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4-H Shooting Sport Results From Saturday Regional Competition In St. Marys

The annual North Central Regional 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Sports competition was held Saturday, March 21st at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Marys. Fifty-two shooters from 5 counties (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Potter) participated. The participants shot in three relays, and shot in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions.

Potter County sent 12 shooters from the Bullseye Blasters 4-H Club lead by Buck Jackson, Pat Jackson and Roger Chapell. 4-Hers have been practicing every Sunday night since October for this competition. 

In the 8 to 10 year division Andy Anderson took first place honors with David Anderson placing third. The team of Andy, David and Catherine Anderson took first place team honors. In the 11-12 year old division Rose Anderson placed fifth and Logan Benninger placed 6th. In the 13-15 year old division Chelsea VanBergen took second place and Jacob VanBergen placed third. The team of Jacob VanBergen, Chelsea VanBergen, Blaise Chapell and Rose Anderson placed second and the team of Lakota Timothy, Gabe Wargo, Kit Lang and Josh Anderson placed third. Buck Jackson served as range officer for the competition.

Congratulations to all Potter County shooters and coaches! The Bullseye Blasters 4-H club is wrapping up it year at the end of March but will be back in action in the fall of 2015. If interested in participating call the Extension Office at 274-8540. 

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Dona I. BLAKE, 83, of Gold, PA

Dona I. BLAKE, 83, of Gold, PA, died Friday, March 20, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born November 6, 1931, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of Leonard and Violet Carl Garner. On November 10, 1953, in Ulysses, she married Henry K. Blake, who predeceased her on January 3, 2015. 

She was employed by Galeton Production and Gol-DEN-Ray for many years. 

Dona was a member of the Gold Church and the former Gold Missionary Society. A devout Christian, she raised her children in the Lord. 

Surviving are: five children, Leonard (Evelyne) Blake of Las Vegas, NV, Cheryl (Albert) Witt of Scio, NY, Melvin (Jacquelyn) Blake of Genesee, PA, Thomas (Kate) Blake of Hornell, NY, and Karen Blake of Olean, NY; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lavern Garner of Leroy, NY and Virgil (Linda) Garner of Andover, NY; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two grandchildren, Jason and Julie. Friends may call Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday in the Gold Church, Gold, PA. The Rev. Frank Mickle, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Gold Church Building Fund, 35 SR 449 N., Genesee, PA 16923. Online condolences may be expressed at

Lost: White Apple IPhone with a black Otterbox

Lost: White Apple IPhone with a black Otterbox. Possibly in Port Allegany or Portville. Please call or text 814-598-4542.

Vendors Wanted For Roulette Town Wide Yard Sale


WELLSBORO, PA—All artists, amateurs and professionals within a 150-mile radius of Wellsboro are invited to participate in the 42nd Annual Juried Art Competition being held at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro.

The theme is self-portraiture. Director Anna Wales said, “We are asking artists to do a representation of themselves, a self-portrait."

The artists will be competing for cash and merchandise prizes and to have their art on exhibit from June 7-28, at the Gmeiner. The prizes will be announced at 3 p.m. during the June 28 closing reception being held from 2-5 p.m.

Artists may submit a maximum of four entries, paintings and/or drawings. No photography will be admitted to the show.

All entries must be received by mail or email by Friday, May 1. Mail to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or email to

Or, artists can choose to deliver their entries in person to the Gmeiner on Sunday, May 3, between 2 and 5 p.m. or call 570-724-1917 to schedule an appointment before May 3.

To enter, the artist is asked to submit a completed entry form and two high resolution photographs (no larger than two megabytes each) for each painting or drawing. One photo should be of the entire front of the piece and the other should be a close-up to highlight some of the line quality. The file name of each photograph should include the painting or drawing’s title.

There is a nonrefundable fee of $10 per entry. The Gmeiner accepts cash and checks. Credit cards will not be accepted.

Each piece must be an original by the artist that has not been previously exhibited at the Gmeiner. All paintings and drawings must be framed and wired ready for professional exhibition.

Entrants will be notified of the judges’ decision by email by May 15.

Artists who mailed or emailed an entry form and photographs of their artwork must bring their paintings and drawings to the Gmeiner in person between 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 or call 570-724-1917 for an appointment.

Complete details and an application for this event are available on the Gmeiner website (, click on Annual Juried Art Exhibit "Self-Portraiture").

