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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Port Allegany

At 10:19 PM on Tuesday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched mutual aid to Brooklynside road in Port Allegany for a foot laceration.

Aryan Strikeforce member seeks to get indictment dismissed


 GROUP MEETINGS HELD IN POTTER COUNTY, PA

 WILLIAMSPORT -- A reputed member of the Aryan Strikeforce has added bad faith to his claim of outrageous conduct by the government.

Justin Daniel Lough makes the accusation after learning an audio recording containing evidence potentially beneficial to him has been destroyed.

The bad faith allegation is the latest made by the Waynesboro, Va., resident who seeks dismissal of the indictment that charges him and five other strikeforce members.

They are accused of transporting a total of 48 pounds of simulated methamphetamine, machine gun parts and AR-15 receivers from Pennsylvania to Maryland of four occasions in 2016 and 2017 for which they were paid.

It is Lough's contention the government conceived, planned and directed the scheme that resulted in the indictment of the six.  Read more....

Johnsonburg man shot by police files suit against officer, borough

WNEP

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. - An Elk County man shot by a Johnsonburg Borough police officer in November has filed a civil suit against the officer and the borough.

The suit contends the officer and the borough of Johnsonburg violated Angel Perez Jr.'s constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th amendments. The suit also accuses the officer of negligence and battery.

Police said Perez was shot by an officer in November 2017 near the Domtar facility on West Center Street in Johnsonburg. The Elk County District Attorney handed the case over to the Attorney General's Office in January due to a conflict of interest.  

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Ridgway Fire Dept. Dispatched For Burned Food

At 5:39 PM on Tuesday, Ridgway Fire Department has been dispatched to a fire alarm at 110 Lincoln Street. Resident called 911 reporting it was burned food that set off the alarm on the second floor.
RESPONSE CANCELLED

No injuries when Mt. Jewett driver swerves to miss a bear


Motorcyclist crashes bike after sliding on gravel


Wellsboro Dispatched For Live Wires Down

At 4:45 PM on Tuesday, Wellsboro Fire Department has been dispatched to the area of 2453 Hills Creek Lake Road for live wires down.

Famed Westminster Ringers to Perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 24

The Westminster Ringers (shown) will perform in Wellsboro. See and hear what this amazing group of bell ringers can do.
On Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m., experience the magic sound of bells and percussion played by the renowned Westminster Ringers in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro.

The 18 members of the Westminster Ringers and their Music Director Larry Henning will perform a multisensory concert featuring familiar sacred songs, secular favorites and original bell compositions.

The program at Wellsboro will include: “Allegro Glorioso” by Arnold Sherman; “Celtic Praise” by Rolf Lovland, arranged by Kevin McChesney; “Expedition” by Joel Raney; “Little Fugue” by J. S. Bach, arranged by Michael Kastner; “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish, arranged by Paul Allen; “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranged by Douglas Wagner; “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt, arranged by Kevin McChesney; “Sabre Dance” by Aram Khachaturian, arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson; “The Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, arranged by William Griffin; and “Viva la Vida” by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin, arranged by Kevin McChesney.

For the June 24 performance, the Westminster Ringers will be bringing their collection of bells, one of the largest in the eight-state Mid-Atlantic area. In the collection are 85 Malmark English handbells spanning seven octaves, two octaves of Malmark Cymbells® (suspended bells); seven octaves of Malmark Choirchimes® (round and square aluminum) and assorted percussion instruments.

“Most bell ringing groups only own three to five octaves of bells and 3 octaves of chimes," said Debbie Henning, managing director. "With this much equipment, we can add much more color to our music."

The Westminster Ringers are professional handbell musicians who go through an audition process each June to determine who will be in this ensemble. Only 15 to 18 people are chosen annually. They play a technically difficult repertoire with pristine emotion.

The bell ringers all have day jobs that are not necessarily in the music field. “We have teachers, secretaries, engineers, computer technicians and scientists to name a few,” Henning said.

“What makes our organization unique is that our ensemble represents seven counties in Maryland and three states, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania,” said Henning. “We are in the one percent of the handbell population that is not from a church or school. We are not only a handbell group that plays at a high level of musicality but also educates others at our concerts and educational events."

The Westminster Ringers will perform in Hainesport, New Jersey on Friday, June 22; in Gloversville, New York on Saturday, June 23 and end their three-concert weekend with the June 24 concert in Wellsboro.

“The musically creative art of English handbell ringing is strikingly evident with the Westminster Ringers…one of the leading organizations for musical expression and innovations,” said Professor Emeritus William A. Payn, nationally known and respected in the handbell community. “They have established themselves as one of America's premier professional ensembles,” he said. Dr. Payn retired in the spring of 2014 after 32 years of teaching and leading Bucknell University's marquee choral and handbell groups.

The Westminster Ringers, Inc. is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the state’s Department of Business and Economic Development dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, also provides funding for the MSAC.

