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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Service Award Recipients At Star Hose Co. #1 Banquet

Andover Dispatched To Cow Versus Vehicle Crash

At 10:29 PM on Saturday, Andover Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to the area of 4078 County Road 12 for a vehicle versus cow accident.  Report from scene there are no human injuries. The cow did not fare well.

Ed Rudy Wondrack, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA

Ed Rudy Wondrack
“devoted husband, father and grandfather”
 Ed Rudy Wondrack, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, went to be with his beloved wife Jinny on Saturday, March 7, 2015. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by his loving family in his home.

Born July 19, 1921 in Union, NJ, he was a son of Albert and Mary Popisil Wondrack. On June 2, 1951 in Denville,NJ, he married Helen V. “Jinny” Watts, who passed away on June 23, 2011.

Ed Rudy Wondrack’s father was a victim of the Prohibition era (the Roaring Twenties). After being a policeman, he became a bootlegger; made money only to lose it during the Depression of the 30's and became an alcoholic. 

Ed Rudy, was saved from a similar fate thanks to his mother, sister and brother who managed to hold on to the family home in Union, New Jersey by selling out at a loss the father's business properties in Adelphia, NJ and Freehold, NJ after Repeal in 1933. 

He served in the U. S. Navy and Merchant Marines during WWII and studied art at the Newark School of Industrial and Fine Arts. 

Ed Rudy worked at many jobs after leaving art school including commercial and industrial artist, powerhouse and construction worker, teamster, stevedore, metal inspector and landscape farmer. 

He was hired by an occupational therapist at Greystone Park Asylum as an art instructor where he learned firsthand about the world of the mentally ill prior to the use of tranquilizers, when physical restraints such as straight-jackets and isolation rooms were the only tools available. 

He is the author of a three part saga called Ira Hook’s Legacy. 

Ed Rudy lived in northwest Pennsylvania with his wife of 60 years Helen Virginia. For 39 years he and Jinny preserved magnificent hickory trees and nurtured hundreds of young trees at Shagbark Farm in Shinglehouse. His time at sea made him dream of trees and his time on land made him dream of the sea. Jinny was very happy he picked the trees.

Surviving are two daughters Lillian M. Wondrack and Jan A. Healy, both of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren, Leo E. Carpenter of Bradford, and Connie J. (Kayle) Perkins and Aidan K. Healy, both of Shinglehouse.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ed Rudy was predeceased by a sister, Lillian Garthe.

In keeping with Ed’s wishes, services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Mr. Wondrack’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ed Rudy, please visit

“Searching for the Green” Family Hike at Sinnemahoning State Park

With over a foot of snow still on the ground, it is hard to believe that St. Patrick’s Day and spring are just around the corner. But have hope! There are still shades of green to be found at Sinnemahoning State Park.

On Saturday, March 14, join park staff in a fun exploration of the forest flora in search of mosses, ferns, pines and, with a little luck, some early spring blooms.

Hike will cover about 1-2 miles at a slow to moderate family-friendly pace over mostly level trails. All participants should be prepared for outdoor activity. Please dress for the weather, wearing layers as needed. Waterproof shoes or boots, plus a water bottle, are strongly recommended. No registration is required for this free family program.

Program will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Meet at the Park Office and Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park.

For more information, please call the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center at 814-647-8401. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Additional details can be found online on the DCNR calendar at or on the Sinnemahoning-State-Park Facebook page.

Turn Your Clock Ahead One Hour Tonight Or Be Late For Church On Sunday

Services For Janice Keen Livingston, a paramedic killed in the line of duty

Year Old Article Warns of Wording That Can Cost Thousands

Nightly News   |  January 09, 2014

The Two Words That Cost Medicare Patients Thousands

When it comes to Medicare claims, it’s all about the fine print on your hospital chart. Find out how being “under observation” can cost you. 

If you are on Medicare, pay attention to this if you have to be hospitalized....this is MAJOR NEWS.

This is going to be a trap for many people unaware of two words:  Under Observation! 

If the hospital uses these words for your admittance,  you will be responsible for the hospital expenses; medicare will not cover them.

You should insist that the hospital admit you as In-Patient

In review, do not let the hospital admit you with the words, "Under Observation."  Insist on "In-Patient" designation.

It might be wise to inform family members too.



March 3, 2015
(By Mike Leone)

(Pulaski, PA)...On the heels of the offseason announcements of the additions of Ohio's Wayne County Speedway, Canada's Brighton Speedway, and New York's Can-Am and Fulton Speedways, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone are proud to announce sister speedways, Stateline and Eriez, to the growing Sweeney Weekly Series program for the upcoming 2015 season!   
Last year, Promoter Bill Catania revived Stateline Speedway as he reopened the popular Busti, New York oval on July 5 with a standing-room-only crowd at the renovated facility. The 1/3-mile Saturday night oval located on the PA/NY border has included Crate Late Models in their program for the past several years, but for the first-time ever will now be under a sanctioning body rather than an open rules package as in the past. Opening night for the 59th anniversary season is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and will include the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.  

Eriez Speedway meanwhile has been operated successfully the last nine years by Bob Rohrer and his family. Crate Late Model racing has been a popular Sunday night weekly home for the past four years at the northwest Pa. Sunday night 3/8-mile oval, and now for the first time will be under the RUSH banner. Opening night for the 54th anniversary season is scheduled for Sunday, May 3 and will include the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.

