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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Man Lifeflighted After Being Struck By Eldred Woman's SUV In Canandaigua, NY

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CANANDAIGUA — A 25-year-old Webster man is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital after being struck by an SUV as he crossed State Route 364 in the town of Canandaigua.

Michael A. Winderl Jr., was crossing the road near Marvin Sands Drive when he was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer operated by 28-year-old Chelsea D. Church of Eldred, Pa., according to Ontario County sheriff’s deputies.

Winderl suffered head injuries and was rendered unconscious at the scene, deputies said.

He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight for treatment.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 10:12 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a patient to go to Cole Memorial.


U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc. Recalls Imported Siluriformes Fish Products Distributed Without Meeting FSIS Requirements
U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc., a Santa Anna, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,235 pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets products that were distributed into U.S. commerce without meeting federal importation requirements. This is an expansion of a June 20, 2016 recall to include additional products, production dates, and distribution area.

Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched To Kibbeville Road For Man Fallen From Tractor

At 6:27 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to 299 Kibbeville Road in Oswayo Township for a male who has fallen off a tractor in a field.
Chief 39 is requesting an engine to scene. Rescue is responding.

Fire, EMS Dispatched To 3 Vehicle Crash

At 5:25 PM on Saturday, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to a 3 vehicle crash at East Main & St. Francis Drive in Bradford.

Sharon E. JAYSON, 70, of Canastota, NY

Sharon E. JAYSON

Sharon E. JAYSON, 70, of Canastota, NY, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility, Oneida, NY. 

Born July 6, 1945, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of Stuart Lamont and Betty Jane Chaffee Williamson. A resident of Canastota for the past fifty­-eight years, Sharon attended Canastota schools. 

Prior to her retirement, due to a disability, Sharon was employed with the Die Molding Corporation for thirteen years. She was of the Baptist faith. 

Surviving are: a daughter, Deanna Jayson of East Syracuse; five sons, Steve (Tami) Curtis of Oneida, Shannon (Teri) Curtis of Bridgeport, Dewayne (Theresa) Jayson of North Carolina, Danny Jayson of Munnsville and Derald (Julie) Jayson of Canastota; a sister, Beverly Lovett of Canastota; three brothers, Dick (Lena) Williamson of Mansfield, Ohio, Donald (Geraldine) Williamson of Oneida and Elden Williamson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; nineteen grandchildren; four great-­grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Campbell­ Dean Funeral Home, Canastota. A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the Mills Cemetery, Mills, PA. Local arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Potter County Commissioners Meeting For June 9, 2016

Potter County Commissioners Agenda For June 23; 2016

Lane Restriction on Route 15 NB Just South of the Welcome Center in Tioga County Due To Second Crash


Montoursville – Motorists in Tioga County are advised there is a lane restriction on Route 15 northbound just south of the Welcome Center due to a crash involving multiple vehicles.

This crash occurred near a previous crash that closed down the passing lanes in both directions near the Welcome Center. Cleanup of that crash scene continues.

Motorists should be alert, slow down and drive with caution through the area.

Highland Township Dispatched To Second Accident On Timberline Trail

At 3:10 PM on Saturday, Highland Township has been advised of another accident. A motorcycle versus trailer near the parking lot of the Timberline Trail. Stat has been put on standby.
3:18 PM--Kane Fire Dept. dispatched to assist mutual aid.

Mjoelnr Emmanuel Mayer, 21, of Poughkeepsie, NY

Mjoelnr Emmanuel Mayer

Mjoelnr Emmanuel Mayer, 21, of Poughkeepsie, NY, died on June 24, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Hospital. 

He was the husband of Channelle Brooke (Brostrom) Mayer, who survives. Mjoelnr was born June 7, 1995 in Plano, TX, the son of Molly and Richard Meddaugh, of Wellsboro.

Mjoelnr was passionate about cooking and wines. He was employed at Commander’s Place, New Orleans, LA; as well as the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. He accomplished his dream of making his hobbies his vocation and looked forward to becoming a Sommelier.

He enjoyed being in the outdoors, hiking, listening to music and driving his car.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mjoelnr is survived by his grandparents, Samuel and Cynthia Long of Wellsboro.

