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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 9:15 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 6 West for a person fallen outside with injuries.

Bolivar Ambulance Dispatched For One Year Old Bitten By A Dog

At 9:02 PM on Saturday, Bolivar ambulance has been dispatched to the fire hall for a one year old bitten by a dog.


The last, free Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project Read-Around for women 16 and older interested in being writer-directors and/or actors will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theater, 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro,

The purpose of this read-around is to prepare participating writer-directors to submit proposals for an adaptation of an existing work and/or an original script about a well-known story by Tuesday, May 22. Those submitted will be considered for production for "A Change of Scenery." Performances will be on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18, 19, 20 and 21.

Those who want to act are also encouraged to participate in the April 28 read-around.

Lilace Guignard and Linda Iseri are co-producing “A Change of Scenery." To learn more, call Hamilton-Gibson Productions at 570-724-2079 or email

Honors Convocation recognizes students, faculty, staff

DuBOIS - The 79th Annual Delta Mu Sigma Honors Convocation at Penn State DuBois recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff members on Friday night in the campus' Hiller Auditorium. Awards at the Honors Convocation recognize students for a wide range of accomplishments, from academic excellence, to overcoming hardships to succeed. Members of the staff and faculty were celebrated for their commitment to supporting students and for their service to the campus and community. The event is organized each year by members of the Delta Mu Sigma Honors Society.

Delta Mu Sigma Chair Julia Test welcomed students, and their friends and families for the evening saying, "Every year we gather to honor the students of Penn State DuBois who excel in academics, leadership, service, and community involvement within our campus. This is the night in which faculty and staff are able to award students who have truly shined in their classes, clubs, and organizations. It is also the time in which students are able to applaud the faculty and staff for their excellence and dedication to the campus."

Those recognized at this year's Honors Convocation are:

Award Recipient

OT Academic Excellence Award…………………………………… Lisa Sargent
OT Student of the Year Award……………………………………….. Carly Shaffer
PTA Academic Excellence Award…………………………………… Logan Hutton
WLT Ag. Alumni Outstanding Student………………………………. Sean Lauer
Sherwood S. Stutz Award (Tech. competence)………………………. Darby Richard
David T. Wanless Award (Highest GPA)…………………………… Tristan Smith
Academic Excellence Award in Administration of Justice………… Timothy Smith
Outstanding Achievement Award in Administration of Justice……… Grace Earle
Academic Excellence in Mathematics Award………………………... Carter Lellock
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Engineering, Applied Materials……………………………………………………………… Cory Jamieson

Outstanding Academic Achievement in Engineering………………… Brandon Bennett
Academic Excellence in Human Development &
Family Studies, Baccaluareate Degree…………………………… Austin Miller
Richard M. Smith Outstanding Senior Award in Business
Administration…………………………………………………….. Julia Test
Harry J. Charlesen Outstanding Associate Degree Student…………... Kendell Sherwood

University Awards Recipient
President Sparks Award………………………………………………. Joelle D. Manners
La Troy Thornton

President's Freshman Award

Lucas S. Burkett
Scot E. Coble
Laura R. Fatula
Dylan L. Fezell
Jared Hawkins
Rebecca Maine
Joelene M. Murawski
Robert G. Pearce
Samantha L. Vida
Xavier Villeneuve
Makayla S. Whaling

Scholastic Achievement Awards (DuBois)
Associate Freshmen……………………………………………………………… Scot E. Coble
Rebecca Maine
Joelene M. Murawski
Robert Pearce

Lucas S. Burkett
Laura R. Fatula
Dylan L. Fezell
Jared Hawkins
Samantha L. Vida
Xavier Villeneuve

Baccalaureate Sophomore…………………………………………… Joelle D. Manners
La Troy Thornton

Baccalaureate Upperclassman……………………………………….. Julia Test

Honors Program Students

Brandon Bennett
Caitlyn Bumbarger
Lucas Burkett
Lauren Decarli
Kurt Diehl
Kyrsten Enseki
Laura Fatula
Tyler Garthwaite
Alexandra Gilson
Jared Hawkins
Layne Hy
Navjit Khaira
Jaret Kriner
Sean Lauer
Rebecca Maine
Joelle Manners
Donna Morello
Laura Ruane

