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Saturday, July 1, 2017

St. Marys Dispatched For Victim Of ATV Accident

At 11:31 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & EMS dispatched to the area of 300 Camp Owners Road for an ATV accident. An 18 year old is reported with serious bleeding. A helicopter has been requested to the airport.

Friends of the Galeton Library won first prize in the Galeton July 4th parade

Friends of the Galeton Library won first prize in the Galeton July 4th parade. Thanks to Lisa and Mark Smith who designed and created the float with help from Walt and Barb Shaffer and Maggie Frith.

Wilcox EMS Respond To Call; Encounter Man With A Gun

At 6:10 PM on Saturday, EMS personnel have been dispatched to the area of 249 Rocky Run Road in the Wilcox area for a male reported slumped over in a vehicle seat.

Upon approach, the male was seen in the middle of the road with a gun in his hand. EMS was advised to stage away from the scene. State Police are responding.

Emergency responders have been cancelled from the call. Dispatch reports vehicle has left the scene in a maroon Ford Explorer. 

8:28 PM--State Police have advised incoming police units that they now have the male in custody in Wilcox. 

Shinglehouse Dispatched to East Honeoye Street

At 8:05 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 dispatched to East Honeoye Street for a female with altered mental status.

Horton Township Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 219

At 6:44 PM on Saturday, Fire & EMS are responding to a one vehicle crash on Rt. 219 in Horton Township. One 28 year old male patient is reported in & out of consciousness.

Coudersport EMS Dispatched For Child Bitten By A Snake

At 5:10 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic have been dispatched to meet an inbound green Dodge Caravan on Rt. 872 with a 7 year old female victim of a snake bite.

Franklinville Dispatched For Structure Fire With Burn Victim

At 5:07 PM on Saturday, Franklinville Fire Department has been dispatched to 22 Green Street in Franklinville for a grease fire in a residence. Report fire is out. A male has suffered a burn in the incident.

Found This On Facebook--Galeton, PA

Our annual celebration consists of Red Suspender Weekend (hosted by the Goodyear Hose Co..) in John J. Collin's Memorial Park beginning Friday of the weekend at 5:00 PM. 

On Saturday, there is a 5K Run, (organized by Kristy Carlson) at 8:30 AM, a parade(organized by the Chamber) at 11:00 AM, and Red Suspender continued in the park with food, music and fun until the Spectacular Fireworks Display(organized and fired by the Galeton Fireworks Committee) at 10:00 PM fired from the park over the lake.

Community    Free Admission

Fox Township Dispatched To Motorcycle/Car Crash In Kersey

At 4:14 PM on Saturday, Fox Township Fire Dept. & EMS dispatched to the area of 335 Main Street for a car vs motorcycle crash. Motorcyclist is reported up and walking at the scene.

Fireworks Scheduled Tonight In Shinglehouse, PA


Joy Through Adversity event Scheduled for Sunday is Cancelled

EVENT CANCELLED
Unfortunately, due to the speaker being unwell we are canceling the Joy Through Adversity event that was to be on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Thank you to all who showed interest in this event. We hope to be able to do something in the future.

Wilcox man dies in car crash

WJAC
JONES TOWNSHIP – An Elk County man died Saturday morning from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash, police said.

According to a police report, Marshall Northrop, 21, of Wilcox, was driving along Rasselas Road in Jones Township at 4:00 a.m. when his car left the roadway and struck a pole before coming to rest in a swampy area.

Northrop’ vehicle was the only one involved in the crash, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Elk County Assistant Coroner Frank Ferragine.

In modern times we call it the 4th of July

In 1776 on July fourth, the colonists announced their independence from Great Britain. The revolution had begun nearly a year before and would continue for several years thereafter (and was revisited in 1812). 

Declaring independence is more that making a statement. Independence is fought for and cherished. We honor our forefathers and the many men and women who sacrificed to maintain that dream of freedom and independence. 

