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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Seneca Nation & Salamanca Dispatched To Crash On Old Rt. 417

At 11:55 PM on Saturday, Seneca Nation & Salamanca have been dispatched to old Rt. 417 near the end of the paved road for a motor vehicle crash with 4 persons injured.

Farmersville & Centerville Dispatched To Trailer Fire In Freedom

At 11:40 PM on Saturday, Farmersville & Centerville Fire Depts have been dispatched to 1809 Cheney Road in the Town of Freedom for a trailer fire.

BOLO released in regard to murder of Officer Brian Shaw:

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BOLO released in regard to murder of Officer Brian Shaw: black 2014 KIA sedan - PA registration JVJ-3315. It was last seen in Tarentum. Occupants to be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, DO NOT APPROACH -- contact 911 immediately

Port Allegany Dispatched To Transformer Fire On Skinner Creek

At 11:11 PM on Saturday, Port Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to a transformer fire at the area of 272 Skinner Creek Road in Liberty Township.

RECALLS

Green Cuisine, a San Fernando, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,854 pounds of chicken and turkey salad products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard silica and glass fragments.

Horton Township Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 219

At 7:58 PM on Saturday, Horton Township Fire Department has been dispatched to 3831 Route 219 for a vehicle crash into a tree head on. The crash is in front of Brockway Glass.

Lafayette, Smethport Ambulance Dispatched To Airport For Possible Emergency Landing

At 6:56 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. & Smethport Ambulance have been dispatched to Bradford Regional Airport for a possible emergency landing.
7:14 PM--Aircraft has safely landed at the airport.

Short Tract & Fillmore Dispatched For Crash On County Road 15

At 6:17 PM on Saturday, Short Tract & Fillmore dispatched to County Road 15, just north of Middle Road in Town of Allen for a vehicle into trees. Female driver is self extricated.

Emporium Dispatched For Rollover Crash On Sizerville Road

At 5:55 PM on Saturday, Emporium Fire & Ambulance with Medic dispatched to Rt. 155 near the ballfield in Portage Township for a one vehicle rollover crash. One 34 year old male is self extricated.
Driver refused medical transport.
 

Shirley A. Alfieri, 87, of Smethport, PA

Shirley A. Alfieri

Shirley A. Alfieri, 87, of Smethport, PA, died Friday, (November 17, 2017) at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

She was born March 29, 1930 in Bellefonte, PA to the late Joseph R. and Alice (Crawford) Barnes Sr.

On July 16, 1955, in Bellefonte, PA, she married Dominic A. Alfieri, who preceded her in death on March 12, 2008.

Shirley was a graduate of Bellefonte High School and the Lock Haven Hospital nursing program. She received her license as a Registered Nurse on December 10, 1952. During her career, she worked at several hospitals, for a private physician and occasionally as a school nurse. She was elected to several terms on the Smethport School Board.

Mom enjoyed spending time in her garden, bird watching and was an avid reader. She traveled to Italy many times with her husband and children. On one trip, she met Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She studied religion, especially the lives of Padre Pio and other Catholic saints. She was devoted to her family and cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was famous for her fudge, homemade bread and rolls, bread-and-butter pickles, sugar cookies and lemon meringue pie. Shirley’s kindness and selfless generosity to everyone she encountered was an inspiration to all.

She is survived by six children: Anthony J. Alfieri, Thomas M. Alfieri, James V. (Vicki) Alfieri, David P. Alfieri, Michael D. Alfieri (Susan Platko), all of Smethport and Mary Alfieri Richmond of Erie, PA; thirteen grandchildren: Alexandra M. Alfieri (Scott) Foust, Felicia L. Alfieri, Dominic R. Alfieri, Jonathan M. Richmond, Allison A. Richmond, Connor T. Alfieri, Preston K. Alfieri, Jocelyn K. Alfieri, April L. Alfieri (Todd) Willis, Steven D. Alfieri, Laura R. Alfieri, Cecilia I. Duda, Sophia E. Duda; one sister, Vesta B. Rimmey and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Elizabeth A. Alfieri Duda on September 22, 2009 and five siblings; John C. Barnes, Robert R. Barnes Jr., Alice Jane Napora, Gertrude M. Flanigan and Sarah B. Heverly.

Visitation hours are Monday, November 20th from 4-7pm at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA 16749. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, November 21st at 10:00 am at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 307 Franklin Street, Smethport PA 16749. Committal will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 S Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749. Online condolences at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

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

Eldred Dispatched For Oven Fire On King Street

At 4:58 PM on Saturday, Eldred Boro, Eldred Township, Otto Township Fire Dept. dispatched to 18 King Street for an oven fire.

Find your Own State of Independence in Pennsylvania

by  Jennifer Scott

Living in Pennsylvania has its ups and down. On one hand, winter gets cold. Fast. On the other, the spring, summer, and fall months offer unrivaled beauty and comfortable temperatures to get out and experience life to the fullest. This is especially important if you’re recovering from depression or a substance abuse disorder. Read on for a few ways your home state can help you live, laugh, love and reconnect with yourself and your family.

A day away

They Keystone State offers more than 46,000 square miles of opportunity to get away from it all. Rolling hills, vast expanses of farmland, coastal cabins, and mountain resorts abound throughout the state. The Poconos Mountains provide open air adventures that the entire family can enjoy. Trips to Discover highlights the diverse range of accommodations available in this post and points out hiking, biking, and ziplining as just a handful of activities that can be enjoyed in the mountains.

Time with the kids

Looking to reconnect with your smallest family members after a bout with depression or addiction? Look no further than Hershey. The birthplace of the iconic candy brand is home to Hershey’s Chocolate World (of course!) along with ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Indian Echo Caverns. The latter of the attractions offer families the chance to get back to nature while learning about the history and geology of the state.

Romantic retreats

There is no better way to beat depression than to spend time with your partner. Pennsylvania offers dozens of romantic B&Bs tucked away in all four corners of the state. Spending time sans kids with your spouse or partner builds intimacy, trust, and sets a positive example for your children’s future relationships. As an added bonus, there is mounting evidence to suggest that long-term relationships are good for your mental and physical health. The British Medical Journal notes that women especially enjoy improved mental health when in a caring and compassionate partnership. Likewise, men tend to be healthier overall when they are committed and in a positive relationship.

