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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alice E. Prouty, 77, of Galeton, PA

Alice E. Prouty

Alice E. Prouty, 77, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

Born January 18, 1940 in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Beatrice (Losey) Mundy. 

Alice was a 2nd Grade teacher, starting out her career at Westfield Elementary before moving to the Galeton Area School District where she taught many years before her retirement. 

She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton where she served as an Elder, a Deacon, and the Financial Secretary. 

Alice was a member of the Eastern Star, Red Hat Society, B.P.W., Friend X, the Galeton Moose, was on the Galeton Alumni Association Committee, and worked on the town census for Galeton and Gaines. 

She enjoyed scrapbooking, doing artwork, playing Sequence, and spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Alice was a loyal and faithful friend to many and she will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved her. 

She is survived by two daughters, Jeanine (John) Klimek, Mountain Top, PA and Jacalyn (Raymond, Jr.) Sprouse, Gaines, PA; and three grandchildren, Natalie and Landon Klimek and Parker Sprouse. 

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sydney Sprouse. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00pm and on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00am with the Rev. Tom Shatto and Pastor Skeet Keaton co-officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton.

Austin Dispatched To Motorcycle/Deer Accident With Injuries On First Fork Road

At 8:16 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to a motorcycle vs deer accident with injuries near 12910 First Fork Road in Grove Township.
9:14 PM--Austin Ambulance is enroute to Cole Memorial. A helicopter has been dispatched to the hospital landing zone.

Port Allegany Ambulance To Roosevelt Avenue

At 7:18 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Ambulance has been dispatched to Roosevelt Avenue for a patient with a traumatic head injury.

Lawrenceville Dispatched To Wildfire On Station Road

At 6:47 PM on Saturday, Lawrenceville Fire Department has been dispatched to 672 Station Road for a wildfire.

Belfast Dispatched To Wildfire On Gleason Hill Road

At 5:30 PM on Saturday, Belfast Fire Department dispatched to an out of control outside fire on Gleason Hill Road.


FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Imported Veal Products Due To Possible Non-O157 Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) O103 Contamination
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a Public Health Alert to inform consumers that approximately 1,631 pounds of raw veal products imported from the Netherlands may be contaminated with Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O103.
Correctional Industries Airway Heights Food Operations Recalls Frozen Meat and Poultry Products Due to Water Contamination
Correctional Industries Airway Heights Food Operations, an Airway Heights, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 319,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products due to water contamination.

Angelica Ambulance Dispatched To Car/Deer Accident On I-86

At 5:26 PM on Saturday, Angelica Ambulance has been called to I-86 Eastbound East of the exit for a car deer accident. An 84 year old female needs checked out by EMS. The deer is reported to have gone thru the windshield.

2017 "DO 6" Awards In Central PA Area

Paul M. Brown Bridge Dedication In Wharton, PA

Chris Ehrensberger added 17 new photos — with Kerry Ehrensberger and 2 others in Wharton, Pennsylvania.

Coudersport Ambulance To Allegany Avenue

At 4:37 on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance dispatched to Allegany Avenue for a woman ill.

Otto Township Dispatched To Victim Of ATV Crash At Majestic Trails

At 4:22 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Ambulance & Bradford Medic dispatched to an ATV crash at Majestic Trails. A 33 year old victim is injured.

Kane & Ludlow Dispatched To MVA On Rt. 321

At 4:13 PM on Saturday, Kane & Ludlow have been dispatched to a rollover crash on Rt. 321 near Red Bridge Campground. Report one victim self extricated.

Emergency Services Dispatched To Crash With Injured Motorcyclist On Big Shanty Road

At 2:45 PM on Saturday, Fire & EMS has been dispatched to the area of 1721 Big Shanty Road for a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. Motorcyclist is reported lying in the roadway. A helicopter has been dispatched to the airport.


The regular monthly meeting for the Elk County Democratic Committee will be held Weds. May 31st, 2017 at 7:00pm at the St. Marys Elks Lodge, 33 Lafayette St. in St. Marys. The Lodge is located on the corner of Washington and Lafayette Streets.

Among the topics to be addressed are local election results from the recent primary and strategies for competitive municipal races. In addition, the Committee will be reviewing the successful Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Court Democratic nominees. Planning for the upcoming picnic in July, the proposed Summer movie series, and participation in local fairs, festivals and parades will also be on the agenda.

