Stoltz Of Coudersport

UPMC Cole Oral Health

Bokman of Wellsville, NY

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page



Howard's Inc.

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Coudersport Consistory

Giant Sportsman’s Raffle Coudersport Consistory……100 Firearms and $10,000 Cash……100 Guns will be given away in 100 days for $100/per ticket………….Plus Day 101 will be the drawing for $10,000 Cash!……..Tickets Available Now!!....ONLY 1,000 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE!! Winners determined by the Pennsylvania Pick 3 Evening drawing. Drawing run April 1, 2019 thru July 10, 2019…$10,000 Cash Prize drawing on July 10, 2019….Tickets may be purchased from the Coudersport Consistory Office, by mail or you can pay by credit card. 1-800-980-8490

Canyon Motorsports

Smethport Piecemakers Extravaganza

St. Bibiana's Fish Fry Every Friday


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quality Pre-Owned Equipment For Sale At Howards In Coudersport

St. Marys woman to serve 51 months for stealing $1.1 million

St. Marys woman to serve 51 months for stealing $1.1 million

By LISA THOMPSON, Erie Times-News

A St. Marys woman was sentenced this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Erie to serve four years, three months in federal prison for embezzling $1.1 million from her employer over a five-year period. Read More...

Child Safety Seat Checkpoint May 23rd At Coudersport Ambulance Hall

PSP To Do DUI Checkpoints In Potter County May 18 & 19th

Kane Man Cited For DUI After Traffic Stop

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 8:48 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a patient with a head injury.

Our doggie Duke is missing.

Our doggie Duke is missing. We left at noon today and haven't seen him since. PLEASE if you see him, my 2 year old would reallllly like him back.

 "We just found him.

9 County Next Generation 911 System Goes Live In Cameron & Elk Counties

Nine County Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project Goes “Live”

In a cost savings and redundancy of services effort, nine counties in Northern Pennsylvania worked together to upgrade to a Next Generation 911 Telephony System and a diverse and redundant Fiber Network. 

The counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren have worked together as one entity to create a regional network and improve technology and operations while saving costs to their individual counties. 

Implementation of this project started with Cameron and Elk Counties going live on the system May 1, 2013.  

Clearfield and Jefferson County will be the next two counties to go live on May 15, 2013 and May 16, 2013. All counties will be live by June 30, 2013.

The average cost for replacement of a single county 9-1-1 telephony system would have been $394,875.00 (total combined cost to all the counties would have been $3,159,000.00). The average yearly maintenance for each county would have been $45,242.69. On the new system the average county shared cost is $162,513.09 ($1,300,104.72 total for the region). The average yearly maintenance per county is $21,730.12.

These nine counties all received notice from their current telephony switch manufacture about the end of life for their legacy era 911 telephony switches. In determination to provide the best 911 redundant response, they began the process with MCM Consulting Group, Inc. (MCM), of McMurray, PA in January 2011. MCM reviewed their systems which lacked redundancy and were not interconnected or capable of Next Generation 911. Therefore, the counties could not transfer 911 calls between counties with automatic location identification or automatic number identification.

The Northern Tier entered into agreements with Cassidian Communications, Inc. out of Temecula, California, for the Next Generation 911 (NG911) Telephony System and Zito Media for the IP fiber network. The system design includes a Cassidian Geo-Diverse Vesta 4.0 Next Generation 911 telephony system, with one NG911 switch located in the Windstream territory, and the second NG911 switch located in the Verizon territory. Each switch is capable of running the entire network in the event of a failure of the other switch. Each county is connected to switches on diverse and redundant fiber paths.

For added redundancy to the system, all of the county 911 trunks are directed to the Verizon Tandems. From the tandems, one half of the counties 911 trunks are connected to the switch in Elk County and the other half are connected to the Clearfield County switch. Also in an effort to reduce costs, non-emergency and administrative telephone lines connect to the individual county workstations at the public-safety answering point level.

This system is also capable of providing transport and connectivity for systems including but not limited to: computer aided dispatch; graphical information systems; radio interoperability system; and emergency management functions, including interfacing with a State-wide emergency services IP network (ESInet).

What does this mean for the general public? If a 911 Center’s phone service is down, for whatever reason, in one county, your 911 phone call will not go unanswered. Someone from another county will pick up that call, providing necessary emergency information to the caller; while still being able to send information to the dispatchers in the county in which the call originated, with all of the necessary location and number identification – in one fluid motion between counties.

Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project Has Added Benefit for Cameron County Residents

 There is an added benefit of the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project to Cameron County residents living in the northern part of RT 872 (First Fork Road) and the phone exchange of 647. These residents will now have their 911 calls go directly to Elk County 911. Previously, the calls went to Tioga County 911 and Tioga County had to manually transfer these calls to Elk County 911. With this change Elk County will now be able to see all of the callers information so that the dispatcher can locate the caller on the map and direct the emergency service provider to the right location.

All of Cameron County’s 911 trunks are now directed to the Verizon Tandems which in turn “selectively route” these calls to the correct 911 center, therefore reducing call processing time and decreasing emergency response times for 911 callers.

Coudersport Girl Takes Second Place in Congressional Art Competition

Alison Wright, a sophomore home school student from Coudersport took second place in the 5th Congressional District’s 2013 High School Art Competition, which was sponsored by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.recently.

