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Saturday, October 3, 2015

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Firefighters Dispatched To Structure Fire On Pleasant Valley Road

At 9:53 PM on Saturday, Osceola, Knoxville, Elkland and Valley Ambulance dispatched to 1213 Pleasant Valley Road for a structure fire at the Jones residence.

Teens In Fatal Car / Deer Crash Near Whitesville Identified By Police

NY State Police investigated a one car fatal accident on Fulmer Valley Rd. on Oct. 3rd at 1:50am. 

The vehicle struck a deer and exited the north side of the roadway. The vehicle continued down an embankment before striking large rocks and coming to rest partially in a creek bed. 

The operator Dylon Mitchell, 19, of Independence, was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger Kami White, 17 of Wellsville, was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with serious injuries and is in stable condition. 

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Ulysses & Harrison Valley Dispatchesd To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 8:40 PM on Saturday, Ulysses & Harrison Valley have been dispatched to the intersection of Route 49 and Rt. 449 for a two vehicle crash
Ulysses Township, Box 47-03, at the intersection of Route 49 West and Route 449, Motor Vehicle Accident, reports 2 vehicles, possibly no injuries. Department 47(Ulysses) and Department 20(Harrison Township) Due.
Chief 47-10 On-scene establishing Ulysses Command.
Per Ulysses Command, Recall all units, with the exception of Ulysses Ambulance, patient refusals on scene.

State Police Chase Cows Off I-86 Again

Cows are on 86 again in West Almond.

Cows have been rounded up and put back in the pasture by New York State Police officers a little before 8 PM on Saturday.

Early Childhood Professional Training Opportunity Announced

Rene Hendrickson, OTR/L will present Behavior Concerns: Are They Sensory Related? on Monday, October 12th at a professional training sponsored by CARE for Children and the McKean County Department of Human Services. Hendrickson, shown above, introduces a client to the therapy ball to improve body awareness during an occupational therapy session.
Bradford, PA – CARE for Children and the McKean County Department of Human Services will be sponsoring an early learning professional training, presented by Rene Hendrickson, OTR/L, Behavior Concerns: Are They Sensory Related?

The training will be held Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Bradford Area Public Library from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Topics will include information and strategies for distinguishing between sensory-based and non-sensory based behaviors; intervention strategies and techniques; and an overview of sensory processing disorder. Hands-on sensory activities will be included in the training.

The training will be geared for early intervention providers and service coordinators; educators; early childhood professionals; therapeutic support staff; school counselors; and para-professionals. Parents of children who may have sensory concerns are welcome to attend and full scholarships are available for parents or caregivers.

Rene Hendrickson, OTR/L received her occupational therapy degree from the University of Florida. She began her career in adult rehabilitation and long term care; and for the last twenty years has worked predominantly in the school setting.

Hendrickson has provided staff development training to school districts and private preschools addressing handwriting and handwriting readiness, sensory disorders and school based interventions, providing environmental modifications to enhance sensory functioning, and evaluating and providing compensation strategies for visual perception deficits related to school function.

Hendrickson maintains her occupational therapy licensure in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. She resides in Hockessin, Delaware.

The professional training is 5 early intervention infant/toddler hours or Act 48 hours. To register for the training, contact CARE for Children by phone at (814) 362-4621 or email at Registration fee for the professional training is $40.00 and includes workshop materials and light refreshments. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 7th.

Gov. Wolf’s Full Tax Proposal to be Voted in House and Senate

HARRISBURG – In an effort to move the state budget talks past the current stalemate, House and Senate Republican leaders today announced a vote on Gov. Tom Wolf’s full and latest tax package proposal will take place in the House on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The leaders made the announcement a day after the governor’s veto of an emergency funding bill aimed at getting needed cash to schools, local human service providers and state agencies. The state auditor general released a report Tuesday showing school districts have paid at least $11.2 million to banks due to the impasse; that amount, to be borne by taxpayers, will only increase as long as a budget is not in place.

“The only thing standing between the governor and the $5 billion tax increase his budget requires is the simple fact that there are not 102 Republican or Democratic votes in the House for it to pass. The sooner the governor accepts this fact, the sooner we can actually get a budget done,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said. “It is long past time to negotiate a budget based in reality.”

“We continue to be troubled by the governor’s decision to hold vital services and schools hostage. It really didn’t need to happen,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said. “Meeting after meeting, it has become crystal clear that this budget impasse is about one thing – the governor scoring the largest tax increase in our history, which includes a 14 percent increase to your personal income tax. It’s time we all find out who shares that vision.”

“Instead of getting help to our seniors, students and victims, Gov. Wolf manufactured a crisis to support his continual demands for massive tax increases on every citizen and employer,” House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said. “His proposals, while dressed up, are clearly aimed at protecting the status quo, rather than the people we serve.”

“Despite the fact that the majority of hard-working Pennsylvanians cannot afford Gov. Wolf’s massive tax and spending plans, he continues to push for them,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said. “Not once – but twice now – the General Assembly has met our constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget, yet Gov. Wolf refused to sign them because they didn’t include his billions of dollars of tax increases. With this vote, we will have a clear understanding of how much support the governor truly has for his tax and spending plans.”

The Republican leaders sent the governor a letter confirming the commitment made last week to allow the governor the time to gather the needed votes for his tax plan.

Click to see the letter and tax proposal 


Game lands in Cumberland, Lehigh, Northampton and Washington counties to grow.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved two land acquisitions that will add more than 40 acres to state game lands in Cumberland and Lehigh counties.

