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FAMOUS FISH FRY AT ST. BIBIANA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH PARISH CENTER, GALETON, PA……………..EVERY FRIDAY FROM 4 PM TO 6:30 PM THRU APRIL 7, 2017……TAKE OUTS ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING 435-2864………….DINNER INCLUDES: FRIED HADDOCK, FRENCH FRIES, COLE SLAW, ROLLS, COFFEE & LEMONADE…..DINNER PRICE IS $10.00…….SUNDAE BAR IS $1.00………

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Potter County Habitat--Siding work today, thanks again Clarion UMC!

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Birdsall Fire Dept. Dispatched To Crash On County Road 16

At 10:05 PM on Saturday, Birdsall Fire Dept. had been dispatched to County Road 16 near Hamilton Road for a vehicle into a pole crash with wires down and car in creek. Occupants have left scene.

George William "Bill" Ayers, 85, of, Coudersport formerly of Austin, PA

George William "Bill" Ayers

Port Allegany - George William "Bill" Ayers, 85, of, Coudersport formerly of Austin, PA, died Saturday (August 15, 2015) in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

He was born Jul 24, 1930 in Coudersport, a son of William L. and Ethyl Jane Lockwood Ayers. On August 22, 1974 in Austin, PA, he married Betty D. Lindsley, who died January 8, 2003.

Mr. Ayers was a 1948 graduate of Coudersport High School.

Mr. Ayers work in the machine shop at Reliable Tool and Die in Cleveland, OH. He owned Ayers Repair Service, a small engine shop in Coudersport and also worked for NAPA in Emporium.

He is survived by

Three Step Daughter, Karen (Bob) Cooney of Smethport, PA; Barbara (George Herzing) Purdy of Austin, PA; and Robin McGuire of Pittsburgh, PA.

Nine step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren

one cousin Bob Brooks of Emporium, PA

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, many aunts, uncles, and cousins

Abiding by his wishes there will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Haven

At 7:52 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched to Honeoye Haven for a woman ill.

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell at their yard sale on September 5, 2015 in Coudersport. If you are cleaning out your home, garage, basement, etc. we would love to have any items that you would like to donate. We do not accept clothes or tires. We pick up items on Monday and Friday.

Please call: Eldon Price (814) 933-8513 if you have items to donate.

Cuba Dispatched For Head On Crash On Rt. 446

At 5:30 PM on Saturday, Cuba, Friendship & Hinsdale have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle head on accident near 9861 Rt. 446. Occupants are reported self extricated with injuries.

Smethport Dispatched To Reroute Truck Traffic On Rt. 6

At 5:05 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Police to reroute truck traffic at Rt. 6 & 59 to avoid parade in Mt. Jewett.

Medic 6 Dispatched For ATV Rollover

At 5:02 PM on Saturday, Medic 6 has been dispatched to 1942 Gardeau Road for an ATV rollover accident.

TRAUMATIC INJURIES-DELTA
Address: 1942 GARDEAU RD
City: SHIPPEN
Cross Streets: BURGER LN * SEARS HOLW

Agency: EMPORIUM AMBULANCE
8/15/2015 5:00:19 PM

Ambulance dispatched For Man Who Fell From Roof

At 3:53 PM on Saturday, EMS in Northern Allegany County have been dispatched to 10570 County Road 15 in the Town of Granger for a male who has fallen from a roof.

EMS Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Crash

At 3:54 PM on Saturday, EMS has been dispatched to 174 Garlock Hollow in Foster Township for a 60 year old male who was involved in an ATV accident in the woods behind this residence.

Thunderstorm Moving Through Northern Potter / McKean Counties

Backpacks Are Ready From "To Fill A Backpack"

Anyone that requested backpacks from the To Fill A Backpack program, they are ready for pickup at my home in Roulette for anyone that would like to come pick them up. 

 For those in Coudersport that requested your backpacks through our website can pick them up Monday thru Thursday between 5pm and 5:15pm at Karpinski’s Office Systems next to Seals Lumber. Backpacks will not be available any other time during the day at this location. 

 If you are unable to make it between those times please make arrangements for a friend or relative to pick them up….we are unable to make deliveries of the backpacks due to time constraints, etc.

If you are in any other town and cannot make it to pick up your backpacks please make arrangements to have someone pick them up for you or contact us and we will try to help make arrangements.

Thank you

Andrew Kulp, Jr

To Fill A Backpack
81 Burleson Avenue
Roulette, PA 16746
Phone: (814) 544-2612
Email: info@tofillabackpack.org
Website: www.tofillabackpack.org

Coudersport Firefighters Continue To Upgrade Skills



Police Investigate Burglary On Rich Valley Road


TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM Address: 1077 MILLION DOLLAR HWY City: FOX TOWNSHIP

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM
Address: 1077 MILLION DOLLAR HWY
City: FOX TOWNSHIP
Cross Streets: GLASS RD * LINWOOD AVE
MOTORCYCLE / CAR CRASH, MOTORCYCLIST INJURED
Agency: ELK COMPANY 3 FD; FOX TOWNSHIP AMBULANCE; ST. MARYS MEDIC
8/15/2015 2:12:01 PM

PENNSYLVANIA WATERFOWL SEASONS ANNOUNCED


Annual brochure available at Game Commission’s website.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made its selections for the 2015-16 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.

Annual waterfowl seasons are selected by states from a framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. Final approval from the USFWS is expected by late September.

“Our 2015-16 waterfowl season dates are very similar to those for 2014-15,” said Game Commission waterfowl biologist Kevin Jacobs. “However, hunters should be aware that daily bag limits have changed from last year for two species. The daily limit for canvasbacks has increased from one to two, while the daily limit for Atlantic brant has decreased from two to one. These changes in the federal frameworks reflect population status of each species in relation to established harvest strategies.”

The agency has posted the annual waterfowl and migratory bird season brochure and zone maps on its website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), making it convenient for hunters to access the information they need.

Jacobs said the outlook is mixed for waterfowl populations important to Pennsylvania.

“Game Commission banding studies show most of Pennsylvania’s mallard, wood duck, and Canada goose harvests are derived from birds breeding in Pennsylvania and surrounding states,” Jacobs said. “These populations are monitored through the Atlantic Flyway Breeding Waterfowl Survey, which gives managers an annual waterfowl population snapshot to help them in the conservation of these species.

At the state level, the estimated number of mallard breeding pairs (68,386) was 23 percent below the 1993-2014 long-term average (LTA) of 89,329 pairs. The 54,168 wood duck breeding pairs estimated in 2015 were similar to the LTA of 53,202 pairs. Trends in wood duck abundance have indicated slightly increasing populations across all years of the survey at both the state and flyway levels.