Danielle Anderson of Clearfield, Pa., a senior at Clearfield Area High School, was the first place winner. Photo gallery for event: click here.

Old Scam Regurgitated with recent dates/It's a Virus

This Email scam appeared in 2011. It has a zip file that when opened, plants a virus or trojan in your computer. See Snopes.

Roulette Ambulance To Scene of Coudersport Natural Gas Leaki

Ambulance To Scene of Coudersport Natural Gas Leak
At 7:06 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched with one ambulance to 410 Vine Street in Coudersport at the scene of a natural gas leak.

Structure Fire On Snowdome Road In Mt. Jewett

Structure Fire On Snowdome Road In Mt. Jewett
At 6:48 PM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the Snowdome Road for a structure fire with exposures to a residence.

 Mt.Jewett Volunteer Fire Department 
Call #30 5/11/13

Snow dome Road Fully involved shed Fire time out 18:43
Engine 101,104 , Tanker-105, Rescue 103 all responded with chief 10 and fire police
No injuries reported
All man power and units in quarters and available time in 20:03

Coudersport Fire Department Dispatched To Vine St.

At 6:22 PM on Saturday Coudersport Fire Dept. was dispatched to Vine St. for a natural gas leak.

Returned & available at 7:24 PM

Congratulations to the Newest Inductees to the National Honor Society

Congratulations to the Newest Inductees to the National Honor Society

Northern Potter Junior Senior High School welcomed sixteen new members into the National Honor Society. The National Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. 
 Members are Back Left to Right: Taryn Bennett, Ellen Kibbe, Amelia Kibbe, Megan Siska, Matthew Morgan, Caleb Byron, John Polen, Aaron Olney, Ethan Kibbe, Hannah Howe, Stephanie Baker, Mariah Morgan, and Katelyn Siska. Front Left to Right: Morgan Soule, Stacey Plumstead, Kurtis Coates, Sarah Burrous, Alexis Freeborn, and Sarah Neiswender. Seated: Robert Carpenter.
Not pictured: Michael Adams, Jesse Buck, and Ashley Mitchell

Don't forget about our deck opening party at Seneca Inn

Don't forget about our deck opening party, starting today at 2pm. The weather is not the greatest, but we are still gonna go for it. 
We'll have horse shoes and corn hole boards. Some acoustic music by Jon Meade. $2.50, 24 oz coors light and miller light drafts and some free snacks. Then later on tonight we will open up the juke box . 
Tonight after 8 o'clock we will have open juke box. Everyone can be the DJ. You play and we"ll pay. You can't beat that deal, so come on down and play your favorite tunes. 
Hope to see you soon!

Jane F. KNICKERBOCKER, 71, of Genesee, PA,

Jane F. KNICKERBOCKER, 71, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, May 10, 2013 in her home.

 Born October 15, 1941, Montour Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Francis B. and Harriet Elizabeth Decker Riley.

She was employed by Cooper-Slide in Genesee, Olean Times Herald, Galeton Production, Reed’s Market in Genesee, and Giant in Wellsville, NY.

 Jane was a member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, served as a girl scout leader, and was Genesee youth baseball’s biggest fan.

Surviving are: her husband, Leslie E. Knickerbocker; two sons, Willis (Kelly) Haring of Roulette, PA and Matthew (Becky) Haring of VA; a daughter, Lori (Kevin) Pierce of Scio, NY; three stepsons, Randy (Esther) Knickerbocker and Scott (April) Knickerbocker, both of Elkland, PA, and Steven (Angie) Knickerbocker of SC; two stepdaughters, Roxanne (Tim) Huntley and Leslie Knickerbocker, both of Elkland; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, James F. (Nancy) Riley of Apalachin, NY; a sister, June Alice (Charles) VanOrden of Cottonwood, CA; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a three grandsons, Chase William Haring, Ty Pierce, and Larry Knickerbocker, Jr.; an infant brother, Francis B. Riley, Jr.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, Genesee, PA 16923.

Online condolences may be expressed at

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamlin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site WT 3124 1003 6HS in Hamlin Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamlin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site WT 3124 1003 6H in Hamlin Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamlin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site WT 3124 1003 5HD in Hamlin Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hamlin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site WT 3124 1003 2HS in Hamlin Twp township, McKean county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gaskill Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to CNX GAS CO LLC for site REITER UNIT 1A in Gaskill Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gaskill Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to CNX GAS CO LLC for site REITER UNIT 1B in Gaskill Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gaskill Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to CNX GAS CO LLC for site REITER UNIT 1C in Gaskill Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gaskill Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to CNX GAS CO LLC for site REITER UNIT 1D in Gaskill Twp township, Jefferson county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Rayne Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to WILMOTH INTERESTS INC for site COVER 1 in Rayne Twp township, Indiana county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Howe Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site HASTINGS RUN 1404 8HM in Howe Twp township, Forest county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Howe Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2013-05-06 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site HASTINGS RUN 1404 4HM in Howe Twp township, Forest county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Dog Found In Port Allegany

This dog was on my door step this morning in Port Allegany, Pa. He is a young male beagle basset mix (I think). 

He is very friendly and easy going dog. I would like to find his owners. 

If you think he is yours please email at or call 814-558-6308 and describe the dog and collar and give me his name. 

