Saturday, July 26, 2014
|Meet Mr. Bear, this was taken this past Sunday in Mansfield @ Bucktail Campground. Photo shared by Lisa Button.|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 09:01:00 PM
By SANDY RHODES
The life of a soldier is marked by being a part of something bigger than himself – his division, platoon, battalion or crew. The life of a veteran, however, can be a lot more isolating and lonely. That is where events like the Willow Creek Triathlon help – by providing funding to help local disabled.
This year’s triathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. In its ninth year, the sprint triathlon has donated more than $100,000 towards the transportation funds for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.
|A participant in last year's Willow Creek Triathlon |
is greeted by a veteran as the two exchange thank yous.
This year's triathlon will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2.
“Warren County has a population of less than 40,000, but we are No. 1 in the country for transporting veterans to appointments,” said Walt Simpson, who is this year’s guest speaker.
“We send vans to Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo.”
Simpson, who served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1960s and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in the 1980s, is currently the senior vice commander for the state’s Disabled American Veterans. He stressed what events like the triathlon mean to local veterans.
“We have four vehicles on the ground and two set to retire in the next eight months,” he said. “This funding is very important for our transportation needs. We appreciate it … without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be where we are – the most active chapter in the country.”
The Willow Creek Triathlon is made up of three events, starting with a 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park in New York State. Then, bicyclist ride 15 miles to the Corydon Hotel followed by a three-mile run to the Willows Restaurant.
A new element was added this year – a duathlon, which is comprised of just the bicycling and running components.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. Aug. 2 at Quaker Lake. A rules meeting is held at 9 a.m.; swimmers take to the lake at 9:30 a.m. Registration packets can be picked up Friday, Aug. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Bradford Family YMCA.
Registration is capped at 400 participants and can include individuals and teams. The cost is $50 for individual; $90 for a team.
One of those teams spans the ages of one family, who has already received an A for all-out effort.
Team GPA is comprised of a grandmother, Ann Gannon of Bradford, and her two grandsons, Patrick Weitekamp and Aidan Weitekamp.
Gannon, who is in the 70 and older age group, will swim. Twelve-year-old Patrick will do the bicycling event while 10-year-old Aiden will run.
Gannon said the boys’ parents, Ray and Colleen, did the triathlon last year and have competed in triathlon in several states. Their home is in Southbury, Conn.
|A young runner finishes strong during|
last year's Willow Creek Triathlon.
Earlier this summer, the boys were in a modified triathlon, “Race for Chase,” in memory of a student victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The Willow Creek Triathlon holds special meaning, too. Gannon’s husband, John, was in the 1st Cavalry Division and saw action in Japan.
“We hope for a great turnout and appreciate this opportunity to express our gratitude to the veterans,” Gannon said. And that gratitude goes both ways.
“One of the most gratifying parts of the event is seeing participants cross the finish line and are greeted by veterans,” said one committee member. “The veteran thanks the triathlete and in return, the triathlete thanks the veteran for his service. It is a great moment we all share.”
And the athletes couldn’t agree more.
“It's the best part of the finish. It's awesome,” said Marty Gregoire from Buffalo, N.Y., who competed in last year’s event and is set to return this year.
The top male and female triathletes receive the Thom Maholic Memorial Award, which is a specially made W.R. Case & Sons knife emblazoned with the year’s triathlon logo. The award is given in memory of Maholic who lost his life in 2006 in Afghanistan.
Other winners receive a wooden medallion fashioned after the triathlon logo, which is updated each year. In addition to age categories, medallions are also given to top individuals and teams in the Clydesdale and Athena Divisions. The weight requirements for these divisions are 200 lbs. for men and 150 lbs for women.
Braveheart Awards are given to those who have endured some obstacle or hardship to compete in the event.
“There are plenty of winners in our triathlon, but no one as special as the veterans,” the committee member said. “We do this all for our veterans who have done so much for us. This is the least we can do.”
The Mobile Vet Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be on site again this year to distribute information or to help any veteran seeking it.
As is the case with many Bradford-based events, local companies and individuals have helped make the event as successful as it has become. This includes this year’s title sponsors – American Legion Post 108, GE – Dresser Pipeline Solutions, Just Riding Along, Zippo Manufacturing Co. and Highmark.
For more information on the event, or to register, log onto www.willowcreektriathlon.org. More information is also available on the triathlon's Facebook page.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 08:56:00 PM
Auditor General Performance Report Validates DEP’s Work Regarding Unconventional Gas Drilling Activities
DEP has already implemented many of the AG’s recommendations
HARRISBURG -- The Auditor General’s Office today released the Special Audit of DEP’s Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety or the environment with respect to unconventional gas drilling activities.
The audit report encompasses the period of January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012 and focuses largely on DEP’s management of electronic data with respect to water supply complaint investigations.
