Sweden Valley Manor

Sweden Valley Manor

Stoltz

Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

Bokman of Wellsville

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Schoolhouse Village Wellness

Schoolhouse Village Wellness

Howard's Inc.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Victim Of Assault

At 11:13 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to the intersection of Horse Run Road and the Ceres Road to assist Shinglehouse Police with a victim of an assault.

Bryan T. Mascho, 18, of 3031 Route 305, West Clarksville, NY

Bryan T. Mascho 
"Beloved Son"

Bryan T. Mascho, 18, of 3031 Route 305, West Clarksville, NY, passed on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bryan was born on Jan. 30, 2000 in Warren, PA and was a son of Timothy A. and Michelle K. Herrington Mascho. 

He attended Bolivar-Richburg Central School. Bryan enjoyed soccer, Boy Scouts, woodworking, and video games. He loved football and his favorite team was the Denver Broncos.

Bryan is survived by; his parents Michelle and Timothy Mascho; a brother, Brandon A. Mascho; a sister, Brittney M. Mascho all of West Clarksville; paternal grandparents, Cleo and Jean Mascho of Bolivar; 3 maternal uncles, Mike (Sherri) Herrington of Virginia, Mark (Carly) Herrington of Bolivar, and Matthew (Bobbie Jo) Herrington of Elmira; 1 maternal aunt, Marsha (Jeffrey) Cwiklinski of Friendship; 3 paternal unlces, Terry (Donna) Mascho of Bolivar, David (Melinda) Mascho of Portville, and Dan Mascho of Westons Mills; 1 paternal aunt, Vicki (Randy) Rossman of Olean; a sister-in-law, Haley A. Blauvelt of Bolivar; a special girlfriend, Leesa Blinn of Westons Mills; and several cousins.

Friends will be received at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, 646 E. State St., Olean, on Monday Feb. 26, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 11:00 am. The Rev. David M. Cook, Pastor of the Obi Community Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the West Clarksville Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.

Car Pursued By Police Crashes On Newtown Hill Road Near Mansfield, PA

At 10:41 PM on Saturday, Police in the Mansfield area have responded to a high speed pursuit of a maroon Subaru on Rt. 549.
10:45 PM--Fire & EMS have been dispatched when the chased vehicle crashed on Newtown Hill Road about a half mile from Rt. 549.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News


Spring Story Hour will take place Friday mornings at 10:30 during the month of March. Please stop by or call the library at 697-6691 to register.
A Special Easter Story Hour will take place on Tuesday, March 27th, at 6 p.m. Plan on joining us for stories and a craft with Jane Perkins! Please stop by or call the library at 697-6691 to register.
Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: every Thursday afternoon 1-3
● Book discussion: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:00 a.m.
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
● Family Movie Day: 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00 a.m.

The Oswayo Valley Historical Society is open for research every Friday afternoon 1-4.

Memorials & Donations:
● Carol Mattison by Nona Bean
● Jackie Dietze by Myke, Mary, Pattie, & Liz, Virg’s daughters
● Max Dunshie, Sr. by Potter County Historical Society
● Carolyn Graves by Monica Thomas
Thank you for supporting your local public library!
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 every month at 4:00 p.m.

Bradford Dispatched To Crash On Interstate Parkway

At 10:18 PM on Saturday, Bradford Police, Fire & EMS dispatched to Interstate Parkway & Abbott Road for a one vehicle crash with multiple occupants.

Coudersport Dispatched To Possible Natural Gas Leak

At 9:58 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to 442 Burrows Road for a possible natural gas leak.

Ernest D. “Ernie” Robinson, 81, of Shinglehouse, PA

Ernest D. Robinson
“beloved father and grandfather”

Ernest D. “Ernie” Robinson, 81, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on October 30, 1936 in Portville, N.Y., he was a son of Dean E. and Ruth Brant Robinson.

Ernie was a graduate of Portville Central School, Class of 1956 and studied welding at New York City College of Technology, graduating in 1958. He was employed as a welder for 42 years at Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, retiring in 2000.

In his early years he raced stock cars and helped his son with go-cart racing. He loved to hunt and fish. His greatest love was his family.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Theresa) Robinson and Daniel L. (Kim) Robinson, both of Shinglehouse, Dawn (Rick) Robinson of Roanoke, Virginia, and Tina L. (Gino) Cobin of Wellsville, N.Y.; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Joyce) Robinson of Bolivar, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Winans; and a brother.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm in the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery, Obi, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ernie’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ernie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Willie Is Lost In Rose Lake/Andrews Settlement Area of Potter County

Hi, Jim.
Thanks to your help, our dog Willie was found tonight.

