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Saturday, May 5, 2012

McKean Commissioners & Smethport Boro Recognized Recently By PA Wilds

McCalls Features Cherry Springs State Park and Other Area Destinations

Photo-Potter County Visitors Association
Making the four-hour, 200-mile journey to Cherry Springs State Park for out-of-this world star-gazing is well worth the trip. But your time is precious and your gasoline is costly, so you might want to consider ways to get more bang for your gasoline bucks and have a wild time in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Check out some other destinations that are either along the way or an easy day-trip away from Cherry Springs. Also see my suggestions for a place to stay (Rough Cut Lodge) and a place to eat (The Brick House Deli) that has a connection to the Lehigh Valley.
Read the feature about these other places to visit:

 PENNSYLVANIA'S GRAND CANYON (30 miles from Cherry Springs)

 PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM (12 miles from Cherry Springs)

AUSTIN DAM (25 miles from Cherry Springs)

 ELK COUNTRY VISITORS CENTER (75 miles from Cherry Springs)

 Roughcut Lodge, 2570 Route 6, Gaines, Tioga County

The Brick House Deli in Galeton, Potter County,

PennDOT Maintenance Work Schedule for Potter /Mc Kean County

Potter /Cameron PENNDOT,
Potter/Cameron County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of May 5th – May 11th, weather permitting.

Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night.

Potter County 0260:

Sign Crew: 04
• State Route: Repair/Replacement throughout Potter County

Bridge Crew: 06
• State Route: 872, Bridge Repair

Pipe Crew: 41
● State Route: 0044, Install Under Drain

Tail Ditching: 34
● State Route: 1013 & 1012, Inlet/Drain Cleaning

East Patching: 42
• State Route: 1005 (Phoenix Run Road), Patching

West Patching: 44
• State Route: 4007 (Dingman Run Road), Patching
0044 (Sweden Valley to Cherry Springs), Patching

Shoulder Cutting: 31, 33
● State Route: 0872 & 0607, Shoulder Cutting and Inlet Cleaning

Cameron County 0240:
• Bridge Cleaning on Various Routes
• State Route: 0046 & 4004, Shoulder Stabilization and Ditch Cleaning

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

• Dolomite: State Route 44, Shinglehouse, Bridge Repair (approx end 7/13)

• L.C.Whitford: State Route 49, Harrison TWP, Bridge Deck Replacement, One
   Lane Restriction, Temporary Signals in Place

• IA Construction: State Route 3015 (Dutch Hill), Mill and Fill

• A L Blades: State Route 0006 (Denton Hill Area), Drainage Improvements

PENNDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance

 PENNDOT Elk/McKean County MaintenanceHas announced work for the week of May 07, 2012 through May 11, 2012

Maintenance work planned by Elk County employees includes:

 DITCH CLEANING – SR 1004, Bendigo

 SIDE DOZING - SR 120, Ridgway / St. Marys Road

 PATCHING – SR 3001 & 3002-Belltown area

 CRACK SEALING – SR 1001, Glenn Hazel & SR 1006, Wilcox

 GUIDE RAIL REPAIR – SR 219, 3003, & 0120, Various areas

 BRIDGE REPAIR – SR 3003, Shawmutt

 INLET CLEANING – St. Marys Area

 SIGN MAINTENANCE- Various Routes, County wide

Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

 BRIDEG REPAIRS– SR 3002, Wetmore Road


 SHOULDER CUTTING – SR 321 & 646, North of SR 59 to SR 346 & from Cyclone to Ormsby

 PIPE TRENCH RESTORATION – SR 3001 & 3004, South Settlement & Hemlock

 DITCHING- SR 46, Coleville to Rew


 CONTRACT BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT– SR 46, Wrights Corner & SR6, Potter County Line

 SIGN MAINTENANCE – Various Routes, County wide

 FILLING LOW SHOULDERS – SR 321 & 646, North of SR 59 to SR 346 & from Cyclone to Ormsby

 BOOM ARM MOWING-SR 59 & 321, Ranger Station south ward

Edna Painter To Mark 90th Birthday

Happy Birthday Edna!!
Edna Painter, a long time Eldred resident, will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 8th. 

For 50 plus years Edna worked
as a Registered Nurse and for a good many of those years taught Nursing.  

For relatives, friends and former students who may wish to send
her a card, Edna is a resident of
Sena-Kean Manor, Marvin Street,
Smethport, PA 16749








 (NOT ANONYMOUS)                                                                             
ELDRED,PA    16731  
PHONE: 814-225-3681 

Vote Due On Allegheny Natural Forest Drilling

PA H1904-- Allegheny National Forest


terms of federal government's control of national park land in PA set in 1911 law.
There is a Penn Environment action alert that this bill may go to vote next week.
How much is enough?
Already, gas drilling companies have access to 700,000 acres of our state forests for drilling; they’re pressing for mineral rights that are held under our state parks; and they have ability to lease most of the private land that makes up the vast majority of property in the Marcellus Shale region.
But, it's not enough for drillers. That's why their allies in the Republican leadership are planning to vote on House Bill 1904 next week. This legislation will hamstring our ability to protect Pennsylvania’s only national forest—the Allegheny National Forest—from gas drilling.
The Allegheny Forest is a beloved place for hiking, fishing, camping and just getting away from it all. That could all change if this legislation passes. It will remove federal protections for certain land within the Allegheny National Forest.
Why would our elected officials even consider putting these public lands on the chopping block for Marcellus Shale gas drillers?
As always, thanks for your support.
David Masur
PennEnvironment Director
PS. Do you have friends or family members who enjoy the Allegheny Forest or other public lands? Please forward this email alert to them and ask them to take action!

Tax Reform on House Agenda Next Week…

Tax Reform on House Agenda Next Week…

The state House returns to session on Monday, May 7, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.

Tax reform for residents and employers

Following up on last week’s business tax reform and property tax reform votes, the House will come back next week to help families by dealing with the dreaded Inheritance Tax and helping retail employers by allowing Sales and Use Tax filing options.

House Bill 1780, (Rep. Carl Metzger, R-Somerset/Bedford Counties) would effectively eliminate the inheritance tax when property is transferred from a legal parent to or for the use by a child 21 years old or younger. Under current law, the Inheritance Tax would be at a rate of 4.5 percent.