Special Awards

Excellence in Academic Advising……………………………………. Jessica Clontz
Walker Award………………………………………………………… Alaina Shaffer
Laurel Award…………………………………………………………. Chanice Britten
Terry Hartman Community Service Award………………………… Ryan Lingle

Students Choice Service Award…………………………………….. Holli Lashinsky
Student Athlete Leader Award………………………………………. Dan Bowman
Delta Mu Sigma Staff Award………………………………………… April Astorino
Stefanie Penvose
Delta Mu Sigma Award………………………………………………. Grace Earle
Zachary Pomeroy
Burns Award………………………………………………………… Tia DeShong

Mansion Memorial Award……………………………………………. Julia Test
Susanne Waitkus Faculty Award……………………………………... Diane Spradling
Delta Mu Sigma Scholarships………………………………………... Chantel Tubbs

Associate Professor of Communications Arts and Sciences Mary Mino offered a greeting to students, families, and friends attending the Delta Mu Sigma Honors Convocation in the Hiller Auditorium Friday evening.

Galeton & Wellsboro Dispatched For Unresponsive Person On Rails to Trails

At 7:19 PM on Saturday, Galeton & Wellsboro Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the Rails to Trails at the Green Cabin for a person unresponsive.
7:47 PM--Recall all units except Ambulance 1-6. Cancel helicopter.

Bradford Dispatched For Possible Natural Gas Leak

At 7:07 PM on Saturday, Bradford Fire Department has been dispatched to the area of 80 Stone Avenue for a possible natural gas leak. Another call from Vista Avenue extension reports strong odor.

James H. SNYDER, 74, of Genesee, PA


James H. SNYDER, 74, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. 

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jay Township Fire Dept. Dispatched To Elliott State Park

At 5:30 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Elliott State Park with a brush truck, manpower and a UTV.

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle On Olean Road

At 3:45  PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Rescue & Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to the area of 215 Olean Road for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. County advises patient is a juvenile,
Mercyflight helicopter is enroute.
4:15 PM--Mercyflight landed.


Pratt Hollow Illegal Dump Cleanup Friday, April 20, 2018

PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, conducted an illegal dump clean-up Friday, April 20, 2018 as part of the Great American Clean Up of PA effort. 

Partners for this event included: local landowners, Foster Township, Columbia Gas, McKean County Adult Probation, Penn State Extension, The Collins Companies, and the McKean County Conservation District. In total, 70 tires, five televisions, and 1400 pounds of trash were collected along Pratt Hollow. The tires will be recycled this July at the tire collection event organized by PA CleanWays of McKean County while the five televisions will be recycled at the electronics collection next Saturday, April 28. 

All 1400 pounds of garbage was disposed of at the Casella McKean Landfill who accepted the trash free of charge. Pre-registration for the upcoming electronics and household hazardous waste collection is required at

Bradford Township Dispatched To Unknown Type Fire

At 3:18 PM on Saturday, Bradford Township Fire Department has been dispatched to the West Warren Road for an unknown type fire about half way up the hill.
3:23 PM--Hold all units in quarters per Chief 15.

Trash Pick up on First Fork Rd. in Honor Of Earth Day

Hi there. I was wondering if you could share a picture or two for me in honor of Earth Day? I live in and love Coudersport. The other day I decided to pick up liter alongside of about 3 miles of First Fork Road where I frequent. In total Greg Snowman and I have collected about 50 pounds of trash if not more. 

Hopefully sharing a picture would inspire others not to litter and also to help do their part in cleaning up what they might find? I will leave it up to you, but I know a lot of people visit your blog and would see it easily. I hope those who are proud to live in "God's Country" might start treating it as such. Thanks!

Photo Courtesy of Emily Shosh and Greg Snowman. Trash in photo documents each side of about only one mile of road. Our second day out we collected twice the amount in about two miles.

Thanks so much,

Emily Shosh

Wellsboro, Morris Dispatched For Water Rescue

At 3:03 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro and Morris Fire Departments have been dispatched for a water rescue near 2601 Stoney Fork Creek Road. 
3:10 PM--Report victim is out of the water and breathing.

