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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kane Fire & Ambulance Dispatched To House Fire On North West Road

At 11:35 PM on Saturday, Kane Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to a residential house fire at 228 North West Road off Route 6 West of Kane in Wetmore Township.

Chief 5 on scene reports working vehicle fire endangering the residence.

Station 5 units are back in service following a multi vehicle fire that damaged a house.

Chief 5, C 5-10, C-530, Engine 56, Engine 57, Rescue 55, Kane PD, MA 5 all responded. Units were dispatched around 11:40/pm for a Vehicle Fire endangering a structure. 

Upon arrival of Chief 5-10 advised Mckean Co. 911 of multi vehicle fire endangering a structure, Engine 56 was first on scene and attacked the fire(s). Engine 57 crew assisted with protecting the residence. Rescue 55 provided manpower. 

Units were on scene for approximately 1 hour. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the vehicle fires is unknown. The house did receive damage, total estimate of damage is unknown as well. 

Great response and excellent work by all members!

Quarterly Meeting Scheduled for July 11-12

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 30) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will hold its quarterly business meeting on July 11-12 at its Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

As part of the quarterly meeting, committees will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 11, and again at 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full Commission will begin at approximately 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12.

All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public. A complete copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on the PFBC’s website.

In honor of its 150th Anniversary and in conjunction with the meeting, the PFBC is offering a special Family Fishing Festival on Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The 2,338-acre park is located in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The event will be held at the Conewago Day Use Area.

PFBC staff and Commissioners will teach fishing skills and assist anglers. Participants will also receive a 150th Anniversary commemorative item.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited and registration will close on July 8. Visit the event page to register or for more information.

Leo Szczesny Shared These Galeton Parade Photos

Galeton 4th of July Parade - some samples
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The Elk Country Democratic Picnic & Luau will be held this upcoming Sunday July 10th, 2016 at the St. Marys Area Sportsmen’s Club in St. Marys. Hosted by the Elk County Democraticnew Committee, their summer picnic regularly attracts attendees from upwards of 10 counties throughout Northcentral Pennsylvania. Starting at 2:00pm, the Luau features a complete picnic buffet including beef on wick and pulled pork along with drinks and dessert.

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
The keynote speaker for the event is Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive. He will be joined at the podium by Kerith Strano Taylor, Democratic nominee for US Congress – PA-5th District, Jerri Buchanan, nominee for Pennsylvania Senate – 25th District and Jay Notarianni, nominee for Pennsylvania House of Representatives – 75th District. Representatives from other Democratic campaigns for state and federal office will also be addressing the picnic attendees.

Kerith Strano Taylor
Fitzgerald, the highest ranking elected official in Pennsylvania’s second largest county, will be speaking on party unity as Democrats work toward victory in November. He is currently in his second term as County Executive having been elected first in 2012.

Rich grew up in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he attended Carnegie Mellon University after high school where he worked his way through school, earning his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor. After graduation, Rich was unable to find a job in engineering in the region and moved to Indiana to work for a private company there. After a few years, he moved back to Pittsburgh and started his own business which provided water treatment equipment and services for industry in the Western Pennsylvania region.

Jerri Buchanan
Rich also married his college sweetheart, Cathy, and bought a home in Squirrel Hill. He and Cathy, a pharmacist, have eight children: six girls and two boys. It wasn’t until his children were of school age that Rich became involved in politics, albeit at the local level. In the late 90s, he worked on the campaign to change the form of government in Allegheny County – an initiative that passed creating a Home Rule government with an elected Executive and 15-member Council.

In 1999, Rich ran for one of the district council seats on the newly-formed County Council and was elected to represent a district that included suburban municipalities and city neighborhoods. He held the seat for twelve years and was elected as Council President four times before leaving to run for the office of County Executive.

Rich’s interest in making government more effective and efficient began with the consolidation of row offices when he was on Council, and included a top to bottom review of county departments and functions once he took office as the County Executive. His directive to top staff, including his Chief of Staff and County Manager, is to ensure that county government is responsive to taxpayers and protects their interests.
Jay Notarianni

Primary sponsors for the event include the political committees for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 9-PA along with Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 354 with special consideration from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 and the Pennsylvania UAW Good Government Committee, UAW Local 3400.

Advanced reservations are requested for the picnic and all area Democrats are welcome. If you believe in progressive politics, this is a great way to meet others to join the cause. Tickets are $15 for adults. Children under 13 are free. For more information, call (814) 594-5500 or visit the Committee’s website: Tickets are also available on the event page of their Facebook page:

Morris Dispatched To Motorcycle Accident On Rt. 287 South

At 8:22 PM on Saturday, Morris Fire and EMS has been dispatched to Rt. 287, 3 miles south of Morris for a motorcycle accident with two injured. A medical helicopter is on standby.

Police In Pursuit Of White Honda In Rushford/Cuba Area

At 3:36  PM on Saturday, Police in Allegany County are in pursuit of a white Honda that has fled from an attempted traffic stop in the Rushford area. The pursuit is in the Rushford/Cuba area and involves several police units. 