The board also accepted the donation of an 11-acre tract in Northampton County, and approved another deal that will add nearly 24 acres to game lands in Washington County.

The acquisition in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, totals about 18.6 acres to be added to State Game Lands 170. Central Pennsylvania Conservancy offered the land at an option price of $400 per acre, to be paid with money from the Game Fund.

The property is forested with red maple, tulip poplar, and red and white oaks, with sassafras and witch-hazel in the understory.

Public access is from the existing game lands.

Additionally, the board approved the purchase of about 22 acres adjoining State Game Lands 217 in Washington Township, Lehigh County. Wildlands Conservancy Inc. offered the land at an option price is $400 per acre, to be paid with money from the Game Fund.

The property is forested with mixed oaks, beech, hickory and maple.

Public access is from existing game lands.

Wildlands Conservancy Inc. also donated the 11 acres to be added to State Game Lands 168, in Moore Township, Northampton County.

The tract adjoins a detached tract of State Game Lands 168, and connects that tract to a larger parcel of the game lands. The property is forested with mixed hardwoods and has a small rock outcrop.

Public access is from Smith Gap Road, which bisects the property.

Finally, the board approved a deal that will add about 23.7 acres within the interior of State Game Lands 232.

The land in Donegal Township, Washington County, currently is owned by Mule Tracts LLC, and was offered by MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources LLC.

The land is in exchange for habitat and surface damages associated with nine previously executed right-of-way licenses, and a pending license, for natural gas pipelines on State Game Lands 117, 232 and 245.

As part of the deal, MarkWest will continue to pay the Game Commission’s standard, annual license fees for all licenses, so long as those licenses remain active.

The property being offered primarily is mixed hardwood forest, with some interspersed shrubland in the lower elevations.

Dog Run and two unnamed tributaries – all designated High-Quality Warm Water Fisheries – flow through the property.

Acquisition of this property will secure a critical interior, eliminate safety-zone concerns associated with future development and reduce future boundary-line maintenance.

Public access is from Dog Run Road, which lines a portion of the western boundary.


Leases approved in Greene and Fayette counties.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved three energy leases that immediately will add more than $1.6 million to the Game Fund.

Two of the leases are in Greene County.

Vantage Energy Appalachia II LLC, of Englewood, Colo., requested the Game Commission offer its oil and gas rights under a portion of State Game Lands 223 for non-surface use development.

The proposed tract contains about 114 acres and is located in Perry Township, Greene County.

Vantage has a strong, privately owned oil/gas lease position surrounding State Game Lands 223, and has initiated unconventional well drilling and development activity in the vicinity of the proposed tract. Vantage also has the ability to unitize and develop the commission’s oil and gas reserves under the proposed tract by horizontal drilling with no surface use or disturbance to the game lands.

Game Commission staff negotiated the proposed terms of the agreement with Vantage in an effort to prudently develop the commission’s oil/gas reserve, as well as simultaneously protect the wildlife resources and recreational use of State Game Lands 223.

The terms of the agreement are a three-year paid up non-surface use oil and gas agreement, a $3,000 per net oil/gas acre bonus payment and 18 percent royalty for all oil, gas and other liquids or condensates produced and sold from the proposed tract.

The bonus payment of approximately $342,300 may be deposited either into the Game Fund or into an interest-bearing escrow account to be used for the future purchase of wildlife habitats, lands or other uses incidental to hunting, furtaking and wildlife-resource management. Future rentals and royalties owed the Game Commission shall be directly deposited into the Game Fund.

Oil and gas development will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s Oil and Gas Regulations and the Commission’s Standard Non-Surface Use Oil and Gas Cooperative Agreement.

The second lease approved in Greene County is in Greene Township, and also is associated with State Game Lands 223.

Chevron Appalachia LLC, of Coraopolis, Pa, requested the Game Commission offer its oil/gas rights under a portion of the game lands for non-surface use development.

The proposed tract contains nearly 214 acres.

Chevron has a strong, privately owned oil/gas lease position surrounding State Game Lands 223, and has initiated unconventional well drilling and development in the vicinity of the proposed tract.

Chevron also has the ability to unitize and develop the commission’s oil/gas reserve under the proposed tract by horizontal drilling with no surface use or disturbance to the game lands.

Game Commission staff has negotiated the proposed terms of the agreement with Chevron in an effort to prudently develop the Commission’s oil/gas reserve, as well as simultaneously protect the wildlife resources and recreational use of State Game Lands 223.

The terms of the agreement are a four-year paid up Non-Surface Use Oil and Gas Agreement, a $3,000 per net oil and gas acre bonus payment and 18 percent royalty for all oil, gas and other liquids or condensates produced and sold from the proposed tract. The bonus payment of approximately $641,100 may be deposited either into the Game Fund or into an interest-bearing escrow account to be used for the future purchase of wildlife habitats, lands or other uses incidental to hunting, furtaking and wildlife resource management.

Future rentals and royalties owed the Game Commission shall be directly deposited into the Game Fund.

Oil and gas development will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s Oil and Gas Regulations and the Commission’s Standard Non-Surface Use Oil and Gas Cooperative Agreement.

Chevron Appalachia LLC also was approved to lease the oil and gas rights under about 215 acres of State Game Lands 238 in German Township, Fayette County.

Chevron has acquired private leases on the remaining 562 acres of State Game Lands 238 and has the right to use the Game Commission’s surface lands to access and develop the privately held oil and gas rights.

Additionally, Chevron maintains a strong lease position on private lands immediately adjacent to State Game Lands 238, and has already drilled several horizontal wells in the immediate vicinity of the game lands.