Thank you

Four running for Coudy mayor

Four running for Coudy mayor

By Kimberley Hoak 
Potter Leader-Enterprise

Pennsylvania’s Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday May 21, and while many of the county and township positions on the ballots have no candidates listed, the race for Mayor of Coudersport has garnered interest from four candidates.

Long-time mayor Wick Furman is “retiring” from the position he has held for 16 years.

“It’s time,” Furman said. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years and the last time or two I ran, I kept thinking it would be the last time. I have enjoyed serving, but it’s time for someone else to take over.”

Three candidates, Paul Rick Angood, Andrew J. Dubots and Brian A. Wislon are vying to be the Republican candidate chosen to run in the November General Election.

Recently, Brenda Whitman threw her hat in the ring as a write-in candidate. Read more...

L.E.E.K. Schedule of Activities


Pulled Pork Sandwiches will be ready by noon

Please come out and support COUDY PURPLE today at the lot across from Stoltz/beside Sheetz on Route 6 in Coudersport!!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches will be ready by noon. Enjoy just a sandwich or add Baked Beans and Macaroni Salad and make it a meal! Drinks, desserts, and Coudersport Little League Tee shirts made by Onee Menard Pressley will also be available!!

Motor Vehicle Crash In Port Allegany With Natural Gas Line Rupture

Motor Vehicle Crash In Port Allegany With Natural Gas Line Rupture
At 12:50 AM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 74 Pearl Street in Port Allegany. A vehicle has crashed into a gas line and the line is ruptured. Ambulance has been dispatched for a female with a possible neck injury.

Townwide Roulette Yard Sales Saturday, May 11th

Always In Bloom Has You Covered For Mother's Day, Stop In and Let Us Help You

Quality Pre-Owned Equipment For Sale At Howards In Coudersport

Friday, May 10, 2013

Position Available Cole Memorial Emporium

Missing Erie Man Found After Search of North Country Trail

Emporium Man Arrested After Trooper Finds Drug Paraphernalia In Car

2 Aluminum Canoes Stolen From Mix Run Road Camp

Hit & Run In Harrison Township

High Winds Topple Tree In Port Allegany

This is a picture of a tree that fell at the Shelley Residence in Port Allegany, PA on May 10th. The tree fell during the bad storm this evening. The tree is about 115 feet tall and 13 foot circumference. No damage to the house thankfully.

Photos Courtesy Of Amy Shelley

A.C.E.S Day at Oswayo Valley Elementary School

A.C.E.S Day at Oswayo Valley Elementary School

On one of the most perfect of all spring days, students and staff gathered Thursday in front of the OV Elementary School for a fun early morning work out. Led by April Mashensic, Phys Ed Teacher, the students from kindergarten to 5th grade exercised to music of the past and present. The highlight of the early morning event was the group routine to the music HEY BABY! Fresh air and sunshine added to the fun.

A.C.E.S (All Children Exercise Simultaneously), a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. Throughout the United States schools are making a point to set aside time to focus on fitness and the importance of a healthy body and a healthy mind. It has been labeled as "the world's largest exercise class" by the media. Oswayo Valley has made ACES Day an annual event.

Judicial Reform on House Agenda Next Week

Judicial Reform on House Agenda Next Week

The House returns to session on Monday, May 13. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting

Mandatory Retirement and Traffic Court to be Taken up by Judiciary Committee

Amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges in the Commonwealth from 70 to 75 is the point of House Bill 79 (Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery County). Currently, several judges are challenging Pennsylvania’s constitutional provision that mandates members of the judiciary retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70. One of the cases is in front of the Supreme Court and was argued on Wednesday. It should be noted the life expectancy of the average person in 1968, when the Pennsylvania Constitution was most recently revised, was approximately 70 years. By contrast, the current life expectancy is approximately 78 years because of medical advancements and healthier lifestyles. To become law, the amendment must receive a majority vote of two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly and an affirmative vote by the electorate.

A federal investigation and numerous indictments indicate that change is needed in the Philadelphia Traffic Court. Enough said. The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Senate Bill 333 and Senate Bill 334 (Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County) to eliminate the Philadelphia Traffic Court and transfer its duties to Philadelphia Municipal Court.

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Game Commission asks citizens to report sightings of affected animals.

HARRISBURG – The fuel tanker explosion that has closed a stretch of Interstate 81 near Harrisburg also caused about 2,000 gallons of spilled diesel fuel to flow into a nearby wetlands, prompting a rapid response to contain and clean up the spill, and rescue affected wildlife.
Efforts continue today at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, which lies just northwest of the interchange where the tanker overturned and caught fire.

Fuel spilled at the crash site May 9 traveled through a storm drain to Paxton Creek and into the Wildwood marsh, an important habitat for wildlife and plants, including state endangered species of each.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission responded to the marsh just before noon on Thursday, after a man who had been hiking through Wildwood Park called to report the spill. Field officers with the commission paddled their way around the lake and were able to rescue about a dozen fuel-coated ducklings and goslings from the marsh.

“The timeliness of the response and coordinated efforts with Wildwood Park personnel, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, and USDA Wildlife Service’s personnel was critical to assessing the situation, beginning wildlife recovery operations and mitigating additional wildlife impacts,” said Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.
The commission’s rescue efforts resumed today.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, as part of the Game Commission’s wildlife-protection response, has set up a propane-powered air cannon that creates intermittent blasts of sound in an attempt to deter wildlife from entering the contaminated portion of the wetland.