For more information about the 42nd Annual Juried Art Competition, call Director Anna Wales, at 570-724-1917 or stop in at the Gmeiner during gallery hours, 2-5 p.m. daily.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes For March 5, 2015

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda For March 19,2015

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp TownshipSENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2015-03-20 00:00:00 at site SRC WT 5034 84H 51292 in Shippen Twp township, Cameron county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Kellytown Road

At 12:05 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Kellytown Road for a medical emergency.

Port Beverage Now Selling 12 Packs As Well As Beer By The Case

3 Million Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas Leaked Near Wellsville, NY

NRC Report: Natural Gas near Wellsville, NY

Incident Type: FIXED - NRC Report ID: 1109781 - Medium Affected: AIR - Suspected Responsible Party: NATIONAL FUEL SUPPLY CORPORATION
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UGI Utilities, Inc. Has An Opening For An Operations Clerk Position In Port Allegany Area

Live Music Saturday Night At Moe's Bar & Grill In Port Allegany

Schoolhouse Health Foods in Eldred, PA offering classes discussing GAPS

Schoolhouse Health Foods in Eldred, PA, will be offering classes discussing GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). 

Learn how to use food to heal your gut and your immune system. Health begins in the gut. Toxins that are absorbed through food, household chemicals, beauty aids pharmaceuticals and the environment have compromised our immune system. This powerful nutritional protocol will teach you how to heal your gut flora and your body. 

GAPS has been successful in treating ADD, ADHD, Autism, migraines, heart disease, diarrhea, constipation, Crone’s, IBS, food intolerance, allergies, eczema, asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, autoimmune problems and more. 

Classes will begin on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00. It is a one-hour class that will run for 12 weeks. The cost is $125 (book included). Discount for couples.

Please call to register or if you have questions. 814-225-2233. Schoolhouse Health Foods, 109 Indian Creek Road, Eldred, PA 16731

Potter County Education Council Seeking Executive Director

Ulysses Library World War 1 Centennial Program Sunday At 2:00 PM

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

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

Free Candidate Announcements Available Until April 30th

Sweden Valey Manor Seeking Individuals For STNA Position

Call In Care Giver Wanted For Cole Manor In Coudersport

Friday, March 20, 2015

Little Dog Saves Family IN Mt. Jewett House Fire

Andover Fire Dept Dispatched to Baker Rd. For A Structure Fire

At 9:16 PM on Friday Andover Fire Dept was dispatched to Baker Rd. for a structure fire in the town of Ward. Fire is fully involved roof is gone only a few walls left.

Ridgway Man Charged After Physically Striking Known Female Juvenile

No INjuries In Rt. 6 Crash To Avoid Deer

Cause Of $150,000. Mt. Jewett House Fire Is Undetermined

Prowler Chased Off By Resident In Homer Township

Police Investigating Rape Allegation In Sharon Township

Police Investigating Rape Allegation In Homer Township

Port Allegany School Music Department Presents SHOWCASE 2015 Tonight & Saturday at 8 PM

Snowmobile Operator Charged With Leaving Scene

***Press Release***
Following a 3 week investigation into a snowmobile vs motor vehicle accident where an unknown person fled the scene the Cuba Police Department is happy to announce that an arrest has been made. 

Gregory A. Drake (26) of Wellsville was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident, unregistered snowmobile and failing to stop before crossing the roadway. 

The Cuba Police Department would like to thank the public for their many tips sent in. We would also like to thank the Cuba Drift-busters snowmobile club and trail groomers for use of one of their snowmobiles so that we could gather evidence from the trails. Fortunately, no one was injured severely during this accident and we would like to remind the public that all safety precautions should be taken when operating on our snowmobile trails. 

Any media inquiries can be sent to Sergeant Brad Howe via email at

Photos Of Morning Crash On Rt. 219 In Lafayette Townshiip

Team Spine Crushers from the Coudersport Elementary School

Team Spine Crushers from the Coudersport Elementary School took top honors in I U9 reading competition held at Fretz Middle School on Thursday March 19 th 2015. Taking first over 10 other area schools the Spine Crushers celebrated this great accomplishment, but most importantly enjoyed the reading itself. So in that respect there everyone came out a winner in this intellectual competition. Please continue to support your local library and literacy.

