immersion is one of the main reasons people drown. When a person is unexpectedly plunged into cold water below 70ºF, the body’s first response is usually an involuntary gasp. This is something no one can control and ruins the ability to swim because the person hyperventilates.

“There is a wealth of new research on cold water survival which states that wearing a life jacket significantly increases a person’s chance of survival,” Anders said. “Without a life jacket, a victim may inhale while under water and drown without coming back to the surface. This can only be prevented by wearing a life jacket at all times while on the water.”

So far this year, six people have died in recreational boating incidents, several of which occurred in high water following rain events. At least two of the victims were not wearing life jackets.

Many boaters don’t wear life jackets because they claim they can swim. However, a recent American Red Cross survey found that most Americans overestimate their swimming ability. Overall, the survey found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.

“Cold, fast waters can make treading water very difficult even for those with moderate or better swimming abilities,” said Anders. “Make a personal commitment to boating safety by always wearing your life jacket and insisting that your passengers do as well.”

Water survival safety tips include:

Always wear a life jacket, even when not required. Many models provide insulating qualities against cold air and water.
Never boat alone.
Leave a float plan and know the waters you plan to boat.
Always check the weather and real-time river forecasts for the potential of hazardous high water.
Bring a fully-charged cell phone with you in case of emergency.
If you are about to fall into the water, cover your mouth and nose with your hands. This will reduce the likelihood of inhaling water.
If possible, stay with the boat. Get back into or climb on top of the boat.

To learn more about life jacket wear and cold water survival, visit the PFBC website: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm.

I-80 Bridge repair at Limestoneville wraps up next week

I-80 Bridge repair at Limestoneville wraps up next week

– Next week, the contractor repairing the I-80 eastbound bridge at Exit 215 (Limestoneville) in Northumberland County will apply a protective coating to the repaired parapet (wall).

Weather permitting; this final work activity will be performed on Monday, which will restrict the driving lane for a short period of time.

After that, all physical work will be completed and both lanes will be open to unrestricted traffic.

Environmental crimes and insurance fraud scheme: Minuteman, Brian Bolus and others face multiple charges



Environmental crimes and insurance fraud scheme: Minuteman, Brian Bolus and others face multiple charges
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that her office's investigation into environmental crimes allegedly committed by Minuteman and its owner Brian Bolus also revealed multiple conspiracies among Bolus, his mother, two siblings, his father and his father's fiancée to commit insurance fraud, resulting in multiple charges.

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged illegal activity was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today. 

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Brian Bolus
 
Robert Bolus Sr.
 
Robert Bolus Jr.
 
Julie Bolus
 
Debra Bolus
 
Sophie Gregory
The investigation began with allegations involving Pennsylvania's environmental laws that Minuteman (Minuteman Towing Inc., Minuteman Spill Response Inc. and Minuteman Environmental Services Inc.) and Brian Bolus were unlawfully burying and dumping solid waste from well drilling operations throughout several counties. 

In addition to violating the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, the grand jury found that Brian Bolus and Minuteman overbilled every business with which they contracted by at least one hour per invoice, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Brian Bolus and Minuteman blatantly exploited hard-working employees, dozens of businesses and the environment," Attorney General Kane said. "The laws are in place to ensure that all businesses are on a level playing field. When one company cheats, all good companies and the citizens of Pennsylvania suffer as a result." 

The Office of Attorney General, investigating Minuteman's alleged environmental crimes, discovered that several members of the Bolus family were on the payroll either at Minuteman or Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services Inc., which is owned by Robert Bolus Sr.

The grand jury found that siblings Robert "Bobby" Bolus Jr. and Debra Bolus, mother Julie Bolus and Sophie Gregory, the elder Bolus's fiancée, were ghost employees and that they conspired together to be eligible for group health insurance.

As a result, the half a million dollars in claims Bobby Bolus, Debra Bolus, Julie Bolus and Sophie Gregory are accused of submitting increased health care premiums for all Minuteman and Bolus Truck Parts employees, from drivers to administrative assistants. 

Many current and former Minuteman employees testified that they believed they would have been fired if they if they did not follow Brian Bolus's demands to overbill companies and put his family members on the payroll. 
Brian Bolus reaped significant financial benefits from the crimes he is accused of committing. His assets include a $1.4 million-home in Lewisburg, a vacation home in Park City, Utah valued at $2.4 million and a company spill response truck outfitted for family occupancy.

If convicted of all 64 charges, Brian Bolus faces a maximum fine of nearly $1.4 million.

The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Deputy Attorney General Amy Carnicella of the Criminal Prosecutions Section and Senior Deputy Attorney General Robert Stewart of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the FBI for their assistance with the investigation.

Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them:
--Brian Bolus, 43, 339 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, Union County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; seven counts of unlawful conduct; seven counts of criminal conspiracy - unlawful conduct; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; three counts of corrupt organizations; one count of dealing in proceeds unlawful activity; one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of criminal conspiracy - theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of theft by deception; one count of criminal conspiracy - theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; one count of criminal conspiracy - receiving stolen property; one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices; one count of criminal conspiracy - deceptive or fraudulent business practices; one count of unlawful use of a computer and one count of criminal conspiracy - unlawful use of a computer.