We appreciate what you do to help people.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Rick and Joy Currier

Senecas Ramp Up Opposition to Pegula Fracking Proposal

The Niagara Reporter

There’s an old expression that comes close to describing billionaire Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula’s business philosophy, and that is, “Don’t make a mess in your own nest.”

The thrills and enjoyment Pegula provides to Western New York sports fans, as his teams go forth to do battle against rival municipalities, is in stark contrast to the misery of the land, air and water pollution his natural gas fracking operations inflict on communities south of the state line, in northwestern Pennsylvania.

In 2015, two public drinking water systems and at least six private water wells were allegedly contaminated by pollution from a natural gas fracking operation run by JKLM Energy LLC in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Terry Pegula is the owner of JKLM. JKLM ended up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, and pay for other remedial actions, as documented at the state website PA.gov.

This was the first time anywhere in the nation that not one, but two public water supplies had been impacted by groundwater pollution from fracking operations.

An emergency press conference was held in downtown Coudersport, PA to inform the public that their drinking water was potentially contaminated, and to stop using it for cooking, bathing, etc.  Read more....

EPIPHANY ALLEGHENY ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

PITTSBURGH, Pa (Feb. 24) – Epiphany Water Solutions is committed to providing factual and complete answers to the questions people in the Coudersport area have about its waste water treatment facility to be co-located at the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority’s facility in Eulalia Township. The company issued this statement today regarding the safe storage and management of water and solids at the Coudersport facility:

Q. How much untreated waste water will Epiphany store on site?
A. The facility will have the capability of storing a maximum of 67,000 gallons of waste water, in a series of secure tanks that are elevated above the flood plain and outfitted with a redundant secondary containment system.

Q. What kinds of waste solids will Epiphany store on site?
A. Small amounts of heavy metals and traces of radiological material (less than one-millionth of one percent) removed during the chemical precipitation process will be stored in secure containers until they are prepared and shipped for disposal at a permitted landfill. Clean salt that is removed in the distillation process will also be stored in secure containers at the facility while it is awaiting transport to customers for use as road salt.

Q. Is there any possibility of contaminants being accidentally released to the river or the environment, or in the event of a flood or heavy rain?
A. No. Epiphany’s facility has fail-safe redundancies built into its design and construction, including elevating all equipment above the level of a 100-year flood event, as well as secondary containment systems designed to prevent any water from ever unintentionally flowing in or out of the facility. The treatment system also includes real-time monitors that will detect any disruption to either the precipitation or the distillation processes that automatically prevent any potential impact to the environment and immediately alert our on-site technicians.

Q. Are there any other distillation plants in Pennsylvania or anywhere else that have the same treatment process and promise of “pure” water as their discharge?
A. Yes. There are many treatment plants that use distillation technology to treat various types of waste water, including three in Pennsylvania that are dedicated to the treatment of waste water from oil and gas production operations. Epiphany has combined the best technologies from those existing facilities to create the most robust and reliable waste water treatment process to date. Our facility will create a new standard for best practices in the industry.

Q. Where does this waste water come from and how much can be treated at Epiphany’s facility?
A. Waste water transported to Epiphany’s Coudersport facility will include flowback and produced water from existing wells drilled and operated in the immediate vicinity. The amount of water generated by those wells will vary, based on each well’s specific stage of completion and production. The facility is designed and constructed to treat a maximum of 42,000 gallons of water per day.

Q. Will waste water be transported into our community from other places?
A. Epiphany’s Coudersport facility is intended to treat water generated locally by oil and gas production operations, from wells between 10-20 miles from the plant. It is economically impractical to transport water from distances greater than that.

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Chimney Fire On Bells Run Road

At 3:25 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 331 Bells Run Road at the Danforth Residence for a chimney fire.

Juniata Valley Bank SPONSORS FOOD DRIVE

Mifflintown, PA – Marcie A. Barber, President and CEO of The Juniata Valley Bank, with offices in the Juniata Valley and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that JVB is sponsoring their 13th ANNUAL Food Drive March 17 - 31, 2018. 

Donations of food, paper goods and personal items will be accepted at all JVB community office locations during regular business banking hours for the benefit of food pantries in Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Perry, McKean and Potter Counties. 

