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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Causer Supports Responsible Budget

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today cast his vote in favor of a $30.18 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
                    
                     “This is a responsible budget that includes no new taxes and keeps spending in check while funding the core functions of government,” Causer said. “This is the kind of budget Pennsylvanians need…one that will allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money rather than sending billions more of it to Harrisburg through increased sales and income taxes, as the governor had proposed.”

View additional comments from Rep. Causer here:

The budget once again prioritizes funding for public education, providing $100 million more for basic education funding, $20 million more for special education and $30 million more for the Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs. Funding for higher education is increased as well, including $2.5 million for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, an increase of more than 8.7 percent over the current year.

Causer also noted funding to support rural health care, with nearly $5.7 million designated for the state’s critical access hospitals.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer said he is also pleased to see a restoration of funds for key programs such as hardwoods research and promotion, agricultural research and more.

House Bill 1192 now goes to the Senate for consideration, and lawmakers intend to have the budget on the governor’s desk before the June 30 deadline. However, the first-term governor has indicated he may veto all or part of the plan.

“I hope the governor takes a closer look at our budget and considers the weight of the tax burden our residents already carry,” Causer said. “Not one member of the General Assembly voted to support his tax plan when it was brought up for a vote earlier this month. Nearly $5 billion in new spending in just one year is not responsible budgeting, and it’s not in the best interest of Pennsylvanians.”

Apple’s “Keychain” app has a few vulnerabilities

Apple’s “Keychain” app that is designed to store your passwords and keep them safe has a few vulnerabilities that could threaten the security of those passwords.  Additionally, hackers can disguise malware as “trusted” programs (like Apple Mail) which would fool the system into believing that the malware is safe software by using a “Unique ID” code.  All of this was discovered by a research team at Indiana University.  What’s worse is that the research team has been speaking with Apple, but it seems that Apple didn’t take the security risks serious enough.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/18/technology/apple-keychain-passwords/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork

 
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Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol
Wait…How Much Money Goes to Philadelphia?
 
As we get closer to the end of June, my colleagues and I in the House are continuing our work to develop the 2015-16 spending plan for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. I am committed to a responsible state budget that funds our needs, and spends within our means.

Education spending remains a top priority, but I believe any budget needs to distribute funding fairly across the Commonwealth. While Gov. Tom Wolf has touted that his plan would provide more than $500 million in new funding to the state’s school districts, nearly 32 percent of those NEW funds – generated in part by higher sales and income taxes on all of us – would go to the Philadelphia School District. The second highest distribution of those new funds – only 3 percent – would go to the Pittsburgh School District.

Meanwhile, our school districts here will see anywhere from 0.01 percent to 0.15 percent of the governor’s proposed new education funding.

I cannot support a proposal that distributes $500 million new dollars in such a lopsided fashion. Fortunately, many lawmakers agree and House and Senate Republicans are working on a more reasonable budget that may come up for a vote as early as Saturday afternoon.  Stay tuned for updates.

House OKs Snowmobile-ATV Funding Bill
The state House this week approved my legislation to bring fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 970 would direct the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV management and snowmobile management accounts to ensure a proportionate distribution of those funds.

Currently, the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio. People paying registration fees for their ATVs expect those funds to be used to maintain and develop trails for their use. Separating the accounts will help to ensure that is happening.

Fish for Free Next Weekend!
 
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host its second Fish for Free Day on Saturday, July 4. On this day, anyone (resident or non-resident) may legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations will still apply. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors.  Find more information here.

Andover Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 21 Near Rt. 417

At 5:40 PM on Saturday, Andover has been dispatched to a pickup truck crashed into a pole on Rt. 21 near the intersection with Route 417. Two people are reported injured.

Thomas Leo Irons, 76, formerly of Bradford, PA

Thomas Leo Irons
Thomas Leo Irons, 76, formerly of Bradford, PA, passed away, June 27, 2015 at the Bradford Manor.

Born July 18, 1938 in Olean, NY, he was the son of the late William Ellis and Katherine (Fitzgerald) Irons.