--Robert Bolus Sr., 71, currently incarcerated in the Lackawanna County Prison on charges from a separate OAG insurance fraud investigation, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Robert "Bobby" Bolus Jr., 48, 8 Red Bud Drive, Bloomsburg, Columbia County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Julie Bolus, 71, 6 Pleasant View Drive, Mountain Top, Luzerne County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Debra Bolus; 50; 125 Kestrel Road; Mountain Top; Luzerne County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Sophie Gregory, 50, 4906 60th Drive E., Bradenton, Florida, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

The following businesses also are charged:
--Minuteman Environmental Services Inc., 2435 Housels Run Road, Milton, Northumberland County, is charged with seven counts of unlawful conduct; one count of corrupt organizations; one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices and one count of unlawful use of a computer.

--Minuteman Spill Response, Inc., 2435 Housels Run Road, Milton, Northumberland County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; seven counts of unlawful conduct; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; three counts of corrupt organizations; one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity; one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices and one count of unlawful use of a computer.

--Minuteman Towing Inc., 2436 Housels Run Road, Milton, Northumberland County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; seven counts of unlawful conduct; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; three counts of corrupt organizations; one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity; one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition; one count of theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices and one count of unlawful use of a computer.

--Bolus Truck Parts and Towing Services Inc., 922 Sanderson St., Throop, Lackawanna County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Key Brockway Inc., 922 Sanderson St., Throop, Lackawanna County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.

--Key Sales and Center Inc., 922 Sanderson St., Throop, Lackawanna County, is charged with 16 counts of insurance fraud; 12 counts of theft by deception; four counts of criminal conspiracy; four counts of criminal use of a communication facility; two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity.


(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

PFBC to Receive $800,000 from Power Plant Certification

PFBC to Receive $800,000
from Power Plant Certification
 
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 6) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today said that the $800,000 it will receive as a result of a water quality certification of Exelon’s Muddy Run hydroelectric plant in Lancaster County will be used specifically to remove small dams within York and Lancaster counties.
 
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on June 3 that it had issued a 401 Water Quality Certification for the continued operation of Exelon’s hydroelectric project on the Susquehanna River in Martic and Drumore townships, Lancaster County. The company must renew its operating license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the end of 2014. The DEP certification is part of the renewal application.
 
“Along with DEP, the PFBC and others have been negotiating with Exelon for several years leading up to the relicensing to ensure that fish and aquatic resources are protected,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We thank DEP for their years of hard work and leadership in developing a water quality certification which allows Exelon to continue to responsibly operate the Muddy Run facility. We also want to thank the Exelon Corporation for their cooperation in working with the resource agencies to get to this point.” 
 
“This certification and the anticipated FERC license renewal will provide protection, conservation and appropriate mitigation for American shad, American eels, and resident fish,” he added. “It also will lead to beneficial small dam removals on tributaries to the Susquehanna River and provide for water quality improvements in York and Lancaster counties.”
 
The PFBC estimates that there are several hundred dams in the two counties.
 
The agreement calls for Exelon to pay the PFBC $50,000 annually from 2014 to 2030, for a total of $800,000. Also, Exelon will pay $450,000 per year total to the Lancaster and York County conservation districts to help fund projects that will help Pennsylvania achieve commitments to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Pennsylvania is a national leader in the removal of small dams, which hurt aquatic resources by blocking fish passage and by slowing the natural flow of rivers and creeks, which in turn creates stagnant, nutrient-deficient and oxygen-poor water. Removing the dams improves water quality, restores the ecosystem and results in a more robust fishery.
 
The DEP certification also provides for a plan to protect and improve the American eel population by trapping eels below the Conowingo Dam in Maryland and transporting them upstream annually to various locations in the Susquehanna watershed. It is anticipated that 1 million juvenile eels will be moved upstream per year. The plan remains in effect from 2014 until 2030.
 
“The effort to restore eels to the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania will provide ecological benefits not only to the eels themselves and the species that prey upon them, but also the eastern elliptio freshwater mussel, whose primary host is the American eel,” said Andy Shiels, PFBC Deputy Director of Operations. “As eel numbers have declined in the Susquehanna River, so have the elliptio mussels, as they cannot reproduce successfully in the absence of eels which serve to transport the mussel larvae throughout the watershed.” 
 
Muddy Run, owned and operated by Exelon, is an existing 800 megawatt hydroelectric project located on the eastern shore of the Conowingo Pond on the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. The project has operated since 1966.

Welcoming Hunter David Brown who was born on June 3rd at Cole Memorial

It’s a Boy!
Tierra Norton and Ryan Brown from Shinglehouse, PA are pleased to announce the arrival of Hunter David Brown who was born on June 3rd at Cole Memorial. Hunter weighed 8 pounds and 8.9 ounces.  Hunter will join his brothers Ryan Jr. and Brayden along with his sister Aimee.

Maternal Grandparents: David Norton Sr. of Shinglehouse, PA; Barb Norton of Shinglehouse, PA.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Craig and Mousie Norton of Shinglehouse, PA; Doris Schoonover of Rixford, PA.

Paternal Grandparents: Sue Bean of Randolph, NY; Brad Brown of Randolph, NY.

Paternal Grandparents: Edward (Ted) and Elizabeth (Betty) Brown of Randolph, NY.

Route 15 paving operations impacting traffic; plan extra travel time

Route 15 paving operations impacting traffic; plan extra travel time

A resurfacing project along Route 15 in the vicinity of Route 54 and Elimsport Road near Montgomery is impacting traffic.

Due to current work activities at the intersection, traffic delays can be expected.

Work in the intersection is expected to be completed tomorrow (Saturday), after which traffic impacts should return to more tolerable levels.