Jacobs noted that liberal Canada goose hunting opportunities, along with control programs used by many municipalities and public and private landowners, have stabilized the state’s resident Canada goose population at nearly 250,000 total spring Canada geese in recent years. This is down nearly 90,000 Canada geese from the peak numbers of nearly 340,000 estimated in 2004 and 2005.

However, populations remain significantly above the management goal of 150,000.

“Hunting remains the most effective and efficient way to manage resident Canada geese, provided hunters can gain access to geese in problem areas,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs noted that spring population estimates and fall flight forecasts are obtained at large geographic scales, and therefore are not reliable predictors of waterfowl numbers that can be expected during hunting seasons.

“While managers and hunters should be encouraged by the population status and fall flight forecasts for most waterfowl species, hunting pressure, habitat and weather variables most often dictate waterfowl movements, staging and wintering numbers through the hunting seasons.”

Pennsylvania junior license holders will have one statewide day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 19. There also will be a second one-day youth waterfowl hunt in the following zones: North and Northwest zones, Sept. 26; Lake Erie Zone, Oct. 17; and South Zone, Nov. 7. Junior waterfowl days will be open to those 12 to 15 years old who hold a junior hunting license. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the juniors in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During these special hunts, juniors can harvest Canada geese, ducks, mergansers, coots and gallinules. The daily bag limit for juniors participating in the junior waterfowl days is the same as for the regular season daily limit in the area being hunted. The only exception is when September Canada goose daily bag limits exceed the regular season limit for the area being hunted; juniors then can take the September daily limit.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that because Sept. 19 is a junior waterfowl hunting day, hunting hours for all waterfowl species close at sunset. For the remainder of the Sept. 1 to 25 Canada goose season, hunting hours close at one-half hour after sunset.

“Federal frameworks specify that for most migratory game bird seasons, hunting hours must close at sunset,” Jacobs said. “Exceptions currently are in place to allow states to extend hunting hours to one-half hour after sunset for the September Canada goose season and the light goose conservation season to increase harvest of these overabundant waterfowl populations. Extended hunting hours can only be in effect when no other waterfowl seasons are open. When youth days occur during the September Canada goose season, hunting hours for Canada geese must close at sunset on those days to comply with federal regulations.”

The Game Commission again will hold a special junior-only waterfowl hunting day at the controlled hunting blinds at both Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. The junior day for Middle Creek is Nov. 14; and for Pymatuning it’s, Nov. 28. A special drawing of applications submitted by junior license holders will be held immediately before the regular drawing for goose blinds. Interested juniors should use the same application on page 54 of the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. Only one application will be accepted per junior hunter.

In addition to a regular Pennsylvania hunting license, persons 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as a “Duck Stamp,” signed in ink across its face. A temporary, electronic Federal Duck Stamp (eDuck) may be purchased online through the Pennsylvania Automated License System and is valid for 45 days from date of purchase to hunt migratory birds within Pennsylvania and other states that have approved its validity. The actual Federal Duck Stamp will be mailed within 45 days to the individual's current address in PALS. And beginning 45 days following the purchase, the signed stamp must be carried afield.

All waterfowl hunters, regardless of age, must have a Pennsylvania Migratory Game Bird License to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds, including doves, woodcock, coots, gallinules, rails and snipe. All migratory game bird hunters in the United States are required to complete a Harvest Information Program survey when they purchase a state migratory game bird license. The survey information is then forwarded to the USFWS.

“By answering questions when you purchase a new hunting license, hunters help improve survey efficiency and the quality of information used to track the harvest of migratory birds for management purposes,” Jacobs said.

In the Atlantic Population Goose Zone, the regular light goose season will be Oct. 1 to Jan. 30, with a light goose conservation season to run from Feb. 1 to April 22. In the Southern James Bay Population Goose Zone, the regular light goose season will be Oct. 1 to Jan. 22, with a light goose conservation season to run from Jan. 23 to April 22. The Resident Population Goose Zone regular light goose season will run Oct. 28 to Feb. 29, and the light goose conservation season will run March 1 to April 22.

To participate in the light goose conservation hunts, hunters will need to obtain a free light goose conservation season permit, in addition to their other required licenses, and file a mandatory report of harvest/participation. In late 2015, the Light Goose Conservation Hunt website will be available on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) so that hunters can apply for and print out the free conservation permit.

Hunters must use non-toxic shot while hunting ducks, geese or coots in Pennsylvania. The use of decoys powered or operated by batteries or any other source of electricity is unlawful in Pennsylvania, except during the light goose conservation seasons. Also, the use of any sort of artificial substance or product as bait or an attractant is prohibited.

For complete early Canada goose season information, as well as webless migratory game bird seasons, please see News Release #50-15, which the agency issued on Aug. 4.

FEDERAL REGULATIONS POSTED ON GAME COMMISSION WEBSITE

In addition to posting the annual waterfowl and migratory game bird brochure on its website, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted a synopsis of federal regulations that govern migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons to assist hunters in finding answers to questions.

To review the information, go to the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), put your cursor on “Hunt/Trap” in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Hunting,” scroll down and click on “Waterfowl Hunting and Conservation,” and then scroll down and click on “Federal Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Synopsis” in the “Waterfowl Hunting Regulations” section.

Additional information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.gov/hunting/whatres.html), where a complete version of the federal regulations (50 CFR Part 20) is posted. When state law differs from the federal law, hunters must comply with the more restrictive law.

HUNTERS ENCOURAGED TO REPORT BANDED BIRDS

Migratory game bird hunters are encouraged to report banded ducks, geese, doves and woodcock they harvest online at www.reportband.gov, or by using the toll-free number (1-800-327-BAND). Online reporting is recommended because it provides better data quality and lowers costs. Hunters will be requested to provide information on where, when and what species of migratory birds were taken, in addition to the band number. This information is crucial to the successful management of migratory birds.

Kevin Jacobs, Game Commission waterfowl biologist, also stressed that reporting leg-bands helps the Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service learn more about migratory bird movements, and survival and harvest rates, which are critical to population management and setting of hunting regulations. Each year, nearly 380,000 ducks and geese and 30,000 mourning doves are banded across the United States and Canada. Last year, over 10,000 migratory game birds, including more than 9,000 waterfowl, were banded in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania continues to monitor migratory game bird populations in cooperation with other wildlife management agencies across North America,” Jacobs explained. “Information provided by hunters is essential to manage migratory game bird populations and support hunting opportunities through time,” Jacobs said. “By reporting the recovery of a leg-band, hunters not only assist in managing the resource, but also have an opportunity to learn interesting facts about the bird they harvested.”