In the past, that declaration on that historic day was referred to as Independence Day. In modern times we call it the 4th of July. As you observe and celebrate this day, Think of the independence and freedom you enjoy and not simply the reason to get drunk and watch fireworks on a particular calendar date. 

Also remember that freedom and independence must be cherished, maintained and fought for by an aware public.

Dale June

Both Parties Are Corporate-Owned And Out Of Touch With Ordinary Americans


PET CPR AND FIRST AID CLASS TO BE GIVEN ON SATURDAY, JULY 15; DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JULY 10

The Shades of Gold Golden Retriever Club of Tioga County will be hosting a Pet CPR & First Aid class on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro. The deadline to register is Monday, July 10.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, one-out-of-four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care.

Ian Stone, a PetTech certified instructor and owner of Simpawtico Dog Training in Horseheads, N.Y. will be teaching the class. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate good for two years. The fee is $79 per pet owner and must be paid in advance. Class size is limited.

For more information, contact Jean La Croce at 1-570-787-0447.

MU CHORAL ACADEMY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JULY 9

Sunday, July 9 is the deadline for students who just completed the 9th through 12th grades to register for the Mansfield University Choral Academy. This summer high school choral music camp will be Sunday, July 16 through Saturday, July 22 in the Butler Music Center on the MU campus. The seven-day camp is for voice students. 

Camp participants will have the opportunity to sing with the Endless Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Mansfield University Concert Choir and Festival Chorus at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21. MU camp master teachers are: Peggy Dettwiler, Choral Activities director who conducts the university’s Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Chamber Singers; Dr. Todd Ranney, professor of voice and director of musical theatre; and Dr. Alissa Rose, professor of voice. 

Two price options are offered - to live on campus during the camp or to commute. To register, visit https://ssl.mansfield.edu/cll/voice-academy.cfm. For more information contact the MU Music Department at 570-662-4710.

DEANE LITTLE BEANS "MAKING MUSIC" WITH JULIE SCHLOSSER AND ELIZABETH CARRAS IS SATURDAY, JULY 8

At 10 a.m., Saturday morning, July 8, the free Deane Little Beans program "Making Music' featuring Julie Schlosser and Elizabeth Carras, both of Arts For All will be in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Children ages 12 and younger and their families are invited to participate in hands-on musical experiences. Snacks will be provided free.
During the program, Schlosser and Carras will play guitar and invite children to sing songs and move to the music. They will have a selection of percussion instruments for the children to play, such as maracas, jingle bells, sand blocks and a mix of different small drums and will bring materials so young children can make one type of instrument and older children a different one to take home.

Both board-certified music therapists, Schlosser and Carras offer group music classes for youngsters birth to five years old and their families through Arts for All, their Mansfield business. The classes provide developmentally focused experiences for children such as singing, instrument exploration and movement to music, as a way to help each child develop overall skills. In addition, they offer private lessons on guitar, ukulele, piano, and voice and provide contract-based music therapy services to area schools and human service agencies.

For more information about this Deane Little Beans program, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

Elizabeth Carras (left) and Julie Schlosser will play guitars and sing songs for children 12 and younger, bring instruments for the youngsters to play, and teach them movements to music during the Deane Little Beans program on Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the Deane Center.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

The Children’s Summer Reading Club will be meeting each Wednesday afternoon in July from 1-2:30. The theme this year is “Build a Better World.”

Penn State Extension Summer Library Program: Join us for a 3 week program! The project this year is Around the World. Youth will explore the arts and cultures of countries around the world. Countries we will be visiting are Australia, Africa, and Japan. Program is open to ALL youth ages 7-16 and is free. The program will begin Tuesday afternoon, July 11th from 2-3:30 p.m. If interested in attending, please register with the Extension Office at 814-274-8540, email adb8@psu.edu or stop by the library to register.

