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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Declares March 15-21 Wildfire Prevention Week

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed March 15-21 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting drying March winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania's forests and brush lands.

"Despite recent wet weather and snow still covering some of our state woodlands, it just takes a few days of sun and wind to show how quickly brush and forest fires can develop," Governor Wolf said. "A mere spark or careless action can touch off a devastating forest blaze during dry periods when conditions enable wildfires to spread quickly. Pennsylvanians can prevent wildfires by properly starting and extinguishing campfires, avoiding discarding cigarettes and other smoking materials, and following local ordinances when burning yard waste."

"Common sense can limit the threat of wildfires," Acting Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Cindy Adams Dunn said. "When state residents and forest visitors are careless with burning trash, campfires and smoking, volunteer firefighters often pay the price by answering call after call in spring woodlands that are ripe for damaging, life-threatening wildfires."

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) statistics show nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania's wildfires occur in March, April and May, before the greening of state woodlands and brushy areas. Named for rapid spread through dormant, dry vegetation, under windy conditions, wildfires annually scorch nearly 7,000 acres of state and private woodlands.

Anglers, campers and other state forest visitors are reminded open fires are prohibited on state forestland from March 1 to May 25, and when the fire danger is listed as high, very high, or extreme, unless authorized by district foresters.

Communities in heavily wooded areas are urged to follow wildfire prevention and suppression methods of the Pennsylvania Firewise Community Program to safeguard life and property.

DCNR's Bureau of Forestry is responsible for prevention and suppression of wildfires on the 17 million acres of state and private woodlands and brush lands. The bureau maintains a fire-detection system, and works with fire wardens and volunteer fire departments to ensure they are trained in the latest advances in fire prevention and suppression.

For more information on Wildfire Prevention Week activities, contact local district foresters; call the Bureau of Forestry at (717) 787-2925; or visit (select "Forestry" under "Quick Links" then "Wildland Fire").

Mary E. (Fuss) Briggs, 70, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, Genesee, PA

Mary E. (Fuss) Briggs

Genesee, PA - Mary E. (Fuss) Briggs, 70, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, died on Monday, March 9, 2015, as a result of a fire at her home. 

She was born December 4, 1944, in Salamanca, the daughter of the late Carl and Lucille (Smith) Fuss. On August 6, 1983, in Genesee, she married Gary G. Briggs, who died with her at home on the same day.

Mary was a 1962 graduate of Little Valley High School. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 1966, with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She completed her graduate work at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, East Caroline University in Greenville, NC, Lamar Tech in Beaumont, TX, Alfred University in Alfred, NY and Mansfield State College in Mansfield, PA.

She taught science at the Sweet Home and Wellsville School Districts before beginning her career at Whitesville Central School; where she taught for 35 years, retiring in 2002.

She is survived by one son, Jay Seely of Loudonville, NY two sisters, Anne Stevens of Little Valley and Donna Monaghan of Albany, five nephews and one niece. 

She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother, David Fuss.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5:00 pm in the funeral home, with Rev. Greg DeSalvator presiding. 

The family suggest memorial donations be made to Al-Anon or AA. 

To leave online condolences, please visit

Gary G. Briggs, Ph.D., 67, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, Genesee, PA

Gary G. Briggs

Genesee, PA - Gary G. Briggs, Ph.D., 67, of 1405 Genesee-Mills Road, died Monday, March 9, 2015, as a result of a fire at his home.

He was born July 10, 1947, in Wellsville, the son of the late William H. and Marguerite (Perry) Briggs. On August 6, 1983, in Genesee, he married Mary (Fuss) Seely, who died with him at home on the same day.

Gary graduated from Northern Potter High School and Hamilton College. He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from Duke University in 1974. 

He was a self-employed contractor in the Allegany and Potter County area. 

He was a former resident of Whitesville, a former board member of the Whitesville Library and was a trustee of the North Bingham Cemetery Association.

He is survived by a stepson, Jay Seely of Loudonville, NY, special friends, James Danner of Pittsburgh, PA, Basil Worthington and Gene (“Buell”) Baumgarner, one aunt, Fern Frank, one uncle, Chet Perry, the Nelson family and several cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 5:00 pm in the funeral home, with Rev. Greg DeSalvator presiding. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. 

The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Genesee or Whitesville Public Libraries. 

To leave online condolences, please visit

Does Eating From A Patch of Grass

Thought you would enjoy these two doe that were in my back yard in Port Allegany eating under the pine tree the other day!!