The terms of the agreement are a five-year paid, Restricted Surface-Use Oil and Gas Agreement, a $3,000 per net oil and gas acre bonus payment and 18 percent royalty for all oil, gas and other liquids or condensates produced and sold from the proposed tract.

The bonus payment of approximately $645,000 shall be deposited into the Game Fund or into an interest-bearing escrow account for the future purchase of wildlife habitats, lands or other uses incidental to hunting, furtaking and wildlife-resource management. Future rentals and royalties owed to the Game Commission also shall be deposited into the Game Fund.

Oil and gas development will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s Oil and Gas Regulations and the Game Commission’s Standard Restricted Surface Use Oil and Gas Cooperative Agreement.


In addition to fines, replacement costs for killing eagles raised to $2,500.

Those who kill golden and bald eagles will face stiffer penalties under Pennsylvania law.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that increases to $2,500 the replacement costs for killing bald eagles or golden eagles.

The heightened penalty will take effect in the coming months.

The bald eagle had been classified as a state-threatened species until early 2014, when it was removed from the Pennsylvania’s threatened-species list because its recovery met objectives outlined in the state’s bald-eagle management plan.

While golden and bald eagles both remain protected by federal and state law, the fact that neither bird was classified as threatened meant that killing a golden or bald eagle resulted at the state level in $200 in replacement costs. Replacement costs are restitution for unlawfully killed wildlife, and typically are paid in addition to fines.

Commissioners said the $2,500 replacement cost emphasizes that although golden and bald eagles are recovered in Pennsylvania, they still require further protection.


Changes likely will become effective in mid-November.

Mentored Youth hunters will see new opportunities in the 2015-16 license year.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to measure that adds rabbits and mourning doves to the list of species mentored youth hunters may pursue.

The changes likely will become effective in mid-November, after a mandatory review process.

A news release will be issued when the new opportunities for mentored youth become effective under the law.

The Mentored Youth Hunting Program was established in 2006 as a way to give youth under the age of 12 an opportunity to experience hunting in a tightly controlled setting under the close supervision of an adult mentor. In the interest of safety, the adult mentor and mentored youth, together, may possess only one sporting arm between them while hunting, and the adult must carry it at all times while moving. The mentored youth then may hold the sporting arm once the pair takes a stationary position.

These safety measures will be applied as well to the hunting of rabbits and doves by mentored youth.

Since its inception, the Mentored Youth Hunting Program has proven successful and safe, and the list of species that can be pursued by mentored youth hunters has been expanded over the years.

In casting their vote, the commissioners pointed out that sporting organizations and other interested groups have continued to encourage the Game Commission to expand mentored youth hunting opportunities and, particularly, to add rabbits and mourning doves to the list approved for mentored youth.

When the measure takes effect, mentored youth hunters also will need a migratory game bird license to hunt and harvest mourning doves.

Requiring the license facilitates the Harvest Information Program (HIP), a cooperative state and federal program designed to improve the information collected regarding the harvest of migratory game birds. The license costs $3.70 for residents and a mentored youth permit costs $2.70.


Commissioners want to continue meeting with the public landowners enrolled in the program.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will continue work on a proposal to make changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program, commonly known as DMAP.

DMAP provides private and public landowners an additional tool to meet deer-management goals on their properties through hunting. Landowners who apply may receive a number of DMAP permits they then can issue to antlerless-deer hunters for use during open deer seasons. The number of permits a landowner receives often is based on a formula of one permit per 50 acres, and the allocation may be increased due to heavy deer impact.

The board today voted unanimously to table a measure to limit the size of DMAP units on public parcels to 15,000 acres, and require DMAP coupons for public parcels be allocated based upon current conditions relative to goals and objectives outlined in an approved management plan.

Commissioners said that, in recent months, they’ve had several productive meetings with public landowners enrolled in DMAP, and they want to continue those conversations before considering changes to the program.

Commissioners noted that DMAP was designed specifically as a tool to deal with localized deer-impact issues rather than issues across a broader landscape, and added that hunters have expressed concerns DMAP might have too great an impact on deer herds, especially on state-owned lands.

By limiting the size of DMAP units on public lands, deer can be managed at a more distinct local level, the commissioners have noted.

Commissioners also noted they want to make sure DMAP deer-management plans are tied closely to forest-regeneration objectives for those properties, and when regeneration is occurring at or above the levels identified by the objectives, DMAP permit allocations are reduced.


Commissioners address issues to be further explored in the future.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today addressed some of the issues to be explored further in the coming months.

Much of the discussion centered on antlerless deer license allocations.

The number of antlerless licenses statewide, and in many of the state’s 23 wildlife-management units, have been reduced significantly in recent years.

Commissioner Brian Hoover said the reductions came at the recommendation of hunters who wanted to see the deer population increase in the areas they hunt.

This year, however, antlerless licenses seemed to sell out earlier than ever. And many hunters have remarked that they did not receive the same number of antlerless licenses they’ve been accustomed to getting.

Hoover said, because of the reduction of antlerless licenses in recent years, deer populations have increased in a number of areas, and the commissioners might have the ability next year to again increase antlerless license allocations in some WMUs.

Commissioner Timothy Layton said he wants to take a look at the schedule by which nonresidents can apply for antlerless licenses.

As it is now, antlerless licenses are available to residents for a two-week period before nonresidents can buy them.

Layton said many nonresident hunters are native Pennsylvanians who moved away, but return to participate in the deer season, and some of them own hunting camps in Pennsylvania and return each year. The commissioners often speak with a number of such nonresidents who, because of the license schedule, are unable to purchase an antlerless license for the WMU in which they hunt.