"The addition of Stateline and Eriez to our program is huge," expressed Emig. "We've been in talks with Bill and Bob since last summer in hopes they'd choose the RUSH program. Their decision to sanction their crate late model divisions at both facilities continues to solidify the entire Northeast portion of the region under the banner of one sanctioning body. For years racers have hoped that we could secure these great speedways. There is no doubt that many of these speedway's competitors will capture their own piece of our valuable championship programs, that will see over $85,000 in cash and approximately $60,000 in product contingencies awarded the RUSH competitors in 2015.

RUSH member racers will be able to participate at both speedways in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the $5,000 to-win Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the $3,000 to-win Pace Performance "Summer Chase", along with the $5,000 to-win Bilstein Bandits and the $1,000 to-win "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers.  While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers' health insurance and speedways' participant accident policy.

Both tracks will also host Sweeney Tour events for the Northern region during the summer months with tentative dates of June 6 at Stateline, and June 7 and July 27 at Eriez.  Eriez will host the popular $30,000 "Manufacturers Night" on July 27 that in the past has been held at Sharon Speedway, Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway, and most recently at McKean County Raceway always drawing over 40 cars.  The four events will be part of the Sweeney Northern Tour schedule that will pay the champion $4,000 to-win.  A sweep of both the Sweeney Northern and Southern Tour would earn the champion $10,000! 

Stateline Speedway celebrated their 2014 season at their January awards banquet crowning veteran standout Scott Gurdak as the champion.  Gurdak ironically topped a fellow former Big-Block Modified racer in Bob Dorman- a second generation New York racer.  Darrell Bossard, a former Stock Car standout and has years of Super Late Model experience as well was third over Dave Shagla, Jr., who competed in several RUSH events over the past two seasons. 

Brothers Kyle and Wyatt Scott, sons of the great David Scott, finished fifth and sixth in points.  Kyle continues to improve, while Wyatt will be starting his second season in the full-size cars.  Wyatt, a go-kart graduate, will be a leading contender for the "Futures Cup" crown.  Seventh through 10th in points were Jamie Brown, Max Blair, Dusty Waters, and Wendell Pinckney.  All four racers competed in many RUSH events over the past two seasons.  Blair in fact won $8,000 by sweeping the Sweeney Weekly & Pace Summer Chase crowns in 2013.

At Eriez, Kyle Zimmerman was the 2014 champion.  The Albion, Pa. driver has become one of the veteran Crate Late Model drivers on the circuit and has been known for his consistent finishes to garner championships over the years.  Completing the top 10 at Eriez were Blair, Matt Latta, Mike Knight, Bossard, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, Gurdak, Mark Tatalovic, and Michael Mitchell.

Latta splits his time between the Scott Bidwell #B1D and his family-owned #21 and has become one of the top runners on the northern circuit.  Knight, a Super Late Model favorite, made his first Sweeney RUSH Tour start on October 11 at McKean and raced from 16th to sixth to earn the Precise "Pedal Down Hard Charger".  Rohrer competed in six of the 16 Sweeney Tour events in 2014 with three top 10 finishes.  Wright, a former "Futures Cup" Champion, has honed his skills to become one of the northern circuit's top racers.  Tatalovic has actually purchased Tri-City Raceway Park and looks forward to his first year as a promoter.

Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701.  For more information, check out their website at  Follow them on Twitter @RaceStatline and like their page on Facebook by going to Their phone number is 336-793-8465.

Eriez Speedway is located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509. For more information, check out Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway and like their page on Facebook at

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop,, B.R.A.K.E.S.,, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Causer to Host Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today he is hosting two Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics to help senior citizens and other eligible individuals apply for the program. The service is provided at no charge.

“For senior citizens on limited incomes, a rebate on the property taxes or rent they paid in the prior year can be a big help,” Causer said. “I want to make sure people who are eligible take advantage of this opportunity. And I want to make sure they come to us for free assistance rather than responding to one of the growing number of private entities that are offering to file rebate applications for a fee. They do not need to pay anyone to get this rebate.”

The following clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, March 17:

Ulysses Senior Center, 522 Main St., Ulysses – 9-10 a.m.

Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse – noon to 1 p.m.

Causer stressed that people are also welcome to stop by his offices at any time during regular business hours for help with the rebate forms. No appointments are necessary for the clinic or to stop by the office, but applicants are reminded to bring the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process their claims quickly and accurately.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet certain income guidelines. Renters may earn up to $15,000 annually and qualify for the program, while homeowners may earn up to $35,000. Exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when calculating income.

For more information or to obtain claim forms, visit or one of Causer’s local offices:

Bradford: 78 Main St., First Floor – 814-362-4400.
Coudersport: 107 S. Main St., Room 1 – 814-274-9769.
Kane: 55 Fraley St. – 814-837-0880.

Clarksville Answers Morning Fire Call

Francis J. Mahar Jr., of 928 Prospect Ave., Olean, NY, President of Service Stores Park & Shop

Francis J. Mahar Jr., of 928 Prospect Ave., Olean, NY, passed away Thursday (March 5, 2015) at his home, after a long illness. 