It’s a dog’s life

Did you know that your dog can help you overcome addiction and other mental health conditions? ADrugRehab.com explains that time outdoors with Fido can increase your oxytocin levels, reduce your blood pressure, and even improve your sleeping habits. Pennsylvania’s Poe Paddy State Park even offers overnight camping opportunities for you and your dog to stretch your legs and become one (okay, two) with nature.

Hello healthy

There are more than 30 State Parks in Pennsylvania (click here for a full list provided by the National Parks Service). All this open area means you have plenty of opportunities to get outside, which, according to Harvard Medical School, can make you healthier. Being outdoors, the previously linked publication asserts, will boost your vitamin D levels, improve your focusing abilities, and even bolster recover from accidents and injuries.

A solo sojourn

If you want to be happier and healthier but don’t always want to brave the elements, you’re in luck. Pennsylvania is a haven for those who enjoy cultural experiences, theater, and history. Visiting a museum, for instance, can help perpetuate recovery from depression, says a study cited in The National. For your daily dose of culture, visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, or the State Museum of Pennsylvania. These are excellent places to visit when you need to get away from the stress of daily life. And, when you want to be alone, these attractions make the perfect independent outing.

You don’t have to live with depression, addiction, anxiety, or alcoholism. Your road to recovery begins with you and how you utilize the tools at hand and your environment. Thankfully, if you live in the Quaker State, you are never far from an opportunity to improve your overall well-being.

Wilcox Dispatched For Oven Fire On Marvin Street

At 3:25 PM on Saturday, Wilcox Fire Department has been dispatched to 271 Marvin Street for an oven fire in a residential single house.

Gary D. Swanson, 67, of Randall Avenue, Hazel Hurst, PA

Gary D. Swanson

Gary D. Swanson, 67, of Randall Avenue in Hazel Hurst, PA, died early Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, where he resided for the past week.

Born October 10, 1950 in Kane, he was the son of Harold A. and Delores D. Johnson Swanson.

Gary had worked at Zook Motors in Kane and later was a tree trimmer for Asplundh Tree Expert Co. He was a member of the F.O. Eagles in Kane and enjoyed hunting.

Surviving are a son Rob Swanson; three brothers, Paul "Lenny" (Kathy) Swanson of Ocala, Fla., Terry (Susan) Swanson of Kane and Wayne Swanson of Mt. Jewett. A long-time friend, Tom Reinard of Hazel Hurst, also survives.

A service will be held at the convenience of the family with interment of his remains in Wilcox Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of the donor's choice.

Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. - Kane

Shinglehouse Ambulance Dispatched

At. 2:49 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched for an unresponsive person.

Sinnemahoning & Jay Township Dispatched To Car In River In Benezette

At 2:48 PM on Saturday, Sinnemahoning & Jay Township Fire Depts. have been dispatched to Benezette near 10386 Rt. 555 for a car into the river with people on the roof of the submerged vehicle.
3:15 PM--Fire official on scene reports vehicle has been removed with no injuries. Equipment returning.

Centerville, Rushford Dispatched To Rollover Accident On Rt. 243

At 2:12 PM on Saturday, Centerville Fire and Rushford Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 243 at Fairview Road for a one vehicle rollover crash with injuries. Occupant is self extricated.
2:21 PM--Houghton Ambulance Dispatched.

Coroner: Death in St. Marys ruled suicide

Daily Press
ST. MARYS, PA---Elk County Coroner Michelle A. Muccio responded to the scene of a death on Friday, Nov. 17 at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Trout Run Road and East Eschbach Road in St. Marys. 

A white female was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:35 p.m. 

According to Muccio, this death has been ruled a suicide, there are no suspicious circumstances and the name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of the family.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2017-11-16 to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna county. 78a73(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

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Plunketts Creek Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2017-11-13 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site HEMLOCK SPRINGS 1H in Plunketts Creek Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Law / Security - Missing Children Located

12:40 PM--TWO CHILDREN MISSING FROM SALAMANCA, NY HAVE BEEN LOCATED IN NEW YORK CITY.


Coudersport Fire Department Dispatched/RECALLED For Search

At 8:58 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to station for a search.
RECALLED by Lieutenant 48

Mike Young says Thank You

I would like to Thank everyone in Bingham Township who voted for me as a Write-In during the Election. Your support is deeply appreciated and I will respectfully continue to serve our Township with honesty and dedication to all.

Sincerely,
Mike Young

Austin Volunteer Fire Dept. Christmas Auction

Quality Estate Auction Saturday, November 25th At Pine Creek Inn Banquet Hall Near Galeton, PA

Openings Currently Available At Cole Medical Group

Coudersport Ambulance to East Third Street

At 12:18 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic dispatched to East Third Street for a cardiac emergency.

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Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 18th At Sweden Valley Manor

AUSTIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. GUN BASH TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!

AUSTIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. GUN BASH TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!

Christmas Open House Saturday, November 18th At Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes On Indian Creek Road In Eldred, PA

Cinco C's Alpacas Holiday Event Saturday From 10 To 4

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rev. Robert D. Kaple, of 3624 Hedden Hollow Road, Cuba, NY

Rev. Robert D. Kaple

CUBA - Rev. Robert D. Kaple, of 3624 Hedden Hollow Road, and pastor of the Haskell Valley Community Church, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday (Nov. 11, 2017) at home, surrounded by his loving wife and family, following a lengthy illness.

Bob was born on Feb. 22, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a son of Lewis B. and Laura Walker Kaple. On Feb. 19, 1972, in Sweden Valley, Pa., he married his wife of 45 years, Patricia L. McConnell, who survives.

Bob was a millwright and lumberman for Ulysses Lumber and Dry Creek Products for 43 years, retiring in 2011. He was a minister at the Haskell Community Church for almost 23 years, which is associated with the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

Bob was a member of the Hinsdale Guys and Gals.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking, but he truly loved spending time with his family.

Along with his loving wife, Bob is survived by five children, Aimee Kaple of Olean, Wade (Shannon) Kaple of Erie, Colo., Mark Kaple and Amber Kaple of Cuba and Matthew Kaple of Olean; three grandchildren, Chloe, Audrey and Sammy Kaple of Erie; two stepsister's, Jeannine Kaple of Coudersport, Pa. and Laura (Tom) Tarr of Emporium, Pa.; and a stepbrother, George "Bobby" (Jackie) McKimm of South Carolina.

Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Tricia Kaye Kaple, in 1975.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 18, 2017) at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 W., Coudersport, at which time a memorial service will be held.

Memorials can be made to the Haskell Community Church, Hedden Hollow Road, Hinsdale, NY 14743.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba.

Online condolences may be made at LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.

John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, PA

John C. Major

John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, PA, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Earthworks hires new western PA, eastern OH oil & gas field advocate

Community Empowerment Project expands with addition of Leann Leiter

Canonsburg, PA & Washington, DC; Nov 17 -- Today Earthworks announced the hire of Leann Leiter as the Oil & Gas Field Advocate for eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The new position is part of Earthworks’ expanded Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to reduce the air, health, and climate impacts of oil and gas production by systematically documenting the industry’s air pollution.

Leann has an extensive background in community engagement and research-based advocacy. Most recently she completed a fellowship with the FracTracker Alliance and Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, where she wrote numerous articles on the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development. She also spent six years at the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare and Labor and Industry. Leann holds an M.A. in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in Studio Arts from Dickinson College. A native of central Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Canonsburg, PA.

“I’m thrilled to join the fight to empower communities in protecting our health and climate against the oil and gas industry’s air pollution,” said Leann Leiter. She continued, “Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project will give regulators in Ohio and Pennsylvania the information they need to enforce and strengthen regulations, and to hold oil and gas operators accountable.”

CEP works nationwide to reveal normally invisible volatile organic compounds, like methane and benzene, with optical gas imaging infrared cameras.Using this information, they partner with affected community members to file complaints with regulators. CEP also presses state governments to strengthen requirements for operators to cut methane and associated hazardous air pollution.

“The oil and gas industry is exuberant about a second wave of development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, blatantly ignoring the scientific and real-life evidence of the environmental and human harm they've already caused,” said Nadia Steinzor, CEP Manager. “Leann and other CEP staff will push state agencies to do their jobs and put the public interest ahead of industry interests.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Community Empowerment Project: http://cep.earthworksaction.org

Tioga, Middlebury Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Head-on Crash On Mann Hill Road

At 9:17 PM on Friday, Tioga Fire Dept. & Ambulance & Middlebury ambulance have been dispatched to Mann Hill Road for a 2 vehicle Head-on crash with roadway blocked. Unknown injuries.

Potter County Commissioner Named To State Task Force

Bring a can of food for Free admission on Wednesday Nov. 22


Rita M. Russell, 60, of Bradford, PA

Rita M. Russell

Rita M. Russell, 60, of Lincoln Ave., passed away on Tuesday ( November 14, 2017) following a lengthy illness.

Born January 15, 1957 in Bradford, Pa. she was the daughter of Eugene and Edna Blair Dubetsky. On August 28, 2004 in Marshburg she married Bruce Russell Sr., who survives.
Rita graduated for Otto Eldred High Schoolin 1975 and later went on to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Accounting from O.B.I. She spent most of her career employed by Zippo in Bradford in various positions, prior to her retirement due to health.
She was a member of Otto Township Fire Department and Auxiliary, and longtime girl scout troop leader in Duke Center and Rixford.

Rita enjoyed reading, sewing and crocheting. She also loved being outdoors and spending time with her family and enjoyed traveling with her husband Bruce. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Connie (David) Shick Jr. of Rixford, Tami (Randy Brewer) Dubetsky of Panama, four grandchildren, Andrew Shick and Jalynn, Aiden and Lynnea Brewer; five step-children, Laura (Mike Yoder) Mooney of Fleetwood, Pa, Bruce Russell Jr. of Louisa, Va,Julie (Donald) Mooney of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Steve (Erin) Russell of Fuquay, Varina, NC, and Gunnery Sgt. Sean (Farissa Abdool) Russell of Havelock, North Carolina, eleven step-grandchildren, Harmony, John, and Kyle Mooney, Austin and Alexa Russell, Sean and Hunter Mooney, Hadley “Haddie” Russell, Giolianna, Isabella and Bryce Russell; two brothers, Lester (Glenda) Dubetsky of Lincolnton, N. Carolina, Anthony (Brenda) Dubetsky of Rixford; Maria Fairfield of Cherryville, N. Carolina, Katherine (Herman) Fischer of Lincolnton, N. Carolina, Regina (John) Ash of Marshburg, Barbara (Philip) Moyer of Lincolnton.

In addition to her parents was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Holly.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Rita’s life at the Otto Township Fire hall, on Sunday (November 19, 2017), from 1:30-5 p.m. 

Memorials may be made to the Otto Township Fire Department or the UPMC Family House.

Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com

JVB Celebrates 150th Anniversary by holding a "Holiday Dinner" Food Drive

Shelly Morey, CSR/Head Teller of the Port Allegany office of JVB Northern Tier (left) and Denise Russell, Community Office Manager of the Port Allegany and Lillibridge offices of JVB Northern Tier presented a donation check as well as 20 filled grocery totes to the Port Allegany Food Bank.
In honor of JVB’s 150th Anniversary, a November Holiday Food Drive was sponsored. 

150 grocery totes were filled by employees with “All the Fixin’s for a Holiday Dinner.”

Kayla Berlin, Teller at the Coudersport office of JVB Northern Tier presented a donation check as well as 10 filled grocery totes to Mollie Bradford of the Coudersport Food Pantry.

RECENTLY APPROVED ELECTRONIC DEVICES NOW LAWFUL FOR HUNTING

Use of approved semiautomatic rifles and air guns now permitted in Special Regulations Areas.

Four electronic devices recently approved for use while hunting now may be used afield.

Within established seasons, hunters now may use electronic decoys in hunting waterfowl; electronic dove decoys solely for hunting doves; electronically heated scent or lure dispensers; and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent-control purposes.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners in September gave final approval to a measure to allow the devices, but with all regulatory changes, the changes do not become law until they are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The changes will be published in the Nov. 18 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Electronic devices generally are prohibited for hunting use in Pennsylvania, but the Game Commission over the years has received requests to review several specific electronic devices, and has approved some of them for hunting use. As part of the review process, the Game Commission evaluates to what degree a given device might negatively impact the principles of resource conservation, equal opportunity, fair chase and public safety.