A memorial service for Mjoelnr will be held at the Wellsboro Bible Church, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM, with Pastor T.J. Freeman officiating.

Local arrangements are being held by Tussey-Mosher Funeral, Ltd., 139 Main St., Wellsboro.

To share your fondest memories of Mjoelnr and sign his guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wellsboro Bible Church, 45 East Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Otto Ambulance Dispatched To Majestic Trails For ATV Crash

At 2:34 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Ambulance, QRS 9, & Medic 1 dispatched to an ATV accident at Majestic Trails at the trail head. A 16 year old is injured.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Union Street

At 3:31 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to North Union Street for chest pain.

Highland Dispatched To ATV Crash On Timberline Trail

At 2:15 PM on Saturday, Highland Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the Timberline Trail for a ATV rollover accident. A 44 year old male is reported to be injured.
Kane Ambulance dispatched ALS. Transported to Kane Community hospital.

4 Vehicle Accident Dispatched On Rt. 15; Possible Entrapment; Roadway Blocked

At 2:13 PM on Saturday, Tioga, Lawrenceville & Mansfield have been dispatched to a second accident south of the welcome center on Rt. 15. 4 vehicles with possible entrapment reported.

Passing Lanes Closed on Route 15 near the Welcome Center in Tioga County

 Motorists in Tioga County are advised that the passing lanes on Route 15 are closed in both directions near the Welcome Center due to a tractor-trailer crash.
The truck hit the median barrier and spilled its contents. 

The lane closures will be in effect while workers clean up the crash scene.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the area.

Roulette Bicentennial News Update; July 8, 9, 10, 2016

We have more T-shirts ordered and they will be in before the big weekend, however, if you want to assure that you get one you should call the office a head of time and have it paid for. We have a few smalls and quite a few mediums left for anyone who is interested.

Just a reminder that those who ordered shirts and paid for them ahead of time they are here at the office. You may come pick them up during the week.
Roulette Township Bicentennial
Please, if you are interested call the office at 544-7549 so we can start getting you signed up.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we have had to make a change in our plans for Sunday July 10th during the Bicentennial celebration. We had originally planned on a Kayak Dice Run down the river but unfortunately the weather is not cooperating. 
We wanted to be sure that we had something going on for Sunday so we decided to change it over to a Corn Hole Tournament. We hope that we can get some interest in this tournament to help us close out our Celebration. Please share with all your Corn Hole friends and get your teams together...this should be really fun. 
The Backpack program will be serving breakfast starting at 9am and we have some pretty good food going on...Breakfast Sandwiches, Breakfast Burritos, Sausage patties, Bacon, Mini Omelets and whatever else we can come up with and trust will not buy breakfast anywhere for the prices we will have...even if you aren't gonna get in to the tournament you can stop down and have breakfast with us.

Roulette Township Bicentennial
Bring your kids or grand-children to enjoy the games. We will be having sack races, minute to win it games that will cost nothing and they will still win a prize. The other games are only $0.25 a piece and they can win small, medium, or large prizes.


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Rest Easy Copper You Are Loved And Missed.

Thank you for all the support, concern, and shares. Cooper was found this afternoon and unfortunately with a saddened heart I must share that he had been hit and did not survive. Rest easy Cooper, you are loved and will be missed.