Born Aug. 8, 1936, in Olean, he was the son of the late Francis J. and Margaret McLaughlin Mahar Sr. On Nov. 24, 1962, in St. John's Church he married Roberta A. Mountain, who survives.

Fran was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1954, and St. Bonaventure University. He was president of Service Stores Park and Shop for over 65 years.

He was a member and past Trustee of St. John's Church and was a past Eucharistic Minister, was a longtime member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, member of the Board of Directors at Community Bank and the ReHabilitation Center. Fran was a past member of Board of Directors at Olean Wholesale Co-op, and member and past officer in the Olean Kiwanis Club. He was a recipient of the Louie Award and was noted for his generosity and kindness over the years. Fran was very fond of his loving dog, Maggie.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his brothers and sisters, James Mahar of Olean, John (Lorie) Mahar of Dover, Del., Paul (Judy) Mahar of Olean, Ellen (William) Weidmer of Allegany, Mary (Richard) Montgomery of Penfield, Thomas (Kathy) Mahar of Olean and Joseph (Roberta) Mahar of Olean; many nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and a brother-in-law, Paul (Laura) Mountain of Ontario, Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Daniel Mahar; a nephew, John Joseph Mahar; a sister-in-law, Margaret Mahar; and aunts, Sister Mary McLaughlin and Theresa Turner.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean. A private funeral Mass will be held Monday (March 9, 2015) beginning with a private prayer service in funeral home at 10 a.m. followed by a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John's Church. The principal celebrant will be the Rev. Edward Sheedy, pastor. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to Cattaraugus County Chapter SPCA, P.O. Box 375 Olean, NY, 14760; Olean Food Pantry; or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 631 Buffalo, NY, 14240-0631.

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 44 in Sharon Township

At 2:21 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Route 44 in Sharon Township for a medical emergency.
2:26 PM--Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 responding. Coudersport recalled. 
Shiinglehouse Fire Dept. dispatched to set landing zone for Mercy Flight.

Police: One dead in 4 vehicle crash in Tioga County, PA

Regional News Network
Pennsylvania state police say one man is dead, another injured in a four vehicle crash Friday night in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Troopers said the crash happened on state route 287 at about 7:17pm.

According to Troopers, Donald Kohler was driving northbound when, for an unknown reason, his car crossing into oncoming traffic. His car slammed into two Peterbilt water trucks. A fourth vehicle, operated by Rick Collins, then struck the Kohler vehicle. Kohler was pronounced dead at the scene while Collins was sent to the hospital with injuries. No injuries were reported to the truck drivers. State police did not provide ages or addresses for any of the people involved. 

Police say the investigation continues.

Portville Assisted Clarksville Wtih Structure Fire

Portville Fire Department was toned at approximately 10:30 this morning to assist Clarksville Fire Department at a possible structure fire. Chief 1 responded to the scene while chief 2 responded with TA-126 and crew. We were released shortly after arrival on scene, then we remained on stand by for Clarksville while they finished the job on scene. Good job by everyone involved.


We are pleased to announce that Oswayo Valley Elementary Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 have been selected to perform in the video for the Concert for MUSIC in OUR SCHOOLS month. The concert will be aired by video in schools throughout the United States on March 12, 2015 at 1:00 P.M.

Please find below a link to view the videos of our students. Please enjoy by selecting the song title and then scrolling down to find the video selection for OVES.

The following pieces were performed:




You can view the videos as often as you like from March 1 through March 31. The school with the most viewers will win an elaborate sound system for the school.

Please help support our outstanding musicians and help us win!

Carl W. Mitchell, 93, of Coudersport, PA

Carl W. Mitchell, 93, of Coudersport, PA, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 10, 1921 in Coudersport, the son of Carl E. and Ettabell Thompson Mitchell. 

He was employed by the Damascus Tanning Co. and PennDot.

His survivors include two sons: Dale(Jackie) Mitchell and David(Sharon) Mitchell and three daughters: Nadine(Joel) Shade, Lana(John) Foust and Gloria(John) Kaeselau and one sister, Lorraine Russell. Eleven Grandchildren, Eighteen Great-Grandchildren. 

He was precdeceased by three sisters: Gustava Knowlton, Luva Derkis and Luella Hamilton and a brother, Lloyd Mitchell and a grandson, Benjamin Mitchell.

By request from the family, Carl’s Life Celebration will be held privately Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, “ A Life Celebration Home”, 210 N.East St., Coudersport, PA with Rev. Scott Ogden officiating. Burial will be at the family’s convenience in Sweden Hill Cemetery

3-7 Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner Roulette Alumni Association

3-7 Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner

Karen L. Bentley, 67, of 6 Rosedale Ave., Bradford, PA,

Karen L. Bentley
Karen L. Bentley, a loving wife, mother and grandmother 67, of 6 Rosedale Ave., Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born April 26, 1947, in Bradford she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Virginia (Smathers) Valentine.

On October 25, 1975 at the First United Methodist Church she married Gary L. Bentley who survives.

Mrs. Bentley was a 1965 graduate of Bradford Area High School. After high school she began her employment with the Bradford Hospital and worked until 1975 and then became a domestic engineer.

Karen was a member of the First United Methodist Church and attended St. Bernard Church. She was a former member of the Pennhill’s Club and Pine Acres Country Club.