Helping small employers by giving them a Sales and Use Tax (SUT) option to remit their taxes is the idea behind House Bill 2000 (Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R- Bucks County). The option will provide these businesses with a method of remitting the SUT they actually collect for the first portion of the month instead of an arbitrary prepayment that is not reldated to their current sales.

Republicans are working to recreate in Pennsylvanian an atmosphere where people can build careers and improve their quality of life.

House Republicans, with their partners in the Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett, are working to throw open Pennsylvania’s doors to job creation and retention. 


The Weekly Schedule

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

Transform U Institute's "Introduction to Mandarin" class

Left to right: Marianne Keerps, Guest lecturer Liu Hailing, Joan Bliss, Lee Mitchell, Valerie Mitchell, Russ Hastings, Cathy Heisey, Kurt Heisey, President Transform U.
 "Wan shang hao!" (Good evening) was a familiar greeting to each other as the students participating in Transform U Institute's "Introduction to Mandarin" class arrived for their last and 12th class and their final test. April 16 marked the final week of Transform U Institute's very first class offering at their new location at Westfield, PA. Seven people completed the final test of the class taught by Liu Hailing and Kurt Heisey. Transform U Institute is a new four year educational institution that recently received candidate status by the Accrediting Commission International. The Dean of Students, Rosemary Chambers was excited to have the very first class which commenced in January to have completed.

Transform U is based upon the need to bring the transforming power of God’s kingdom into every area of our world. More than just a Bible School, our goal is to train all students to exhibit God’! s grace and excellence in every sphere of society through Godly Character, God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit’s Power. It is by these three unwavering principles that God has placed on our hearts a vision to have students come to TransformU Institute to experience the transforming power of God and be equipped to release it in every sphere of society.

Initially TransformU Institute has programs for Business Administration, Intercultural Studies (Missions) as well as Applied Theology (Ministry). TransformU Institute does not currently have Pennsylvania accreditation to offer degrees, however, it has formed partnerships with a College, University and Seminary to have an articulation agreement where their diploma program can meet the qualifications for their degree program. Thus Transform U gives a seamless way to give those in the local area a path to a degree in These three fields of interest.

Transform U also has partnerships with several schools in China, thus bei! ng the reason that Mandarin was taught as one of its first courses. A free seminar will be sponsored May 11,12 for anyone interested. It will be taught by Fount Shultz a former Elim Bible College professor and is designed to bring to life the message of the Old Testament in a way that can leave your mind and heart transformed! This free seminar begins at 7 pm on May 11. More information about Transform U can be found at Transform U is located at 146 Maple St., Westfield, PA in the former Westfield Boro High School. You can find TransformU on face book at:

Three Sisters Have College Graduations on the Same Day

Three Sisters Have College Graduations on the Same Day

DuBOIS – It was a busy, but very eventful weekend for the Pernesky family of Falls Creek.  Jeff and Susanne Pernesky's three daughters all graduated with their own college degrees on the same day, May 5.  Two of the girls, Beth and Emily, graduated together at Penn State DuBois commencement ceremonies.  The third, Carrie, graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Master of International Social Work degree.

"I think it's really unique, not many families can have three kids graduate college in the same year, and none of us are even twins or triplets," said Beth, who just earned her bachelor degree in criminal justice. She graduated from DuBois Central Catholic High School in 2007.

Emily, the new Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) graduate and 2008 Central Catholic grad, agreed. She said, "I think it is pretty awesome.  Our family is unique."  She then went on to explain even more ties the family has to Penn State DuBois.  "Everyone in our family is Penn State.  We all have degrees from here, and we all bleed blue and white." 

It's true that everyone in their family, including the parents, are Penn State DuBois alums.  Carrie, though she completed her graduate work in South Carolina, did attend the campus after graduating from DuBois Central Catholic High School in 2004. She holds two bachelor degrees from Penn State in HDFS and psychology.  Jeff earned an Associate in Business degree at the campus in 1996, and Susanne a degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 1979.   Emily and Beth's graduations this spring made the Pernesky home a true Penn State Alumni household. 

What's more is Jeff has been employed at Penn State DuBois for 34 years as a maintenance mechanic. 

"My family is a Penn State family. We eat, sleep, talk, and bleed blue and white," said Carrie. "Most people say 'We are…Penn State.'  We say The Perneskys are…Penn State." 

Jeff and Susanne attended commencement at Penn State DuBois to see Beth and Emily graduate, just as they had attended Carrie's Penn State graduation.  Carrie said she wanted her parents to be there for her sisters.

"What are the odds two universities over 11 hours and five states away would hold graduation on the same day?  I can only imagine how hard of a decision it must have been for my parents regarding our graduations," Carrie said. "It would be selfish of me to deny my sisters and my parents the opportunity to experience their undergraduate graduation ceremony.  I know my family and I, even though we are hundreds of miles apart, remain close in our minds and our hearts." 

As a big sister, a big part of Carrie wanted to be in DuBois for the ceremony, too.  She said, "I am very proud of both of my sisters for their academic accomplishments.  Beth has not only managed a part-time job, but she has also maintained a strong GPA as a student athlete.  Emily has the keen ability to handle multiple tasks at once, all the while having exceptional time management skills.  Emily has juggled a part-time job since her freshmen year of college."

The pride Carrie feels, of course, can only be matched by the pride that Mom and Dad feel. 

"It's been amazing.  Each one of them is so different, and does things their own way, but they're all doing really well," Jeff said.  "I'm equally proud of them.  We've been blessed, truly." 

Jeff said having all three of his girls attend the campus where he works and where he and his wife attended has been a joy, as well.  He said, "You form bonds.  It's life changing.  Penn State DuBois changed our lives.  It changed our lives for the better.  It doesn't matter if you're faculty, staff, or a student, you're family."

Though the impact of the campus on his family has been great, Jeff still keeps things in perspective. 
"Even though Penn State DuBois has been a big part of my life, the best thing that has ever happened to me is the four women from the house in Falls Creek." 