Artmobile: The St. Bonaventure ArtMobile will be at the library on Friday, July 21st, at 10:00 a.m. This summer we will be: Discovering Alexander Calder, making world mobiles, learning new languages, exploring the continents, and much more! All children are invited. Please call or stop by the library to register.

WWI Program: Tuesday, August 8th, at 6:00 p.m. David Castano will be presenting a program about World War II and its impact on the Oswayo Valley area.

Children’s Hiking Activities: Coming August 10th at 10:30 am: Appalachian Trail program/activities for children! Come visit with “Blissful” who has hiked the famous Appalachian Trail twice and in each direction! From bears to snakes, plants, trees, cool views, and funny hiking pictures, we will explore the trail from Georgia to Maine! Find out how Blissful cooked on the trail using a tiny stove and pot. Snuggle in a mummy bag in the woods. Create your own “trail name” through drawing and words to earn a carabiner to hook on your day pack or belt loop!

Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Family movie: 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00 a.m.
● Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: every Thursday afternoon 1-3
● Oswayo Valley Historical Society open for research: every Friday afternoon 1-4
● Book discussion: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-3:30 p.m.
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Memorials & Donations:
● Letter Drive: Marsha Prince
It is still not too late to support the library through last year’s letter drive!

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at www.ovmlibrary.org. You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve.

Board of Trustees Meeting: The library board meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued; Drilling Started

JKLM ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sweden Twp Township

JKLM ENERGY LLC reports drilling started on 2017-06-30 00:00:00 at site SWEDEN VALLEY 106-2HU in Sweden Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

JKLM ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sweden Twp Township

JKLM ENERGY LLC reports drilling started on 2017-06-30 00:00:00 at site SWEDEN VALLEY 106-1HU in Sweden Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Liberty Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-06-26 00:00:00 to SWEPI LP for site EAST POINT FISH& GAME CLUB 726 1V in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Sweden Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-06-26 00:00:00 to JKLM ENERGY LLC for site SWEDEN VALLEY 106-2HU in Sweden Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Franklin Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-06-26 00:00:00 to EXCO RESOURCES PA LLC for site FULMER UNIT 2H in Franklin Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Cogan House Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-06-26 00:00:00 to RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC for site LAUREL HILL 1H in Cogan House Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-06-28 to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-06-28 to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga county. OGA 3216(A) - Failure to restore disturbed land surface of a well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-06-27 to Seneca Resources Corp in Bloss Twp, Tioga county. 78a65(a)1 - SITE RESTORATION - Post Drilling - Owner or operator failed to restore the land surface within 9 months after completion of drilling a well, in accordance with a restoration plan and remove all drilling supplies, equipment, primary containm..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Jklm Energy Llc in Summit Twp, Potter County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-06-22 to Jklm Energy Llc in Summit Twp, Potter county. 78a54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids i..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Medics Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash With Entrapment & Injury

At 11:47 AM on Saturday, Olean 10 medics have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident on Rt. 16 in Machias with injury & entrapment.

YOUNG ARSONIST IS CAUSE OF 3 ALARM BLAZE AT THE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN WESTFIELD, PA

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA

Leonard J. FERGUSON

Leonard J. FERGUSON, 90, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. 

WWII Veteran
Born July 25, 1926, in Osawatomie, KS, he was the son of Leonard and Dessie Bell Hadsall Ferguson. 

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre. 

On March 4, 1950, in Bentonville, AR, he married the former Geraldine Marie Kline, who predeceased him on October 19, 1980. On April 7, 1984, in West Pike, PA, he married the former Joanne “Joni” Herbert, who predeceased him on April 9, 2006. 

He was employed by H.E. Salzberg Co., Inc. as a machinist and later as general superintendent for the Wellsville Addison Galeton railroad. Leonard served as president of the Galeton School Board. 

He attended the West Pike Baptist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Osawatomie, KS, the VFW, and Galeton Rotary. 