She enjoyed cooking, reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is one daughter, Brooke Bentley, of Bradford, two grandchildren, Ava Harper and Cami Harper, one brother, Richard Valentine, of Bemidji, MN, and one niece Kimberly Valentine Stolski of Baxter MN.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Friends may be invited to attend a memorial service at a later date and time to be announced. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Arrrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Salvation Army, 111 Jackson Ave., Bradford, PA 16701 or American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505.

Online condolences may be made at

Come And Celebrate Ron & Judy Dates 50th Anniversary

Versal L. Dendel, 92, a resident of Cambridge Warren, 706 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA

Versal L. Dendel, 92, a resident of Cambridge Warren, 706 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA, died there Friday morning, March 6, 2015 after an extended illness. 

She was born June 14, 1922 in Salamanca, N.Y. She was the daughter of Claude and Ruth Gladys McCoy Perrigo. 

Versal was a longtime resident of Royal Oak, Michigan and Dunellen, FL. 

 She was a graduate of Russell High School and earned her Registered Nursing Certificate from Mt. Sanai Hospital School of Nursing, Cleveland, Ohio. 

She was employed with numerous hospitals, physician’s offices and retired from a inner city emergency department. 

She was a member of Dunellen First United Methodist Church and the Business Professional Women. 

She was an avid traveler and enjoyed entertaining her extended family.

She is survived by her son – Robert Charles Dendel of Harbor Springs, Mich., 2 Sisters – Barbara Walker of Warren, PA., Joyce Onink of Sugar Grove, PA., 2 Granddaughters - Cooper Dendel of Marquette, Mich.., Robyn Dendel of Harbor Springs, Mich., several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Dendel whom she married in 1947. 

A memorial service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Special Olympics or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main St., Warren, PA. 16365. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting 

The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with final arrangements.

Peter G. Mackie, Sr., 70, of 301 Hickory St., Johnsonburg, PA formerly of Emporium

Peter G. Mackie, Sr., 70, of 301 Hickory St., Johnsonburg, PA formerly of Emporium died at Good Samaritan Hospice, Cabot, PA on Thursday, March 5, 2015 morning.

He was born October 31, 1944 in Ontario, Canada a son of the late James and Dora Mae Wagner Mackie.

He married the late Joyce Kruger Banks Mackie.

Mr. Mackie enjoyed spending time with his family, stock car racing and fishing.

His partner of 20 years: Maria Christina McManigle, Johnsonburg
Son: James P. Mackie and his wife Anna, DuBois
Son: Peter G. Mackie, Jr., Kersey
Daughter: Dawn M. Mancuso, Brockway
Son: Marvin L. Mackie and his wife Nancy, Emporium
Daughter: Jody Wood and her husband Thomas, DuBois
Son: Elvis Smith, Montoursville, PA
4 Step-sons: John & Martin Banks, Emporium, Michael Banks of Stump Creek, Tim Banks of McAllen, TX & a Step-daughter Christina Banks of Reynoldsville
15 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By
Parents: James and Dora Mae Wagner Mackie
Wife: Joyce Kruger Banks Mackie
Grandson: Cody Lee Mackie in 1996
Step-children: Robert and Diana Banks

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Free Methodist Church 240 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday at 6:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Kane Dispatched To Motor Vehicle Crash On Rt. 6

At 12:31 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to Rt. 6 near Midway Road for a motor vehicle accident. Vehicle reported in the ditch. Unknown if injuries or entrapment.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Allegany Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-02 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site ALLEGANY 900 2H in Allegany Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

 PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Penn Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-02 00:00:00 to CHIEF OIL & GAS LLC for site REESE UNIT 1H in Penn Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Gamble Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-02 00:00:00 to EXCO RESOURCES PA LLC for site CHAAPEL HOLLOW UNIT 7H in Gamble Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Horton Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-02 00:00:00 to EQT PRODUCTION CO for site LONGHORN A 590834 in Horton Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Fox Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-02 00:00:00 to EQT PRODUCTION CO for site TOBY VALLEY 592003 in Fox Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Last Call For Centre County Paramedic Struck & Killed By Vehicle While Working Accident Scene

Belmont Dispatched To Structure Fire

At 11:50 AM on Saturday, Belmont Fire Dept. dispatched to a structure fire at 5897 County Road 20, between Belmont & Friendship, at the Van Curen residence. 

Scio Fast Team was also dispatched and quickly cancelled by Belmont Chief on scene.

Friday Night Motor Vehicle Accident & Structure Fire Calls


Lost Dog In Port Allegany

Please help me find my dog his name is Bosco. He went missing last night and been gone since then. He went missing from Ransome St. in Port. If you have seen him or anything please call (814)598-4405 or 814-544-4085.

Immediate Opening For Machinist At SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc. In Galeton, PA

Amazing Offer On 2014 Arctic Cat Leftover; 2015's Also Discounted

Second Annual Trashin For Fashion Benefits Breast Cancer

Potter County Education Council Seeking Executive Director

Large Estate Coin Auction Saturday, March 7th At Carter Auction Center In Allegany, NY

Employment Opportunity At 4-Winds Dairy LLC In Ulysses, PA

Free Candidate Announcements Available Until April 30th

Wellsville High School Presents School House Rock Musical March 13, 14, & 15th

Cole Memorial Seeking Candidates For Account Representative

Friday, March 6, 2015

Wellsboro Ambulance and Medics 2 And 3 Dispatched to Rt. 287 For An MVA

At 7:23 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Ambulance and Medics 2 & 3 were dispatched to the scene of a 3 car MVA on Rt. 287 in Delmar Township with entrapment and injuries.