Alfred Station Dispatched To Wildfire Along SR 21

At 2:54 PM on Saturday, Alfred Station Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a wildfire at 5966 State Route 21.

Donna J. Peffer, 83, of Mansfield, PA

Donna J. Peffer

Donna J. Peffer, 83, of Mansfield, PA, passed away April 12, 2018, at Troy Community Hospital. 

 She was born September 1, 1934, in Blossburg, PA, the daughter of Foster & Louise Rodgers Zenger. 

Donna was a retired Mansfield Borough Secretary, and a member of the Roseville Independent Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jay, a son & daughter-in-law, Ronald & Holly Peffer of Derrick City, PA, a brother & sister-in-law, Carl & Phyllis Zenger of Lockport, NY, a grandson, Foster (Cassie) Peffer of Wellsboro, PA, & 5 great grandchildren, a nephew, David (Susan) Zenger, 2 nieces, Julie (Jon) Hain, & Diane (Jeff) Kovacs. 

Friends are invited to call at the Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA, Saturday, April 21st, 11 AM – 1 PM. Funeral services will follow there Saturday at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Gerald Peet officiating. Burial in Grey Valley Cemetery. 

Sympath”e” cards may be sent to Donna’s family at

Mansfield, Blossburg Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 15 South

At 2:20 PM on Saturday, Mansfield and Blossburg have been dispatched to Rt. 15 in the southbound lane just south of the Canoe Camp exit for a one vehicle crash with one possible injury.

Wellsboro Dispatched to Wildfire

At 2:19 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a wildfire in Delmar Township.

Reese Hollow Tank Farm Permit Pending For JKLM Energy

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Dannic Energy Corp in Horton Twp, Elk County

Administrative violation issued on 2018-04-19 to Dannic Energy Corp in Horton Twp, Elk county. OGA 3211(G) - Failure to post the well permit number and the operator's name, address and phone number at the well site during construction of the access road, site preparation and during drilling, operating or alteration of well.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

SWEPI LP Reports Drilling Started

SWEPI LP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Middlebury Twp Township

SWEPI LP reports drilling started on 2018-04-18 00:00:00 at site KINNAN 845 25H in Middlebury Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional


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GILLETT, PA - Big Elm (Dagget) and Millerton fire crews were dispatched to an early Saturday morning house fire in Wells Township around 12:55AM on April 21, 2018.

Fire units arriving on scene reported the house to be well involved at 7290 Coryland Road. At which point a second alarm was immediately requested.

Mutual aide was requested from South Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Pine City Volunteer Fire Department. Also a tanker from Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Department was said to have been on scene to assist.

According to Big Elm fire personnel, an exterior attack on the fire began as soon as lines were pulled from Big Elm's fire engine and from Millerton's fire engine.

Tankers from the multiple fire departments on scene, transported water to the fire scene from a fill site that was established to help battle the blaze.

Webbs Mills fire crews were said to have also assisted other firefighters to extinguish hot spots once the fire was knocked down.

The fire scene was finally cleared of fire crews by 4:00AM.

It was noted that Tioga Volunteer Fired Department was put on standby to cover Millerton's department. Although Webbs Mills fire units assisted at the fire scene, they also provided standby service for Big Elm, until that department finished up at the fire scene. Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Department was also placed on standby orders as their tanker crew assisted at the fire scene.

FNN was told that no one was home when the fire broke out. Sadly several animals had perished in the house fire.

This home was a complete loss. It was a beautiful 72-year-old, single family home. Investigators may not be able to determine the cause of this fire, due to the extreme fire damage.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

If anyone has additional information or knows if there will be any donation collections or fundraisers being held to assist the family please left FNN know by sending a private message. Once FNN receives additional information, an update will be posted in this article.

FNN extends a thanks to our readers for their assistance with this article, thanks also to all the fire departments involved that provided information for the public.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 North

At 10:29 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to 1200 block of Rt. 44 North in Ceres Township for a cardiac emergency.

