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Friday, August 12, 2022

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)


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PA Must Be Leader in Critical Mineral, Rare Earth Industry


The House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, heard testimony Tuesday about the importance of developing the critical mineral and rare earth element (REE) industry in the Commonwealth to help boost national security, minimize supply chain disruptions, create jobs and clean up the environment.

Critical minerals and rare earth elements are vital components of today’s technologies, including computer chips, smart phones and touch screens; medical devices and state-of-the-art defense systems; and alternative energy sources such as windmills and solar panels.

However, the U.S. is 100% import reliant for 30 of the 50 critical minerals and at least 50% for another 14 of the 50 elements. China controls almost all global production of these minerals and elements. It also has a stranglehold over the processing of such minerals as they are transformed into the actual metals that go into the final product.

Leaders at the Penn State Center for Critical Minerals believe the legacy of mine production (abandoned coal mines, refuse piles and fly ash) in Pennsylvania makes it ideal for domestic production. This would result in significant job creation and environmental cleanup, as well as support national security and a more reliable supply chain.

Video and written testimony from the hearing are available at

Following the hearing, we toured Penn State’s mineral processing facilities; coal utilization center and critical minerals separation lab; and Millennium Science Complex (MSC) microscopic facilities. Learn more about the university’s work here.
Thank You for Coming!

Many thanks to everyone who came out for the Bradford Senior Citizens Expo last week! We had a great turnout of seniors and deeply appreciate the participation of our exhibitors and the support from our sponsors. If you weren’t able to join us last week, our next expo will be at the Kane Community Center on Friday, Sept. 9, and the Roulette Fire Hall on Friday, Oct. 7. Both events run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Annual PIPP Picnic

Congratulations to Mark Cline, president, and Dave Hill, secretary/treasurer, of PIPP (Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers) who were recognized for their service and dedication by receiving the Gary Hovis Memorial Award at the organization’s annual meeting and picnic held in Bradford last weekend. I was honored to attend and speak at the event with my colleagues state Sen. Scott Hutchinson and state Rep. Kathy Rapp.
Mark Your Calendar for Kane Office Open House

Earlier this year, our office in Kane made a big move…across the street! We are now in the Northwest Savings Building, at 54 Fraley St., Suite 2. To celebrate the move, we are holding an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4-6 p.m. No RSVP is necessary. I hope to see you there!
GOP Economic Policies Moving PA in Right Direction

Pennsylvania has moved from 23rd to 17th place in CNBC’s rankings for America’s Top States for Business in 2022.

This is great news and reinforces the value of our pro-jobs approach to governing the Commonwealth. That includes improving our technology and infrastructure, cutting taxes, investing in our education and workforce development systems, keeping state spending in check and planning for the future.

We continue working to get government out of the way of employers as we advance regulatory reform and relief efforts. We also gave voters a voice in successfully amending our state constitution to reassure Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania businesses they cannot be unilaterally shuttered indefinitely.

While more work needs to be done, this report is proof Pennsylvania has rallied due to policies that welcome businesses and the jobs they create.
PA Budget Matters to You! Investing in Public Health, Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians is a core function of government. That’s why the 2022-23 state budget continues significant investments in support of that goal.

This budget will allow the Pennsylvania State Police to train two new cadet classes, which will add up to an additional 200 troopers to protect communities throughout the state. To reduce the trend of increasing crime and diminishing local law enforcement capacity, local police and law enforcement will also benefit from $135 million in one-time federal relief funds for local law enforcement support grants.

To improve access to mental health care in Pennsylvania, the budget allocates $100 million in one-time federal relief funds for a collaborative care mental health initiative.

To further ensure access to health care, the budget increases Medicaid reimbursement rates to emergency medical services providers to help them continue their life-saving work.

Recognizing the ongoing costs related to COVID-19 and workforce struggles, this budget allocates $250 million in federal relief funds to help long-term care providers, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, personal care homes, and home and community-based services, as they strive to provide compassionate care to their patients. The budget also provides a $35/day increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates in nursing homes and increases the state supplemental grant for personal care home and domiciliary care residents by $200 a month, the first increase since 2006.

To help recruit more health care providers, the budget allocates an additional $35 million in federal relief funds to support the nurse loan forgiveness program, and increases the primary care loan repayment program by $1.3 million to provide 50 additional awards for physicians practicing primary care in medically underserved areas, which includes some of our rural communities.