Julia Phillips

Northern Potter Athletics for the week of March 16, 2015

Northern Potter Athletics for the week of March 16, 2015

Monday, March, 16
6:00PM Boys 7th/8th Basketball Home Galeton Area School
6:00PM Girls 7th/8th Basketball Home Galeton Area School

Wednesday, March, 18
6:00PM Boys 7th/8th Basketball Away Otto Eldred High School Departs: 4:00PM
6:00PM Girls 7th/8th Basketball Away Otto Eldred High School Departs: 4:00PM

Thursday, March, 19
6:00PM Boys 7th/8th Basketball Home Port Allegany Junior/Senior HS
6:00PM Girls 7th/8th Basketball Home Port Allegany Junior/Senior HS

Bradford Man Jailed In Lieu Of Bail

This afternoon officers of the City of Bradford Police Department were dispatched to an address on Orchard Place for a reported physical domestic dispute. 

44 year old Grant D. Lewis of Bradford was subsequently arrested for domestic simple assault, resisting arrest and terroristic threats. Lewis was arraigned and remanded to McKean County Prison in lieu of $75,000 cash bond. 

City officers were assisted on scene by officers of the Bradford Township Police Department.

Andover Dispatched To Outside Fire With Exposures

At 7:44 PM on Saturday, Andover Fire Department dispatched to County Road 12 near Jones Road for an outside fire with exposures.

Invasive Plant Workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park

Sinnemahoning - Landowners, are invasive weeds such as multi-flora rose and mile-a-minute vine invading your property? Don’t let unwanted plants decreasing the value of your land and interfering with hunting, fishing, or other outdoor activities. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to protect your property from these invaders!

Sinnemahoning Invasive Plant Management Area (SIPMA) and Sinnemahoning State Park invite you to attend the Invasive Plant Management Workshop at Sinnemahoning State Park, Friday, March 27, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This workshop will help you to identify the ten worst invasive plants in north-central Pennsylvania and discover how these invaders are disrupting the native habitat. Learn biological, mechanical and chemical ways to control these invasive vines and shrubs, with a special focus on mile-a-minute and multi-flora rose.

The program will take place in the classroom of the new Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Workshop will include field identification and hands-on practice with application equipment. Participants should be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Pesticide applicator recertification credits are available. Please see the PA Plants website for credits offered.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, please contact Tanya Meyer, Invasive Plant Projects Coordinator, Sinnemahoning Invasive Plant Management Area, 814.486.1740 or Kimberly Lott, Environmental Education Specialist, Sinnemahoning State Park, 814.647-8401.

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State 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.

Liberty Township is considering having a door-to-door clean-up


Liberty Township is considering having a door-to-door clean-up if there is enough interest. It would be the week of May 11, 2015 and cost $35.00 per 1,000 pounds.

$5.00 extra per appliance and electronics.
$3.00 per car tire; $5.00 per truck tire.

NO motor oil, junk cars, roofing, propane cylinders, full paint cans, OR household garbage.

Please contact township office Wed. - Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at (814)642-2445 or Supervisor Gary Turner at (814)642-9194 with your feedback.

WENY Interviews Paul Ceglia's Attorney

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched to Pine Lane

At 6:22 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 dispatched to Pine Lane for a medical emergency.

Nelson & Elkland Dispatched To Barn Fire On Thornbottom Road


7:50 PM --Nelson Command reports FIRE OUT, ALL UNITS RETURNING 

Fire Police Dispatched For Rock Slide On Route 6

At 5:18 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Police dispatched to a rock slide at the top of Bush Hill on Route 6 in Keating Township. Use Caution--Rocks & Debris in the Westbound lane.

Ross Jonathan “RJ” Morell, 61, of Warren, PA

Ross Jonathan “RJ” Morell
Air Force Vet
Ross Jonathan “RJ” Morell, 61, of Warren, PA passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Warren General Hospital, surrounded by the comfort of his family, following a lengthy illness.

Born on December 14, 1953 in Warren, PA he was the son of Ross J. and Ann Olson Morell. He was formerly married to Deborah Suppa, who survives.

Ross was a 1972 graduate of Warren Area High School. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1976 at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and later in South Korea. He was employed as a heavy construction equipment operator and truck driver for many years. Ross loved the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. A very giving person, Ross has generously donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program with the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine.

Ross is survived by his father, Ross Morell of Warren, PA, 3 children, Paul (Michelle) Morell of Johnson City, TN, Christine (JB) Conti of Stockton, NY and Andrew Morell of Dover, NH, grandchildren, Brock, Tatum Mila, Sophie and Nicholas, 2 brothers, Michael (Pam) Morell of Erie, PA and Gregory Morell of Warren, PA, daughter-in-law, Leslie Blevins of Hampton, TN, and 3 nephews, Aaron, Joel and Colin. 

 Ross was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Morell and sister-in-law, Jennifer Morell.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of RJ’s life to be held Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5-8PM at the Pleasant Township Social Hall. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365 or to Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting


Gourmet Kitchen Inc. Recalls Various Beef and Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen Gourmet Kitchen, Inc., a Neptune, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 16,722 pounds of various beef and chicken products due to adulteration, misbranding and an undeclared allergen. 
Bear Creek Smokehouse Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Bear Creek Smokehouse, a Marshall, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 3,700 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Annin Township supervisor , we have a towing bill.