For each food or personal-care item donated, JVB will add a donation of 25¢, up to a total of $2000, to benefit the local food pantries.

Coudersport Rotary's Newest Members


Coudersport Rotary Club was pleased to induct new member, Jennifer Rossman, Director of Community Development, Potter County, at our February 12, 2018 meeting. 


Coudersport Rotary Club President, Ruth Sallade, welcomed Citizens of Tomorrow; Mara Miller, Travis Finnimore,and Tori Miller to our February 12, 2018 meeting.

Coudersport Rotary News

 Josh Roth, the Site Administrator of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum spoke before the Coudersport Rotary at their February 12, 2018 meeting. 

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum was closed for a 5.6 million dollar renovation from 2012-2015. Josh Roth, from York County, with a background in history, archaeology, and mu-seums started as Site Administrator in June 2015. “I can’t take credit for the building when people marvel over it,” he said.

The idea of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum was first conceived with the 1960s; the result of a collaboration between the Penn-York Lumberman’s Club and the PA Historical and Museum Commission to educate the public about the rich lumbering history of the Common-wealth.
In the new 2015 exhibit, visitors can choose where to begin their experience. A central lobby leads to radial galleries, each highlighting a different era of the history of Pennsylvania’s forests and lumber industry. The museum includes tactile interaction, simulated actions and experiences, digital photograph and video screens and drawer exhibit cases, and “leave your mark” exhibits where one designs a log stamp or shares your ideas and tells your story.
Josh spoke about expanding the ways the public can experience the museum such as outreach events, evening programs, and educational groups sponsored by local businesses. Josh said the new visitor center also provides a very reasonably priced community ‘space’ available for educational presentations, weddings and other family based events, and organizational and group meetings.

Go to www.lumbermuseum.org for upcoming events and contact information for the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. 

Thank you Josh Roth for your very interesting and informational presentation before the Coudersport Rotary Club!

Orrtanna, Pa Driver arrested for DUI after traffic stop in Wharton


Brimmer Notory in Elkland victim of burglary


Lawrenceville man arrested after trying to break into a home


WOOD PELLETTS ONLY $215. PER TON SUNDAY ONLY AT JOHNSTON TOOLS IN PORT ALLEGANY


No injuries when driver loses control and crosses into other lane


Minor injuries in 3 car crash in Otto Township


Galeton man in jail after slamming kitchen table down on victim's foot


Cheif Phelps and K-9 Jay help with traffic stop in Coudersport


Gaines woman charged with DUI in Galeton


Kerith Strano Taylor Drops Out Of 5th District Congressional Race; To Run For State Office

Kerith Strano Taylor Statement on 2018 Campaign February 23, 2018

We have known since January 22 that there would be new Congressional districts in Pennsylvania by February 19. Pennsylvania’s new Congressional district map is a good map because it is a fair map. The districts that were horribly gerrymandered to favor Republicans are gone, and we look forward to competitive Congressional campaigns across this great Commonwealth.

The new district that contains my home county, Jefferson County, is the fifteenth, and it differs from the old fifth district in some important ways. Erie County is no longer split but it is now entirely within another district. State College and most of its surrounding townships, along with Clinton, Potter, and Tioga Counties have also been taken out of the old district. In their place, Armstrong, Indiana Counties, half of Butler County, and all of Cambria County (except the Johnstown area) have been added.

While it may look similar, this is a very different landscape from the district I have run in before. There was a narrow pathway to victory for me in 2018 in the old fifth district. I do not see that pathway in the new fifteenth district. Instead, I have decided the most effective way for me to fight for distressed rural communities and families is to run for the 66th district seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this year. The 66th district includes all of Jefferson County and the northern part of Indiana County.

The 66th District seat is currently held by Republican Cris Dush, who is in his second term. On February 5, Mr. Dush called on his fellow members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to impeach the five duly elected members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court who ruled that the old district map “clearly, plainly, and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Mr. Dush argues that by making this finding, the five justices have “engaged in misbehavior in office” constituting grounds for impeachment. While there are a great many things on which I disagree with Mr. Dush, as a lawyer, I find this disrespect for justice beyond the pale. I hope the rest of us can agree that we’re not going to impeach judges every time they make a decision we don’t like!