Use caution if driving in that area.

Liberty & Blossburg Dispatched To Motorcycle Accident

At 3:12 PM on Saturday, Liberty Fire Dept. & Blossburg ambulance have been dispatched to a motorcycle accident near 11376 Rt. 414 with one person injured.
A male was reported in the roadway bleeding from a head injury. A helicopter was dispatched.

Scarnati Announces $8.7 Million in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District On July 1, 2016

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $8,780,794 in state funding for 13 local transportation, energy, flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

“I am extremely pleased to announce that thirteen projects in our region have received state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and businesses,” Scarnati said. “I commend our local cities, businesses, organizations and municipal authorities for seeking out support and receiving these substantial grants and loan.”

The projects approved for funding are a part of five different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the Alternative and Clean Energy Program, Baseline Water Quality Data Program, Flood Mitigation Program, Greenways Trails & Recreation Program and Multimodal Transportation Fund Program.

According to Scarnati, of the more than $8.7 million in local funding being distributed, $6,780,794 is for grants and $2,000,000 is for a low interest loan.

The financing was approved at the July 1st CFA meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012), the Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89 of 2013) and Commonwealth Financing Authority Bonds.

“These projects will certainly provide numerous benefits to our community for decades to come,” Scarnati said. “After working on funding for many of these projects for over a year, it is wonderful that today, we are finally seeing these critical investments made.”

Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across seven counties:

Clearfield County

American Natural Gas, LLC: Project in DuBois City – $615,169 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will assist with American Natural Gas’ construction of a public CNG fueling station. The station will be located at an existing Sapp Bros travel center off of I-80. The total project cost is $1,537,924.

CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County, Inc.: Project in DuBois City – $1,370,800 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will help with CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County, Inc’s plans to install a public LNG fueling station at the existing Pacific Pride petroleum-based fuel site located in DuBois City. The station is located near major travel corridors, including I-80 and US 119. CNG Motor Fuels of Clearfield County already has a public CNG station on site. The company anticipates fleets that currently fuel at this location to use both CNG and LNG to fuel their vehicles. The total project cost is $3,427,000.

Clinton County

Avis Borough – $100,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)

This grant will assist Avis Borough with renovating the facilities of Carl W. Kephart Memorial Park to improve ADA accessibility and functionality of the park. The project includes the construction of an illuminated concrete walkway around the perimeter of the park, electrical circuits, amphitheater style ball field seating, ADA accessible parking and improvements to the existing pavilion. The total project cost is $279,432.

Borough of Mill Hall – $242,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will go towards a project to alleviate safety concerns on West Church Street by resurfacing the old, cracked asphalt pavement on the main roadway, re-establishing the crown of the street and replacing the deteriorated concrete curbs and storm water drains. This route is an important roadway for detours during traffic incidents and is one of the primary routes used by members of the Mill Hall Volunteer Fire Company when responding to emergencies. The total project cost is $346,000.

Clinton County – $247,912 grant (Baseline Water Quality Data Program)

This grant will help with Clinton County’s plans to collect and test 62 privately owned domestic supply wells in Clinton County. A groundwater dataset is needed to characterize the current water-quality conditions of domestic supply wells and provide a baseline against which future water-quality changes could be evaluated. The total project cost is $330,412.

Croda, Inc.: Project in Bald Eagle Township – $950,000 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will provide support for Croda, Inc.’s installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) system at the Croda manufacturing facility. The facility manufactures chemical compounds that are used in everyday products and currently employs 148 individuals. The total project cost is $3,401,957.

Pine Creek Township Board of Supervisors – $280,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will help with replacement of the deteriorating Dutch Hollow Road Bridge. The bridge serves both Pine Creek Township and Watson Township in Lycoming County. The bridge is currently structurally deficient with deteriorated steel bridge beams and the stone abutments needing repairs. It is currently subject to a 15 ton weight limit. The Pine Creek Board of Supervisors will replace the existing bridge with new cast-in-place concrete abutments and a new galvanized steel beam bridge structure, increasing the width of the bridge to 20 feet, as well as increasing the weight limit of the bridge. The total project cost is $400,000.

Elk County

Jones Township – $216,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)

This grant will go towards the project to replace the existing double span bridge on Twin Lakes Road because it has been identified as structurally deficient. The bridge provides access to the Allegheny National Forest, its Twin Lakes recreation area and experimental forest operations, as well as a local excavating business and camping area. The replacement bridge is a single span unit, which will greatly improve erosion and sediment control and eliminate the current fifteen ton weight limit. The total project cost is $308,850.

Jefferson County

CH4 USA, LLC: Project in Ringgold Township – $2,000,000 grant (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This grant will help with the purchase and installation of a combined public CNG and LNG production facility and fueling station at the Sunnyside Energy Park. The proposed business park will be situated on 377 acres that currently has 16 natural gas wells on site and over 1,000 in the surrounding area. CH4 USA, LLC will be the first tenant of the new business park, which has the goal of becoming an alternative fuel production complex. The primary function of the facility will be production of CNG and LNG, but will also include fueling stations. The total project cost is $7,681,750.