March 13--After three attempts over the past few days from 3 different neighbors to get this ice hole fixed on Dolly Brook Road in Port Allegany something has finally happened because its still not fixed.

We slowed down to go over this terrible hole and we got stuck in it and could not get out. 

The only thing the township has done is put some sand on it and put 2 caution blockings up. Its very dangerous and could be hazardous. 

Thankfully for Mckeirnan towing who came and pulled us out because the front of the car was right on the ground. 

Thankful to all our neighbors who let us park in their driveway tonight and our other one who took us home because we or nobody else with a small car is able to get up the road. 

Tomorrow morning when I walk down to pick up my car I hope I will be able to drive it home if the hole has been fixed. We notified ambulance and fire dept to let them know of the situation. Hopefully nobody will need them tonight. 

We realize its been a hard winter with snow and ice and township has probably been extra busy but please will you take care of this. 

Just want to thank you to Annin township for fixing Dolly Brook Rd. Unfortunately not everybody had a big truck to get through to their homes. There was no way to go around this hole even though we went slowly the ice gave way and it happened. Its a temporary fix for now and we and all the other residents on our road appreciate it. Thank you

Kay Russell

Willing Dispatched for Smoke Investigation

At 3:44 PM on Saturday, Willing Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a report of a possible structure fire on Route 19. A caller reported white & Black smoke.

A firefighter on scene is reporting a pine tree burning.

Deane Little Beans 'Frozen' event is March 21

Next week, on Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m., Deane Little Beans will be able to participate in a “Frozen” craft event and sing-along.

Free for children 12 and under and their parents, it will be in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street, Wellsboro.

Because the first “Frozen” event in February filled up so quickly, it was decided to offer it again.

On March 21, girls will decorate foam tiaras and boys will decorate foam reindeer antlers to wear during the sing-along to catchy “Frozen” tunes.

All, youngsters and their parents can join in singing the tunes from this popular animated film.

Registration is required. There is space for 70 children.

To register, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

TU banquet registration deadline is March 20

The Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688’s annual banquet will be Saturday, March 28 at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. The buffet dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The deadline for registration and payment by members and the public is Friday, March 20. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

At the banquet, keynote speaker Dennis Charney will talk about “Centre Limestone.” He will introduce those attending to the premier limestone streams in Centre County and talk about why each stream is unique.

Charney noted, “When water is pressed through limestone, a porous rock, it creates underground springs of cold, high quality water. The springs in turn create cold-water streams that are good for bugs. “Trout love cold water and feed on bugs,” he added.

“I’ve been fly-fishing for 25 years.” His grandfather introduced him to trout and bass fishing 35 years ago when he was a youngster.

Charney is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor and registered guide who gives personalized instruction on Pennsylvania’s limestone streams. He is a staff instructor for the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in the Catskills in New York and employed by Flyfisher’s Paradise in State College.

“Blast and Cast” raffle winners’ names will be drawn at the banquet for four prizes: a Savage Axis rifle or $300 cash, Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod outfit, Marlin XT-22 rifle or $150 cash, and a Cabela’s chest or waist pack. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

The Deck of Cards raffle prize is a Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited custom-built 9-foot, 5-weight, 3-piece fly rod with tube.

Other banquet raffle prizes are: $25, $50 and $70 gift certificates; Angler 8.5-foot, 5-weight fly rod outfits, net, nippers lumbar pack, a hand carved duck decoy, custom wood key ring, an original painting, an Avian-X turkey decoy set, wine gift basket and Cabela’s chest/waist pack.

Banquet tickets are $32 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations must be made by March 20. For reservations and Blast and Cast tickets call 570-724-1801 ext. 113 or email

Proceeds from the banquet will benefit chapter activities, such as stream habitat enhancements, environmental programs and youth fishing.

3/14/2015 2:44 PM HAZMAT 11765 ROUTE 6 CHARLESTON TWP


Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Healy Road

At 2:20 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Healy Road in Oswayo Township for a illness call.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Was Held At Coudersport Legion

American Legion Post 192 of Coudersport held a chicken and biscuit dinner  to mark the ten year anniversary of the passing of Army Specialist Michael Franklin who was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving during the war on terrorism in Ramadi Iraq. 

$1,000. proceeds are being donated to LEEK Preserve for wounded warriors.

Dorothy J. Akins, 90, of 1429 Sizer Run Rd., Emporium, PA

Dorothy J. Akins
Dorothy J. Akins, 90, of 1429 Sizer Run Rd., Emporium, PA died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport on Friday, (March 13, 2015) morning.

She was born January 23, 1925 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late David R. and Mary Alice Wells Bennett.

She married Charles Akins, who survives

Dorothy will be remembered by her family and friends for her sincere compassion to the hurting and needy in society. She enjoyed gardening, was highly skilled at knitting and crocheting, and loved to nurture the local hummingbirds.