Surviving are: a son, Randy (Tammi) Ferguson of Gaines, PA; two grandchildren, Craig Ferguson and Amanda Golec; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Erika, and Aiden; a step-daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” Sharp; two step-grandchildren, Christopher Misechok and Kathryn Misechok; a sister, Thelma Landers of Osawatomie, KS; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. 

In addition to his first wife and his second wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, William, Thomas, and Donald. 

 Friends may call Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the West Pike Baptist Church, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, KS. 

Memorials may be made to Honor Flight, Inc., Attn: Diane Gresse, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505 or online at www.honorflight.org. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Assist Police On West Academy Street

At 12:52 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to assist Shinglehouse Police near 312 West Academy Street.

Flood Advisory for... Northwestern Warren County

1134 PM EDT FRI JUN 30 2017

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Flood Advisory for...
Northwestern Warren County in north central Pennsylvania...

* Until 230 AM EDT

* At 1132 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain with
thunderstorms moving into northwest Warren county. This will cause
minor flooding in the advisory area after midnight.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Lottsville, Russell, Youngsville, Columbus, Spring Creek, Garland,
Grand Valley, Sugar Grove and Bear Lake.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

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Registered Nurse To Teach Medical Assisting/Health Occupations At Seneca Highlands CTC

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St. Paul Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches will be sponsoring the popular "Traveling Day Camp"

Coudersport Ice Mine Listed As One Of Top 10 Places To Visit In Pennsylvania

28th Division Army Band In Concert July 2nd At Coudersport Consistory, Free Admission!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

STRUCTURE FIRE AT Kane Lutheran Home

Kane Lutheran Home has six independent living cottages, a 33 bed personal care facility and a 90 bed nursing home.

Tri County Fire Alerts
5 mins · Ridgway ·
(ST05) STRUCTURE FIRE ST05 () Loc:100 HIGH POINT DRIVE. Kane Lutheran Home.
Mt. Jewett Ambulances to scene to assist in evacuation.
Some Elk County units dispatched to assist. 
Tri County Fire Alerts Heavy smoke in the 400 wing
Tri County Fire Alerts
Tri County Fire Alerts Reports of the fire contained. Still heavy smoke in the building. Multiple patients complaining smoke inhalation.
Once again an excellent job by McKean station 5, McKean station 10, and Elk station 6. Mount Jewett also had two ambulances and Wilcox had one unseen. Details will be in tomorrow's Kane Republican.
12:30 AM--Command Terminated by Chief 5. All units returning to hall. 
 Chuck Abraham From a comment on another thread...

Just submitted my writeup. It was a humidifier that caught fire. One employee was treated for smoke inhalation, and EMS personnel was evaluating staff and residents on scene. They apparently got it out pretty quickly and were ventilating it before I left.

Port Allegany Dispatched To 2 Car Crash Near Dollar General

At 9:32 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of Dollar General on North Main Street for a 2 vehicle crash with fluids leaking.

Westfield, Knoxville, Harrison Township Dispatched For Structure Fire At Dollar General In Westfield

At 9:23 PM on Friday, Westfield Fire Department has been dispatched to a structure fire at Dollar General at 346 East Main Street. Heavy smoke is showing. Chief requesting a second alarm. Knoxville dispatched. Harrison Township dispatched. Chatham to standby at Westfield station.




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City of Bradford Police Make Arrest in domestic disturbance / hostage situation / barricaded gunman at 16 Brennan Street

City of Bradford Police

On 06/30/2017, at 0135 hrs., officers responded to a third party report of a domestic disturbance / hostage situation / barricaded gunman at 16 Brennan Street. On arrival officers secured the area and attempted to make contact with the suspect and/or the victim, neither of which would respond to the door of the residence.

The situation was resolved peacefully at 0146 hrs. when the victim was able to leave the residence. Subsequently, the suspect Joseph Montecalvo, 29 years old, exited the residence without incident at 0156 hrs.