PennDOT, Safety Partners Mark National Work Zone Awareness Week, Urge Safety as Construction Season Begins Online Campaign Features Workers ‘Behind the Cones’

Harrisburg, PA – With National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring March 23-27, Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today joined representatives from the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), the American Traffic Safety Services Organization (ATSSA), and various traffic-control companies for an event in Harrisburg calling on motorists to drive safely in work zones and be mindful of the people behind the cones.

To complement the awareness week, PennDOT also announced its #Slow4Zone social media campaign, which spotlights department employees and reminds drivers why it is important to pay attention and slow down in work zones.

“Work on our roadways is essential to keep people and commerce flowing, but drivers need to remember that it isn’t just equipment that they see in work zones – there are people,” Acting Secretary Richards said. “Work zones may be a temporary inconvenience, but these workers deserve our full attention and safest driving.”

Preliminary PennDOT data shows that 24 people were killed in work-zone crashes in 2014, eight more than in 2013. Since 1970, 85 PennDOT employees have died in the line of duty.

Additionally, the same data there were 1,841 crashes in work zones last year, a slight decrease from the 1,851 crashes in 2013. Over the five-year period, there were 10,586 work-zone crashes and 128 fatalities in those crashes.

In addition to crash data from police reports, PennDOT monitors work-zone safety with internal reports. In 2014, there were 131 reported intrusions in PennDOT work zones, 92 of which nearly caused injury to employees or caused damage to equipment, and 21 of which caused fleet or equipment damage. Of those intrusions, 18 resulted in injuries to PennDOT employees.

As of March 10 this year, there have been seven work-zone intrusions, with one resulting in employee injury, four causing damage to vehicles or equipment and two causing no damage or injuries.

In addition to driving safely to protect highway workers, state law requires drivers to increase their visibility and obey work-zone speed limits. Drivers who don’t turn on their headlights in posted work zones face a $25 fine. Also, motorists caught driving 11 mph or more above the posted speed limit in active work zones automatically will lose their license for 15 days.

To further underscore the importance of the lives of people working on the state’s transportation system, through the awareness week PennDOT’s #Slow4Zone initiative will feature employees from across the state who have witnessed or been injured in work-zone crashes, or who have a message for motorists. The campaign emphasizes that each employee is a mother, youth mentor or family member who wants to get home safely each day.

To view the employee testimonials in the campaign visit the “Work Zone” information center at Join the discussion on social media by using #Slow4Zone in posts.

Representatives from Flagger Force, Beth’s Barricades, Protection Services Inc., Rae-Lyn Enterprises and Guidemark Inc. also participated in today’s event.

Dona I. BLAKE, 83, of Gold, PA

Dona I. BLAKE, 83, of Gold, PA, died Friday, March 20, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Gold Church Building Fund, 35 SR 449 N., Genesee, PA 16923. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arlene Howard, 89, of 1281 East Main Street, Bradford, PA

Arlene Howard
Arlene Howard, 89, of 1281 East Main Street, Bradford, PA, passed away, Friday, March 20, 2015, at her residence.

Born September 10, 1925, in Bradford she was a daughter of William and Gertrude (Holmes) Dymock.

Mrs. Howard was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School. She was an avid bowler and bowled in many area leagues. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

On September 14, 1946 in Bradford she married Robert D. Howard, who died on June 28, 1996.

She was a member of Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, Randy E. (Betsi) Howard, of Lewis Run, 2 grandchildren, Melissa Howard, and Christopher Olin, 2 great grandchildren, Kaitlynn Howard and Andrew Bunting a brother, Donald Dymock, of Bradford and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Debra Olin, an infant grandson, David Michael.

At the request of the family all services will be private with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, retired pastor officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 432 Park Ave., South New York, NY 10016 or McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701, or charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Baker Announces $4,000 Grant for Tioga County Historical Society

HARRISBURG – To help preserve and protect the history of Tioga County for generations to come, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced that a $4,000 state grant has been awarded to the Tioga County Historical Society located in Wellsboro.

“The Tioga County Historical Society is an important organization that achieves a great deal with very limited resources. I applaud them on their many great works and on applying for and being awarded this grant funding,” said Baker. “The preservation of our county history and efforts to educate today’s citizenry about it are important goals the Tioga County Historical Society works hard to meet. I know this funding will go a long way in helping its members continue their mission.”