Jacobs noted that online and toll-free reporting systems have produced big dividends. Under the old reporting system, utilized until the mid-1990s, only about one-third of recovered banded birds were reported by hunters. Now, with the option of using online or toll-free methods, band reporting rates have improved to more than 70 percent. This has improved greatly migratory bird management while reducing monitoring costs.

UPDATED WATERFOWL CONSUMPTION ADVISORY

The Game Commission recently completed a research project to obtain information on contaminant levels in Lake Erie waterfowl.

“With the assistance of waterfowl hunters and in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 41 samples were collected from eight species of waterfowl harvested on Lake Erie during the 2011 and 2012 hunting seasons and tested for various contaminants,” said Justin Brown, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. “Contaminants such as PCBs, DDE, and mercury were found in all mergansers tested, as well as in some buffleheads. These contaminants also may be present in other Pennsylvania waters, and contaminated waterfowl could migrate to other areas of the Commonwealth. As a result, the Game Commission has updated its waterfowl consumption advisory.”

The updated guidelines, applicable statewide, are as follows: 1.) Mergansers should not be eaten; 2.) Other diving ducks if properly prepared should be eaten only occasionally; and 3.) Dabbling ducks and geese can be eaten safely if properly prepared.

Proper preparation includes skinning and removing the fat before cooking; cooking to an internal temperature of 165 F as determined by a meat thermometer; and discarding the stuffing (if prepared in this manner) after cook­ing.

Brown noted that the updated consumption advisory groups waterfowl species by the prevalence of fish and invertebrates in their diets.

“The likelihood of contaminants in body tissue is high for species that feed exclusively on fish, moderate for species that occasionally consume fish and invertebrates, and low for species that primarily feed on vegetation. By following the consumption advisory, hunters will minimize potential health impacts.”

GOOSE BLIND DEADLINES FOR CONTROLLED HUNTING AREAS

Application deadlines are fast approaching for waterfowl hunters interested in being selected for the limited number of goose blinds at the controlled hunting areas at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Pymatuning or Middle Creek wildlife management areas during the regular Canada goose season. A goose blind application must be submitted using the form found on page 54 of the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Hunters may apply to only one area per year and may submit only one application, which must include the individual’s nine-digit Customer Identification (CID) Number.

The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area will accept applications through the mail until Sept. 8, at: PGC Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, P.O. Box 110, Kleinfeltersville, PA 17039-0110. A public drawing will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 9.

Applications for the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area will be accepted through the mail until Sept. 12, at: PGC Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area, 9552 Hartstown Road, Hartstown, PA 16131. A public drawing will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 19.

Blinds at Middle Creek and Pymatuning will not be operational during the September season. During the regular season, shooting days at Middle Creek are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, one-half hour before sunrise to 1:30 p.m. Shooting days at Pymatuning are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, one-half hour before sunrise to 12:30 p.m.

A separate drawing is held for blinds that accommodate hunters with disabilities. Applicants must submit a current copy of their Disabled Person Permit (to hunt from a vehicle) issued by the Game Commission.

Also, the Game Commission again will hold special junior-only waterfowl hunting days at the controlled goose hunting areas at both Middle Creek (Nov. 14) and Pymatuning (Nov. 28) wildlife management areas. The junior-only restriction applies to the controlled goose hunting areas only; public hunting areas at Middle Creek and Pymatuning, and the Controlled Duck Hunting Areas at Pymatuning, remain open to everyone, including adults, on these dates.

Juniors must hold a junior license and be accompanied by an adult, who may participate in the hunt by calling only. A special drawing of applications submitted by junior license holders will be held immediately before the regular drawing for goose blinds. Interested juniors should use the same application on page 54 of the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. Only one application will be accepted per junior hunter. Junior license holders not selected in the special drawing will then be entered into the general drawing.

Successful applicants will be mailed a hunting reservation entitling them to be accompanied by up to three guests. On hunting days, hunters also may apply, in person, for a chance at any blinds unclaimed by a reservation holder.

SPECIAL WATERFOWL HUNTING SAFETY REMINDERS

Waterfowl hunters – whether hunting from shore or from a boat – are urged to keep safety first and foremost in mind, said Andy Hueser, Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Administrator.

“Basic firearm safety is critical,” Hueser said. “Treat every firearm as if it is loaded and make sure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction. Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. Be aware of any companions’ locations at all times and maintain a safe zone-of-fire. Waterfowl hunting can be exciting, but never swing your barrel toward another hunter.

“Make sure firearms are unloaded prior to reaching your hunting location and immediately after you are done hunting. Also, if you are using a boat, remember state law requires all firearms be unloaded while in any boat propelled by motor or sail, and should be cased with actions open.”

Hueser also noted that, in Pennsylvania, all those using a boat are required to have a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) readily accessible and, regulations require a PFD to be worn during the cold weather months from Nov. 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats shorter than 16 feet in length, or in any canoe or kayak. For more information on boating laws and regulations, as well as safety tips, please visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website (www.fish.state.pa.us). Better yet, take an approved boater’s safety course.

Additionally, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, every year several hunters die from drowning and hypothermia.

“When you have a crew of hunters, with decoys and equipment, and dogs, a boat can easily become unbalanced, especially if the wind comes up,” Hueser said, “Not only is it unsafe to overload a boat, exceeding the limits posted on the capacity plate also is illegal.

“Sudden immersion into cold water is one of the leading causes of boating fatalities in the Commonwealth. It places a severe strain on bodily systems that can lead to hypothermia or, worse, cardiac arrest. Survivors of cold-water accidents have reported their breath driven from them on contact with the water.”

Anyone falling into cold water should immediately ensure that their and any companions’ PFDs are intact, and work to find a way to exit the water or right the watercraft. Cover your mouth and nose – if possible – to prevent inhaling water.

If you can’t get out of the water immediately and the shore is too far, raise your knees and wrap your arms across your chest to help reduce heat loss through the body’s core. Don’t leave your watercraft and attempt to swim to shore. It’s probably farther than you think. Experts recommend you stay with your boat until help arrives. If possible, try to climb back into your boat or on top of it.

“Most important,” Hueser suggests, “get into the routine of making the life jacket part of your hunting equipment, and wear it.”

DUCK STAMP PRICE INCREASES

In its 80th year, the federal duck stamp was at its lowest buying power in 2014.

Last increased to $15 in 1991, the stamp’s price hadn’t been accurately adjusted for inflation. While the cost of land has tripled, the stamp lost 40 percent of its value. The price for 2015 has increased to $25 to adjust for inflation.