In addition to her husband Charles Akins
Daughter: Donna Akins, Emporium
Son: Robert Akins, Emporium
Daughter: Stella Bish, Mt. Pleasant PA
Son: Lyle Akins, Emporium
Brother: Richard Bennett (Virginia), Charlotte, NC
Brother: Lyle Bennett (Marlene), Etters, PA

Preceded in Death By
Parents: David R. and Mary Alice Wells Bennett
Son: Donald Akins
2 Sisters: Isabelle and Mantie
4 Brothers: Harold, Grover, Robert & Miles Bennett

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (March 16, 2015) at 4:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Snyder Bros Inc in Annin Twp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Snyder Bros Inc in Annin Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2015-03-12 to Snyder Bros Inc in Annin Twp, McKean county. OGA 3220(A) - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Cogan House Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2015-03-09 00:00:00 to RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC for site RED BEND B UNIT 9H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas


Address: 130 HOLLOW RD
Cross Streets: COAL HOLLOW RD

3/14/2015 1:26:35 PM

Residents in the Village of Silver Creek should evacuate immediately in the areas that are experiencing flooding or have the history of flooding.


Issued By: Chautauqua County Emergency Management
Affected Jurisdictions: Chautauqua County

Residents in the Village of Silver Creek, NY should evacuate immediately in the areas that are experiencing flooding or have the history of flooding.

Evacuate immediately if you are in flood prone areas. Do not wait.

Flood Watch issued March 14 at 3:59AM EDT until March 14 at 8: 00PM EDT by NWS

Amazing Grace Outreach center is having their 1$ a bag sale today from 8-3

Amazing Grace Outreach center is having their 1$ a bag sale today from 8-3 . So many things have been donated! We will take any offer on any item that wont fit in a bag. Galeton, PA.

Second Annual Trashin For Fashion Benefits Breast Cancer

Amazing Offers On 2015 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Leftovers At Howard's Inc. In Coudersport

Potter County Education Council Seeking Executive Director

Come And Celebrate The Dates 50th Anniversary

C. A. Elliott Lumber Company Seeking Lumber Handler With Additional Duties

C.A. Elliott Lumber Company Inc. 
is accepting applications for an immediate opening 
for first shift as 
lumber handler with additional duties. 

Prior experience desired. 

 Applications can be picked up in our office located at the corner of Fishing Creek Extension and Main street in Roulette between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or call (814) 544-7523.

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

Free Candidate Announcements Available Until April 30th

Roy Hunt Announces Candidacy For Potter County Sheriff In May 19th Primary Election

Roy Hunt

My name is Roy Hunt and I am very pleased to announce my candidacy for Sheriff of Potter County. My name will appear on the Republican ballot on May 19, 2015. 

The Office of Sheriff is required by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Sheriff is responsible for, but may not be limited to; serving Protection from Abuse orders, executing warrants, serving civil papers, levies, sale of real and personal property to satisfy judgments, courtroom security, transport of prisoners, and issuing protection permits. In Potter County, the Sheriff also serves as the Warden of the Potter County Jail. He is responsible for directly overseeing all operations and budget matters for the jail. Unlike some much larger Pa counties and many other states, as well as seen on TV, the Sheriff in Potter County does not conduct road patrol, traffic duty or handle criminal investigations. Those responsibilities belong to the municipal and State Police.

In 2002, I was hired by Sheriff Ken Sauley as a Corrections Officer. I graduated from the Pennsylvania State Department of Corrections in 2004 and continue to serve as a full time Corrections Officer, being charged with care, custody and control of inmates. In 2005, my fellow employees appointed me to assist with contract negotiations and I have held either assistant or lead Steward since then. These duties include helping to resolve disputes and contract negotiations. We were able to enroll the entire county in a Health and Welfare Benefits package in 2011 that has saved Potter County hundreds of thousands of dollars. In August of 2006, Sheriff Sauley entrusted me to become the Instructor for Tactical O/C Spray (including use of force). In addition to continuing with those responsibilities, I also have been the Scheduling Officer, and the Officer in Charge. 

Also in 2002, I was appointed by then President Judge John Leete as a Pa. State Constable. I was elected again to State Constable in 2004 and served until 2010. During that time, I served District Judges Delores (Bristol) Weiss, Annette Easton, and Barb Easton (retired) as well as other Judges, Lawyers, and other officials who requested services from other counties in Pa. State Constables have nearly identical duties and training as Sheriffs. They are both overseen by the same PCCD (Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency). Because Constables have statewide jurisdiction and are not confined by municipal or county boundaries, I also performed work for both local police and the Sheriff.