Daniel Brauning, a bird expert with the commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, said timing is critical in rescues of waterfowl that become immersed in fuel.
“The sooner you are able to rescue them, the better their chances of survival,” said Brauning, who heads up the commission’s Wildlife Diversity division.

Rich Palmer, the director of the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection, said the public also can help in the effort by reporting to the commission any wild birds or mammals that appear to be coated with oil. Reporting sightings could increase any contaminated animal’s chance of survival, and will allow the commission to better assess how many animals were affected by the spill, Palmer said.

Wildwood Park at this time of year is used regularly by feeding great egrets and black-crowned night-herons, both of which are state endangered species. Great egrets were seen Thursday at Wildwood during the initial cleanup and rescue efforts.

The Game Commission in coming days and weeks will monitor closely how these important species fare at Wildwood.

Wildwood has the largest concentration in Pennsylvania of American lotus, a state endangered plant. Its dominance in the Wildwood’s emergent wetlands makes it an unusual ecosystem within the state. Additionally, Wildwood is home to substantial numbers of muskrats and waterfowl. Nesters there include mallards, wood ducks and Canada geese, while everything from northern shovelers, blue-winged teal and common snipe stop over during migration. Other nesters include American woodcock and yellow warblers.

Owned and managed by Dauphin County, Wildwood also is home to white-tailed deer, mink, eastern coyotes, red foxes and raccoons.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said today the spill was quickly contained in the lake and that cleanup efforts are continuing.

Anyone sighting wildlife believed to be affected by the spill can contact the Game Commission’s southeast regional office at 610-926-3136.

Photos Courtesy of Joe Kosack.

Dauphin County WCO Mike Doherty and Lancaster County WCO John Veylupek remove a captured contaminated Canada goose gosling from a net. 

This contaminated Canada goose gosling was spotted along Paxton Creek and captured by the by Game Commission field officers a short time later.

Kane to Represent McKean County at the PA State Envirothon

The overall winner of The “Wild” Envirothon team from Kane
Kane to Represent McKean County at the PA State Envirothon

The Kane Team, consisting of Dillion Mattis, Jacob Shrubb, Tyler Blackenship, Chris Cummings, and Devon Gregg took first place overall at the “Wild” Envirothon held on Thursday, May 9 2013 at the Keating Sportsmen’s Club in Smethport. This team will now go on to represent McKean County at the PA Envirothon being held at the Juniata College on May 21 and 22.

This exciting academic event pit teams from McKean and Cameron County School Districts of ninth to twelfth-grade students against each other in outdoor situations that test their knowledge of the natural world. The event was sponsored by the McKean and Cameron County Conservation Districts, Premier Communiciation, American Refining Group, Kessel Construction, Pittsburgh Corning, Pure Tech, Kightlinger Excavating, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Hancock Forest Management, Kerry Fetter, Lafayette Township, the Keating Sportsman’s Club, Bells Meat Market, G.L. Carlson, Walmart, Headwaters Conservation Partnership,Team Minard Screen Printing & Embroidery, Singer’s Auto Service, Emporium Secondary’s and Embassy Powdered Metals

During this hands-on competition, students may be asked to measure a tree…analyze water from a stream…or feel handfuls of earth to identify the type soil. They work as a 5-member team to answer questions of fact, and use their critical thinking to find solutions to reality-based situations, such as how to balance the use and protection of our natural resources through 5 stations.
The stations included: Forestry, manned by Stan Hess, DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Wildlife, manned by Len Groshek, Tom Sabolicik and Wayne Hunt from the PA Game Commission; Soil and Land Use, manned by Ben Renner, NRCS, Roosevelt Carter from the ANF and Dave Stratton from the Farm Service Agency; Aquatics, manned by Heather McKean, McKean County Conservation District and Todd Delucia, Cameron County Conservation District and the Current Event, manned by Nicole Santangelo, Penn State Extension and Joan Biehler from the McKean County Planning Commission.

Middlebury Dispatched For MVA

Occupant refusing medical transport.

Governor Corbett Signs Disaster Emergency Proclamation After Tanker Fire Closes Major Interstate Outside Harrisburg

Governor Corbett Signs Disaster Emergency Proclamation After Tanker Fire Closes Major Interstate Outside Harrisburg

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett yesterday signed a disaster emergency proclamation to assist state and local authorities in responding to a massive tanker truck fire that has closed portions of Interstate 81 and Routes 22/322 in Dauphin County.

“This accident has created a traffic nightmare for thousands of citizens as they try to go about their daily lives to work, school and other activities,” Corbett said. “But the economic impact across the Northeast United States and Mid-Atlantic region is potentially staggering when you consider the amount of commerce that travels through Pennsylvania on these roads every day.”

Corbett said the investigation into the accident, which happened shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday, is being handled by the Pennsylvania State Police and is ongoing. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is continuing to inspect the accident scene, but it’s unclear how long the roadway will be closed.

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time-consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.