New Waterways Conservation Officers Graduate Begin Duties in Region

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New Waterways Conservation Officers Graduate
Begin Duties in Region
HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 24) – Eighteen waterways conservation officers (WCO) from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have formally graduated from the agency’s H.R. Stackhouse School of Fishery Conservation and Watercraft Safety and have started working in their assigned regions across the state.
“Learn your districts well so that you can properly advise anglers, boaters and others who have questions about where to fish or boat and about how to stay safe on our lakes, rivers and streams,” PFBC Executive Director John Arway said during the 21st Class graduation ceremony held today at Fort Indiantown Gap.  “You have a difficult and challenging job ahead of you, but if you do it right, it will be the most rewarding experience you will ever have.”
“Always remember that we serve the public and our natural resources and not ourselves and your decisions will be guided accordingly,” he added. “You become not only a part of the PFBC team, but also part of a much larger conservation team that includes our anglers, boaters and other conservationists who are our partners and allies. We cannot forget that.”
The new waterways conservation officers, their hometowns and assigned regions are:
  • Jacob Bennett, Middleburg, Snyder County. Assigned to Snyder, Union, Montour, and western Northumberland counties.
  • Michael Blair, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County. Assigned to southern Bucks County.
  • Justin Boatwright, Muncy, Lycoming County. Assigned to Potter County.
  • Matthew Colian, Cresson, Cambria County. Assigned to eastern Armstrong and Indiana counties.
  • Thomas Csuri, Glen Rock, York County. Assigned to Clearfield County.
  • Timothy Haas, Glenshaw, Allegheny County. Assigned to Lawrence and Butler counties.
  • Nathan Hancock, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County. Assigned to southern Montgomery and western Philadelphia counties.
  • Chad Lauer, Jersey Shore, Lycoming County. Assigned to Tioga County.
  • Troy Merrell, Shartlesville, Berks County. Assigned to Berks County.
  • Travis Miller, New Ringgold, Schuylkill County. Assigned to Lehigh County.
  • Jeremy Ney, Halifax, Dauphin County. Assigned to Franklin and eastern Fulton counties.
  • Matthew Raetsch, Malvern, Chester County. Assigned to western Allegheny County.
  • David Raulfs, Jr., Allentown, Lehigh County. Assigned to Washington County.
  • Zachary Rudd, Bloomsburg, Columbia County. Assigned to Northampton County.
  • Tyler Soety, Corry, Erie County. Assigned to eastern Erie County. WCO Soety also received the Edward W. Manhart Academic Achievement Award.
  • Rachael Thurner-Diaz, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. Assigned to Adams and western York counties.
  • Joseph Underdonk, Sr., Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. Assigned to Warren County.
  • Daniel Wilson, Dravosburg, Allegheny County. Assigned to southern Westmoreland County.
“Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come,” added Board President Edward Mascharka, III, who represents the agency’s 1st District. “As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”
“Due to you and your training efforts, sound judgment, and foresight, the aquatic resources of Pennsylvania will be better protected for this and future generations as the Constitution guarantees,” he added. “You should take pride in the accomplishments you have made and go forward into the field to serve and protect the natural resources of this Commonwealth and the citizens of Pennsylvania.”
Before graduating, officers undergo an extensive 52-week training program. They completed Municipal Police Officers Basic Training in December. The training course, held at the Pennsylvania State Police Northwest Training Center in Meadville, Crawford County, covered all phases of police work, from the Vehicle and Crimes codes to use of firearms and conducting criminal investigations. Officers then completed seven months of on-the-job training with seasoned WCOs, including assisting with investigations, patrolling regions, participating in public outreach events and stocking waterways.
PHOTO CAPTION – 21st WCO Class (L-R): Justin Boatwright, Michael Blair, Chad Lauer, Nathan Hancock, Jacob Bennett, Matthew Colian, Timothy Haas, Travis Miller, Jeremy Ney, Daniel Wilson, Rachael Thurner-Diaz, David Raulfs, Matthew Raetsch, Tyler Soety, Troy Merrell, Zachary Rudd, Thomas Csuri, Joseph Underdonk

Please welcome Mark Williams to the Chamber

Attending the ribbon-cutting were (from left): Chamber directors Britta Hooftallen and Sandy Kenyon, Mark Williams and wife Kathy, and Chamber director Susan Lemons.
One of the region’s longest-serving craftsmen was welcomed as a new member of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce. Mark Williams Piano Service operates within a 75-mile radius of the county seat. Mark has been tuning, repairing and rebuilding pianos for 46 years. His work takes him everywhere from Mansfield University in Tioga County to rural homes, churches and schools in Potter, McKean and Cameron counties. He’s available for appointments or consultation at 814-274-9586 or 814-594-8062.

The ribbon was cut at Coudersport's Christ Episcopal Church in front of a Baldwin grand piano regularly maintained by Mr. Williams and by the climate control system he installed that helps keep it in tune as the seasons change. Special thanks to Mother Janis Yskamp for the use of the sanctuary for the ceremony.

Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Students At Cole Memorial


Route 890 in Northumberland County Closed Due to Downed Utility Poles and Wires

Montoursville – Motorists in Northumberland County are advised that Route 890 in Northumberland County is closed between Route 4016 (Plum Creek Road) and Route 4013 (Captain Bloom Road) in Rockefeller Township due to downed utility poles and wires caused by a vehicle crash.

The utility company is enroute to the scene. The road should remain closed for several hours.

A detour is in place using local roads.

Schedule for Bolivar's Pioneer Oil Days


Blood Drive Today At LEEK Preserve In Oswayo, PA

Roulette Township Seeking Candidates For Part Time Employment

Check Out Neshaminy Creek Craft Beers At Hotel Crittenden's Wings & Strings Wednesday From 6 to 8 PM

The Hotel Crittenden is teaming up with Neshaminy Creek brewing and Midstate beverage to bring you a Neshaminy Creek Tap Takeover. Enjoy a large sampling of their amazing craft beers brewed right in Bucks County Pa. 

Josh Wilson from Neshaminy Creek will be at the Hotel Crittenden during their weekly Wings and Strings, Wednesday, June 29th, 6-8pm. 

Come out and sample some of bucks counties finest all while enjoying some great food and amazing music performed by singer songwriter Ade Adu. 6-9 pm.

As always we cant wait to see you !!!

The Band Anastazja Is Back At Ulysses Library Music on the Lawn Sunday at 6 PM

Revised Entertainment Schedule For Shinglehouse Summer Fun Fest

Farm Estate Auction Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 23 Shoefelt Lane, Westfield, PA

Sweden Valley Manor Seeking Experienced RN To Join Their Team

The Guidance Center Seeking Family Development Specialist Based In Coudersport

Friday, June 24, 2016

Roulette Resident, Dave Lacher, Named Tioga County Dispatcher of the Year

    Tioga County 911 Dispatcher of the Year Dave Lacher.
There were many other awards given out at the event. You can see them here.

Roulette Ambulance To Friendly Inn

At 9:05 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Friendly Inn for a medical emergency.

Sharon E. Williamson JAYSON, 70, of Canastota, NY

Sharon E. Williamson JAYSON

Sharon E. Williamson JAYSON, 70, of Canastota, NY, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility, Oneida, NY. 

Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Headline Harrisburg

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Friday, June 24, 2016
The latest news from the State Capitol 
No Broad-Based Tax Increases
I continue to stand with my like-minded colleagues who have consistently argued against new, broad-based tax increases on the citizens of Pennsylvania. Through the budget process both last year and this year, we have been clear in showing that a responsible state budget can be enacted without reaching further into taxpayers’ pockets. I was pleased to hear Gov. Tom Wolf announce this week that he is no longer seeking higher income or sales taxes to balance this year’s state budget. This is good news for Pennsylvania families, senior citizens and small employers.

Negotiations continue on reaching a final spending amount, as well as funding proposed increases for public education.

To help balance the state budget, new revenue will likely include the recently enacted alcohol reform legislation, enhanced gaming opportunities in Pennsylvania, and cost-savings in other areas.

In another effort to boost state collections without raising taxes, the House passed House Bill 1888, a tax amnesty plan that would generate up to $150 million. This would allow taxpayers with delinquent accounts to come forward and file tax returns to pay their outstanding taxes in full in exchange for partial forgiveness of penalties, fees and interest on past-due taxes. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Brady Township Residents

This Thursday, June 30, you will be able to view plans to replace the McGee’s Mill Road bridge over the east branch of Mahoning Creek. PennDOT officials will host the display and answer questions from 4-6 p.m. at the Brady Township Community Center, 71 Community Center St., Luthersburg.

Upcoming Road Projects:

On Monday, PennDOT plans to start replacing two Elk County bridges next month - the 86-year-old Route 120 bridge over a branch of Elk Creek in Saint Marys and the 89-year-old Route 219 bridge over Mead Run near Brockport in Horton Township.

During both projects, drivers will encounter one lane of alternating traffic in each direction controlled by temporary traffic signals. The work is expected to be complete by November.