I began my public service at an early age. I became a Boy Scout at age 11 and continued until earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 17. I joined the Crary Hose Fire Company in Westfield at 14 years old. As a Junior Fireman, I was elected Junior President at age 16. I have been a senior fireman since then, with the last 18 years in Ulysses. I am State and Nationally certified as a Firefighter I and Haz-Mat Operations level. I am State certified as a Vehicle Rescue Technician. I am certified in National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command. I also served as an EMT for over 20 years. I have been an Assistant Chief for 13 years and Chief for 3 years and have written and/or helped write grants for over $200,000.00. I also have nearly 10 years’ experience as a branch manager for a national company responsible for hiring, firing, scheduling and training.

I live in Ulysses with my wife Pam, a longtime agent with Coudersport Insuring, where we have raised 5 wonderful children. Kristen, with her husband Cody, lives in Rochester NY while she is finishing college, Michael with his wife Ashley lives in Lock Haven PA while finishing school and serves in the US Army National Guard, Kyle with his wife Lexi lives in Omaha NE while serving full time in the Air Force, Kaleb lives in New Jersey and is enlisted in the US Navy, and Krischen will graduate Northern Potter High School with a certification in heavy equipment maintenance. All of our children were/are active in public service with the fire service and both Michael and Krischen have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as well.

I feel I am the best candidate for this position as I have the most relative experience. If elected, I will use my 25 years plus of supervisory and administrative experience to improve moral, increase efficiency, and lower costs. I feel this office should be proactive and not reactive or inactive. I will research and implement programs that will reduce recidivism, lower the number of outstanding warrants, and increase the cost recovery. I also feel this is not a 9-5 job and should be more available to our citizens, especially for weapons permits. With your support we can, and we will make this a better and safer county to call home.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns at 814-203-7615 or email I invite everyone to also follow me on Facebook @ Roy Hunt for Potter County Sheriff. I will be addressing numerous issues and ideas between now and May 19, 2015 and would appreciate your input. Thank you all for your support. It will be my privilege to serve you as your next Sheriff.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Firefighter Funeral Ceremony

Remembering Jeffrey Buck Jr.

Flood Watch issued March 13 at 10:00PM EDT until March 14 at 8: 00PM EDT by NWS

Rep. G T Thompson: “Listing the Northern Long-Eared Bat as endangered has never been warranted"

Thompson Urges Flexibility with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Northern Long-Eared Bat Rule

Washington, D.C. –Today U.S. Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and 15 Members of the House of Representatives called upon the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide flexibility with the agency’s proposal to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

In December, the Service proposed listing the NLEB as threatened under the ESA through a special 4(d) Rule, which would provide exemptions for certain activities if they meet prescribed conservation activities. The initial rule, however, did not specify which activities would be granted exemptions, apart from forest management. Because this species of bat can be found in 38 states, including all of Pennsylvania, a broad ESA listing would have far-reaching impacts upon the states and permissible land use activities.

“Listing the Northern Long-Eared Bat as endangered has never been warranted," said Thompson. "Since day one, the Fish & Wildlife Service has repeatedly acknowledged the underlying cause of population declines is a disease, White Nose Syndrome, not habitat loss through human activity. Rather than limiting commerce and land use activities, impacting jobs and local economies, the Fish & Wildlife Service should focus their efforts on combating White Nose Syndrome.”

Thompson has called for activities such as commercial timber harvesting, forest management, oil and gas development, mining, agriculture, and construction of commercial and residential buildings to be given the proper flexibility and exemptions if the Fish & Wildlife Service moves forward with a final 4(d) Rule.

Joining Thompson were 15 other Members of Congress: Bill Shuster (PA-09), Mike Kelly (PA-03), Scott Perry (PA-04), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Keith Rothfus (PA-12), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Patrick Tiberi (OH-12), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Tom Marino (PA-10), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Hal Rogers (KY-05), Bill Johnson (OH-06) and John Fleming, M.D. (LA-04).

The full text of the letter can be found here.

Music Tonight 6 to 9 At Chef Grill In Bolivar, NY

March 15-21 is Pennsylvania 4-H Week

March 15-21 is Pennsylvania 4-H Week to celebrate members and adult volunteers engaged in positive youth development throughout the state. 

 Look for 4-H displays in windows of businesses around McKean County. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the world, a community of 7 million young people in more than 50 countries who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through projects of their choice; it is a premier youth program for boys and girls, ages 5-19, who participate as members of clubs and special interest groups. 

4-H provides the opportunity to make new friends, visit new places, attend workshops and conferences, host meetings, and help the community. 4-H is where young people explore, learn and discover in a safe environment. In 4-H, youth find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to their community. Help us celebrate PA 4-H Week as 4-H youth step up and take responsibility for their futures – and ours.

Pennsylvania 4-H is a part of Penn State Cooperative Extension located at the Penn State University campus in State College. With this connection, the 4-H organization is able to take research-based information from the state’s land grant university and share it with youth in urban, small town, and rural communities. Along with the 4-H philosophy of “Learning by Doing”, 4-H uses the four-leaf clover as its organizational emblem. The four H’s on the leaves of the clover stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. 4-H members develop life skills through hands-on projects that range from citizenship to expressive arts, communication to foods and nutrition, and leadership to science and technology.

