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Saturday, June 13, 2015

LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve Open House 19-21 June 2015

LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve Open House 19-21 June 2015


Please join us at our 7th Annual Open House and Benefit Motorcycle
Ride to meet our Warriors and their families. I've attached the Open House
Flyer and I'll send out the Benefit Motorcycle Ride flyer separately due to
their file sizes.

It will be another great weekend of FUNdraising for our wounded and
injured veterans. A few highlights will be the Dinner and Live Auction on
Friday night which still cost $10 for a fantastic meal by Diana Gibble. We
are expecting some great auction items ranging from antique guns, art and
much more. Our Silent Auction will be held on two days Friday and Saturday
with separate auction items for each night. What sets it apart this year,
you will have a chance to win a NEW Remington R1 1911 .45 cal semi auto
handgun valued at $900.00 (Donated by Doug Liszka of Los Group) just by
bidding on the Silent Auction items. We'll still have our famous Chinese
Auction on Saturday with plenty of neat baskets and other extraordinary

Vendors are WELCOME on Saturday with no charge. Please contact the
number below for Vendor space.

On Saturday night after the Benefit Motorcycle Ride sponsored by the
American Eagles, we will have a live concert with Ricky Lee and his band from 6-9PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased
online at as well as dinner tickets and our Turkey
Shoot on Saturday.

Sunday brings us to a close with a Sunrise Service by Faith Bible
Church of Little Genesee, N.Y. and a Father's Day Breakfast. Thank you and
I hope to see you sometime during the weekend. Please feel free to pass
this along to your friends and post the flyer as well.


LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve
Edward J. Fisher
President and Founder
Colonel (ret), U.S. Army
740 Ridge Road
Lewisberry, Pa. 17339

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Saturday, June 13, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

Waiving Background Check Fees for Volunteers

The two $10 fees that volunteers must pay for background checks associated with child protection laws enacted last year would be waived under legislation which moved unanimously this week in the state House. The move was made as an amendment to House Bill 1276, which is expected to be voted on final passage next week.

The amendment would do away with the fee volunteers must pay to undergo the necessary background checks performed by the Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania State Police. The fees have applied to volunteers since the enactment of Act 153 of 2014. In response to this legislation, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that he is directing the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Human Services to begin waiving these fees as of July 1.

Since the act’s implementation, it has been clear that changes are necessary to defray the burden this law has placed on our adult volunteers who work with children on a regular basis. We have heard from virtually every type of volunteer group about the difficulties they face as a result of the changes implemented in Act 153.

This amendment is an important first step in fixing this flawed law to benefit these volunteers. Adopting this amendment to waive the fee not only makes it the law of the land, but prevents any governor’s administration from using the fee to generate revenue on the backs of our Commonwealth’s volunteers.

I look forward to passage of House Bill 1276 next week with the goal of having it signed into law by the end of the month.

Defeating Gov. Wolf’s Tax Increases

Click here to watch video.

On Monday, June 1, I joined every one of my House colleagues in unanimously defeating the tax increase legislation proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his March 3 budget proposal by a vote of 193-0. The vote was taken on an amendment to House Bill 283 that would have raised taxes by nearly $5 billion.

The amendment proposed to increase the state’s Personal Income Tax by 21 percent, the Sales and Use Tax rate by 10 percent and would have subjected items such as diapers, day care expenses, textbooks, professional services and nursing home care to sales tax for the first time in Pennsylvania history.

The vote I cast that day is a direct response to the overwhelming opposition to the Wolf tax increases that has been voiced by our constituents. Many of the hard-working people who live in our districts have spoken out loud and clear against what would be the largest tax hike in Pennsylvania history – and a huge tax increase on the middle class – since the day it was proposed.

The vote was also a referendum in favor of fiscal responsibility. Good stewardship of taxpayer dollars means spending what you have and not what you wish you had. For the last four years, we as a General Assembly have moved Pennsylvania in the right direction, paring down a huge deficit without relying on the Pennsylvania taxpayer to foot the bill.

Wolf’s tax plan, which we defeated that day, is irresponsible and reckless. The people who have approached me about it know it. The proposal would hit their wallets from “cradle to grave” and have a negative effect on our economy. In the end, it sends money to Harrisburg – a place where tax dollars too often go to die.

This vote allows us to move the budget process forward in a manner that proposes to spend more wisely and responsibly. I look forward to supporting proposals that continue us down a responsible path to prosperity.

