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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Vehicle VS Cow Accident North Of Port Allegany

Vehicle Hit Cow On Rt. 155
At 11:16 pm on Saturday, a motor vehicle vs cow accident on Rt. 155 about 2 miles north of Port Allegany has EMS & Fire Rescue responders from Port Allegany en route.

Shinglehouse Dispatched To Wheeler Hill Road in Sharon Township For Vehicle Fire

2011 - 81654/2/201110:36 PMFIRE / VEHICLE 393 WHEELER HILL RD SHARON TWP



2nd Place in 3 on 3 Tournament in Cameron County

Congratulations Cash Money Banker$
2nd Place in 3 on 3 Tournament in Cameron County
Team players from Austin included Kina Logue, Marissa Simms, Kaylee Brooks & Nicole Smith

2011 Cameron County Canoe & Kayak Classic

Josh and Rick Cool, father and son team, taking first place in the Recreational class of the 2011 Cameron County Canoe and Kayak Classic. There were over 200 boats in this year's event with water and weather conditions being cooperative this year.
Lots more photos at

10 year old Cassie Frey tries the river for the first time in the Youth event

Brothers Kenny Burke and Andy Lippert race towards the finsh line at Driftwood

Lots more photos at

Coudersport Ambulance To North Street

At 8:50pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North Street to assist a person who has fallen.

Traffic Accident On Rt. 255 In Jay Township

City: JAY
Cross Streets: RITA LN * MICALE RD
4/2/2011 8:41:52 PM
4/2/2011 8:50:53 PM
Extrication is in progress. Completed at 9:06
A Stat Helicopter is en route to a landing zone. Landed At 9:08.

Patient refused helicopter transport.
En route by ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center.

New Solution For Water Impoundments For Gas Drillers

Companies develop water storage system for gas drilling
Saturday, April 02, 2011
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Progress News--Clearfield, PA

Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction Services Inc. of State College and Portadam Inc. of Williamstown, N.J., are using existing technologies in new way to solve water storage problems faced by Marcellus shale natural gas drillers that are unique to Pennsylvania.

The two companies have teamed up and Portadam is now the exclusive supplier of above-ground water impoundment systems for Glenn O. Hawbaker.

This is the first time Portadam's portable cofferdam systems have been used for water impoundment for natural gas more...

Tank Containing $50,000. Worth Of Semen Stolen In Sweden Township

$50,000. Tank Of Semen Stolen

Chief Bryan Phelps of the Sweden Township Police Department, is investigating the theft of a liquid nitrogen tank containing semen taken between March 31st @ 4:30pm and April 1st @ 3:30 from 123 Subdivision Road in Sweden Township, Potter County, PA.

Tyler Wagner, an employee of Alta Genetics, said the tank contained a few liters of liquid nitrogen and 1770 units of semen valued at over $50,000.

If you have any information contact Sweden Township Police at 814-274-0654 or 911.

Traffic Accident On Bennetts Valley Highway

Cross Streets: TROUT LN * ELK LN

4/2/2011 6:29:13 PM

Reporting 2 occupants

Emporium 3 On 3

Bradford Area Priest Charged In Court Papers

Bradford Priest Being Investigated

Bradford-area priest Father Sam Slocum is the center of an investigation by the McKean County District Attorney's office.

Sources tell WESB and The HERO that Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lewis Run and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bradford were searched Wednesday by State Police.

A home in Cyclone, which is owned by Father Sam, has been searched too.

A sign posted at St. Francis Church says there are no Masses today or tomorrow, but there is no explanation.

A call to District Judge Dominic Cercone's office referred us to State Police, where a trooper said even if he knew anything about the investigation, he couldn't tell us.
Charges Filed Against Father Slocum

A criminal complaint against Father Sam Slocum has been filed with District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

According to online court records, Slocum is charged with interference with custody of children Linkand concealment of whereabouts of a child, both third-degree felonies; corruption of minors; defiant trespassing; and loitering and prowling at night.

State police filed the charges in connection to incidents on January 1.

Structure Fire Reported At Laundromat In Kane

Structure Fire Reported On N. Fraley Street
At 5:10 pm on Saturday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Laundromat on North Fraley Street for a report of a structure fire.

Nella Lynn PRESTON, infant daughter of Rachel Thompson and Allen Preston of Ulysses, PA

Nella Lynn PRESTON, infant daughter of Rachel Thompson and Allen Preston of Ulysses, was stillborn Friday, April 1, 2011 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Surviving besides her parents are: maternal grandparents, Kenny and Becky Thompson of Ulysses, Em Sokol of Ulysses, Lawrence and Marjorie Thompson of West Bingham, and Madeline Vermilyea of Ulysses; paternal grandparents, John Preston of Grover, PA, Lori Walker of Osceola, PA, and Cleone Schweikart of Ogdensburg, PA. three aunts, Trisha Thompson of Ulysses, Angie Keegan of Campbell, NY, and Abby Preston of Osceola, PA; and an uncle, Aundray Morgan of Osceola.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Potter County Website Keeps Residents Up To Date

Potter County Today
Keeps Residents Informed

Potter County Today, a website designed by the Potter County Commissioners, has been a wonderful source of news for county news and events, election results, and a large assortment of information that residents of Potter County need to know.

Commissioner Paul Heimel, usually posts several articles each week. Newspapers, internet news sites, and radio stations are encouraged to use the materials that Paul writes in their publications and broadcasts.

Solomon's words has passed on these posts from our Potter County Commissioners in our North Central PA news. We recently designed a logo to post with these news items to designate the source of this news. You can click on the logo with photos of our County Commissioners to be taken to their website to read other articles.

Below are some current articles from POTTER COUNTY TODAY:

County’s Source Water Protection Program Moves Forward

watershedprotect1Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover are moving forward with a Source Water Protection Program, involving state and local partners working with the county. Goal is to form a coalition to protect public water sources across Potter County from potential degradation from natural gas well drilling or other disturbances.

An organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at 9 am. Representatives from each of the identified community water systems in Potter County are being invited.

Mark Stephens, a geologist from the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) will share information on partnerships local governments can form with DEP for fully funded source water protection programs. Other presenters will be Jim Clark, an educator and water specialist with Penn State Cooperative Extension, and representatives of the Potter County Planning Department.

On a related note, the Commissioners and Planning Department have created a Municipal Checklist For Natural Gas Drilling Activity that assists townships and boroughs in preparing for gas drilling and related activities. To obtain a copy of the detailed checklist, call 274-8254.

LIHEAP Program Deadline Extended To April 15

liheapPennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will continue to accept applications for cash grants through Friday, April 15. The program helps qualifying people to pay their heating bills. Grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

To qualify for a cash grant, annual income limits are: one-person household, $17,328; two-person, $23,312; three-person, $29,296; four-person, $35,280. Those interested in applying for LIHEAP should contact the county assistance office to make an appointment. Telephone number is 274-4900 in Potter County. The following information will be required: names, dates of birth and social security numbers of all household members; proof of all income in the household; a copy of a recent heating bill. More information on LIHEAP is available at a toll-free phone number, 1-866-857-7095.

Pesticide Disposal Program Opens In Potter County

pesticideAgricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in Potter County can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely this year through a State Agriculture Department program. Since 1993, the program has helped the state’s agriculture industry and homeowners dispose of nearly two million pounds of pesticides. Each year, many pesticide products are discontinued or phased out, leaving growers, commercial establishments and applicators with quantities of potentially dangerous and toxic materials that cannot be placed in landfills. The unwanted pesticides often become a safety hazard and an environmental concern.

Licensed pesticide applicators in agribusinesses and commercial enterprises are eligible to participate by completing a registration form that will be direct-mailed. An independent contractor will collect and package all waste pesticides primarily for incineration. For more information, call 1-800-346-4242.

Benefit For Chrissy Tingley

Potter County Sheriff Ken Sauley Seeking Re-Election

Sheriff Sauley
running for re-election

Potter County Sheriff Ken Sauley has announced his intention to seek another term.

He is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the May 17 Municipal Primary and would also welcome write-in votes for the Democratic nomination.

Sheriff Sauley is a 25-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police. He served for 11 years at the Coudersport station prior to his retirement in 1994.

In 1998, he was hired as chief deputy sheriff for the Potter County Sheriff’s Department. Upon the resignation of Sheriff Dale Cogley due to health reasons in 2001, Sauley was appointed to fill Sheriff Cogley’s unexpired term. He was elected to the post in his own right later that year and has twice been re-elected.

During his 35 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Sauley has consistently demonstrated professionalism, discretion and sound judgment in dealing with a wide variety of individuals and situations.

In Potter County, the Sheriff’s Department is responsible for all types of writs, civil processes, bench warrants, protection from abuse orders, and other legal procedures, as well as transportation of prisoners and the processing of both personal and real property through sheriff’s sales. Courtroom and courthouse security also fall under the department’s purview.

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Department issues licenses to carry firearms and gun dealer licenses, as well as precious metals dealer licenses.

Sheriff Sauley has also served as warden of the Potter County Jail, overseeing all operations, including a budget in excess of $1 million annually. Under his direction, the Potter County Jail has been awarded three consecutive 100-percent compliance certificates from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, spanning a period of more than five years.

Numerous programs and services have become available to Potter County Jail inmates over the past decade, some of them mandated by the state and others developed through a cooperative effort of local agencies to reduce recidivism, control costs and better prepare prisoners for re-entry to society.

A cost recovery system remains in place, whereby inmates are charged for each day of incarceration. Additionally, operating costs at the jail have been somewhat offset by the housing of out-of-county inmates on a fee basis. The jail also contracts with an inmate commissary and inmate telephone company, through which the facility receives a commission. These revenues have been used to replace or upgrade equipment in the jail, saving the county thousands of dollars.

Sheriff Sauley has also worked with the Potter County Board of Commissioners to reduce inmates’ medical costs through a prescription drug contract with Cost Management Plus.

He has brought new levels of modernization and professionalism to the Sheriff’s Department. His deputies – one full-time and one part-time -- are fully trained and certified, bringing a combined 60-plus years of law enforcement experience to the department.

He and his wife, Barbara, live near Sunderlinville in Hector Township.

Roulette Ambulance To Hester Avenue

At 9:46 am on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance is responding to Hester Avenue to assist a fall victim.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Park Avenue

At 9:40 am on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Park Avenue for a medical call.

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Louie Foods International Voluntarily Recalls Certain Sprouts

Frankly Fresh Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Seafood Salad Products Because Of Possible Health Risk

Arko Foods International Recalls Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad Because Of Possible Health Risk

Minnesota Firm Recalls Turkey Burger Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Day Time Help Wanted--Full and Part Time

District Judge Tried To Get Into Female Judge's Room

Huntingdon County judge was drunk, wearing sheet at West Shore convention, police say

By KOURTNEY GEERS, The Patriot-News

April 01, 2011, 1:57PM
Police say Douglas Gummo, 42, of Petersburg, was pounding on a woman's door Full story »

Catherine N. Edminster, 81, formerly of Church St.,, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Catherine N. Edminster, 81, formerly of Church St., passed away Wednesday (Mar. 30, 2011) in Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville, PA.

Born January 2, 1930, in Brookville, PA, she was a daughter of Alfred P. and Erma E. Ford Mapes. On Oct. 12, 1957, in Titusville, PA, she married Junior Dale “Ed” Edminster, who died Feb. 5, 1977.

She was a graduate of the Titusville High School, Class of 1948.

Mrs. Edminster had been employed as a fiscal assistant for Active Aging, Inc. of Meadville, and also worked part time with the Community Nurses Support Services, before her retirement.
She was a resident of the area since 1995 coming from Cambridge Springs and Meadville, PA.