Currently in McKean County, most of the clubs focus on livestock/dairy, horse, small animals/pets, shooting sports, the outdoors, and/or robotics. There is also an online teen leadership club. Other projects are chosen according to the interest of the members. Upcoming activities include the Regional Shooting Sports event in St Marys on March 21, a livestock countywide meeting in Smethport on March 29, Capital Days in Harrisburg April 18-20, the Wildlife and Forestry Field Day in Rock Springs on April 25, and Northwinds 4-H Camp at Denton Hill State Park in June. 

New members are encouraged to join the program, but adult volunteers are greatly needed to expand the outreach throughout the county. Contact the McKean County Extension Office at 814-887-5613 for more information or if you would like to schedule the Extension Educator for youth programming.

Penn State Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the McKean County Extension Office in advance of your participation. 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.


Rose Ellen “Snooks” Elliott, 76, Clear Brook, VA; Smethport, PA Native

Rose Ellen “Snooks” Elliott, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, of Clear Brook, VA, died Thursday (March 12, 2015), at age 76.

She was born Nov. 1, 1938 in Kane, PA, a daughter of Arthur and Ellen Hyde Cooper. On October 4, 1958, in the East Smethport United Christian Church, she married Dale E. Elliott, who survives.

Mrs. Elliott was a 1956 graduate of Smethport High School and attended Jamestown Business School and worked in the family business for many years.

Family was most important to Rose. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was an active member for many years in the Smethport Jaycee's Wives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by

one son: Joseph E. (Wendy) Elliott of Hughesville, PA

two daughters: Julie E. (Dale) Swingle of Sayre, PA and Jean E. (Robert) Whitacre of Winchester, VA

8 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren

one sister: Karen (Tom) McKean of Wellington, OH, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, March 16, at 11 A.M. in the funeral home with the Rev. Allen D. Young, pastor of the East Smethport United Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Being that Rose was an avid reader, memorials may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Virginia D. Browning, 98, of Hagerstown, formerly of Leesburg, VA and Shinglehouse, PA

Virginia D. Browning
“Shinglehouse, PA native”

HAGERSTOWN, MD---Virginia D. Browning, 98, of Hagerstown, formerly of Leesburg, VA and Shinglehouse, PA, passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Golden Living Center, Hagerstown.

Born April 21, 1916 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of William H. and Ethel L. Press Dawson. She was married to Kenneth A. Browning who passed away in 1978.

Mrs. Browning was a graduate of Olean (NY) High School. For many years she was an apartment manager in Leesburg, Virginia. She was also employed as a bookkeeper for Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Browning was a life member of the Order Eastern Star in Washington, D.C. She enjoyed doing ceramics. Her greatest love was her family and friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth B. “Beth” Webber of Hagerstown and Jeanie Baynes of Harrisonburg, Virginia; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Browning was predeceased by her parents and husband.

Private committal and burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Browning’s name may be made to the Maple Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Merle Graves, PO Box 204, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Mrs. Browning’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Browning, please visit

Janet M. Bean, 55, of Shinglehouse, PA

Janet M. Bean
Janet M. Bean
“beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA----Janet M. Bean, 55, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away at her mother’s home in Shinglehouse with her loving family by her side on Friday, March 13, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 9, 1959 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Emery “Jug” and Betty L. Hosmer Evingham. On April 24, 1998 in Shinglehouse, she married Dale E. Bean, who survives.
Janet was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. After high school, Janet started working for Alcas Corporation, which is now Cutco, for 37 years until retiring due to ill health.

Janet was a former social member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and was a member of the Steelworkers Union. She loved to fish. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her husband and her mother of Shinglehouse are a son, Dustin E. Bean at home; three step-children, Terry E. (Diane) Bean of Shinglehouse, Stacy L. (Mike) Blouvet of Friendship, NY, and Dayle L. “Beaver” (Mark) James of Shinglehouse; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Karen Y. Wyckoff of Bath, NY; two brothers, Karl A. (Jane) Evingham of Eldred and Terry E. (Cindy) Evingham of Bolivar, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Janet was predeceased by infant twin sisters.

Friends and family may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where a celebration of Janet’s life will follow at 5 p.m. The Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials in Janet’s name may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 269 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Coudersport Dispatched For Smoke Investigation

At 3:44 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched to 410 Bank Street for a smoke investigation.

Roulette Dispatched To Vehicle Fire With Exposures

At 2:55 PM on Friday, Roulette Fire Dept. dispatched to 162 Main Street for a vehicle fire with exposures. Firefighter on scene reports well involved fire under hood.
3:07 PM--Fire under control, recall McKean 3.

Casella Waste Systems Partners With McKean County To Fight Blight

McKean County has teamed up with Casella Waste Systems-McKean County Landfill to take on the growing blight problem in the county. 