Public Estate Auction Sunday, April 22 at Lloyd Burkhouse Auctions in Bradford, Pa

Dietary Position Opening At Sweden Valley Manor In Coudersport

Gleason's Service Center Now Offering PA State Inspection & Affordable Used Cars & Trucks

JVB Seeking A Full-Time & A Part-Time Teller At Lilibridge Office In Port Allegany, PA

UPMC Cole Seeking Inventory Clerk For the Supply Chain Department

Wellsville Secondary School Presents "The Addams Family" Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Spring Antique & Collectible Show & Sale At Pennsylvania Lumber Museum April 21 & 22, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Oswayo Street

At 10:45 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to North Oswayo Street for a seizure patient.

Coudersport Ambulance To Angel Lane

At 10:36 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Angel Lane for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Emporium man found with marijuana

Driver escapes injury after hitting guardrail

Coudersport Ambulance To Assist Police At High School

At 7:10 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to assist Coudersport Police with a 1 1/2 year old child found near the high school on Dwight Street. 

Do you know where your children are??

Jay E. Chapman, 92, of Smethport, PA

Jay E. Chapman

Jay E. Chapman, 92, of Smethport, PA died April 20, 2018 in the Bradford Manor, Bradford.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport, PA.

Potter County Contracts with CodeRED to Provide Emergency Notification Services

April 20, 2018---Coudersport, PA – Following a thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, Potter County has implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based OnSolve, LLC.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Potter County’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and staff. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property. CodeRED was selected for its reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s wide spread adoption rates across the U.S.

CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide Potter County officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our citizens during emergencies. We are eager to use this innovative technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Potter County Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Dunn. We anticipate using the system, if needed) to notify residents of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies and missing children notices.

OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers; however all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically assume they are in the emergency contact database.

Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for successfully locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.

Phyllis N. Gaul, 92, of 335 Barbour Street, Bradford, PA

Phyllis N. Gaul

Phyllis N. Gaul, 92, of 335 Barbour Street, Bradford, PA, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, Friday, April 20, 2018, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born November 6, 1925 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Pricilla (Leasure) Clancy.

On November 26, 1949 in St. Bernard Church, she married Albert L. Gaul, who died on December 8, 2012.

Phyllis was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. She worked as an Inspector at Zippo Manufacturing for 11 years, and became a stay at home mom. After her children were raised she returned to Zippo and worked for another 15 years until she retired.

She enjoyed doing puzzles, cooking and baking. Her most favorite times were spent with her family, but most especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are is one daughter, Susan (David) Berg, of Limestone, two sons David (Patty) Gaul, of Granville, OH, Thomas (Lynne) Gaul, of Curwensville, five grandchildren, Erin Berg, Joshua Gaul, Stephen Gaul, Andrew Gaul and Patrick Gaul, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one granddaughter Evan Ashley Berg.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 23, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., at 7:00pm funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Stanley Swacha, Senior Associate, of St. Bernard Church officiating. Entombment will be in St. Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Church PO Box 2394 Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

Ham & Leek Dinner CANCELLED At Coudersport Americal Legion Post Saturday

Jones Township Dispatched To Residential Fire Alarm

At 3:44 PM on Friday, Wilcox Fire Department has been dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 2512 Wilcox Road. Smoke alarm in hallway.

Northern Potter School District Seeking Biology Teacher For 2018-2019 School Year


BRADFORD, Pa. – A record number of seniors from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will enroll in doctoral programs next year to pursue a doctorate in physical or occupational therapy.

Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of exercise science and director of the exercise science program, said that the six students represent a quarter of the total graduates in exercise science.

“This is very unusual but a tremendous achievement,” Kelley said. “The most I have ever had from one graduating class is two. “It’s great to see these students accomplish what they have worked very hard for over the past three to four years. It is truly an accomplishment given the competitiveness of these programs.”

Acceptance to doctoral programs for physical and occupational therapy is highly competitive. According to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the average GPA for students enrolling in a doctor of physical therapy program is 3.6. Additionally, there are, on average, 500 applicants per program with an average of 44 students enrolled.

Graduating seniors who will pursue a doctorate of physical therapy next year are Tiffany Jandrew of Allentown, N.Y., Clarkson University; Madalyn Merkle of Corry, Chatham University; Amber Naylor of Port Allegany, Gannon University; and Brody Wood of Corry, Slippery Rock University.