She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, where she was active in Covenant Women, Women’s Bible Study, Sunday school teaching, and church choir. She also was involved with the Port Allegany Senior Center, she enjoyed traveling, and she visited Israel in 1998.

Surviving are three daughters; Nancy A. (George) Hinkley of Bainbridge, NY; Norma J. (Keith) Koehler of Port Allegany; Lori L. (Dr. Donald) Kineston of San Diego, CA; 8 grandchildren; a brother, J. Perry (Joyce) Haupt of Bellwood, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Junior Dale “Ed” Edminster.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, (Apr. 3, 2011), in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, and from 6-8 p.m. Sunday in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will held at 8 p.m. with Rev. Jon Meyer, pastor of Scandia Covenant Church, Russell, PA, and Rev. J.T. Madison, pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church, co-officiating.

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Monday (Apr. 4, 2011) in the Van Matre Family Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs, PA. Burial will be in Rootville Cemetery, Athens Township in Crawford County, PA.

Memorials can be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, Church St., Port Allegany.

Driller Explains Why Brockway Water Well Stopped Flowing

Flatirons explains incident on Brockway watershed

Courier Express

The process Flatirons Development uses to develop Marcellus Shale gas wells is the main reason for the interruption of the Brockway Borough Municipal Authority's artesian well No. 5 in February. More...

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Troopers From Area Graduate From Police Academy

Port Allegany Woman is State Trooper

1490 NewsBlog
A Port Allegany woman graduated today from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

Noelle Schad has been assigned to Troop E, Erie County.

Also assigned to Troop E is Joshua White of Ridgway.

Bryan Uhl of Kersey has been assigned to Troop F, Montoursville, Lycoming County.

Following is the news release from Commonwealth Media Services:
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced that 131 men and women joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police following their graduation today from the State Police Academy in Hershey. More...

America's Most Wanted Profiles Cameron County Escapee

Former Emporium Man Featured On America's Most Wanted Website

Joseph William Chapman

Cops: Escapee Preys On Single Mothers

On July 30, 2007, Joseph Chapman escaped from the McKean County Prison. He'd been assigned a morning work detail and seized the opportunity to run.

Authorities discovered Chapman's prison uniform by a nearby stream, but Chapman has been incognito ever since. He now faces escape charges.

The Emporium Police Department joined forces with the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania to aid in the pursuit of Chapman. Although Chapman's whereabouts remain a mystery, the U.S. Marshals have uncovered evidence that leads them to believe many of Chapman's sexual attacks have never been reported. As a result, several new criminal charges have been filed against Chapman, including: rape of a child and two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child. More...

If you know where Joseph Chapman is lurking, call 1-800-CRIME-TV, or leave an anonymous tip online.

Structure Fire On Quehanna Highway

Address: 22434 QUEHANNA HWY
10:35 PM
Agency: CAMERON CO 16 FD, ELK 3, ELK 5

Kane Woman Killed InThursday Morning Crash

Kane woman is killed in 2-vehicle accident

Kane Republican

A Kane woman was killed Thursday morning in a two-vehicle traffic accident on Route 6 near Dyne Excavating in Wetmore Township west of Kane.

Lindy Lydic, 33, of Kane was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Deputy Coroner Sam Cummings Jr. of Kane.

Three occupants in the second vehicle sustained minor injuries, according to State Police. The occupants included Jason Barner, 38, of Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township, his 12-year-old daughter and his 7-year-old son. Barner is a science teacher and head football coach at Kane Area High School.

Lydic was a computer technology teacher at the Sheffield Middle-Senior High School. More...

Coudersport Ambulance To Freeman House

At 7:55 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Freeman House for a transport to CCMH.

Structure Fire In Allegany, NY

Limestone Dispatched For Standby
Limestone Fire Dept. has been dispatched to send a engine and ambulance to Allegany for standby. Allegany is on scene of a structure fire at 3936 Church Road.

At 7:32 pm--Westons Mills Aerial Truck requested to the scene.

4- County Group Momentum A Result of New Affiliates

4- County Group Momentum
A Result of New Affiliates

Last December at the invitation of 4-County founder and coordinator, a 3-man team of individuals from Co-exprise Inc. out of Wexford, PA came to speak about their company’s out-of-the-box strategies and advanced technological advances, as related to garnering top leases.

Their presentation then and at subsequent meetings has been impressive in its scope and attention to detail. It has become obvious that leasing groups have the capability and greater likelihood of maximizing financial benefits and safe-guarding the environment when the collective acreage they hold is represented by a multi-skilled team of business people. The latter is what Co-exprise Marketplace has brought to 4-County.

The meetings held in February and March have served two purposes … allowing past and new 4-County members to meet a part of the CX team, hearing about their company’s innovative approach to leasing. The second purpose was for current members to work together, fine tuning details of a lease that will best serve us. Even as the membership strives to mesh hometown values and personal needs into this agreement, we are constantly made aware of ever-changing technological advances and business practices when it comes to Marcellus (and now Utica) development. This resource development has become a world-wide project focused on us … those in the Marcellus /Utica fairway.

Our need to band together for bargaining strength is greater now than it has ever been! Recognizing the value of having a company that handles business concerns across the US represent 4-County Leasing Group and its growing membership is now apparent. Co-exprise brought that level of business acumen to the table when it became affiliated with 4-County.

We began as a grassroots movement that has grown literally from cousin helping cousin, neighbor helping neighbor, and friends sharing the team approach to maximize the development of their rights. We have been drawn out of our rural stronghold into a world that is hungry for and needs our natural resources. This happened earlier in our history and it’s happening again.

The momentum 4-County Leasing Group has to successfully ride the crest of this wave comes from education, involvement, and the recognition that a single individual cannot handle the job alone. Whoever said “No man is an island unto himself” could have easily been referring to a single rights owner and/or the person representing him. We have moved beyond that.