On completion of the investigation, Joseph Montecalvo was charged with Strangulation (Felony-2), Terroristic Threats (Misdemeanor-1), 2 counts of Simple Assault (Misdemeanor-2), Unlawful Restraint (Misdemeanor-1) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). He was then arraigned on these charges before Judge Cercone. Bail was set at $30,000 percentage.

The City of Bradford Police were assisted with this incident by Bradford Township Police, Foster Township Police, UPB Police and the McKean County 911 Center.

Chief Lucco

Bella Escaped From Millport Thursday



Our dog Bella has been found. Thank you!!

Bradford Dispatched For Commercial Fire Alarm At Holiday Inn Express

At 7:59 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to Holiday Inn Express for an activated smoke alarm.
8:05 PM--Hairspray set off alarm..Recalled by Captain 130.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Capitol Update
Friday, June 30, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
                          
House OKs Compromise Budget, Sends to Governor’s Desk

The House and Senate have approved a $32 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The proposal includes no new or increased taxes and represents a spending increase of less than 1 percent over the current fiscal year.

House Bill 218 increases funding for basic and special education, as well as for early childhood education programs, such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start. While higher education institutions are primarily funded at the same level as the 2016-17 budget, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will see a 7.8 percent increase in its direct appropriation to $2.76 million.

The measure also provides continued support of nearly $7 million for Critical Access Hospitals, which supports access to health care in rural areas.

Another important element of the budget is that it includes funding for increased payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forest land. The increase from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre was approved as part of last year’s budget negotiations but was not scheduled to take effect until July 1.

The funding to support the PILT increase is vital to ensuring more appropriate compensation to our municipalities, school district and counties for state-owned lands, which are not subject to property taxes. This is very good for our rural communities and the taxpayers who live here.

While the bill adopted by the House and Senate on Friday is a key component of the annual budget process, the General Assembly will return to Harrisburg next week to work on a number of other budget-related bills.
                
         
Fighting Back Against ‘Stolen Valor’

Unscrupulous individuals who seek to benefit financially by falsely identifying themselves as veterans will face criminal penalties under legislation signed into law this week.

Act 9 of 2017, formerly House Bill 168, seeks to protect the honor and valor of America’s veterans by making any misrepresentation of military service or honors for financial benefit a third-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Examples of such criminal behavior range from lying to receive veteran or health care benefits to fraudulently obtaining preference in a government contract or a job reserved for a veteran.

This new law is designed to help preserve the reputation of legitimate veterans. It will take effect in 60 days.
                  
         
 
Fish for Free July 4!

This Tuesday, July 4, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host its second 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. Find more information here.
                  
         
Driver’s Licenses to Have New Look

As part of ongoing security enhancements, PennDOT has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products. This new look is not related to ongoing efforts to comply with federal REAL ID requirements, which are still being developed.

All driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.

The cards, which look very different, will have additional enhanced security features to improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration. Some of the new features include a larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait; a 2D bar code; laser perforation; and lamination with the state motto. The magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back.

For more information and to see an image of the new card design, visit www.dmv.pa.gov.
                  
         
 

Congratulations to Lloyd and Dolores Eastman of Port Allegany, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 8. It was an honor to present them with a House citation recognizing this very special occasion. Are you or someone you know celebrating a milestone anniversary? Contact my office so we can help you celebrate!

Richard L. Rhodes, 85, of Cyclone, PA

Richard L. Rhodes

Smethport - Richard L. Rhodes, 85, of Cyclone, PA, passed away Thursday (June 29, 2017) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born Feb. 23, 1932 in Bradford, a son of Raymond L. and Dora G. Youmans Rhodes. On July 29, 1955, in the United Methodist Church of Smethport, he married Karolyn A. Harbridge, who survives. They were married 61 years.

Korean War Veteran

Mr. Rhodes was a 1952 graduate of Bradford Area High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954.