In reviewing the devices that recently were approved for hunting use, the Game Commission identified no negative impacts that would result from their use.

Other electronic devices that are permitted for use while hunting or trapping in Pennsylvania are:

· Firearms that use an electronic impulse to initiate discharge of their ammunition

· Electronic sound-amplification devices incorporated into hearing protection devices and completely contained in or on a hunter’s ear

· Electronic devices used for locating dogs while training and hunting

· Electronic illuminating devices affixed to the aft end of a bolt or arrow and used solely for locating or tracking a bolt or arrow after it is launched

· Electronic crow decoys used solely for hunting crows

· Electronic rangefinders, including handheld devices and those contained within a scope or archery sight, so long that it does not emit a beam

The Nov. 18 Pennsylvania Bulletin also contains regulatory changes that make it lawful to use semiautomatic rifles and air guns for hunting small game and furbearers within the state’s Special Regulations Areas.

Air guns need to be between .177 and .22 caliber when used within Special Regulations Areas to hunt small game, woodchucks or furbearers.

Semiautomatic rifles need to be .22 caliber rimfire or less to hunt small game, woodchucks or furbearers within Special Regulations Areas.

These requirements vary slightly from those applying elsewhere in the state, where air guns used for small game must be between .177 and .22 caliber; and .22 caliber or larger when hunting woodchucks and furbearers.

Outside of Special Regulations Areas, semiautomatic rifles must be.22 caliber rimfire or less when used for small game, and there is no caliber restriction for woodchucks or furbearers. Only single-projectile ammunition may be used.

Special Regulations Areas include all of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and Ridley Creek and Tyler state parks during special controlled hunts.

G2 takes 1st Place – Pumpkin Patch Results

G2 Gymnastics of Shinglehouse recently traveled to Johnstown, PA for the Pumpkin Patch Blast. Over 300 gymnasts represented 11 USA Gymnastics clubs from Pennsylvania and Ohio. Thirty-two members represented G2 Gymnastics at the sanctioned event. Though judging was strict and competition was tough, G2 turned in a strong showing. The Level 2’s were champions as they brought home 1st place in the Team division. Also taking team awards were Level 3-3rd place, Level 6 – 4th place, and Level 4 – 5th place. Despite strict scoring, G2 Gymnastics brought home 110 individual awards including all around champions: Level 2-Addison Amidon, Level 3-Kendra Niver, and XCEL Gold-Anna Schuessler and event champions: Addison Amidon-bars, floor; Adelaide Jeffers-vault; Madison Errick-vault; Kendra Niver-bars, floor; Genecis Easton-beam, Ashley Oswald-bars,floor; Anna Schuessler-vault, beam. G2 also had 9 gymnasts qualify to the State Championships in their first competition of the season.

G2 will continue to train in preparation for their upcoming competition December 9th as they travel back to Johnstown, PA for the Kristal Uzelac Invitational.

G2 Gymnastics offers programs for all children, starting at age 3.We accept new students at any time during our 5 week sessions, as space permits.The next session will begin January 6th. Be sure to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page. For more information, please visit: www.g2gym.com or email Jonnie at g2gymandfitness@gmail.com.

STATE QUALIFIERS:
Level 3: Madison Errick, Kendra Niver, Genecis Easton
Level 6: Michaella Rhodes, Laci Miller, Selin Sumer
XCEL Silver: Natalie McDowell
XCEL Gold: Ashley Oswald, Anna Schuessler

9.0 CLUB
VAULT: Aeralyn Salada-9.0, Adelaide Jeffers-9.25, Madison Errick-9.25, Skylar Waid-9.20, Hannah Fleniken-9.10, Anna Schuessler-9.25
BARS: Kendra Niver-9.425, Natalie McDowell-9.0, Ashley Oswald-9.20, Anna Schuessler-9.10
BEAM: Genecis Easton-9.0, Lily Stedman-9.05, Anna Schuessler-9.0
FLOOR: Catence Taylor-9.20, Addison Amidon-9.45, Mia Shaffer-9.10, Morgan Mattison-9.35, Madison Errick-9.0, Kendra Niver-9.45, Genecis Easton-9.05, Ashley Oswald-9.0, Michaella Rhodes-9.10

ALL AROUND CLUB
34.00: Morgan Mattison-34.35, Natalie McDowell-34.25, Michaella Rhodes-34.225, Laci Miller-34.05, Selin Sumer-34.30
35.00: Addison Amidon-35.275, Madison Errick-35.70, Kendra Niver-35.525, Genecis Easton-35.525, Ashley Oswald-35.40
36.00: Anna Schuessler-36.10

LEVEL 2
Skyler Cooper: vault-8.05-9th, bars-6.0-11th, beam-8.45-5th, floor-8.20-8th, AA-30.70-9th

Kate Mitchell: vault-8.80-3rd, bars-8.0-5th, beam-8.50-4th, floor-8.40-5th, AA-33.70-4th

Ella Austin: vault-7.85-11th, bars-7.50-8th, beam-8.05-8th, floor-8.0-7th, AA-31.40-9th

AeralynSalada: vault-9.0-2nd, bars-6.90-11th, beam-8.15-6th, floor-8.90-2nd, AA-32.95-6th

Catence Taylor: vault-8.25-8th, bars-7.625-5th, beam-8.60-5th, floor-9.20-3rd, AA-33.675-4th

Reese Thompson: vault-7.65-12th, bars-5.50-10th, beam-8.30-10th, floor-8.60-5th, AA-30.05-10th

Addison Amidon: vault-8.75-3rd, bars-8.225-1st, beam-8.85-2nd, floor-9.45-1st, AA-35.275-1st

Adelaide Jeffers: vault-9.25-1st, bars-5.45-11th, beam-8.35-8th, floor-8.45-6th, AA-31.50-8th

Jenna Wylie: vault-7.95-11th, bars-5.55-9th, beam-8.65-4th, floor-8.30-7th, AA-30.45-9th

Mia Shaffer: vault-8.55-6th, bars-7.70-4th, beam-8.45-6th, floor-9.10-4th, AA-33.80-3rd

Morgan Mattison: vault-8.85-2nd, bars-7.30-6th, beam-8.85-2nd, floor-9.35-2nd, AA-34.35-2nd