“For the past 16 months, we’ve cooperated fully with the Auditor General’s Office and we appreciate the professionalism shown by their staff,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “As we’ve explained to the auditors, because the report focused on the time period up until the end of 2012, most of this audit reflects how our Oil and Gas Program formerly operated, not how the program currently functions.
Throughout the audit period until the present, DEP’s Oil and Gas Program has made great strides improving the effectiveness of its regulatory efforts and its transparency to the public. Also, it’s important to recognize that Act 13 of 2012, the first significant amendment to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas laws in over 30 years, was enacted during the audit period, introducing sweeping changes to DEP’s regulatory authority over the unconventional natural gas industry.
“We’re not surprised by the results of this audit; we’ve volunteered to have our Oil and Gas program audited numerous times in the past by a nonprofit, multi-stakeholder organization called State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER),” Abruzzo said. “The most recent STRONGER audit was in March of 2013, and they found our program to be proficient and ready to address the increase of oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania, specifically praising our hydraulic fracturing and well construction regulations that are designed to protect fresh groundwater.”
“We also agree with many of the helpful recommendations in the Auditor General’s report. In fact, thanks to the leadership of Governor Corbett, the emphasis he puts on protecting the environment, and the increased protections in Act 13, many of these recommendations have already been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented,” Abruzzo said.
Findings that DEP disagrees with include that “DEP did not routinely and consistently issue orders requiring oil and gas operators to restore or replace adversely impacted water supplies as required by law.” In these instances, orders were not necessary. The operators in those instances had already remediated the affected water supplies without an order.
“DEP’s goals are to determine if oil and gas activities contaminated a water supply and to ensure restoration of that water supply if it is warranted,” Abruzzo said. “If an operator voluntarily replaces or restores an impacted water supply prior to DEP’s determination, negating the need for an order, our goals are still achieved.”
Further, several of the 15 cases highlighted by the Auditor General were not related to unconventional drilling activities and while some of the cases are still pending, the operators in question have been fined more than $848,000 to date.
Also, DEP does not agree with the Auditor General’s finding that “DEP utilizes an ineffective complaint tracking system that does not provide management with timely and accurate complaint information related to oil and gas activities.”
DEP’s Complaint Tracking System (CTS) is an internal case management tool developed for and utilized by the entire Department, rather than just the Oil and Gas Program. However, with the recent expansion of unconventional oil and gas activities, DEP realized that CTS lacked some functionality with respect to tracking data specific to the Oil and Gas Program. Due to this, DEP’s Bureau of Information Technology made numerous adjustments to CTS in July 2011 and July 2012 to allow for more precise tracking of information related to water supply complaints. Consequently, many of the criticisms contained in this finding have already been addressed.
DEP does not agree with the Auditor General’s finding that “it could not provide reliable assurance that all active shale gas wells were inspected timely.” In fact, the audit staff acknowledged that they did not conduct a comprehensive review of the information necessary to make this conclusion.
DEP is committed to inspecting all unconventional gas wells during “critical stages” of the well construction process and DEP has significantly increased unconventional well site inspections over the past five years. In 2008, DEP conducted 1,262 unconventional well inspections. By 2012, the number of inspections increased to 12,680 and remained steady through 2013.
DEP concurs with many of the Auditor General’s recommendations regarding this finding – many of which are currently being implemented, including some enacted through Act 13.
Also, in June, a fee increase on unconventional well permits went into effect, which is projected to result in additional annual revenue of approximately $4.7 million, supporting new information technology projects related to oil and gas, including streamlining electronic review, mobile digital inspections, upgrades to reporting systems and modernization of forms and databases. The new revenue will also be used to hire additional Office of Oil and Gas Management staff for inspections, policy and program writing, and permitting.
For a full finding by finding response to the Auditor General’s report visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the DEP Audit Response button.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 07:33:00 PM
Audit faults DEP response to gas drilling water complaints
By Marie Cusick
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection failed to adequately track and respond to public complaints about water quality related to natural gas development, according to a report released today by the state Auditor General’s Office.
Auditors found the department lacking in eight key areas — citing it for sloppy record-keeping, lax oversight of drilling waste and gas well inspections, and poor communication with people who complained gas drilling contaminated their water. In some cases, auditors say it took months or even years for the DEP to log complaints into its internal tracking system.
The report covers DEP operations in the first few years of the gas boom — from January 2009 through December 2012. It’s the result of a campaign pledge by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat and former DEP staffer, who vowed to look into how the department handles water complaints related to gas drilling.
“DEP is underfunded, understaffed and inconsistent in how it approaches shale gas development,” DePasquale said at a press conference, “It’s like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20 foot garden hose.”