Jefferson County Conservation District (JCCD): Project in Big Run Borough – $410,000 grant (Flood Mitigation Program)

The PA local flood protection project, constructed in 1964 to improve the channel of Mahoning Creek in Big Run Borough, was rated as unacceptable by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspection report in 2013. This grant will help the JCCD to work with Big Run Borough to begin correcting the deficiencies outlined by the Army Corps of Engineers inspection report. The total project cost is $518,100.

McKean County

Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority: Project in Port Allegany Borough – $126,913 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)

This grant will assist the Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority with Phase 1 of a Pool Renovation Project. The Port Allegany community pool was last renovated in 1979. The facility consists of a main pool, training pool and wading pool with concrete decking, fencing and a lawn sunbathing area. The pool services multiple municipalities in McKean and Potter Counties. The total renovation will bring the pool into compliance with ADA and Ansi standards, install more efficient and environmentally friendly chemical and filtration systems, as well as a new heater. The total cost of the project is $149,310.

Potter County

Potter County – $222,000 grant (Baseline Water Quality Data Program)

This grant will help with Potter County’s plans to collect and test 62 privately owned domestic supply wells in Potter County. A groundwater dataset is needed to characterize the current water-quality conditions of domestic supply wells and provide a baseline against which future water-quality changes could be evaluated. The total project cost is $322,912.

Tioga County

Hydro Recovery LP: Project in Blossburg Borough- $2,000,000 loan (Alternative and Clean Energy Program)

This loan will help with Hydro Recovery LP’s purchase and installation of a 2,600 kW cogeneration system at the existing Blossburg water treatment plant. The cogeneration system is part of a $10.2 million expansion, which includes the incorporation of a new evaporator unit technology. The plant currently treats fracking water and other industrial fluids and is being expanded to include an evaporation system, which will purify water to discharge standards, and provide for additional storage. The total project cost is $7,094,425.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

More information regarding programs administered by the CFA can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website:

Firefighters Make Quick Stop On 2 Alarm Working Structure Fire On Pearl Street

Star Hose Company #1 added 6 new photos.
***WORKING FIRE*** At 12:35 today, box 0321 was transmitted for a house fire at 58 Pearl Street. Chief 310 called for the second alarm when units arrived to find a working fire in the rear with extension on all three floors. 

Engine 33 arrived with their own water and stretched a line to the rear. After quickly knocking down the bulk of the fire, they immediately went inside to extinguish remaining fire. 

Squad 3 took a second line to the second floor and extinguished minor extension there. Units were on scene approximately 1-1/2 hours with extensive overhaul. 

Units assisting on scene included Engine 46-2, and Engine 23. Engine 48-2 had the RIT.

Port Allegany Dispatched To Structure Fire On Pearl Street

At 12:34 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a residential structure fire at 58 Pearl Street in the Borough.
12:41 PM--Roulette & Coudersport & Smethport dispatched mutual aid for this working structure fire. 

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jones Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2016-06-27 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CORP for site COP WT 2604 77H 51550 in Jones Twp township, Elk county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Gayle C. Gronemeier, 73, of Bradford, PA

Gayle C. Gronemeier

Gayle C. Gronemeier, 73, of Bradford, PA passed away peacefully on Friday, July 1, 2016 at her home.

She was born on September 10, 1942 in Schenectady, NY, a daughter of the late William and Katharine Rock Carman.

She was a 1960 graduate of the Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, NY and a 1964 graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Education.

On August 15, 1964 in Saranac Lake, she married Fredrick M. Gronemeier; who survives.

She was employed by Bradford Regional Medical Center as the Director of Risk Management for 24 years until her retirement in 2010.

In addition to her husband of 51 years, Fredrick Gronemeier of Bradford; she is also survived by one son, Darrell (Ronni) Gronemeier of Olean; one daughter, Dawn Vail of Cortland, NY; three granddaughters, Brooke Gronemeier and Mikailyn Gronemeier both of Olean and Hannah Vail of Cortland, NY; and one grandson, Ethan Vail of Cortland, NY.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. with a funeral service to be held on Wednesday at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with the Rev. Patrick J. Cox, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 South Second St., Suite 102, Clearfield, PA 16830 or the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Canaseraga man critical after train crash

Regional News Network

An 85-year-old Canaseraga man was critically injured Thursday when the Jeep he was driving struck a Norfolk Southern train on County Road 15B in Burns. 

State police said Frank N. Schirmer drove around the crossing barriers before he struck the passing train. State police said Schirmer was in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. 

Investigators said the train sustained minor damage. The crash investigation continues by state police.

Shinglehouse Dispatched To Automatic Fire Alarm In Ceres

At 11:32 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 9443 School Street in Ceres.
11:35 AM--Recalled. False Alarm.