According to information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the program, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps first were established in 1934 as hunting licenses for harvesting migratory waterfowl.

Still a requirement for hunting waterfowl in the United States by those 16 years of age and older, 98 cents on every dollar generated by their sale goes to expand habitat that is managed by the National Wildlife Refuge System.

In 2011, some 1.5 million duck-stamp purchasers funneled more than $20 million into habitat preservation. Since its inception, duck-stamp proceeds have helped preserve 6 million acres of habitat for future generations. These wetlands not only provide a healthy landscape for migratory birds and recreational waterfowl hunting, they control flooding, improve water quality and protect our coastlines from storms.

An additional 19,000 acres of habitat will be protected for wildlife and people each year from the new funding raised through sales of federal duck stamp, primarily supported by waterfowl hunters.

WHAT HUNTERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AVIAN INFLUENZA

Avian influenza (AI), commonly known as “bird flu,” is a respiratory disease of birds caused by an influenza type A virus. These viruses can infect poultry (chickens, ducks, quail, pheasants, guinea fowl, and turkeys) and some wild bird species (such as ducks, swans, and geese). Yet, they impact poultry and wild birds in different ways. Wild birds can carry the AI viruses but usually do not get sick from them. However, AI in poultry is typically contagious and can make some domesticated birds very sick or even cause death.

There are many different subtypes of influenza A viruses. These subtypes differ and are classified based on a combination of two groups of proteins on the surface of the influenza A virus: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). Many different combinations of “H” and “N” proteins are possible. Each combination is considered a different subtype and can also be broken down into different strains. AI viruses are further classified by their pathogenicity – the ability of a particular virus strain to produce disease in domestic chickens.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus strains are extremely infectious, often fatal to domestic poultry, and can spread rapidly from flock to flock. Low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) virus strains occur naturally in wild migratory waterfowl and shorebirds without causing illness. The AI viruses that cause concern in poultry and wild birds are HPAI viruses and any virus designated as H5 or H7, regardless of pathogenicity. This is because H5 and H7 viruses are capable of converting from LPAI to HPAI.

For more information about AI, contact your Federal, State, or local animal health officials. Contact information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services office in your State is available on USDA’s website at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal-health/state-offices. If you have any questions or concerns about wild birds, contact your local USDA Wildlife Services office at 1-866-4-USDA-WS.

There’s a lot you can do to reduce the risk of exposing your poultry or pet birds to AI. Basic safety precautions can keep disease from spreading. Please follow the guidance below to help protect your birds and yourself.

Protect Your Birds

· Dress your game birds in the field whenever possible.

· If you must dress birds at home, clean them in an area your poultry and pet birds cannot access. Ideally, there would be a solid barrier between your game cleaning area and where your birds are housed.

· Keep a separate pair of shoes to wear only in your game cleaning area. If this is not possible, wear rubber footwear and clean/disinfect your shoes before entering or leaving the area.

· Use dedicated tools for cleaning game, whether in the field or at home. Do not use those tools around your poultry or pet birds.

· Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning game.

· Double bag the internal organs and feathers. Tie the inner bag, and be sure to take off your rubber gloves and leave them in the outer bag before tying it closed.

· Place the bag in a trash can that poultry and pet birds cannot access. This trash can should also be secure against access by children, pets, or other animals.

· Wash hands with soap and water immediately after handling game. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol wipes.

· Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap and water. Then, disinfect them.

Protect Yourself

· Do not harvest or handle wild birds that are obviously sick or found dead.

· Do not eat, drink, or smoke while cleaning game.

· Wear rubber gloves while cleaning game or cleaning bird feeders.

· Wash hands with soap and water immediately after handling game or cleaning bird feeders. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol wipes.

· Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap and water. Then, disinfect them.

· Avoid cross-contamination. Keep uncooked game in a separate container, away from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.

· Cook game meat thoroughly; poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165 °F to kill disease organisms and parasites.

2015-16 WATERFOWL SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS

DUCKS:

North Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-Nov. 28, and Dec. 19-Jan. 7.

South Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 17-24, and Nov. 14-Jan. 14.

Northwest Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-Dec. 12, and Dec. 29-Jan. 2.

Lake Erie Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 26-Jan. 2.

Total Duck Bag Limits: 6 daily, 18 in possession of any species, except for the following restrictions: daily limit may not include more than 4 mallards including 2 hen mallards, 2 scaup, 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 pintails, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck and 4 scoters. Possession limits are three times the daily limits.

Mergansers: 5 daily, 15 in possession (not more than 2 hooded mergansers daily, 6 hooded in possession).

Coots: 15 daily, 45 in possession.

REGULAR CANADA GOOSE SEASON & BAG LIMITS (including WHITE-FRONTED GEESE): All of Pennsylvania will have a regular Canada goose season, however, season lengths and bag limits will vary by area as follows:

Resident Population Goose Zone (RP)

All of Pennsylvania except for the Southern James Bay Population and the Atlantic Population zone. The season is Oct. 24-Nov. 28, Dec. 18-Jan. 14, and Feb. 1-29, with a five-goose daily bag limit.

Southern James Bay Population Zone (SJBP)

The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of Lake Erie Shoreline). The season is Oct. 10-Nov. 28, Dec. 14-Jan. 22, with a three-goose daily limit.

Atlantic Population Zone (AP)

The area east of route SR 97 from Maryland State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of US Route 30, south of US Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, south of I-80 to New Jersey state line. The season is Nov. 14-28 and Dec. 19-Jan. 30, with a three-goose daily limit.

Exception: Areas outside of the controlled goose hunting areas at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and State Game Lands 46 in Lebanon-Lancaster counties have a daily limit of one, and a possession limit of three during the regular Canada goose season. Areas inside the goose hunting areas at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and State Game Lands 46 have a season limit of one.

BRANT (All Zones): Oct. 17-Nov. 20, 1 daily, 3 in possession.

LIGHT GEESE (Snow Geese and Ross’ Geese):

Atlantic Population Zone:

Regular: Oct. 1-Jan. 30, 25 daily, no possession limit.

Conservation Hunt: Feb. 1 – April 22; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Southern James Bay Population Zone:

Regular: Oct. 1-Jan. 22; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Conservation Hunt: Jan. 23 – April 22; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Resident Population Zone:

Regular: Oct. 28-Feb. 29; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Conservation Hunt: March 1 – April 22; 25 daily, no possession limit.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS: No open season.

Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area: Shooting days at Pymatuning are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, one-half hour before sunrise to 12:30 p.m. Ducks: Oct. 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28 and 30; Dec. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 30; and Jan. 2. Geese: Oct. 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25 and 27; Dec. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30; and Jan. 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 22.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area: Shooting days at Middle Creek are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1:30 p.m. Geese and ducks: Nov. 14 (Junior-Only Day), 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 and 28; Dec. 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, and 31; Jan. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14. Geese only: Jan. 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30.

