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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Squatters Move Into Unoccupied House for Unknown Amount of Time

Roulette Ambulance To River Street

At 11:00 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to River Street for a medical emergency.

Austin Ambulance Dispatched To Austin Dam

At 10:57 PM on Saturday, Austin Ambulance has been dispatched to the Austin Dam for a n unknown medical.

Clarion Man Charged When Found With 14 Year Old Smethport Female Runaway
CLARION BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man is behind bars after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old runaway from McKean County.
The following charges were filed August 23 against 19-year-old Daniel Paul Dean Jr.:
  • Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older, Felony 2 (2 counts)
  • Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
  • Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Years Age, Misdemeanor 2 (2 counts)
The investigation was initiated on August 22 after Clarion Borough Police received information from Clarion-based State Police about a 14-year-old female runaway from Smethport, Pa., who was believed to be in the company of Dean. Read more...

Charges of Interfering With Custody Of A Child are also pending in McKean County.

Austin Fire & Ambulance Dispatched To Austin Dam For A Land Rescue

At 7:17 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept., Ambulance & Coudersport Medics have been dispatched to the Austin Dam parking lot for a woman down for unknown reason. This has been upgraded to a land rescue. ATV's will be needed.

EMS Dispatched To Eldred Softball Field For Traumatic Injury

At 4:56 PM on Saturday, Eldred EMS has been dispatched to the Softball field for a traumatic injury.

Recalls 8-26-2017

Ronald A. Chisholm, Ltd. Recalls Pork Belly Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection
Ronald A. Chisholm, Ltd., a Toronto, Ontario establishment, is recalling approximately 12,169 pounds of skinless pork belly products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

Blossom Foods, LLC Recalls Frozen Meat Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Blossom Foods, LLC, an Oakland, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,092 pounds of beef, chicken and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Route 6 Wellsboro, just passed the light at the junction headed towards Gaines

FIRST News Now shared Lisa Button's post.

Those traveling in this area just be aware, these cubs have been seen crossing roadways at night as well. Hopefully they stay safe.

Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Regional Disaster Officer Deploying to Texas

(Western PA) – Nicholas Garbacz of Millvale (Allegheny County), the Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Regional Disaster Officer, has been deployed to assist with the recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. 

As of this morning, 14 total Western Pennsylvania Red Cross volunteers have left or are preparing to leave for Texas. At this points, hundreds of Red Cross staff and volunteers from across the country are currently on the ground. That number is expected to increase into the thousands in the coming days.

On Friday night, over 1,400 people took refuge in one of 24 Red Cross and community shelters currently operating in the area. With heavy rain expected to continue for the next several days, the Red Cross is prepared to open additional shelters as needed to meet the needs of the residents in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. 

The Red Cross currently has enough supplies mobilized to support more than 20,000 people for weeks, if necessary. Over 125 Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are already in the area and more than 200 more are on their way.

Red Cross Western Pennsylvania staff and volunteers currently in Texas or preparing to leave include (* designates additional deployments since last press release):

Sara Dudash of Ellwood City (Lawrence County) will be leaving on Saturday to help with community partnerships.

* Nicholas Garbacz of Millvale (Allegheny County) will be leaving on Sunday morning to assist with disaster assessment.

* David Coulson of Meadville (Crawford County) has already left to assist with sheltering.

Greg Matoka of McCandless (Allegheny County) has already left to help with sheltering.

Paula Pierce of Kane (McKean County) has already left to assist with sheltering.

Joe Ulrich of Sugar Grove (Warren County) will be leaving on Sunday to serve as a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor.

Donnie Wilson of Beaver Falls (Beaver County) has already left to help with bulk distribution.

Dave Morneau of Edinboro (Erie County) has already left to assist with sheltering.

Joe Korinchak of Gibsonia (Allegheny County) has already left to serve as a Shelter Supervisor.

Elizabeth Carter of Erie (Erie County) has already left to serve on a disaster action team.

Betty Hicks of West Alexander (Washington County) has already left to work in logistics.

Fred Hicks of West Alexander (Washington County) has already left to work in facilities.

Theresa Creighan of Oakmont (Allegheny County) has already left to work in logistics.

Rose Marie Malizio of Heidelberg (Allegheny County) has already left to assist with feeding.