The next few days will be challenging as we suspend our fifth district U.S. Congressional campaign and start up our 66th district Pennsylvania House campaign. I know that some of my supporters will be disappointed that I am not running for U.S. Congress in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but I am confident that it is the right decision. I am delighted to report that my entire Congressional campaign staff will remain with me. We are now focusing our energies on winning the 66th district seat in the Pennsylvania House. I look forward to this campaign! I hope you will join us in our new fight.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-15 to Swn Production Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna county. 78.85 - Inadequate, insufficient, and/or improperly installed cement
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Forks Twp, Sullivan County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-15 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Forks Twp, Sullivan county. 78a81(a)2 - CASING AND CEMENTING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Operator conducted casing and cementing activities that failed to prevent migration of gas or other fluids into sources of fresh groundwater.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Forks Twp, Sullivan County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-15 to Chief Oil &Amp; Gas Llc in Forks Twp, Sullivan county. 78a81(a)2 - CASING AND CEMENTING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Operator conducted casing and cementing activities that failed to prevent migration of gas or other fluids into sources of fresh groundwater.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Windham Twp, Wyoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-12 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Windham Twp, Wyoming county. 78.86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect ..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Windham Twp, Wyoming County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-12 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Windham Twp, Wyoming county. 78.86 - CASING AND CEMENTING - DEFECTIVE CASING OR CEMENTING - Operator failed to report defect in a well that has defective, insufficient or improperly cemented casing to the Department within 24 hours of discovery. Operator failed to correct defect ..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

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

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-02-22 to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna county. 78a85(a)5 - CASING AND CEMENTING - CEMENT STANDARDS - Operator failed prevent gas flow in the annulus and use gas block additives and low fluid loss slurries in areas of known shallow gas producing zones.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Pa. woman sentenced to 30 months after embezzling from Olean credit union

The Buffalo News

A Pennsylvania woman who was convicted of stealing funds from an Olean-based credit union and making false entries in the company's ledger, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Norma Gold, 57, of Eldred, Pa., also was ordered to pay $179,939 in restitution to her now defunct employer, the Olean Tile Employees Federal Credit Union. Read more...

PSA To Hold Open Interviews For RN's, LPN's & CNA's On Feb. 27, March 1 & 2

www.psahealthcare.com

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

Potter County Conservation District Seeking Outreach and Communications Advisor New Post

Vintage Studebaker Dealership Contents & Real Estate Auction Feb. 24th In Cambridge Springs, PA

Health Ride Plus, Inc. Has Openings For Van Drivers In Potter County, PA

Glenn O Hawbaker Holding Open Interviews at the Roulette Firehall on Feb 28

Fill A Bag Of Featured Fruits & Vegetables For Only $15. February 23 & 24th At Port Allegany Shop 'n Save

Sagewood, Inc. Seeking Therapeutic Staff Support In Port Allegany & Coudersport Area

School Bus Driver Training Course To Be Offered By STA In Emporium In March & April

Join Us For Breakfast Saturday & Sundays At Hamilton's Pancake House In Ulysses

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Cole Medical Group Is Seeking A Dental Assistant

Friday, February 23, 2018

Coudersport Area Municipal Authority has moved meetings to Borough Maintenance Facility

Coudersport Borough
6 hrs ·

The Coudersport Area Municipal Authority has moved their meeting location from the Toles Hollow location to the Borough Maintenance Facility on Damascus St. until further notice. Their regular meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Public is welcome to attend.

Sinnemahoning, Jay Township Dispatched For Crash On McIssac Lane

At 10:52 PM on Friday, Sinnemahoning Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 370 McIssac Lane in Gibson Township for a one vehicle crash. Unknown injuries. 
10:54--Jay Township Engine & Rescue dispatched mutual aid to assist.

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

Event: Flood Watch
Alert:

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following
areas, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk,
Fulton, Huntingdon, McKean, Northern Centre, Northern Clinton,
Potter, Somerset, Southern Centre, Southern Clinton, and
Warren.

* Through Sunday evening

* Recent rain and snowmelt have left stream levels high and soils
very wet. Two periods of rain, occurring today and Saturday
night into Sunday, will increase the threat of flooding across
the region. Additional rainfall of two to three inches is
possible.

* Monitor forecasts closely and be alert for possible flood
warnings. Those living in flood prone areas should be prepared
to take action should flooding develop.

Instructions: Review flood safety and preparedness information at weather.gov/flood.