Admission to the concert is $15; $12 for seniors 65 and older and free for youth, 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 and online at www.deanecenter.com.

Silver Wings The Music of Merle Haggard is Saturday, June 23

The six musicians of Silver Wings: The Merle Haggard Tribute Show will be on stage in Wellsboro on June 23.
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 is Silver Wings: The Merle Haggard Tribute Show in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

This remarkable show recreates Merle live in concert. The performance includes over two dozen of Haggard's famous hits. Among his songs are "Tonight, The Bottle Let Me Down" and "Swinging Doors" (both from 1966); "Mama Tried" (1968); "Okie From Muskogee," "Workin' Man Blues" and of course "Silver Wings," (all from 1969); The Fightin' Side of Me (1970); "If We Make It Through December" (1973); "Big City" (1981); "I'll Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," "Poncho and Lefty" and many more.

The voice, the look, the songs - the Merle Haggard legacy lives on with Silver Wings. See why this incredible show has received rave reviews nationwide. "An ultra entertaining performance." writes Tulsa Today and "An excellent concert full of great tunes," says the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Performing at Wellsboro will be Andy Crawford, singer; Dan Broad, bass guitar; Dana Welts, guitar; Pete Adams, pedal steel; Vinnie Brandi, drums; and Tony Torra, keyboards.

Silver Wings was formed in 2016, the year of Merle Haggard's passing. Haggard died at his home in Palo Cedro, Shasta County, California on April 6, the morning of his 79th birthday, from complications of pneumonia.

It was then that this talented group of musicians decided to form the Silver Wings tribute show to both honor Haggard and keep his legendary songs alive. All of the musicians in the show have performed with many touring country music recording artists. After many phone calls, emails and texts, the band was formed and has been performing ever since.

Admission is $25, $20 for seniors 65 and older and free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit online www.deanecenter.com.

$5K in Community Fund grants support area nonprofit projects, health and safety

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s board of directors recently approved five grants totaling more than $5,000 from the Community Fund to support special projects and initiatives at area nonprofits.
The Food Bank of WNY received a $1,000 grant to support the purchase of a new, refrigerated truck to directly deliver food to 34 member agencies across Cattaraugus County.

The Food Bank of WNY currently delivers food to three agencies that serve as distribution centers to other food pantries in Cattaraugus County: Olean Food Pantry, Cattaraugus Community Action and Delevan Community Food Pantry.

The new vehicle will allow the Food Bank of WNY to deliver to member agencies, easing the work on volunteers at distribution centers and increasing efficiency for Cattaraugus County food banks, which together assist 9,241 individuals a year.

The Franklinville Central/Ten Broeck Academy School District received $1,560 to support the school’s efforts to offer First Aid/CPR/AED training to all high school students (approximately 200 students).

The Community Fund grant will allow two teachers to receive certification to provide instruction to students.

After the initial Community Fund grant allows for certification training, the school district will be able self-sustaining in providing the classes and regularly scheduled recertification classes to ensure students retain their certification.

“We are so pleased to have received the Community Fund Grant from CRCF that will provide the financial support to train and certify all of our 9th through 12th grade students in CPR, AED and First Aid,” said Franklinville/TBA Superintendent Michelle Spasiano.

“The knowledge, skills and confidence that these students will gain from this training will empower them with a mindset of safety and security that will have a lasting impact in our community for years to come,” she added.

A $1,000 grant to the Challenger Learning Center will allow installation of new flooring in the center’s New World 2.0 space to ensure visiting students the highest level of comfort.

The space has students suit up and voyage to a new planet to search for signs of life, while learning all about science and technology. In 2018 alone, the S.P.A.C.E. academy had visits from 50 school groups.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department’s Veggie Wheels initiative received $1,500.

Veggie Wheels, formerly known as Veggie Mobile, provides fresh, local vegetables and produce to low-income individuals and families in Cattaraugus County who face diet-related health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes at very high rates.

“Each Community Fund grant cycle is a reminder of all of the essential work that nonprofits are doing in our community,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The Community Fund allows our board of directors to directly invest in getting these projects off the ground or ensuring their completion by filling a funding gap.”

Donations can be made to the Community Fund at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundation.org.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 4:21 PM on Tuesday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a medical call.

UPMC Cole hosting "Operation Appreciation"

The Cole Foundation invites you to join in on their efforts in honoring local veterans through "Operation Appreciation". This is a simple way to say "Thank You" for the sacrifices they have made. Join our UPMC Cole Family by decorating our hospital campus with American Flags to show our love, honor, and respect. Flags will be on display from July 1st through the 7th.

For more information on how you can make a donation to display a flag, visit http://www.colememorial.org/foundation-event.aspx or call Andrea Streich at 814.274.5520

Students participate in inaugural Flight 93 Memorial Alternative Break

This spring, Penn State DuBois was the first university to participate in the inaugural Alternative Break Service Program at Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Although this is the first time the Memorial has hosted an Alternative Break program, students in the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology program have participated in work at the site for five years, reclaiming areas that are former strip mines. This year, seven students were led by Senior Instructor in Wildlife Technology Keely Roen. The group installed logistical support to the memorial’s largest service event, Plant-a-Tree at Flight 93. The event aims to reforest the site where Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001.