Galeton Habitat Volunteer Update

Volunteers:  Our next work day will be on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at the Galeton Habitat house.  We will be doing:

1)  Interior trim work
2)  Hooking up electrical outlets
3)  Finishing the basement drywall
4)  Hooking up the rough plumbing
5)  Weather permitting, we will start work on the back deck
Please bring your tools and come prepared to help us with the finishing phases of the house.  We hope to see you on Tuesday.
Jim and Charlotte Blain
Volunteer Coordinators

Funfresh Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls World Berries™ Organic “Cacao Nibs” Because of Possible Health Risk

05/05/2012 05:22 PM EDT

FunFresh Foods, Inc. of San Clemente, California in consultation with the FDA is voluntarily recalling a single lot of its 6 ounce packages of FunFresh Foods™ World Berries™ Organic “Cacao Nibs” because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).  E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools.

Kuterbach Named Educator of the Year at Penn State DuBois

  Jim Baker, DEF president, presents the Educator of the Year Award to HDFS Instructor Jim Kuterbach.
Kuterbach Named Educator of the Year at Penn State DuBois

DuBOIS – Instructor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) James Kuterbach has been named the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) Educator of the Year. Nominations for the award come straight from the students themselves, and each year the DEF presents the award to a Penn State DuBois faculty member who has made a difference in the lives of students. 

DEF President James Baker presented the award to Kuterbach.  He also shared some comments from students who nominated Kuterbach for the award. 

One student said, "He has a true love of teaching and can always get his students excited and engaged in learning. Learning is fun when he is teaching, and students always leave his class excited to come back for the next one."

Another student said of Kuterbach, "I have never met such a dedicated person.  He has so many inspiring stories about his experience in HDFS." 

"Mr. Kuterbach has the ability to inspire those that he teaches. He shows respect to his students and goes above and beyond our expectations," said one student nominator. That student also related ways in which Kuterbach was supportive as they dealt with an illness in their family, and the death of a loved one.   The student said, "Needless to say, I missed some classes.  Without the help of Mr. Kuterbach, I could not have stayed on top of my classwork.  He is truly my hero for this semester and totally deserves this award." 

Upon receiving the Educator of the Year Award, Kuterbach said, "I'm overwhelmed. It feels great to know that my students nominated me for this, and said such nice things. It's easy to be a good instructor, though, when you have such great students, and have the support from faculty and staff that we have here."

Kuterbach's HDFS students go on to work in fields such as mental health, addiction counseling, behavioral counseling, probation, and more.

In addition to teaching, Kuterbach also serves on the campus Early Intervention Committee, which assists students dealing with emotional, behavioral, or academic issues. He also serves on the campus Enrollment Management Committee. 

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Dog Missing from Port Allegany Has Been Found

Missing from Port Allegany since 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
Dusty has been found! Thank you!!

Nearly 100 Graduate From Penn State DuBois Today

Madlyn Hanes, vice president of the Commonwealth Campuses and dean of the University College, reminded students that the support of loved ones is critical to an individual's success during her commencement address.

Hanes Tells Penn State DuBois Grads, 'Share Victory' with Loved Ones

DuBOIS - Madlyn Hanes reminded the nearly 100 graduates and their families and friends that support from others is critical to individual success during her commencement address at Penn State DuBois on Saturday.  Hanes is vice president of the Commonwealth Campuses and dean of the University College of the Pennsylvania State University, and served as special guest speaker for commencement ceremonies.  

"Graduates, this is your day, and we are all gathered in celebration and recognition of your good work and knowing that many of you reached your educational goals, and completed your degrees while balancing the demands of work and family along with your pursuit of higher education," Hanes said. "Today’s celebration is a particularly momentous occasion, and a sweet, sweet victory.  Congratulations, graduates. We applaud you."

Hanes then asked the graduates to acknowledge the people who supported them in various ways as they worked toward completing their degrees.

"Most graduates tell me that they were helped along the way by family and friends who encouraged them, supported them, remained patient with them, especially during crunch times when papers and presentations came due and studying for mid-terms and finals required their complete attention," remarked Hanes.  "The graduates before us today have family and friends who kept life’s everyday distractions from interrupting their progress toward graduation.  Today is a shared victory and we have them to thank as well." 

The message Hanes shared about appreciation for support came from her own experiences, which she also shared.  She said, "I, like many of you, was the first in my family to complete college, and go on to graduate school to earn a master’s and Ph.D.
The story of my own educational journey begins, like many others begin, with family.
I could not have succeeded without the help of my family."

Recognizing the closely knit community on campus, Hanes also credited professionals at Penn State DuBois for going above and beyond the call of duty for students.

"Our talented faculty who taught you content, yes, but who inspired and mentored you, who helped you find your voices and express yourselves, who challenged you as learners to aim high and higher still," Hanes said.  "And the dedicated staff and administrators who assisted you in your journey, supported your learning, directed you to needed resources, and engaged you in co-curricular activities and leadership opportunities.
The faculty, staff and administration of Penn State DuBois welcomed you as a valued member of the campus community."

In the end, Hanes stressed that all types of support that students receive is a gift that helps to make the greatest achievements possible.  Among the greatest achievements in anyone's life, Hanes said, is earning an education.

"Education is a great equalizer.  No matter your background, education levels the playing field and opens doors as easily for those who were first in their families to go to college as for those who followed generations of college educated family members," Hanes said. She then asked graduates to, in turn, offer to others the same kindness that has been offered to them.  "I hope that each of you, in time, becomes someone else’s champion, someone else’s hero."

Hanes has executive oversight for the 20 Commonwealth Campuses, including Penn State DuBois. Those campuses enroll 34,000 students in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees.  She provides leadership for Penn State's multiple missions across the Commonwealth. In addition, as the Dean of the University College, Hanes provides academic leadership on curricular matters and promotion and tenure reviews for 14 of the campuses, which comprise the University College.  

From 2000-2010, Hanes served as Chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College.  Hanes joined Penn State in 1988 as the chief academic officer of Penn State Delaware County, now Penn State Brandywine.  In 1997, she was named chief executive officer of Penn State Great Valley, the graduate campus of Penn State serving southeastern Pennsylvania, and in 1998, founding head of its School of Graduate Professional Studies. 