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cnx Gas Co Llc in Brady Twp, Clearfield County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-08-24 to Cnx Gas Co Llc in Brady Twp, Clearfield county. 78.73(b) - GENERAL PROVISION FOR WELL CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION - Operator failed to prevent gas, oil, brine, completion and servicing fluids, and any other fluids or materials from below the casing seat from entering fresh groundwater, and prevent po..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Eldred Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2017-08-26 00:00:00 at site RHONE GAMBLE 98H 52625 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Eldred Twp Township

SENECA RESOURCES CORP reports drilling started on 2017-08-26 00:00:00 at site RHONE GAMBLE 92H 52598 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Pennsylvania's new animal protection laws will go into effect Monday

Governor Tom Wolf

On Monday, Pennsylvania's new animal protection laws will go into effect. Our outdated animal cruelty laws up until this point have left some of our most vulnerable voiceless and without the protections needed to keep them safe from abuse and neglect. Our pets are part of our families, and finally our standards of care will better reflect that. 

This bipartisan collaboration would not have been possible without all of the hard work on both sides of the aisle, and the tireless efforts of animal lovers and animal welfare advocates from all over the state. 

Learn more about the animal protection statute overhaul: #LibresLaw

McKean County Conservation District Seeking Applicants For Full Time Watershed Specialist

Bill Pekarski: Day 352, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 352, Living life on my terms.

Only two weeks and I will have reached my 1 year goal of writing! Tonight I looked back on my first 30 or so and was amazed with how much more complex and involved my stories have become. I also remember that for quite a while, I never used photos but now I tend to use multiple per column.

Out of that first handful of stories, I think my favorite ones were when I wrote about Joe and Eve Knechtel and Mary McNary with her shoe store. They were all such wonderful people as well as an important part of the fabric that makes up our community.

During my first couple of weeks, I also wrote about my first band director and trombone/tuba instructor—Mr. Richard Wilcox. He was such an important part of my life and was really the first person who got me interested in studying music. Without him, I would have never attended IUP and joined the Marching Band. I would not have any of the lifelong friends that I have today if he had not laid out the path for me back in fifth grade.

On my day 22, I wrote about getting out of the house for a little bit and walking around a little bit for the first time. I have made so much progress on this front now as I am regularly out and about without many limitations. I might wear a slipper on one foot due to blisters, but that does not slow me down. This is one thing that I am most proud about.

Speaking of marked progress, last night I did a breathing treatment and with deep lung suctioning without oxygen. Typically, when this is completed, my oxygen level will be in the mid to upper 80s and I need the supplemental oxygen to regain normal levels above 92%. When I finished, my stat was down to 90% but within a minute my level rose to 98% without oxygen. I was stunned as I showed Beth my numbers; it was a milestone we have been waiting to see. I am hoping that my appointment in October with the pulmonologist will start the thinking about reversing my trache.

I still have a ways to go, but it is like I can see the end of the tunnel. One step forward every day.

Today I am dedicating my progress to all of my friends, family, and faithful readers for walking beside me on this journey. I already feel like a winner.

Mutual Aid Structure Fire

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department

***Mutual Aid Structure Fire (145)***

On Friday morning at 0006hrs while returning from a smoke /odor investigation call Derrick City was dispatched to assist Station 8 (Rew) on box 0833 for a Structure fire at the Luminite facility on Commerce Drive. 

Foster Township PD were first on scene and reported smoke showing. Engines 112, 113 and all Chiefs were enroute with Chief 11 and 1120 arriving on scene reporting smoke showing from the "Bravo" side with evacuation in progress. 

Chief 11 established Commerce Drive Command. Engine 112 (Chief 1110) had water supply at nearby hydrant while crews from Engine 113 and Station 8 investigated. Cause of the fire was an overheated shaft and motor which was connected to a large electric oven which caused the building to fill up with smoke. With assistance from Plant personnel the equipment was disconnected and secured. Station 8 and Station 11 personnel provided overhaul and removed smoke from the facility. 

Command was terminated at 0102hrs and returned back to Luminite personnel. Station 11 was assisted on scene by Station 8 (Engine and Tanker) and the Foster Township PD while Station 9 (Otto Twp) was on Standby. Cause of the fire was determined accidental in nature with minimal damage as business did resume operations on Friday morning.

Alleged hijacker: I was on bath salts

Defendant declared ‘unfit’ for arraignment

Lana Muthler

LOCK HAVEN — A man who allegedly hijacked a pickup truck Thursday and led police on a chase through two townships before crashing was high on bath salts.

That is what Charles L. Dauberman told District Judge Joseph L. Sanders III during a court appearance.

After spending about 30 minutes talking with a very emotional Dauberman via video from the Clinton County Correctional Facility on Friday afternoon, Judge Sanders committed the 47-year-old as unfit for arraignment.

Dauberman remains in the county jail at McElhattan, pending arraignment at a later date.