"At the time the plane went down, much of it was an old reclaimed strip mine. At the time it was done, it qualified as reclaimed. It was planted in grass," Roen explained. "Now, they want a living memorial, and to take it back to how it was pre-mining, and to really create a beautiful area to commemorate the 40 people who died there."

John Bernstiel, a national parks service ranger who manages the Flight 93 Memorial added, "Coal was mined here for the better part of 40 years. Although the coal industry brings a lot of prosperity to the area in the form of well-paying jobs and business, strip mining is a very invasive process that is harmful to the land. Certain steps have to be taken to reclaim or heal the land after the mining is finished. This process can take decades. Paul Murdoch, the architect of the memorial, working with his firm and landscape architect, decided that he wanted to directly incorporate this reclamation process into his design. He did this through natural elements such as our wetlands and 40 memorial groves, and also through the planned reforestation project, now in its seventh year. His idea was that we could help heal this scared landscape, as we as a country continued to heal after the events of September 11."

During their latest trip to the property, Penn State DuBois students joined around 400 other volunteers from businesses and organizations who assembled teams for the effort. All told, 11,000 seedlings were sorted and planted during the weekend planting event. Volunteers also built bluebird boxes that will attract the birds to populate the area, and performed other clean-up and maintenance work.

"This large, living memorial needs a lot of year round care to keep it looking beautiful and fit for the 400,000 visitors that come through here every year," Bernstiel said. "From cleaning up trash, to maintaining our memorial trials, to just keeping up with mowing the grass, this work is primarily conducted by our very small but amazing maintenance staff. We supplement their work with, you guessed it, volunteers. On top of the contributions our regular volunteers make to this effort, we also host groups, including student, veteran, and cooperate groups, who come to the memorial to complete service projects. These are maintenance projects that range from large, to small. These group efforts go a long way in assisting our staff with the daily and yearly up keep of the memorial grounds."

Through the involvement of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program with the memorial project over the past five years, students have contributed thousands of hours of work. They've also had opportunities to learn new things, and gain hand-on experience that will prove useful in their careers in conservation, environmental protection, and related fields.

"Five years ago we were contacted by Penn State Altoona to help with 'Plant a Tree for Flight 93', so we went with them as a planting team," Roen recalled. "The next year they asked us to be a support team, providing leadership for other teams in sorting and planting saplings. This year we were honored to be the first university to participate in their Alternative Break Service Program. There were other professionals there from different national parks, and the students got to learn about their careers in law enforcement, maintenance, and conservation. The Memorial put us up at Camp Allegeny and hosted team-building events from campfire discussion of the meaning of service to a rock-climbing wall and Escape Room."

Student Jacob Wolfe said, "I thought the trip was wonderful. I had lots of fun, and learned lots of new information. I really liked learning about Pennsylvania's western national parks. My favorite part of the trip was when we put the bluebird boxes up and tree swallows showed up immediately after the boxes were put up."

Multiple Penn State DuBois students have also completed internships at the memorial over the years. Internship work included an invasive species study conducted by students at the site, which was used to and advise the National Parks Service on which plant species should be removed, and which should be cultivated.

Bernstiel said all of this work, and the results, provide a lasting impact. "In the larger scope, the memorial's significance is directly tied to the events that took place on September 11, 2001, and how that fateful day changed the world," hesaid. "The Flight 93 story itself is significant in the fact that the 40 crew members and passengers aboard the plane made a decision to fight back against their terrorist hijackers in an effort to regain control of the plane. In doing so, they forced the terrorists to crash the plane in a rural reclaimed strip mine site near Shanksville, PA. This resulted in the terrorist not reaching their intended target, most likely the U.S. Capitol building, and saved the lives of possibly hundreds of people who would have been in and around the Capitol that morning. Many view these 40 individuals as heroes and as the first combatants in the War on Terror. Flight 93 National Memorial is dedicated to their actions and memory."

The National Parks Service recently completed a video highlighting the work at the Flight 93 sight, and featuring Penn State DuBois student volunteers. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/7J45hzoErKU

Photo: Flight 93 Group

In back, from left to right: John Bernstiel ,Flight 93 National Memorial park ranger; Jacob Wolfe, Morgan Silvis, Angela Haggard, Makayla Whaling, Jim McCloskey, US Forest Service; Jennifer Lohsandt, Senior Instructor in Wildlife Technology Keely Roen.

In front, left to right: Katelyn Blystone and Sierra Beiswenger.