Temporary traffic signals have been installed at the second of two bridge replacement sites on Route 153 and placed in “flash” mode before moving into full operation this coming Tuesday. The temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern across the bridge as the new box culvert is constructed in half-widths.
PennDOT is in the process of replacing the bridge that spans Anderson Creek and runs from S. B. Elliot State Park to Parker Dam State Park. Work also include the addition of a northbound turn lane at Laurel Run Road.

PennDOT expects the project to be completed by mid-November.

Next month, PennDOT will begin replacement of the 78-year-old McGees Mill Road bridge over the east branch of Mahoning Creek near Troutville. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to the start of construction, which is expected to be complete by October.

Traffic will be detoured onto State Routes 2004, 2007 and 3028; Route 119, and State Routes 36, 410 and 2003.
DEP Public Input Hearing in Huston Township

This Tuesday, June 28, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on an application from Sammy-Mar, LLC to drill a new injection disposal well in Huston Township, Clearfield County. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Penfield Grange Hall, 12255 Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield.

I supported the request to DEP to hold a local hearing and receive public input after hearing feedback from residents of the area concerning this proposal. I encourage anyone who has concerns or information to provide to attend this hearing. For those unable to attend, written testimony will be accepted at DEP’s Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, until Tuesday, July 5. Written testimony may be mailed or emailed.
to Tyler J. Grube of Clearfield County, who is among the 60 new graduates of the State Police Academy. Trooper Grube has been assigned to Troop G, Hollidaysburg.
Fish for Free on the 4th
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day on Monday, July 4, to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Click here for more information

Thompson Announces Grant for Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

June 24, 2016
Thompson Announces Grant for Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health  

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today announced the award of a $172,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, located on the University Park Campus of Penn State University.  The funding will be used to continue the Office of Rural Health’s mission of strengthening health care delivery systems for rural health care providers across the commonwealth.

“Nearly 30 percent of Pennsylvanian’s reside in rural areas, which are significant distances from metropolitan hospitals. Through programming, education, and outreach the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health helps smaller communities, like those throughout the 5th Congressional District, continue providing access to quality health care” said Thompson.

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health was founded in 1991 and provides expertise in the areas of rural health, agricultural health and safety, and community and economic development.  Its activities include education, outreach, advocacy and special projects focused on small rural hospitals.

“We were so happy to receive news of this grant, which is essential to supporting the mission of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health,” said Director Lisa Davis.  “We are proud to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for rural health care needs, with services encompassing health care services, including assisting rural residents with health care options and transportation.”

Revised Entertainment Schedule For Shinglehouse Summer Fun Fest

Port Allegany Dispatched To Wires Down On Upper Grimes

At 3:03 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the area of 723 Upper Grimes Road in Liberty Township for wires down in the roadway.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Bells Run Road

At 2:08 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to Bells Run Road for a medical emergency.

Here's What's Happening At Shinglehouse Fire & Ambulance Fun Fest On Saturday

Almond Dispatched To Grass Fire

At 12:57 PM on Friday, Almond Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a grass fire in the median of I-86 near the West Almond exit.


Photo of two computer information systems and technology students working in Pitt-Bradford’s new systems administration lab, where they can create a server set-up like one that would be used in a small business. Photo by Alan Hancock
BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Computer Information Systems and Technology program will launch three new minors/concentrations this fall.

The areas, applications software development, cybersecurity and digital forensics, and systems and network administration, will be concentrations for students within the CIS&T major. With the addition of a few pre-requisite courses, each area can serve as a minor for students who are not majoring in CIS&T.

Dr. Shushan Zhao has been hired to direct the security and forensics concentration/minor. Zhao completed his doctoral degree at the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor in Canada in 2012.

He has served as a lecturer at Bishop’s University and Vanier College, both of which are located in Montreal. Zhao also has rich experience in the telecommunications and software industry, having worked as a software developer at VMWare, Mitel, Ericsson and Nuance in Canada and Finland, where he earned his Master of Science degree in telecommunications software from Helsinki University of Technology.

His research interests are in the areas of computer networks, telecommunications systems, information security, theory and application of cryptography.

Current faculty members Don Lewicki, associate professor of business management, and Dr. Ken Wang, associate professor of computer information systems and technology, will oversee the other two areas.

Lewicki, who is also program director, said that the three areas chosen are expected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Pennsylvania and have competitive starting salaries.