Commissioner David Putnam reiterated Layton’s statement.

Layton asked Game Commission staff to provide data on license sales to both residents and nonresidents, and dates of license purchases and sellout dates, so the commissioners may further examine the issue.

Commissioner James Daley said he also is interested in looking at ways to spread antlerless licenses among hunters, so that more hunters end up with a license.

Meanwhile, a possible prohibition on the use or field possession of natural, urine-based deer attractants, which had been discussed at the August working group meeting of the Board of Game Commissioners, was discussed further today.

The issue is being explored because of the possibility prions that carry chronic wasting disease (CWD) could be present in natural, urine-based deer attractants.

Today, the commissioners asked Game Commission staff to provide an update on the issue.

Wayne Laroche, who heads up the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, said the deer-lure industry is looking at ways to certify the animals used in the production of urine-based deer attractants are free of CWD.

The Game Commission soon will meet with industry representatives, Laroche said.


New rules do not allow successful hunters to return.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a one-per-season limit on geese within the controlled goose-hunting area at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, in the southeastern part of the state.

The change will take effect immediately, in the 2015-16 hunting season.

Hunters still will be selected by lottery to hunt from blinds within the controlled goose-hunting area and, as has been the case, each can harvest only one goose per day.

Previously, however, hunters who had been successful from a Middle Creek blind were able to reapply to hunt from an unclaimed blind later that same season, abiding by the controlled area’s daily bag limit of one goose. With the season limit within the controlled area now set at one goose per season, that no longer is the case.

Hunter success rates in recent years have declined within the controlled goose hunting area due in part to declining resident goose populations, fewer migrant geese and higher harvest rates on geese in areas surrounding Middle Creek.

Implementing a season limit is among the changes aimed at increasing hunter success and resident goose populations. September season hunting is closed on State Game Lands 46, which includes Middle Creek.


Species never appeared in Commonwealth in high numbers, and has been absent for years.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure to classify the Delmarva fox squirrel as an extirpated species in Pennsylvania.

At the same time, the commissioners voted to identify the Allegheny woodrat as a species separate from the eastern woodrat.

One of three subspecies of fox squirrels listed in Pennsylvania, the Delmarva fox squirrel previously was listed as a state-endangered species. The Delmarva fox squirrel was considered present historically, but only a very limited portion of southeastern Pennsylvania. A reintroduction attempted in 1989 occurred with no documented survival past one year.

Suitable habitat for the species within its historic range in Pennsylvania is nonexistent, and no documented individuals have been recorded in the 25 years since the reintroduction effort was undertaken.

The mammal technical committee, a scientific advisory committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, voted previously to consider the Delmarva fox squirrel as state extirpated, and to remove it from the list of state endangered mammals.

Across the species’ core range in coastal portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, it is considered stable and proposed to be removed from federal list of endangered species.

The second change updates the common name of the eastern woodrat in Pennsylvania to the Allegheny woodrat. Based upon genetic and morphological evidence, the eastern woodrat has been split into two species; the eastern and Allegheny woodrat.

Meanwhile, the Allegheny woodrat, which inhabits Pennsylvania, is considered a state-threatened species, but the Pennsylvania Code had recognized only the eastern woodrat, which is shown to be a separate subspecies.

With the change, the Allegheny woodrat is being placed on the state’s threatened species list.


Survey planned for next year could lead to upgraded status for the state-threatened bird.

Pennsylvania has a newly approved plan for managing osprey, and survey work planned for next year could lead to an upgraded status for the state threatened species.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved the agency’s new osprey management plan, which becomes effective immediately and will be up for renewal after 2025.

The plan was approved preliminarily in June, and made available to the public for review and comment.

The draft was strengthened by incorporating feedback from the public and the Board of Commissioners.

The final plan calls for a new survey of osprey nests to be conducted, likely next year, and for those results to then be compared to results from a 2010 survey. If the number shows population goals have been met, a proposal could be made to remove the osprey from the state’s list of threatened species, in recognition of the bird’s success.


January meeting in Harrisburg to provide first look at 2016-17 seasons.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners next will convene at a working group meeting to be held Jan. 4 in Harrisburg.

Working group meetings are informational sessions between Game Commission staff and the Board of Commissioners, and no official action is taken by the board at working group meetings. The meetings are open to the public, but there is no period for public comment.

The Board of Commissioners then will meet Harrisburg at its first quarterly meeting of 2016. That meeting is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Jan. 31, with the 1 p.m. Sunday meeting dedicated to hearing public comment. The board then will hear staff reports beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, and will take up its regular agenda – which will include a preliminary list of seasons and bag limits for the 2016-17 season – at an 8:30 a.m. meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The agenda for the January meeting will be posted at the Game Commission’s website closer to the meeting date.


Members of the Dali Quartet are: cellist Jesús Morales, violinist Simon Gollo, violist Adriana Linares and violinist Carlos Rubio. Photo courtesy of Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

WELLSBORO—The Dali Quartet will open the Wellsboro Area Community Concert Association’s 68th Season with a 7:30 p.m. concert on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

With an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dali Quartet is today’s freshest voice in classical and Latin American music. Anchored in both Venezuela’s El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this quartet combines the best of both worlds.

The quartet’s performances of traditional string quartet and Latin American repertoire create a concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of the famed Spanish artist Salvador Dali, the Dali Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form.