Tioga, Millerton Dispatched To Rollover Crash On Mitchell Creek Road

At 10:15 AM on Saturday, Tioga and Millerton with Wellsboro medic have been dispatched to the area of 17 Mitchell Creek Road for a one vehicle rollover crash with confinement.

Fire Rescue, EMS Dispatched To Motorcycle/Deer Crash On Rt. 555

At 1:15 AM on Saturday, Sinnemahoning  Fire, Jay Township Fire, Bennett's Valley Ambulance & Medic 12 dispatched to Rt. 555 at an unknown exact location for a motorcycle/deer accident with injury.
Passerby called in to 911, said about 15 minutes from Medix Hotel in Benezette. Motorcyclist unable to get up with injuries. Stat medevac placed on standby.

Eldred WWII Museum Hosting Golf Tournament With A Chicken Barbeque On July 9th At Bolivar Country Club

The Port Allegany Veterans Memorial donated $10k to help us

July 2, 2016

To Whomever It May Concern:

My name is Christopher Chase. I am a volunteer at The Eldred World War II Museum, located in Eldred, Pennsylvania. As you may be aware, the museum exists as a tribute to the women who worked in Eldred’s munitions plant during World War II, as well as an educational resource for both students and adults across the Eastern United States. Students from all education levels, Boy and Girl Scouts, War Veterans, Legion groups, and many other programs from your community visit the museum every year!

We are organizing a golf tournament with a chicken barbeque as a fundraiser for the museum in hopes to help it continue to be the wonderful asset that it has been for the last 20 years. If you are interested in registering a team, please do so as soon as possible. Four people will constitute a team, and registration is open to the first 20 teams to register. The cost per team is $220, or $55 a person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, one mulligan, lunch at the turn, one raffle ticket for a door prize, and a barbeque dinner. The tournament will take place July 9th, 2016 at the Bolivar Golf and Country Club, and we are in search of help in making this tournament a success.

First, we are looking for advertising sponsors for the tournament, and are offering several options for those interested in advertising their business at our tournament. These options are listed on the next page. Three levels are listed for your business to choose from. A person or business may also make a donation to the tournament in memory of a veteran. These memorials will be displayed both at the tournament, and at the museum once the tournament has concluded. All banner sponsorships must be collected as soon as possible to allow time for advertisements and banners to be completed.

Secondly, we are hosting a basket raffle in conjunction with the golf tournament and dinner. Tax-exempt donations (merchandise or gift certificates) can be collected any time before July 1st, and will include a place card with donor’s name for marketing recognition. Dinner tickets may be purchased until July 5th, and are $13 each.

Thank you for your consideration in helping the Eldred World War II Museum which continues to be an incredible attribute to our area. We hope to see you at the event!


Christopher Chase
Eldred WWII Museum

Pushersiding Road Construction To Start July 5th In Bingham Township For 2 Weeks

Cole Memorial Hospital Seeking Hospitality Services Associate

Sagewood Seeking Candidates For Therapeutic Staff Support In McKean & Potter Counties

Visit The Unbelievable Coudersport Ice Mine Open Wednesday Thru Independence Day On Ice Mine Road

Open on July 4th from 10-6

Howards Will Be Closed Saturday, July 2 Thru Tuesday, July 5

Hann Homestead Inn Presents: A Barn Market Sale, Sunday, July 3, 2016 From 10 AM 'till the Cows Come Home

Coudersport Cub Pack 536 Seeking New Cubmaster

Helpmates, Inc Has Immediate Need For Certified Nursing Assistants & Direct Care Workers In Potter County

Friday, July 1, 2016

30 Pack Beer Specials Now Thru July 10th At Port Beverage

Argument At Rich Valley Road Residence Results In Harassment Charge For Woman

State Police Release Information On Friday Morning's Farmer's Valley Homicide

Successful 4-H Camp At Denton Hill State Park

Potter County Today
A highly successful Northwinds 4-H Camp wrapped up a busy week today at Denton Hill State Park, under the direction of Amy Murphy (at right), 4-H Youth Extension Educator. 

About four dozen young people enjoyed the four-day camp, which blended learning with outdoor recreation and other fun. Among the activities was a day of kayaking/canoeing, swimming and fishing at Lyman Run State Park. 

The kids also learned about geocaching, aquatic organisms in local streams, teamwork and patriotism. A special highlight was the unexpected arrival of a black bear who looked on from a distance and eventually sauntered across the ski slopes in full view of campers. 

The Potter County Commissioners stopped by to observe the camp and express their appreciation to the organizers. Murphy said Denton Hill State Park was an ideal location for the camp, particularly with the availability of the log cabins to house the 4-Hers. Weather conditions throughout the week were nearly ideal. 

She thanked the volunteers and others who teamed up to make Northwinds 4-H Camp such a worthwhile experience, with special thanks to Chip Harrison and his team with the Pa. Bureau of State Parks.