The DEP disputes all of the audit’s eight findings, but does agree with most of the report’s 29 recommendations for improvement. In a lengthy response, the agency says the audit findings are outdated because it has improved and updated many of its procedures.
“Most of this audit reflects how our Oil and Gas program formerly operated, not how the program currently functions,” said DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo in a statement. ”We also agree with many of the helpful recommendations in the Auditor General’s report.”
As to the accuracy of its record-keeping, the DEP says auditors tried to use its electronic databases to ask questions they were never designed to answer and in some cases the auditing staff failed to understand how those databases work.
The auditors disagree and say early on in the process, the agency blocked access to records and in some cases took months to provide basic data-sets.
Environmental groups praised the audit and say the DEP needs more funding.
“When our citizens have greater access to information about kennel inspections and restaurant inspections than they do natural gas well inspections, we have a problem.” said John Norbeck, Vice President of PennFuture.
Former DEP Secretary John Hanger, who served in the Rendell administration and ran the department during part of the time period under audit, says he has no quarrel with DePasquale’s findings and recommendations, but he’d like to see more changes– including a 50 percent staff increase in DEP’s oil and gas bureau, stronger regulations, and an independent office to handle public complaints related to the gas industry.
“Quite a lot of the audit findings have to do with handling the complaints,” he says. “You’re not going to fix those problems without creating a new office.”
Hanger’s successor, former DEP Secretary Mike Krancer, who served in the Corbett administration, took a number of issues with the audit on his blog– including questioning whether the report correctly examined issues actually related to natural gas development.
“The report is a shot at the dedication and efficaciousness of hard working DEP personnel, especially inspectors,” Krancer wrote.
The gas industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says its member companies are willing to pay higher well permit fees so DEP can hire more inspectors.
“It’s clear that Pennsylvania’s regulatory regime is effectively meeting its objectives of protecting our environment and making certain that shale’s broad benefits are fully realized,” said MSC spokesman Patrick Creighton in an email.
Patrick Henderson, who serves as Governor Corbett’s Energy Secretary, says the DEP has been a national leader in regulating shale gas, and believes DePasquale’s findings raise questions about whether the audit was politically motivated.
“The Auditor General went to great pains to say he’s not maligning the work ethic, character, and integrity of the employees of DEP, yet in his findings I don’t see anything that reflects positively on the work they’re doing,” Henderson said.
For the first time today, the DEP released its accounting of how many water supplies in the state have been adversely impacted by oil and gas operations– a total of 209 since the end of 2007.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 07:25:00 PM
|Susan M. Moate|
She was born February 20, 1947 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Albert and Betty Wishman Moate.
Ms. Moate graduated from Cameron County High School. She raised four children and was a homemaker most of her life.
Son: Cliff Morton, Myrtle Beach, SC
Daughter: Pieczynski and her husband Ed, Emporium
Son: Duane Morton, Emporium
Daughter: Rhonda Peters and her husband Jim, Bradford
Sister: Barbara, Mrs. Ralph McKimm, Sr., Emporium
Brother: Jerry Moate, Emporium
Sister: Virginia "Peachy", Mrs. George Singer, Newton, NC
Sister: Tina, Mrs. Rick Mix, Weedville
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Albert and Betty Wishman Moate
Brother: Tommy Moate
Private Service Mix Run Cemetery, Driftwood, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-8 PM.
Burial will be in the Mix Run Cemetery, Driftwood, PA
Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 06:44:00 PM
|Ernest N. MATTESON|
Born June 4, 1923, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Mart and Helen Pelchy Matteson.
A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre.
In 1949, in Scio, NY, he married the former Helen Higgins, who survives.
He worked for various construction contractors and was last employed by Ford and Peckham in Andover, NY for 20 years.
Mr. Matteson was a member of American Legion Potter Post Post #192 in Coudersport.
Surviving besides his wife, Helen, are: six children, David (Carol) Matteson of Andrews Settlement, Elaine Shelley of Dover, DE, Brenda (Floyd Geiger) Harmon of Andrews Settlement, Donna (Doug) Crum of Roulette, Kevin (Kathy) Matteson of Stanley, VA, and Tim (Luann) Matteson of Andrews Settlement; 16 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Marion (Mary) Matteson of Wellsville, NY; and three sisters, Iva Austin of Coudersport, Agnes Currier and Phyllis Denhoff, both of Wellsville, NY.
He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Robert Shelley; two brothers, Orville Matteson and Alva Matteson; and a sister, Mildred Watson.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners, Hebron Township, PA. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 06:08:00 PM
Man accused of stealing $330,000
Free Press Courier
After breaking into a Middlebury Township man's home twice in October, state police say Thomas James Ray, 51, Tioga, met with an undercover officer this month and planned to burglarize the same home.