William E. “Bill” Canaan, 63, Eldred, PA

William E. “Bill” Canaan

William E. “Bill” Canaan, 63, Eldred, PA, passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2018) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born on March 31, 1954, in Bradford, he was a son of Everal and Winifred Fitzsimmons Canaan.

Bill was a 1972 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and had lived in the Eldred and Duke Center area his entire life. He had been employed by the Dresser Clark Manufacturing Company in Olean for 17 years and later the Pittsburgh Corning Co. in Port Allegany for six years and then at the Ethan Allen Furniture Co. in Eldred for eight years. In 2015 he retired from the T. D. Canaan Co. in Eldred as a truck driver.

Bill was a member of the Eldred American Legion Post 887 and the Eldred Private Myron Burns VFW Post 2092. He was an avid reader and loved cooking and was known by his family and friends as an excellent cook. Bill also enjoyed socializing with his friends, who enjoyed his easy-going personality. And after his retirement he was a loyal full-time caregiver for his 92 year old mother until he passed away.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Eldred are a son, Robert Canaan of Duke Center; a daughter, Jennifer (Brian Welka) Canaan of Little Valley, N.Y.; a grandson, Frankie Welka; three brothers, Raymond (Gloria) Canaan of Winder, Ga., Tom (Deb) Canaan of Eldred and Sid (Kay) Canaan of Bradford; and two sisters, Linda (John) Allen of Eldred and Pat (John “Ozzie”) Schwab of Duke Center.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Goldsmith on Feb. 14, 2014.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred on Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. at which time the funeral service will be held with Bill’s brother- in-law, the Rev. John Allen, officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred.

Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com

Spring Picture Day At Coudersport Elementary.


Ruffed Grouse Society to host Sportsmen’s Banquet in Williamsport

The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its second annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet Saturday, March 10, at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse, woodcock and other forest wildlife on public land in Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact Jeff Fetzer at (570) 885-6112 or visit susquehannagrouse.com.

PGC biologist to discuss plight of ruffed grouse at Williamsport banquet

“What’s happening to our ruffed grouse?” has become a familiar refrain among hunters and bird watchers who have noticed an appreciable decline in sightings of Pennsylvania’s state bird in recent years.

Data gathered from decades of hunter-reported grouse flush rates, as well as Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts in the state, bear out the notion that the ruffed grouse population in Pennsylvania has reached historic lows.

Lisa Williams, a wildlife biologist who serves as the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s program specialist for ruffed grouse and webless migratory game birds, will share her thoughts on the status and management of ruffed grouse in Pennsylvania during the Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society’s second annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Saturday, March 10, at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

Williams will also discuss her recent recommendation to the state Board of Game Commissioners to cancel the traditional post-Christmas late season for grouse for the 2018-19 hunting season.

At the Jan. 29, 2018, Game Commission meeting, Williams cited a significant decline in ruffed grouse numbers as impetus for her recommendation to close the late grouse season for a second consecutive year.

“Grouse in Pennsylvania are in a pretty dangerous place,” she said during a webinar posted to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website earlier this month.

Williams has additionally proposed that future season-setting for ruffed grouse hunting be guided by a “responsive harvest framework” that relies on indicators of grouse abundance and reproductive success, along with the prevalence of West Nile virus. The responsive harvest framework would incorporate a split-zone approach to season setting that divides the state into a Northern Management Zone and a Southern Management Zone. The split-zone approach takes into account the different population trends, harvest pressure and habitat of the state’s northern counties versus its southern counties.

In 2015, Williams began a first-in-the-nation study to determine the impact of West Nile virus on grouse populations. West Nile virus is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes that first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2000. If has been found in more than 125 species of birds, and can cause illness and occasionally death in human and horses.

Williams’ ongoing research has determined that in years when the presence of West Nile virus is high, grouse populations tend to tumble. Her studies have also found that in year’s when West Nile virus is less prevalent, grouse numbers can rebound in areas where there is abundant high-quality habitat.

For ruffed grouse, that habitat is young forest, also called early succession habitat, and it has been on the decline in Pennsylvania for decades. In recent years, the Game Commission has partnered with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry and the Ruffed Grouse Society to ramp up efforts to create young forest habitat that is so vital to the survival of ruffed grouse and a variety of other bird and mammal species.