Hanes earned a B.A. with high honors in English education, M.A. in speech-language pathology, and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a specialization in language and literacy development, from the University of Florida.  In 2008, the University of Florida honored her with the University Distinguished Alumnus Award.   

Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald presided over the commencement ceremony and conferred degrees.  Senior Instructor in Education Pamela Hufnagel served as faculty marshal. 

"I am confident that each one of you will make contributions to our society and our world in your own, unique way," McDonald told the graduates.

Percy Is Looking For A New Home

This is Percy
A mixed Border Collie
5yrs old
Gets along with other animals
loves to play.

Percy is looking for a new home with a big yard and someone to play with him. 
If interested
Please call Denise @(814) 4861906

Paddle the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn

Paddle the West Branch Susquehanna Sojourn

The West Branch of the Susquehanna River has been getting a lot of national attention lately. National Geographic named the West Branch a “Best Adventure Destination for 2012” and this 228-mile river was also designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service last year. To encourage people to explore the river a West Branch Susquehanna River Sojourn will be held May 19-24. This sojourn is also a proud participant in National Get Outdoors Day and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Outside campaign!

This six-day educational paddle trip will start in Curwensville, PA and travel 85 river miles to Renovo, PA with camping, stewardship activities, and educational programming along the way. “The West Branch Sojourn will be a great way for folks to explore this stretch of water trail, since much of it is breathtakingly rural, secluded and one of the closest things we have in Pennsylvania to a wilderness experience,” says Erin Pierce, Program Coordinator with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. “Camping, meals, and transportation are arranged ahead of time so that sojourners can really just focus on enjoying the local educational programs, amazing landscape, wildlife, and company of the other paddlers.”

Full registration includes professional guide service, camping, meals, insurance, shuttles, sojourn t-shirt, and interesting educational programming and entertainment as scheduled. Registration for adults is $65 per day and $33 per day for children 12 and under. Registration forms and additional information are available online at, or by contacting Erin at (570) 522-7244.

This is the first time in over twenty years that a PA Sojourn has paddled this section of the West Branch, and organizers expect registration to fill quickly. Space is limited. The registration deadline is May 4.
Pennsylvania’s river sojourns are a national model for connecting people to their natural environment in a fun and educational way. The purpose of this “floating classroom” is to raise awareness about the natural and cultural resources of the West Branch, promote public access to these resources, and encourage stewardship of the watershed. “We want the Sojourn to inspire people to connect with the river, and become advocates for the Susquehanna Greenway – the longest greenway in the state,” says Pierce.
Paddlers must provide their own boat and gear. Rental information for local outfitters, as well as a preliminary Sojourn schedule, policies, and additional information are included in the registration packet.

While river guides from Canoe Susquehanna of Lewisburg will direct the Sojourn and help participants navigate the river, first time paddlers should seek instruction and experience prior to the Sojourn.
The Sojourn is partially funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), a grant from the Lumber Heritage Region, and in-kind services from GenOn Energy’s Shawville Station. Local planning partners include Canoe Susquehanna, Clearfield County Conservation District, Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority, GenOn Energy, Inc., Lumber Heritage Region, McCracken Canoe Sales & Rental, and the PA Environmental Council, and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. If your organization would like to get involved or be a sojourn sponsor please contact Erin at

To learn about other Susquehanna sojourns and trips happening this summer visit the Susquehanna Greenway calendar of events at: To learn about sojourns that are taking place on other rivers across the state visit the POWR website at:
The Susquehanna Greenway is a corridor of connected trails, parks, river access points, and communities, linking people to the natural and cultural treasures of the Susquehanna River and its West Branch. Over 500 miles in the length, the Greenway is one of our state’s greatest resources, conserving the environment for all living things, and creating recreational opportunities for healthy communities.



There will be a Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 19 for kids aged 12 and under.  Registration is free and a free lunch will be provided for all registered participants.  Lunch will also be available for a donation by accompanying adults.  Registrations begins at 9:00 am and will run until 10 am when the derby fishing will begin.  Fishing continues until 1:00 pm.  Prizes and awards will be from 1:15 until 2:00 pm.  A free lunch of hot dogs, pizza and beverage will be served from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Adults may purchase lunch for a donation to the Friends Group.

Registration will be held at the spillway parking lot where each child will receive a Friends of Lyman Run backpack with goodies (until they run out!).  Fishing will be allowed in the dam spillway pool and downstream to the marker fence at the old ford area.  The fish measuring tent will also be located at the bottom of the derby raceway.  Parents are reminded to bring bug spray, lawn chairs, fishing poles and bait.  It is also highly recommended that proper footwear be worn as the ground is uneven. Flip flops are NOT recommended for this event at all.  Lunch will also be served at the spillway parking lot, and the awards will be presented at the park’s pavilion.  There will be many category and age prizes as well as drawings for prizes based in registration numbers.  Each child will receive a Smokey Bear button that has their registration number on it and this is also the number that they will register to measure their fish under.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

The derby fishing area will be CLOSED TO ALL FISHING from Thursday May 17 until 10:00 pm on  May 19th.  This area will be patrolled by park and Fish Commission staff.  Fishermen are asked to please respect that this area is select area for the kid’s fishing derby and citations will be issued if you are caught fishing in this section during the close-out period.

Back pack sponsors are Galeton Drug, GB Max Signs, Inc., Sweden Valley Inn, and Ted Dennison Carpentry.  Other donating sponsors for the derby so far are: Gas Field Specialists, Wal-Mart of Mansfield, Canyon Motor Sports, Patterson Lumber, Northwest Savings Bank, Black Forest Conservation Association, Paul Miller, Phil Osgood Excavating, Foxes Pizza ,and Endless Mountain Taxidermy.  The Friends group is still looking for donations and any business or individual who is interested can send a check made out to Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) and please put “Friends of Lyman Run” in the memo line.  Friends of Lyman Run is a chapter of  PPFF – and non-profit charity (tax deductible) dedicated to preserving and protecting natural resources in our State Parks and Forests and towards fostering programs that will enhance the appreciation of these natural resources.

The Friends of Lyman Run would like to thank all those who donated funds towards this event and also its grateful acknowledgment of all the hours of volunteer time that the derby committee has put in.  Friends volunteers are still needed for derby day, so please let Director, Maxine Harrison know if you can come out for a few hours and give us a hand.  For further information or to volunteer, please call the Lyman Run State Park office at (814) 435-5010.