I’ll be highlighting other key initiatives contained in the budget in the coming weeks. You may also read more at
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Waitlist Eliminated

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) announced this week it has terminated the waitlist for vocational rehabilitation services for significantly disabled (SD) and non-significantly disabled (NSD) individuals.

L&I’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment while keeping their independence. Since 2016, nearly 370,000 individuals have received services from OVR, including vocational counseling, evaluations, medical diagnostic services, medical restoration services, employment training, placement services and career support services.

In eliminating the waitlist, OVR is lifting what is called OOS, or order of selection. When funds are limited OOS is invoked, and services are available based on levels of severity of the disability. For the last 28 years, only those individuals labeled as having a “most significant disability” were receiving services, while those labeled as having a “significant” or “non-significant” disability were placed on a waitlist.

Due to the decrease in economic activity during the pandemic, OVR has a surplus of federal funding available to remove the waitlist and use those unspent resources to serve more Pennsylvanians.

For more information on OVR services, visit your local OVR office or apply for OVR services online via PA CareerLink.
Grants Available for Environmental Education Projects

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applicants for $900,000 in state grant funding available for environmental education projects.

The grants are available to schools, colleges, nonprofit community and environmental organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses, for projects that engage teachers, youth and residents in actions that help protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources. Project examples may include tours, demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences, and workshops on stream monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure and other watershed stewardship; solar and other renewable energy, alternative transportation and energy conservation; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges.

Projects with a local focus may receive up to $5,000, and regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $30,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at three levels, local, state and national, may be awarded up to $85,000.

For more information, click here.

Bradford Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash on East Main Street

At 10:24 AM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to 594 East Main Street for a 2 vehicle crash.

Arnot Road Closed in Bloss Township, Tioga County

​Montoursville, PA – Motorists are advised that Route 2016 (Arnot Road) is closed in both directions between Haverly Hill Road (T-670) and Dump Road, just west of the Village of Arnot in Bloss Township, Tioga County, due to downed utilities.

The following detour is in place:

    Eastbound traffic: Haverly Hill Road, Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road), Route 2025 (Canada Road), and Route 2005 (North Williamson Road).

    Westbound traffic: North Williamson Road, Canada Road, Cherry Flats Road, and Haverly Hill Road.

The roadway is expected to be closed through Tuesday, August 16.  Motorists should be alert, slow down, and expect delays in travel.

The Potter County Farmer’s Market Will Be Open Friday August 12th

The Potter County Farmer’s Market, located on the square across from the jailhouse, will be open this Friday, August 12th, from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (weather permitting). Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan on bringing to the Market:

"MORAVIAN STARS BY PHIL" will be at the Potter County Farmers' Market this Friday. Phil will have white, red (great for star gazers!), and blue & gold Moravian Stars of various sizes for sale by cash, check, credit/debit card, and PayPal. The stars are lighted and ready for hanging to enhance your summer decor!

ALPACA CREATIONS will be  a vender at the Potter County Farmers Market this Friday. Bringing beautiful new colored yarns & new hand knit alpaca apparel.   Beautiful designs and sizes of alpaca socks.  We have dryer balls, alpaca bears, felts and fly tying fiber in many colors.   Accepting credit. We are Juried, PA Preferred and member of PA Wilds Artisan Trail

BLACK CATS AND PAPERCRAFTS is planning on being there with clay charms, decorative lights, wall hangings, wind chimes and an assortment of things made from paper. And we have some new potion bottle lamps. For more information, or to make a custom order contact Leon at or visit our Facebook page to see preview images of the new things we're making at

Blue Marble Farm will be at the market with local, organically grown beautiful produce.  We will have an assortment of Heirloom, 2 bite and cherry tomatoes, colorful beans, beets, and carrots. Round zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers and more. We accept cash, credit cards, SNAP and FMNP checks. For more information, contact Lisa at, 814-320-1308 or

BRIAN GUSTIN'S WOODWORKS expects to likely attend, depending on the weather, with a selection of woodcrafts and turnings. We can accept cash, local checks, Venmo, and for purchases over $25, credit cards. I can be contacted via Facebook, or you can visit my website at

CARD CREEK BAKERY will be at the Farmers Market this Friday. We will have Artisan Breads, sweet treats, jams, and fresh brown eggs from our hen house. If you have a request or would like to order something, please contact me.