The funding, from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, was announced this week.

The grant program is designed to direct funding to strengthen Pennsylvania museums; provide general operating support to museums and official county historical societies; allow applicants to determine and describe how funds will be used; and achieve geographic balance in distribution.

The Tioga County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving local history through the collection of various historical records and artifacts. The society also runs the Ladd Genealogy Library and offers various search services.

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Thompson Announces Grant of $1,170,497.00 to Keystone Rural Health Consortia in Emporium

Thompson Announces Grant to Support Keystone Rural Health Consortia in Emporium 

Bellefonte, PA – Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) announced that the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a federal grant in the amount of $1,170,497.00 to Keystone Rural Health Consortia in Emporium. 

“Having worked in non-profit healthcare for nearly three decades, I am very pleased that Keystone Rural Health Consortia has received these funds to supplement their operations,” said Rep. Thompson.  “Time and time again, Keystone Rural Health has proven they are up to the task of providing high-quality care to residents of Cameron County and the surrounding areas.”   

“Keystone Rural Health was pleased to receive notification of the Supplemental Funding HRSA has awarded to us and the other Health Centers of Pennsylvania,” stated Kristie Bennardi, spokesperson for Keystone Rural Health Consortia.  “We will personally continue to do our part in reaching out to those in need of not only medical services, but we want to expand our oral health reach into our surrounding communities and this funding allows us to do that.”

The grant was awarded by HRSA through the Health Center Expanded Services Supplemental Funding (ES), which supports community-based organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care.


Divia Thani Daswani
BRADFORD, Pa. -- Divia Thani Daswani, a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford alumna who launched India’s leading luxury travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, and serves as its editor-in-chief, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Commencement ceremony in April.

In addition to delivering the keynote address during commencement exercises on April 26, Thani, who graduated in 2001, will receive the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Alumni Award of Distinction.

“All of us at Pitt-Bradford look forward to welcoming back to campus one of our most distinguished former students,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the Pitt-Bradford campus. “She epitomizes in so many ways the ideals we hope all of our students will reflect in their lives and work. I’m confident the message she delivers to our graduates will impact their lives in a powerful way.”

An Indian citizen with global exposure, Thani has been part of the core teams to launch five international magazines in India. Thani launched Condé Nast Traveller in 2010 after serving three years as features editor for Vogue India.

Condé Nast Traveller is the world’s most renowned luxury travel magazine. Founded in the United States in 1987, it now has eight separate international editions, including the United Kingdom, India, China and Russia. Condé Nast Traveller has expanded its global footprint via not only its glossy print magazines (which include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and New Yorker), but also digitally, with websites, apps, video, events and through social media.

In addition to managing the daily operations of the print magazine, she oversees content creation across multiple digital platforms, including a website, apps, social media, and advertising communications and events.

Her duties include chairing and mediating industry forums and conferences around the world, including the International Luxury Travel Markets in Cannes, France; Cape Town, South Africa; and Shanghai, China. She also shares insights on the Indian travel market on CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC and helps customers and clients strategize to capitalize on, and cater to, this booming demographic. Thani advises various state tourism boards and aviation and hospitality experts in understanding the Indian luxury traveler.

“In a very short period of time, Divia Thani has established herself as one of the hottest young magazine editors in India, and one of the foremost travel editors-in-chief in the world,” said Nicholas Coleridge, president of Condé Nast International. “She manages to combine three rare gifts -- a deep understanding of quality travel journalism, an acute eye for magazine and digital design, and she is an accomplished public speaker. Furthermore, she is a charismatic and always glamorous big player in the world she inhabits.”

In 2012, Thani was an inaugural recipient of the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes members of the University of Pittsburgh alumni community for their contributions to the international community through their professional achievements and impact on society.

At Pitt-Bradford, she studied English, studied abroad in London during 1998 and received the Robert C. Laing Award for Creative Writing before graduating summa cum laude.

Magazine work wasn’t on her agenda when she graduated. She next attended the Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus, where she took further undergraduate courses with the help of a prestigious Brackenridge Fellowship while working in public relations for a tech startup in Pittsburgh.

Following her work in Pittsburgh, Thani worked in New York before returning to India in the summer of 2001, working as part of a research team that was documenting a folk festival. She thought she would spend the summer nearer to family and old friends, then return to New York in the fall. But just as she was finishing up her work in India, the attacks of Sept. 11 took place.