The committee is also filling vacancies on its Executive Committee and various Precinct Committee member positions. Anyone interested in serving in one of those positions should contact the county chair prior to the meeting. An open discussion forum will also take place regarding current activities in Harrisburg and Washington, DC.

Precinct Committee Members are required to attend or contact the chair to be excused. We also encourage all successful Democratic candidates from the May 2017 Primary to attend. All area Democrats are welcome. For more information, visit their website, Facebook page or contact the chair via e-mail at or call (814) 594-5500 for more information.

Allegany & Portville Dispatched To Assist Olean; Structure Fire On West State Street

At 12:29 PM on Saturday, Allegany & Portville have been dispatched for mutual aid to Olean for a structure fire at 616 West State Street.


PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-05-15 00:00:00 to SWN PRODUCTION CO LLC for site BLISS 1H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Shinglehouse Ambulance To 2nd Street

At 11:59 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance is on scene of a medical call on 2nd Street.

Big Elm Fire Dept. & Mutual Aid Responded To This House Fire On Painter Run Road Fridaty Evening

Big Elm Fire Department added 3 new photos.

Round & Square Dance Saturday, May 20th At Odin Grange Hall from 7 to 10 PM

Potter County Fair Is Holding A Vendor/Craft Day On May 20th

Oswayo Valley School District Has Anticipated Vacancies For 2017-18 School Year

James Young Can Help You Save On Insurance, Call Today For a Free Quote

See Cub Cadet All-Around Strength At Moon's Farm Yard Center In Ulysses & Wellsboro

The spot is in Genesee Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania and is marked with the sign pictured above. The location itself is unremarkable. It’s not a big mountain, just a hill on the Allegheny Plateau near the New York state line. It’s not even the highest point in Pennsylvania, but it feeds water to three major North American rivers: the Mississippi, the St. Lawrence and the Susquehanna.

Over 100 Mowers To Choose From At Howard's Inc. In Coudersport, PA

Cole Memorial Seeking Charge Registered Nurses

Whispering Evergreens Food Plots, Supplies & Services For You

Request For Proposals For Electrical Contracting Services At Seneca Highland CTC

Coudersport Main Street Committee Is Offering 4 For 4 Store Start Up Program

Includes 4 Large Ads On Solomon's Words For The Wise

Schott Associates Eye Care Seeking Associaates To Fill Openings

Pleasant Valley Township Seeking Sealed Bids On 1969 5 Ton Truck With 6 Wheel Drive

Pleasant Valley Township Taking Sealed Bids For 1972 American General 6 Wheel Drive Truck

State Police Take Fugitive From Kansas Into Custody In Sharon Township

Bolivar Male Suspected Of Dumping Trash On Sharon Township Property

Friday, May 19, 2017


 John Morrell and Co. Recalls Beef Frank Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.


Matthew D. Hileman
BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Matthew D. Hileman as the manager/docent of the new Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center.

The museum is located in Marilyn Horne Hall, formerly the Seneca Building, on Veterans Square in the historic downtown district.

A graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Hileman is excited to be returning to Western Pennsylvania to manage the new museum.

“This project is a spectacular addition to Bradford,” Hileman said. “It will no doubt play an important role in the ongoing revitalization efforts of the downtown district.”

Hileman has more than 20 years of experience with museum collections, gallery operations, hospitality, education and marketing. He is the former director of marketing for the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas, where he worked with world-renowned collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Moscow Kremlin Armoury Museums, and the private collection of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

He comes to Bradford from Orlando, Florida, where has worked most recently at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as part of the vacation planning team. He has received awards for his outstanding guest service and teamwork while at Disney and during his time in Las Vegas.

Hileman holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history. He is a former adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Nevada and is the author of “The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to van Gogh: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

Hileman began working at Pitt-Bradford May 15, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the museum while organizing the museum’s marketing, tours, and education programming.

The museum opened to the public May 6, when Marilyn Horne was present for the dedication ceremony.

The museum, located at 2 Marilyn Horne Way, is free and open to the public. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the museum or to make a donation, visit

Donald L. Drabert, 76, of Roulette, PA

Donald L. Drabert

Donald L. Drabert, 76, of Roulette, PA, died Thursday (May 18, 2017) in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland.