Vacation Bible School In Smethport July 11th thru 15th

Alleged murder/ attempted suicide in Farmers Valley area Friday morning

Bradford Era

A Keating Township resident has been killed in an alleged murder-attempted suicide early Friday morning at a residence near Digel Hollow.

Unconfirmed reports from the Smethport area indicated a woman had been killed, and a man had attempted suicide and was flown out by a life flight helicopter for medical treatment out of the area.

Kane-based state police would not confirm any details regarding the matter.

Sgt. Kevin Lindemuth, barracks commander at Kane-based state police, said, “The neighborhood is safe and there is no danger to the public.”

He gave the address of the incident as 12 Miller Lane. Read more...


Roulette Ambulance To North Street

At 6:01 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to North Street for a fall victim.

A Little Storm Passing Through The Area


Wellsboro Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Crash On East Avenue

At 5:22 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Fire & EMS has been dispatched to East Avenue near the Canyon Motel for a 2 vehicle accident with injuries.

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Friday, July 01, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol

Tax Fairness Measure Included in PA Budget Agreement

There’s more good news in the works for rural Pennsylvania as this year’s state budget agreement is set to include a much-needed increase in the state’s payment in lieu of taxes (PILT).

Pending approval by the House and Senate, the PILT on state-owned forest lands will increase from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre. The PILT is divided equally among the municipalities, school districts and counties in which the land is located.

Our region has hundreds of thousands of acres of state-owned lands, all of which are tax exempt, and that has placed a significant strain on our local government and school district budgets. This measure will go a long way toward bringing some much-needed tax fairness to our rural communities.

The PILT increase would apply only to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forest land. The PILT for lands owned by the Fish and Boat Commission and the Game Commission will remain at $3.60 per acre.

House Sends Budget Bill to Governor

On Thursday evening, I joined a bipartisan majority of my House colleagues in passing the 2016-17 state budget and sending it to the governor’s desk.

While I would have preferred a budget that spends less, the $31.6 billion plan is nearly $2 billion less than what the governor originally proposed, and it will not require any sales or income tax increases to pay for it.

The budget, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, includes:

• $250 million more in funding for schools, including a $200 million increase in Basic Education Funding, $20 million more for special education, $25 million more for Pre-K programs and $5 million more for Head Start.
• $15 million for the state’s fight against opioid abuse.
• Nearly $7 million for Critical Access Hospitals to support access to health care in rural areas.
• Nearly $2.6 million for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

With the main budget bill on the governor’s desk, we are now working on several bills related to the budget, including those necessary to address revenue needs and distribution of funds for public schools. I look forward to wrapping up these elements of the budget in the next few days.

Veterans Assistance Available

Veterans service officers will be available in Bradford and Coudersport offices in July to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

The schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dan Falls of the American Legion will be at the Coudersport office, 107 S. Main St. Appointments are required and should be made by calling 814-274-9769.
• Monday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. – Melissa Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be at the Bradford office, 78 Main St. No appointments are necessary.

The scheduled visit in Kane is canceled this month due to the Fourth of July holiday. Assistance hours will resume there in August.

For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.

Mark Your Calendar – County Fairs Just Around the Corner

Summer is underway, and if you’re looking for something fun and affordable to do with friends and family, you’ll want to mark your calendar for one – or all! – of our area’s county fairs.

Here’s the schedule for fairs in the 67the Legislative District:

Potter County Fair, July 31-Aug. 6.
Cameron County Fair, Aug. 7-13.
McKean County Fair, Aug. 14-20.

For a full list of fairs across the state, click here.

PA’s Second Fish-for-Free Day Set for July 4

The second Fish for Free Day in Pennsylvania will be held this Monday, July 4. That means anyone, both residents and non-residents, may legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. (All other fishing regulations apply.)

More information is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website, which includes interactive maps, regional fishing reports, and tips on fishing fundamentals. Celebrate our nation’s independence by enjoying some time in our great outdoors!


Convicted Heroin Seller In Death Case Sentenced For Selling Heroin Again While Out On Bail

Potter County District Attorney
News Release
As the public and press may recall, Jonathan Michael Proctor was convicted of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, Delivery of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Criminal Conspiracy to Possess Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia at Potter County Docket No. 249 of 2014. 

The Delivery of Heroin resulting in Death occurred on October 26, 2012 and resulted in the death of Daniel Lowe. Proctor was sentenced on that case by the Honorable Stephen Minor to a total of 154 months (12.8 years) to 322 months (26.8 years) state incarceration.

While on bail at Docket No. 249 of 2014 for the Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, the Potter County East Drug Task Force arrested Proctor again for delivering Heroin to a confidential informant on June 24, 2015. 

The Commonwealth filed charges at Potter County Docket No. 138 of 2015 for Delivery of Heroin, an ungraded felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, an ungraded felony, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, a felony of the third degree. A trial was held on these new charges on June 9-10 of 2016. The trial was prosecuted by District Attorney Andy J. Watson and Proctor was found guilty on all counts. 