Text of the Governor’s disaster emergency proclamation is available online at

New Study by USDA, FDA Aims to Enhance Food Safety in Retail Delis; Risk Assessment Targets Listeria monocytogenes (Lm)

05/10/2013 04:12 PM EDT
To help minimize the public health burden of listeriosis, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have conducted a major study to better understand the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating certain foods prepared in retail delicatessens. The agencies have developed recommendations for changes in current practices that may improve the safety of those products.

Cherry Flats Road drainage improvements scheduled week of May 20

Cherry Flats Road drainage improvements scheduled week of May 20

Weather permitting, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County is scheduled to replace two cross pipes to improve drainage along Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road) starting May 20.

Work will take place just off the intersection with Route 6 and 500 feet from intersection.

Work will occur from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily that week during which time traffic will be detoured onto Gas Company Road and Route 6.

Thompson Issues Statement on Benghazi Terrorist Attack Investigation

Thompson Issues Statement on Benghazi Terrorist Attack Investigation
Newly Released Administration Emails Contradict Previous White House Statements
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today released the following statement about the investigation into the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

Tomorrow marks eight months to the day since the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked resulting in the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Since that time, important questions have gone unanswered and recent news reports contradict accounts put forward by the White House and Obama administration officials. The pressure is mounting on the White House to come forward with a comprehensive account of this tragic event and the days and weeks following the attack. I will continue to support investigative efforts to uncover the facts, for the American people deserve to know the truth and nothing less.”

Thompson is a cosponsor of H. Res. 36, which would to establish a Select Committee, with full subpoena powers, to further investigate and report on the attack.

Today, ABC News reported that talking points used by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice following the attack were, in fact, “scrubbed” by the White House and State Department 12 times to remove any reference to terrorism or prior warnings of a possible attack: “The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack. That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.”

A report released last month by the five House committees investigating Benghazi determined there was “a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department” about the degree of danger posed to America officials in Libya. The report further stated the administration had “willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative that the attacks.”


05/10/2013 05:46 PM EDT
Acadian Fine Foods, LLC, a Church Point, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,037 pounds of pork stew and chicken stew products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain whey and soy, known allergens which are not declared on the product label.

05/10/2013 11:04 PM EDT
Jolly Good Meat Products, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,471 pounds of pork meat pie products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Chester J. Billings, 83, of 75 Jefferson St., Bradford, PA

Chester J. Billings, 83, of 75 Jefferson St., Bradford, PA, passed away, May 3, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held, Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Emanuel Lutheran Evangelical Church, where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:30am. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Fredrick L. "Derf" Richter, 66, of Riterville Road, Mt. Alton, PA

Fredrick L. "Derf" Richter, 66, of Riterville Road, Mt. Alton, PA, passed away, Monday, April 15, 2013, at his residence. 

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service today, Saturday May 11, 2013 at 11:00am in the Kushequa Union Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Adam A. Piccirillo, Sr., 95, a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home and formerly of Warren, PA

Adam A. Piccirillo, Sr.
Adam A. Piccirillo, Sr., 95, a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home and formerly of Warren, PA. died Friday morning, May 10, 2013 at his residence after an extended illness. 

He was born October 29, 1917 in West Hickory, PA. to the late Benjamin and Angeline Demattio Piccirillo.

 He has resided most of his life in Warren and was a former resident of Ridgway and Irvine, PA. 

Adam had been employed with the former National Forge Company, Struthers Wells Corporation and retired as a die maker from the former G.T.E. Sylvania after many years service. 

 He was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church and a former member of St. Luke’s R.C. Church. He was a former member of the Holy Redeemer Church Holy Name Society, Struthers Hose, Marco Polo Club of Jamestown, N.Y., Warren Moose Lodge 109, Warren American Legion Post 135, and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. He was a 4th Degree member of the Warren Council of the Knights of Columbus. Adam was an accomplished ball room dancer and lover of his family, especially his grandchildren.

He enjoyed carpentry, remodeling, woodworking, was an avid golfer, boater and traveler, enjoying cruises and trips to Europe.

He is survived by his daughter – Carol Confer and husband, Jim of Warren, PA., 3 Sons – Adam A. Piccirillo, Jr. and wife, Mary Jane of Bangor, Maine, Benjamin Piccirillo and wife, Linda of Spring Hill, Kansas, Michael Piccirillo and wife, Terrie of Phoenix, AZ., Daughter-in-law, Susan Piccirillo Marino of Erie, PA., 16 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Regina Ciroli Piccirillo whom he married at Holy Rosary R.C. Church in Johnsonburg, PA. on November 12, 1938 whom died July 7, 2007, 1 Son – J. Patrick Piccirillo, 3 Sisters – Amelia Randinelli, Mary Princepe, Amerika Kulbacki, 2 Brothers - John and Michael Piccirillo, 1 infant brother – Michael Piccirillo.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Monday, May 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M.

Members of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree will stand guard during visitation hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. 

 Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365, Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, Pa. 16371 or Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. 16365. 

 E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Teddy E. Brunner, 75, of Oil Valley Rd., Duke Center, PA

Teddy E. Brunner, 75, of Oil Valley Rd., Duke Center, PA, passed away Friday (May 3rd, 2013) at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.

Born May 1st, 1938 in Olean, he was a son of William and Evelyn Walker Brunner.

Teddy was a 1956 graduate of Otto High School and later graduated from Dubois School of Trade in Electrical. 