He was born Dec. 13, 1940 in Roulette Twp., a son of John and Alta Dingman Drabert. On June 23, 1962 in the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, he married Patricia Ruth Bigley, who died in 2009.

US Army Veteran
Mr. Drabert was a 1958 graduate of Port Allegany High School and a 1985 graduate of Alfred University.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1958 to 1961.

Mr. Drabert worked for Pure Carbon in Coudersport, Dresser Rand in Olean, NY and Gould Pumps in Seneca Falls, NY in Computer Aided Drafting. He retired in 2002.

He was a member of Riverside Methodist Church and the Roulette Alumni Association.

He is survived by:

one daughter: Carla (Toby Dexter) Drabert of Roulette, PA

one son: Brian (Lisa) Drabert of Roulette, PA

Three grandchildren: Jessica (Josh) Hendershot, Kari (Alex) Johnson and Brittany (Levi Perry) Drabert

one great-granddaughter: Alaina Hendershot

A longtime companion, Sharon Baker of Roulette

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother Jack Drabert.

Visitation will be held on Monday May 22, 2017 from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Randall Headley, Pastor of the Riverside Methodist Church, officiating.

Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Burial will be in the Fishing Creek Cemetery, Roulette.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Potter County Hospice or the Roulette Ambulance Association.

Online Condolence may be made at,,

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Donna M. Kerstetter, 86, formerly of 14 South 2nd St., Bradford, PA

Donna M. Kerstetter

Donna M. Kerstetter, 86, formerly of 14 South 2nd St., Bradford, PA, passed away, May 19, 2017, at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Elaine R. Hostovich, of Warren, PA

Elaine Hostovich

Elaine R. Hostovich, of Warren, PA, died Friday, May 19, 2017 at Warren General Hospital Emergency Room.

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

Congress Delivers Historic Alzheimer's Funding Increase

This year, the annual cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will reach $259 billion, $175 billion of which comes in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. 

Yet in 2016, for every $100 the U.S. government spent on Alzheimer’s research, $16,000 was spent by Medicare and Medicaid to care for those living with the disease.

Thankfully, Congress is taking action. Just recently, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was approved. I am proud that Congressman Glen “GT” Thompson voted for this historic increase.

The human toll of Alzheimer’s is obvious, especially to someone like me who is caring for someone with this disease. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with this disease – the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s, the number of Americans with the disease is set to triple over the next 35 years, and the cost of care will increase to $1.1 trillion in 2050.

It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. Please join me in thanking Glen “GT” Thompson for his commitment in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Fox Township Dispatched To Motorcycle Crash At Elk County Fairgrounds

At 5:45 PM on Friday, Fox Township Fire Department has been dispatched to the Elk County Fairgrounds for a motorcycle accident with a head injury.

Bradford Dispatched To Motorcycle Accident

At 3:46 PM on Friday, Bradford Fire & Ambulance dispatched to a motorcycle accident with ejection near 112 School Street.

Fish Fry & Car Cruise Today (Friday) At Roulette Fire Hall From 6 to 8 PM

Fish Fry & Car Cruise At Roulette Firehall Friday, May 19 From 6 to 8 PM

Liberty & Blossburg Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 15

At 3:11 PM on Friday, Liberty & Blossburg have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Rt. 15 Southbound, near the Bottonwood exit.

Bill Law Memorial RUSH LM Tour Saturday at Stateline Speedway

This Saturday night (May 20), the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series powered by Pace Performance kicks off its season at Stateline Speedway with the running of the "Bill Law Memorial". The $2,000 to-win "Marquee" Event remembers one of the region's patriarchs in Crate Late Model race.

Law's involvement in racing began in the late 1970s as he loved having muscle cars and going to the drag strip in his high school days. Even though he never actually raced, he stood behind racing 100%. In the early 1980s, Bill and Leon Szweda put an asphalt car together and raced at New York's Holland Speedway.

Law's taste for racing moved to the dirt tracks in the mid 1980s as he helped Tom Taber for several years. He met a lot of great people that he became very good friends with; one was Bob "The Bird" Baldwin. The Law Family traveled with him and his family racing from Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Maryland.

As Bill's son Jon was getting older, they got involved in Go-Kart racing as the family would travel all over New York and Pennsylvania. Bill was still involved in auto racing as they would race Go-Karts during the day and sell parts and fuel at night at the races. As Jon got older, Bill bought him an IMCA Modified.