Stratford Festival Deadline Nears; Six Seats Left

Martha Henry is the first woman to play William Shakespeare's final hero, Prospero in the Stratford Festival's live production of "The Tempest." Only six seats remain for Hamilton-Gibson's 19th annual three-day, three-play theatre excursion to Ontario, Canada on Oct. 12-14. Those going on the trip will see two other live stage productions, "The Music Man" and "To Kill A Mockingbird." 

Reserve space now with a $125 deposit. Payment in full is due by Friday, Aug. 10. 

For information about the trip or to make reservations, visit www.hamiltongibson.org or contact Hamilton-Gibson’s Theater Excursions Coordinator Larry Biddison at 570-724-4586 or biddison@epix.net.

Grandparent Scam Still Alive and Well

This morning I received a phone call from someone pretending to be my grandson. I have several. 

When I tried to find out which one, the voice just kept insisting he was my grandson. 

Finally at his insistence I threw out a name....one of my nephews, not a grandson....and the voice seized upon it and said that was who was calling. I asked what his last name was, and he used my last name. When I said that there was no such person, the call was disconnected.

 Fortunately, I had been suspicious and did not give out any information. This might be a warning to others who may be more forthcoming and less suspicious than I.

Betty

Golden Star Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Apricots Sour

Golden Star Wholesale of Troy, MI 48084 is recalling, AL Reef Dried Apricots Sour, because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled AL Reef Dried Apricots Sour, 12 oz clear plastic container, un-coded were sold via retail stores in MI, NY,MN,KY,WI,FL,NC,VA,OR,MA,OH,TX,MO between November 2017 and May 2018.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling of the product by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis by Department food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in Al Reef Dried Apricot Sour package that did not declare sulfites on the label.

IU9 enters agreement for emergency services curriculum

By FRAN DE LANCEY Era Correspondent delancey401@yahoo.com
Bradford Era 

SMETHPORT — The directors of the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 Educational Services have approved a memorandum of understanding between the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center and the Potter County Education Council.

The measure will allow program funding for the Homeland Security Program to be accepted and managed by the PCEC through the 2023 school year.

Center director James Young told The Era, "This (memo) allows funding received through the advisory board to be collected and distributed to the CTC."

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, students at the center in Port Allegany, the former area vocational-technical school, will be enrolled in the protective services curriculum offering studies for firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical services.  Read more......

Wolf Administration Preparing Pennsylvania’s Students for Success through Agricultural Education

Governor Tom Wolf
The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture (PDA) and Education (PDE) unveiled a comprehensive agricultural education report for schools across the commonwealth in recognition of the growing need for a workforce prepared to fill nearly 75,000 job vacancies in the agriculture and food industries over the next decade.

Attrition, growing demand for certain products, and advancing technologies will result in a workforce deficit in a number of career paths. Of those anticipated vacancies, the department has identified the 25 most in-demand occupations, which span sectors like production agriculture; animal health and veterinary services; landscaping; food manufacturing, forestry, lumber and wood products; and conservation and natural resources.  Read more....

Thompson Issues Statement on Newly Announced Department of Labor Health Care Rule

Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson
New rule gives Americans employed by small businesses
expanded access to quality, affordable health insurance


WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson released a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule that expands health care access for millions of Americans who are employed by small businesses.

Many small businesses and their employees have struggled with government restrictions that limit access to quality, affordable health coverage. This Association Health Plan (AHP) reform will address many of the inequities between small and large businesses in access to that coverage.

This reform allows small employers – many of whom are facing much higher premiums and fewer coverage options as a result of Obamacare – a greater ability to join together and gain many of the regulatory advantages enjoyed by large employers.

“Today, the Department of Labor released a rule that will make health insurance more affordable to America’s hard working small business owners,” said Rep. Thompson, a senior member of the House Education & the Workforce Committee. “The new rule expands association health plans, allowing more small businesses in the same industry, state or geographical region to come together to buy insurance in the large employer market, giving them more purchasing power and lower premiums. Association health insurance plans will provide affordable health care to farmers, florists, waitresses and their families. Today’s new rule is another win for the American worker.”

Under the Department’s new rule, AHPs can serve employers in a city, county, state, or a multi-state metropolitan area, or a particular industry nationwide. Sole proprietors as well as their families will be permitted to join such plans. In addition to providing more choice, the new rule makes insurance more affordable for small businesses. Just like plans for large employers, these plans will be customizable to tailor benefit design to small businesses’ needs. These plans will also be able to reduce administrative costs and strengthen negotiating power with providers from larger risk pools and greater economies of scale.

Information about the rule and other resources are available on the Department’s website.

Several Fire Companies Dispatched To Assist Addison

At 3:00 PM on Tuesday, Addison Fire Department and several mutual aid companies from NY & PA have been dispatched to a fire near the intersection of County Road 80 and Saunders Road.  
3:20 PM---FIRE UNDER CONTROL
Fire investigators have been called to the scene of this mobile home fire at 6534 County Road 80.