He resided in Rockwell, Ill. from 1956 until returning to Duke Center in 1963.

Mr. Brunner was employed by National Locks in Rockford. After returning to Duke Center he took a job with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 32 years retiring as a highway inspector in 2001.

Teddy was a member of the Northern Star Lodge # 555 of Duke Center as well as the Coudersport Consistory. He was a past president and lifetime member of the Otto Twp. Fire Department, and a past president and lifetime member of the Tri County Fireman’s Association. He was also a member of the Little Nippers, the Otto Twp. Lions Club, the Bradford Eagles Club #108, the Bradford Moose Club # 124 and the Bradford and Eldred American Legions as a social member.

Surviving is one brother, Arnold (Susan) Brunner of Smethport; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Brunner in 2004 and a sister, Marilyn Brunner in 1935.

There will be no funeral home visitation per Teddy’s wishes. A memorial service in honor of Teddy’s life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Otto Township Fire Hall, Duke Center, PA. at 2:00 p.m. A lunch will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Otto Twp. Fire Department.

Online Condolences may be made at

Mary T. Mingo KLOKER, 89, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Boothwyn

Mary T. Mingo KLOKER, 89, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Boothwyn, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 in her home. 

Born July 31, 1923, in Hazelton, PA, she was the daughter of John and Sarah Goodwin Brennan. 

She was employed by John’s Bargain Store in Chester, PA and Kennan’s Bar in Marcus Hook, PA. 

Mary was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Boothwyn and a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Claymont, DE. 

Surviving are: a daughter, Micki Merdian of Ulysses; a son, Anthony (Patricia) Mingo of Ulysses; a granddaughter, Christina Stahli; a sister, Loretta Romantic of Hazelton; a step-daughter, Debra (Anthony) Cochran of Coudersport, PA; and nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Pamela Mingo; a son-in-law, Gerard “Butch” Merdian; a sister, Emily Bogaczyk; and three brothers, Bernard Brennan, John Brennan, and Conrad Brennan. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 7:00 PM. Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jane F. KNICKERBOCKER, 71, of Genesee, PA

Jane F. KNICKERBOCKER, 71, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, May 10, 2013 in her home. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Tree Down On RT. 46

Tree Down On RT. 46
At 6:43 PM on Friday, Norwich  Township Fire Sept. has been dispatched to Rt. 46 & Burdick Hollow for a tree down blocking the roadway.

ATV vs Motor Vehicle With Head Injuries Near Benezette

Agency: CAMERON CO 16 FD;

5/10/2013 6:36:18 PM


Address: 850 BRANDY CAMP RD
City: FOX

5/10/2013 5:25:16 PM



The roadway had been closed after an oversized load came loose from a tractor trailer 5th wheel and dropped in the middle of the street. Fire Police and Coudersport Police have been detouring traffic since the 2:25 PM incident.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Bradford Township Magisterial District Judge Richard W. Luther Jr. and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford president Dr. Livingston Alexander will speak at the Police Memorial Day service at Pitt-Bradford on May 15.

The service, which is co-sponsored by the Bucktail Lodge #96 and the William Hanley Sr. Lodge #67 of the Fraternal Order of Police, will take place at 1 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

The service is open to the public and will feature a color guard and a 21-gun salute.

As part of the service, wreaths will be laid at a plaque commemorating three local officers who have died in the line of duty in the past 26 years – Sgt. David Distrola, Bradford; Patrolman Steven Jerman, Kane; and Patrolman Carl Whippo, Johnsonburg.

Taps will be played by Kevin McMurtrie of Bradford, and bag pipes will be played by Paul Fehrenbach of Kersey.

Luther was a police officer for more than 20 years before becoming a district judge. He was most recently re-elected in 2011.

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Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 to Station

At 4:32 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to station to standby for Coudersport Fire Dept.

McKean County Raceway Cancels May 10 Races Due To Weather

NDRL's McKean County Raceway Action for May 10th is Cancelled

SMETHPORT, Pa. -- The NDRL's McKean County Raceway has cancelled the May 10th NDRL's ULMS and A&MP Electric UEMS event due to approaching inclement weather that is forecast to hit the facility around the 6:00PM hour.

Join us at 7:30pm on Friday, May 17 for another 'Incredible Weekly Event' at the NDRL's McKean County Raceway in E. Smethport PA.

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... northwestern Allegany County in western New York northeastern Cattaraugus County in western New York


Round & Square Dance Starts At 7 PM In Port Allegany

PSP: Jeep Stolen from Car Lot in Huston Twp.

PSP: Jeep Stolen from Car Lot in Huston Twp.

May 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM by · Leave a Comment  

HUSTONTOWNSHIP – The DuBois-based state police are investigating the theft of a motor vehicle that occurred sometime between 6:15 p.m. Thursday and 9:15 a.m. Friday at David K. Morelli Auto Sales in HustonTownship.

According to the report, someone stole a black, 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. State police believe the suspect is a Caucasian male who is in his mid 40’s with a medium build. He has “salt and pepper” hair and multiple tattoos on both arms.

State police said the male was at the car lot on Thursday and arrived in a 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was gray/putty in color; its front grill and bumper cover were missing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the DuBois-based state police at 814-371-4652.