Mr. Rhodes worked as a truck driver first for Owens-Illinois Forest Products and Georgia Pacific. He also drove bus for C.L. McKeirnan of Smethport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

two daughters: Cheryl (Joe) Thomas of Duke Center and Cindy (Gary) Master of Gifford

two sons: Charles L. Rhodes of Cyclone and Craig A. Rhodes of Bradford

three grandchildren: Hilary Commino, Lisa Master and Shane Master

three great-grandchildren: Kiersten Unverdorben, Braxton Commino and Ivy Master

and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by one great-grandchild: Nevaeh Unverdorben and two sisters: Dora Melhouse and Elizabeth Lefford Miller.

At Richard’s request, there will be no visitation or services.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

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

$32 billion budget eliminates deficit and funds schools without new taxes

Bipartisan State Budget Heads to Governor, Highlights House Republican Effort to Reinvent PA Government, Leaders Say

HARRISBURG – The state House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan budget agreement, based on the original House Republican “smart budget,” which answers the challenge to deal with a potential $3 billion shortfall and begins the process of reinventing Pennsylvania government. Without raising the income or sales taxes, the budget provides additional funding for key education and public safety programs. House Bill 218 passed the House today by a vote of 173-27, House Republican leaders said.

According to the leaders, the bipartisan budget supports additional funding for schools, pension obligations and services for the intellectually disabled, but demands additional savings across state government agencies and programs, including Medicaid. The budget also shows savings from the shrinking prison population.

“This budget begins the process of a government reinvention – plotting a new course for Pennsylvania, punching holes in bureaucracy and pushing the focus on government’s core functions,” Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said. “This budget may not be perfect, but it accomplishes many core goals on which we as Republicans and Democrats stand together. This budget looks to address the major cost drivers that continue to plague our budget situation year after year after year.”

“While reflecting our continued commitment to controlled spending, this budget does not rely on onerous job-crushing tax hikes originally proposed by the governor,” Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said. “This bipartisan, no income or sales tax increase budget places priorities on core government functions, especially quality education for our children.”

The spending plan in House Bill 218 is based on the original House Republican budget passed in April, but is the result of tough negotiations with the Senate Republicans, House and Senate Democrats, and Gov. Tom Wolf.

Total General Fund spending is $31.996 billion. The April 4 House Republican budget totaled approximately $31.8 billion and the governor’s proposal would have spent $32.6 billion.

“House Republicans succeeded in keeping spending in check while negotiating this final bipartisan budget,” House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “We began the discussion to reinvent and restructure state government last session, and through this budget, we are merging four agencies into two, and making everyone focus on the core functions of government, which our taxpayers expect.”

While acknowledging more needs to be done, this budget, the leaders said, begins the process of eliminating duplicative services and reducing overall costs to encourage reform and innovation, while ensuring funds are available for core government services.

“We appreciate Gov. Wolf taking our suggestion seriously to look at changing state government and how it operates,” Reed said. “By reducing and eliminating outdated bureaucratic expenditures, without raising taxes, we can redirect needed funding to government’s core functions like education, infrastructure, public safety and human service programs.”

The bipartisan budget agreement reflects the merger of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health into a combined Department of Health and Human Services. The merger of the Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole is also included in House Bill 218. Legislation to officially combine these agencies will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

“We are devoting $11.8 billion, or nearly 40 percent of the General Fund, to PreK-12 education through our fiscally responsible approach – without imposing new or increased taxes on hard-working Pennsylvanians or employers,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said. “We took a responsible approach to craft a sustainable budget.”

Reaffirming the House Republican commitment to education at all levels, House Bill 218 would help provide Pennsylvania’s students with a quality education from the youngest ages through college:

Increases Basic Education Funding through the fair funding formula by $100 million to $5.995 billion.
Restores the governor’s harmful Pupil Transportation cut to school districts.
Increases early childhood education funding (Pre-K Counts and Head Start) by $30 million to $226.5 million.
Increases Special Education Funding by $25 million to $1.122 billion.
Sets a record high $11.86 billion for PreK-12 education – in fact, with this budget, Republicans will have increased PreK-12 education by more than $1 billion since the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Increases funding for the State System of Higher Education by 2 percent ($8.84 million).
Increases funding for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology by $664,000.