Simon says while learning close order Drill and DUI and DRE presentation by Chief Dale Niles at Northern Tier Camp Cadet

Morgan Wilson Pays It Forward

Morgan Wilson, a Resident Caregiver at Cole Manor, paid it forward by giving one of the residents a garden that they have always dreamed of. 

Morgan has worked with Cole Manor for over two years and has formed a special bond with one of the residents in particular. 

Jack was an avid gardener before moving to Cole Manor. As Morgan learned more about his passion for gardening, she realized that giving him a garden to take care and be proud of was something she wanted to do.

On Saturday, June 9th, Morgan and her mother Heather, decided to build a raised garden that included flowers and vegetables. To say Jack was surprised is an understatement. His joy and excitement for being able to do what he loved to do again was beyond what he can imagine.

Thank you, Morgan, for going above and beyond for our residents!

Galeton Library Presents Program On Wild Plants Tonight At John Collins Park


Route 446 Between Larabee Y & Coryville To Be Closed At Railroad Crossing June 25 thru June 29

Railroad Crossing Work Includes a Closure on Route 446. Detour will be in place.

Bradford, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers to a crossing closure and upcoming railroad work on Route 446 in McKean County. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will be working June 25 through 29 to replace a railroad crossing surface on Route 446 between Coryville and Larabee Y.


The crossing will be closed starting Monday, June 25, as crews remove the existing surface. Through the week, June 26, 27, and 28, work will include reconstruction of the subbase, construction of the new crossing surface, and leveling. Paving of the new crossing surface is scheduled for Friday, June 29.

A temporary detour will be in place to move traffic around the work zone. The official detour is lengthy and will utilize Route 46 to Smethport, Route 6 to Port Allegany, Route 155 to Larabee, and Route 446. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.

All work is weather dependent and will take place during daylight hours.

PennDOT and the WNYPA Railroad remind drivers to follow detour signing, approach railroad crossings with caution and to “Always expect a train.”

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Norwich Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-06-14 00:00:00 to PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC for site HEARTWOOD PAD A 2754 in Norwich Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in McCalmont Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-06-14 00:00:00 to XTO ENERGY INC for site WINSLOW B 3HU in McCalmont Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in McCalmont Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-06-14 00:00:00 to XTO ENERGY INC for site WINSLOW C 3HU in McCalmont Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Jklm Energy Llc in Eulalia Twp, Potter County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-14 to Jklm Energy Llc in Eulalia Twp, Potter county. 78a66(b)1i - REPORTING AND REMEDIATING SPILLS AND RELEASES – Reporting releases – Operator or other responsible party failed to report a spill or release of a regulated substance causing or threatening pollution of the waters of this Commonwealth, in t..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-15 to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-15 to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-15 to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-15 to Eqt Production Co in Jay Twp, Elk county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

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

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-06-15 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Tuscarora Twp, Bradford county. OGA3218.2(A) - Failure to design and construct unconventional well site to prevent spills to the ground surface and off well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Construction to Begin on Route 449 (South Brookland Road) Bridge in Ulysses Township

Potter County Bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership

Clearfield, PA – Construction for a Route 449 (South Brookland Road) bridge in Potter County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Buckseller Run in Ulysses Township. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list. 

Construction is expected to begin the week of July 2 and be complete in mid-July. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 49, Route 44 (North Main Street), US 6 (East 2nd Street), and Route 449 (North Brookland Road).

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-86 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists. 

WARNING: If you live near this project, don't allow trucks to turn around in your driveway as neither PennDOT or Walsh will repair the damage they do to your property. Editor.

Blueprint Reading Class

This class provides non-engineering personnel with a review of the basics of print reading and intermediate interpretation skills. It focuses on accurately extrapolating key details from prints that relate to the cost of manufacturing. It introduces the universal media concepts and a review of print essentials followed by principles and applications of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

This course is scheduled for Mondays, July 9 – July 30, 2018 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. The cost is $500 per person. Registration deadline is June 28th. For more information or to register, call the Northern PA Regional College at (814) 230-9010 or email admissions@rrcnpa.org.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 12:03 PM on Tuesday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for an unresponsive patient.

2018 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen is Crowned; Runners-up and Miss Congeniality named; parade winners listed

Photo by John Eaton
Tioga County Commissioner Mark Hamilton crowns Miss Montoursville Katelyn Loss as 2017 Laurel Queen Abbey Carleton presents her with the scepter and a bouquet of flowers.
Katelyn Loss, representing Montoursville Area High School, was crowned the 2018 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen during the Saturday, June 16 coronation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Photo by John Eaton
The 2018 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen is Miss Montoursville Katelyn Loss (center). Second runner-up is Miss Central Mountain Jolee McCluskey (left) and first runner-up is Miss Williamsport Madison Marchese (right).
First runner-up Miss Williamsport Madison Marchese was awarded a $750 scholarship and second runner-up Miss Central Mountain Jolee McCluskey, a $500 scholarship. Named Miss Congeniality by the other queen candidates was Miss North Penn-Liberty Abby Williams who was awarded a $250 scholarship. The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce sends the scholarship money to the college each young lady chooses to attend to help pay tuition.