On Oct. 25, 2013, a Middlebury Township man reported a burglary had occurred at his home between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15, 2013. The burglar allegedly stole $30,000 in cash, an unknown quantity in stock shares and a $400 one-carat diamond ring. Police say Ray admitted to the crime. Ray is charged with one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property; and three counts of theft in this case. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 5 before Wellsboro Magisterial District Judge Rob Repard.
On Oct. 28, 2013, the same victim reported a burglary in his garage. Police say Ray worked with a 26-year-old man to commit this crime and they removed a safe with $300,000 inside from the victim's car. Read more....
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 01:14:00 PM
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 12:24:00 PM
Bernie L. Bliss, 53, of McIntosh, South Dakota passed away on Wednesday July 23 at Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD
Bernie L. Bliss was born on April 26, 1961 in Corning, NY, he was a son of the late Bernard Bliss and Mildred V. (Cornelius) Bliss.
He is survived by one daughter: Susan M. (Jan) Widnikiewicz of Galeton, PA; three sons: Bernie J. Bliss of Galeton, PA, Justin A. Button of Galeton, PA, Gregory Bliss of McIntosh, SD; twelve grandchildren; three sisters: Sharon Hanson of Bradford, PA, Tina M. Krouse of Bradford, PA, Midge Brewer of Tennessee; three brothers, Ronald T. Bliss of Bradford, PA, Daniel Bliss of Bradford, PA, James L. Bliss of North Bingham, PA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by two brothers, Gary Bliss and Guy C. Bliss.
There will be a memorial service to announced at a later date.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 11:35:00 AM
GAS ODOR-OUTSIDE-UNK SOURCE
Address: 621 E ALLEGANY AVE
Cross Streets: E 2ND ST * ROUTE 120
Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
7/26/2014 11:09:12 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 11:12:00 AM
August 1st is the last day for your church choir to register online for the 2014 Festival of choirs USA
2014 Festival of Choirs USA
The date and schedule for this year’s Festival is August 16th from noon until 7:00pm. The Festival is located at 807 Skinner Creek road, Port Allegany, Pa. 16743
August 1st is the last day for your church choir to register online for the 2014 Festival of choirs USA. Please go to www.festivalofchoirsusa.com to visit our website and to register a church choir online. If your church has any questions please email or call me.
This is going to be another exciting year at the Festival. A full schedule after the registration cut off will be published for you to look at on the same website listed above.
We will be having groups like Simple Faith, C.R.O.W.N and others this year also.
There will be lots of refreshments to choose from of all kinds.
Be Blessed and I am looking forward to seeing you all there.
Jerry J. Goochee
807 Skinner Creek Road
Port Allegany, Pa 16743
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PSA Healthcare Seeking CNA's, LPN's and RN's In McKean, Potter, Warren, Elk,Cameron & Tioga Counties
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The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.
The 62nd annual Woodsmen's Show will be held on Friday, August 1st, Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Cherry Springs State Park.
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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Processed Breaded Chicken Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert because VU Foods, LLC, a Kansas City, Mo., establishment, refused to issue a recall of breaded chicken products for which there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption. The products were considered for recall because they were produced without inspection.
Massachusetts Firm Recalls Raw Boneless Turkey Breasts Due To Misbranding and Undeclared AllergenPuritan Foods Co., Inc., a Boston, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,476 pounds of raw boneless turkey breasts due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/26/2014 12:01:00 AM
Friday, July 25, 2014
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 11:10:00 PM
Don't Grow Old
I have often wonder why so many people in the US have such compassion for
all the these people who break the law coming into the States.
The government gives them food, shelter, finds them homes around the country
using tax payers dollars. Social group say “save the children”, help them
because they need saving from, WHAT ?
I'm a taxpayer, I worked all my life to hopefully retire in a small place with kind
folks who take care of one another. As you grow older and look at was has been,
you see many things that should be righted.
US citizens need you help, the poor working class, Our Military, retired and the
disabled. These are OUR people and they can not get anything from the government.
Most fall through the “cracks” in the system and are left to fend for themselves.
The elderly, poor and disabled can't even get help to have there groceries delivered.
If you are disabled try to get into a government building in the borough of
Coudersport. The JP's even have no handicap entrance.
Were is the outcry for the real US citizens born and raised in this country.
Some may feel I'm wrong, but those are the one's I would like to see in
a wheelchair, trying reach something from a high shelf or open a door at a
building or try to go food shopping and push a cart while in a manual wheelchair.
Do any of the churches have help for the elderly ?
Are there any social groups that visit or check on the elderly ?
Before we plan to give our resources to others outside OUR country or open the
doors to more people with who's know what kind of disease and background to
to come into “OUR” country, think about the folks who have worked and lived
in this country all their lives and given what they could to support others.