Groups come together for strength due to a common goal. Their representation also needs to be a group when it comes to natural gas and oil … major commodities on the world’s stage. Co-exprise is such a group, strongly advocating the team approach. They have made it work across our entire country. Consider all the groups with rights acreage … school units, families, gov’t agencies, churches, shallow well drillers, businesses. CX has made the leasing experience a positive one for all of these, and its team has vowed to do the same for us. We are not “small potatoes”!

Find out for yourself. The next meeting of the 4-County Leasing Group with Co-exprise speakers is on April 12th @ the Shinglehouse Fire Hall … 6:30 PM for those not attending previous meetings …

7:30PM for those continuing to be a part of the “fine-tuning” process. As always questions will be addressed, and individual briefings will be held @ the end of the meeting.

After this point all members will be able to follow the Group’s progress on-line, and through periodic reports by mail. Our momentum is your momentum. Your choice will definitely affect the rest of your life, and at least the next two generations. What will it be?

Janice Lanphere Hancharick
New E-mail:

Frank Arthur LANGAN, 84, of Coudersport, PA

Frank Arthur LANGAN, 84, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, April 1, 2011 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

Born April 14, 1926, in Crosby, PA, he was the son of Frank and Rachel E. Parsons Langan.

On October 31, 1955, in Ulysses, PA, he married the former Margie R. Bush, who predeceased him on January 2, 1999.

He was employed as a welder by PennDOT for many years. Surviving are: three sons, Frank (Nancy) Langan of Coudersport, Todd (Brenda Lee) Langan of Genesee, PA, and Clyde (Maggie) Langan of Wellsville, NY; five daughters, Sharon (Richard) Sharp of Ulysses, Debra (Clarence) Swank of Emporium, Brenda (Pete) Miles of Coudersport, Tina (Rodney) Outman of Whitesville, NY, and Valerie (John) Hurlburt of Coudersport; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Carl Langan; and a sister, Hazel Ahearn Raszmann.

Friends may call Monday, April 4, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday in the Gold Baptist Church, Gold, PA, with the Rev. Frank Mickle, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915. Online condolences may be expressed at

Barry Church announces candidacy for Shinglehouse District Justice

Church announces candidacy for
Shinglehouse District Justice

SHINGLEHOUSE - Barry L. Church has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge for District Court 55-4-01 in the 2011 election. He will cross file for the six-year seat which is being vacated by Barbra J Easton.

Mr. Church has been a resident of Shinglehouse since 1977. He is married to Janette Lanphere Church and has two adult children and five grandchildren. He is a 1973 graduate of Bolivar Central School and attended Alfred State College in 1974-75.

Church was the owner and operator of B. L. Church Construction for 30 years, successfully completing projects in multiple states on the East coast. He is currently employed by Campus Construction Management Group of Rochester, NY as a Project Manager / Contract Administrator responsible for school construction projects in several communities.
He and his wife are also the owners of Shinglehouse U-Storit, a local self-storage facility.

He has been actively involved in local government his entire adult life, serving as a member of the Shinglehouse Borough Council for 29 years, with the last nine years as president. During this time he has served on the finance, personnel, water, sewer, and police committees. He has shared in the responsibility of writing, enacting and enforcing local laws and ordinances. Also during his tenure, he was instrumental in the reconstruction of the Borough Park and nature trail. This included acquiring all applicable grants, designing the majority of the facilities and voluntarily assisting with the construction of nearly all of the park infrastructure.

Mr. Church was a charter member and three-time past president of the Oswayo Valley Lions Club. For fifteen years he served as co-chairman of the community Fourth of July celebration, the Country Festival. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor recreational activities, golfing, and attends church on a regular basis.

If elected he is committed to fair and equal treatment for everyone who appears before the Court. “My years of experience in dealing with people, both as a public official and business owner, will serve as a valuable asset in this position. When deliberating the outcome of cases I will strongly consider not only the impact of my decisions on the perpetrators, but also the rights of the victims to recover losses that may occur.”

Magisterial District Court 55-4-01 includes the voting precincts of; Allegany, Clara, Genesee, Hebron, Pleasant Valley, Roulette, North Sharon, South Sharon, and Oswayo Townships; Shinglehouse and Oswayo Boroughs.

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Begins New Birth Certificate Requirement for Passport Applications

Thompson Announces New Requirements
for U.S. Passport Applications

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Begins New Birth Certificate Requirement for Passport Applications

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, today announced that the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has instituted new U.S. Birth Certificate Requirements for passport applications. The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Beginning today, April 1, 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.

All United States birth certificates must meet all of the following criteria:

· Show the full name of the parent(s);

· Be issued by the office of vital statistics of the state, county, or city where the birth occurred;

· Show the full name of child;

· Indicate the date and place of birth;

· Bear the embossed, impressed, multi-colored, or raised seal and signature of the issuing authority;

· Indicate a registration or file date that is within one year of the birth; and

· Be an original and certified document (notarized copies and photocopies are not accepted)

United States birth certificates that do not meet these standards will not be acceptable as primary evidence of citizenship.

For general questions regarding the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs passport services, see the State Department's Frequently Requested Information Web page.

If you have any additional questions regarding these new requirements or need assistance with passport services, please contact Congressman Thompson’s Bellefonte office at 814-353-0215 or his Titusville office at 814-827-3985.



Centre County

Repair work could cause delays on 26/220/I-99 near Bellefonte
Work starts Tuesday

Clearfield –Concrete pavement repair that began in 2010, returns next week
and could cause traffic delays on Route 26/220/I-99 near Bellefonte.

The Centre
County construction work stretches from the I-80, Bellefonte interchange to the Route 550 interchange. Drivers will encounter closures of the right(travel) lane northbound and southbound, starting Tuesday, April 5.

Crews will perform preliminary work on Wednesday. Roadway saw cutting will
begin on Thursday and continue through Tuesday, April 12. No weekend work
is anticipated. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering
and exiting construction areas.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. is the
contractor on this $2.5 million project. Overall work includes pavement
repair, drainage, guiderail upgrades, paving, and miscellaneous construction.
PennDOT expects this project to finish in early September.

Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, use caution in
construction zones, and always buckle up.

Wilfred J. (Willy) Cornelius, 85, Niagara Falls, Shinglehouse Native

NIAGARA FALLS — Wilfred J. (Willy) Cornelius died March 26, 2011, at the age of 85, after a brief illness, while under the care of Niagara Hospice. Wilfred was born December 31, 1925 in Oswayo, PA. He was the son of Howard and Violet Cornelius.

He graduated from Shinglehouse, PA High School in 1944 and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1944-1946. In 1950 he married Doris L. McNeil (died 1988) and moved to Niagara Falls.

He was employed as a pipefitter and then maintenance foreman at Stauffer Chemical Corp. from 1950-1966. In 1966 he became employed at the Tonawanda Chevrolet Engine Plant as a maintenance foreman until his retirement in 1983. More recently, Wilfred worked part time for the City of Niagara Falls at the downtown parking ramps.

Wilfred enjoyed spending time with his family whom he lived with and especially attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He also loved taking care of and spoiling the family dog (Bear). He was a member of the Masonic Temple Ransomville Lodge No. 551.

Wilfred is survived by a son, Brian (Robin) Cornelius of Niagara Falls; a grandson, Justin of Crofton, MD and a granddaughter, Andrea of Niagara Falls. He is also survived by a sister, Jan Butts of North Chili, NY and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Lula and Faye and an infant baby brother.

Cedar Run Narrows guiderail project POSTPONED

Travel Advisory

Cedar Run Narrows guiderail project POSTPON

This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke:

April 1 UPDATE: The guiderail repair project detailed below and originally scheduled to take place along Route 414 in the Cedar Run Narrows next week is being postponed.

The work is being put on hold while PennDOT reviews a roadway condition that has developed as a result of recent freeze-thaw cycles.

In the meantime, the roadway will be reduced to a single lane in the vicinity of the guiderail in question. Motorists are advised to be alert to this traffic change in the Cedar Run Narrows in northwestern Lycoming County.

Irene C. Robinson-Dixon, 96, Formerly of Lafayette, PA

Irene C. Robinson-Dixon, 96, Formerly of Lafayette, passed away Friday, April 1st, 2011 at Bradford Ecumenical Home. Funeral services will be held later next week. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a fibromyalgia support group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a fibromyalgia support group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a fibromyalgia support group at 6 p.m. April 11 (the second Monday of each month) in the hospital conference room.

Terri Cooney leads the group to provide support and education to patients, family, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about fibromyalgia. The group provides coping strategies and moral support as well as boost awareness about the illness. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2005, she has researched the illness extensively, including various treatment options.

Cooney is a retired high school English teacher with 16 years of experience. She is also a Reiki master and teacher and is experienced in a number of mind/body therapies such as meditation, biofeedback, yoga and hypnosis.

For more information, contact Cooney at or 814/225-4400.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Support Groups

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s support group at 10 a.m. April 13 at the hospital’s main conference room. New and existing patients and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 814/274-9301, ext. 1436.

A Hospice Clinic meets every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Home Health and Hospice office. The meeting provides a variety of information for doctors, nurses, families, personal caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about area hospice services. Call 814/274-0384 for more information.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professors have received a $47,400 grant to study the Pennsylvania Wine Industry.

James Dombrosky, assistant professor of hospitality management, and Dr. Shailendra Gajanan, associate professor of economics, received the grant from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

The center works with various government groups and organizations to maximize resources for Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million rural residents. In part, it sponsors research projects, collects data on trends in rural Pennsylvania and publishes information and research results about diverse people and communities in rural Pennsylvania.

Unlike other grant-giving organizations, the center does not put out an open call for proposals. Instead, the center chooses topics of importance to the state, then solicits proposals from faculty members at the states’ rural universities. This was the first-time Pitt-Bradford was eligible to submit a proposal.

Dombrosky and Gajanan’s proposal was chosen from among seven applicants to conduct an assessment of the state’s wine industry.

For Dombrosky, the proposal was a natural extension of the doctoral thesis he is writing: “Distribution of Pennsylvania Wine through Restaurants: Barriers and Opportunities.”

But to determine the industry’s current capacity and growth potential, Dombrosky turned to Gajanan.

Both thought that their cross-discipline proposal gave them an edge over other applicants.

“It was a logical partnership,” Dombrosky said.

The pair has just begun its research, which will last a year with the help of an undergraduate research assistant. The project will result in not only an analysis of the wine industry in Pennsylvania, but also identify strategies to grow the industry further, and make policy recommendations to the state government.

“Winemaking is a big industry in Pennsylvania,” said Gajanan, citing a statistic that ranks the state seventh nationally in the production of wine. “The question is, can it get bigger and can the government do something to help it get bigger?”

Dombrosky said that the role of the study in potentially shaping public policy sets it apart from a lot of academic research.

Far from being an excuse to go winery-hopping, Dombrosky’s portion of the research will involve conducting one-on-one and focus group interviews with industry experts, winery operators, grape growers and other stakeholders.

As part of the study, the two professors will compare practices and results in Pennsylvania with those in New York, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Arizona and Colorado.

Gajanan will look at existing data that can inform policy on production and expansion.

“Are Pennsylvania wineries efficient right now?” he asked. “Is it possible for them to increase production without incurring too much additional cost? Right now nobody knows if there are advantages to greater production.”

Cause Listed For Ridgway Fire Where Man Died

Overheated Outlet Caused Fatal Fire

An overheated electrical outlet is being blamed for the fire that led to the death of Ridgway man.

A state police fire marshal said today that the March 19 fire started because of the outlet in a second-floor apartment of the three-story building.

45-year-old Timothy Keyser died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen and chest when he fell from the window of his apartment, where he had been trapped by the fire.



BRADFORD, Pa. – “boom,” a modern comedy about the trials, tribulations, demise and origins of a species, will be performed next week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The Division of Communication and the Arts will present the play at 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. April 10 in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. Cost is $6 for the public and $2 for students. Seating is limited.