CARING CRAFTS will be all set up with a variety of items.  We have hand sewed travel pillows with a variety of colors and/or designs! Hand painted clothes pin wreaths! Each one is very colorful.  Homemade plastic canvas items which include; wall hanging item, ornaments to place on your tree this year.  Plastic canvas hot air balloons to hang up at that special spot! We accept cash payments! Hope to see everyone!

JOEL AND JUNE CALDWELL will be selling our great tasting raw and unfiltered honey harvested from our bees at the Kent Kenyon farm in Hebron.  We will only be making several more farmers markets, so come and get it when you can!  Available in both liquid and our best selling creamed form.

MATTHEW LONG AND HIS DAUGHTER will be attending, bringing produce and cut flowers - sunflowers, gladiolus, and more.

MIKE THOMPSON will be a vender this Friday. Bringing Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Juliet Tomatoes (grape salad), Candy Onions, Hot Hungarian Peppers, Acorn Squash and  Dill Weed also Rough Rider Brand Knives.   Knife sharpening while you shop the other venders. Cash only.

On-Site Job Fair August 17th At Mount Laurel Recovery Center


Think About It

Pastor B.J. Knefley

Unplugged. That word can take on a variety of meanings for each of us. For some it might mean unplugged from social networks, for others it might be unplugged from people, drama, work and the economy. For still others it might have to do with spirituality.

The other morning, I picked up my phone and unplugged the charging cord only to find that my battery was at 4%. How could this be? Wasn’t it plugged in all night? Unfortunately, sometimes my case restricts the charging cord to make full contact resulting a situation that it appears to be connected correctly when it is not.

That night I plugged in my phone, but this time I checked to see if it was charging. Finding that it wasn’t I pulled the plug in and out to attempt to get a better connection. Nothing worked. I decided to check the other end of the cord and learned very quickly that the cord was not plugged into the power source. No wonder it wasn’t charging. There was no power. Spirituality we can be the same way.

Think about this for a moment. You can do all the things that the tenants of faith instruct you to do, yet not be plugged into the God of faith. You can read the bible, pray, attended services, give to the poor and many other things while never having a relationship with the one whom you’re doing it for. It becomes window dressing and nothing more. Instead of being plugged in, you’re unplugged.

So, how do we then determine what we’re plugged into? We need to look deeper than just scratching the surface. That means we need to look at the power source or to the reasons we are doing what we’re doing. If we’re doing it to look good or to fulfill some sort of requirement or obligation, then it’s not faith. If it’s to look the part and to belong, then we’re missing the point as well. Remember what the Apostle Paul said? If it’s not love, then it’s just a loud noise and a clanging cymbal. Think About It

Galeton Borough Is Hiring Two Full Time Positions


Part-Time Paraeducator Position Available


Potter County Domestic Relations Office Seeking A Full-Time Case Manager


The Commissioners of Potter County Accepting Applications For A Clerk/Secretary In The Galeton District Magistrate


Come to Galeton and Save $$$ At North Central Supply & The Shops of Quarter West

North Central Supply and The Shops of Quarter West, 25 West St., Galeton, Pa.
We are back to our regular hours Tuesday through Saturday. Stop by for great savings
  Some new items in ... Lots of prehung doors ready to install.. Lots of new Spring decor and farmhouse primitives at Grammy's Shack.. New washer, dryers refrigerators and gas and electric ranges.. Save money and make the drive to Galeton! Nobody beats our prices..period! 25 West St Galeton, Pa. Open Tuesday through Friday 10-5 Sat. 9-4.

Come Celebrate The Life Of James Rimel On August 13th


Sweden Valley Manor Outpatient Therapy Open House August 16th


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Fire & EMS Dispatched For Full Arrest at Potter County Jail

At 6:30 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to the Potter County Jail for a full arrest. CPR in progress. Coudersport Fire for manpower dispatched.

6:37 PM--Ambulance recalled.

Otto Township Fire Dispatched For Search Detail

At 6:05 PM on Thursday, Otto Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to station for a search detail.

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched For Tractor Rollover with Possible Entrapment

At 5:37 PM on Thursday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire & EMS dispatched to 218 Shawmutt Road for a tractor rollover with a person possibly trapped under the tractor.

Report from scene: Male with laceration to arm, bleeding uncontrolled. Helicopter requested. Older male entrapped under tractor. Now reporting possible stabbing. 