Army Officer Professional Training

I will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas this weekend to begin the next level of my officer development training with the U.S. Army. In my current capacity as a captain with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, I’ll be attending the two-week Reserve Component Captain’s Career Course, a required course and a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of major.

The course is offered once a year, and is always held during the month of June. This level of professional development training is the next required step in an Army officer’s career.

I’m looking forward to this opportunity to further develop my leadership and technical skills, and as a way of further strengthening my commitment to serving our country. While I’m away, I have great faith in the abilities of my staff members in DuBois, St. Marys and Clearfield, to handle state government issues and continue serving the residents of the 75th District until I am off military orders.

Replacement of the Mill Creek Bridge near Ridgway....
is underway. Work will take place one side at a time. The current bridge was originally built in in 1939 and carries an average of almost 700 vehicles daily.

During the first phase of construction, you may encounter minor delays for daylight flagging operations. Temporary traffic signals will be in place later this summer as work moves into other construction phases. The signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern.

Work is expected to last until the middle of December but PennDOT will open both lanes of the bridge earlier if work progress allows.

Bradfrod Dispatched To South Center Street For a Commercial Fire Alarm

At 6:43 PM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters were dispatched to 18 South Center Street for a commercial fire alarm. Bradford Township was recalled at 6:58 PM by command.

Young Bear In The Yard

This little guy ran through my lawn yesterday morning around 11 AM on Loucks Mills Rd. near Ulysses.  Philip Smith photos.

Smethport Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire

At 4:47 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. dispatched to the Laundromat on Main Street in Smethport for a possible structure fire.
 4:51 PM-Recalled per Chief 2-20

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Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club Snake Hunt is June 13th and 14th

Reminder Snake Hunt is June 13th and 14th.

June 12 - 6:00 p.m. Snake Hunt registration at Pit area.

June 13th - Kids pit opens at 10:00 a.m. and chicken BBQ is 1:00 p.m. All snakes must be turned in at 5:00 p.m. to be eligible for Saturday trophies. At 6:00 p.m. trophies awarded for snakes turned in on Saturday. Band from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

June 14th - pit opens at 7:00 a.m. Kids pit opens at 10:00 a.m. Chicken BBQ is at noon. All snakes must be turned in to pit by 2:00 p.m. Trophies awarded at 3:00 p.m. Cash prize drawing at 3:00 p.m.
Educational talks, questions and answers all day both days.

Come and check out the snakes, get a bite to eat and see what our venders have to offer. Tonight a band from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy the weekend in Sinnemahoning.

Sinnemahoning Sportsmen's Club If you can't make it today, the pit opens at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.


Photo of Rusty the Alpaca with Madison Cruttenden. Photo by Lonny Frost (c)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 13 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FAMILY DAY, Childrens Health Fair, the Green

SUNDAY, JUNE 14: 1:30 p.m. (Judging @ 12:30pm) Pet Parade, Packer Park to the Green

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 4:00pm - Samuel Clemens "Mark Twain" Reenactor, Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center for the Performing Arts

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 7:00pm - Wednesday Morning Musicales & Barbershop Group concert, United Methodist Church of Wellsboro

MONDAY, JUNE 15: 7:00 p.m.,Laurel Concert Series: "Callanish,Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center for the Performing Arts

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30pm - Comedians John Carfi & Joe Ohrin, Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center for the Performing Arts

WEDNESDAY, JUNE: 17: 7:00 p.m., Laurel Concert Series: Wellsboro Town Band,The Green

THURSDAY, JUNE: 18: 7:00 p.m., Laurel Concert Series, Wellsboro Mens & Womens Choruses, First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro

FRIDAY, JUNE 19: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Arts & Crafts Fair &International Street of Foods, The Green

12:00 Noon, Queens Welcome, Tioga County Court House Steps

5:00p.m.Queens' Preview & Concert


9:00 a.m 10K Foot Race & 2-mile Fun Run,Packer Park

9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair & International Street of Foods, The Green

2:00 p.m.,PA State Laurel Festival Parade

5:00 p.m., Mansfield University Alumni Saxophone Ensemble, The Green

6:30 p.m. Coronation of 2015 PA State Laurel Queen

SUNDAY, JUNE 21: 10:30 a.m. Union Church Service, The Green (Rain Location: First Baptist Church)

Chief Phelps gave a presentation with K9 Akayla

6-13-15 Recalls

Larry’s Custom Meats Inc. Recalls Beef Tongue Products That May Contain Specified Risk Materials

Larry’s Custom Meats Inc., a Hartwick, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 529 pounds of beef tongue products that may have been shipped with lingual tonsils still attached.