It's about time folks look after the people who have been an active part of
the US and take care of them, rather worry about those who have no reason
to be here but to steal from us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 11:05:00 PM
STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 626 N MAPLE AVE [RIDGWAY_B]
Cross Streets: WILLARD ST * COTTAGE LN
CALLER REPORTS SMOKE IN THE RESIDENCE
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD
7/25/2014 9:57:52 PM
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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM
Address: 1250 BRUSSELLES ST
Cross Streets: FILLMORE RD * CLAY RD
POWER LINES DOWN ON ROADWAY, FEMALE INJURED
Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD; ST. MARYS AMBULANCE
7/25/2014 9:52:56 PM
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Improvements scheduled for Park and Ride off I-180 at Turbotville exit
The Park and Ride facility located off Interstate 180 at the Turbotville exit (Exit 5) in Delaware Township, Northumberland County, will be closed Aug. 4-18 so improvements can be made to it.
Contractor New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc., will expand, pave and make drainage improvements to the facility.
Due to the project, Cleveland Brothers Road, which is adjacent to the facility, will be closed Aug. 16-17.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 07:19:00 PM
Car/Hay Baler Crash on Route 417 In Town of Genesee
At 6:25 PM on Friday, Bolivar Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 417 in Town of Genesee for a 2 vehicle crash. A car and a hay baler is involved in this crash.
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STRUCTURE FIRE-RESIDENT SINGLE
Address: 132 LAFAYETTE ST
Cross Streets: WASHINGTON ST
REPORT SMOKE IN THE BASEMENT.
Agency: ELK COMPANY 1 FD; ST. MARYS AMBULANCE
7/25/2014 5:23:29 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 05:26:00 PM
There has been a "Friends of Jason Turton" account established at the Ulysses First Citizens Bank. Checks can be made out to John or Judi Turton and sent to:
First Citizens Bank
501 Main Street
Ulysses, PA 16948
This is a way to honor Jason and express our concern and love. Contributions can be made in a inconspicuous manner and the Turtons will receive the money from the fund.
Thank you so much for your contributions.
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|Jean Ann Shields|
Born December 30, 1946 in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late James Robinson and Ellen Jean (Metz) Hochstetler.
Jean Ann was a 1964 graduate of South Union High School and a 1968 Home Economics graduate of Mansfield State College. She completed her Elementary certificate at Clarion University.
On November 29, 1968 in the Falls City Baptist Church in Ohiopyle, she married James E. Shields Sr. who survives.
She began her career as a second grade teacher at the Eldred Borough Elementary School in the Otto Eldred School District. In 1970 she began teaching in the Bradford Area School District. She taught second grade at M.J. Ryan School then in 1990 went to School Street Elementary from which she retired in 2003.
Jean Ann was a 37 year member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department. She served as president, treasurer, secretary, and on the board of directors. She was an active firefighter, serving as a driver and pump operator. She was also an EMS First Responder and helped Lewis Run Borough update their Emergency Disaster Plan.
She enjoyed working on crafts, gardening and attending Red Hat events.
Surviving is her husband James E. Shields, Sr. of 45 years, two sons: James E. (Jaime) Shields, Jr. of Zionsville, IN, and Jeffrey D. (Jody) Shields of Singapore, two grandsons, James Xavier Shields and Hunter Reese Shields of Zionsville, IN, one sister Jamie Louise (Robert) Morrison of Boalsburg, one brother-in-law Gary (Edie) Shields of Rock Hall MD, one sister-in-law Mary Rose Hill of Langhorn, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jean Ann’s life on Saturday August 9, 2014. Friends will be received from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department in Lewis Run. At 1:00pm a service will be held with Rev. Robert Brest pastor of the First Free Methodist Church and Rev. Larry Corner pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials may be made to the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Dept. in care of Linda Hinaman, PO Box 42, Lewis Run, PA 16738 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 04:06:00 PM
Bureau of Forestry announces funding for rural firefighters
More than $590,000 in grants will be awarded to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced recently.
“Across Pennsylvania, 158 volunteer fire companies that serve rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common will benefit from these funds,” Ferretti said. “To appreciate the value of well-equipped and highly trained wildfire fighters, one only has to look outside Pennsylvania to the horrific fires that sometimes plague other states.”
Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the federal aid. Last year, the grant program awarded $505,000 to 130 volunteer companies in Pennsylvania.
“The readiness of these men and women is demonstrated every spring and summer when they answer assistance calls coming from other states, while also responding regularly to local woodland and brush fires,” Ferretti said. “These federal grants allow firefighters from smaller companies to concentrate more on public safety and training while easing their fiscal constraints.”
Grant recipients were named following review of fire company applications meeting a May 2014 deadline. Grants and other assistance are provided through DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service through the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978.
The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection.
In reviewing applications, the bureau places priority on applications seeking funds for projects that included purchasing wildfire-suppression equipment and protective clothing.