Casella Waste has donated 315 tons of air space to be utilized for the disposal of demolition projects throughout the county. The 315 tons offered by Casella Waste is at no charge to contractors and is for demolition refuse of dangerous, dilapidated and blighted buildings to enhance the beauty of the community as well as offer economic development opportunities. 

The McKean County Planning Commission will be sending out information about the program as well as applications and the application procedure to each municipality in the coming days.

Lost German Shepherd in the East Smethport Area

Hey Folks, need your help!!! Lost German Shepherd in the East Smethport Area. 
Sadly, Bella was found hit by a car and did not survive. :( Thoughts and prayers to her family.

Edward F. Wisel, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA

Edward F. Wisel
“beloved father, grandfather and uncle”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Edward F. Wisel, 93, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, NY, after a long illness.

WWII Veteran
Born December 20, 1921 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of George and Marie Harvey Wisel. On June 7, 1947 in Lewis Run, he married Patricia E. Crattie, who passed away on February 11, 2008.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1939. Mr. Wisel was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II in China, Burma and India. 

After serving his country, Mr. Wisel was an instructor at National Schools in Los Angeles, California for three years. He returned to Shinglehouse and was employed for many years at the former Clark Brothers in Olean, NY as an assembler. He was also employed as a rural mail carrier in Shinglehouse retiring in 1981.

Mr. Wisel attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. He was a life member and past chief of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, was a member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, a longtime member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a devoted member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse where he volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed traveling and square dancing. Ed, along with his twin brother, collected cans and bottles for the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church. He always helped anyone he could.

Surviving are two sons, James E. (Cathy) Wisel of Livingston, Texas and Terry F. Wisel of Obi, NY; two grandsons; two nieces; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Wisel was predeceased by two brothers, his twin Edwin Wisel and Grant Wisel.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will in the St. Bernard Cemetery, Bradford.

Members of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Flood Watch issued March 13 at 1:46PM EDT until March 14 at 8: 00PM EDT by NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch

C. A. Elliott Lumber Company Seeking Lumber Handler With Additional Duties

C.A. Elliott Lumber Company Inc. 
is accepting applications for an immediate opening 
for first shift as 
lumber handler with additional duties. 

Prior experience desired. 

 Applications can be picked up in our office located at the corner of Fishing Creek Extension and Main street in Roulette between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM or call (814) 544-7523.

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

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

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2015-03-13 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5034 84H 51292 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

D & M ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Jenks Twp Township

D & M ENERGY LLC reports drilling started on 2015-03-12 00:00:00 at site FRANCIS 8 in Jenks Twp township, Forest county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, "comb. oil&gas"

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

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2015-03-12 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5034 82H 51290 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Full-Time Administrative Day Shift Position RN Staff Development Coordinator At Sweden Valley Manor

Susan Kefover Seeking Another Term As Potter County Commissioner

Susan Kefover
Commissioner Susan Kefover is a candidate for Potter County Commissioner. “I earnestly desire to serve Potter County citizens for another four years bringing the same approach, experience, commitment, and energy to the job. I view our challenges as opportunities for developing greater solutions with greater impact. Providing an atmosphere for collaboration and innovation is important to me, knowing that our people are our greatest asset. I am a member of a larger team in the county. This Board of Commissioners operates strongly in supporting and enabling our various departments to rise to the top as leaders and problem solvers. This has resulted in many “firsts.” From the Natural Gas Task Force Meetings to the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition to Women’s Alternative Incarceration Center to the Specialty Courts and many more, Potter County has continued to be distinguished as a leader in the state and nation,” Kefover stated.

Kefover’s areas of concentration are Human Services (county and state boards) , community and economic development (PA Downtown Committee, Economic Development Committee of County Commissioner’s Association, Chair Coudersport Downtown Committees) regional workforce development, Teen Challenge Committee, and wellness initiatives, presenting county’s wellness programs at the National Association of Counties convention.

The Galeton native is a Lock Haven University graduate, was copy editor for the American Society for Microbiology, and a partner in J.P. Sullivan Distributors before serving as Commissioner (1979 to 1987) with two progressive boards, Harold Howard and Thomas Bowman and Carl Roberts and Thomas Bowman, respectively. Several community housing rehabilitation, infrastructure, economic development, and recreation projects were accomplished as well as the coordination of our Human Services Delivery System.

In 1988 she ran for the United States Senate, winning 57 out of 67 counties in the Democratic primary. In following years she was Executive Director of the Galeton Development Corporation, a Community Development consultant for Adelphia Communications, and a contractor with the Potter County Redevelopment Authority doing the State’s Business Calling Program, (250 interviews with businesses, assessing their needs and fitting them with the appropriate resources). In 2007 she was elected Commissioner and has served for the past two terms.