Power Restored To 95% Of Roulette Township

At 10:32 AM--Report 95 % of Roulette Township has power restored.

Gerald T. “Jerry” Lamb, 58, of Shinglehouse, PA

Gerald T. Lamb
“loving husband, father and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Gerald T. “Jerry” Lamb, 58, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away unexpectedly in his home Friday, June 12, 2015 after a long illness.

Born February 24, 1957 in Cuba, NY, he was a son of Thomas and Anna Taylor Lamb. In 1994 in Shinglehouse, he married Pam G. Appleby, who survives.

Jerry was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was self-employed having had a firewood and fence post business. He was also employed by Eldred Township as a laborer before retiring due to ill health.

Jerry was a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport. Before failing health, he loved to hunt. He enjoyed fishing. His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Tory R. Appleby of Millport; four sons, Nathanial P. “Nate” Appleby of Warsaw, NY, Thomas G. Lamb of Warren, and Alex F. Lamb and Keith A. Lamb, both at home; four grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Terry) Smith of Cuba, NY; two brothers, Donald Lamb of Richburg, NY and Steve (Sarah) Fiske of Ceres, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by a sister, Patty Stives.

In keeping with Jerry’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rayola Appleby, PO Box 91, Ceres, NY 14721, to help assist with expenses.

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

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

Belfast Dispatched To Motorcycle / Car Crash On Rt. 305

At 10:08 AM on Saturday, Belfast Fire Dept. & Ambulance dispatched to Route 305 & Ramsey Road for a car versus motorcycle accident. One person is reported injured.

Bradford Dispatched To Structure Fire At Georgia Pacific

At 1:34 AM on Saturday, Bradford City & Township Fire Departments have been dispatched to 1 Owens Way for a commercial structure fire at Georgia Pacific.

Route 6 Reopened about 1:30 this morning in Coudersport

Route 6 Reopened about 1:30 this morning. A power line had been blocking the roadway near Hershey's Market in Coudersport.

Harlan J. Beagley has been named the new publisher of the Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican

Homer Township Clean-Up & Welcome Summer Day Saturday, June 20

Large Commercial Building & Acreage Located In Roulette, Potter County, PA

Nikky's 5th Annual Dance Recital Friday & Saturday, June 11th & 12th At Smethport High School

Full-Time Learning Support Teacher Vacancy For 2015-2016 At Northern Potter School District In Potter County, PA

Friday, June 12, 2015

Unique Engineering Opportunity At St. Marys, PA Powdered Metal Manufacturer

Northern Potter School District Has A Vacancy For A Varsity Head Soccer Coach

Memorial Celebration For Doris Nielson Rigas Set For Saturday, June 13 In Coudersport

Ebeling Bus Company Selling To The Bare Walls June 13, 2015 In Millport, PA

CDL Class B Driver Wanted By Rig Support Company

UGI Utilities, Inc. Has Union Apprentice Position Open In Coudersport Area

Detour Coming During Bridge Replacement in Roulette Township Starting Monday, June 15th

Detour Coming During Bridge Replacement in Roulette Township Starting Monday, June 15th

Roulette, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising drivers that a detour will be in effect starting Monday, June 15, as replacement work begins for Route 4003 (West Fishing Creek Road/Pomeroy Street/Clara Road) bridge in Roulette Township, Potter County. The work is expected to last through November 3 and an official 12 mile detour will be in place for the length of the project, while Route 4003 is closed at the bridge. The detour will direct drivers to use T-530, SR 4005 (East Fishing Creek Road), T-306 (West Carley Hill Road), T-341 (White Chopping Road, and back to T-530 (West Fishing Creek Road).

Starting June 15, crews will begin work to replace the current bridge with a new single span spread box beam. The bridge spans a tributary to Fishing Creek. The 54-foot bridge was originally built in 1937 and carries an average of 230 vehicles daily. Once replacement is complete, PennDOT will be able to remove the bridge from Potter County’s structurally deficient list.

Overall work will include replacement of the bridge and approach work. Work is expected to last until the beginning of November but PennDOT will open both lanes of the bridge earlier if work progress allows. Dolomite Products Company, Inc., DBA A. I.Blades of Hornell, New York, is the contractor on this $765,211.10 project.