“Restructuring takes time,” Saylor said. “It's going to take us a couple of years to restructure Pennsylvania completely, but this is an excellent start and when we move towards performance-based budgeting, we will see even better results.”

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk.

Causer Supports Compromise Budget

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today voted in support of a $32 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The proposal includes no new or increased taxes and represents a spending increase of less than 1 percent over the current fiscal year.

“In another challenging budget year, we were able to find common ground in our efforts to fund the core functions of government, including education and public safety, while also keeping spending in check,” Causer said. “While there are always things I might do differently, this plan includes a number of things that are positive for our region and the Commonwealth as a whole.

House Bill 218 increases funding for basic and special education, as well as for early childhood education programs, such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start. While higher education institutions are primarily funded at the same level as the 2016-17 budget, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will see a 7.8 percent increase in its direct appropriation to $2.76 million.

The measure also provides continued support of nearly $7 million for Critical Access Hospitals, which supports access to health care in rural areas.

Another important element of the budget is that it includes funding for increased payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources forest land. The increase from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre was approved as part of last year’s budget negotiations but was not scheduled to take effect until July 1.

“The funding to support the PILT increase is vital to ensuring more appropriate compensation to our municipalities, school district and counties for state-owned lands, which are not subject to property taxes,” Causer said. “This is very good for our rural communities and the taxpayers who live here.”

The bill adopted by the House and Senate on Friday is a key component of the annual budget process, but work remains on a number of budget-related bills that lawmakers hope to take up next week.

Ribbon Cutting & Performance Celebrate Chautauqua Institution's New Amphitheatre July 2nd

Chautauqua Institution :: Celebrating Our New Amphitheater

Join Us for a Ribbon-Cutting and Performance Celebrating Chautauqua's New Amphitheater
Our previous email listed an incorrect date. We hope you can join us on July 2.

The public is invited to visit Chautauqua Institution at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2,  for a ceremony and performance marking the opening of the new Amphitheater. The brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a special arts matinĂ©e performance by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and several other resident arts companies, featuring works of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Monteverdi.

“Now is the time to celebrate the incredible achievement this Amphitheater represents,” said Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill. “This celebration is one focused on our community: the artists, preachers and teacher/speakers who enrich a Chautauqua season, and our immediate county and region that Chautauqua calls home.”

Hill said the project was a success because of a series of partnerships, starting with the donors whose contributions totaled $41.5 million, covering the entire cost of the project. Fancher Chair in Falconer manufactured some 4,000 linear feet of temporary benches as an interim solution to a delay in the permanent bench manufacturing.

“Every time the project hit a snag, a partnership emerged to help us stay on track,” Hill said. “In particular, we are very proud of the project’s construction manager, LPCiminelli, whose team worked miracles every day to bring this project in on time and with such tremendous craftsmanship.”

“The makeup of our firm has always been about tackling complex work and projects that others might be apprehensive to undertake,” said Frank L. Ciminelli II, President of LPCiminelli. “The strength and expertise of our people is what has always allowed us to shine in these tough situations and work through factors like challenging sites and demanding project schedules. Chautauqua Institution put their trust in us and viewed us as a partner. We valued that partnership and made it a priority to deliver on our promise of a successful, quality project.”

“We look forward to celebrating this incredible new resource, which will be an asset to all of us, on and off season,” Hill said.

The public is also invited to attend the Sunday morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. at the Amphitheater.  The chaplain of the week is The Rev. Dr. J. Peter Holmes, who has served on the ministry team of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in the heart of Toronto since 1995 and as the Minister of the Congregation since 2001.

For a full list of the day’s activities, visit www.chq.org/2.