Proctor appeared before Senior Judge John B. Leete on July 1, 2016 and was sentenced to a total of 42 months-108 months, TO RUN CONCURRENT with Proctor’s previous Drug Delivery Resulting in Death case at Docket No. 249 of 2014. 

The result of the sentencing was that Proctor received no additional jail time or sanction.

Notwithstanding, the District Attorney’s Office compliments and appreciates the diligent efforts of the Potter County Drug Task Force and the Attorney General’s office who committed numerous hours to the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Proctor. 

A special thanks is extended to Chief Bradley Buchholz of the Shinglehouse Borough Police Department, Officer William Wenzel of the Coudersport Borough Police Department, Chief Bryan Phelps of the Sweden Township/Roulette Police Department, Agent Sproat of the Attorney General’s office, and Lycoming County Detective Joshua Bell.

Department of Health Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2016

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Steps to Avoid Infection

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2016 has been detected in an Indiana County woman. The Departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

“Detecting the first human case serves as a great reminder for Pennsylvanians to take the proper precautions when they are outside or near areas where mosquitoes are prevalent,” Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said. “There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-related diseases.”

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. When outdoors, people can avoid mosquito bites by properly and consistently using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. So far, DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 10 counties.

“DEP monitors the mosquito population across Pennsylvania,” said Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Today’s announcement serves as a reminder that all Pennsylvanians should take precautions to protect against mosquitoes. Using a personal insect repellant or staying indoors during dawn and dusk will help prevent exposure to mosquitoes.”

The mosquitoes that transmit WNV breed in areas with standing and stagnant water. These areas can include urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other types of plastic containers.

Simple steps to eliminate standing water around the home include:

Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.
Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with fish.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and remove standing water from pool covers.
Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October.

For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please click on the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Fact Sheet.

For more information, including current WNV test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit and click on Surveillance Maps and Tables, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.

Baker Supports Budget That Invests More Money for Education, Health Care

Soldiers & Sailors To Become Critical Access Hospital

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) voted in support of a $31.6 billion state budget that would increase money for education, health care and vital human service programs.

“While keeping the budget balanced and not increasing any broad-based taxes, we were still able to increase money for basic, special and higher education, as well as dedicate additional dollars to address the state’s opioid addiction crisis and other health care needs,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “This budget took a great deal of compromise, but I think in the end we have a solid product that funds the state’s core functions, while investing in other areas that will increase our quality of life and position us for future success.”

Senate Bill 1073, the key piece of the state budget package, would provide a $200 million increase to basic education, $20 million increase to special education and a $30 million increase to the Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs. There would also be increases in higher education, including $10.84 million for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools, which includes Mansfield University.

In addition, $15 million would be dedicated to address the state’s opioid problem through treatment services.

Baker also noted that the state’s Critical Access Hospitals would receive an additional $1.3 million in funding, which includes money for the newest facilities to join the group – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

“Critical Access Hospitals serve some of the state’s most rural areas,” said Baker. “In my area of the state, we already have two such facilities that serve residents – Troy Community Hospital and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital - and I have recently learned that Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro is about to join the list of Critical Access Hospitals. This is good news for residents in that area.”

Senate Bill 1073 now goes to the governor for consideration.

Mary S. SOWERS, 92, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Ulysses and York, PA

Mary S. SOWERS, 92, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Ulysses and York, PA died Thursday, June 30, 2016. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Michael R. MANSFIELD, 63, of Wellsville, NY


Michael R. MANSFIELD, 63, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, June 30, 2016. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Recalls 7-1-2016

07/01/2016 01:54 PM EDT
Eastland Food Corp. (Columbia, Maryland) is announcing a limited voluntary recall of a single lot of Euro Custard Cake because it contains an undeclared milk ingredient. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected Euro Custard Cake. 

07/01/2016 02:40 PM EDT
General Mills of Minneapolis, MN, continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers' pantries. The recall is being expanded due to a newly-reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall.

 GHSE, LLC Recalls Chicken Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergen
GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc. Recalls Lemongrass Basil Chicken Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc., a New Oxford, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wellsville Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 3:50 PM on Friday, Wellsville Fire & Ambulance dispatched to  Rt. 417 & County Road 12 for a 2 vehicle crash. Caller reports possible minor injuries.

Shinglehouse Dispatched For 4th Call

At 3:03 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse has a 4th ambulance call on Jander Run Road. Portville dispatched to assist.

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Third Call, Requesting Mutual Aid Ambulance Assistance

At 2:53 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance, Coudersport, Roulette mutual aid to assist State Police on Honeoye Road for a man ill.

Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched To Rt. 44 South

At 2:33 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance  & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 44 South for a patient with difficulty breathing.
Coudersport Ambulance dispatched mutual aid. 
Bolivar Ambulance dispatched mutual aid. Bolivar unable to respond.

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Tree Down

At 2:24 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to West Main Street in Oswayo for a tree down.

Causer Applauds Grant to Support Port Allegany Pool Renovation

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced a $126,913 grant to the Port Allegany Area Recreation Authority to support a comprehensive renovation of the Port Allegany pool.