Vehicle Crash On Rt. 219 South of Lantz Corners

Vehicle Crash On Rt. 219 South of Lantz Corners
At 3:17 PM on Friday, Mt. Jewett Ambulance & Fire Dept. have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in Sergeant Township on Route 219, 5 miles south of Lantz Corners.

At 15:17 Station 10 has been dispatched to route 219 south for a 1 car MVA chief 10 reports no injuries Rescue 103 responded and Engine 101 responded all units in quarters and available call#29


At 2:25 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. Fire Police have been dispatched to Main Street & E. 2nd Street for traffic control.

Drivers are advised to avoid the intersection as this oversized load is broken down completely blocking Main Street. A detour has been established on back streets in Coudersport. Radio reports indicate the fifth wheel connection has broken. A tow is reported to be coming from Kane to move the vehicle with a one hour estimated time of arrival.

Tr. 49 Harrison Township Bridge Repalcements To Start Monday

Potter County, Two-Bridge Job Set to Start Monday On Rt. 49 in Elmer

Coudersport – On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett, PennDOT today announced that work to replace two Potter County bridges will get underway on Monday, May 13. Once work is complete, PennDOT will be able to remove both from the list of structurally deficient bridges in Potter County. Replacement will also provide area drivers with safer, more efficient travel across modern structures.

Two-way traffic will be maintained during this project through the use of temporary roadways.

The bridges are on Rt. 49 about a quarter-mile apart, near the village of Elmer in Harrison Township. The first bridge spanning Dodge Hollow Run was built in 1941. It’s 34-feet long and is currently posted for “one truck at a time”. The second bridge spanning the Cowanesque River was built in 1932 and is 54-feet long. Both bridges carry more than 2,000 vehicles each day.

Work is expected to last through mid-November and includes replacement of the old bridges, approach work, paving, drainage and guide rail updates, and miscellaneous items. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this $2.2 million job.

Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Rew Dispatched to Fire On Lafferty Hollow Road

Rew Dispatched to Fire On Lafferty Hollow Road
At 2:00 PM on Friday, Rew Fire Dept. had been dispatched to an unknown type fire on the side hill near 362 Lafferty Hollow Road.

Police Looking For Information On HIt & Run Crash

Smethport Woman Suffers Monor Injury In Crash On Rt. 646 Today

Blossburg Fire & Ambulance Dispatched to a one vehicle crash

Blossburg Fire & Ambulance Dispatched to a one vehicle crash with possibly 2 injured.

A medical helicopter has been dispatched.

BREAKING NEWS: Armed Suspect Taken into Custody in Knox

BREAKING NEWS: Armed Suspect Taken into Custody in Knox
exploreVenango | May 10, 2013

KNOX, Pa. (EYT) - According to scanner reports, an armed suspect was taken into custody in Knox late this morning.

Authorities from several local agencies responded to a report of an armed suspect near Keystone High School around 11:30 a.m. today.

Scanner reports indicated that the suspect does not speak English and that Border Patrol was being contacted.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

No further information is available at this time.

Stay with exploreVenango for continuous coverage of this Breaking News story.

Knox Police received a report of an unknown male walking behind the Keystone High School with a rife around 11:00 a.m today.

According to police, upon arrival, a 23-year-old Hispanic was found with a BB gun.
Police say the male had been shooting at birds and did not realize that he was within a school zone.

He was taken into custody and turned over to the US Border Patrol as an undocumented alien.

Welcoming Carmella Marie Catherine Colton Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

 It's A Girl

Angie (Bennett) & Michael Colton II from Shinglehouse, Pa are pleased to announce the arrival of Carmella Marie Catherine Colton who was born on May 9,2013 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Coudersport,Pa. Carmella weighed 8 lbs 3.8 oz's - 21" long.
She joins a brother Elliot.

Maternal Grandparents: Mike & Sandy Bennett of Ulysses, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Ron & Judy Bennett of Ulysses, Pa.
Brent Artley (deceased) & Sandy Dingle of Galeton, Pa.

Paternal Grandparents: Michael J. Colton & Lee Colton of Shinglehouse, Pa. Gloria Colton of Shinglehouse, Pa.

Paternal Great- Grandparents: Sam & Sharlene Colton of Granville Summit, Pa; Ralph & Leora Wilcox of Canton, Pa.

Steak Bake benefit for Potter County Relay For Life

Steak Bake benefit for Potter County Relay For Life.

Today (Friday, May 10ths), from 11am to 6pm, volunteers will be selling steaks, baked potatoes, and vegetables outside of the Shop n Save Coudersport.

For only $11.00, you will receive:

Custom grilled steak
Delicious baked potato
Healthy vegetable side

Come out to treat your taste buds and help a good cause!

Kick off summer with the Potter County Patriot Weekend

Kick off summer with the Potter County Patriot Weekend beginning 5pm on June 7th, continuing at 11:00 am June 8th at the Millstream Inn, Route 6, across from Cole Hospital, Coudersport Pennsylvania. 

The Potter County Patriot Weekend is designed for the enjoyment of both adults and children, honoring the Wounded Warriors Project, Make*a*Wish Foundation and the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program and the proceeds equally divided. Show up to eat delicious food, drink, mingle, and enjoy the live entertainment and much, much more.

Mark your calendar and spread the word!

