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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri Miller.com

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BEAR CAUSES LANDSLIDE IN AUSTIN
A couple of Austin Volunteer firefighters provided traffic control early Tuesday morning for a landslide caused by a bear. According to the department’s website,a bear had ripped a hole in a swimming pool, causing some 2500 gallons of water to spill down the hillside along route 872, a half mile north of Route 607 just after midnight. The rushing water caused a landslide which partially blocked the highway. The department was assisted by PennDot and the roadway was cleared a short time later. We figure the bruin must have felt like he needed a bath after his long winter nap!

MANSFIELD TEEN FACES HARASSMENT AND UNDERAGE CHARGES
An 18 year old Mansfield resident has been charged with underage consumption and harassment following an incident Monday night at his home on Newtown Hill Road. State police say Joshua Frank grabbed 39 year old Brian Frank of Rochester, NY around the throat, forced him to the ground and head butted the victim while he was on his back. Charges have been filed in District Court.

SEVERAL HUNDRED ACRES IN TIOGA COUNTY BLACKENED

Firefighters in Tioga County have managed to control a wildfire that started this past weekend west of Wellsboro. State forestry officials said 780 acres of state forest have burned near Rexford in Shippen Township. Officials said the fire started on private land sometime Saturday afternoon and with the dry weather and winds, quickly moved into the forest area. Officials said one person was injured but said their injuries are not life threatening. Authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Controlled wildfires can revive state forests, game lands
SOMETIMES, WILDFIRES CAN BE BENEFICIAL.(:15) A 95-ACRE BURN IS PLANNED FOR THE SCOTIA BARRENS IN CENTRE COUNTY. THIS PRESCRIBED BURN MAY BE THE FIRST OF MANY ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA. A RECENT CHANGE IN STATE LAWS NOW PERMITS STATE AGENCIES TO CONDUCT CONTROLLED BURNS ON FOREST AND GAME LANDS. PENN STATE FOREST ECOLOGIST MARGOT KAYE SAYS THESE BURNS ARE ECONOMICALLY EFFICIENT FOR LAND:"It's a great tool, whether it's to promote regeneration of desirable forests, to improve wildlife habitat…and to reduce fuel accumulation."THE BURNS WILL REDUCE THE THREAT OF FUTURE WILDFIRES BY REMOVING FLAMMABLE DEBRIS IN A SUPERVISED ENVIRONMENT. IT WILL ALSO ENSURE FLAMES DON'T TRANSFER INTO A CANOPY BURN-WHICH IS MORE EASILY SPREAD AND HARDER TO CONTROL.

VETS URGE CREATION OF VETERANS ADVOCATE OFFICE
Some area veterans have asked Black Forest Broadcasting to tell you about House Bill 253 sponsored by State Representatives Russell Fairchild and Anthony Melio creating the Office of Veterans Advocate. The Office of Veterans Advocate would represent Veterans who have been wronged in the Veteran’s Preference hiring decision. This past November Auditor General Jack Wagner published the results of a performance audit on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania citing twenty-five (25) state agencies filling 569 positions without considering Veteran’s Preference. Authority for the Veterans’ Preference Program in Pennsylvania is provided by the Military Affairs Act of 1975 and the Pennsylvania Civil Service Law. There is no penalty for hiring officials circumventing the Veteran’s Preference Law. The only recourse for a Veteran is to sue in civil court which is costly and time-consuming. Residednts are urged to contact their State Representatives voicing their support of the bill. Locally, that would be Representative Martin Causer and Senator Joe Scarnati. More News...

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Representative Martin Causer's telephone number is 274-9769 and Senator Joe Scarnati's number is 570-724-5231. Please call these gentlemen voicing your support for this much needed bill.
Mike Fowler