“The pool is a popular summer destination for people of all ages, not only from Port Allegany but the surrounding areas in both McKean and Potter counties,” Causer said. “It’s a great way for friends and family to spend time together, get outside and get some exercise.

“This grant will help fund much-needed upgrades to keep the pool open. It is certainly a worthwhile investment in our communities,” he added.

The grant approved today will fund phase one of the renovation project, which will include replacement of the current chemical and filtration systems with more efficient and environmentally friendly systems to better ensure public health. It will also include purchase and installation of a pool heater.

Photo by Laura Nelson (Google images)
Future phases of the project will include a new zero-depth addition to the main pool, new recirculation piping for the addition and the main pool, a new concrete deck and drain and new separation fence between the addition and main pool. The project will improve accessibility to the pool for the elderly and people with disabilities.

The pool was last updated in 1979.

The grant was awarded by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program. Funding for the grant program comes through the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is supported by impact fees assessed on natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth. The program requires a 15 percent match from the local entity receiving the grant.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Health Center

At 1:59 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to the Health Center for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Service Position available in Galeton

Mercer Livestock Auction, Mercer, PA Market Report for June 28th, 2016

Mercer Livestock Auction, Mercer, PA Market Report for June 28th, 2016
New Sale Time 6:30 PM

Heavy Commercial Bulls: to $114.00

Commercial Cows:
Exceptional: to $84.00
High Grades: $80.00 to $83.00
Core Sales: $70.00 to $79.50
Lower Grades: $60.00 to $68.00

Fed Cattle Summary:
High Choice: $124.00 to $127.00
Choice: $116.00 to $123.50
Selects: $108.00 to $112.50
Top Price Pen Avg (8 Hd): $121.32
Top Volume Pen Avg: (17 Hd, 1 Consigner) $120.12
High Choice: $118.00 to $123.50
Choice: $112.00 to $118.00
Selects: $105.00 to $110.00

Feeder Cattle Summary:
Lower Grades: $85.00 to $115.00
Med Grades: $120.00 to $145.00
No High or Exceptional Grades to Report

Calves: Core Sales: $150.00 to $175.00

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Zach Foster
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford didn’t have to go far to find its next head baseball coach.

Bradford native and former University of Pittsburgh at Bradford star pitcher Zach Foster has been named to take over the position vacated by Brett Butler, who stepped down after this past season to assume full-time duties as the university’s new director of athletics.

Foster was born and raised in Bradford and played for Butler and the Panthers from 2005-2008, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in sport and recreation management in 2012.

“I am so very pleased Zach Foster has been named the new head baseball coach at Pitt-Bradford,” Butler said. “Zach was a student here, student-athlete, alum, and most recently an admissions counselor and assistant baseball coach.

“Zach is an excellent baseball man, with much experience from playing at a high level, to all facets of assistance coaching,” Butler added.

Foster brings a wealth of playing experience to his new position, having played six years of professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. He’s also been the strength and conditioning coach at Pitt-Bradford, and was the top assistant on this spring’s Panthers’ team that reached the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs.

In 2008, he became the first Pitt-Bradford player and first AMCC athlete to be drafted when the Pirates called his name in the 49th round.

Most recently, Foster has worked in the university’s admissions office, a position he’ll be leaving to assume full-time duties as head baseball coach.

He’ll be inheriting a team that finished 13-26 overall and 6-10 in the AMCC, but showed plenty of promise with a late-season sweep over Penn State-Altoona and a tough two-game loss, 6-1 and 4-3 in 11 innings, to Penn State-Behrend in the conference playoffs. The Panthers had a roster this past spring that included 14 freshmen and seven sophomores and just two seniors.

“Zach is going to do well,” Butler said. “He has an extensive knowledge in the increasingly important and vital area of strength and conditioning. But, most importantly, he is a high character guy that the players will be fortunate to have lead them. I am excited for Pitt-Bradford baseball under his leadership.”

Butler, meanwhile, leaves the program after 18 seasons and a 344-287-1 record with three conference championships, two NCAA Division III tournament appearances, and three ECAC tournament showings, twice as the No. 1 seed.

Seven area nonprofit organizations receive community foundation grants

OLEAN, N.Y, July 1, 2016 — Seven area nonprofit organizations recently received a total of $2,276 in grants from three different donor-designated funds at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The Paul and Mary Janowicz Fund provided three grants of $150 each to three organizations selected by the fund advisors. The recipient organizations were the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department, the Marie Lorenz Dialysis Center Fund at the Olean General Hospital Foundation and the Olean Public Library.

This fund also provides scholarships to graduating seniors at Ellicottville Central School. Paul and Betty Hanson of Olean established the fund in 2014 in memory of Betty’s parents, Paul and Mary Janowicz.

The Kothari Family Endowment Fund, which also provides scholarships to students entering health care fields of study, made possible a $1,000 grant to the Olean General Hospital Foundation and a $250 grant to the Olean Food Pantry.