Coudersport Ambulance To Allegany Avenue

At 6:45 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Allegany avenue for a fall victim outside.

EMMF early bird ticket special to end March 15

WELLSBORO—The Endless Mountain Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer.

There will be 16 days of concerts from July 24 through Aug. 8 in seven different communities in Tioga and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania and Chemung and Steuben counties in New York. All of the concerts will start at 7:30 p.m.

The full symphony orchestra with guest artists will perform at Mansfield University’s Steadman Theater on three consecutive Fridays, July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7 and at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium on three consecutive Saturdays, July 25, Aug. 1 and 8.

Chamber music concerts will be on Sundays and weekdays between July 26 and Aug. 6.

In New York, chamber concerts will be in Corning at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art on Sunday, July 26 and at the 171 Cedar Art Center on Sunday, Aug. 2, and in Elmira at the Arnot Art Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

In Pennsylvania, chamber concerts will be in Tioga County in Blossburg at the Victoria Theatre on Monday, July 27; in Wellsboro at the Deane Center on Sunday, July 26, Wednesday, July 29, Sunday, Aug. 2 and Wednesday, Aug. 5; and at the Tioga County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 28 and Monday, Aug. 3; and in Bradford County in Towanda at the Keystone Theatre on Thursday, July 30 and in Troy at the Troy High School Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The early bird season pass special for 16 concerts will end Sunday, March 15. The season pass is available now through March 15 for $179. Beginning March 16, a season pass will increase to $239.

A pass for all six Friday and Saturday full symphony orchestra concerts on July 24 and 25, July 31 and Aug. 1, and Aug. 7 and 8 is $175.

Admission is $25 for each weekday and Sunday chamber concert and $35 for each Friday and Saturday full symphony orchestra concert.

For tickets or more information about the concerts, call 570-787-7800 or visit Or for tickets send a check and completed order form to Endless Mountain Music Festival, 130 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.


Sharie Radzavich
BRADFORD, Pa. -- University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has selected Sharie Radzavich of Bradford as a recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Community.

Radzavich is the administrative assistant for the Division of Communication and the Arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She is one of three staff members university wide this year to receive the award, which is the highest award that the university grants to staff members in recognition of their dedication and effort to making their community a better place to live and improving the quality of life of others.

Radzavich and the other awardees were recognized Feb. 28 at the university’s honors convocation and will be a guest of honor at a reception at the chancellor’s residence in May.

Radzavich’s dedication to community service is showcased in her longstanding involvement with the Bradford Branch of the American Association of University Women and The Friendship Table, the local soup kitchen; as well as several campus-related organizations, including the Women’s History Month Committee, and the Empty Bowls and Baskets Committee. She has been active in the Pitt-Bradford Staff Association, serving as secretary.

Five years ago, she began a monthly donation drive of food and personal items for the YWCA Domestic Violence Center in Bradford through the AAUW. She also served on the American Cancer Society’s Ski-for-Cancer committee for six years.

A former student wrote in a recommendation letter, “I know, without a doubt, that I owe who I am today to Sharie, whose passion for what she does is simply contagious. She taught me how to lead with compassion, communicate with care, and strive for excellence in service to others.”

Radzavich is a 2001 alumna of Pitt-Bradford and came to the university as the first secretary for the department of nursing when it began in 1979. She has been the administrative assistant for the Division of Communication and the Arts since March 1985.

She and her husband, Bob “Scubby” Radzavich, have two grown children, Andrew Radzavich and Janelle Radzavich Day, both of whom live in Colorado.

When not taking part in community service projects, she enjoys basket weaving and riding dressage on her 15-year-old Appaloosa-Arab mare, Phoebe.

Radzavich is the second Pitt-Bradford employee to receive a Chancellor’s Award for Service to the Community. Pete Buchheit, director of facilities management, was honored in 2008.

Other staff members who have been honored by the chancellor for service to the university are Dr. Holly Spittler (2014), Christina Graham (2012), Patty Colosimo (2010), James Baldwin (2009), Donald Johnson (2006) and Rhett Kennedy (2003).

Daniel R. Cole, 76, of Warren, PA

Daniel R. Cole
Daniel R. Cole, 76, of Warren, PA, died Thursday evening, March 5, 2015 at Warren General Hospital Emergency Room after suffering an apparent heart attack. 

He was born June 7, 1938 in Warren, PA. He was the son of Ray Cole and Lula B. Irwin Timmins. 

Dan was a lifelong Warren area resident. 

 He was employed with Warren Components, Segal and Son where he delivered steel, Warren Area High School Career Center where he was a Teacher’s Aide, and retired from Osram Sylvania in 1996 after 34 years employment. 