In “boom,” a grad student’s personal ad lures a randy journalism coed to his subterranean lab, where he studies fish sleep cycles for signs of the apocalypse. Will their “intensely significant coupling” lead to another big bang, or is mankind’s fate in the hands of someone watching from outside the fishbowl? Peter Sinn Nachtreib wrote the play.

“A couple of years ago it was the most produced play in professional theatres across the U.S., and it’s not hard to see why,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater. “I wanted to do it here at the university as soon as I read it.”

Performing in the production are Katherine Yeagle, a broadcast communications major from Newville; Jarret Clarke, a writing major from Bradford; and Romainne Harrod, an English major from Phoenix, Ariz. Yeagle is this year's Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Theatre recipient, and Harrod received last year’s award.

“boom” contains adult language and situations.

For more information, call the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814) 362-5113.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or .

Prison Alternatives Could Save $350 Million In 4 Years

Wagner: Prison Reform Needed

Auditor General Jack Wagner said today that Pennsylvania could save $50 million in the upcoming fiscal year, and $350 million over four years if the state better utilized alternative-sentencing programs and implemented other reforms.

“With Pennsylvania facing its greatest budget crisis since the Great Depression, we must look for sustainable savings in every nook and cranny of state government, and that includes the criminal-justice system, which is one of the three biggest drivers of increased spending over the past decade,” Wagner said.

In 2009, Pennsylvania had the fastest-growing prison population in the nation, adding 2,122 inmates. Florida was second, adding 1,527.

On WESB’s LiveLine today, Senator Joe Scarnati said the state’s prisons have too many people in them who would be better off in drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs or mental health facilities. He said getting those inmates to where they should be would save a significant amount of money.

Graphic from the auditor general's website, where you can also find more information.

What The PA House Of Representatives Is Working On This Week

Ending Runaway Lawsuits, Mandate Relief for Municipalities

The state House returns to session on Monday, April 4, to deal with various issues of importance

Lawsuit Abuse, the Fair Share Act
Commonsense lawsuit abuse reform tops the House agenda next week as House Bill 1 is prepared for a floor vote. The Fair Share Act passed the General Assembly twice, first in 2002 when Gov. Mark Schweiker signed the legislation only to have the Supreme Court overturn the law on technical grounds. The second time the Fair Share Act passed the General Assembly in 2006, Gov. Ed Rendell broke his promise to sign the legislation and instead vetoed it.

Current Pennsylvania law allows a defendant, who may be only 1 percent responsible for the injuries to a plaintiff, to be held liable for 100 percent of the damages – and that is not fair! The system encourages lawsuits; rewards a plaintiff’s attorney for taking a ‘shotgun’ approach to suing, firing lawsuits in every direction instead of focusing on the defendant truly at fault; and discourages reasonable settlements as the lawyer pursues the defendant with the ‘deep pockets.’ The current legal system of “joint and several liability” has forced shut the doors of Pennsylvania employers, leaving unemployed workers in nearly every community.

House Bill 1 reforms the civil justice system to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that hamper the medical profession, business development and job growth.

Raising Bid Limits for Local Government Relief
On Tuesday, April 5, the Local Government Committee will vote on a 13-bill package to increase non-bid contract maximums, saving municipalities from the costs of advertising and bidding low-costing contracts and services.

As various state programs will experience budget cuts this year due to the economy, helping municipalities save money is one of the priorities House members are working together to accomplish.

The Weekly Schedule Your PA House Of Reps. Are Working On.
Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House Floor. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted HERE.

“Is This Nightmare Really Happening?”

DEP Power Grab:
“Is This Nightmare Really Happening?”

Protecting Our Waters
Contact: Iris Marie Bloom, Director (215) 840-6489

“In an unprecedented policy shift, inspectors in Pennsylvania have been ordered to stop issuing violations against drillers without prior approval from Governor Corbett's new environmental chief.” So began a March 31st Philadelphia Inquirer report regarding Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Protecting Our Waters Legislative Director Gerald Kaufman commented, “Unbelievable, shocking, unprecedented – these words cannot begin to describe such a ruling by the governor.”

“If this is supposed to be a bad April Fools joke, the joke’s on the governor,” commented Protecting Our Waters Director Iris Marie Bloom. “Terrible decisions such as this alienate most people, who believe public health and safety should come first.” Protecting Our Waters, disgusted (see FAX attached), demands the policy be rescinded immediately.

The natural gas industry contributed 1.2 million to Corbett’s campaign, so expectations for Corbett to protect public health were already low. “But who could imagine he would go this far to protect this industry and allow them to poison our waters, destroy our forests, and pollute our air by denying experienced inspectors the right to issue citations for violating Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations?” Kaufman asked.

From January 1 2008 to August 2010, DEP inspectors found 1614 violations, including numerous “illegal disposal” of industrial waste incidents, at drill sites. High-volume horizontal hydrofracking is a radically new technology used in Pennsylvania for only three years. Drillers fracture shale formations a mile and more underground using high pressure water, sand and undisclosed chemicals to get at the gas. Despite industry re-use, the amount of toxic waste – often radioactive – brought back to the surface is increasing. Much of this poisonous waste ends up in streams and rivers which supply drinking water.

The Delaware River, from which much of Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey gets its drinking water, is vulnerable to the poisonous Marcellus Shale fracking. Protecting Our Waters is one of over a dozen organizations now urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to extend its moratorium on shale gas drilling in the Basin. The DRBC comment period ends April 15th. POW stands for a statewide shale drilling moratorium.

Kaufman elaborated on the absurd DEP directive: “So we can expect that an inspector who finds a violation will try to find the state’s environmental chief, delaying action while the chief talks to his drilling buddies – who have been accused of violating the law by the trained inspector – to see if the violator thinks a violation should be issued.”

Kaufman asked, “Is this nightmare really happening?”