“We were unanimous on the top three,” said David Cohick who served as Laurel Queen judge coordinator. “Our decision as to which candidates are in the top 10 coupled with each candidate’s answer to her question always plays a role in our final decision,” Cohick added. He is the director of Tioga County Emergency Services in Wellsboro. Other judges included: Renata Stiehl, WENY-TV news director and anchor in Horseheads, N.Y. and Jacob Michaels with 93.3 WBZD-FM, Muncy. The three have served as judges for over five years.

“I am so surprised. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said the newly crowned Laurel Queen. “It is an amazing honor.”

The 10 semi-finalists were each asked one question during the coronation ceremony. “I was asked about the pros and cons of social media,” said Miss Loss, the daughter of Christa and Clifford Loss of Fairfield Township.

“The pro of social media is being able to stay connected with people even thousands of miles apart,” Miss Loss said. “A con is how we use social media to judge ourselves by using it as a popularity contest based on how many likes, retweets and followers we get. That feeds into our anxiety. We are basing our success and popularity on posts rather than using social media as a communication tool as originally intended."

She noted that during the two-day event the Laurel Queen contestants shared their email, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook contact information so they can keep in touch with each other. “It was so awesome. These girls are literally the best people. There was no drama. We all got along. It was a great time," Miss Loss said.

All four years of high school, Miss Loss was on honor roll; in Theatre Club; played mellophone and French horn in her school’s marching and concert band; and sang alto in the school choir. As a sophomore, she was inducted into her high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and Troupe #8025 of the International Thespian Society and was a member of both as a junior and senior and vice president of Troupe #8025 as a senior. She was also a member of Lights Up; Scripts Down, her high school’s improvisational troupe, as a senior. Miss Loss took private lessons in voice and in dance all four years of high school.

“This summer I am rehearsing for the Williamsport Community Theatre League’s musical ‘Fame’,” she said. Miss Loss plays Iris Kelly. Performances will be July 19-22.

“I will be moving in at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania on Aug. 21.” she said. There, Miss Loss will major in theatre and minor in dance. Her career goals are to work professionally as an actress and to eventually open her own children's theatre company that specializes in theatre for young children and students with special needs.

First Runner-Up
Representing Williamsport Area High School was Miss Marchese. "I didn’t think I was going to be in the 10 semi-finalists much less be first runner-up," she said. I was quite surprised."

For her question, she was asked to talk about a current event. She picked suicide. "You truly never know what’s going on in someone’s life. Famous people that you think have everything they could ever want commit suicide," Miss Marchese said. "That’s why you should always be kind to people. If you are kind, you might be able to change someone’s life that day, that week, that month or that year. Being kind is free and doesn’t cost anything so you should always choose to be kind to others," she said.

"What I liked about Laurel Festival was getting to meet all the contestants," Miss Marchese said. "The judges were nice, too. The town of Wellsboro was so welcoming. I enjoyed walking around the festival and seeing all the crafts and getting to dress up," she said. "My parents were definitely happy. I think my mom was proud of me for representing Williamsport well."

Miss Marchese is the daughter of Nadera and Jeffrey Hoyt, Jr. of Williamsport. As a freshman, sophomore and junior, she was on honor roll and in her school's band playing flute and in chorus singing alto; as a junior was inducted into her school's chapter of the National Honor Society and played doubles on the Lady Millionaires Tennis Team; and was a member of the Model UN and a diver on the school’s swimming and diving team as a sophomore and junior.

She was employed as the scorekeeper for District Swim Meet in her sophomore and junior years and as a lifeguard by the Loyalsock Community Swimming Pool in the summer of 2017 and again this summer.

Miss Marchese hasn't decided on a college yet. When she graduates from high school in June of 2019, she is thinking about majoring in chemistry during her undergraduate studies. Her career goal is to be an anesthesiologist.

Second Runner-Up
"I was really surprised to make the top 10 semi-finalists and even more surprised to be second runner-up," said Jolee McCluskey. She represented Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall.

Her question as a semi-finalist was what she thought was the biggest problem facing the education system today. Her answer was budget cuts. "Students are being forced into bigger class sizes making it harder for them to learn. Being cut are high school programs like technical and career classes that can help students choose whether they want to go to college, trade school or go into the workforce."

All four years of high school, the daughter of Wendy and Joseph McCluskey of Gallagher Township was on high honor roll; president of the School-Wide Positive Behavior program; a member of student government serving as public relations committee chair as a junior and senior; and a member of the Central Mountain Girls Varsity Tennis Team playing singles and lettering all four years of high school and serving as team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior.

As a junior, she was inducted into her high school chapter of the National Honor Society and as a senior was president. As a sophomore, junior and senior, Miss McCluskey competed in the Bloomsburg University Math competitions; as a sophomore and junior in the Lock Haven University Math Competition; and as a freshman in the Math Kangaroo Competition. In 2016, she was selected for and graduated from the Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute.