He was a member of the North Star Masonic Lodge #241, Warren Moose Lodge 109, American Legion Post 135 and Warren Eagles Club. Dan was a NASCAR enthusiast and loved being a Dale Earnhardt race fan, enjoyed going to the casino, playing Bingo with his friends, writing letters to the Warren Times Observer Readers Speak column. He was especially proud of his family whom he dearly loved. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara “Lynn” Graves Cole whom he married in Warren, PA. on July 15, 1967, 2 Sons – Daniel R. Cole of Warren, PA., David R. Cole and wife, Kathy of Minot, N.D., 1 Brother – Neal W. Cole and wife, Marlene of Kane, PA., 4 Grandsons, 1 Granddaughter, 3 Great Granddaughters, 2 Great Grandsons, several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother – William Timmins, his stepfather – William Timmins, his stepmother – Burnice Cole. 

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Entombment will be in the columbarium at Warren County Memorial Park. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice. 

 E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Lafayette Fire Rescue Dispatched To Vehicle Crash

At 4:45 PM on Friday, Lafayette Fire Rescue dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash near the intersection of Rt. 219 & Rt. 59. Caller reports no injuries, one occupant reported confined but uninjured. Bradford Ambulance dispatched.

Only 3 months Until The God's Country Marathon, Snow May Be Gone In Time

CSX Agrees to EPA Order for Clean-up of Areas Impacted by West Virginia Train Derailment

PHILADELPHIA (March 6, 2015) - CSX Transportation Inc. (CSX) has agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up and restore the areas affected by the Feb. 16 train derailment in Mount Carbon, W. Va. Twenty-seven cars derailed from the 109-car CSX train carrying more than three million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. The derailment resulted in an explosion, fires, loss of a house and required nearby residents to evacuate.

The settlement signed by CSX and EPA was filed on March 3 and replaces EPA’s order for cleanup and restoration issued last week on Feb. 27. Within the next 21 days, CSX has agreed to submit a comprehensive long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring areas impacted by the derailment.

CSX has committed significant resources to respond to the derailment and has worked closely with the Unified Command at the scene. Under the agreement CSX will continue the shorter-term cleanup efforts that are already underway. This includes air and water monitoring and testing; recovering oil from Armstrong Creek, the Kanawha River and their tributaries and shorelines; and educating residents about the potential effects from the incident including potential health threats, protective measures, wildlife preservation, and claims and notification procedures.

“The agreement between CSX and EPA provides a framework within which CSX can work, with oversight from EPA and West Virginia, to ensure that oil contamination from the derailment in Mount Carbon continues to be safely contained and that long lasting impacts are mitigated to protect human health and the environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.

EPA and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection have worked closely together to ensure proper cleanup and minimize any immediate or lasting environmental impacts.

The initial emergency response was conducted under a Unified Command with federal, state and local agencies and CSX responding. The response was conducted during and affected by harsh winter weather conditions. The residents were able to return to their homes in six days after being evacuated. Clearance for their return was based on verification from consistent monitoring and testing of air, drinking water and surface water. The roadway and the railroad track are now open.

The agreement is available here:

Consumer Advisory: Attorney General Kane identifies Top 5 most common scams from 2014

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the five most common types of scams reported to the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in 2014. The Bureau received more than 124,000 consumer-related inquiries in 2014. Based on these those inquiries, AG Kane issued this consumer advisory to Pennsylvanians about the most common scams and how to avoid them.

The advisory coincides with National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Consumer-protection agencies nationwide observe the week to encourage consumers to make well-informed decisions and understand their consumer rights.

“Con artists and scammers rob Pennsylvanians of thousands of dollars every day,” Attorney General Kane said. “Consumers should be on alert and report any suspected fraudulent activity to our Bureau of Consumer Protection.”

Last year, Kane’s Bureau of Consumer Protection opened more than 37,000 consumer-related investigations and recovered more than $17.4 million in restitution.

Here are the top five most common scams from 2014, as identified by the Bureau of Consumer Protection:

TELEPHONE SCAMS : Consumers should be on the alert for telephone scams used by con artists who try to get them to surrender personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or credit and debit card numbers. These con artists may attempt to have consumers wire money or purchase reloadable debit cards under the guise of helping a friend or family member. Telephone scammers may also try to convince consumers that they have won a contest or lottery and claim that fees must be paid first in order to obtain the prize.

EMAIL SCAMS : Consumers should be on the alert for scammers who may use emails and the Internet to troll for potential victims. Many of these scams take on the elements of current events. At this time of year, scams involving tax returns are prevalent. Consumers should note that the IRS or other taxing bodies will not communicate by email.

Consumers are urged to refrain from providing personal banking information to anyone via email. Even if an email includes a bank logo and appears to be legitimate, consumers should contact their financial institution immediately to report the incident.

ENERGY COST-SAVINGS SCAMS : Consumers may be solicited to change energy providers with promises of considerable savings. Some of these savings may not materialize or may amount to a teaser rate that increases substantially after an initial trial period. Consumers are urged to be cautious when dealing with door-to-door or telephone solicitors who offer deals, prices and rates that sound too good to be true. A list of approved energy suppliers is available on the Pennsylvania Utility Commission website at .

HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAMS : Consumers should be aware that one of the biggest expenses they will incur is for the maintenance and improvement of their home. Pennsylvania law requires home improvement contractors to register and disclose information about their insurance coverage, background, contract forms, and terms of their work. Consumers should verify that a contractor is registered by checking the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General website at or calling (800) 441-2555.

Registration is not a seal of approval. Consumers should still research and check references for other jobs that the contractor has performed, get at least three bids for the work that is to be done and realize that the least expensive is not necessarily always the best.

MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES AND REPAIRS : Since most motor vehicle repairs are not planned, consumers are placed in a vulnerable position and could be fleeced by disreputable auto repair shops. Repair shops should provide consumers with a written estimate for labor and parts that outlines all costs associated with the repair.

Consumers who are in the market to purchase a vehicle should be aware that car dealers licensed in Pennsylvania must comply with a number of laws requiring truthful and full disclosure of all terms. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. A rushed consumer is an easy target.

Consumers can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 441-2555 or visit for additional information or to file a consumer complaint.

The National Consumer Protection Week website is .


At 2:41PM on Friday,  Police in Tioga County have issued a BOLO for a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, blue in color, with lots of rust, bearing PA Plate Number JJS-7145 that is reported stolen today from the parking lot of Dollar General in Lawrence Township. If you have information, contact 911 or State Police.

Second Annual Trashin For Fashion Benefits Breast Cancer

Rapala Recalls StrikeMaster Ice Augers Due To Injury Hazard

Rapala Recalls StrikeMaster Ice Augers Due To Injury Hazard The trigger switch could fail and the unit not turn off, posing an injury hazard.

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Sign of Spring--Smethport Drive In Opens Today

Clarksville Ambulance Dispatched To Assist Man Who Fell From Roof

At 1:00 PM on Friday, Clarksville Ambulance dispatched to 3300 block of Wolf Creek Road for a 67 year old male who fell from a roof.

H-G’s ‘Miracle’ heads to PACTFest; local performance is March 11

During the comedy “Miracle on South Division Street,” Clara Nowak (Linda Iseri of Wellsboro) prepares her miracle soup as her daughter Ruth (Johna Neal of Mansfield) tries to tell her the story of the shrine built in 1943 by Clara’s father to commemorate his vision of the Virgin Mary. Not pictured are cast members Noyes Lawton of Wellsboro and Kerry Miller of Westfield. The show is entered in the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres’ competition on March 13 and 14.
WELLSBORO, PA—Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting “Miracle on South Division Street” as its entry in PACTFest 2015. The community theatre contest is Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, at the Gettysburg Community Theatre at 49 York Street.

Local audiences can see the H-G entry during a special performance on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in Wellsboro. In lieu of tickets, donations will be accepted at the door to help defray PACTFest expenses.

After the play’s successful run in Wellsboro in November 2014, Director Thomas Putnam decided to enter “Miracle” in the state competition. To enter, he had to shorten the show from 85 minutes to less than 60 as required. The cast has been rehearsing the 57-minute version since January.

A comedy with a twist, the play is about a Roman Catholic Polish-American family that has been maintaining a shrine for 70 years. Linda Iseri of Wellsboro is Clara, the daughter of the man who built the shrine. Playing her grown children are Noyes Lawton of Wellsboro as Jimmy, Johna Neal of Mansfield as Ruth and Kerry Miller of Westfield as Bev.

The March 13 and 14 PACTFest festival is the first step toward the 2015 community theater national title. Pennsylvania winners will compete with community theater groups from Delaware, Maryland and New York at the April 17-19 regional event. The 10 regional winners will then compete for the USA title in Michigan this June.

During PACTFest, on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m., the Gettysburg Community Theatre will present “Rent” and the Community Theatre League of Williamsport, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” On Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m., the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre will perform “The Crucible.” At 1:30 p.m., the Barley Sheaf Players will present “Postcards from a Dead Dog,” Hamilton-Gibson will perform “Miracle on South Division Street” and the Barnstormers, “Nine.”

At the conclusion of each play, the actors, director, and technical crew, along with audience members, will listen as the judges critique the performance. At 8 p.m. Saturday night, the judges will announce the winners who will represent Pennsylvania at the regional contest.

The Gettysburg performances are open to the public. For a superpass or tickets, visit

Agnes T. Martin, 88, of Cole Manor, Coudersport, PA, Former Austin, PA Resident

Agnes T. Martin,
Agnes T. Martin, 88, a resident of Cole Manor, Coudersport, PA passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, Pa after a brief illness. Agnes, a lifetime resident of Austin, PA, formerly resided at 165 School St.

Born on June 25, 1926 in Austin, Agnes was a daughter of the late Charles and Eva Matwiecz Norek. On April 24, 1948 in St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, she married Norman Martin who predeceased her on July 16, 2014.

Agnes was an active mother during her children’s school years, participating in many school related projects with students and serving as a Girl Scout leader. She also worked for several years at Emporium Specialties in Austin, PA.

Agnes was known in the community as a seamstress. She took on many sewing projects, including doll clothes for her granddaughters, clothing alterations and her beautiful embroidered pillowcases.

She was a devout member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, actively involved in the choir and church community for many years.

Agnes was a loving and devoted wife of 66 years, She spent many hours with Norm watching baseball games from their front porch and traveling to visit and attend family events. She thoroughly enjoyed her neighbors who treated her like family. She was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was greatly loved.

Surviving Agnes are her daughter, Pamela Martin (Kimball) Klein of Eldred, PA, a daughter-in-law, Rosa Leete (Mick) Martin of Coudersport, PA, four grandchildren, Heather Klein (James) Holden of Tonawanda, NY, Kelley Klein (Rick) Weber of Olean, NY, Shena Martin of Coudersport PA, and Maria Martin (Joe) Peters of Pittsburgh, PA. Six great-grandchildren, Malachi, Lili, Lydia, Norah, Elias and Saige, also survive Agnes.