On September 18, 1976 in Bemus Point he married Barbara (Pfurtscheller) Irons who survives.

Tom was a 1956 graduate of Otto High School. In the summer of 1956, Tom signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians and played for their minor league team in Parma, Ohio.
US Army Vet

On November 2, 1961 he enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. He was honorably discharged on November 1, 1963.

He worked for Kendall Refining Company and later American Refinery Group (ARG) until his retirement in 2004 as a Supervisor with over 46 years of Service.

During his time in the Army, Tom developed his skills as a fast pitch softball pitcher. After returning to the Bradford area, he began to play in several leagues, honing his craft and quickly became a local legend for his pitching prowess. The “Ironman” was a local fixture at Marcus Park in Olean, NY and many other softball communities in the area during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He won countless awards, set numerous records and was part of several league championship and travel team championships – including finishing 4th in the nation during the 1977 ASA National Championship in Nashville, TN where Tom beat the eventual champion team Little Creek. Tom officially retired from Softball in 1988 and was rewarded for his efforts by being inducted into the Western NY Softball HOF.

Surviving in addition to his wife Barbara of 38 years are two sons, William Thomas (Jamie) Irons of Allegany, NY, and Joseph Peter (Julie) Irons of Lakewood, NY, five sisters: Mary Lou (George) Gigliotti of Bradford, Ruth Boyle of Duke Center; Wanda Livak of Salamanca, Peg Irons of Atlanta, GA, Beth (Robert) Kaczmarek of Duke Center, two brothers: Francis Fitzgerald of Sheffield, and James (Mary Lou) Irons of Eldred, five grandchildren: Quinn Ashlynn Irons, Nolan Thomas Irons, Jack Thomas Irons, Leo Robert Irons, Aubrey Ann Irons and countless nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, William Irons, Rex Irons, Gordon Irons, and Gilbert Irons.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., immediately following the visitation, family and friends of the “Ironman” are invited to continue to celebrate his life at the Village Green in Olean. Friends will again be received on Wednesday from 10:00am to 11:00am at the funeral home, where funeral and committal services will be held with Father Stephen Collins, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State Street Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501

Gayle E. Faller, 80, of 51 Cole Ave., Bradford, PA

Gayle E. Faller, 80, a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and sister, of 51 Cole Ave., Bradford, PA, passed away, Friday, June 26, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born November 28, 1934 in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth O'Dell and Elaine Carlanl. She was a 1951 graduate of Bradford High School.

Mrs. Faller worked at Dresser Manufacturing and later for 28 years as a Desk Clerk at the DeSoto Motel for the Rink Brothers.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Newhouse, and Kim (Matt) DeGolier, three sons Rick Buchanan, Dave (Vicky) Faller, all of Bradford, and Chuck (Kristina) Faller, of Rochester NY, three sisters, Joanne McLaughlin, Donna (Blake) Nuzzo, and Susan (Darcy) Carletta, all of Bradford, one brother, Kenneth "Chuck" O'Dell, of Gifford, 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday June 29, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., Bradford, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday with Deacon Eric Kessell officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Lung Association of NWPA 352 West 8th St. Erie, PA 16502.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Portville FD Takes First Place In Engine Division At Shinglehouse Parade

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PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-06-22 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site SHUGHART 534 1H in Richmond Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Permit Violation Issued to Allegheny Enterprises Inc in Bingham Twp, Potter County

PA Permit Violation Issued to Allegheny Enterprises Inc in Bingham Twp, Potter County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-06-24 to Allegheny Enterprises Inc in Bingham Twp, Potter county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Fireworks in Shinglehouse have been cancelled

Fireworks in Shinglehouse have been cancelled and rescheduled for July 10 at 10:00 pm.

Immediate need - Located in Austin - In home Health Care Workers

Positions have been filled. - Kim

Lost Cat in Shinglehouse

Chee Chee got out Friday and hasn't been seen since.


Chee Chee has just been found! Thank you all for your kind thoughts and efforts! One young boy will sleep well tonight (and so will his parents)

8th Annual Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Dept. Summer Fun Fest To Go On As Scheduled Despite Weather Forecast


The fireworks for tonight have been cancelled. They will be July 10 at 10:00 pm.