One of these partnership habitat projects is under way in Loyalsock State Forest near Forksville. Sponsored by the Susquehanna River Valley RGS chapter, the Nettle Ridge Habitat Project is a multi-year initiative that involves the creation of a patchwork of small blocks of early succession habitat by clearcutting stands of low-value timber, predominantly birch species.

Brian Laudermilch, a forester with the state Bureau of Forestry’s Loyalsock State Forest district who spearheaded the Nettle Ridge habitat work, will also be on hand at the March 10 Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet to discuss the project, which began last fall.

The banquet will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is set for 7 p.m. and will feature talks by Williams, Laudermilch and RGS biologist Dr. Linda Ordiway.

The evening will also offer a variety of live and silent auctions, raffles, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with a selection of fine firearms, artwork and collectibles.

Proceeds from the fund-raising banquet will be used to enhance and create young forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife on public land.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact ticket chairman Jeff Fetzer at (570) 885-6112 or by email: jfetz.jf@gmail.com. Banquet registration deadline is Monday, March 5. Additional information can be found on the chapter website, www.susquehannagrouse.com.


Photo by Hal Korber, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Lisa Williams, Pennsylvania Game Commission program specialist for ruffed and webless migratory game birds, will be the featured speaker at the Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society’s second annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet March 10 at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. She will address the status and management of ruffed grouse in the state as well as her recent recommendation to the state Game Commission to cancel the traditional post-Christmas hunting season for grouse for the second consecutive year.     

Emporium Alliance Church Ladies Conference Set For March 24th From 9 to Noon


EPIPHANY ALLEGHENY ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

PITTSBURGH, Pa (Feb. 23) – Epiphany Water Solutions is committed to providing factual and complete answers to the questions people in the Coudersport area have about its waste water treatment facility to be co-located at the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority’s facility in Eulalia Township. The company issued this statement today regarding waste water treatment options in Pennsylvania and the transportation of water to the Coudersport facility:

Q. Are there any other distillation plants in Pennsylvania or anywhere else that have the same treatment process and promise of “pure” water as their discharge?

A. Yes. There are many treatment plants that use distillation technology to treat various types of waste water, including three in Pennsylvania that are dedicated to the treatment of waste water from oil and gas production operations. Epiphany has combined the best technologies from those existing facilities to create the most robust and reliable waste water treatment process to date. Our facility will create a new standard for best practices in the industry.

Q. Where does this waste water come from and how much can be treated at Epiphany’s facility?

A. Waste water transported to Epiphany’s Coudersport facility will include flowback and produced water from existing wells drilled and operated in the immediate vicinity. The amount of water generated by those wells will vary, based on each well’s specific stage of completion and production. The facility is designed and constructed to treat a maximum of 42,000 gallons of water per day.

Q. Will waste water be transported into our community from other places?

A. Epiphany’s Coudersport facility is intended to treat water generated locally by oil and gas production operations, from wells between 10-20 miles from the plant. It is economically impractical to transport water from distances greater than that.

Wilcox Dispatched To Chimney Fire On Meffords Run Road

At 5:44 PM on Friday, Wilcox Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 929 Meffords Run Road for a chimney fire. Caller reports smoke & flames coming from chimney.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Continue Next Week in Kane, Emporium and Port Allegany, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is hosting three more Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics next week to assist area residents with applying for the program.

“I want to make sure everyone who is eligible for the program receives these helpful rebates,” Causer said. “As always, our assistance with filing for the rebates – whether it is done at one of the clinics or at any of the local offices – is free of charge.”

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11 a.m.

Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.

A final session will be held on Tuesday, March 6, at the Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford from 9:30-11 a.m.

Residents are reminded to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

For more information, visit www.RepCauser.com or contact Causer’s district offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769) or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).

Smethport Dispatched For Vehicle Fire On Rt. 59

At 5:09 PM on Friday, Smethport Fire Department has been dispatched to a vehicle fire on Rt. 59 near the golf course. Smethport Police report fire is out. Recall Fire Dept. except fire police.

JKLM Statement & PADEP Report: No Combustible Gas Detected

(Feb.23) - JKLM Energy, LLC (JKLM) would like to inform the public of a reported incident on February 22 regarding a Sweden Township citizen concerned about combustible gas in private well water. JKLM and its environmental consultants responded immediately by visiting the residence, cooperated with local emergency responders, and determined there was no detection of combustible gas. As noted in the attached report, a Water Quality Specialist from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also determined no detection of combustible gas.

