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December 03, 2008

Tuesday’s high: 33, Overnight low: 18

Coudersport Residents Hurt in McKean County Crash
Four Coudersport residents were hurt in a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening on route 46 in Eldred Township. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Kane-based state police said the accident occurred when a southbound Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Theresa Welsh went out of control on the slippery road, traveled over a guardrail, and overturned several times while going down an embankment on the west side of the highway. Welsh and passengers Gregory Shortt and Richard Hadfield received minor injuries; Chandra Livingston received moderate injuries while Linda Short escaped injury. Police said all were wearing seatbelts.

Young Hunter Cited for Trespassing
Coudersport-based state police have charged 18 Vance Surra of Port Allegany with criminal trespass. Authorities claim Surra was discovered hunting without permission on land located near the intersection of Butter Creek Road and Big Hollow road in Oswayo Township leased by Joseph Morrett of Lebanon, PA Monday.

Vandalism Investigated in Emporium
Troopers at Emporium are investigating vandalism to the yard at Baker Trucking on Route 120 taking place Saturday night. Vandals caused $500 in damage by driving through the grass and snow in front of the business.

Two Potter County Bars Cited
The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited the Cock-Eyed Cricket in Austin and the Shinglehouse Saloon with serving alcohol to a minor. The incident at the Cricket allegedly took place October 22 and the one at the Shinglehouse Saloon is said to have happened on October 15. The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge who can impose penalties for $50 to $1000 for minor offenses and up to $5,00 for serious offenses. The Judge can also suspend or revoke liquor licenses or mandate training to educate the establishments on licensee requirements.

Share the Harvest
Hunters who are successful this deer hunting seasonare encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to consider participating in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which channels donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families. Pennsylvania’s HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar programs in about 40 states.

Started in 1991, HSH has developed into a refined support service for organizations that assist the Commonwealth’s needy. Each year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs for meals provided to needy Pennsylvanians.

As part of the program, hunters are encouraged to take a deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat - from an entire deer to several pounds - that is to be donated to HSH. If the hunter is donating an entire deer, they are asked to make a $15 tax-deductible co-pay, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees. However, a hunter can cover the entire costs of the processing, which is tax deductible as well.HSH established a statewide toll-free telephone number – 866-474-2141 - which also can answer hunters’ questions about where participating meat processors can be found or other general inquiries about the program.To learn more about the program and obtain a list of participating meat processors and county coordinators, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Hunting” and then select “Hunters Sharing the Harvest.” Information also can be found on the HSH website (www.sharedeer.org).

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