"One memory that I have of my dad selling parts and fuel is he always made sure the drivers could race if they broke something and they didn't have enough cash on hand to pay dad," explained Bill's daughter Angela Murray. "He would say just square up with me next week. That was just the type of guy he was."

A few seasons later, Jon and Bill bought a Limited Late Model. That lasted a couple years until Jon was starting his own family and got away from the racing scene. Bill then turned into a spectator at the races and helped promote nearby Freedom Raceway in Delevan, New York; however, that didn't last long as his passion for racing took over and he started promoting the Crate Late Model concept. Bill was the first one in the region to have a Crate Late Model, and his driver was Bob Baldwin. Over the years, drivers such as Ward Schell, Rich Gardner, Jon Law, Curt VanPelt, David Scott, and Kyle Scott drove for Bill. "There was a lot of negativity in the early years, but my dad never gave up, and I'm so glad he didn't cause look where the class is today," added Murray.

Bill's family was growing as grandchildren were coming along. One grandchild was Kyle Murray, who had the same passion as his grandfather...the love of racing. At the age of two, Bill would take Kyle to every race with him watching his Crate Late Model race. Kyle and Bill would be racing every weekend until Kyle turned four then Bill bought Kyle his first Go-Kart. During the offseason, the two would travel with the Go-Kart to Ohio, Syracuse, NY, and North Carolina to race indoors making great memories.

Bill took Kyle to races all over to watch as well including West Virginia Motor Speedway and Eldora Speedway. At Eldora's "World 100", Bill spent hundreds of dollars on him for the dirt late model simulator. Kyle set the record for the fastest time at Eldora beating both kids and adults alike winning a 5-ft trophy. With the trophy in hand, Kyle and Bill walked in front of the crowd and everyone cheered making both cry.

Bill also worked for Andrews Auto Salvage. "Grandpa would take me with him delivering parts, picking up parts, and going out to eat," said Kyle Murray. "These memories I have of my grandfather are the most important to me. I know he's up in heaven cheering me on and looking over me when I'm racing my Crate Late Model."

In 2011, Bill was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. He wasn't going to let that stop him from racing. He still had his Crate Late Model with Kyle Scott driving for him. What great memories those two made as it gave Scott seat time and gave Bill the will to keep fighting. The night that Scott won the feature at Stateline, it lifted his willpower to keep fighting.

"I can never thank Kyle Scott enough for doing what he did for our father," explained Angela. "No matter how sick or tired Bill was, he was still going to make sure that his car got to the racetrack for Kyle Scott to race. Unfortunately in July 2012, the fight was over for this awful disease."

"As the 2017 racing season gets underway five years after Bill's passing, Kyle Murray is following his and his grandfather's dream of running a RUSH Late Model," continued Angela Murray. "I always tell my son Kyle to remember that grandpa has your back from up above when you're sitting in that cockpit. Bill had a great racing career with many ups and downs but he would be proud where the RUSH Crate Late Model class is heading. I could write a book about so many memories that Bill has done in his lifetime with racing. I hope the passion for racing continues with this next generation because that's what Bill would want."

Kyle Murray, who is competing for the 2017 RUSH "Futures Cup" Championship, will pace the field Saturday night at Stateline during the four-wide salute in remembrance of the late Bill Law. Race time is 7 p.m.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Holley Performance Products, Earl's Performance Plumbing, Quick Fuel Technology, FK Rod Ends, Maxima Racing Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Landrum Performance Spring,,, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Summer Youth Programs Announced at Penn State DuBois

This summer, the Penn State DuBois Arts, Science and Technology Institute will offer seven youth camps during the weeks of June 12-16, and June 19-23, 2017, for students entering grades 7 - 12. The courses focus on theatre, fly fishing and fly tying, perfume making, forensics and mock trial, mosaic art, wild turkey, teen entrepreneur, and music making on an iPad.

The primary goal of the Penn State DuBois Summer Youth program is to provide challenging, educational activities for students of various grade levels.

"We are devoted to sparking an interest in science, technology, and the arts," says Dr. Carolyn Jacobson, director of Penn State DuBois Outreach. "Our unique approach emphasizes creative learning and adventure through projects, field trips, experiments, game-play, and numerous hands-on activities."