LEVEL 3

Carly Reed: vault-8.65, bars-7.525, beam-7.45, floor-7.55, AA-31.175-12th

Madison Errick: vault-9.25-1st, bars-8.55-5th, beam-8.90-5th, floor-9.0-7th, AA-35.70-3rd

Skylar Waid: vault-9.20-2nd, bars-7.95-7th, beam-5.55, floor-8.40, AA-31.10-13th

Sara DeLong: vault-8.775, bars-7.45, beam-7.60, floor-8.30, AA-32.125-10th

Hannah Fleniken: vault-9.10-3rd, bars-6.20, beam-6.80, floor-8.75-6th, AA-30.85-14th

Kendra Niver: vault-8.60, bars-9.425-1st, beam-8.05-7th, floor-9.45-1st, AA-35.525-1st

Genecis Easton: vault-8.80, bars-8.675-3rd, beam-9.0-1st, floor-9.05-2nd, AA-35.525-2nd

LEVEL 4

IrelynRounsville: vault-8.20, bars-6.80, beam-7.80, floor-8.85-2nd, AA-31.65-8th

Adelyn Walker: vault-8.35-2nd, bars-7.10, beam-7.50, floor-8.55-5th, AA-31.50-8th

Brielle Fidurko: vault-8.40-5th, bars-5.90, beam-7.95, floor-7.80, AA-30.05-13th

Kaylee Oswald: vault-7.55, bars-5.50, beam-8.825-7th, floor-7.70, AA-29.575-14th

Ava Peterson: vault-7.30, bars-6.85, beam-8.50, floor-8.10, AA-30.75-12th

Kyla Andreano: vault-7.85, bars-7.20, beam-8.80-4th, floor-8.80-3rd, AA-32.65-8th

Danica Yates: vault-7.85, bars-6.05, beam-4.75, floor-7.35, AA-26.00-12th

XCEL SILVER

Lily Stedman: vault-8.30, bars-8.90-4th, beam-9.05-5th, floor-7.50, AA-33.75-14th

Natalie McDowell: vault-8.25, bars-9.0-3rd, beam-8.65, floor-8.35, AA-34.25-11th

XCEL GOLD

Ashley Oswald: vault-8.80-2nd, bars-9.20-1st, beam-8.40-4th, floor-9.0-1st, AA-35.40-2nd
Anna Schuessler: vault-9.25-1st, bars-9.10-2nd, beam-9.0-1st, floor-8.75-3rd, AA-36.10-1st

LEVEL 6

Michaella Rhodes: vault-8.45, bars-8.075, beam-8.60, floor-9.10, AA-34.225-10th

Laci Miller: vault-8.90-6th, bars-8.10, beam-8.35, floor-8.70, AA-34.05-11th

Selin Sumer: vault-8.30, bars-8.45-4th, beam-8.60, floor-8.95, AA-34.30-9th

House Action for the Week of November 20, 2017

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

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 PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

Liberty Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash

At 7:02 PM on Friday, Liberty Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash on Rt. 414 with injuries.

Eldred Township Dispatched For Car/Deer Crash On Prentisvale Road

At 5:41 PM on Friday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a car/deer crash near 2287 Prentisvale Road. Report air bag deployment, fluids leaking in roadway. Caller reports no injuries.

Bradford Police Responding To 2 Vehicle Crash

At 5:31 PM on Friday, Bradford Police dispatched to 2 vehicle crash at Corydon & Bushnell Streets. Caller reports no injuries.

Angelica Dispatched For Car Deer Crash With Injuries

At 5:29 PM on Friday, Angelica Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 6525 Rt. 19 for a car/deer crash with injuries.

Toys can be dropped off at the City of Bradford Police Department

Help your favorite Cattaraugus Gives nonprofit win at StrOlean

OLEAN, N.Y., November 17, 2017 — While community members stroll downtown Olean November 25 in support of small businesses, they will also have the chance to support local nonprofits in preparation of Cattaraugus Gives on November 28.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will hold a contest to crown StrOlean’s favorite Cattaraugus Gives-participating nonprofit. Vote for your favorite charity of the 40 participants to help them win $200 by visiting CRCF’s table in the Olean Business Development building at 301 North Union St. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Those individuals filling out a ballot also will be entered into a drawing to win personally a $25 GOACC gift certificate.

The winner will be announced the Monday before Cattaraugus Gives, the first county-wide day of giving in Cattaraugus County.

Then, donors will have the opportunity to help their favorite nonprofits win more monetary incentives by making a gift at nygivesday.org on November 28, when CRCF will offer up to $5,000 to participating organizations.

“We encourage shoppers and residents to stop by CRCF’s table at StrOlean to vote as well as enjoy some treats and a chance to win a prize themseleves,” said Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development coordinator, who is coordinating Cattaraugus Gives. “Then get ready to grow good by supporting the 40 nonprofits participating in our area’s first giving day, Cattaraugus Gives.”

Visit nygivesday.org to donate and learn more.

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

Shinglehouse Ambulance To West Academy Street

At 5:00 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance  & Coudersport Medic dispatched to West Academy Street for a medical emergency.

Robert J. Brown, 89, of 28 Red Pine Drive, Emporium, PA

Robert J. Brown

Robert J. Brown, 89, of 28 Red Pine Drive, Emporium, PA, died at his residence on Wednesday morning (Nov. 15, 2017).

He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Olean, New York, a son of the late Floyd and Gertrude Grambow Brown. On May 9, 1964, in St. Mark Catholic Church he married the late Barbara Moscato Brown.

Korean War Veteran
Mr. Brown dropped out of school at the age of 16 and joined the Merchant Marines, where he served for two years. He then went back to school and graduated at the age of 20. He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served in Germany during the Korean War.

Under the GI Bill, Mr. Brown attended several universities across the country studying economics. He then moved to Arizona, where he worked for a major grocery store chain, establishing grocery stores across that state. He moved back to Emporium and married in 1964, then started the Cameron County Echo.

Over the years, he owned and operated several businesses, including the Taste-T-Freeze, Cameron County Echo, Mid Towne Market Grocery Store, Buttonwood Inn Restaurant, PSM BrownCo, and Emporium Self Storage.
He was a strong supporter of many local organizations, including being a major donor to the Cameron County Library, which was named after his late wife, Barbara Moscato Brown.