Did You Lose A Pitt Bull?

For a lost Pitbull. He is black with a white chest about a year old. I found him on the RR tracks at the Kinzua Bridge. 

Thank you everyone.The owner was found.. 

Net Neutrality here to stay...for now at least

Jim, a bit of news for you.

A federal judge has prevented the attempts of ISPs throughout the US from putting a stop to “Net Neutrality”. As of today, Friday 6/12/2015, “Net Neutrality” was in full swing. Most of us didn’t and won’t notice a difference, so what does “Net Neutrality” actually do?

Basically, “Net Neutrality” evens the playing field of the internet. It doesn’t matter if you’re a big company, small company, or an individual. One of the most notable parts of this is that ISP’s can’t throttle the speed to different services or websites in preference over another one or filter out parts of the internet. For example, a few years ago, Verizon prevented access to “Google Wallet” from your cell phone.

The fight isn’t over though. Republicans in Congress are fighting against “Net Neutrality” and a group of Internet Service Providers are still fighting it and have a hearing scheduled for later in the year.

Here’s a good Q&A about “Net Neutrality”.

Nathaniel Taylor
Hendo Computers

Ph: (814) 558-8170

Dawn “Joan” Elliott, 87, of 13 Meadowbrook Court, Wellsville, NY

Dawn “Joan” Elliott
Dawn “Joan” Elliott

Wellsville, NY - Dawn “Joan” Elliott, 87, of 13 Meadowbrook Court passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at home following a brief illness. She was born on December 23, 1927 in Shinglehouse, PA, the daughter of the late Reuben and Doris (Yeager) Elliott.

Dawn was raised in Bolivar and was a graduate of Bolivar High School. She began her 35 year career with AT&T right out of high school as a switchboard operator in Wellsville. She retired in 1984 as a Supervisor of Operators in Buffalo. During the Blizzard of 77, she remained in the office for several days to help provide service to the many customers in need. After retirement she devoted herself to the care of her loving family.

She was a former active member of the Pioneers of Telecommunication, the Bolivar United Methodist Church, the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Twig and the Monday Club. Dawn was a member and supporter of many organizations dedicated to community enrichment. She was grateful to her beloved family and her many loving caregivers for the wonderful care she received over the years and especially over the last few months.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents by, a sister, Joyce Elliott, brothers, Wayne and Gerald Elliott, a sister-in-law, Lois Elliott and a nephew, David Elliott. She is survived by David’s wife Kathleen Elliott of Hyde Park, three nephews, Mark (Linda) Elliott and Greg (Lori) Elliott both of Wellsville, and Jon (Cheryl) Elliott of Scio, two nieces, Susan (Albert) Meyer of Painesville, Ohio and Pamela (Robert) Stevenson of Olean, several great nieces & nephews and her faithful canine companion, “Shadow”.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, (June 15, 2015) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar. 

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or the Hart Comfort House. 

To leave online condolences, please visit

West Penn, Penelec Power Outage MAP

West Penn, Penelec Power Outage

West Penn, Penelec Power Outage

Trees Down Near Germania

At 8:35 PM on Friday, Dispatchers are attempting to contact Germania Fire Dept. to report trees blocking Rt. 144 north of the village. Apparently they are not able to activate the tones.


Roulette is without electrical power. Multiple trees are reported on power lines. Ambulance has been dispatched to Hester Avenue for difficulty breathing. Check on your elderly neighbors and those who depend on electricity for breathing assistance. It may be an extended outage as trees & wires are down all over the area.

Solomon's words is operating on emergency power temporarily but we may have to shut down if the generator doesn't hold up.



Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued June 12 at 7:46PM EDT until June 12 at 10 :00PM EDT by NWS


Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued June 12 at 6:51PM EDT until June 12 at 10 :00PM EDT by NWS


Program on Ghana partnership Sunday

Rev. Tim Olsen
A program on a partnership between area Presbyterian churches with their counterparts in the African Republic of Ghana will be presented at 7 pm Sunday, June 14, at the First United Presbyterian Church at 402 North Main Street in Coudersport. The public is welcome.

Two representatives of the Lake Erie Presbytery’s Partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana, Rev. Tim Olsen and Douglas Ebert, will share stories, photographs, memorabilia and Ghanaian food during an evening of community, fun and information sharing.

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ghana is a denomination of 150,000 members. Mission campaigns in Ghana have been focused on providing quality education for children, training leaders for community transformation, combatting sexual violence, supporting water/sewer projects, improving access to health care and education, and building faith.