"I will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York beginning on Aug. 26,” Miss McCluskey said. Her major is Information Technology and Web Science. "My career goal is to work in the cyber security field for a government agency," she said.

Photo by John Eaton
Miss North Penn-Liberty Abby Williams of Liberty
 is Miss Congeniality. The other Laurel Queen 
candidates chose her for this honor.
Miss Congeniality
"It was a true surprise and wonderful honor to be chosen Miss Congeniality," Miss Williams said. "To know that those girls picked me because they thought so highly of me and consider me the most friendly and most outgoing is a real blessing," she added.

"We had a lot of fun. It was nice getting to know all those girls. We clicked instantly and became friends," said Miss Williams. "We all exchanged contact information and will be keeping in touch through email, group chats on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, too. I am really excited about that."

As a top 10 semi-finalist, Miss Williams was asked what her passion is and how could she use it to help meet the future needs of her community? "I have a passion for hard work. Although that is not a common word to describe the word 'passion,' if I find a problem or an issue, such as recycling or a need for blood, I will set a goal to fix it and do anything in my power through hard work to achieve that goal."

The daughter of Lisa and Joseph Williams of Liberty, she was valedictorian of the Class of 2018. All four years of high school, Miss Williams was on high honor roll, served as Class of 2018 president, was a Battle of the Books team member (captain as a senior); Key Club member (secretary as a junior; president as a senior); played clarinet in senior high band; sang alto in senior high chorus; and was North Penn-Liberty Music Department secretary as a freshman and sophomore and president as a junior and senior. The music department is a student organization composed of students in band and chorus.

She has worked as a cashier and stock person at Bloss Holiday Market since she was a sophomore and will be working there this summer, too.

Miss Williams will move to Indiana University of Pennsylvania sometime between mid- to late August. There, she will major in Secondary Chemistry Education and minor in Mathematics. Her career goal is to teach math and science through STEM “to help the next generation be productive citizens of our community, our country and our world.”

Laurel Queen Semi-Finalists
The 10 semi-finalists included the 2018 Laurel Queen, her court and Miss Congeniality plus Miss Bucktail Maria D’Onofrio of Renovo, Miss Hughesville Olivia Bender of Picture Rocks, Miss Port Allegany Katherine Ernst of Liberty Township; Miss Troy Marissa Bulkley of Granville Summit, Miss Warrior Run Latricia Yocum of Limestone Township and Miss Williamson Sarah Draper of Jackson Township.

Laurel Parade Winners
The Parade Marshal Award was presented to DownBeat Percussion, the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills football team, from Elbridge, New York. They perform at every home game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.

First in High School Bands, 60 musicians and under, was Canaseraga High School Marching Band of Canaseraga, New York.

First in High School Bands, 61 musicians and over, was the Corning-Painted Post High School Marching Band of Corning, New York.

In the Professional Band category, Penn York Highlanders Pipes & Drums from Athens, Pa. placed first.

In the Community Float Division, Broad Acres Health & Rehabilitation Center’s float placed first with the Wellsboro Rotary Club and the Wellsboro Area Vacation Bible School floats tying for second.

Earning the Specialty Music Unit Award was the Hit Men Brass Band from Rochester, N.Y.

The Special Unit Award was presented to the Irem Shrine Motor Corps unit from Trucksville, Pa.

The Antique/Classic Car Award was presented to a 1931 Model AA Ford dump truck owned by Bruce Warren of Wellsboro that was representing the Tioga County Early Days.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-06-12 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site BOLT 489 1X in Richmond Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Roulette Food Pantry Today At Riverside Church

6-19 Roulette Food Pantry


Roulette Food Pantry

Derrick City Dispatched To 2 vehicle Crash

At 11:23 AM on Tuesday, Derrick City Fire Dept. & City Ambulance dispatched to Bolivar Drive & Derrick Road for a 2 vehicle crash. Unknown injuries or entrapment.
Derrick City RECALLED. No injuries.

Coudersport Ambulance To 6th Street

At 9:50 AM on Tuesday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to West 6th Street for a woman fallen.

Ridgway Dispatched For Live Wires Down

At 9:34 PM on Tuesday, Ridgway firefighters have been dispatched to live wires on the ground in the Borough.

Rev Hoopes Trucking, LLC Is Hiring Full Time and Part Time Diesel Mechanics In Ulysses, PA

car@revht.com

Annual Vendor Fair/Flea Market At Bettums Idlewood Campground Saturday, June 23rd


Open Invitation to Fred and Shirley Redmond's 60th Anniversary Party


Card Shower For Edythe (Edie) Glassmire's 89th Birthday

Homer Township Clean-Up Days Set For June 23 & June 24, 2018

Emporium, St. Marys, Keating Summit Residents: I Can Help You Save On Insurance

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

Kretschmar Barbeque Rib Fest At Port Allegany Shop n' Save is Thursday, June 21st

The Potter County Honor Guard is looking for volunteers

Attention veterans and sons of veterans

The Potter County Honor Guard is looking for volunteers to help give honors to our fallen brothers and sisters. If you would like to join call Gordon Visseau at 585 928 1207 for information.