Grants also were awarded for mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire fighting training, and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles the bureau receives and uses for fire suppression.
Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures. The maximum grant awarded was $7,500.
Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds. The bureau will begin accepting 2015 applications next spring.
Grant information can be obtained from the Bureau of Forestry Division of Forest Fire Protection in Harrisburg. Call 717-787-2925 or visit here.
Note: The following grants were awarded to Departments in area counties:
Clearfield: BJW Volunteer Fire Co., Woodland, $4,085; Goshen Volunteer Fire Co., Shawville, $1,530; Lawrence Township Fire Co. No. 1, Clearfield, $3,000; Morris Township Volunteer Fire Co., Morrisdale,$7,500;
Elk: Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department, Wilcox, $850;
McKean: Corydon Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford, $1,780; Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane, $1,500; Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run, $600;
Tioga: Mansfield Hose Co., Mansfield, $2,200;
There were no grants awarded in Cameron or Potter Counties.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 03:52:00 PM
BRADFORD, Pa. – Sue Gleason has been named the new director of the Academic Advising Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
The center’s staff work with students who have yet to declare a major or who are interested in changing majors by helping them understand degree requirements and academic policies and procedures.
In her role as director, Gleason works with new faculty as well to provide them with advising training, assists with various aspects of student orientations and works closely with all faculty.
She also is responsible for the Early Intervention Program and monitoring student progress. In the classroom, she teaches one section each year of Freshman Seminar and several management courses within the Division of Management and Education.
Previously, Gleason served as the academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, an assistant director of financial aid and administrative assistant for the Admissions Office and Office of Financial Aid.
She holds a Master of Education degree in administration and leadership from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management at Pitt-Bradford. She and her husband, Greg, live in Bradford with their combined six children.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 03:37:00 PM
Fire Rescue & EMS Responding To ATV Accident
At 2:40 PM on Friday, EMS and Fire Rescue dispatched to an ATV accident with serious injury on a trail near the Brookland Club on Telescope Road in Ulysses Township. A Medical Helicopter has been dispatched. Ulysses dispatched for an ATV for a land rescue. Medic 6 en route.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 02:47:00 PM
GAME COMMISSION WELCOMES NEW DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Conservation career path has led Bryan J. Burhans back to Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new deputy executive director of administration.
Bryan J. Burhans, a native Pennsylvanian with 25 years experience working in conservation, stepped into his new role this week.
As deputy executive director of administration, Burhans assists in planning, directing, executing and coordinating all activities of Pennsylvania’s wildlife-management program, and directly supervises Game Commission bureau directors and other staff.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said he’s pleased to have Burhans working next to him.
“Bryan has spent a career in conservation, and he brings to the Game Commission not only a wealth of knowledge and experience, but genuine enthusiasm to work for the benefit of Pennsylvania’s wildlife, and its hunters and trappers,” Hough said. “I couldn’t be happier to have him aboard. He’s a great fit and I’m certain he’ll do an outstanding job.”
Burhans called himself “a Pennsylvania boy, born and raised” who grew up hunting and trapping in the fields and woodlots of Montgomery County.
A Penn State University graduate, Burhans went on to attain a master’s in wildlife and fisheries biology and has worked for conservation organizations in several states. He spent more than a decade as part of the national executive staff of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Prior to that, he worked as a biologist for the Virginia Department of Inland Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Most recently, he worked in North Carolina as president and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation.
Taking time from a busy first week at the Game Commission, Burhans said he’s grateful his career path has led him, wife Lisa and son Nolan back to Pennsylvania.
Burhans grew up making trips to hunting camp in Bald Eagle State Forest and said nowhere in his travels has he encountered anything like Pennsylvania’s remarkable hunting and trapping culture.
“You can’t have conservation without hunters, and I can’t tell you how privileged I feel to be back in Pennsylvania, working for what I consider to be the finest conservation organization in the country,” Burhans said. “Pennsylvania’s hunting culture is an absolute treasure, and I’m excited to be working with Pennsylvania’s hunters and trappers to support the conservation effort of all of Pennsylvania’s wild birds and mammals.”
Burhans is one of two deputy executive directors working for the Game Commission. Richard R. Palmer is the deputy executive director for field operations, a position he has held since early June.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 02:34:00 PM
Paving on Third Street in Williamsport begins Sunday night
Motorists in Williamsport are advised that a paving project on Third Street between William Street and Basin Street in Williamsport will begin Sunday night, July 27.
Contractor HRI, Inc., will work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day from Sunday night to Friday morning. Work includes base repairs, milling, paving and pavement markings.
A detour will be in place during work hours using Via Bella Street for eastbound traffic and Fourth Street of westbound traffic. Third Street will be open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the work week and from 6 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Sunday, with possible single lane closures.