Penn-York is seeking an Assistant Cook for this Summer

Penn-York is seeking an Assistant Cook for this Summer.

The Assistant Cook will have responsibility for food service preparation and support of Penn-York Camp & Retreat Center by serving up to 600 meals per day during summer camps and retreats throughout the year. The Assistant Cook will assist the Head Cook in providing food services that meet or exceed the expectations of taste, temperature, presentation, and staff hospitality. The Assistant Cook will prepare food, cook, manage and replenish the food bar, oversee clean up and dish washing services. Will train full time summer kitchen helpers, part time summer staff as well as volunteers.

Apply on line at or call 814-848-9811

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business

This seminar is presented by Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center and provides an overview of the steps necessary to start a business. Topics include: guidelines on how to finance your business; what to consider before starting a business; license and tax information; how and why to prepare a business plan; regulations governing a business; and other resources designed to help you plan and succeed in your new business.

This seminar is being held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $20 and registration is required. Register online at or call toll free (877) 292-1843.

5-10 Recalls

05/10/2013 08:53 AM EDT

Dairy Fresh is voluntarily recalling a specific batch of IGA Brand “Vanilla & Chocolate” Ice Cream (1.75 quart, 1.66L) with the plant code “3783” and a SELL BY date of 08-13-13 because it incorrectly contains Heavenly Hash ice cream, which contains almonds, coconut, and soy, which are allergens not declared on the carton. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds, coconut, or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

05/09/2013 05:35 PM EDT

Today, Pure Herbs Ltd., Sterling Heights, MI is voluntarily recalling the 4oz and 1oz bottles of Protein Extract because they contain undeclared allergens - milk and soy. This labeling error was discovered during a routine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection when a review of the ingredients found that milk and soy allergen ingredients were not listed on our main label.

05/09/2013 05:28 PM EDT

Bimeda Inc., on behalf of the manufacturer, Bimeda-MTC Animal Health Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Calcium Gluconate, one lot of Dextrose 50%, and one lot of Hypertonic Saline, all of which are in the form of injectable fluids, to the user level. These injectable fluids are being recalled as a precautionary measure; because of departures from customary sterility procedures, sterility cannot be entirely assured.
05/09/2013 07:36 PM EDT

May 9, 2013 - CAMBRIDGE, MA. – Whole Foods Market is recalling bulk curried chicken salad and bulk vegan curried chick'n salad because in some stores these items may have been sold with reversed labels causing undeclared soy and egg allergens. Due to the label mix-up, allergens were undeclared; the vegan chick'n salad contains soy, and the curried chicken salad contains egg.

05/10/2013 09:37 AM EDT

Krinos Foods, LLC. of Long Island City, New York is voluntarily recalling its TAHINI sesame paste, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Welcoming Brooklyn Briar Burger Born At Cole Memorial Hospital

It’s a Girl!!

Madison Miller and Charles Burger from Wellsboro, Pa is pleased to announce the arrival of Brooklyn Briar Burger who was born on May 6th at Cole Memorial.

Maternal Grandparent: Valerie Miller of Wellsboro, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Carolyn Miller of Wellsboro, Pa; John Miller of Kissimmee, FL.    

Paternal Grandparents: Donna Burger of Avon, NY; Robert Burger Sr. of Orlando, FL.  

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, May 10, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Redistricting Plan

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday voted unanimously to uphold new state legislative district maps that will be in place for the 2014 elections. The maps were created by the five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission based on the results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Under the plan, the 67th Legislative District I represent is redrawn to include all of McKean and Cameron counties, and all but two municipalities in Potter County. Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter County will move into the 68th Legislative District served by Rep. Matt Baker. Please note that these changes will not be in effect until Dec. 1, 2014. For more information about redistricting, click here
Tax Reform Measure Closes Delaware Loophole, Makes PA More Competitive

A bill to make comprehensive reforms to the state’s business tax system has earned House approval. These changes are important to Pennsylvania’s economic recovery and our effort to create a climate that encourages job creation and retention.

At nearly 10 percent, the Commonwealth’s effective tax rate on large job creators is the worst in the nation. An employer looking to start a new business, or relocate an existing one, is less likely to come here because they can do business cheaper elsewhere. That has to change.

House Bill 440 aims to do that by lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax and uncapping the Net Operating Loss deductions businesses may take. Further, to ensure a level playing field for employers, the bill closes the Delaware Loophole that some companies have used to avoid paying their fair share.

The bill is now awaiting action in the Senate.  
New License Plates Available for Paratroopers, World War II Merchant Mariners

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now offering license plates for members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served with a U.S. Military Airborne Unit or as a World War II Merchant Mariner.

The new license plates for members of a U.S. Military Airborne Unit feature images of jump and glider wings, and the plates for Merchant Mariners features an image of the Merchant Marine emblem.

For more information on these registration plates or any other military plates offered by PennDOT, click here.
Mark Your Calendar: Fish for Free Day May 27

Discover the joy of fishing by taking part in the first of two Fish for Free Days hosted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, anyone is permitted to legally fish on the Commonwealth’s waterways without a license (other rules and regulations must be followed). Fish for Free Days are designed to introduce people of all ages to the sport of fishing. A second Fish for Free Day is planned on July 4. For more information about fishing in Pennsylvania, including licenses and seasons, visit