Police report having another male in custody.

Mansfield & Blossburg Dispatched For Wildfire

At 5:21 PM on Thursday, Mansfield & Blossburg Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 1296 Johnson Hill Road for a wildfire.

Kidnapping Suspected Arrested In West Virginia


Judith Mary “Judy” Harten, 86, formerly of Bradford, PA.

Judith Mary Harten

Judith Mary “Judy” Harten, 86, formerly of Bradford, passed away on August 6, 2022, at the SKLD nursing facility in Zeeland, MI.
Born March 1, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Miles B. and Tryphena (Sinclair) Harten Sr.

Judy was a kind, sweet, caring and giving lady who remembered everyone’s birthday and anniversary and always wanted to send a card or gift for your special day.  She loved everyone and all who knew her loved her too. 

She is survived by her nephews, Jeff (Ann) Harten of Holland, MI and Greg (Michele) Harten of Tifton, GA, her great-nieces and great-nephews including Matthew, Allyson, Jaclyn, Griffin and Natalie and great, great-nephews Aayden, Sam and Davis.  Judy also had a very special friend, Vivian Dunn, who was her roommate at SKLD and who Judy often referred to as her ‘sister’.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Miles B. Harten Jr., sister in law, Dee Harten, and sister Sarah Harten.   

Friends are invited to livestream this funeral service for Judy on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 10:30am.  To view this service, go to, and click on view livestream funerals.

Her burial will be with her parents in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes inc.
If you wish to honor Judy’s memory, please send a charitable contribution to Futures Rehabilitation Center (, the March of Dimes, or have a Mass said in her memory at St. Bernard’s Church.

For the past 35 years Judy has received excellent care at the nursing homes where she lived.  We would like to send a huge thank you to the staff at both the SKLD Nursing Center in Zeeland, MI where she lived for the past five years as well as to the staff at the Bradford Manor, for their wonderful care of her during the previous 30 years.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Brockport Man Charged Fleeing And Eluding After A Chase In Snyder TWP.


Wilcox Man Arrested For Retail Theft And Drug Possession In Fox TWP.


No Injuries In One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 414 In Union TWP.


Mansfield PSP Investigating A Stolen Handgun In Nelson TWP.


Galeton's Goodyear Hose New BBQ Pit

The new BBQ pit is finished. The red-roofed structure is located on West Street in Galeton and now is the new covered structure where the firemen cook their famous chicken BBQ several times a year for the everyone's enjoyment. 

For 50 years in rain, shine, and sometimes in snow flurries, the firemen did their cooking on an uncovered pit at the same location - now they have a covered area which includes free flowing ventilation in the roof and concrete walk area around the pit. 

The structure was officially christened on 4th of July weekend with the first official BBQ at the facility. 

The contractor was Steve Haskins of Galeton and the project was funded by a grant from The Gale Foundation. Image by Andy Lychalk, Jr.

Austin Ambulance to Turner Street

At 3:51 PM on Thursday, Austin Ambulance has been dispatched to Turner Street for a fall victim.


The Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections, the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, and our local school districts are continuing to team up to implement a county-wide program called Seniors 2 Seniors. This program is teaching basic computer skills, digital literacy, and cybersecurity to senior citizens so that they have the skills and knowledge to utilize the many benefits of high-speed Internet, which can include:
•    Staying connected to friends and family
•    Sending and receiving emails
•    Using search engines to navigate the Internet
•    Utilizing telemedicine (healthcare from home)
•    Using on-line banking
•    Shopping from home (for items not available in the local area) 

As a part of this program, the Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections and the Area Agency on Aging have local high school students volunteering to provide on-site support to each of the adults who participates in the course. The area high school students are a logical resource to support the senior citizens as they learn about the Internet since this generation of students has grown up with technology as a part of their daily lives. They are a true “tech savvy” population and can provide valuable support to older adults who are learning to navigate and use new technological skills and information.

Course Schedule:
The Seniors 2 Seniors technology course is being offered at each of the four senior centers in Potter County on a six-week rotating schedule, meeting on Wednesdays (following the school districts’ calendars), throughout the 2022-2023 school years. The course will meet at the Ulysses Senior Center (September 14th – October 19th) from 12:45 – 2:15 pm. and then at the Galeton Senior Center (November 2nd - December 14th, time to be announced; no class November 23rd).