Former work and service history includes: Senator Rick Santorum’s Economic Development Committee For Western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Appalachian Capital Alliance Board, Potter County Education Council, Charles Cole Hospital Board of Directors, First Citizens Community Bank Advisory Board (Ulysses), Galeton Borough Council and Water and Sewer Authority, the Galeton Development Corporation, and the Chamber of Commerce. For three years she produced and hosted the TV show “Issues and Answers” in Red Lion, Pa., reaching the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Allentown areas. She was also Editor of the Open Door Tract Ministry, a national outreach to churches, prisons, and individuals, and produced the Radio Spot: 60 Seconds of Hope.

Kefover resides in her hometown of Galeton with her husband Jay of 41 years. She enjoys public speaking, ministry, exercise, decorating, reading, and helping others attain their goals.

Roulette Township Seeking Full Time Licensed Water/Wastewater Operator; Part Time Office Assistant

Cooking for Crowds

Non-profit, volunteer-run groups that prepare food to be served or sold to the public must be sure that the food is safe and of high quality. Participants in this workshop will learn up-to-date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. The workshop is appropriate for non-profit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups.

This class is being held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at PCEC’s Coudersport office. The cost is $40.00 per organization (1 – 5 people) and $5.00 for each additional person. For more information or to register, call 814-274-4877 or visit our website at

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 13, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

I was honored to serve as guest speaker at the Kane Volunteer Fire Department’s annual banquet last weekend. I admire the hard work and dedication of these volunteers who do so much to protect public safety in our communities. Pictured left to right are Brian Nelson, fire department president and master of ceremonies; Tim Holt, fire chief; me; Tom Brinkley, who was honored for 55 years of service as a firefighter; the Rev. Philip Pinczewski, fire department chaplain; Rhonda Holt, chairman of the banquet committee; and Tom Aiello, who received a certificate of appreciation for his service as a firefighter and longtime state instructor for firefighters.  

House Budget Hearings in Full Swing

The House Appropriations Committee has completed its first week of hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s $33.8 billion spending plan. Among the state agencies testifying this week was the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I was pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the hearing and asked Acting Secretary Russell Redding about a proposed increase in “general government operations” funding for the department while proven programs, including the Hardwoods Development Council, are eliminated from the plan. I told the secretary it was important to work together to restore funding for these programs, which are vital the industry.

Budget hearings continue next week with some key departments set to testify, including Education, Conservation and Natural Resources, Transportation and Corrections. For a full schedule of hearings, click here.

The governor unveiled his budget proposal last week, outlining an estimated $4.7 billion in new spending and several tax proposals to pay for it, including a 21 percent increase in the Personal Income Tax; a 10 percent increase in the sales tax, which will be broadened to apply to many more products and services; a severance tax on natural gas drilling; and an increase in the cigarette tax. To learn more about his budget proposal, click here.

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Apply Now for DCNR Fire Assistance Grants

Applications are now available for Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Grants may be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire training mobile or portable radios, and installation of dry hydrants. Funds also may be used for certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression. The application period is open now through May 21. For complete guidelines and to apply, click here.

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

Just a reminder that my office is hosting two Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics next week to provide free assistance with filing the applications for eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities. The clinics will be held as follows on 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.
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.
Free assistance also is available at my 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.

Additional information and claim forms are available at

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, March 13, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

The Governor’s Budget Proposal –
Last Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly and laid out his budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Please click here to listen to my reaction to what he has in mind.

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The Numbers Are In -
Pennsylvania’s February economic numbers are in. After collecting $17.3 million more than anticipated, General Fund collections for the 2014-15 fiscal year are $377.6 million, 2.2 percent above estimate. Here are some of the latest individual figures for the fiscal year-to-date:

 • Sales tax receipts are $61.7 million, 1 percent above estimate.  
 • Personal Income Tax revenue is $17.8 million, 0.2 percent above estimate.  
 • February corporate tax revenue is $169.6 million, 11.7 percent above estimate.  
 • Other General Fund tax revenue, including cigarette, malt beverage, liquor and table games taxes, is $23.8 million, 2.5 percent above estimate.
 • Non-tax revenue is $48.5 million, 10.7 percent above estimate. 

The budget process continues....
this Monday, March 16, with the next round of hearings before the House Appropriations Committee. The week’s schedule of testifiers is as follows:

Monday, March 16
10 a.m. - Department of Education
1:30 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3 p.m. - Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, March 17
9:30 a.m. - Department of Transportation
11:30 a.m. - Department of Labor and Industry
2 p.m. - Department of Health/Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

Wednesday, March 18
9:30 a.m. - Pennsylvania State Police/Homeland Security
11:00 a.m. - Department of Corrections/Board of Probation and Parole
1:30 p.m. – Judiciary

Thursday, March 19
11:00 a.m. - State System of Higher Education
1:30 p.m. - Community Colleges
3 p.m. - Liquor Control Board

You can watch the hearings on my website,