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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Gets New Administrator

New Administrator At Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

may12lumbermuseumdirectorA new site administrator has been named at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County. He is Jeffrey Bliemeister, who has spent the last nine years as the founding curator of the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey. He has also served as the director or administrator of several other museums or sites.

Bliemeister holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in history museum studies. Bliemeister succeeds long-time museum administrator Delores Buchsen, who retired.



Technical difficulties and public interest spur extended posting of video

HARRISBURG – Prompted by technical difficulties and public interest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will rebroadcast staff reports and the voting session from the Board of Game Commissioners recent meeting via its website. The continuous video can be accessed by going to the agency’s website ( and clicking on “April Board Meeting Rebroadcast” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage.

The meeting, which was held on April 23 and 24, featured a variety of wildlife reports from the Bureau of Wildlife Management and survey results of hunters from the Bureau of Information and Education.  However, an equipment problem disrupted the agency’s efforts to webcast staff reports.

“Right in the middle of our staff reports the equipment problem cut off our webcast,” said Joseph J. Neville, Game Commission Bureau of Information and Education director.  “The problem couldn’t be resolved until the next day. Fortunately, the webcasting of the Board’s voting session was uninterrupted.

“Many hunters and Pennsylvanians have indicated that they would have liked the opportunity to view these reports, so we are rebroadcasting a looped video of all of the staff reports and the question and answer session between the staff and Board from April 23, as well as the full Board voting session from April 24.”

Neville noted that the agency has been striving to make Board meetings as open as possible, including maintaining a library of prepared agendas and minutes from previous Board meetings on the website. To view Board meeting agendas and minutes going back to 2006, go to the Game Commission’s website (, put your cursor on “Resources” in the menu listing under the banner at the top of the homepage, click on “Reports & Minutes” in the drop-down box, and then select “Board Meeting Minutes.” The minutes of the April Board meeting will be posted once they are transcribed.



HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Calvin W. DuBrock today announced an invitation for project applications to the State Wildlife Grants Program.  These projects will help address conservation needs through high-priority projects for endangered, threatened and at-risk species across Pennsylvania.

The federal dollars for this program are awarded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants Program (SWG). Grant recipients also contribute substantially to the project. Ultimately, the program represents a tremendous windfall for beleaguered Pennsylvania wildlife.

Complete project applications must be received by noon, June 8.  The Game Commission hopes to finalize project selections in July and award contracts in early 2013.

“The hundreds of nongame species that inhabit Pennsylvania historically have received limited funding at best,” DuBrock said.  “The importance of nongame species has been recognized by the agency for a long, long time. It simply hasn’t had the funds required for comprehensive conservation. Now, with assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and through partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and State Wildlife Grants recipients, we are poised to manage these species like never before.

“State Wildlife Grants and partnering opportunities provide a much-needed infusion of funding that greatly expands wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania.  These funds come at time when nongame research and fieldwork are more important than ever and surely will pay dividends to wildlife managers for many years to come.”

Because distribution of SWG funds is based upon land area and population size, Pennsylvania has received a large proportion of these funds, ranking among the top six states in funding received to date.  However, conservation needs annually outpace the funds available, so competition for funding remains fierce among prospective projects.

“We look forward to working with our conservation partners across the state to develop the best projects for the sustainability of ecological benefits to the Commonwealth’s wildlife and residents,” DuBrock said.  “This program provides us with a means to make a great difference, and we aim to do just that.”

For more information on Game Commission priorities for the 2012 SWG call for projects and guidelines for project applications, visit the agency’s website ( and click on the “Call for 2012 SWG Projection Applications” photo button in the center of the homepage.

Work on Route 322/153 Project Winding Down

Clearfield County
Work on Route 322/153 Project Winding Down
Bridge deck treatment scheduled through mid-May

Clearfield – A Clearfield County roadway improvement project on Route 322/153 (Clearfield-Rockton Highway) is winding down, with bridge deck treatment work scheduled May 7 to 18. Crews will be working on two sets of bridges over Moose Creek in Lawrence Township, between Paradise School Road and Turnpike Avenue.

The overall work will result in smoother, more efficient travel on this well-traveled road and preservation of the bridge deck surfaces for years to come.

The overall project started in 2011 and has include drainage improvements, guide rail updates, replacement of concrete islands, pavement patching and deck work.

Motorists can expect lane restrictions through the four-lane section as the deck work takes place, with one lane available for westbound vehicles and one lane available for eastbound vehicles.

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College is the contractor on the $5.7 million project.

Maple Festival Schedule

Saturday Afternoon Schedule For Maple Festival
11:00 am Chicken BBQ - Coudersport Fire Hall

11:00 - 1:00 pm Chainsaw Carving Demonstration
Dan & Sabrina Burnside

12:00 - 6:00 pm Bingo Tent - Courthouse Square

2:00 pm Crowning of Potter - Tioga Maple
Sweethearts from Each County Gazebo

3:00 pm Maple Festival Sweetheart Parade
Awards following Parade - Gazebo

3:30 pm The “Big Fish” Sculpture Raffle
Boys & Girls Club of Potter County

4:00 - 6:00 pm Live Music - Tom Martin & Friends

9:00 pm Moonlight Movie, Lunar Viewing
Full Moon Program
Cherry Springs State Park

Pictures At The Maple Festival Courtesy Of Leo Szczesny

Photos courtesy of Leo Szczesny

Did You Lose A Puppy?

Owner found

Luminaria Form For American Cancer Society

I-80 Work zone lane restrictions week of May 7

Travel Advisory
I-80 Work zone lane restrictions week of May 7

The contractor working on Interstate 80 in Columbia County has the following lane restrictions scheduled during the week of May 7.

On Monday, May 7, the I-80 eastbound right lane will be closed from mile 242 to mile 243 for road widening work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 8, the I-80 westbound lanes will be affected by sign structure installation work. Alternating lanes will be closed and a rolling road block will occur in the morning hours in order to set the overhead sign structure. This work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between mile 237 and mile 236 near the Lightstreet Exit.