The registration deadline for the Ulysses course is Wednesday, September 7th. Register yourself, a parent, or grandparent by calling the Potter County Education Council at (814) 274-4877 or by stopping by the Potter County Education’s Coudersport office at 5 Water Street. Registration for the Galeton course will open in September.


Wellsboro Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash on Route 6

At 2:56 PM on Thursday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash on Route 6 near Lewis Homes.

Penelec Scheduling Planned Power Outage in Parts of Port Allegany Monday


Mansfield, Big Elm Dispatched to Wildfire

At 2:15 PM on Thursday, Mansfield & Big Elm Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a wildfire along Rt. 549, a mile north of Roseville.

2 Injured In Motorcycle Crash in Cattaraugus County

In Cattaraugus County, a motorcycle crash has injured 2 riders on Rt. 242 & Narrows Road near Napoli about an hour ago. Helicopters are transporting.

Port Allegany Ambulance to North Brooklynside

At 1:49 PM on Thursday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been called to North Brooklynside Road for a fall victim.

Friendship Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Crash with Rollover & Entrapment

At 1:53 PM on Thursday, Friendship Fire & EMS along with MTS dispatched to a 2 vehicle rollover crash on I-86 Eastbound at the Friendship exit. Entrapment is reported.

I-86 One lane closure in the area of exit 29. Please use caution. Helicopter requested but not available. Report one BLS, one ALS injuries.

Now requesting I-86 Eastbound shut down at Cuba so a helicopter can land on the expressway.

3:37 PM--I-86 Eastbound REOPENED.

Mt. Jewett Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim in Kane

At 1:36 PM on Thursday, Mt. Jewett Ambulance has been dispatched to Dawson Street in Kane for a victim of an assault. Wilcox ambulance was also dispatched & cancelled.

Cuba Dispatched to Head-On Crash on Rt. 305

At 1:25 PM on Thursday, Cuba Fire & EMS have been dispatched to Rt. 305 South for a 2 vehicle head-on crash with serious injuries. Helicopter requested.

Clarksville to CLOSE RT. 305 at Stout Road & Rt. 305 at Haskell Road.

State Route 305 is now open

Barbara "Mickey" J. Dyne, 88, of Kane, PA

Barbara "Mickey" J. Dyne

Barbara "Mickey" J. Dyne, 88, passed away early Wednesday morning (Aug. 10) at Sena-Kean Manor.  She was born on Jan. 28, 1934 in Axtell, KS, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Evelyn (Robinson) Burke.

Mrs. Dyne had worked many jobs throughout her life.  She had worked for Bell Telephone and Sunkist in California, where she lived after graduating high school and where she married her first husband, Richard Gallagher Sr., who preceded her in death.  She then moved to this area after she married Buck Dyne of Kane, who also preceded her in death. She worked at Olympic Luggage, Broadbent- Stiteler,  the Kane High School as a janitor and the Kane Republican, just to name a few.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane (Howard) Humphrey, Barbara Gallagher and Marlene Dyne, all of Kane; one son Richard (Aretta) Gallagher of Kane; six grandchildren, Bob Gallagher and partner Chuck Howe, Becky (Frank) Sider, Shannon Szymanski, Tesla Moore, Sloan Moore and Samantha (Justin) Fiebig; seven great-grandchildren, Paige and Jordan Vogel, Cadence Carlson-Maybury, Damien and Piper Wells and Diana Fiebig.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson Roger Gallagher and one sister Joan Burke.

Mickey was very well loved by everyone she met.  She loved her family more than anything in the world.  We know she will join her grandson in Heaven and it will be a wonderful reunion.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday (Aug. 13) at 1:00 p.m. at the Cummings Funeral Home, with the Rev. Calvin Cook officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Jay Township Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Crash in Force

At 12:45 PM on Thursday, Jay Township Fire Dept. & Bennetts Valley Ambulance have been dispatched to Bennetts Valley Highway near the Force post office for a 2 vehicle crash with no reported injuries.

DUI Arrest In Eldred TWP.


PSP Lewis Run Seeking Information For A Person Impersonating A Police Officer In Wetmore TWP.


Bolivar Ambulances Dispatched for Multiple Assault Victims

1:12 AM--In front of 336 Main Street. 2 ambulances. MTS also dispatched.

J-Squared In Roulette Offers Transmission, Drive Line Rebuilds & Other Automotive Repair


Sew Much More Second Annual Trunk Show