JUNIOR WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS (Statewide): Statewide: Sept. 19; also in North and Northwest zones, Sept. 26; in Lake Erie Zone, Oct. 17; and in South Zone, Nov. 7. Open to licensed junior hunters ages 12-15, when properly accompanied, for ducks, mergansers, gallinules and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season. Hunting hours to close at sunset.

JUNIOR-ONLY DAY AT CONTROLLED HUNTING AREAS: Middle Creek is Nov. 14, and Pymatuning is Nov. 28.

Mt. Jewett Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash On Main Street

At 2:02 PM on Saturday, Mount Jewett Fire & Ambulance with Medic 5 dispatched to 33 West Main Street for a motorcycle accident.

McKean County Fair---Nice group of tractors for today's pull.


Derrick City, Bradford Dispatched For Motorcycle Accident

At 12:35 PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Dept. & Bradford Ambulance dispatched to a motorcycle accident near 453 Bolivar Drive in Foster Township.

HAZMAT-UNCONTAINED HAZMAT Address: 139 W MAIN ST City: RIDGWAY_B

HAZMAT-UNCONTAINED HAZMAT
Address: 139 W MAIN ST
City: RIDGWAY_BORO
Cross Streets: PENN AVE * GILLIS AVE
CALLER REPORTS POSSIBLE TANK LEAKING
Agency: ELK COMPANY 4 FD
8/15/2015 12:31:11 PM

Drillers Cited For Pollution In Susquehanna & Bradford Counties

PA Permit Violation Issued to Southwestern Energy Prod Co in Jackson Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-04 to Southwestern Energy Prod Co in Jackson Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.56(a) - PITS AND TANKS FOR TEMPORARY CONTAINMENT - Operator failed to contain pollutional substances and wastes from the drilling, altering, completing, recompleting, servicing and plugging the well, including brines, drill cuttings, drilling muds, oils, stimulation fluids, well treatment and servicing fluids, plugging and drilling fluids other than gases in a pit, tank or series of pits and tanks.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-05 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford county. 78.85(a)5 - CASING AND CEMENTING - CEMENT STANDARDS - Operator failed prevent gas flow in the annulus and use gas block additives and low fluid loss slurries in areas of known shallow gas producing zones.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-05 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford county. 78.85(a)5 - CASING AND CEMENTING - CEMENT STANDARDS - Operator failed prevent gas flow in the annulus and use gas block additives and low fluid loss slurries in areas of known shallow gas producing zones.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-05 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford county. 78.73(b) - GENERAL PROVISION FOR WELL CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION - Operator failed to prevent gas, oil, brine, completion and servicing fluids, and any other fluids or materials from below the casing seat from entering fresh groundwater, and prevent pollution or diminution of fresh groundwater.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Structure Fire Reported On Rt. 49 Near Knoxville

At 12:02 PM on Saturday, Osceola, Elkland, Knoxville Fire Depts. & Valley Ambulance have been dispatched to a structure fire on Route 49 near the Tuscorora Road.
Knoxville command reports smoke showing. Some units have been advised to hold in quarters. 

https://www.facebook.com/osceola.firerescue


Recalls

Pleasant House Bakery Recalls Steak and Chicken Products Distributed Without the Benefit of Inspection and Due to Undeclared Allergens
Pleasant House Bakery, LLC, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of steak and chicken pie products distributed without the benefit of inspection, these products were also missing the ingredient statement and contained undeclared allergens.

Hazel M. ALLEN, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Richmond, VA

Hazel M. ALLEN, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Richmond, VA, went home to be with her Savior on Friday, August 14, 2015. 

 Born August 7, 1922, in Portland, ME, she was the daughter of William and Sarah Cady Libby. On February 2, 1946, in Portland, ME, she married Clyde J. Allen, who predeceased her on July 26, 2006. 

 A homemaker, she was a devoted wife and mother. 

Surviving are: two sons, Elder Clyde J. “Pat” (Mary) Allen, Jr. of Wheaton, IL and Rev. Lee (Esther) Allen of Shinglehouse, PA; a daughter, Jo Anne (David) Manser of Ashland, VA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, William, Jack, and Marty; and four sisters, Frances, Marie, Ann, and Laura. 

Friends may call at the Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Chesterfield, VA on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. Burial and committal will be in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield, VA. 

Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Vol. Fire Dept. and Ambulance, P.O. Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Allegheny River Gets A Cleanup From Roulette To Burtville

Allegheny River Volunteer Cleanup Crew

Pictured are Jan Brown, Stub Wirtz, Abigail Pierson, Bob Volkmar, Dave Bressan, Heather McKean, Gary Falk, Frank Weeks and Jason Childs.

Volunteers from several local organizations teamed up to clean up the Allegheny River from Roulette to Burtville on August 13th. The effort was sponsored by the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Potter and McKean County Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania Cleanways.

Round & Square Dancing At Mason Reunion In Sterling Run, PA Open To Public Tonight


Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 2:20 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Main Street for a medical emergency.

7th Annual Festival Of Choirs USA Starts Today At Noon On Skinner Creek in Port Allegany


Port Allegany, Smethport Dispatched To Residential Fire Alarm

At 12:30 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany and Smethport Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 90 Rockland Drive off Strang Hollow for an automatic fire alarm.
12:51 AM--Responder on scene reports nothing showing. 
1:22 AM--All units returning.

Potter County Habitat For Humanity Needs Yard Sale Items For September 5th

Potter County Habitat for Humanity is looking for items to sell at their yard sale on September 5, 2015 in Coudersport. If you are cleaning out your home, garage, basement, etc. we would love to have any items that you would like to donate. We do not accept clothes or tires. We pick up items on Monday and Friday.

Please call: Eldon Price (814) 933-8513 if you have items to donate.