On Wednesday, May 9, the I-80 eastbound lanes will be affected by sign structure installation work. Alternating lanes will be closed and a rolling road block will occur in the morning hours in order to set the overhead sign structure this work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between mile 240 and mile 241 near the Lime Ridge Exit.

Norm & Alice Cizek Estate Sale May 5 & 6 In Coudersport, PA

Friday, May 4, 2012

Country Estate Auction Thursday, May 10 In Clermont, PA

Battery Stolen In Burglary

A marine battery was stolen in a burglary 
that occurred between 11-9-09 and 5-2-12 at 228 Dry Run Road in Hebron Township.

Trooper Timothy W. Mix said unknown actor(s) forced entry through a window at property owned by Robert John Ehret, 228 Dry Run Road, Coudersport, PA, and once inside, removed a marine battery from the premises. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper Mix at PSP Coudersport.

Water Tank Stolen From Brizzie Hollow Road Property

A theft on Brizzie Hollow Road in Oswayo Township between 4-19 and 4-26-2012 is being investigated by State Police at Coudersport.

Wilma Jean Freeman, 921 Brizzie Hollow Road, Oswayo, PA, told Trooper Justin M. Lemaire that unknown actor(s) stole a 60 gallon water tank from her property.

Troopers believe the tank was taken for scrap metal. Anyone or any business with information in regards to this tank is asked to please call PSP at Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Missing 13 Year Old Returned Home

State Police investigated a report of a runaway/missing 13 year old known juvenile on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Trooper Derek Weaver said the juvenile from Pike Township returned home several hours after the start of the investigation.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 244 North in Hebron

At 10:48 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance  has been dispatched to Rt. 244 N in Hebron Township ofr a link to life call.

Clinton County Planning New 911 Center

Consultant hired to create new comm center

By JIM RUNKLE ( , The Express
 LOCK HAVEN - The Clinton County commissioners hired a consulting firm Thursday to help with the creation of a new 911 center at the former Flemington Elementary School.

Commissioners Joel Long, Pete Smelts and Jeff Snyder unanimously approved the measure, while waxing eloquent about their recent visit to a similar venture in Elk County. More...

NWS Confirms Tornado On Ayers Hill Near Coudersport In Potter County

  Tornado confirmed on Ayers hill! (this would be the 30 foot camper that landed on the vehicle) The camper
 damaged all three cars on the Maurer property.   Thanks to Erikka Sue Long for sharing this with us.
The National Weather Service in State College, PA, has confirmed that a small tornado occurred near Ayers Hill in Potter County, Pennsylvania on May 2, 2012.

A team from the NWS and Potter County emergency management surveyed the wind damage in the Ayers Hill area on May 4. The tornado began near the intersection of Cherry Tree Lane and First Fork Road...SR 3003... just west of Ayers Hill. The tornado then moved east northeast intermittently touching down for about a half mile before lifting near Gates Hill Road.

A large trailer was turned over by the wind damaging two vehicles. Four homes sustained minor roof damage with two roofs partly torn off. About 30 trees were downed or damaged. Several witnesses saw a funnel cloud prior to the tornado and there was report of a vehicle blown off the Road.

This information can also be found on our website at weather.Gov/ctp.

Location... Ayers Hill in Potter County Pennsylvania
Date... May 2, 2012
Estimated time... around 9:15 PM EDT
Maximum EF-scale rating... EF0
Estimated maximum wind speed... 75 mph
Maximum path width... 25 yards
Path length... one half mile

For reference... the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0... wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1... wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2... wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3... wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4... wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5... wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

Ridgway Woman Advocates For Workers As Economist

 From the factory to the academy, tracking ‘real America’

BERKELEY —Ridgway, PA--Sylvia Allegretto’s grandmother spent most of her working life in a carbon plant. Her father, a housepainter, belonged to the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades for 40 years. Her mother had barely retired after 25 years in a plant that made brake linings for trains and trucks when the owners relocated to North Carolina.
The now-shuttered factory was a block from the family’s home, and Allegretto knew its sounds and smells long before she went to work there herself, running a huge industrial saw.

There’s a certain storybook quality, then, to this child of the working class growing up to be a UC Berkeley labor economist. If you ask Allegretto, it’s more like a fairy tale. Ridgway, PA native advocates for the workers of America......More...

Smethport 1 Coudersport 0

Coudersport’s John Michael Rigas tags out a Smethport runner  stealing  home.

Tom McCusker # 25 is tagged out at home plate attempting to even the score.

 Photos Courtesy Of Paul Burdick

Paul Burdick Sports Images Phone (H) - 814-274-8772                               (C) - 814-598-7915

Structure Fire Reported Out In Smethport

Fire Out--Apt. Full Of Smoke
At 8:08 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 420 East Water Street Apartment 2 for a structure fire that is electrical in nature.  Caller reports fire out but apartment full of smoke.

Smethport at Coudersport

Smethport Hubbers came away with an 11-0 victory in last nights action. Solid pitching and good defense kept the lady falcons off the bases the entire game.
More photos can be seen at haskins photography, and are free to download as always.
Photos Courtesy Of Ron Haskins

Smethport Over Coudersport

Smethport Boys 1-0

Smethport Girls 11-0

Photos Courtesy Of Leo Szczesny

May Declared Motorcycle Safety Month by Governor Corbett

May Declared Motorcycle Safety Month by Governor Corbett
PennDOT Reminds Everyone to Share the Road, Practice Safe Techniques

Harrisburg – With the promise of warmer weather and increased motorcycle presence on Pennsylvania roadways, Governor Tom Corbett has signed a proclamation designating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch says motorcycle safety is the responsibility of both riders and drivers.

“By riding within the limits of their ability and by wearing the proper safety gear, motorcyclists can do a lot to protect themselves,” Schoch said. “But motor vehicle drivers also have a responsibility to keep an eye out for motorcycles and do what they can to share the road and keep riders safe.”

Although motorcycle use is on the rise – the number of registered motorcycles climbed by more than 5,600 and licensed motorcyclists grew by 8,500 last year – crashes and fatalities were down from 2010.  There were more than 3,600 crashes involving motorcycles on Pennsylvania roadways in 2011, resulting in 199 fatalities versus more than 4,000 crashes and 223 fatalities in 2010.