2 Trees Blocking Route 6 In Hamilton Township

At 6:00 PM on Friday, 2 trees are reported blocking Route 6 near Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township.

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning


Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued June 12 at 5:47PM EDT until June 12 at 10 :00PM EDT by NWS


Severe Thunderstorm Warning




Bradford Dispatched To Wildfire

At 5:20 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters were dispatched to a wildfire.

Blossburg & Liberty Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 15

At 5:08 PM on Friday, Liberty & Blossburg dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Rt. 15 Northbound, south of the Liberty Exit. Vehicle is reported in the roadway.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 12 at 4:42PM EDT until June 12 at 5:45PM EDT by NWS Buffalo


Lewis & Clark Circus

5:00 P.M. 7:30 P.M.


Also available at gate adult $15.00/children $5.00.

Thunderstorms Closing In On The Area-Current Radar



PA CleanWays

Sherry Dumire, Smethport, volunteers at the PA CleanWays Electronic Recycling Event helping to direct traffic.
PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, joined with several organizations to conduct an electronic recycling event at the Bradford public Works site on Holley Avenue in Bradford on Friday, June 12, 2015, from 10am to 2PM. 

Hundreds of McKean County Residents took advantage of the event and filled two trucks full of electronics. PA Clean Ways contracts with JVS Environmental of Rockwood, PA, who will return on Monday to pick up the electronics that could not fit in the trucks. 

Sixteen volunteers assisted with the project and the following organizations and business assisted including Penn State Extension, the McKean County Conservation District, McKean County Adult Probation, the City of Bradford, and Domino’s Pizza provided a reduced price on lunch for the event workers. 
The next PA CleanWays event will be a tire collection on Saturday, July 25th in Smethport, PA. 

Cliff Lane, McKean County Commissioner, shakes hands with Jeff Tanner, President of PA CleanWays Of McKean County at the recycling event in Bradford, PA

Photo Evidence Leads To Bradford Woman's Arrest For Thefts


On 06-11-15 the City of Bradford Police Department received several reports of theft from motor vehicles, 3 burglaries, and 2 attempted burglaries. These incidents were reported on Edwards St., Abbott Rd., Calvin Ct., Prospect St., and Summer St. Officers worked throughout the day taking the reports and conducting a thorough investigation. Forensic Evidence was collected from the scenes by Bradford City Police Officers trained in fingerprint and DNA collection.

Officers then obtained photo evidence of the perpetrator from a resident's trail camera set up in a surveillance position on the front porch area. With the use of these surveillance photos Police were able to identify the perpetrator as a female named Teagan E. Grove of 37 Cole Ave., Bradford PA 16701.

Officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence of Teagan E. Grove at 37 Cole Ave. and that warrant was executed in the evening hours of 06-11-15. Officers located Teagan E. Grove at the residence and took her into custody on an arrest warrant for Prowling and Loitering at nighttime and Trespassing. A search of the residence was conducted and several of the items stolen from the earlier incidents were recovered. The items ranged from electronics, computers, gps units, and credit cards.

Magistrate William Todd of Smethport arraigned Teagan E. Grove on the charges and remanded her to McKean County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. The City of Bradford Police Department will be filing additional charges in this case in lieu of last nights search warrant and pending forensic test results.

Lane Restrictions Next Week on I-80 at Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County

Montoursville – This is the latest update on the Interstate 80 Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County.

From Monday, June 15, through Thursday, June 18, lane restrictions will be in effect for paving operations on Interstate 80 westbound from mile 242 to mile 241.

Work will be performed each day between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Traffic will be switched from one lane to another throughout this operation.

Motorists should expect delays, be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

House Action for the Week of June 15, 2015

Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting 

The Weekly Schedule

Intelligent Transportation System Project Update

Montoursville – This is an update for work next week on the $4.2 million Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Union counties in central Pennsylvania.

On Monday, the contractor will begin earth moving activities off of the northbound shoulder on Route 15 in Kelly Township, Union County. Work should be completed by the end of the week.

The northbound travel lane will be closed next week and will remain closed while work continues at that location.

The contractor also will be placing the foundation for a message board on Interstate 80 eastbound in West Hemlock Township, Montour County. The right shoulder of the highway is closed, but no traffic lanes are affected.