It's Music By Bob & Dee At Ulysses Library's "Music On The Lawn" Sunday, August 16th

Cole Foundation's Golf Outing/Annual Silent Auction, Bid Online Now

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Ottolini Public Auction August 22nd In Harrison Valley, Potter County, PA

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www.jelliffauctions.com

Kinney Farm Sweet Corn Will Be At Port Allegany Car Wash Starting Friday

Online Auction Ends 9-2 / Bid Now, Genesee, PA

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TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM Address: 113 OUT BACK RD City: JAY

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM
Address: 113 OUT BACK RD
City: JAY
Cross Streets: ROBIN RD * ROGERS RD
Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD; ELK COMPANY 1 FD; ELKLAND SEARCH AND RESCUE; ST MARYS AMB

8/14/2015 11:44:55 PM

Low Volume / Dirt & Gravel Road Specialist Position Open At The Potter County, PA, Conservation District

c.mitterer@pottercd.com

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hazel M. ALLEN, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Richmond, VA

Hazel M. ALLEN, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Richmond, VA, went home to be with her Savior on Friday, August 14, 2015. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

 Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Bradford Dispatched To Hi Rise For Commercial Fire Alarm

At 8:30 PM on Friday, Bradford City & Township dispatched to 2 Bushnell street, the hi rise, for a commercial fire alarm.

Mary Ellen Grovanz, 73, of 3764 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA

Mary Ellen Grovanz
Mary Ellen Grovanz, 73, of 3764 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, PA on Thursday (August 13, 2015) evening.

She was born September 2, 1941 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Charles and Katherine Hart Griffith.

On December 15, 1962 in Emporium she married Peter Grovanz, Jr., who survives.

Mrs. Grovanz was a stay at home wife & mother. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking & baking.

Surviving
In addition to her husband Peter Grovanz, Jr.
Son: Peter Grovanz, Emporium
3 Grandsons: Thomas, Keith and Justin Grovanz
2 Great Grandchildren: Katherine & Oscar
Sister: Sarah Yount, Emporium
Sister: Leona Knarr, Bowling Green, FL

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Charles and Katherine Hart Griffith
Daughter: Ann Darlene Grovanz in infancy
2 Brothers: Roy Griffith and David in infancy

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (August 17, 2015) from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, Free Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Railroad Crossing Work in Bradford August 17 through 20

Detour will be in effect as crossing on Bolivar Drive is replaced

Bradford, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces that work to replace a railroad crossing on Route 346 (Bolivar Drive) in Foster Township is scheduled to begin Monday, August 17. A contractor working for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad will be replacing a double track railroad surface from Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20.

The area in and around the crossing will be closed and an official detour will be in effect. The detour will direct drivers to Bolivar Drive, Seward Avenue, Kendall Avenue, and East Main Street.

All work is weather dependent. PennDOT reminds drivers to follow all detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

Experience Irish Splendor Next Spring!

Have you always dreamed of visiting Ireland? Here is your opportunity! Experience a true taste of “Irish Splendor” on a trip that combines historic locations, fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery and sumptuous food at an affordable price!

You’re in for an unforgettable tour of the amazing Emerald Isle from Collette. Highlights of this 8-day excursion include: Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Whiskey Distillery, an overnight stay in Dromoland Castle, and much more. A Traditional Irish Night is also an available option. You will be able to explore this beautiful country while having the time of your life!

This tour leaves on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 and returns on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Registrations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made before September 16, 2015 are eligible for a $200/person discount. After September 16th, registrations are based on availability. A deposit of $250 per person is due upon reservation, and final payment is due by January 15, 2016. For more information or to book the trip, go to https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/711008.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, join us for a special travel presentation at the Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The presentation is free, but registration is requested. Please call (814) 274-4877 to register.

PITT-BRADFORD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Lori Mazza
Bradford, Pa . -- Lori Mazza, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s athletic director for the past 17 years, has decided to resign from her position.

Mazza has accepted a position as associate vice president for Leagues, Affiliate and Championships/Senior Woman Administrator with the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Her resignation is effective today.

“I would like to thank Dr. Richard McDowell and Dr. Jim Evans for taking a chance on a young athletic director 17 years ago,” Mazza said. “I also thank all the administrations that followed, for their trust in my ability to represent the university.”

Under Mazza’s direction, the university’s athletic department successfully moved from NAIA to NCAA Division III status, and the number of intercollegiate athletic teams at Pitt-Bradford increased from nine to 15. These efforts nearly tripled the number of student-athletes participating in Pitt-Bradford’s intercollegiate programs and increased from seven to 16 the number of full-time athletic coaches and staff.

Mazza has also been involved in leadership roles in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, serving as past chair of the Athletic Directors Council, and at the national level through committee work with the NCAA and other professional organizations. Mazza has been selected by her peers to serve as an at-large executive board member of both the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators. This year she completed a four-year term on the NCAA Softball Championships Committee, serving as chair in her final year and vice chair in the preceding two years.

“Lori had a wonderful career at Pitt-Bradford and should take a great deal of pride in what she accomplished,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “She worked closely with coaches and our faculty and staff to ensure the success of our student-athletes in both the athletic arena and the academic setting.”

Mazza said, “I thank the faculty and staff for their continued support of our growing athletic program. I especially thank the athletic staff and students, both past and present, who have represented our institution so well.”

Bret Butler, head men’s baseball coach and assistant athletic director, will serve as the interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is found.

Railroad Crossing Work in Bradford August 17 through 20

Detour will be in effect as crossing on Bolivar Drive is replaced

Bradford, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announces that work to replace a railroad crossing on Route 346 (Bolivar Drive) in Foster Township is scheduled to begin Monday, August 17. A contractor working for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad will be replacing a double track railroad surface from Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20.

The area in and around the crossing will be closed and an official detour will be in effect. The detour will direct drivers to Bolivar Drive, Seward Avenue, Kendall Avenue, and East Main Street.

All work is weather dependent. PennDOT reminds drivers to follow all detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

Intelligent Transportation System Project Update

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

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the contractor will remove barrier and reopen the driving lane on Route 15 northbound, south of Milton in Union County. The contractor also will remove barrier on Interstate 80 eastbound at the Columbia County/Montour County line to reopen the closed shoulder.

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the contractor will remove barrier on the Interstate 180 westbound shoulder, just east of the Fairfield Road Interchange

There will be short-term lane closures while the barrier is being removed.

Night Work on I-80 WB in Montour County Next Week

Montoursville – Motorists heading westbound on Interstate 80 are advised that night work will begin Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Danville/Route 54 Interchange.

Work will begin at 9 PM and end at 7 AM each day through the morning of Friday, Aug. 21.

There will be alternating single lane closures while this work is being performed. All lanes will be open to unrestricted traffic at 7 AM each day.

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

Update on Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County

Montoursville – This is the latest update on the Interstate 80 Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County.

From Monday, Aug. 17, through Thursday, Aug. 20, a daylight signing pattern will be used to close the westbound right lane of I-80 from mile 242 to mile 241 so the contactor can perform punch list repair operations.

Work will be performed from 7AM to 5 PM each day.

Delays are expected during work hours. Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

Ronald Francis Spadafore, 81, of Warren, PA

Ronald Francis Spadafore
Ronald Spadafore

Ronald Francis Spadafore, 81, of Warren, PA, died Friday, August 14, 2015 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home after a brief illness. 