“That changed basically the whole world’s plans,” she said, including hers. She remained in India to assuage her family’s fears. Hearing of a media company that had just earned the rights to bring a French fashion magazine to India, she applied for a job and was hired as a writer for L’Officiel. Later, she switched to sales, and when the holding company for L’Officiel bought the rights to bring Seventeen magazine to India, she was made the head of sales at the age of 22.

Following that, she moved on to Time Out Mumbai, and then to Vogue, where she led the features department of the Indian version from 2007 until launching Traveller in 2010.

Dr. S.N. Gajanan, professor of economics at Pitt-Bradford, nominated Thani for the PBAA award.

“She is a superstar in the international arena and is an example of what the best from Pitt can achieve,” Gajanan said. “Awarding this honor to Divia will add to the PBAA Alumni Award of Distinction’s intrinsic merit.”

Alumni previously honored with the Alumni Award of Distinction are Richard Johnson ’88-’90, Tamra Minner ’81, Dr. Lee Colosimo ’65-’67 and Dr. Jill Owens ’93.

Update for Mt. Nittany Expressway Work

State College, PA – With signs in place, work will begin Monday eastbound and westbound on a roadway improvement project along Route 322 (Mt Nittany Expressway). The work zone stretches from the Boalsburg interchange to the I-99 interchange at Innovation Park.

On Monday, March 23, the contractor will close the left passing lanes in each direction at the Oak Hall interchange. Through July, bridge work will take place at this location. Lane shifts, reduced speed of 45 miles per hour, and an eleven-foot lane-width restriction will be in effect.

Later this spring, work along the Route 322 main line will get underway. PennDOT will issue an update on work activity prior to any changes. Through the 2015 construction season, overall work will include patching, base repair, paving, bridge and deck repairs, and miscellaneous items. Repairs will improve the ride quality of the roadway surface and allow the structures to remain in service for years to come.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $5.1 million job. The project was made possible last year by ACT 89 funding. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Drivers should proceed with caution through the work zone and be prepared for construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. PennDOT reminds motorists to drive with caution through work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Shooting Sports Point Kids in the Right Direction

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The PA 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

Specific objectives for the PA Shooting Sports program are to: teach decision making, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, and problem solving; promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior; encourage an appreciation and understanding of natural resources; develop leadership abilities; build character and willingness to assume citizenship responsibility; furnish enjoyable, positive relationships with peers and adult instructors; strengthen families through participation in lifelong recreational activities; and to build awareness of related career opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a shooting sports club member, Potter County has one shooting sports clubs, an air rifle club, Bullseye Blasters in Coudersport with instructors Buck and Pat Jackson and Roger Chapell. Over the past seventeen years, Potter County has had five 4-H members advance to the national level to compete in the National NRA Championships and Junior Olympics, you could be the next one.

4-H members have opportunities to test their shooting, hunting, and sportsmanship skills in county, regional, state, and national competitions. In fact, they could ultimately set Olympic competition as their goal. There are seventeen Olympic shooting sports events, which continue to draw the third-greatest number of countries. To get involved in one of the shooting sports club, call the Potter County Extension Office at 274-8540 for more information.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, March 20, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

The Governor’s Proposed Tax Changes –
Taxes were a key theme in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal. He has proposed to increase various taxes, including sales and income taxes in exchange for some offsets to local property taxes.

How does his plan impact tax bills in your community? Please visit my website,, and click on the “” banner. You’ll be able to find out how much in new personal income and sales taxes residents of each Pennsylvania school district will pay, and compare that figure to the amount proposed to go back to that school district under Gov. Tom Wolf’s property tax plan.

Attention Hunters –
This Tuesday, March 24, the House Game and Fisheries Committee, of which I am a member, will meet to examine the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s annual report. You can watch the meeting on my website,, beginning at 10 a.m.