Having a complete minor on students’ transcripts will make them more marketable, Lewicki said. “Students have been clamoring for these.”

The applications software development minor will allow students to become a software programmer or developer. “This gives them additional depth” over the major alone, Lewicki said. “There are many jobs out there where you have to program.”

Cyber security and forensics are newer fields that are growing rapidly as companies realize that the possibility of a data breach is a huge liability. The digital forensics portion of the minor is expected to attract criminal justice as well as CIS&T majors.

Networking systems administration is for the behind-the-scenes people who keep all things technical up and running.

A new lab allows students in that program to build a small-business computer set-up in Advanced Systems Networking Practicum taught by Steve Ellison, technical analyst and instructor.

The new concentrations/minors, as well as the new lab, scholarships and a new summer program, are made possible through two $1 million gifts from President Emeritus Richard E. and Ruth McDowell and Zippo Manufacturing Co.

For more information on the programs, visit or contact Lewicki at or 814-362-0988.

Capitol Update

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Friday, June 24, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
Bill to Halt Implementation of New Conventional Oil, Gas Regulations Now Law
The legislation highlighted in last week’s email update that would halt implementation of new regulations on the conventional oil and gas industries is now law. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the measure on Thursday morning, and it is now Act 52 of 2016.

This law will literally save the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of people working in the conventional oil and gas industry. After more than four years of hard work, I am pleased to see this bill finally signed into law, and I commend our local producers who took such an active role in advocating for their industry and against the unreasonable and unnecessary regulations bureaucrats were trying to force down their throats.

Just as important as halting the proposed regulations is an element of the law that will help prevent something like this from happening again. The Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council is created to advise and assist DEP in ensuring any future regulations affecting the conventional oil and gas industry are reasonable and reflect the characteristics and processes of shallow well drilling.  Read more here

Working Together to Fight PA Opioid Crisis
House members of both parties came together with Gov. Tom Wolf this week to show solidarity in our efforts to combat the state’s opioid abuse crisis.
Thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost their lives in recent years due to drug overdose on either prescription opioids or heroin. Studies have shown many people who inject heroin were abusing prescription opioids first but moved on to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain.

Addiction has led to tragedy for far too many families, and we need to do all we can to stop it. As a result of a report used by the Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation, the House has adopted legislation that would improve insurance coverage of abuse-deterrent opioids; set a limit on opioid prescriptions in emergency rooms; require prescribers and dispensers to undergo continuing education in pain management, addiction and prescribing practices; mandate that publicly funded recovery houses have the opioid overdose antidote naloxone on hand; and direct the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to find ways to increase access to addiction treatment through health plans.

Last session, new laws were enacted to prevent drug addiction, encourage others to call for help in the event of a drug or alcohol emergency and help reverse opioid-based overdoses.

At the press conference in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, House leaders called on the governor to convene a special session to further address this crisis.

Budget Deadline Approaches
With the June 30 budget deadline quickly approaching, House Republicans are continuing to stand firm against any new, broad-based taxes. Earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf joined us and announced he was no longer seeking higher income or sales taxes to balance this year’s state budget.

This is good news for Pennsylvania families, senior citizens and small employers.
Instead of new or increased taxes, we are looking to balance the budget with revenue from the recently enacted liquor reform plan, expanded gaming and spending cuts in some areas.

The House also recently approved a measure aimed at capturing back taxes already owed to the Commonwealth. House Bill 1888 would allow taxpayers with delinquent accounts to come forward and file tax returns in exchange for reduced fees and interest on past-due taxes. The bill would generate an estimated $150 million and is awaiting action in the Senate.

Protecting Older Pennsylvanians from Abuse
Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. Signs can include unexplained bruises; burns or broken bones; lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing; unexplained weight loss; social isolation; changes in banking habits; or giving away assets without an apparent reason.

Anyone can report elder abuse by calling the 24-hour statewide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505, or by contacting their local Area Agency on Aging. Pennsylvania law protects those who report suspected abuse from retaliation and civil or criminal liability; all calls are free and confidential.

Last year, over 22,000 cases of suspected abuse and neglect were reported to the Department of Aging’s protective services program. For more information on how to prevent and report elder abuse, visit