 He was born January 20, 1934 in Clermont, PA., to the late Frank and Marjorie Carlson Spadafore. 

Ron had been raised in Lawrence Park, PA., and was a 1951 graduate of Lawrence Park High School. He attended Penn State University and graduated in 1955. 
US Army Veteran

He had served two years in the U.S. Army, 313th Army Security Agency Battalion. He worked to maintain secure radio communication while stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. 

After his military service, Ron eventually became a Science Teacher, working at Beaty Junior High School in Warren, PA. He taught science for many years, before getting certified in Library Sciences. He then became Librarian at Beaty until his retirement in 1989. 

Ron was a lifelong hunting enthusiast, with a special passion for deer hunting. He was making plans to go hunting this fall. He was also an avid sporting clays shooter and member of Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club, and participated in intermural competitions. 

As a volunteer he worked at the Warren County Historical Society and Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club. For many years, he enjoyed traveling to see his grandchildren, civil war sites, and National Parks.

Ron is survived by his children – Laura Hilse and husband, Mark of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Steven Spadafore and partner, Debby of Lancaster, PA., 2 Grandchildren – Audra Hilse and Kendra Brickley and husband, Luke all of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1 Sister – Patricia Ewald and husband, William of Ashland, VA., longtime friend and companion, Liz Brown of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ann George Spadafore.

Friends may call at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market Street, Warren, PA., Monday, August 17, 2015 from 5 to 7 P.M.

to share stories and thoughts of Ron. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren County Historical Society, 210 Fourth Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365, or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA. 16365, or the Warren Public Library’s Patricia Spadafore Fund, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365.

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

The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with final arrangements.

Delilah "De" Musolino, 52, of 9 Park Street, Bradford, PA

Delilah "De" Musolino
Delilah "De" Musolino
Delilah "De" Musolino, 52, of 9 Park Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015, at her residence.

Born December 9, 1962, in Bradford,+ she was a daughter of the late Donald Ray Moore and Erma (Mangel) Hanson.

On March 14, 1987 in Bradford, she married Mark Musolino who survives.

Ms. Musolino attended Bradford High School and received a degree in Culinary Arts from Pittsburgh Job Corp. She had worked as a cook for the Head Start Program and later for 22 years at Beacon Light.

She was a member of Custer City United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband Mark are two children, a daughter, Erin Moore, and a son, Jason (Suzette) Musolino, all of Bradford, a sister, Betty Hanson of Bradford and a brother, Dale "Eddie" (Delcie) Hanson, of Albion, 6 grandchildren, Keegan Moore, Keara Moore, Kenzie McGee, Kaden Liskey, Jason Musolino Jr. and Elijah Musolino and several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, stepfather, Dale Hanson Sr. and twin sister Debbie Hanson.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Custer City United Methodist Church from 10:00 to Noon where funeral and committal services will be held at Noon with Rev. Marge Lindahl, pastor officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Bradford Midget League Football.

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

Christina M. Charnisky, 84, of 111 High Street, Bradford, PA

Christina M. Charnisky
Christina M. Charnisky

Christina M. Charnisky, 84, of 111 High Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 2, 1931, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Angelo and Camilla (Festa) Cercone.

On July 26, 1956 in St. Bernard Church, before Msgr. Wiersbinski she married Clifford Bruce Charnisky, who died on March 19, 2010.

She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing for nearly 30 years.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory B. (Sandy) Charnisky, of Reynoldsville, and Gary T. Charnisky of Bradford, 4 grandchildren, Christina Charnisky, Stephanie Charnisky, Clifford B. Charnisky and Rae Lynn Troutman, a sister Frances Evans, of Marietta, GA. and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Brian J. Charnisky who died June 12, 2011, 4 brothers, Nunzio "Skinny" Cercone, Dominic A. Cercone, Angelo Cercone and Anthony Cercone,

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc, 372 East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:00am with Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor of St. Bernard Church Officiating. Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Eldred Boro Dispatched For Traffic Control

At 2:14 PM on Friday, Eldred Boro Fire Dept. dispatched with utility & fire police for traffic control at the Dandy Mini Mart at 300 North Main Street.

Roulette Ambulance To River Street Ext.

At 1:38 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to River Street Extension for a woman ill.

Farmer's Market today in Coudersport from 1 to 5 PM

Farmer's Market today in Coudersport from 1 to 5 PM.

Trane and American Standard Recall Accessory Heaters Due to Fire Hazard ( Recall Alert)

Trane and American Standard Recall Accessory Heaters Due to Fire Hazard (Recall Alert) Heaters in TAM7 and TAM8 air handlers installed with reverse polarity on one of the breakers can cause the heater to overheat.
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Update on Aprylle Gilbert-U.S. Route 6 Runner **Entering PA-Expected Sunday**

Dear PA Route 6 Partners, Friends, and Press


Coast-to-Coast U.S. Route 6 Runner, Aprylle Gilbert, is expected to cross the state line from Ohio into PA on Sunday, August 16th. We are keeping a spreadsheet of her tentative schedule along with contacts and establishments who have already been so kind as to offer gratis lodging and meals, press who are interested in interviewing Aprylle, and community organizations that may be interested in welcoming Aprylle as she passes through. Aprylle, along with being a long-distance runner, is a professional musician and advocate for children.

We would like to show Aprylle how excited we are to welcome her to PA. Thus far, Aprylle has had police and fire escorts arranged for her, Mayors, Commissioners and other local government persons welcome her into their towns, counties, and regions. We want Aprylle to know how friendly and welcoming we are in PA but we need your help! Attached you will find a tentative schedule for Aprylle’s journey through the western and central part of the state along with a poster that can be shared and posted. We will be sending out daily updates once Aprylle gets to PA.

Please contact us if you are interested in meeting with Aprylle, are able to provide lodging or a meal, want to run or walk with Aprylle for a bit, or would like to support Aprylle and her efforts for children. Any organization that provides lodging (Aprylle is happy to be hosted in-home by families) or meals for Aprylle and her support driver, will be given a 6 month, no-cost, listing on the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association website. Follow Aprylle’s progress and see her adventures at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aprylle/160874516394?fref=ts and http://www.route6tour.com/

GAME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR


Wayne Laroche began work with agency last week.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management has a new director.

Wayne A. Laroche, who has spent his career working in wildlife and fisheries science – including nearly eight years directing the operation of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife – started in the position Aug. 3.

Laroche replaces interim director John Dunn, who recently retired. The bureau has not had a permanent director since Cal DuBrock retired last year.