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Cub Cadet Challenger 500 Only $8499. At Moon's Farm-Yard Center In Ulysses, PA


OUTSIDE FIRE-TRANSFORMERAddress: 135 E 4TH STCity: EMPORIUM

OUTSIDE FIRE-TRANSFORMER
Address: 135 E 4TH ST
City: EMPORIUM
Cross Streets: S CHESTNUT ST * S WALNUT ST

Agency: CAMERON CO 14 FD
6/27/2015 10:18:49 AM

Allegany Fire Department cancels Old Home Week events for Saturday

Due to heavy rains moving in the area tomorrow, the decision has been made to cancel our Old Home Week events for Saturday, June 27, 2015, including the grand parade, for safety reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We would like to thank our patrons who have supported us this week. We will post more details tomorrow if any arise.

Supreme Court's Ruling Favoring Gay Marriage Is Major Moment In American History

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Cutting Edge Gymnastics Camp July 6 thru July 10 / Register Now!!

Cheerleaders & Dancers Welcome 
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Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For LPN Position

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Celebration Of LIfe For Carole N. Smith, 69, of Port Allegany, PA Saturday, June 27th

Carole N. Smith
Carole N. Smith, 69, of Port Allegany, PA, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, while in the care of Vitas Hospice at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, FL. She passed peacefully after a long, courageous battle with cancer; she was surrounded by family and friends. Click for full obituary.

Family and friends are invited to a "celebration of life" for Carole, who passed earlier this year, on Saturday, June 27 from 3-?. Bring a dish to pass, Steve will be roasting a pig. It will be held at 556 E. Mill St. in Port Allegany.

Full-Time Learning Support Teacher Vacancy For 2015-2016 At Northern Potter School District In Potter County, PA

Flood Watch For Most Of Central Pennsylvania On Saturday


Police Seek Information On Seasonal Cabin Burglary On Four Mile Road


Police Identify Woman Charged With Harassment At Convenience Store Incident


Katherine Ann Brennan, 52, Wellsboro, PA

Katherine Ann Brennan
Katherine Ann Brennan

Katherine Ann Brennan was born on September 6, 1962 and became an angel on Thursday, June 25, 2015. 

She is the loving mother of Max, Ian and Maggie, wife of nearly 26 years to Adam and daughter of Max and Judy Nagel of Valparaiso, Indiana. Sister to Suzie Nagel-Bennett of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Aunt to 11 nephews , 9 nieces, 5 great nephews and 13 great nieces. 

She is survived by all these, as well as five brothers in law Mike, Mark, Jon, Stephen and Kevin), two sisters in law (Lori and Terri) and her mother-in-law (Darlene). 

A gifted musician, Katie was a music teacher in Wellsboro, PA for the past 20 years, working for Hamilton Gibson Productions as a choir director, Trinity Lutheran Church as an elementary music teacher and as organist and cantor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. 

Prior to her time in Pennsylvania, Katie taught at Kankakee Valley High School in Wheatfield, Indiana and Liberty Schools in Illinois. She touched countless lives through her teaching and music and brought joy and love to all she encountered. 

She earned an undergraduate degree in music education from Valparaiso University and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. 

Scholarships will be established in her memory and name at Trinity Lutheran School and Hamilton Gibson Productions, both in Wellsboro, PA. Donations to these funds will be gladly accepted and will provide assistance to children and young adults in two areas that Katie believed in most: Christian education and music. 

Visitation will be at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home”, 139 Main St., Wellsboro, PA, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 6-8 PM and Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 3rd at St. Peter’s Church in Wellsboro, PA., at 10:00 AM with Rev. David Bechtel and Rev. John Chmil officiating. Special music to precede the service, beginning at 9:30 AM.