Limited scholarships are available and will be awarded based on financial need and are given on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds have been depleted. Please call the Outreach Office at 814-375-4772 or email to request an application. There are limited number of scholarships for camps so not everyone will be granted their first choice camp.

The Arts, Science and Technology Institute is made possible by Silver Sponsors Innovative Sintered Metals, Inc., and The Frank Varischetti Foundation; Bronze Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. William Allenbaugh II, Dr. and Mrs. George Fatula, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hummer, and Dr. George Kosco; and Friends of Penn State Dr. & Mrs. James Scerbo.

The course schedule is here.


Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year.

While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby.

So when encountering young deer, birds, raccoons or other young wildlife, the best thing people can do is leave the animals alone.

“Most people want to do what they can to help wildlife, and when they see a young animal that appears to be abandoned, they want to intervene,” said Wayne Laroche, the Game Commission wildlife management director. “What they don’t realize is that, in all likelihood, they’re doing more harm than good.

“Those young animals probably aren’t abandoned at all, meaning that anyone stepping in to try to help not only is taking that youngster away from its mother, but also destroying its chances to grow up as it was intended,” he said.

Adult animals often leave their young while they forage for food, but they don’t go far and they do return. Wildlife also often relies on a natural defensive tactic called the “hider strategy,” where young animals will remain motionless and “hide” in surrounding cover while adults draw the attention of potential predators or other intruders away from their young.

Deer employ this strategy, and deer fawns sometimes are assumed to be abandoned when, in fact, their mothers are nearby.

The Game Commission urges Pennsylvanians to resist the urge to interfere with young wildlife or remove any wild animal from its natural setting.

Such contact can be harmful to both people and wildlife. Wild animals can lose their natural fear of humans, making it difficult, even impossible, for them to ever again live normally in the wild. And anytime wildlife is handled, there’s always a risk people could contract diseases or parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice.

Wildlife that becomes habituated to humans also can pose a public-safety risk. A few years ago, a yearling, six-point buck attacked and severely injured two people. The investigation into the incident revealed that a neighboring family had illegally taken the deer into their home and fed it as a fawn, and they continued to feed the deer right up until the time of the attack.

It is illegal to take or possess wildlife from the wild. Under state law, the penalty for such a violation is a fine of up to $1,500 per animal.

Under no circumstances will anyone who illegally takes wildlife into captivity be allowed to keep that animal, and under a working agreement with state health officials, any “high risk” rabies vector species confiscated after human contact must be euthanized and tested; it cannot be returned to the wild because the risk of spreading disease is too high.

Animals infected with rabies might not show obvious symptoms, but still might be able to transmit the disease. Though any mammal might carry rabies, the rabies vector species identified in the agreement are: skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes and groundhogs.

People can get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if they are bitten or scratched, or if the saliva gets into the person’s eyes, mouth or a fresh wound.

Only wildlife rehabilitators, who are licensed by the Game Commission, are permitted to care for injured or orphaned wildlife for the purposes of eventual release back into the wild. For those who find wildlife that truly is in need of assistance, a listing of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators website,

If you are unable to identify a wildlife rehabilitator in your area, contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which the animal is found so that you can be referred to the appropriate licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Region office contact information can be found through the “Connect with Us” tab on the agency’s website,

PA House Action for the Week of May 22, 2017

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

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Click on The Weekly Schedule Link above for the complete schedule of meetings and hearings for the week.

Renovations begin at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa

Saint Vincent Health System has begun work on its $115 million expansion, which will include a new emergency department and operating suites.

​Lane Closures Continue Next Week on I-80 in Union County

There will be single lane closures next week for the micro-surfacing project on Interstate 80 between the Route 15 and Mile Run interchanges in Union County.

Weather permitting, the closures will be as follows:

Monday – the eastbound passing lane and westbound driving lane.

Tuesday – the westbound passing lane.

Wednesday – the westbound driving lane.

Thursday – the westbound passing lane.

All closures will be during daylight hours.

Suit-Kote Corp. is the prime contractor on this $1.4 million project.

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

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Cole Memorial Offering Free Mammograms for Uninsured and Underinsured Woman

Cherry Springs State Park Expands Efforts to Ensure Greater Visitor Experience During Dark Sky Programs

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced it continues to implement changes at the park designed to preserve the "dark sky" experience while improving visitors' satisfaction and safety at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County.