In a review for the Salt Lake Magazine in Utah, 
Edward Reichel wrote: “The Dalí Quartet is a remarkable ensemble; it’s a true crossover group in the best sense of the word. Made up entirely of Hispanic musicians who are proud of their roots, they bring together the best music by Latin American and European composers. The result is a rare treat for everyone.”

The ensemble is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time, and recorded for Dorian, Centaur and Naxos.

Based in Philadelphia, the quartet has brought the Latin-Classical connection to television, festivals and educational and presenting organizations in Canada, the United States and South America.

The group serves as Quartet in Residence for the Arts & Community Network where it hosts the Dali Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival and is also a Resident Ensemble of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia. Part of the quartet’s mission includes presentation of many Latin-Classical educational programs each year – its popular events for students in grades K-12 are complemented by interactive concerts for the entire family.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dali Quartet are products of Venezuela’s social and music education movement El Sistema and have studied at such institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, Conservatoire de musique de Genève, Switzerland and the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Venezuela.

The subscription price for an adult to attend the six shows being offered in the 2015-16 season by the Wellsboro Community Concert Association is $60. That translates to $10 per show for those who attend all six. The price at the door for adults is $20 per show, $5 for students with student ID cards and free for children 12 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Information and subscription forms are available by visiting, stopping in at the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro or by calling 570-724-6220.

Kimberly Ann Hoffner, 36, Is Missing From Clearfield County

Coudersport Parade Rained Out, But Other Activities Continued

Saturday - well, the sun never even peeked out - not once! This is the first time the Fall parade has been cancelled since anyone can remember. However, that didn't stop us from getting out there and working in the Rotary Food Booth. We sold hot twice baked potato soup, hot malt cider, rice pudding, beef on weck, hot dogs, soda and coffee. And the nice part is - we sold out of everything except a few hot dogs! Wonderful rainy day.

Even though we didn't have the parade, Myrl Knickerbocker was honored as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Fall Festival. It was a heartwarming moment for Myrl, his wife and many family members who came to celebrate the event. Also, among all the wonderful events, there was a visit from the Pirate Parrot - for real!

Many thanks to Natalie Stenhach, Bob Kuhl, Judge Leete, Ruth Sallade, Robert Smith and the community service helping hands. That was pretty exciting! Okay, here are some more pictures of the sites, singers and events for today.

Our grandson, Joe Stanicar went to the Gun Show with his Grandad Harold Sabin, and daughter, Lisa Sabin Stanicar, braved the cold rainy day with me at the Rotary Booth, and visited with her cousin. Hubby helped set up this morning and then came home and babysat our two dogs and the two visiting dogs.

36 Year Old Woman Missing From Morris Township, Clearfield County

Police have reported Kimberly Ann Hoffner, 36, missing from Morris Township, Clearfield County.
She is described as 5'3" with blonde hair and glasses.

Kimberly was last seen yesterday driving a white 2014 Toyota Rav 4.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearfield State Police: 814-857-3800.

There is no picture currently available.

October Savings At Wagner Ace Hardware In Coudersport, PA


Vella E. Lerch, 87 of Austin, PA

Vella E. Lerch
Vella E. Lerch 

Vella E. Lerch, 87 of Austin, PA,  passed away in her home surrounded by family early Saturday morning October 3, 2015. 

Born August 1, 1928, she was the daughter of Milan and Vida Earle Carr. She graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1946. In 1952 she married Clark M. Lerch, who survives. 

They were married for 63 years. 

Vella worked for GTE Sylvania in Emporium for 25 years. 

 She was a faithful member of the Austin United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer for a time. 

A hard worker Vella was an avid volunteer of several local organizations including the Austin Senior Center, her church and nursing homes. 

 Her memberships also included the Eastern Star where she served as Past Worthy Matron, and Ladies’ Auxillary VFW Post 7810, where she also served as treasurer. Vella loved to walk, and was famous for her peanut butter fudge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Clark L. Lerch (Randi) of Coudersport and Dennis Lerch of Austin; one daughter: Kathy R. Jeffers (Mark) of Austin; 5 grandchildren: Angela Jeffers of Smethport, Sarah Jeffers of Austin, Zachery Jeffers of Austin, Beth Drake (Zeke) of Shinglehouse, Candace Sturdevant of Galeton, and Mark Sturdevant (Gail) of Emporium; and 4 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers: Richard, Ronald, Alton, and Harold Carr; and two sisters: Priscilla Peno, and Dorothea Caskey.

Friends and family are invited to Vella’s Life Celebration from 12 noon to 1pm Tuesday October 6, at the Austin United Methodist Church, with a memorial service to follow. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 Memorial donations may be made in Vella’s name to: Austin Ladies’ Auxillary VFW Post 7810, the Austin Vollunteer Fire Department, or the Austin United Methodist Church. 

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

Man Killed, Woman Flown After Vehicle HIts Deer In Town of Independence

Lafayette Dispatched For One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 59

At 2:27 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue and Bradford ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 6253 Rt. 59 for a one vehicle crash.


September 2015
Good summer weather has allowed for notable progress on the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office construction project. The current pace keeps a completion date in late 2015 a feasible target.
Over the past few weeks, the contractors have completed the following:
* Installation of garage doors at maintenance building
* Interior framing lower level new building
* Generator installed new building
* Dosage & septic tank installed
* Full depth reclamation of entrance road
* Insulation panels & barrier wrap installed exterior of new building

DCNR plans series of public meetings to review draft State Forest Management Plan

A series of 12 statewide meetings has been planned by the state Bureau of Forestry to seek continued public input on changes to its master management plan charting the course of Pennsylvania’s state forests for future generations.