Vehicle Into A Tree On Rt. 155 North Of Port Allegany

One Vehicle Accident On Rt. 155
At 3:28 pm on Friday, Port Allegany EMS and Fire Rescue have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Rt. 155 north of Port Allegany by the Daily Bread Restaurant. The vehicle is reported into a tree.

Music by RSVP Saturday Night At Olga In Coudersport

2 Car Crash In Bradford City

MVA with Injuries
At 1:26 pm on Friday, EMS from Bradford are responding to a 2 car MVA with injuries on West Washington Street & Mechanic Street in the city.

No Fire At Port Allegany Elementary School

False Alarm In Port Allegany
At 1:24 pm on Friday, A manual Fire Alarm to the Port Allegany Elementary School is a FALSE ALARM. The school reports smoke due to popcorn.

Roulette Ambulance To Atkins Road

At 1:21 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Atkins Road in Roulette Township for a medical call.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To W. Academy Street

At 1:12 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to W. Academy Street for a lifeline call.


LnM Portraits

$30. Permit , Hunting, or Furtaker License Needed To Use Shooting Ranges On State Gamelands

Current hunting/furtaker license also provides range privilege

HARRISBURG – Beginning today, those who visit one of the State Game Lands public shooting ranges will need to obtain either a new $30 range use permit or be in possession of a current general hunting or furtaker license, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials.

“Over the past few years, the Game Commission has made large investments into its 29 State Game Land shooting ranges across this Commonwealth,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “These investments have taken the form of lead remediation, safety barrier reconstruction, shooting range redesign and other related projects. These investments came at a high cost, but kept many shooting ranges open and available to the public.

“Historically, hunter and furtaker license dollars have provided most, if not all, of the resources for keeping the agency’s shooting ranges open to the public. Additionally, the open use of State Game Lands for shooting activities by those not licensed has resulted in some situations where ranges and State Game Lands have been used for illicit activities.”

Exceptions to this permit requirement are those 15 years of age and younger properly accompanied by a licensed or permitted person 18 years of age or olderLink, and each licensed hunter or range permit holder could have one guest.

Range permits are available to purchase through the agency’s website (, by clicking on the “Shooting Range Permit” icon in the center of the homepage, or clicking on “Public Shooting Ranges” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage. Unlike online hunting and furtaker license purchases, range use permits can be printed at the time of purchase. For the first year, range permits will be valid from the date of purchase until June 30, 2012. After that, permits will be valid on a license year basis (from July 1 through June 30).

Range permits also can be purchased at the agency’s Harrisburg Headquarters and all six region offices, and require either a credit or debit card.

Range permits and hunting or furtaker licenses do not need to be displayed while using a State Game Lands public shooting range, but must be in possession, as well as a secondary form of identification, such as a driver’s license.

On Feb. 1, the Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to a regulatory change to implement the range permit requirement. In doing so, the agency is taking a step toward accomplishing the twin goals of having unlicensed persons contribute toward the cost of maintaining the ranges, and better quantifying and controlling the use of the shooting ranges.

The regulation also prohibits all other target shooting from taking place on State Game Lands, except at designated ranges. The regulatory change will not result in any increased cost or change in privileges for licensed hunters and furtakers.

Jr. High Lady Gators End Basketball Season Undefeated

Resident Caregivers/Homemakers Wanted


Cole Manor, a personal care home, located at 101 Maple Street, Coudersport, is seeking candidates to work as Resident Care Givers and the Cole Manor Homemaker program has desirable opportunities for per diem/call-in homemakers to perform light housekeeping in client’s homes; assist clients with personal care including full, partial or bed bath; and assist with food preparation including planning and shopping.

Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. As a Resident Care Giver you must be available to work any shift including some week-ends and holidays. As a Homemaker you must be available evenings/nights/weekends and have a valid driver’s license and vehicle availability during scheduled working hours. Experience preferred. Candidates must be able to maintain confidentiality at all times, in all matters.

Interested applicants must apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. For more information, please call (814) 274-5431.


RSVP By April 12 To Join Rep. Martin Causer For Coffee & Conversation

Causer Hosts ‘Coffee and Conversation’
in Emporium, Coudersport

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to join him for “Coffee and Conversation” to discuss the proposed state budget and other issues facing the state and the region.

The first session will be held at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 14. The second is planned at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, 1001 E. Second St. in Coudersport, at 8 a.m. Friday, April 15.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get an update on the latest news from Harrisburg, as well as for me to hear their concerns about state and local issues,” Causer said.

Seating for the meetings is limited. People who wish to attend should RSVP no later than April 12 by calling 814-362-4400, 814-274-9769 or e-mailing

EMS Responding To Assist Burn Victims

Two Burned At Mt. Jewett Plant

At 11:25 am on Friday, Mount Jewett Ambulance with Medic 16 and and Medic 5, have been dispatched to the Temple Inland plant on Sergeant Township for two burn victims.

There is no fire at that location.

The men are reported to have facial burns reported to be from a backfire on a forklift.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Haven

At 10:20 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Honeoye Haven for a medical call.

Thomas H. Joyce, 84, Columbia, MD & Emporium, PA

COLUMBIA, Md. - Thomas H. Joyce, a retired journalist and federal government official, died March 17th at his home in Columbia, Md., of a heart attack. He was 84.

Mr. Joyce worked in Washington, D.C. for nearly 30 years, first as Washington correspondent for the Detroit News, and then in the Washington Bureau of Newsweek Magazine.

In 1977 he joined the administration of President Carter as assistant director of the president's council on Wage and Price Stability. When President Carter left office Mr. Joyce became public affairs director for the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in the House of Representatives. He retired in 1989.

As a journalist he covered a number of major news stories, including the war in Vietnam, the trials of James R. Hoffa, the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the Watergate scandal.

Mr. Joyce was a 1951 graduate of Michigan State University. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, 1960-61, where he studied economics.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 15, 1926, Mr. Joyce divided his youth between that city and the small town of Emporium, Pa., where he maintained a small mountain hideaway until his death.