Furthermore, JKLM does not operate natural gas wells in the immediate vicinity of the residence, and there was no incident of any kind related to JKLM activities in Potter County.


RECALLS

Hospira Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall For Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, Due To The Potential Of Cracked Glass At The Rim Surface Of The Vials
Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling 3 lots of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL Vial (NDC 0409-2267-20), and one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, Novaplus® (NDC 0409-2267-25) to the hospital/institution level. Hospira, Inc. initiated this recall due to the discovery of cracks on the rim surface of vials for these lots, which is covered by the stopper and crimp seal.

Cracked vials may result in a lack of sterility assurance for the product. Use of or exposure to a non-sterile product may be associated with adverse events such as fever, chills, sepsis or invasive systemic infections in patients. To date, Hospira, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events associated with this issue for these lots.

Bella all Natural Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Diet Capsules Labeled as Bella, Due to Presence of Sibutramine

Bella All Natural is voluntarily recalling its Diet Capsules labeled as Bella, Lot Number MFD:10.15.2017 EXP: 10.14.2019, to the consumer level.

This recall has been initiated due to presence of sibutramine. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 due to safety concerns. N-Desmethyl sibutramine is an active metabolite of sibutramine. Sibutramine and its active metabolites substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present significant health risks including heart attack, arrhythmia, and stroke. The company has not received any reports of adverse events or injuries.The product is used as a diet pill and is packaged in a plastic bottle, with 30 pills, and with the Lot Number MFD:10.15.2017 EXP: 10.14.2019. Bella was distributed in California via internet and retail

Cattaraugus County Group To Oppose Epiphany Frackwaste Treatment Plant In Coudersport

Concerned Citizens regroups to take on environmental issues



Miller said he expects the group will be ready to tackle several local environmental issues in upcoming months.

Miller identified the proposed Epiphany Allegheny fracking wastewater treatment facility in Coudersport, Pa., as one such issue. He said the Seneca Nation of Indians has asked the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to reject permit applications for the produced water discharge plant, as it will be located at the headwaters of the Allegheny in Eulalia Township in Potter County.

“It’s going to be putting (harmful) particles in the Allegheny River” which runs through Olean and Allegany, he said.

Miller asked members of Concerned Citizens to attend the upcoming Coudersport Area Municipal Authority which will discuss the proposed treatment plant. The meeting is slated to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sewer Plant on Toles Hollow Road. He said a group of Seneca Nation officials also plan to take a busload of people to the Coudersport meeting to voice their concerns. Read the whole article....

EMS Dispatched For Crash At West Corydon & South Ave. In Bradford

At 4:07 PM on Friday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to the intersection of West Corydon & South Avenue to evaluate a person involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Fish Fry Every Friday In February & March At Potter County Snowmobile Club In Coudersport


Cole Medical Group Is Seeking A Dental Assistant


CLIFF LANE APPOINTED TO NACD BOARD

Cliff Lane meets National Association of Conservation Districts President Brent Van Dyke
at the January NACD Annual Meeting in Nashville. (photo courtesy of NACD)
(Smethport, PA) – County Commissioner Cliff Lane of Turtlepoint, McKean County, recently was appointed as Pennsylvania’s representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).

Clifford Lane has been a director for the McKean County Conservation District since 2004. He has also been a McKean County Commissioner for 10 of those 14 years. During his first term as a commissioner, he was instrumental in moving the District from a part time District with one staff member in 2006 to a full time District with six staff members as it exists today. He is very active in conservation education and outreach. For the past five years he has been serving as the Northwest Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) and is a member of the PACD executive board.

As a member of the PACD executive board, Lane is tasked with administering the affairs of the Association in accordance with its bylaws, programs and policies. For more information on PACD visit www.pacd.org.

“We are excited to have Cliff as our new Pennsylvania representative to NACD,” said PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. “His background and expertise will allow us to continue promoting natural resource conservation on the local, state and national level.”

“I look forward to the work I’ll be able to embark on as a member of NACD’s board,” said Lane of his appointment. “I am proud to represent Pennsylvania and know that my experiences here have positioned me to enact change on a national level with this association and I am committed to working with our next generation of leaders.”

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) provides a unified, national voice for the more than 3,000 conservation districts across the United States. NACD’s member-driven board of directors selects conservation policy priorities which are used to develop and review environmental and natural resources legislation and to secure adequate federal funding for natural resources conservation programs. For more information about NACD, visit www.nacdnet.org.