Since its designation as a Gold Level International Dark Sky Park in 2008, attendance for the park's evening programs has grown to unprecedented numbers. Recent traditional and social media coverage has catapulted some program attendance to over 600 participants. The heightened popularity of this internationally recognized natural treasure has placed a heavy burden on park facilities and staff, as well as the integrity of the Dark Sky experience.

During the summer of 2015, the Bureau of State parks announced its initial intent to implement a multi-phase project to preserve dark sky characteristics and improve viewing conditions at the park for users of the public viewing field as well as those using the astronomy observation field.

Early advancements include: improved interpretive signage; a review and posting of modified dark sky etiquette guidance; expanded amber lighting; and online registration for process for Night Sky Tour programs.

Since 2015, considerable work has been done at the park that includes signage expansion, improved access; and surfacing of campground roads. During the off-season, physical improvements to the visitor programming\day use area parking and campground have been ongoing. Also, more efficient visitor flow into and out of the Cherry Springs campground nearly eliminates errant white light on the Astronomy Observation Field during dark hours. In the very near future, a new restroom facility will be installed near the visitor programming parking area and a new parking-area exit road also will be installed.

Most recently, the Bureau of State Parks changed the standard-use designation of the Astronomy Observation Field from a day-use area to an overnight area in the Cherry Springs State Park management plan. The designation allows the bureau to apply permit conditions for users of the overnight Astronomy Observation Field that are exclusive to Cherry Springs State Park and its uniqueness as an international Dark Sky Park. These conditions differ from other rules and regulations in effect at other state park overnight areas and campgrounds.

In addition, bureau staff have created an astronomy observation etiquette document applicable for any night-sky viewing scenario, for expert and novice alike, and ranging from a formal astronomy field to the back yard.

New documents will be available to the public by Memorial Day weekend and posted at park information kiosks and directly across the park's main office. Materials also will be posted soon on the park web page:

Visitors can check the Clear Sky Chart on Cherry Spring's website for current cloud cover and viewing conditions at The Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fun -- the parks friends group -- provides additional information about viewing etiquette at

Cherry Springs State Park in the Pennsylvania Wilds is nearly as remote and wild today as it was two centuries ago. Its dark skies make it a haven for astronomers. Named for the large stands of black cherry trees in the park, the 82-acre park is surrounded by the 262,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest. The Susquehannock Trail passes nearby and offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.

For information on Cherry Springs State Park, or any of Pennsylvania's 120 other state parks, visit or contact the park complex at (814) 435-5010, or by e-mail at

Additional Information about Dark Sky preservation is available at

House Education Committee Unanimously Approves Thompson’s Career and Technical Education Bill

Thompson: We need to ‘restore rungs on the ladder of opportunity

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce this week unanimously approved U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s bipartisan legislation to improve career and technical education (CTE).

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) updates federal CTE policies to help more students gain the knowledge and skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. The proposal is largely identical to legislation the House of Representatives passed in September 2016 by an overwhelming vote of 405 to 5.

“This week, my colleagues and I voted to advance bipartisan legislation that will help many Americans obtain the education and foundational skills they need to achieve a lifetime of success,” Rep. Thompson said. “As Co-Chairman of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, I value the opportunity to improve workforce readiness through high-quality technical skills and remain dedicated to seeing this important bill signed into law.”

“This bill is about ensuring all Americans can pursue multiple pathways to success,” said Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC). “Career and technical education has long made a positive difference for students and communities, despite the false perception it’s somehow less valuable than a bachelor's degree. We must continue to improve the narrative about CTE, and just as importantly, we must update our CTE policies to reflect the realities of today’s economy. That’s why I am proud to support this legislation, which will increase transparency, improve accountability, and help prepare students for in-demand jobs. I am grateful for Representative Thompson’s longstanding leadership on this critical issue and look forward to continuing to advance this important bill.”

BACKGROUND: The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical education programs. Building on recent reforms to K-12 education and the workforce development system, Rep. Thompson and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced this proposal. The bipartisan legislation will improve current CTE policies to help more Americans gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Specifically, the legislation:

Empowers state and local community leaders by simplifying the application process for receiving federal funds and providing more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs;
Improves alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers;
Increases transparency and accountability by streamlining performance measures to ensure CTE programs deliver results, empowering parents, students, and stakeholders with a voice in setting performance goals and evaluating the effectiveness of local programs; and
Ensures a limited federal role by reining in the secretary of education’s authority, limiting federal intervention, and preventing political favoritism.