Graduating seniors pursuing a doctorate of occupational therapy are Brooke Butler of Bradford, Gannon University in Ruskin, Fla., and Courtney Holzwarth of Bradford, the University of Pittsburgh.

Additionally, four students from the program will go on to pursue a related master’s degree during the 2018-19 academic year. Garret Timko of Clearfield will pursue a master’s degree in exercise science at East Stroudsburg University; Delaney Houtz of Myerstown will work toward a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology, also at East Stroudsburg; Malaysia Moore of Washington, D.C., will begin a master’s program in exercise science and health promotion at California University of Pennsylvania; and Kaitlyn Donnelly of Lewisburg will attend Wesley College in Dover, Del., to work toward a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Finally, Will Murphy of Port Chester, N.Y., has taken a job as a certified personal trainer at Equinox Fitness Club in New York City.

Photo shows the six graduating Pitt-Bradford exercise science students admitted to doctoral programs in physical or occupational therapy. They are, from left, Amber Naylor, Tiffany Jandrew, Courtney Holzwarth, Maddie Merkle, Brody Wood and Brooke Butler.

Mittens Is Still Missing

My cat is still missing, she went missing last Friday in the middle of the night. I live near My Place the bar in emporium. Her name is Mittens! My number is 814 655 6416 if anyone has any information!

DEP Suspends Accreditation for Southcentral PA Laboratory

Public Water Tests
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has suspended the laboratory accreditation of Analytical Laboratory Services, Inc.’s Middletown facility (ALS-Middletown) for continued violations relating to the handling and reporting of Safe Drinking Water compliance samples. As a result, ALS-Middletown is no longer allowed to conduct tests and analysis of microbiology samples to demonstrate compliance with water quality standards for public drinking water suppliers.

Between July 2017 and March 2018, DEP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) received numerous complaints from ALS-Middletown customers regarding drinking water reporting, sample handling and sample analysis violations. During December 2017 and February 2018, the LAP conducted two on-site assessments which revealed repeated deficiencies and violations that had been identified during past on-site assessments in 2013 and 2015. On December 7, 2017 and March 13, 2018, DEP issued ALS-Middletown Notices of Violations that outlined the repeated violations found by the Department and observed during the on-site assessments.

“The department finds it necessary to take this action to protect public health and safety,” said Dr. Martina McGarvey, director of the Bureau of Labs for DEP. “ALS-Middletown has demonstrated an inability or an unwillingness to provide and implement an acceptable corrective action report that will show its ability to end the repeated violations.”

Specifically, the violations included:
• Failure to notify public water supplies within 1 hour of the determination of an MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level) exceedance;
• Failure to notify DEP in writing within 24 hours of the determination of an MCL exceedance;
• Failure to ensure Chains of Custody are complete and accurate; and
• Invalidating sample results that should have been reported to DEP’s Public Water Supply and Drinking Water Electronic Reporting Systems.

An MCL is the maximum permissible level of a contaminant in water which is delivered to a user of a public water system under the Safe Drinking Water Act. If a contaminant is found above the MCL value, the public water supplier must take corrective actions to ensure safe and potable water is supplied to the users.

To regain accreditation, ALS-Middletown must provide a written response to each violation listed in the March NOV. This response must provide all documentation necessary to ensure the violations are corrected and will not reoccur. DEP also plans to enter into a Consent Order and Agreement with ALS-Middletown to ensure the implementation of all corrective actions.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Union Street

At 2:15 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to 215 North Union Street for a woman fallen with a possible head injury.

Early Childhood Expo Saturday At Coudersport Elementary School

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr. of Keating Summit, PA

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr.

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr. of Keating Summit, PA, born November 22, 1941, was delivered into the hands of our Lord on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh with his family by his side. 

He was born in Marlinton, W. Va., the son of the late Jesse and Letta (Gay) Baker.
Vietnam War Veteran

Louie was a Vietnam Era Veteran serving with U.S. Army as a Radar Crewman at Dyess AFB, Texas and Fort Gordon, Georgia from 1964 to 1966, honorably discharged as a Specialist Fourth Class.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Wilber
“Beanie” Baker of Keating Summit, sisters Betty Allman and Bonnie Riffle,
and nephew Roy Riffle, all of Emporium.