The Bureau of Wildlife Management is responsible for managing the state’s 480 wildlife species, and conducts research and monitoring for about 60 game animals to provide sustainable populations for recreational uses including hunting and trapping.

Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Laroche’s extensive background well prepared him for his role, and he has hit the ground running in his first weeks with the agency.

“In Vermont, Wayne dealt with many of the same issues we face here,” Hough said. “He worked with hunters and trappers to help establish antler restrictions, developed procedures to address threats posed by chronic wasting disease, white-nose syndrome and tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease, and he served on many state, regional and international committees that manage wildlife collaboratively.

“And it doesn’t end there,” Hough said. “Wayne has decades of field experience working in wildlife and fisheries science, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him aboard.”

Laroche said he is proud to serve in this capacity.

Wayne Laroche
“The Pennsylvania Game Commission is one of the nation’s top agencies of its kind, and is recognized nationally for its top-notch staff,” Laroche said. “It is an honor to serve in this position. The diversity and complexity of tasks and programs engaged in by the agency will make the job exciting.

“I hope that my experience and skills will enhance the management of wildlife resources for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” he said.

Laroche directed the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife from 2003 to 2011, and was part of the Vermont Threatened and Endangered Species Committee. More recently, he worked as staff scientist for Lake Champlain International Inc., in Colchester, Vt., where his work helped to protect water quality and fisheries in the Lake Champlain Basin. Laroche also worked as fisheries and ichthyological consultant for Stonefish Environmental and Taxonomic Services in Enosburg Falls, Vt., from 1985 to 2002. There he operated a consulting business, with contracts and jobs dealing with fish and fisheries investigations.

Laroche is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Forestry with a bachelor’s of science in Wildlife Management, and received his master’s of science in natural resources, fisheries option, from the Humboldt State University School of Natural Resources in Arcata, Calif.

Laroche grew up in northern Vermont in a family of hunters, anglers and trappers. His interest in wildlife management began at a young age and has shaped the course of his life. He is an avid white-tailed deer hunter.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Wetmore Twp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Wetmore Twp, McKean County 

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-08-12 to Swepi Lp in Wetmore Twp, McKean county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.

Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Heavy Traffic Congestion in City of Sunbury, Northumberland County, Due To River Festival

Montoursville – Motorists heading to the City of Sunbury in Northumberland County will encounter heavy traffic congestion there.

A section of Routes 61/147 (Front Street), Route 61 (Market Street) and access to several side streets including Truck Route 61, are closed for the River Festival, which will be held today and tomorrow. There also is construction on Chestnut Street, which is a municipal street.

Signed detours are in place. However, motorists attending the festival should expect significan delays. Those not attending the festival should consider alternate routes and avoid the city, if possible.

Hotel Crittenden Hosts Dam Show Pre-Party August 14 with Special Guests, Mystery Fyre

Mystery Fyre
Get a preview of what’s in store for this year’s Austin Dam Show on August 14 when long-time Dam Show favorites, Mystery Fyre, host the official Dam Show Pre-Party at the Hotel Crittenden starting at 9:30 PM. With nearly a decade of hard work and touring, the edgy vintage throwback rockers will be performing original material inspired by the 60s and 70s greats, as well as some original revamps of familiar classics from these eras.

“Mystery Fyre is always a huge hit at the Dam Show because their music spans the generations. Whether you’re a fan of classic rock, blues, funk or the British Invasion, you’re going to love this band,” said David Brooks, Executive Director of the Potter County Visitors Association.

Mystery Fyre's booming style has created a response from regional and national press, including a spot on Relix Magazine's Top of the World charts, ranking them alongside the likes of Joe Walsh and Keller Williams. The band of three brothers, Wes, Jake and Joey Knorr, is in the midst of its summer comeback tour after a brief hiatus from touring last year. They’ll be making 16 stops on the tour throughout Pennsylvania, as well as New York City, New Jersey and Delaware. But the band has a special place in their hearts for Potter County.

"We've been anticipating getting back out to this sweet little spot in western Pennsylvania,” said Wes Knorr of Mystery Fyre. “Our experiences there have been memorable to say the least, and we love the family vibe we get from the local folks. This tour has been a hot one and we look forward to bringing the heat to Coudersport."

There will be a $4 cover charge for the show. For more information, see the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/876589569079834/.

The Austin Dam Show will be held on August 28 – 29 and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

For more information on the bands performing at this year’s show or to purchase tickets, visit www.damshow.com or www.facebook.com/AustinDamShow.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Senior Citizens Expo a Success

It was a pleasure to welcome hundreds of area senior citizens, along with dozens of vendors, to the annual Senior Citizens Expo at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford last week. I hope everyone who came found the event to be helpful and informative. Additional expos are planned on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Roulette Fire Hall and on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Kane Community Center. Click here for details!



Thank You for Coming!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the “coffee and conversation” meeting held yesterday (Thursday) at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. We had a great discussion about some big issues facing the Commonwealth, including the state budget, pension reform and liquor privatization. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear your thoughts and concerns.

  

Ag Committee to Hear Avian Influenza Update at Ag Progress Days

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which I chair, will receive an update on the state’s avian influenza preparedness at a meeting next week during the 2015 Ag Progress Days.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Pennsylvania Furnace (near State College). Barring any technical problems, the meeting will be streamed live at RepCauser.com.

Ag Progress Days is the place to be for people who want to learn about the latest trends, research and technology in agriculture. Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts more than 45,000 attendees and nearly 500 exhibitors from 34 states and Canada.

In addition to the exhibits, attendees can participate in research tours, watch machinery demonstrations, enjoy interactive family fun and receive free health screenings.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.
 

McKean County Fair Starts this Weekend

Just a reminder that the McKean County Fair kicks off this weekend! The fair runs from Aug. 15-22 and features an array of fun, affordable family activities while also showcasing our state’s top industry: agriculture. Check out the schedule of events here.
 

Department of Health to Hold Vaccine Clinics

The Department of Health is holding immunization clinics across the Commonwealth this month to provide vaccines at little or no cost for children who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian or Alaska Native.

Locally, clinics are planned on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKean County State Health Center, 84-90 Boylston St. in Bradford, and at the Cameron County Family Center, 603 Woodland Avenue in Emporium.
The cost is $5 per child (payable by check or money order) for families above income guidelines; however, no child will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Parents must bring their child’s vaccination records to their scheduled appointment, and the parent or legal guardian must accompany the child receiving immunizations.

To pre-register for the Bradford clinic, call 814-368-0426. To pre-register for the Emporium clinic, call 814-834-5351. Additional information and registration is also available at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), or visit the Department of Health website