Admission to the institution is free on Sundays. Parking after 2 p.m. is $9.

Baker Issues Statement on 2017-18 State Budget

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today issued the following statement on passage of a $32 billion state spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year:

“With revenue numbers down, we had a real need to tighten our belts and make every penny count in this year’s budget. I am proud to report that the spending plan agreed to today is only a 0.2 percent increase over the current fiscal year.

“However, even though spending is staying somewhat neutral, with creative savings in some areas, we have managed to dedicate record funding to education, increase funding for the Department of Agriculture, pay for three new classes of state troopers and dedicate $7 million in needed funding to combat the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The State System of Higher Education, which includes Mansfield University, will also receive an $8.9 million dollar increase in funding.

“I am pleased we were able to gain consensus on a spending plan between the two chambers and the governor in time to meet our budget deadline. Although there is still some work to be done, we are all working together in a bipartisan fashion to reach an agreeable conclusion.”

Headline Harrisburg By Rep. Matt Gabler



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Friday, June 30, 2017
The latest news from the State Capitol 
                          
 
Supporting Our Veterans – This week, the House unanimously passed a piece of legislation that will be of great benefit our veterans. I am proud to have worked across the aisle with state Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) to move this bill to the state Senate.

Please click here to listen to my thoughts on how House Bill 1231 will help the men and women who serve and have served our country. Please note – the video was recorded before the final House vote was taken.
                
         
Protecting local coal jobs…is the goal of legislation I authored that passed the House this week with bipartisan support. House Bill 1333 is the result of a series of meetings I attended in Karthaus that identified this as a major issue to resolve in saving local jobs.

Please click here for more information.
                  
         
On the Road Again – As you drive around the 75th Legislative District, please take note of the following:

• PennDOT has installed a radar-controlled speed display sign along northbound Route 219 between Route 321 and Jarrett Street, near Finn’s Family Restaurant in Wilcox. The posted speed limit in this area of Route 219 is 35 miles per hour.

The speed display sign will remain on location for approximately four weeks.


• PennDOT) has re-opened the Goshen Road bridge over Lick Run just north of Clearfield. It had been posted with weight restrictions.


• Work to replace the Route 53 bridge over Maplepole Run in Bigler Township will now begin Wednesday, July 12, instead of next week. The bridge detour will use Routes 53, 453 and 729. The detour will now remain in place through Sunday, Aug. 6.

Overall project work will include removal of the old bridge, placement of a new, pre-cast concrete box culvert, paving and guide rail updates.


• Truck traffic traveling the Clearfield-Rockton Highway (Route 322) is being reminded to obey the posted speed limit. PennDOT recently placed a radar-controlled speed display sign, north of the Zion exit to aid in curbing speeding.

The sign faces eastbound traffic and displays the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit for trucks of more than 10,000 pounds gross weight traveling on Route 322. The speed display sign uses radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.

It will remain on location for up to four weeks.

• PennDOT will start replacing the Nicholson Road bridge over Hartshorn Run in Pike Township this Wednesday, July 5. This will require closing the bridge and creating a detour that will be in place until early September.

The project includes excavation, removal of the existing bridge, construction of the new bridge, back-filling, guide rail installation, and paving. The recommended detour will access Routes 3015, 879, 1001, and 2014.

PennDOT will open the new bridge before September 1 if work progress allows.


• Also on Wednesday, PennDOT will begin preservation work on the Clearfield Bypass bridges between Park Avenue and River Road.

Drivers will encounter lane closures along the bypass (Route 879), with two lanes of traffic maintained throughout the project time frame. Motorists should be alert for slow moving traffic in and near the work zones.

Deck repairs, rebar installation, concrete repairs joint sealing, strip seal dam replacement, epoxy surface treatment for bridge decks, paving and guide rail improvements are part of the project, which is expected to be finished by the end of this year.
                  
         
Attention Anglers - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host a Fish for Free day this Tuesday, July 4, to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

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