“Implementation of our last State Forest Resource Management Plan in 2007 gave us a solid foundation from which to manage our 2.2 million acres of state forest land, but eight years brings new threats, challenges and potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Changes proposed today enable us to better plan for tomorrow.”

“Gifford Pinchot defined conservation as ‘wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men,’ and that tenet is embodied in this plan,” Dunn said. “I invite all our state forest visitors to attend these sessions and learn more about the woodlands they know and love. Their attendance is crucial for the understanding of proposed updates, and these meetings are in line with the bureau’s ongoing commitment to continuously interact with the public on state forest management.”

The secretary noted the state’s wealth of forestland provides an abundance of benefits to Pennsylvanians, including wildlife and aesthetic beauty, vital timber products, water purification, valuable revenue from gas extraction from existing leases, and a variety of healthful recreational opportunities. Successfully balancing various forest uses, resources, and values requires thoughtful and deliberate measures, she said, which, since 1955, have shaped State Forest Resource Management Plans (SFRMPs) guiding both management and communication of its principles and goals to the public.

“The 2015 SFRMP is the culmination of months of hard work to encapsulate all the efforts and priorities of the Bureau of Forestry, and it sets the course for sustainable management of state forest land for years to come,” Dunn said. “While society continues to place increasing needs on state forestland, such as greater recreational use and resource extraction, the forest also is under pressure from environmental stressors, such as climate change and invasive plants, insects, and disease. In light of these challenges, the bureau must carefully plan its management of state forestland to ensure sustainable ecological, social, and economic benefits now and for future generations.”

“A very important part of this management plan’s development has been the incorporation of public input,” Dunn said. “To initiate the planning process for the 2015 SFRMP, the bureau conducted a public opinion survey, prompting more than 3,250 responses. This fall, the open public comment period and series of public meetings will provide additional opportunities for the citizens of Pennsylvania to have a say in how their forestland is managed.”

Dunn said the 2015 SFRMP upholds the policies set forth in the bureau’s Strategic Plan—Penn’s Woods—and builds upon principles of ecosystem management outlined in that document.
“Ecosystem management can be defined simply as a holistic approach to resource management, where the interdependency of biological and non-biological systems and cycles is the focus,” Dunn said. “In this approach, humans are considered part of the ecosystem, and human needs and impacts must be taken into account when developing management strategies.”

State Forester Daniel Devlin said the bureau’s latest plan relies upon Penn’s Woods and previous SFRMPs to build “an array of principles, goals, and objectives which will move the forest into the future.”

“The 2015 SFRMP is the first management plan update in eight years,” Devlin noted. “As such, one accomplishment is to memorialize the various planning and management activities the bureau has undertaken over the past eight years into one comprehensive document.
“These include the accomplishment of meeting our first-decade targets in the timber harvest allocation model; successfully implementing the Deer Management Assistance Program across the state forest system; adapting to the effects of shale-gas development; and developing management plans for the influences of hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer.”
The latest management plan provides a broad framework from which the bureau can develop future district-level plans focusing on local resources and values, and incorporating increased public input.

The 2015 SFRMP also provides points of emphasis for future management, such as climate change, conservation of wild character, prescribed fire, lakes, river islands, cultural resources, and communication via social media and interpretative opportunities. Also, the latest plan has been stream-lined to make it more useable and accessible—for both for staff reference and public consumption.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry has scheduled 12 public meetings across the state to seek comment on revisions to its forest management plan. Starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting about two and one-half hours, these meetings specifically will focus on proposed plan revisions. The plan can be found here.
Scheduled meeting dates and locations:
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Oct. 6, The Woodlands Resort;
  • Stroudsburg, Oct. 7, Stroudsmoor Inn;
  • Philadelphia: Oct. 8, Fairmount Park Horticultural Center;
  • Renovo, Oct. 21, Renovo High School Cafeteria;
  • Coudersport, Oct. 22, Pa. Lumber Museum, Josh Roth;
  • Bedford, Oct. 27, Bedford Travelodge, Kathy Leonard;
  • Pittsburgh, Oct. 28, Double Tree Hotel, Monroeville;
  • Clarion, Oct. 29, Park Inn by Radisson;
  • State College, Nov. 3, Ramada Inn-Nittany Room;
  • Carlisle, Nov. 10, Comfort Suites;
  • Williamsport, Nov. 12, Genetti Hotel-Terrace Room;
  • Harrisburg, Nov. 17 or 18, Rachel Carson State Office Building.
Written comments will be accepted until Nov 30. Interested parties may submit comments at; at one of the public meetings; or by mail at: Bureau of ForestryPlanning Section, P.O. Box 8552, Harrisburg PA 17105-8552. There is also a web-based survey, available at the above website, that is a convenient way to provide feedback on the plan.

Work Is Progressing At East Branch Dam


10/03/2015 10:14 AM EDT
Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. VOLUNTARILY RECALLS Nature’s Eats, Natural Macadamia Nuts 6oz and Southern Grove, Simply Raw Trail Mix 8oz. The above products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
10/02/2015 06:10 PM EDT
Dean Foods of Decatur, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling Sunkist brand Frozen Mango Fruit Sorbet Bars because these products may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Northern Potter Junior class hosting Color Me Graduated Run October 10th at the School

The Northern Potter Junior class will be hosting Color Me Graduated a color run aimed at assisting them to raise funds for their class. The run will take place October 10, 2015 at the Northern Potter School District Ulysses, PA. 