In addition to her parents and siblings Helen Hardes, Mary Ours, Michael Norek, Elizabeth Ludwig, Frances Dujenski, and Stanley Norek, her husband, Norman Martin, and her son Michael Martin, preceded Agnes in death.

A Life Celebration memorial service for Agnes will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, with a visitation in church an hour prior. A luncheon will be served following the service. A private burial will be held when weather permits.

Memorials may be made to the E.O. Austin Home/Historical Society, P.O. Box 412, Austin, PA 16720, St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church or the Austin Fire Dept.

Arrangements by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home “A Life Celebration Home” 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915.

Free Penn State Home Water and Septic System Workshops Offered

Local Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, is offering free Home Water and Septic System Workshops in Jefferson County this March 2015. 

The free workshops are both being held from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The first workshop is set for Monday, March 23, at the Punxsutawney Borough Civic Center Council Chambers at 301 East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney. 

The same workshop is also being offered in Brookville on Thursday, March 26, at the Jefferson County Conservation District Office at 1514 Route 28. 

The workshops are free to participants, but pre-registration is required by calling 814-887-5613, emailing to, or going on line to

Clark will instruct the class and will cover private water supplies and how they should be maintained, tested, and treated. Best management practices for homeowners to use to protect and maintain their on-lot septic system will also be discussed. Penn State Extension educational resources will be shared and questions answered.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups. Nondiscrimination:

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PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp in Delmar Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-02-25 to Seneca Resources Corp in Delmar Twp, Tioga county. 78.54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids in a manner that prevents pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township 

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2015-03-06 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5034 80 H 51288 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county

Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2015-03-06 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5034 102H 51443 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional







03/05/2015 09:08 PM EST
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today that it will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VisIV flex container (NDC 0409-7983-25, Lot 45-110-C6, Expiry 1MAR2016) to the user level due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The foreign particle was confirmed by Hospira as human hair free-floating within the solution.
03/06/2015 12:45 PM EST
Hospira, Inc., (NYSE: HSP) has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose, Inj., USP, 10 mg/mL (NDC: 0409-6727-23, Lot 42-120-JT, Expiry 1DEC2015) to the user level due to confirmed customer reports of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling. The barcode on the overwrap is correct; however, there is potential for the primary container barcode to be mislabeled with the barcode for Heparin Sodium 2000 USP units/1000 mL in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Inj. The product is labeled with the correct printed name on the primary container and overwrap.

Backyard Conservation Workshop Set For April 1st At Elk County Visitor Center In Benezette

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 06, 2015

Wolf Budget Carries a Heavy Price Tag

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his first budget proposal on Tuesday – a $33.8 billion plan that increases spending by an unprecedented $4.7 billion, or 16 percent.

To raise the revenue he needs to enact this budget, the governor is proposing to increase the state’s Personal Income Tax from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent, a 21 percent jump in tax liability. He is also proposing a 10 percent increase in the sales tax to 6.6 percent and plans to apply the tax to many more products and services. Additional proposed taxes include an increase in the cigarette tax, a new tax on other tobacco products and the application of a severance tax on natural gas drilling. He is also seeking more than $4 billion in new borrowing.

I firmly believe government needs to be fiscally responsible and live within its means. What the governor is proposing is a government that is living far beyond the means of its citizens. Read more about my thoughts on the budget here.

This proposal is merely a starting point for budget negotiations. Over the next three weeks, the House and Senate will hold hearings with the various state departments and agencies about their budgetary needs in advance of reaching a final agreement on the spending plan by the end of June.

Additional information about the budget proposal is available here.

It’s always great to see folks from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at the state Capitol. Here I am with senior Yara Elbeshbishi; Lindsay Retchless, director of Alumni Relations; Danielle Munksgard, a 2008 alum; and Dr. Livingston Alexander. 

Need Help with Your 2014 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application?

The 2014 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is now open, and my office is here to help you apply for the benefit AT NO CHARGE.

On Tuesday, March 17, I will host two Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics:

 • Ulysses Senior Center, 522 Main St., Ulysses9-10 a.m.
 • Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehousenoon to 1 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process your claim quickly and accurately.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet certain income guidelines. Renters may earn up to $15,000 annually and qualify for the program, while homeowners may earn up to $35,000. Exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when calculating income.

Assistance is also available during regular business hours at my local offices:

 • Bradford: 78 Main St., First Floor814-362-4400.
 • Coudersport: 107 S. Main St., Room 1814-274-9769.
 • Kane: 55 Fraley St.814-837-0880.

Additional information and claim forms are available at

Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania

The state House voted with its sweet tooth this week, approving my resolution designating March 15-22 as Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation in maple syrup production, and is the only state in the nation to see increased syrup production last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state produced 146,000 gallons of syrup with a production value of more than $4.7 million in 2014. That’s up from 134,000 gallons and a production value of more than $3.7 million in 2013.

Learn more about all things maple when the Potter-Tioga Maple Syrup Producers Association holds its 11th Annual Maple Weekend on March 21-22. For more information about activities and participating producers, visit