The budget process continues....
this Monday, March 23, with the start of the final round of hearings before the House Appropriations Committee. The week’s schedule of testifiers is as follows:

Monday, March 23
10 a.m. - Public School Employees' and State Employees’ Retirement Systems
1:30 p.m. - Department of Banking and Securities
2:30 p.m. - Department of Insurance

Tuesday, March 24
9:30 a.m. - State-Related Universities (Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University)
1:30 p.m. - Department of State
3 p.m. - Thaddeus Stevens college of Technology

Wednesday, March 25
9:30 a.m. - Emergency Management Agency/Fire Commissioner
11:00 a.m. - Office of Open Records
1 p.m. - Department of Human Services

Thursday, March 26
9:30 a.m. - Budget Secretary-Office of the Governor/Executive Offices
1 p.m. - Member testimony

You can watch the hearings on my website,

Persian Gulf Veterans....
have until Aug. 31 to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice if they served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 – Aug. 31, 1991. The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

For more information, please visit my website,, and go to “Veterans Issues” on the left navigation bar. 

Thompson Introduces Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act

March 19, 2015
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Thompson Introduces Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill will Provide Military with Mental Health Assessments
Senator Toomey Newest Senate Sponsor

Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced H.R. 1465, the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act.  The bill, which has strong bipartisan support and the support of a large number of military and mental health advocacy groups, will help the military identify behavioral health issues and improve suicide prevention by instituting a mental health assessment for all incoming military recruits.

“According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 of our military veterans commit suicide every day — one every 65 minutes, to be precise,” said Thompson.  “The Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act will ensure that service members are mentally fit to serve our nation by establishing a mental health assessment at the time recruits are first joining the military. These brave men and women deserve our complete support and we must do everything that we can to ensure they receive necessary treatment during their service and transition back into civilian life,” Thompson added.

“It is heartbreaking to see the staggering number of veterans who are suffering from PTSD and TBI in our country,” said Congressman Ryan. “Our military makes sure every serviceman and woman is physically fit for duty, and this legislation will ensure that they are also mentally fit. It will also give us a better baseline to measure any potential mental harm they may have incurred during their duty. These men and women put their lives on the line every day in the service of our nation, it is our duty to do everything in our power to guarantee they return home safely, both physically and mentally.”

“The American Psychological Association has a long-standing commitment to promoting health and well-being among military personnel, veterans, and their families. We support the Medical Evaluation Parity for Servicemembers Act and applaud the efforts of Rep. Thompson and Rep. Ryan to strengthen DoD’s prevention, assessment, and treatment capacities for those wishing to serve our nation, those who are currently serving, and those who have served,” said Heather O’Beirne Kelly, PhD, American Psychological Association Lead for Military and Veterans’ Policy.

This bipartisan, bicameral MEPS Act will institute a preliminary mental health assessment at the time recruits are first joining the military. An Army study confirmed the need to address mental health issues in a timely manner, finding that “nearly one in five Army soldiers enter the service with a psychiatric disorder, and nearly half of all soldiers who tried suicide first attempted it before enlisting.” Additionally, the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a large percentage of suicides in the military were individuals who had never been deployed in a combat role. The MEPS Act brings mental health to parity with physical health and will ensure that our incoming troops are both physically and mentally fit to serve.

Thompson’s MEPS Act has a companion bill in the Senate, which was introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).  Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) is also a co-sponsor of the Senate legislation.

"I remain deeply concerned about the high instances of suicide and PTSD among service members and veterans,” said Sen. Toomey.  “That’s why I am working with Rep. Thompson and Sen. Portman to improve the way the military identifies mental health issues for our service members and veterans.   The MEPS Act calls for baseline mental health assessments which start before recruits join the military and continue throughout a service member’s career.   It is important and helpful to have a well-informed background to try to make sure we’re properly caring for the men and women who have put on the uniform of this country.”

Support for the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers’ Association of America, Reserve Officers’ Association, National Military Family Association, Association of the U.S. Navy, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.


WELLSBORO, PA—The Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is holding indoor rifle and handgun shoots from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays, April 11 and 25, a handgun shoot on Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m. and rifle shoots on Thursdays, April 2 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. The shoots are open to members and the public.

The rifle shoots are restricted to .22 caliber rifles and the handgun shoots are for any caliber provided the bullet is either lead or cast; no brass or jacketed ammunition is allowed. For those that need it, the club will have frangible ammunition for sale when the range is open in .380, 9mm, .40, .45 and .38 calibers.

For handguns, each shooter will be given five targets for 10 rounds each, and for .22 caliber rifles, one target with 10 bull’s-eyes.