Bob is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Pete) Fragale and Julie Brown; two sons, David Brown and Steven (Staci) Brown, all of Emporium; eight grandchildren, Vincent Brown, Kacie Brown, Bobbi Fragale, Sophia Fragale, Marcus Brown, Dino Brown, Hayden Brown and Jax Brown; one great granddaughter, Ava Anne Brown; two brothers, David (Elaine) Brown of Webster, NY, and Larry (Roberta) Brown of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Gertrude Brown; wife, Barbara Moscato Brown, who died March 30, 1996; and a sister, Betty Hollingsworth.

At his request, there will be no service or visitation.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery.

Online condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library to contribute to general maintenance.

Shirley A. Alfieri of Smethport, PA

Shirley A. Alfieri

Shirley A. Alfieri of Smethport, PA, passed away Friday (Nov. 17, 2017) at the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov.20, from 4-7 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, at 10 AM.

A full obituary will be announced on Monday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Marjory A. Shirey, 87, of Bradford, PA

Marjory A. Shirey

Marjory A. Shirey, 87, of Bradford, PA, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Bradford Manor.

Marjory was born in Bradford on February 18, 1930, a daughter of the late James C. and Helen (Ramsey) Magee.

She attended Smethport High School.

She owned and operated Career Consultants for 15 years.

She raised 3 strong children, in Salamanca, all of whom respected and loved her to the utmost, they include a daughter, Sylvia Yaceczko, of Cleveland OH; a son, Michael Connors, of Suwannee, FL; three grandchildren, Kristopher Yaceczko, Kaylan Yaceczko and Michelle Wilcox and a brother, George Magee, of East Smethport. and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Stephen Connors.

There will be no visitation and services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Allegany, Westons Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 417

At 4:15 PM on Friday, Allegany Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 417 in front of Owl Homes for a 2 vehicle accident with injuries. Westons Mills ambulance dispatched to scene. Limestone ambulance to standby for Allegany.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will be CLOSED Thursday & Friday For Thanksgiving Holiday

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum



Attention valued guests: the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will be CLOSED on Thursday November 23 & Friday November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

We will re-open on Saturday November 25 at 9 Am. 

Thank you for your support of the museum, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Marys Dispatched To 2 Vehicle Crash On State Street

At 2:48 PM on Friday, St. Marys has been dispatched to the area of 251 State Street for a 2 vehicle crash with injury.

Smethport Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak In Farmers Valley

At 2:42 PM on Friday, Smethport Fire Department has been dispatched to a natural gas leak at 4498 Rt. 46 North. Line has been struck with digging equipment.

Oswayo Valley Schools List Honor Rolls

November 16, 2017

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA. Mr. Douglas Dickerson, Principal, has announced that the following students, grades six through twelve, have been named to the honor roll for the first nine-week grading period at the Oswayo Valley Middle/High School. Students named to the high honor roll have maintained an average of 93% or above; while those on the honor roll have averaged 87% or above.

HIGH HONOR ROLL

GRADE 12: Shayla Bickel, Aidan Healy, Noah Howard, Jacob Karr, Kaleb Keech, Shawn Radigan, Jayden Snyder, Dustin Taylor, Maverick Waterman.

GRADE 11: Erynn Dickerson, Alex Lamb, Ava Lee, Caitlin Pease, Macayla Smith, Morgan Spinks, Kaylee Turk, Christa Turner, Karina West, Nash Wetherby.

GRADE 10: Brevin Austin, Colton Gietler.

GRADE 9: Kaci Chappell, Zane Malogrino, Kelsey Turk, Macy West.

GRADE 8: Makenzie Mesler, Ryan Perkins, Ethan Voorhees.

GRADE 7: Alexandria Bechelli, Jadyn Brabham, Rian Ditzler, Makenzie Good, Ella Malogrino, Cheyenne Mehl.

GRADE 6: Nikolas Bonney, Madelynn Evingham, Grace Ford, Brooke George, Maddison Gietler, Abbey Kellogg, Alexis Kemp, Laci Miller, Zachary Perkins, Lily Stedman, Holden Turek.
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HONOR ROLL

GRADE 12: Emilee Andress, Gage Babcock, Taige Bryant, Alex Goss, Dakota Hadden, Austin Hartzell, Theodore Henry, Mackenzie Knowlton, Madison Miller, Dylan Pesock, Nathan Prouty, Brooke Siebert, Paige Smith, Reanne Stannard, Devon Stickles.

GRADE 11: Isaiah Barney, Karley Carpenter, Naomi Cook, Faith Coole, Dakota Green, Kierra Green, McKenzie Gross, Nicole Hamon, Kalli Hanchett, Olivia Jandrew, Michael Jones, Anna Mallison-Austin, Sara McKean, Alison Nofsker, Aric Sturdevant, Michael VanDergrift.

GRADE 10: Mikayla Bell, Aaron Bennett-Dailey, Emma Gross, Honor Gross, Jade Huffman, Rose Pearson, Sarah Stickles, Owen Sturdevant, Arianna Waterman, Hailee Wilson.

GRADE 9: Alexander Clower, Kaitlynn Hoffman, Skylar Hohenwarter, Kellcey Pesock, Mandi Smith, Carter Stedman, Marie Tomb.

GRADE 8: Nickales App, Danielle Clower, Mackenzie George, Westin Hartzell, Alexandria Hays, Laya Phillips, Sawyer Prince, Anita Schimp, Rachael Taylor.

GRADE 7: Nathan Carpenter, Nicholas Flamini, Karielle Johnston, Avaree Kellert, Braeli Kinney, Hailey Learn, Trinity Lundy, Sean McKean, Lexie Stilson, Breeanna Van Skiver.

GRADE 6: Mallory Goodliff, Praylan Perkins.

WILL PENNSYLVANIA’S BUCK HARVEST INCREASE A THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR?

With good weather, agency biologists believe it’s possible.

Pennsylvania’s coming firearms deer season packs promise for hundreds of thousands of hunters as they await its opener the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Unseasonably warm weather and an abundance of fall mast made it more challenging to pattern deer movements throughout the statewide six-week archery season, which concluded Nov. 11. Now “rifle season” offers the next opportunity to hunt deer in Penn’s Woods.