Flaggers will direct traffic when work is being performed at the intersection of Third Street and Market Street.
Work is expected to be completed on the morning of Wednesday, August 13, prior to the Little League Grand Slam Parade.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 01:54:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 01:50:00 PM
Address: 31 N BROAD ST RIDGWAY_BORO
Cross Streets: MAIN ST * RACE ST
Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
7/25/2014 1:27:12 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 01:29:00 PM
Trooper Patterson worked out of the Coudersport Barracks from 1994 to 2000 when he transferred to Venango County. The trooper's family formerly lived in Galeton and now resides in Titusville, PA.
In October of 2005 the Patterson's faced another devastating event. Julie's son Tyler was struck by an oncoming vehicle while riding an ATV to go visit his father's grave. Tyler fought for his life in Pittsburgh Children Hospital for several weeks. Tyler eventually grew stronger, but lost his left leg as a result of the accident.
The family continued to live life to the fullest; however, in October of 2011 Julie was diagnosed with Leukemia. Since her diagnosis Julie has undergone several treatments. The family has stuck together and has been surrounded by amazing friends who help as much as they can to ease the burden.
Julie is faced with more treatment. This page has been created in efforts to help alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with the treatments. Please help me help this family who has already been to hell and back.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 01:21:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 12:37:00 PM
I-180 resurfacing project continues next week
A $16.1 million resurfacing project along a five-mile stretch of Interstate 180 will continue the week of July 28.
Prime contractor New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. will reopen one lane of I-180 westbound between Exit 5 (Turbotville) in Northumberland County and Exit 10 (Muncy – Main Street) in Lycoming County. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in both westbound and eastbound directions using channelizing devices until the next phase of the project is implemented.
The contractor and subcontractors will remove and reset barrier, complete drainage at the Park-and-Ride on Route 54, remove and repaint lines, install guiderail and signs.
The next phase of the project involves milling and resurfacing the eastbound lanes of the highway. Acceleration lanes at the Turbotville interchange and the Muncy interchange will be lengthened to meet current design standards. Work to preserve bridges within the limits of the project also will be performed. During that phase of the project, all traffic will shift to the westbound lanes, with barrier separating the two-way traffic.
The project will also include milling, bituminous overlay, drainage improvements, guiderail replacement, Park-and-Ride lot expansion and improvements, right-of-way fence replacement, removal of the existing Bloomsburg/Bellefonte sign structure over the eastbound lanes near the I-80 interchange, and replacement of the existing highway lighting at the Muncy – Main Street interchange.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 12:29:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 12:29:00 PM
In 2008 when we started the program we honestly never thought that it would continue to grow as much as it has. When the program started we were distributing in 3 towns and have now grown to 6 different counties including Cameron, McKean, Tioga, Lycoming, Bradford and Potter and well over 40 different towns. As the need continues to grow our organization will as well.
At this time our main objective is to raise money to be able to purchase backpacks for the 2014 distribution year. Due to the cost we have minimal backpacks donated. We work closely with a wholesaler that offers us free shipping due to the size of our orders. We continue to look for the best pricing available to help make our funds go farther each year. Our order for backpack’s this year consisted of 1,020 backpacks for a total cost of over $7,300 which has pretty much depleted our backup funds. We are hoping to bring in additional funds by continuing to do our fundraisers including the 12 Days of Christmas Raffle beginning in October.
Please remember that we are a 501©3 organization which means that any donation made to the To Fill A Backpack program is deductible on your following years taxes. We will gladly issue a receipt for any donation made.
We are headed in to this collection year full bore in hopes of expanding even farther. We are still working on the Kane and Mt. Jewett areas.
Our current drop off locations are Perry’s Store – Austin, Coudersport Public Library & KOS, Inc. – Coudersport, Main Street Fitness – Eldred, Copy Katz & Endeavor News - Emporium , Galeton Public Library – Galeton, Genesee Township Office - Genesee, PA, Creative Cuts, Gold Mountain, Knoxville Post Office & Prime PC – Knoxville, HMAC & Northwest Bank – Lawrenceville, First Citizens Community Bank
Main Branch & First Citizens Community Bank Walmart Branch – Mansfield, First Citizens Community Bank – Millerton, Everyday Happy-nings - Port Allegany, Roulette Township Office & Drabee’s Mini Mart -
Roulette, Ed’s Service & Oswayo Valley Senior Ctr – Shinglehouse, HMAC & Pudgies – Wellsboro, Northern Tier Solid Waste - Troy
If anyone would like to make a monetary donation they can send a check, money order or cash to To Fill A Backpack - Attn: Donations - 81 Burleson Avenue - Roulette, PA 16746. You can also make a donation with a credit card by going to www.tofillabackpack.org and click on the "Make A Donation By Credit Card" at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to a secure server where you can process your donation.