As part of its continuing and aggressive effort to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities, PennDOT created the Live Free Ride Alive website.  The interactive website, designed specifically for riders, challenges motorcyclists to take personal responsibility for their own safety.  With a focus on receiving proper training to operate a motorcycle, the site offers visitors a chance to share personal riding stories with one another and take the “Be One Less” pledge to avoid becoming a crash statistic. The site also features a collection of stories about Pennsylvania riders and their families and friends, that celebrate the freedom of riding and take a sobering look at what happens when a rider is hurt in a crash.

Currently, more than 1,700 people have taken the “Be One Less” pledge and more than 850 people have posted a rider message. To learn more about riding safely, to see videos and to share your riding experiences visit

Additional safety tips for motorists are available by selecting the Motorcycle Safety link under the Traffic Safety Information Center at

Taking an approved motorcycle safety training course decreases the chances of a rider being killed or injured in a crash. New and seasoned riders can take advantage of free Basic, Basic Rider 2, Advanced Rider and Three-Wheeled Basic Rider motorcycle safety courses through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.  For more information or to register for a course, visit   

Francis S. “Frank” Langianese, 90, of Lewis Run, PA

Francis S. “Frank” Langianese, 90, of Lewis Run, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

He was born on December 10, 1921 in Lewis Run, a son of the late Michael and Josephine Benedict Langianese.

On June 1, 1946 in Lewis Run he married Esther M. Doriguzzi who preceded him in death on March 12, 2003.

He was a 1940 graduate of the St. Bernard School where he played for the school football team.

He was a United States Army Air Corps. Veteran of World War II; having served in the European Theater.

He was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run where he was on the financial board.  He had also worked on the books for the former Italian Mutual Aid Society.  He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #403 as well as their financial officer.  He was the President of the Lewis Run Borough Council for the past 56 years.  “Lefty” (as he known) was heavily involved in sports.  He played for and managed the Lewis Run team in the McKean-Elk baseball league and officiated high school football games and retired after sixty one years as an umpire.  He also had the honor of working 24 of the first 25 Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic games and was instrumental in arranging the officiating crew for the first game.

He is survived by one son, Rick (Roxanne) Langianese, Lewis Run, three brothers, Matt Langianese, Beaumont, TX, Sam (Florence) Langianese, Lewis Run, Mike Langianese, Jr., Bradford, one sister, Jeanne (Mike) Senuta, Olean, NY, two grandsons, Jason (Ciss) Langianese, Bedford, NH, Colton Langianese, Nashville, TN, one granddaughter, Daniella (Rick) Griesbaum, Lewis Run, three great grandchildren, Brooke, Colin and Aisley, one sister-in-law, Betty Langianese, Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Tony Langianese.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen L. Collins as celebrant.

Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.       

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Lois B. Morehouse, 84, of 33 Walker Ave, Bradford, PA

Lois B. Morehouse, 84, devoted wife, and loving mother and grandmother of 33 Walker Ave, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at her residence.

Born in Shawnee, OK, on July 11, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Clara (Sicart) and Edgar  Burger.

In Ellicottville, NY, she married  Lee D. Morehouse, who survives.

Mrs. Morehouse graduated from high school in Memphis, TN.

She was a longtime and active member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Morehouse was a secretary for State Representative William Mackowski for many years as well as working for the McKean County Board of Elections for numerous years. 

She was known for her birthday and wedding cakes and also belonged to many bridge clubs and bowling leagues in the Bradford community. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons Gary (Laurie) Morehouse, of Charlotte, NC, Mark (Midge) Morehouse, of Brewer, ME, and Craig (Cindy) Morehouse, of Houston, TX; two daughters, Amy (Lynn) Neely, of Olean, NY and Laura (Mark) Shade, of Hawaii; two brothers, Robert  Burger, of Florida; Edgar Burger, of Philadelphia;a sister, Dorothy  Plotz, of West Valley, NY; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathaniel Shade on March 6, 2002.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, May 7, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the  Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, and again on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 10-11AM, in the Grace Lutheran Church, where funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, with Rev. Patrick Cox, Pastor, officiating. Committal and brial services will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Salvation Army, Grace Lutheran Church, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Potter County Unemployment Drops To 8%

County Jobless Rate Falls Below National Average

joblessPotter County’s unemployment rate fell in March, according to figures released last week by the Department of Labor & Industry. Some 8.0 percent of adults are actively looking for work, down from 8.3 in February. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in March, while the national figure was 8.2. The rates reflects residents age 18 and over who are jobless and on record with the state as actively seeking employment.

Moose Has Found A New Home

Moose Has Found A New Home

Great Job Dalton

Gallina And Lapp Inducted Into PSI CHI at Pitt-Bradford


            BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford inducted three students into Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

            To be eligible for Psi Chi, the student must be at least a second-semester sophomore and be enrolled in a psychology program as either a major or minor, having completed at least nine semester hours of psychology courses. He or she must have at least a 3.0 grade point average as an overall GPA as well as within the psychology program.

            Those psychology majors inducted were Nicholas Choy of Flushing, N.Y., Michael F. Gallina of Roulette, and Alyssa L. Lapp of Port Allegany.

            Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of the psychology program and director of the psychology program, is advisor.



BRADFORD, Pa. ­­-- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford inducted nine students into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

To be considered for Chi Alpha Sigma, a student must earn a varsity letter in that academic year. The student must also earn at least a 3.4 overall grade point average.

Those inducted were Alyse R. Bisbee, an accounting major from Erie; Alisa C. Cornell, an athletic training major from Philadelphia; Maria G. Costanza, a public relations major from Pittsburgh; Kirby D. Craft, an athletic training major from Goodyear, Ariz.; Laura L. Long, a sports medicine major from Pittsfield; Ryan H. Lucas, a health and physical education major from Bemus Point, N.Y.; Amirah N. Sabir, a sports medicine major from Washington, D.C.; Alexander R. Schrock, a history-political science major from Somerset; and James F. Wilson, a biology major from Bellona, N.Y.

Advisors for the group are Betsy Matz, associate professor of business management, and Lori Mazza director of athletics and recreational sports.