Recalls

OFT Inc Recalls Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection
OFT, Inc, a Henderson, Nev., establishment, operating as Whakyung Foods, Inc., is recalling approximately 67,232 pounds of commercial-use beef leg bone extract and beef concentrate products produced in Australia and New Zealand that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

8th Annual Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Dept. Summer Fun Fest To Go On As Scheduled Despite Weather Forecast


6-27  Rock, Roll & Remember

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/OVERRIDE Address: 110 OAK ST City: JONES

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/OVERRIDE
Address: 110 OAK ST
City: JONES
Cross Streets: BUENA VISTA HWY * MARVIN ST
Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE; 
ELK COMPANY 6 FD
6/26/2015 9:46:39 PM

G2 Gymnastics Show Moved To 116 North Mill Street In Shinglehouse At 12 Noon


A short video of the tree on lines from this week.


A short video of the tree on lines from this week.
Posted by Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc on Friday, June 26, 2015

Republican Legislative Leaders Unveil Substantial Increases in Education Funding as Part of 2015-16 Budget Plan

(HARRISBURG) - Senate and House Republican leadership today unveiled the 2015-16 budget plan that adds considerable funding to education without adding to the tax burden of Pennsylvania families. The budget plan is on track to be presented to the governor before the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30.

The Senate and House Republican plan is a balanced budget that includes no new taxes or tax increases and $200 million in new money toward education. It also includes fundamental changes to the state’s pension and liquor systems. Historic majorities elected this year in the Senate and House continue to move Pennsylvania forward with their mandate for responsible spending, not massive tax increases.

“This budget reflects our continued commitment to reject excessive spending and tax hikes that could hurt our state’s economic future and our ability to compete. Instead, we are doing what working families do every day – living within our means,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

“This is an historic moment in moving Pennsylvania forward,” Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said. “We are passing a pro-jobs, fiscally responsible budget that will grow jobs while increasing funding in education, fully funding human services and corrections and moving Pennsylvanians into the 21st century for public pensions and the sale of wine and spirits.”

“We have produced a responsible budget and spending plan that is based in the economic reality of what our families can afford,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre). “We provide sizable increases in funding for education while controlling the cost of state government and allowing taxpayers to keep more of their money in their pockets. Legislative support for massive tax increases to support significant spending increases does not exist.”

“We have crafted a responsible, balanced budget which funds our schools, essential human services and keeps government operating without making life harder for our middle class and hard-working families,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said. “The budget also tackles the No. 1 cost driver in the state and school district budgets – our pension obligations. By reforming our public pension system, we are ensuring retirees and current employees receive the benefits they’ve earned while securing the system for future employees and ensuring affordability for the taxpayers.”

“This budget plan makes significant increases in all aspects of education – early childhood, special education, K-12 and higher education – without asking taxpayers to pay more,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) said. “It is a fiscally-sound and balanced proposal that spends $1.5 billion less than the governor’s request and it does so without raising taxes or further burdening employers in Pennsylvania.”

“Once the governor’s tax increases were rejected by a unanimous bipartisan vote, we rolled up our sleeves and started drafting a budget that could pass the General Assembly and still supported our state’s top priorities in education, human services, agriculture, and public safety without a tax increase,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) said. “A government that works evaluates and re-evaluates existing programs and spending to make sure all programs are achieving the intended results. This proposal is the product of hard work, scrutinizing each and every program and account to make sure that, before we ran to taxpayers for more money, we were certain existing programs were working.”

The budget contains:

No new taxes or tax increases.
$30.1 billion in total state spending.
$100 million new state dollars for basic education that is combined with reforms to the basic education funding formula and improvements in accountability.
$20 million for special education.
$30 million for early education, including Pre-K Counts and Head Start.
$300 million in savings for the state and school districts to pay for capital improvements.
$41 million across the board for higher education.
$2.8 million to address avian flu.
Expanding community-based services for seniors to help keep them in their homes and communities.
Structural reform to the pension system, which is the No. 1 cost driver for the state and school districts.
$200 million in additional revenues through liquor reforms.
Stronger state revenues, meaning the deficit is not at the levels previously anticipated.

Benjamin L. "Benjie" Hause, 27, of 213 Rocky Road, Emporium, PA

Benjamin L. "Benjie" Hause
Benjamin L. "Benjie" Hause, 27, of 213 Rocky Road, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA Friday, June 26, 2015 morning

He was born February 13, 1988 in DuBois, PA a son of H.B. Von and Sandy George Hause, Emporium.