Andrew L. Kulp, Jr., President
To Fill A Backpack
81 Burleson Avenue
Roulette, PA 16746
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|Photos by Jessica Caskey|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 11:36:00 AM
I-80 Resurfacing in Union County continues next week
Work on a $1.4 million resurfacing project on Interstate 80 eastbound in Union County will continue next week.
The project includes patching deteriorated shoulders, milling and paving both lanes from the Clinton County line to the Mile Run Exit (Exit 199).
Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., will open the eastbound passing lane at about noon today and traffic will be unrestricted in both lanes until about 7 a.m. Monday, July 28, when milling and paving work will shift to the driving lane.
Lane closures will be in effect from Monday morning until noon on Friday only.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for slow moving traffic, proceed carefully through the work zone, and most importantly, watch for workers in the construction zone.
The mainline paving is expected to be completed in early August. All other work should be completed by late August.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 11:15:00 AM
Potter County Farmers' Market continues to grow with new vendors joining weekly.
The market is open today 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. on the corner of North East and East Second Streets in downtown Coudersport. Parking is available on North East Street.
Following are the vendors planning to participate this week:
Fitzgeralds Family Farm: Maple products and jams, jellies and preserves, honey, cucumbers and summer squash.
Miles Farm Produce: Salad greens, spinach, onions, garlic braids, peppers, raspberries, blueberries and currants.
Card Creek Trading Post: Artisan breads, biscotti, scones and baked goods, eggs, plus some produce and other surprises.
Alpaca Creations: All things alpaca! Hand-knit scarves, convertible and fingerless mittens, insoles, shawls, socks, hats, hand spun and hand dyed yarns by Teresa Genaux, Juried Artisan on the Pa Wilds Artisan Trail. Red Maple Sportswear Dealer.
New Horizons Creamery: Ice cream, yogurt, cheese.
Metzger Heritage Organic Farm: Organic heirloom tomatoes; red, yellow and black cherry tomatoes; hot and sweet peppers, red and green leafy head lettuce, shallots, beet greens, heirloom zucchini.
Other vendors may also be participating in the market this week.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 11:03:00 AM
It’s a Boy!
Kristen (Main) and Keith Summerson of Emporium, PA are pleased to announce the arrival of Jack James Summerson who was born on July 22nd at Cole Memorial. Jack weighed 8 pounds and 15.5 ounces. He joins his sister Lauren, 3.
Maternal Grandparents: Debbie and Jim Singer; Ron and Lisa Main.
Maternal Great-Grandparent: Virginia Main.
Paternal Grandparents: Steve and Marge Summerson.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 10:53:00 AM
Potter County Human Services,
Area Agency on Aging (PCAAA) is hosting the
annual Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program Picnic on Wednesday, August
13, 2014 starting at 11:00 a.m., at the pavilion at Coudersport Area
Recreation Park (CARP), off East 7th Street.
The picnic is intended to provide some much-needed rest and relaxation for
those who are caring for older relatives or friends. Caregivers can spend a
couple of hours just being outside, eating a summer meal and talking with
other caregivers and PCAAA staff members. A picnic lunch will be provided.
Information will be available about assistive devices and technology.
Events like these help to provide respite from a job that can be very
time-consuming and energy-draining. Spending time with others with similar
concerns tends to make people realize they are not alone in their role as
caregivers. Caregivers can come on their own, or bring the person for whom
they provide care. (Care receivers also enjoy this time out, if they are
The picnic is free of charge for persons caring for older adults, as well as
the older adult requiring care. In order to have sufficient food,
reservations need to be called in to Rhoda or Donna at the Potter County
Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-800-2560 or 544-7315 no later than August 6,
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 10:24:00 AM
Fire Alarm At Lakeview Senior Care Is False Alarm
At 10:12 AM on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. & Ambulance 16 were dispatched to Lakeview Senior Care for an automatic fire alarm. Response was cancelled within minutes and declared a false alarm.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 10:17:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 7/25/2014 10:04:00 AM
After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush.
Mr. Greenwood went up against a company called Dominion Energy, which had drilled and fracked a shallow well on his small cattle ranch property under a lease signed by a prior owner in 1921.
In January, 2008, Mr. Greenwood had reported to state officials that his water supplies had turned brown and the water tasted salty. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection subsequently found that the company, whose gas well was drilled 400 feet from the Greenwoods' water well in 2007, had impacted the Greenwoods' water. State officials ordered Dominion to temporarily supply the family with drinking water.
Mr. Greenwood's death was mourned by environmentalists around the world. In London, for example, attendees at a fracking education event recorded video messages for the Greenwood family and raised over $500 for Terry's survivors.
“Terry Greenwood was one of the most compelling people you could ever listen to,” Read more....
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