Sobbing at times, Dauberman asked the judge for help in getting him medical and mental health treatment.

He said he was afraid that someone was going to hurt him … to kill him.

“I was just driving around. I was hearing voices. I was high on drugs. I didn’t know what was going on,” Dauberman said when asked about Thursday’s events.

He said he had been using bath salts off and on for a couple of months as he tried to deal with personal problems and depression.

Dauberman is charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, recklessly endangering another, fleeing and attempting to elude, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property, obstructing emergency services, reckless driving and careless driving.

The arrest was made by Lock Haven City Police Cpl. Richard Simpson, Woodward Township Police Chief Steve Falotico and Pine Creek Township Police Officer Tim Gill.

Thursday’s incident began about 10:30 a.m. when city police were called to a disturbance on Veterans Bridge. Read more...

EMS Dispatched For Motorcycle Accident On Old State Road

At 12:53 AM on Saturday, EMS was dispatched to the area of 1891 Old State Road in Mainesburg for a victim of a motorcycle accident.

Bolivar & Richburg Dispatched For One Vehicle Rollover Crash On Rt. 417

At 12:52 AM on Saturday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 8722 Rt. 417 in Town of Genesee for a one vehicle crash with one male patient. The location is near Sanford Hollow.

Mercyflight is on ground standby. 

Vehicle is off roadway, patient is in & out of consciousness in the front seat. Vehicle has rolled over completely.

1:08 AM--Mercyflight standby & Olean 10 cancelled.

Coudersport General Dentistry Practice Has Openings For A Hygienist, A Dental Assistant & An Administrative Assistant

SMC Powder Metallurgy, Inc. Has An Immediate Opening For A Quality Engineer In Galeton, PA

Music On The Lawn At Ulysses Library This Sunday Features The Skiffle Minstrels From Buffalo, NY

West End End Trailblazers Chicken BBQ Saturday, August 26 In Roulette

Ulysses Rabies Clinic Saturday, August 26th From 1 to 4 PM At Fire Hall

Cole Memorial Seeking Direct Care Workers For Homemaker Program

Teachers: Farmers Insurance Offers A Preferred Discount For Going The Extra Mile

Friday, August 25, 2017

Barnett Farms Seeking Seasonal General Laborer/Truck Drivers For Potato Harvesting

UPDATE: Mickey has been spotted near the Mitchell Hollow/Ayers Hill area

UPDATE: Mickey has been spotted near the Mitchell Hollow/Ayers Hill area 8/23/17). We still are reaching out to the public for any other information and are offering a reward of $200 for his safe return. Please, if you know anything, have seen him call or text Laura at 814-596-8821. He is terribly missed.

Motorcycle Accident in Keating Township Results in Major Injuries for Driver

Wallet Found in Galeton, Pa....Is it yours?

Theives Steal a Flat Screen TV from Residence in Mt. Jewett

Coudersport Troopers Release Details On Shooting In Ulysses Borough

Troopers Investigating Harassment in Smethport

Short Tract, Fillmore Dispatched For Rollover Crash

At 7:53 PM on Friday, Short Tract & Fillmore have been dispatched to County Road 15, just north of Davis Road for a one vehicle rollover crash with one person self extricated.


Diluigi Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Sausage Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
DiLuigi Foods Inc., a Danvers, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,448 pounds of chicken breakfast sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Ulysses Woman Jailed In LIeu Of Bail After Allegedly Shooting Boyfriend

Billie Jo Smith, 43, of Ulysses, PA was incarcerated in lieu of 10% of $100,000. bail early Friday morning after a domestic incident at the residence on Pleasant Street in the Potter County Boro. 

While State Police haven't released an official statement, friends and neighbors are reporting that she shot the man in the leg. State Police were on the scene until late last night. The victim, who has not been identified, suffered a non-lifethreatening wound according to friends. 

She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Delores Weiss on September 5, 2017.

Work Continues Next Week on I-80 River Bridge Between Northumberland and Union Counties

Montoursville, PA – Bridge preservation work continues next week on Interstate 80 westbound while a contractor applies an epoxy overlay to the bridge spanning the Susquehanna River at the Northumberland County/Union County line.

Work will be performed during daylight hours in the westbound auxiliary lane between the Route 15 and Route 147/Route 180 interchanges.

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

James E. "Jamie" Menteer, 47, of 302 Poplar Street, Kane, PA

James E. "Jamie" Menteer

James E. "Jamie" Menteer, 47, of 302 Poplar Street, Kane, PA died unexpectedly Friday morning, August 25, 2017 in the emergency room at UPMC Kane.