In his younger years Benjie was involved in Junior Olympic Wrestling and Little League Baseball. He graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 2007 where he participated in football and was chosen 2006 Prom King. He later graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Public Relations. Benjie was training in Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas to become a professional fighter when he was injured in an accident which forced him to return home.

Surviving
In addition to his parents and grandmother
Brother: Zachary Hause and his Fiance' Elizabeth, Pittsburgh
Maternal Grandmother: Maxine McManigle George, Emporium
Benjie’s Fiance: Hilliary Lamont, Emporium

Preceded in Death By
Maternal Grandfather: James George
Paternal Grandparents: Harry and Nora Howlett Hause

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Memorial Service to be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (June 29, 2015) at 12:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, Free Methodist Church, officiating.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting For June 11, 2015






Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda For June 25, 2015





Causer Snowmobile-ATV Funding Bill Earns House Approval

HARRISBURG – The state House has approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), to require the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV and snowmobile management accounts.

“This bill is all about bringing fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth,” Causer said. “People paying registration fees for their ATVs expect those funds to be used to maintain and develop trails for their use. Separating the accounts will help to ensure that is happening.”

Currently, the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio.

At a public hearing on the legislation last year, Causer pointed to an example in Cameron County where people are paying their ATV registration fees but have no opportunities to ride on public lands in the county. “On more than 131,000 acres of forests, there is not one single trail on which people can legally ride their ATVs. It simply doesn’t make sense,” he said.

House Bill 970 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

One Of Escapees Shot To Death Near Canadian Border

9m9 minutes ago
Two police sources say David Sweat is alive and engaging in gun battle with police, near Lake Titus says Geoff Reddick of

5m5 minutes ago
Unconfirmed reports that police exchanged gunfire with David Sweat after Richard Matt had been shot.

55s55 seconds ago
David Sweat has not been apprehended as of 7:26 p.m. Richard Matt was shot dead this afternoon. Search near Humbug Mt.

Live TV Coverage From Malone, NY 

23s24 seconds ago
Despite the action, had lights brought in earlier, set up now in case Sweat is not caught

1m1 minute ago
Cathy Harwood lives close to primary search area for Sweat. "There are many, many helicopters going overhead," she said.

3m3 minutes ago
David Sweat has not been shot or capture as of 7:50 p.m. No gun battle underway...just a rumor.

43s43 seconds ago
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has arrived; to speak about developments in prisoner escape case. Watch live here:

3m3 minutes ago
Shooting investigation is ongoing. Matt told to put up hands and was shot when he didn't comply. No shots fired by Matt.

11m11 minutes ago
The 8:30 press conference was nice. Applause, relief one caught. 45 minutes later, Sweat is out there and it's dark

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Candidates For LPN

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Cheerleaders & Dancers Welcome 
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State Police Investigating Bank Robbery In Warren County, PA

Warren County State Police are investigating a bank robbery at PNC Bank in the village of Sugar Grove at 2:20 PM on Friday. 

A BOLO to local police listed the robber as being a white male, 6 foot, 180 pounds with a husky build and dark brown hair. He may be driving a black Chevy Equinox. 

Anyone with information should contact 911.

State Buys More Forest Land: How Much Is Enough?

State Buys More Forest Land: How Much Is Enough?

June 26th, 2015
pastateforestPennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition leaders reported this week that another 3,500 acres have been added to the state forest system, stripping it from the tax base of the affected school districts, counties and municipalities. Some 430 acres have been acquired by the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in Clinton County, at a cost of $776,000. The property will now come off the tax rolls of Keystone Central School District, Clinton County and Noyes Township. Additionally, DCNR has acquired the 3,053 acres near Mocanaqua in Luzerne County and added it to the Lackawanna State Forest. Earlier this year, DCNR announced that it had purchased 17,000 acres in McKean County’s Norwich and Sergeant townships.