Most of Pennsylvania’s deer harvest comes from hunters participating in the firearms season. It has been the Commonwealth’s principal tool for managing deer for more than a century. It is the season that draws the largest crowd. The season for which some rural schools still close their doors on the opener to allow their students – and teachers – to hunt.

The firearms season opener is the day every deer hunter wants to be afield. It’s almost always the most exciting day of the season and therefore usually offers the greatest opportunity. About a quarter of the season’s buck harvest occurs on the opener.

But this firearms season – not just its opening day – has the potential to be something special.

“Agency deer biologists believe there’s a chance we’ll see the state’s buck harvest increase for the third consecutive year,” explained Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “It’s an exciting possibility that banks on last year’s massive acorn crop and a mild winter paving the way for big bucks to get bigger and for more young bucks grow into legal racks.

“There’s no doubt something special is happening,” Burhans continued. “For the past few months, hunters have been sending us trail-cam photos of amazing bucks, maybe even new state records. Our field officers also are seeing plenty of bucks from farm country to the big woods. Some are real wall-hangers out there.”

Larger-racked – and older – bucks are making up more of the deer harvest with each passing year. Last year, 149,460 bucks were taken by hunters, making it the second-largest buck harvest in Pennsylvania since antler restrictions were started in 2002.

In 2016, 56 percent of the antlered buck harvest was made up of bucks 2½ years old or older, said Chris Rosenberry, who supervises the Game Commission’s Deer and Elk Section. The rest were 1½ years old.

“Older, bigger-racked bucks are more of the norm in the forests of Pennsylvania than they have been for at least a couple decades,” Rosenberry said. “There’s no doubt antler restrictions paved the way. It was a big step forward 15 years ago, and today we’re seeing the results for protecting young bucks.”

Every year, Pennsylvania hunters are taking once-in-a-lifetime bucks. Some are “book bucks,” antlered deer that make the Pennsylvania Big Game Records book or Boone & Crockett Club rankings. Others simply win neighborhood bragging rights.

But bucks don’t have to be big to be special.

“A buck that eludes hunters for years and years on a mountain or in a farming valley is just as special as the big boys that make the books,” emphasized Burhans. “The elusive ones might even be more meaningful to the hunters who pursue them because sometimes those chases go on for years, and involve hunting camps, families or groups of friends.”

Statewide Season

The statewide general firearms season runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9. In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the season’s first five days, with the antlerless and antlered seasons then running concurrently from the first Saturday, Dec. 2, to the season’s close. In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, however, properly licensed hunters may take either antlered or antlerless deer at any time during the season.

Rules regarding the number of points a legal buck must have on one antler also differ in different parts of the state, and young hunters statewide follow separate guidelines.

For a complete breakdown of antler restrictions, WMU boundaries and other regulations, consult the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov.

One very important regulation that applies statewide is the requirement for all hunters to wear at all times a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. And for safety’s sake, it’s a good idea for nonhunters who might be afield during the deer season and other hunting seasons to consider wearing orange, as well.

Field Conditions for Deer Season

Precipitation through spring and summer have fostered an exceptional supply of fall foods in Penn’s Woods. Trees held their leaves longer. Grazing grass continued to grow. Soft and hard mast crops have been remarkably plentiful.

These conditions have made deer movements tough to sort out. Often, there isn’t a pattern. Deer are keying on food sources within good cover and staying there. That makes hunting more challenging, especially if you don’t scout to confirm deer are using the area you plan to hunt.

“There were regional bumper crops of red-oak acorns last year, and we sort of expected lower production this fall,” explained Dave Gustafson, Forestry Division chief in the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management. “But even the areas reporting bumper crops last year are seeing at least decent red-oak acorn crops this year. And many areas that didn’t see red-oak acorns last year have a better-than-average crop this year.”

White-oak acorn yields have been a little less predictable, but hunters who find acorns beneath white and chestnut oaks are likely to find other oak trees in that area producing acorns in good numbers, Gustafson said.

“Even on specific ridges, the acorn – and beechnut – crop can vary by elevation or slope,” Gustafson said. “Down low, it might vary from woodlot to woodlot, or by tree size.”

When the forest is full of food, and corn remains standing in farming areas, hunters have more work to do to find deer. In these years – like this year – it often takes considerable field time to pinpoint areas whitetails are using.

Deer generally go where the easiest – and often, most nutritious – meal is available. But preferences and hunter pressure can inspire their selection.

This fall, there are abundant crops of acorns – types vary – and beechnuts. Crabapples and other soft mast also are plentiful. So, focus on areas that have sizable yields and see if whitetails are filling up there.

Deer make a mess wherever they eat, so it isn’t hard to sort out whether they’re using an area. Look for raked up leaves, droppings and partially eaten mast for confirmation.

When setting up a hunting stand, it’s also a good idea to use the prevailing wind to your advantage. Wherever you hunt, the prevailing wind should blow from where you expect to see deer to your location. Then, dress for the cold and sit tight.

Remember you’re not alone while you’re afield. Other hunters also are waiting on stand, still-hunting or driving for deer in groups. So, even if your stand over food fails to bring deer, the movements of other hunters might chase deer your way.

“Remember, the firearms deer season opener is like no other,” Burhans noted. “It is hands-down that one day when your chances of taking a buck are the greatest. Everyone heads afield hoping for a big buck. And for many, that wish comes true.”

Proper licensing

Hunters during the statewide firearms season can harvest antlered deer if they possess a valid general hunting license, which costs $20.90 for adult residents and $101.90 for adult nonresidents.

Each hunter between the ages of 12 and 16 must possess a junior license, which costs $6.90 for residents and $41.90 for nonresidents.

Hunters younger than 12 must possess a valid mentored youth hunting permit and be accompanied at all times by a properly licensed adult mentor, as well as follow other regulations.

Mentored-hunting opportunities also are available for adults, but only antlerless deer may be taken by mentored adult hunters.

Those holding senior lifetime licenses are reminded they must obtain a new antlered deer harvest tag each year, free of charge, to participate in the season.

To take an antlerless deer, a hunter must possess either a valid antlerless deer license or a valid permit. In the case of mentored hunters, the mentor must possess a valid tag that can be transferred to the mentored hunter at the time of harvest.