Ulysses Township Accepting Resumes For Full Time Road Worker

Elk Ammo & Arms of St. Marys Wants To Buy Your Guns Wednesday, June 20th At Olean Business Development Building


Monday, June 18, 2018

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 11:15 PM on Monday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to the 100 Block of Main Street for a heat related emergency.

Potter County Commissioners Seeking Part-Time Security Guard For Potter County Courthouse


Potter County Accepting Applications For Community Service Coordinator/Clerk


LET'S GO FLY A KITE DAY AT LYMAN RUN

If the wind is blowing, the kites will be flying on the crest of the dam at Lyman Run on the 4th of July! 

Join volunteers from the Friends of Lyman Run and bring your kite if you have one and spend a couple of hours letting it sail high above the lake. This is as much fun for adults as it is for kids There will be some kites available on a first come, first serve basis ( provided by Friends Business members Galeton Drug and Country Gifts). This program will be held if the weather permits. The program begins on Wednesday afternoon, on the 4th, at 1:00 pm. and is free of charge. The Friends of Lyman is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and members are welcome to join anytime. 

On Saturday, July 7th there is be a Nature Kayaking Tour at the park at 6:00 pm. You do need to pre-register for this program via the DCNR Calendar of Events at www.event.dcnr.pa.gov/calendar or by calling the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010. There is a $5.00 fee for this program and space is limited for those who do not have their own kayak. This program is suitable for beginners as Kayak instruction and safety will be part of the presentation. This program lasts approximately one hour and is a great way to experience some of the wildlife around the lake area.

Minor Injuries in accident on Rt 6 in Hamlin Township


Mt. Jewett Dispatched For Tree Down On Rt. 219 South of Lantz Corners

Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. dispatched to Rt. 219, 4 to 5 miles south of Lantz Corners for a tree down blocking the roadway.

Genesee Dispatched For Tree Down With Fire

At 9:12 PM on Monday, Genesee Fire Department has been dispatched to the area of 2523 Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township for a tree down on wires with fire.

Hamlin Township Dispatched To Tree Down On Route 6

At 9:07 PM on Monday, Hamlin Township Fire Department dispatched to tree blocking Route 6 between Hazel Hurst and the roadside rest.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 18 at 8:30PM EDT until June 18 at 9:15PM EDT by NWS Buffalo

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Southern Allegany County in western New York...
* Until 915 PM EDT..

* At 829 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from 7 miles southeast of Belfast to near Shinglehouse,
moving east at 50 mph. This replaces the previous warning in
effect for Allegany County.
HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE...Radar indicated.
IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
* Locations impacted include...
Wellsville, Alfred, Whitesville, Friendship, Scio, Bolivar, Andover
and Belmont.
#
This includes Interstate 86 between exits 30 and 31.
HAIL...<.75IN
WIND...60MPH

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Elk County

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Alert:

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...Elk County

* Until 945 PM EDT.

* At 842 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 8 miles northeast
of Marienville, moving southeast at 55 mph.
HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE...Radar indicated.
IMPACT...Downed trees and tree limbs are expected in some spots..

* Locations impacted include...
St. Marys, Ridgway, Johnsonburg, Wilcox, James City, Force,
Benezette, Brandy Camp, East Branch Dam, Brockport, Medix Run,
Portland Mills, Hicks Run, Kersey and Weedville.
HAIL...<.75IN
WIND...60MPH

Instructions: For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
Target Area:
Elk

St. Marys Dispatched To Possible House Fire On State Street

At 8:40 PM on Monday, St. Marys Fire Department has been dispatched to a possible house fire at 143 State Street in the city. Resident reports smoke on the second floor. This came in as a automatic alarm but confirmed on site.

Portville Dispatched For Trees Down on Rt. 417 & Gleason Hollow road

At 8:33 PM on Monday, Portville Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Portville-Ceres Road and Gleason Hollow road for downed trees on the roadway.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued

 Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 18 at 8:17PM EDT until June 18 at 8:30PM EDT by NWS Buffalo

DESCRIPTION: ...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 830 PM EDT
FOR SOUTHEASTERN CATTARAUGUS AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES...
At 816 PM EDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from near Cuba to near Rew to 6 miles northeast of Kinzua
Dam, moving east at 45 mph. The earlier brief tornado potential has
diminished.
HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.
SOURCE...Radar indicated.
IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
Locations impacted include...
Olean, Wellsville, Alfred, Allegany, Cuba, St. Bonaventure,
Whitesville and Weston Mills.
HAIL...<.75IN
WIND...60MPH