Drs. Ashok and Yogi Kothari of Allegany established this endowment in 2007.

The Beth Todd Memorial Fund provided $576 to Cancer Services of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. Beth’s husband, Greg Todd, established the fund with the foundation in 2013 after Beth succumbed to a 13-year battle of breast cancer. Since its establishment, the fund has supported area cancer patients in memory of the Portville native.

“Our donor-designated endowed funds provide annual, perpetual support to the nonprofit organizations selected by the donors,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director. “Through this grant process these organizations can count on this support to help with operations or special projects each and every year.”

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

First Citizens Community Bank Bolsters South Central Agricultural Team

MANSFIELD, PA (July 2016)…First Citizens Community Bank, the number one lender to Agribusinesses throughout Tioga, Potter and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania, added another group of experienced Agricultural Bankers to their team. This addition is the latest in a series of tactical moves completed by the bank to strengthen their Ag focus in Central and South Central Pennsylvania.

On June 30, 2016, First Citizens added 3 Agricultural lenders and 2 Agricultural support specialists to their South Central team serving the Lebanon and Lancaster markets. Sean McKinney, who previously worked as VP and Agricultural Loan Manager for Ephrata Bank, brings 30 years of Ag Banking experience. At Ephrata, he managed a team of Agricultural Lenders and personally developed over 350 agricultural relationships with over $87 million in loans. His portfolio was very diverse consisting of dairy, swine, beef and poultry producers. Prior to joining Ephrata Bank, McKinney was VP and Agricultural Lending officer for Fulton Bank and Lebanon Valley National Bank. He is a graduate of the Cornell University Northeast School of Agricultural Lending. He currently serves as Board Secretary for the Lebanon Valley Exposition Corporation and is a member of the Keystone Livestock Swine Committee and the Lancaster County Project for the Needy.

Joining McKinney is Jeffrey Bollinger and Jason Landis, both of whom were prior Vice Presidents and Agricultural Loan Officers for Ephrata Bank. Bollinger has 18 years Agricultural Banking experience and held the same position at National Penn Bank for 6 years before joining Ephrata Bank. He also served as Agricultural Loan Officer at Fulton Bank for 11 years. Bollinger is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Dairy and Animal Science and Production Management. He is involved in many Ag related organizations such as the Pennsylvania Suffolk Sheep Association, Lancaster County 4-H, Ephrata Fair Sheep Committee, Keystone International Livestock Exposition Sheep Committee, and the Pennsylvania Farm Show Sheep Committee. Bollinger currently owns and operates Blue Spruce Suffolks.

Before joining Ephrata Bank, Jason Landis, who has 11 years’ experience in Agriculture, worked for Haldeman Mills as a Production Manager, Snavely’s Mills, Inc. as Quality Assurance Technician and Oregon Dairy Farm, LLC, as Assistant Manager for Crops and Equipment. He is currently enrolled in Elizabethtown College where he is working towards his BS in Business Management.

McKinney will be charged with leading the First Citizens agricultural initiative in the South Central region, directly managing a team of agricultural bankers. Dwight Rohrer, who oversees the commercial/agricultural banking division in the South Central Region, stated “We’re building a strong team who knows the market, knows the culture and is passionate about helping farmers. We hope to make First Citizens a household word in the Lebanon and Lancaster markets.”

Supporting the South Central Agricultural team will be Jennifer Greenawalt and Sylvia Beamesderfer. Greenawalt, who graduated with a BS in Finance from Penn State University, will be the Credit Analyst for the South Central region. Prior to joining First Citizens, she was a Senior Commercial Credit Analyst for both Ephrata Bank and Fulton Bank. She has 21 years of Ag Banking experience. Beamesderfer too has a long history supporting Ag Banking as administrative assistant to Ag Departments for a combined 25 years at Ephrata, Fulton and Lebanon Valley National Banks.

First Citizens entered the south central market of the state in December with their acquisition of The First National Bank of Fredericksburg. They then added an experienced team of bankers who are located in Winfield, PA to serve farmers in the central part of the state. In May, Dwight Rohrer, joined their South Central team bringing proven leadership and strong agricultural experience to the organization. In June, the bank announced their intent to open an office in Mount Joy to make serving the Agricultural community in the area more efficient. The addition of this latest team of Agricultural experts clearly supports the bank’s aggressive strategic focus on Agricultural Banking.

“We continue to attract some of the top talent in the area, which I believe says a lot about our reputation for providing flexible, knowledgeable, and highly personal service to the Agricultural community,” stated Randall E. Black, CEO and President. “We understand agriculture from the top down and are excited to bring this level of experience to our customers and new markets. After all, agricultural is a major part of our communities, and that’s who we are — a true community bank.”

First Citizens Community Bank currently operates 24 offices in Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Lebanon, Berks, and Schuylkill Counties in PA, and Allegany County, NY, and an agricultural loan processing office in Winfield, PA. For more information on First Citizens Community Bank, visit or find them on Facebook.