Registration starts at 9:30am and the run/walk will start at 10am. Participants will be splashed with color as they make their way through the cross country course at the school. 

Cost per runner is $35.00 and $40.00 on the day of the event. First 100 participants will receive a t shirt. Register early to ensure a t shirt and color packets. Registrations forms can be accessed through the Northern Potter School District Facebook page as well

Any questions should Be directed to Deborah Hamilton or by phone at 814-848-7534.

Coudersport Parade Cancelled / Other Events Continue As Scheduled

Falling Leaves Outdoor Show
ANNOUNCEMENT: due to the rainy weather; the PARADE will not be happening today. 
We will still be making announcements and such in the GAZEBO; as well as presenting our Grand Marshall; Merle Knickerbocker some much appreciated recognition.
The Pittsburgh PARROT is still here and is happily dancing about and signing autographs!

Vendors are still here, demonstrations are still being given as they are able... MUSIC is still going on as planned

Headwaters FFA Competes In Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Commissioner Susan Kefover Shared This Photo Of The William E. Daisley, Jr. Bridge Dedication

Learn Community Health Care Options October 13th At Sweden Valley Manor

Hamilton's Pumpkin Patch Open Saturday & Sunday Noon 'till Dark

Craft Fair & Chnese Auction At Coudersport Ambulance Hall On Saturday

Open House & Kids Day At Shinglehouse Fire Department Sunday

Part Time Openings For Hospitality Services Associate I At Cole Memorial

Falling Leaves Outdoor Show Saturday In Coudersport

FRIDAY, October 2 & Saturday, October 3, 2015
Coudersport Courthouse Square

Saturday, October 3rd
7-9am Vendor Registration and Set up
All Day Food-Variety of Vendors
10am-2pm Car Show
10am-2pm Historical Society-Walking Tours-Underground Railroad Tour
10am-2pm Historical Society-Open House
11am-12:30pm THE PARROT FROM THE Pittsburgh Pirates (autograph signing)
11am-2pm Face Painting at Artisan row on Main Street
Random Sawmill demonstrations
Random Chain Saw Carving
Random Fly Tying Demonstrations
10am-3pm Shooting Gallery NWTF
Random Canoe Building
Random Hamburgler-Distributing free coupons
12am-1pm Music by Burning Tractor
1pm-2pm Music by John Meade
3pm Falling Leaves Parade
4:30 Raffle-Gun winner announced by Turkey Federation
4:00 Cutting Edge Gymnastics-Corner of 2nd & North East Street
4pm-5pm Barbershop Quartet
4:30pm Raffle Giveaways

5 Absolute Auctions In Coudersport, PA on October 10


Jeff Gleason Auction

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 12:03 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance was dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a person ill.

DUI Charges Filed After Smethport Traffic Stop

Eratic Driver Complaint Results In Suspected Underage DUI

Friday, October 2, 2015

House Approves Baker Bill to Stem the Tide of Dangerous New Substances Used to Manufacture Illegal Drugs

HARRISBURG – As part of continuing action to combat the nation’s growing drug epidemic, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, to empower the secretary of the Department of Health to add new substances to the list of controlled substances used to manufacture illegal drugs.

“My legislation would enable the secretary of Health to act more quickly so law enforcement can take swift action when new illicit drugs hit the streets,” said Baker. “Those who are manufacturing these drug cocktails are often using legal, common substances in new ways that leads to tragic and, sometimes, deadly outcomes for those who are using them. House Bill 608 would enable law enforcement to keep up with the quickly changing illegal drug market and empower them to prosecute those who possess these substances with the intent to manufacture illegal drugs.”

House Bill 608 would permit the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ban substances temporarily, pending full regulatory review, when there is an imminent hazard to public health. Currently, banning a substance under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act requires an act of the General Assembly, which can often be time consuming.

“Criminals adapt quickly to making the changes necessary to continue their illegal activities and often stay ahead of law enforcement’s efforts,” said Baker. “This legislation would make it harder for these criminals to circumnavigate the legal system and help bring them to justice. This is an important step in order to stem the tide of illegal drugs being manufactured in kitchens and basements all across the state. We need to be more adaptable and aggressive if we are to keep pace with today’s illegal drug manufacturers.”

The legislation also would make changes to the current schedule of controlled substances in order to update the Commonwealth’s schedules to reflect the federal controlled substance laws.

This is the second time Baker has introduced this legislation. In 2013, it passed the House but was never acted upon by the Senate. House Bill 608 has the support of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Association and the state Office of Attorney General.

House Bill 608 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

East Branch Lake Stakeholders meeting October 14 at Johnsonburg High School

East Branch Lake Stakeholders meeting will be held at Johnsonburg High School on October 14 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public meeting at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get a current update on construction.

Roulette Ambulance Responding To Illness Call In Westfield

At 9:22 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance is responding to Wheaton's Personal Care Home in Westfield for a woman ill after nearly every ambulance company in Tioga & Potter County failed to respond to the call.

Brockport Farmers Take Honors At Keystone International LIvestock Exposition

Rolling Slowdown on I-180 at the Faxon Interchange in Williamsport Next Week

Montoursville – There will be a brief rolling slowdown of traffic next week
on Interstate 180 at the Faxon Interchange in Williamsport. The slowdown will
be in effect while a contractor working for PPL pulls a cable across the

The slowdown, which will occur after 9 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 7, is expected
to last several minutes. The slowdown will be in both directions of the

Crash trucks will be used to provide traffic control.

This work was previously set for Sunday but was rescheduled due to the
potential for inclement weather.