There is a $3 fee for members and a $5 fee for non-members. The indoor range is heated and has seven indoor shooting stations. It is located at 4646 Route 287, about 3 miles south of Wellsboro.

For information, call Kyle Knowlton at 570-439-0849 or visit

Apply by April 1 to be H-G summer intern

WELLSBORO, PA—The deadline to apply for two summer internships with Hamilton-Gibson Productions, the Wellsboro-based community theatre arts group, is Wednesday, April 1. Each intern will receive a stipend.

The internships begin in mid-May and end in mid-August. This year’s sponsors are Eugene Seelye, and Deb and Jeff Sawyer.

Said Thomas Putnam, artistic director, “Interns must be at least 18 years old and preferably be studying some aspect of the performing arts or work with not-for-profit groups.

“The interns will be involved with all of the summer shows either performing, stage managing or house managing as well as set building and strike. In addition, they will work with our online databases, do Internet marketing and plan and staff our summer drama camps in Elkland, Blossburg, and Wellsboro.”

“This summer promises to be busy. The three summer drama camps in June, our major production in July, “The Addams Family’ and early preparations for our fall play, ‘Steel Magnolias’ will keep the interns hopping.”

To apply, write Hamilton-Gibson Productions, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, call 570-724-2079 or email

11th ANNUAL Maple Weekend March 21 & 22, 2015

For those of us who turn up our  noses at “pancake syrup” and crave the deep, pure taste of real maple syrups, creams, candies and even ice cream—our time is coming. 
The Potter/ Tioga Pennsylvania Maple Weekend, held the last weekend of March, is a true tribute to all things maple. 

Now in its tenth year, the Maple Weekend is a “traveling festival” that allows visitors to observe tree tapping, sugar boiling, and other maple-related activities in Potter and Tioga counties. 

Fourteen members of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association open their sugar shack doors during Maple Weekend for a deliciously educational experience.
Bring the whole family and celebrate this truly American Tradition. Visit several Sugar Shacks as each is unique in production and variety of products.
Maps & Information - the following files are large and may take a few minutes to download.

Maple Weekend Brochure - Large File
Producers Contact information & GPS
Map With GPS Coordinates
2010 Collectible Poster
Hills Creek State Park Maple Weekend Events

Live Music Saturday Night At Moe's Bar & Grill In Port Allegany

Austin Dispatched For Traffic Control

At 2:20 PM on Friday, Austin Fire Dept. dispatched for traffic control non-emergency at accident scene on Rt. 607 at the Boro line.


Address: 24426 CCC MEMORIAL HWY
3/20/2015 1:55:26 PM


Van Lang Foods Recalls Pork And Chicken Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergen
Van Lang Foods, a Countryside, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 232 pounds of pork potstickers and chicken dim sum due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Boa Vida Imports Recalls Pork And Beef Products Imported From An Ineligible Country Without Benefit Of Import Inspection

Boa Vida Imports, a New Bedford, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 385 pounds of pork and beef products imported from Portugal because this country is not eligible to export meat products to the United States.



Schools can order tree seedlings through the Seedlings for Schools program


The Pennsylvania Game Commission again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment.

The “Seedlings for Schools” program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat.

Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted through March 27. To order, visit the agency’s website,, and click on the “Seedlings for Schools” icon.

There is no charge to schools that participate in this project. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by donations.
The program provides two levels of involvement based on the grade levels.

“Seedlings for Your Class” is primarily for pre-K and elementary students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a classroom or one grade level with enough seedlings for each student to take a seedling home to plant. Seedling choices are white spruce, mixed oak and flowering crabapple. A teachers guide comes with the seedlings and can be accessed through the website.

“Seedlings to Develop Habitats” is primarily for middle- and high-school students. As part of this program, the Game Commission provides a variety of seedlings to students who might use them to improve habitat on school or community grounds or along streams, or to create tree nurseries or environmental areas.

Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and will be shipped directly to schools by UPS during the last two weeks of April, depending on weather and the number of orders received.

Once seedlings arrive, it is important to keep them moist, said Annetta Ayers, superintendent of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.

Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Ayers said.

Information on how to plant the seedlings and other educational materials will be provided with seedlings.

More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting Theresa Alberici at

The “Seedlings for Schools” program is made possible through generous donations by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, Mealey’s Furniture, the Pennsylvania Forestry Association Jim Stiehler Memorial Fund, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Schools” program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803.