Capitol Update

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Friday, June 12, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Ag Committee Discusses Potential Avian Influenza Outbreak

State agriculture leaders outlined steps they are taking to prepare for the likelihood of an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Commonwealth during a meeting of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee this week.

As chairman of the committee, I appreciated the opportunity to be briefed on what is being done to address this serious threat to the state’s poultry industry. While it appears unlikely we can prevent the disease from coming to Pennsylvania entirely, I am encouraged by the efforts of the Department of Agriculture and the poultry industry to be prepared to contain it as much as possible.

In his presentation, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said, “The economic threat of HPAI in Pennsylvania is so great that we in state government cannot afford to get this wrong. With more than 11,000 flocks, more than $1 billion in sales, billions more in related economic activity and wages, and more than 53,000 jobs tied to the poultry industry, the long-term effects could be devastating financially to our state and those in and around the industry.”

Although no cases have been diagnosed yet in Pennsylvania, as of June 9, approximately 46.8 million birds have been affected on 228 premises in 21 states. Minnesota and Iowa are the hardest hit, with estimated economic losses of $300 million and $600 million respectively.

Read more about the hearing here.

Watch video of the hearing here.

I was pleased to welcome members of Boy Scout Troop 530 from Ulysses to the state Capitol earlier this week. In the front row, left to right, are scouts Johnathan Petsch, Justin Adams, Keven Jordan and Josiah Howe. In the back row are Mike Guryn and Cliff Wood.

Natural Gas Impact Fees Are Benefitting Our Communities

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced more than $220 million was generated through Act 13 impact fees last year. More than $2.2 million of that is on the way to communities in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties to address the impacts of natural gas drilling here.

As noted in this recent article in the Bradford Era, I believe we must work to keep the impact fee in place rather than move forward with Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal, which would be devastating to both the conventional and unconventional drilling industries.

Even the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office has said the governor’s proposal would give Pennsylvania one of the highest effective tax rates in the nation.

This issue is expected to be one of many points of contention as we work toward a 2015-16 state budget.

Bill to Aid Retirees Earns House Approval

The state House this week approved my legislation to increase the income eligibility limit for the state’s reduced-fee vehicle registration program for retirees.

The program, which offers vehicle registration at a discount rate of $10, is open to any person who is retired and receiving Social Security or other pension income that does not exceed $19,200 annually. House Bill 582 would increase the income eligibility limit to $23,500, the same limit set for the state’s PACENET prescription drug assistance program. The threshold was last increased in 1998.

Additional information about the existing program is available at

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Ag Committee to Discuss Dairy Pricing Transparency

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which I chair, will hold an informational meeting next week about dairy pricing transparency. Specifically, the committee will discuss House Bill 1265, which would require any payment made to a dairy farmer to clearly delineate the dollar amount of the total that consists of money collected from the state mandated over-order premium.

The meeting will be streamed live on starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 17.

Mark Your Calendar!

The Ninth Annual “Art in the Wilds” is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, in Evergreen Park, Kane. Click here for more info!

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes For May 28, 2015

Azel R. “Ace” Ford, 94, of Smethport, formerly of Scio, NY and Brookville, PA

Azel R. Ford
“beloved father and grandfather”

SMETHPORT, PA---Azel R. “Ace” Ford, 94, of Smethport, formerly of Scio, NY and Brookville, PA, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport, after a long illness.

Born August 28, 1920 in Ceres Township, Pa., he was a son of Raymond and Opal Sherwood Ford. On May 23, 1943 in Fort Pierce, Florida, he married Adronicia J. “Jean” Fischer, who passed away on March 7, 2010.
WWII Veteran

Mr. Ford attended the former Bell Run Country School and was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II. He was self-employed in local oil and gas fields for over 50 years, and was also self-employed in the gas and oil supply industry, owning Ford Brothers Pipe Company in Duke Center.

He was a former member of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Bradford. He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse and had previously been a member of McKean Masonic Lodge # 388 F. & A.M. in Smethport.

Mr. Ford’s greatest love was his family. He resided in Smethport most of his life.

Surviving are three sons, Richard A. (Jane) Ford of Roulette, David W. (Michelle) Ford of Rew, and Donald R. Ford; a daughter, Beverly J. (Lester) Long of Richmond, Va.; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Marietta Townsend of Cross Forks, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Ford was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.

In keeping with Mr. Ford’s wishes there was no public visitation. 

Private graveside services were held Friday, June 12, 2015 in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mr. Ford, please visit

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda For June 11, 2015