Aspen Foods Recalls Frozen, Raw, Stuffed & Breaded Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination
Aspen Foods, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE) and may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a symposium on immigration from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall on campus.

The symposium, which is sponsored by the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences will feature three members of the Pitt-Bradford faculty, Dr. Shailendra Gajanan, professor of economics; Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice; and Dr. Rick Frederick, professor of history.

Gajanan will discuss the impact of immigration on the U.S. economy and employment. Gaskew will address the effect of immigration on crime rates and the criminal justice system. Frederick will talk about the differences and similarities between the current wave of immigration to the United States and previous ones.

A question and answer period will follow.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For disability needs related to the symposium, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Education and Careers Highlighted at Campus Manufacturing Day

Penn State DuBois Assistant Professor of Engineering Daudi Waryoba explains the production process of powder metal parts used in the automotive industry during a Manufacturing Day presentation.
DuBOIS – Around 50 middle school and high school students from six area school districts, as well as representatives from area industry, took part in Manufacturing Day at Penn State DuBois on Friday. All guests had the opportunity to take part in a product design exercise using computer drafting tools, received tours of campus engineering labs and production labs, and learned more about engineering degree programs offered at Penn State DuBois that can prepare individuals to launch careers in a variety of fields. Presentations were also made by faculty members in the campus engineering programs. Participating schools included Elk County Catholic, St. Marys, DuBois Area, Jeff Tech, Curwensville Area, and Moshannon Valley.

"We want to expose students to the slick, high-tech manufacturing of today," said Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Outreach Carolyn Jacobson. "A lot of manufacturing jobs are opening up, so there are many career opportunities in these fields. Today, we're hosting our next generation of manufacturing professionals."

Jacobson explained that 12 Million Americans are currently employed in manufacturing fields, and in 2013, the average annual salary of those employees was $69,000. She said these include jobs in areas such as powder metals, machining, chemical production, food and beverage production, paper production, and more. Additionally, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, total output from manufacturing in Pennsylvania in 2013 totaled $77.37 Billion.

Jesse Husted, a high school counselor from Curwensville Area High School brought 14 students to the event. Husted said, "This is an amazing experience for the students to go through. They get exposure to a field they're not familiar with, and getting this hands-on experience is second to none."

Husted said his students would, without a doubt, be inspired to look further into careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). He said, "I have 100 percent confidence this will get some of them interested in STEM fields. It was really beneficial to see the professors from Penn State DuBois and the influence they had on the students."

The representatives from area businesses who attended the Manufacturing Day event learned more about opportunities to train their employees, as well as utilize lab space at Penn State DuBois for their company's research and development needs.

"We want them to see the labs and equipment we have that our local manufacturers can come in and use," Jacobson said. "My first thought when I saw these labs was, for a small campus in a small town, we have incredible facilities. We want our local manufacturers to see what is here and know they can use it."

Manufacturing Day is a national event supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers. Events were held at more than 2,000 locations across the country, intended to addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers and educational institutions an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is.

House Action for the Week of October 5, 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 

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Happy 90th Birthday Romayne Myers

Sense Spectacular as Fall Rolls Out Along Route 6

Johnny Appleseed Festival Courtesy
of ANF Visitors Bureau

US Route 6 in Pennsylvania is a favorite fall foliage destination where travelers can see the brilliant colors of Pennsylvania’s northern tier; but it's also a place to fully satisfy all the senses from tasting and smelling the results of the harvest, to hearing the quietness of a forest trail and feeling the early morning dew.

Whether it is a full Greek omelet at the Milford Diner, homemade pie at the Wellsboro Diner or hearty soup at the Edinboro Diner; the hometown diners across Route 6 are highly recommended for the comfort foods just like your Grandmother made. Plenty of farm stands are still offering products from the harvest, including fresh apples and pumpkins. Check out the farmer’s markets in Honesdale or Warren on Saturday mornings.

The smells as you walk into one of the maple sugar producers will not only make you hungry but should spark your creative juices as you think of recipes to try with their new lines of marinades, creams, and spices. Plan to visit the Hurry Hill Maple Museum in Edinboro on Sundays in the fall or Patterson Farms in Sabinsville, which is open all year round.

Wayne County Farmers Market
Fall is the perfect time to feel the early morning sun and cool breeze as you hike on a trail, what a better place to see the fall foliage up close and personal. The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail offers many access points for hiking and biking in the Scranton area. For the more adventurous type, feel twigs crackling under your fat tires as you bicycle through the Billy Lewis Area Trail system in Potter County.

Spend the day listening to water lap up against your kayak or canoe on Conneaut Lake, the Allegheny River or the Susquehanna River.

To experience all these senses at once, visit one of the many seasonal fall festivals like the 2nd annual Pumpkin Trail on October 17. The trail meanders through the back roads of the Endless Mountains and the villages of Laceyville and Meshoppen, giving travelers the chance to view the flaming foliage, taste and smell the wares from local family farms and businesses, touch the animals at the petting zoo, and enjoy the orchards, hayrides, antiques and more.

Other great events to stimulate your senses are:

- 25th Annual Fall Pumpkin Fest on October 9 thru 11 at Conneaut Lake Park.
- Johnny Appleseed Festival on October 9 thru 11 at Memorial Park in Sheffield.
- Harvest and Wine Festival on October 10 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock
- Harvest and Heritage Days on October 9 and 10 in Honesdale.

Be sure to get out and DO 6 this fall for some sensory excitement.

Video Of Town Hall Meeting On Aquifer Pollution

Town Hall Meeting regarding JKLM contamination of the aquifer.