Coalition leaders Paul Heimel (Potter), Pete Smeltz (Clinton) and Phil Jones (Cameron) said they will cite the three latest acquisitions as they renew their contacts with state Senate and House members, seeking support for an increase in the annual payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) for each acre of tax-exempt, state-owned land. The rate stands at $1.20/acre for each of the three taxing bodies. One bill (HB 344) would boost it to $1.80. Another measure (HB 1224) would double to rate to $2.40/acre.

More than 300,000 acres in Clinton County – over half the total real estate – are tax-exempt because they’re state owned. Cameron County is 60-percent state-owned, while about 45 percent of Potter County consists of state forest, game and park lands. The leaders said the three new acquisitions raise the question they have been asking all along – how much tax-exempt, state-owned land is enough? Whenever acreage comes under state ownership, they point out, all other property owners are forced to pay more and that land is locked up in its current use. There are benefits to that, but Pennsylvanians need to decide when the state owns enough real estate. The total always goes up, but never down, they noted. One way to directly address the economic toll that state ownership has taken on rural school districts, municipalities and counties is to increase the PILT.

Details on the coalition’s mission can be found on the website, pastatelandtaxfairness.com.

Police Say Escapees Are Headed Toward Canada

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Intelligent Transportation System Project Update

Montoursville – This is an update for work next week on the $4.2 million Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Union counties in central Pennsylvania.

The contractor will be completing site work at multiple locations throughout the week.

Project locations for the week are:

• Interstate 80 westbound in Mifflin Township, Columbia County
• Interstate 80 eastbound in West Hemlock Township, Montour County
• Route 11 southbound in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County

Travel lanes will not be impacted, but the right shoulder will be closed at each location.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zones.

PennDOT Removes Weight Restriction on Route 414 in Tioga and Bradford Counties

Montoursville – PennDOT advises motorists in Tioga and Bradford counties that a weight restriction has been removed from Route 414 because of upgrades made by the gas industry.

The current 10-ton posting was removed on Route 414 from the intersection of Route 2005 (Water Street) in Liberty Borough, Tioga County, east to the intersection of Route 14 in Canton Township, Bradford County.

I-80 Resurfacing in Union County Continues Next Week

Montoursville – This is the latest update on the 3.5-mile resurfacing project on Interstate 80 in Union County. The work zone is from Gray Hill Road overpass in White Deer Township to about 1 mile west of the Interstate 180 Interchange.

Weather permitting, on Wednesday, July 1, the contractor will begin sealing shoulders and installing raised pavement markings in both eastbound and westbound directions.

Work will be performed during the day on Wednesday and will be completed by noon on Thursday.

Lane closures will be in effect and will vary while this work is being performed. The closures will be lifted at the end of each work day.

There may be traffic delays. Motorists are asked to be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

HRI, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $4.1 million project.

Free Art Classes For Kids



The Coudersport Borough pool has adult swim every Wednesday evening 6pm to 8pm.

The Coudersport Borough pool has adult swim every Wednesday evening 6pm to 8pm. Beginning the week of July 20th water aerobics will be held twice a week. More info on water aerobics to come soon.

Northern Potter Youth Show at Hamburg

Five Northern Potter students exhibited their 2015 FFA and 4-H project pigs at the 2015 Western New York Hog and lamb Preview Classic held May 29th – 30th at Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY over 300 hogs were exhibited.

Reagan Slawson, a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club and daughter of Jeff and Jaime Slawson of Genesee, Kourtnee Kosa also a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club along with Wyatt Kosa, a member of Northern Potter Headwaters FFA both are children of Joel and Darla Kosa of Ulysses, Sabrina Williams, a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club and a member of Northern Potter Headwaters FFA, daughter of Tom and Patsy Williams of Genesee and Noell Nichols a member of Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club and a member of Northern Potter Headwaters FFA , daughter of Greg and Lori Andruchowsky and the late Ronnie Nichols of Ulysses participated in the livestock event. 

Sabrina Williams placed 2nd in her weight class, Reagan Slawson placed 3rd in her weight class, Noell Nichols placed 3rd and 5th in her weight classes and Kourtnee Kosa placed 5th in her weight class plus made the finals for the Senior Showmanship Class and placed 3rd.