PFBC to Host Public Forum on Conservation Issues

PFBC to Host Public Forum on Conservation Issues

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and several partners are inviting the general public to an upcoming public forum on conservation issues, to be held May 23 at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

The PFBC will be joined by the Lycoming College Clean Water Institute, the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies.

Three topics will be discussed during the forum.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway will explain the agency’s recent decision to enter into a non-surface use oil and gas cooperative agreement for the development of natural gas under its Rose Valley Lake property.

“It’s important for the public to understand the decision-making that took place before we entered into the agreement,” said Mr. Arway. “It’s equally important for the public to know that the Fish and Boat Commission is dedicated to maintaining the ecological and recreational integrity of the lake and the surrounding lands under our stewardship.”

All money from the Rose Valley contract and other natural gas agreements will be deposited into a special account where they will be used to fund efforts to repair or rebuild Commonwealth-owned high-hazard, unsafe dams managed by the PFBC. The PFBC is responsible for managing dams which need approximately $34 million in repairs, and the Natural Gas and Water Access Program is one way of raising the funds to fix these facilities so communities can continue to enjoy them.

The evening forum will also include a presentation by PFBC Susquehanna River Biologist Geoff Smith, who will present the latest data related to the water quality in the Susquehanna River and the staggering decline of much of the river’s world-renowned smallmouth bass fishery. Mr. Smith will explain the work that has been done to date to try to diagnose the causes of the disease that has been killing young-of-year smallmouth bass for almost a decade and has most recently resulted in unsightly lesions and open sores on adult bass.

Finally, Dr. Mel Zimmerman from Lycoming College, Larry Brannaka from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PFBC Fisheries Biologist Tom Shervinskie will offer an ecological perspective on the emotional issue of stream channel clean-up. They will turn the discussion form one of channelization to one that focuses on how habitats that support healthy aquatic communities can be compatible with long-term flood minimization.

The event will take place from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in Room G-11 of the Heim Science Building at Lycoming College. School will not be in session, so there will be plenty of parking available. Directions to the college can be found at:

Traffic Control For MVA On Coudersport Main Street

At 12:09 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 dispatched for traffic control at a MVA on Main Street.

PA State Police Fingerprint Identification System to be Upgraded

PA State Police Fingerprint Identification System to be Upgraded

Harrisburg – The Automated Fingerprint Identification System, used by the Pennsylvania State Police, will be taken out of service for three days later this month for a full system replacement.

The system, better known as AFIS, will be out of service from 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19, through 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2012, when the new AFIS will go online.

Members of law enforcement rely on AFIS to provide automated fingerprint search capabilities, latent searching capability, electronic image storage, and electronic exchange of fingerprints and responses.

While the system is replaced, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), and the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) system will not have full access to real-time criminal history information. Consequently, this will temporarily restrict the purchase of firearms and negate the ability to obtain criminal history checks.

Once AFIS returns to normal operating status, all transactions submitted during the implementation phase will automatically upload into the new system.

The Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act and the federal Brady Act are the laws that ban certain individuals from purchasing firearms, including persons convicted of certain criminal offenses.

“The replacement of AFIS will allow us to better serve the many agencies and citizens of Pennsylvania who rely on up-to-date and accurate criminal history information,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

“I want to assure our citizens that their safety is our number-one priority and that prohibited persons will not be able to purchase firearms,” he added. “We apologize for any inconvenience stemming from this system replacement, and we appreciate your patience while we perform this essential work.”

AFIS is a type of biometric system that uses digital imaging to capture a fingerprint, which then can then be compared to a database of fingerprint records to assist in determining the identity of an individual.

AFIS also has the capability of searching unidentified latent fingerprints developed at crime scenes against known fingerprints on file with the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Records and Identification.

All persons arrested and fingerprinted with a date of birth of 1957 or later are currently on file, as well as all newly arrested persons. These registered fingerprints are subsequently compared against all new fingerprints entered into AFIS.

The Pennsylvania State Police started using AFIS in 1990, when the system replaced the manual classification and searching of fingerprints. It has been upgraded three times since then, the latest in 2006, when it allowed AFIS to receive and store palm prints.

The system is currently processing 531,000 more transactions annually than it was eight years ago. Those numbers continue to increase, exceeding the current system’s capacity. In addition, the original system is no longer on the market, so the entire system must be replaced.

For more information about Pennsylvania State Police, visit

Rep. Martin Causer Capitol Update

Capitol Update
May 4, 2012
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Second Amendment Rally Set for May 8
The Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally at the state Capitol will be held this Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. If you aren’t planning to make the trip, the rally will be streamed live on my website.

State Revenues Increase in April
The state Department of Revenue announced this week that general fund revenue collections for the month of April exceeded projections by $99 million, or 3 percent.

Although this marks the third consecutive month revenue collections have been in the black, the Commonwealth is still about $300 million behind for the fiscal year.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ll be watching the revenue numbers closely while we continue to work toward a final budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. It is important we keep spending in check while also ensuring adequate funding for our schools, mental health/mental retardation services and for critical access hospitals, which are important to ensuring access to care in many areas of rural Pennsylvania.

A final budget must be in place by June 30.

Encouraging Our Kids to Read
Following up on last week’s visit to read to kids at the McKean County Family Center, this week I had the opportunity to share a story with the kids at Port Allegany Head Start. I again read this year’s official “PA One Book,” titled “Stop Snoring, Bernard!” If you have young children, I highly recommend the book!

Reapportionment Commission Hears Testimony on Redistricting Maps
Commission Scheduled to Vote on Preliminary MapsThe Legislative Reapportionment Commission held a public hearing in Harrisburg this week to gather public comment on the preliminary redistricting maps recently approved by the commission. A second hearing is scheduled next week.

Under the proposal, the 67th District I represent would be changed to include all of McKean County and would continue to include all of Cameron County and most of Potter County. Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter would be moved into the 68th Legislative District represented by Matt Baker. The changes would not take effect until after the November 2014 general election.

The commission could approval the maps as early as mid-May, after which there is a 30-day window during which people may file court challenges. Follow the redistricting process here.

Spring Newsletter Now Available!
The spring edition of my legislative newsletter is now available online. The newsletter includes an update on the state budget process, information about upcoming events, issues of interest to sportsmen and highlights of key legislation.