Watch Congressman Thompson’s opening remarks.

Read Inside Sources’ story “The American People are Ready for a Win”

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.22(b)1 - SITE STABILIZATION – TEMPORARY STABILIZATION – Permitee failed to temporarily stabilize the site to protect it from accelerated erosion and sedimentation where cessation of earth disturbance activities exceeded 4 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.22(b)1 - SITE STABILIZATION – TEMPORARY STABILIZATION – Permitee failed to temporarily stabilize the site to protect it from accelerated erosion and sedimentation where cessation of earth disturbance activities exceeded 4 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.22(b)1 - SITE STABILIZATION – TEMPORARY STABILIZATION – Permitee failed to temporarily stabilize the site to protect it from accelerated erosion and sedimentation where cessation of earth disturbance activities exceeded 4 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.22(b)1 - SITE STABILIZATION – TEMPORARY STABILIZATION – Permitee failed to temporarily stabilize the site to protect it from accelerated erosion and sedimentation where cessation of earth disturbance activities exceeded 4 days.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-05-09 to Kcs Energy Inc in Watson Twp, Warren county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Capitol Update from State Rep. Martin Causer: Honoring a Potter County Veteran; Supporting Ambulance Services

Celebrating Older Americans Month
I was happy to join with area senior citizens and officials from the Bradford Ecumenical Home, United Way of Bradford and Northwest Savings Bank for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the “As I Age Wall.” The wall helps celebrate Older Americans Month and is available through the end of May in the parking lot of the Northwest Savings Bank at 85 W. Washington St.

Bill to Boost Reimbursement for Ambulance Services Advances

Ambulance companies would be reimbursed for providing medical treatment, even if a patient refuses transport to a hospital, under legislation approved by the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

This is an issue that has been raised many times in our public meetings about the challenges facing our ambulance companies. Under current law, EMS agencies can only be reimbursed by insurance companies if they transport the patient, even though time is spent, supplies are used and services are provided regardless of whether a transport takes place.

House Bill 1013 would allow for reimbursement when transport does not take place as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered care even though the transport was refused.

As the bill awaits consideration in the full House, I continue to work on two other measures I have introduced to help our ambulance companies:
  • House Bill 400 aims to boost EMS training opportunities in rural areas by increasing the funding available through the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF) and requiring not less than 30 percent of the fund be used for training in rural Pennsylvania communities.
  • House Bill 699 would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for emergency medical services, which haven’t been adjusted since 2004. The current rates for ALS and BLS are $200 and $120 per trip, respectively, which is more than 200 percent below Medicare and commercial insurance reimbursements.

You’re Invited! Bridge Dedication Honoring Sgt. Paul M. Brown

This Saturday, May 20, I am honored to join area veterans and members of the community in dedicating the Route 872 bridge over Bailey Run in Wharton Township, Potter County, as the Sgt. Paul M. Brown Memorial Bridge.

Sgt. Brown lost his life during combat operations in South Korea on March 2, 1951, during his second tour of duty in service to our country. He had also served in World War II.

During the ceremony, we will hear from Sgt. Brown’s great niece, Mrs. Gloria (Brown) Bailey, along with Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs William “Bill” Simpson and Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel, who also serves as vice chairman for the National Veteran and Military Service Committee.

The bridge was named in honor of Sgt. Brown in Act 159 of 2016.

Fish for Free Coming Up Next Weekend!

On Sunday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day 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 the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Find more information here.

No More Robo Calls on Holidays?

Legislation that responds to widespread consumer complaints about unwanted telemarketing and robo-calls passed the House recently.

House Bill 105 would improve the state’s telemarketing law by making registrations on the do-not-call list permanent, rather than re-registering after five years; prohibiting the calls on legal holidays; requiring telemarketers using a robo-call system to provide an opt-out process within the first few seconds of each call; and requiring robo-calls left on a voicemail to include a toll-free call back number that would directly connect a person to an opt-out process.

These commonsense reforms would make life easier for Pennsylvanians who do not want to receive so many telemarketing solicitations or robo-calls. Registration on the list will not prevent all calls; individuals with an existing relationship with a company, along with charitable and political calls, are exempt. The bill now goes to the Senate for review.