Born July 17, 1970 in Kane, he was the son of Harvey M. and Patricia A. Lehman Menteer. On June 17, 2006 in Ludlow, he married the former Laurie Walton, who survives.

Jamie was an oil field worker for ARG Resources. He attended both the Mt. Jewett Assembly of God and New Beginnings Assembly of God in East Kane, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Joshua Menteer of Kane and Dakota and Ethan Menteer, both at home; three daughters, Emily Ford of Johnsonburg and Cheyenne Johnston and Kailee Menteer, both at home; three brothers, Christopher Menteer in California and Casey and Justin Menteer, both of Kane; and a sister Sheri Swanson of Kane. Two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane on Tuesday from noon until 2:00, at which time a service will be held there with the rev. Cam Mealy, pastor of the Mt. Jewett Assembly of God church, officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery near Kane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Jewett Assembly of God, P.O. Box X, Mt. Jewett, PA 16740.

Kenneth A Hannold Jr., 68, of 7 Clarence Street, Bradford, PA

Kenneth A Hannold Jr.

Kenneth A Hannold Jr., 68, of 7 Clarence Street, Bradford, PA passed away, Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Born March 27, 1949, in Bradford he was a son of the late Kenneth A. Hannold Sr. and Grace (Yeaney) Rich. He was a 1967 graduate of Bradford High School.

On September 4, 1976 in St. Bernard Church, he married Deborah A. (Confer) Hannold who survives.

Ken was self-employed logger and later worked construction as a heavy equipment operator for Bruce Galati Excavating, retiring after 20 years of service.

He was a member of the Italian Club, Keating Township Sportsman's Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and gardening. He excelled at cooking and smoking meats.

Ken was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 416 for many years.

Surviving in addition to his wife Deb of 42 years, are his twin children Sharon (Kerry) York, of Eldred, and Don Hannold, of Bradford, one sister, Brenda (Rich) Brandon, of Bradford, four grandchildren, Jared McAndrew, Derek McAndrew, Tryston York and Noah York, and one niece Lindsey Brandon.

Friends will be received on Monday August 28, 2017, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 372 East Main Street.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

Dorothy Jane Phillips, 90, formerly of 13 N. 2nd St., Bradford, PA

Dorothy Jane Phillips

Dorothy Jane Phillips, 90, formerly of 13 N. 2nd St., Bradford, PA passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at

Grant V. Smith, Sr. 74, of Babcock Road Bradford, PA

Grant V. Smith

Grant V. Smith, Sr. 74, of Babcock Road Bradford, PA passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at his residence.

Friends will be invited to attend a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 2, 2017, from Noon to 5:00pm in the small pavilion at Callahan Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Richard D. Baxter, 67, of Bradford, PA

Vietnam Vet
Richard D. Baxter

Richard D. Baxter, 67, of Bradford, PA passed away, Friday, August 25, 2017 at his residence.

Born April 22, 1950, in Bradford he was a son of the late Jack and Margaret (Ward) Baxter.

On January 10, 1970, at the First Wesleyan Church in Bradford, he married Debra J (Shrubb) Baxter who died August 23, 2016.

Mr. Baxter attended Bradford Schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 he served in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged 1972

He had been employed at Corning Glass Works, and Vishay. Later he worked as a carpenter for Luciano Builders. He was a member of the Tuna Valley Trekkers, hiking club, and an avid musician, and guitar player. His most precious time was spent with his grandchildren and family.

Richard is survived by three children, two daughters, Iva (Timothy) Housler, of Duke Center, and Candy (John Rankin) Smith, of Bradford, a son, Benjamin (Michelle) Baxter, of Bradford, seven grandchildren, Kaitlynne Smith, Cody Baxter, Garrett Smith, Janelle Housler, Makenzie Smith, Jacob Baxter and Tristin Baxter, a sister, Darlene Baxter, of Lafayette, and one brother, John (Dee) Baxter, of Bradford.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, August 28, 2017, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave. At 7:15pm members of the American Legion Post 108 will conduct military honors in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Tuna Valley Trail Association P.O. Box 1003 Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at


BRADFORD, Pa. -- The fall semester Spectrum arts series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will feature a variety of free or low-cost art receptions, readings, concerts and plays.

All events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise listed.

Author Tori Murden McClure

Local artist and Pitt-Bradford staff and faculty member Samila Sosic will begin the year with an exhibition, “Between the Line and the Mind,” in the KOA Art Gallery of Blaisdell Hall on Sept. 8. An artist’s talk and opening reception will take place at noon. The exhibition will be open through Oct. 2. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6:30 p.m. Fridays.