In addition to regular antlerless licenses, Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) permits can be used to take antlerless deer. A DMAP permit can be used throughout the 12-day firearms season, but only on the specific property for which it is issued.

Regular antlerless deer licenses may be used only within the wildlife management unit for which they’re issued, in most cases starting on Saturday, Dec. 2. WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D offer concurrent antlered and antlerless deer hunting throughout the statewide firearms deer season.

DMAP permits for some properties might still be available, but at the time of this release, antlerless licenses were sold out in all units but WMUs 2A and 2B.

General hunting licenses can be purchased online, but as the season nears, hunters might find it better to purchase licenses in person. Deer licenses purchased online are mailed, meaning they might not arrive in time if purchased too close to the start of the season.

Hunters are reminded the field possession of expired licenses or tags, or another hunter’s licenses or tags is unlawful.

Tagging and Reporting

A valid tag must be affixed to the ear of each deer harvested before that deer is moved. The tag must be filled out with a ball-point pen by the hunter.

Within 10 days of a harvest, a successful hunter is required to make a report to the Game Commission. Harvests can be reported online at the Game Commission’s website – www.pgc.pa.gov – by clicking on the “Report a Harvest” button on the home page. Reporting online not only is the quickest way to report a harvest, it’s the most cost-effective for the Game Commission.

Harvests also can be reported by mailing in the postage-paid cards that are provided when licenses are purchased, or successful hunters can call 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681) to report by phone. Those reporting by phone are asked to have their license number and other information about the harvest ready at the time they call.

Mentored youth hunters are required to report deer harvests within five days. And hunters with DMAP or Disease Management Area 2 permits must report on their hunting success, regardless of whether they harvest deer.

By reporting their deer harvests, hunters play a key role in providing information used to estimate harvests and the deer population within each WMU. Estimates are key to managing deer populations, and hunters are asked to do their part in this important process.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in three areas of Pennsylvania, and special rules apply to hunters within the state’s two Disease Management Areas (DMA).

There are two DMAs. DMA 2 includes parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties. And DMA 3 includes about 350 square miles in Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties.

For the specific boundaries of each DMA, check the Game Commission’s website or turn to the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

Hunters may not remove from any DMA any deer parts deemed to have a high-risk of transmitting CWD. The head, backbone and spinal cord are among those high-risk parts, and successful hunters who live outside a DMA can remove and deposit high-risk parts in dumpsters that have been set up on state game lands within each DMA. They then can transport the meat and other low-risk parts outside the DMA.

Hunters also can take their harvests to a processor or taxidermist within the DMA, and the processor or taxidermist can properly dispose of the high-risk parts. In some cases, processors and taxidermists just beyond the border of a DMA have been approved as drop-off sites and those facilities appear on the list of cooperating processors and taxidermists available on the Game Commission’s website.

Hunters who take deer within DMAs can now have their deer tested – free of charge – for CWD, and at the same time help the Game Commission fight this deadly disease.

The Game Commission has installed large metal bins at 26 locations for the collection of harvested deer heads within DMA 2 and DMA 3. The bins, which are similar to those used for clothing donations, keep contents secure and are checked and emptied every other day through the deer-hunting seasons.

All deer heads brought to the white-colored bins that can be tested for CWD will be tested for CWD, and the hunters who submitted them will be notified of the results as soon as they are available.

All heads submitted for testing must be lawfully tagged, with the harvest tag legibly completed and attached to the deer’s ear, and placed in a tied-shut plastic bag. The head can be bagged before being brought to the bin, or hunters can use the bags provided at bins.

Hunters who harvest deer outside a DMA must make arrangements with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Laboratory if they want their deer to be tested. There is a fee associated with this testing. More information about this process can be found online at www.agriculture.pa.gov.

Transporting a deer head outside a DMA so the deer can be disease-tested at a lab is a permitted exception to the rule prohibiting the removal of high-risk parts from a DMA. Deer heads should be double-bagged in plastic garbage bags before they are removed from the DMA.

The Game Commission will be sampling for chronic wasting disease statewide, but just because a hunter drops a deer off at a processor or taxidermist doesn’t mean the deer will be tested for CWD.

Chronic wasting disease is transmitted from deer to deer by direct and indirect contact. It is always fatal to deer that become infected, but there’s no known case of it being transmitted to humans.

People are advised, however, not to consume meat from deer that test positive for CWD.

For more information on CWD, drop-off dumpsters and rules applying within DMAs, visit the Game Commission’s website.

Beyond The Hunt Photo and Big Buck Photo Contests

There is so much more to hunting than the harvest. Yet, sometimes we forget to capture those memories with a photo. To participate in the inaugural Beyond the Hunt Photo Contest, the Game Commission encourages you to snap a photo of the landscape or wildlife surrounding your favorite hunting spot, the person sitting beside you in the stand, the meal you share after a successful hunt or any other special moment surrounding your Pennsylvania hunting experience that goes #beyondtheharvest for a chance to win a generous prize package.

To enter, submit a photo showing an aspect of hunting other than the harvest and provide a short explanation about why it is meaningful to you. E-mail the submission to pgc-contest@pa.gov using “BTH” in the subject line. Hunters may send more than one submission. Photos must be taken in Pennsylvania. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 31.

Hunters who take Pennsylvania bucks during the 2017 archery or firearms seasons are eligible to submit photos of their trophies to the Game Commission’s Buck Harvest Photo Contest. Photos will be accepted through Dec. 17, and also should be emailed to pgc-contest@pa.gov. Use “BUCK HARVEST” in the subject line.

Game Commission staff will narrow the submitted photos in each contest into groups of contenders to be posted on the agency’s Facebook page, where users will determine the winning photos by “liking” the images. Those submitting the images of the winning archery and firearms bucks will win trail cameras.

For more information about either contest and prizes, visit the Game Commission’s website.

Wellsboro Dispatched For 2 Overdosed In Vehicle

At 2:21 PM on Friday, Wellsboro Ambulance dispatched to a vehicle next to the Minit Mart at 165 Tioga Street, for 2 people inside a vehicle overdosed. Police are on scene.

Liberty Dispatched For Vehicle Fire On Rt. 15 South

At 1:48 PM on Friday, Liberty Fire Department has been dispatched to Rt. 15 Southbound near the rock quarry for a vehicle fire.