He served in the U.S. Army near the end of World War II. He joined the 82nd Airborne Division when it returned to the U.S. from Europe.

Mr. Joyce is survived by his wife, Leonora Heys; two daughters from a previous marriage to Carol Chadwick (Sarah Joyce-McCarron of Washington, D.C., and Martha Joyce Dail of Cambridge, Md.); and four grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by another daughter, Elizabeth Joyce.

Trout Stocking Schedule For Potter County For April & May

Click picture to see schedule

Day Time Help Wanted--Full and Part Time

Quentin L. Gee, 54 of Dallastown, Galeton Native

Quentin L. Gee, 54 of Dallastown, entered into rest unexpectedly on Mon., Mar. 21st at 10:30am at his residence.

Born in Elmira on July 6, 1956, he was the son of the late John Gee and Alberta (Hall) LaFrantz, and the husband of Jennie (Tallarida) Gee of Dallastown, whom he married on April 8, 1978.

He was a mechanic and truck driver with Motor Technology in Emigsville, PA, where he was employed for the past 17 years with perfect attendance. He was a graduate of Galeton High School, vice president of the 12th Ward Democratic Club and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and Delphia Athletic Association.

He is survived by his wife Jennie; two sons, Quentin J. Gee of York and wife Tressa, and Travis J. Gee of Elkland, PA; one daughter, Miranda A. Kopp of Dallastown and husband Jason; three grandchildren, Dayton, Josiah and Noah; brothers and sisters, Gaylene, Colene, Leon, Barry and Zolene; two foster sisters, Shelia and Linda; several nieces and nephews and a very special niece Mary Gee; father-in-law Jack and Sherri Tallarida of Elkland, PA, and mother-in-law Pauline Clark of West Virginia.

There will be no viewing. Cremation will take place with Burg Funeral Home, Inc., 134 W. Broadway, Red Lion. Family and friends may extend their condolences on Fri., Mar. 25th from 4-6pm at the Glad Crab in Dallastown, PA or on Sun., Mar. 27th, from 1-3pm at the Moose Lodge #746 in Elkland, PA. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to: York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17402; or to the American Heart Association , 140 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 208, York, PA 17401.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

PA Game Commission Urges Clubs To Start Planning For Junior Hunts


July 22 deadline established for those applying for pheasants

HARRISBURG – While Pennsylvania’s junior pheasant hunt seems like a long way off, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted that now is the time for hunting clubs to make plans to host an organized junior pheasant hunt or other special hunts that have been established for squirrels, rabbits waterfowl or spring gobbler.

“The future of hunting is directly related to the continuing participation of young Pennsylvanians,” Roe noted. “The goal is to successfully compete with all the other activities and recreational opportunities that vie for a young person’s time. It’s truly a challenge for the Game Commission, as well as Pennsylvania’s one million hunters.

“To maximize this opportunity for younger hunters, and to ensure we pass along the importance of ethics and sound ideals that have shaped our hunting heritage, the Game Commission urges local clubs to consider hosting a junior pheasant hunt or other special junior hunts in their communities.”

Those clubs interested in hosting a junior pheasant hunt are encouraged to use the 26-page planning guide prepared by the Game Commission and the Pennsylvania State Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The booklet offers a step-by-step guide on how to develop an organized junior pheasant hunt. The guide book includes: a sample timeline; suggested committees and assignments; general event planning considerations; and several sample forms and news releases. It also includes event evaluation guides so clubs and organizations may consider changes for future junior pheasant hunts.

Roe noted that the junior pheasant guide can be adapted and used by clubs to host other special hunts, including for rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl and spring gobbler.

To view the guide, go to the Game Commission’s website, put your cursor over “HUNT/TRAP” in the menu bar at the top of the page, click on “Hunting” in the drop-down menu listing, select the “Pheasant” in the “Small Game” listing, and choose “Junior Pheasant Hunt Planning Guide” in the Junior Pheasant Hunt” section.

Once a club schedules a junior hunt, they can submit the information for posting on the Game Commission’s on-line “Special Hunts” calendar, which enables those looking to participate in a special junior hunts to locate, and register on-line for, an opportunity near them. Clubs that want to have their junior hunt advertised in the “Special Hunts” calendar should contact Julie Imes, Game Commission Outreach Coordinator, at, or at 717-787-4250 (ext. 3327).

“All youth who register for a youth hunt using this on-line calendar receive a free, one-year subscription to Game News,” Imes said. “Also, real-time registration information of how many participants are signed up is one benefit to clubs having their event included in the ‘Special Hunts’ calendar, in addition to reaching more potential participants.”

To bolster participation in the junior pheasant hunt, the Game Commission again plans to stock pheasants just prior to this special season. For the 2011 hunt, the agency will release 15,000 birds on lands open to public hunting. These areas will be identified in the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, as well as in future Game Commission news releases and on the agency’s website (

Additionally, the Game Commission will provide, free of charge, a limited number of pheasants to those clubs that host a junior pheasant hunt. Applications must be received by July 22, and the only two stipulations to be eligible are that clubs must have registration open to the public and the hunt must be held on lands open to public hunting.

To participate in these junior hunts, youngsters must be 12 to 16 years of age, and must have successfully completed a basic Hunter-Trapper Education course. As required by law, an adult must accompany the young hunters. Participating hunters do not need to purchase a junior hunting license to take part in the junior hunt, but all participants must comply with the mandatory fluorescent orange requirements established for the season.

Based on previous surveys of junior pheasant hunt participants, about half of the juniors successfully bag game; a male relative had accompanied most of them; the majority of participants were between the ages of 12 and 14; and many of them intend to hunt again. The agency also received many positive comments about the junior hunting opportunity.

Pheasants Forever is a national non-profit habitat conservation organization with a system of hard-working local chapter volunteers dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other wildlife populations. Pheasants Forever emphasizes habitat improvement, public awareness and education, and land management policies that benefit private landowners and wildlife alike. For more information, visit the organization’s website (