On Sept. 19, Tori Murden McClure, author of “A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found my Heart in the Middle of the Ocean” about her journey as the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

“A Pearl in the Storm” is not only this year’s common reader for Pitt-Bradford freshmen and other students, but is also the 2017 selection for One Book Bradford. It is a first-person account of a harrowing trans-Atlantic trip and memoir of a brilliant woman not afraid to stand up for what is right, whether that was her disabled brother or the residents of a homeless shelter.

In October, Linda Stein will bring an exhibition of her sculptures, “The Fluidity of Gender,” to the KOA Art Gallery. The exhibition will open with an artist’s talk and reception at noon Oct. 13. The exhibition will be up through Nov. 13. This traveling, educational art exhibition explores the continuum between masculinity and femininity.
Artist Linda Stein.
November begins with a vocal performance by soprano Lucy Dhegrae at noon Nov. 1 in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. Hailed by The New York Times for her “vocal versatility and omnivorous curiosity,” Dhegrae will present a program of vocal works inspired by nature, spirituality, and humanity’s role in preserving our environment.

The fall student theatrical production “Waiting for Lefty” will have four shows in November in the Studio Theater: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Written during the Great Depression, the play consists of related vignettes and is set at a meeting of cab drivers who are planning a strike.

Interdisciplinary arts student Amy Gaberseck of Smethport will hold an art exhibition and book signing for her senior capstone at noon Nov. 20 at the KOA Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 8.

Her capstone project, “A Tree Hugger’s Datebook,” is a day planner that contains articles, poetry, photography and artwork designed for anyone with an appreciation of nature and a busy schedule.

Finally, at noon Dec. 5, the Pitt-Bradford Vocal Arts Ensemble will give its popular holiday concert and caroling sing-a-long in the Studio Theater.

For more information or tickets, visit, call (814)362-5113 or email Patty Colosimo, director of arts programming, at

For disability needs related to arts events, contact Carma Horner, disability resources and services coordinator, at 814-362-7609 or

Work Next Week on I-80 EB at Limestoneville in Northumberland County

Montoursville, PA – A 5.5-mile microsurfacing project on Interstate 80 in Northumberland and Montour Counties continues next week with work on I-80 eastbound at Limestoneville in Northumberland County.
Work scheduled during daylight hours Monday through Thursday includes the application of an epoxy-based surface treatment on structures at the Limestoneville Exit.

There will be alternating lane closures with possible delays. Work will be completed each day by 3 PM.

This project is expected to be completed in mid-September.
Asphalt Paving Systems, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $1.9 million project.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 6:02 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to assist Coudersport Police in the 400 block of North Main Street with a woman ill.

Galeton Dispatched To Vehicle Fire On Bloody Run Road

At 6:01 PM on Friday, Galeton Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire on Bloody Run Road.

Morris & Cogan House Dispatched For Land Rescue

At 4:35 PM on Friday, Morris & Cogan House Substation have been dispatched to a land rescue for a 17 year old male who has been thrown from a tractor.

Belfast Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 2:11 PM on Friday, Belfast Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the intersection of Rt. 305 & Rt. 19 for a vehicle fire.

Headline Harrisburg By PA Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, August 25, 2017
The latest news from the State Capitol 
Reduced Mandated Testing - In a win for Pennsylvania students, families and educators, mandated tests that are part of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be reduced by 20 percent for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. This will allow teachers to better instruct their students in specific subjects rather than increasing the amount of classroom time preparing for mandated exams.

Specifically, the state Department of Education is removing two sections – one in math, one in English/language arts – and additional questions from the science section, which could eliminate up to two full testing days for some schools.

This change impacts students and teachers in grades three through eight, who will now spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing.

In similar efforts, the House continues to look at all facets of education to ensure a quality, affordable education for Pennsylvania families. Within the past year, the House has spearheaded legislation to further invest in public schools, ensure greater effectiveness and accountability with the PSSA, bring needed reforms to charter schools, and enhance career and technical education.
Fire, EMS Grant Program - Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for this year’s grant program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and close on Friday, Oct. 20.
Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information about the program, click here.
On the Road Again - PennDOT has made a traffic pattern change for bridges that are part of the Route 255 project from Sabula to Penfield.

The temporary signals are now enforcing an alternating traffic pattern in the southbound lane. The overall project includes tree trimming, new inlets and drainage improvements, milling, resurfacing, structure repairs, roadway safety paint markings, and new traffic lines. Paving and installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps at the Penfield Route 255/153 intersection will also be included.

PennDOT expects the project to finish this fall, with all work weather and schedule dependent.