On February 1st, 1992, in Coudersport, Louie married Janice (Wendling)
Baker, who survives. He is also survived by one aunt, Pauline Holsinger,
formerly of Emporium; three sisters, Martha “Kay” (Don) Sherry of Keating
Summit, Linda Baker of Evans City, Pa. and Nancy (Chuck) Umbenhauer of
Emporium; and one brother, James “Jim” (Sylvia) Baker, also of Emporium.

He is also survived by: children Franklin L. (Judai) Baker, Jr. of
Anchorage, Alaska, Bonnie (William) Miller of Coudersport, Joseph (Tammy)
Baker of Ridgway, Lori Hansen of Keating Summit, and Matthew (Keli) Hansen
of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and three

Besides his time in the Army, Louie worked many jobs from the railroad to
logging but retired in 2003 after 37 years of services to the former
Ball-Foster Glass Container in Port Allegany.

Louie was an avid hunter and fisherman, whether it was trips to the pond
with his grandchildren or his much-loved Alaskan hunting, fishing, and
gold mining adventures with his son. 

He also enjoyed reading his western novels, Friday fish fries, breakfast with his buddies at the Buttonwood and Daily Bread, and walks with his fur-buddy Lucky. He enjoyed spending
his time on Sunday, after church, watching NASCAR races, spending time
with family and walking through the woods. His greatest joy of all was
spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their
sporting and life events. 

He was a member of the Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, Enchanted Mountain Treasure Hunters and Dirt Digging PA, finding many treasures long lost with time.

He was a member of The American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

Louie found Jesus later in life and was a devoted member of the First
United Methodist Church in Emporium and was actively involved with
Esther’s Ministry and the Food for the Soul Program.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the First United Methodist Church
in Emporium on Monday, April 23, with greeting and gathering beginning at
4 pm and services with military honors beginning at 5 pm. 

All flowers are graciously declined but memorial donations can be made to the Second
Harvest Food Bank c/o Emporium First United Methodist Church, the Potter
County Animal Assistance Project or the American Legion.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, April 20, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
Call to Action for Rural Broadband Expansion

Earlier this week, I joined fellow lawmakers and members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in a call to action on legislation aimed at bringing much-needed broadband internet access to our rural communities.

Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients. It is encouraging to see the need for broadband access finally being widely recognized at both the state and federal levels, and I am optimistic we will finally see more progress on this important issue.

At the press conference, I outlined legislation I will soon introduce to create The Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act. With both the president and our governor pledging funding to support expanded access, the legislation would establish a new fund within the State Treasury into which federal (and other) funding can be deposited to use for deployment of rural broadband/high-speed internet services. The legislation would also create an advisory board within the Department of Community and Economic Development to not only investigate and make recommendations for the improved deployment of these services, but to solicit, review and recommend proposals to use the funding. It is important to have the fund and advisory board in place to ensure dollars dedicated to rural broadband deployment are directed to the most underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

To learn more about other initiatives, and to hear from farmers who have been negatively impacted by the lack of broadband access, you can watch the full press conference below.

Click here to view video.

I had the honor of presenting a citation recognizing the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts to area conservation district leaders at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Pictured (from left) are Sandy Thompson, manager of the McKean County Conservation District; McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane, who serves as northwest region director for the state association; Steve Sherk, vice chairman of the McKean County Conservation District; and Blaine Puller, member. The citation recognizes the week of April 15-21, 2018, as Conservation District Week in Pennsylvania.

It was Farm Bureau Day at the state Capitol on Tuesday, and I had the opportunity to meet with several members of the Potter-Tioga Farm Bureau. Pictured (from left) are Jon Blass, Kurt Kosa, Carl Long, Philip Lehman and John Painter. I also addressed the annual Farm Bureau luncheon with more than 600 members, legislators and state officials in attendance. It’s great to see so many people coming together to support our state’s top industry!
Filling In-Demand Jobs Now and in the Future

To help job creators fill in-demand jobs now and in the future, the House is considering a nine-bill bipartisan package this week seeking to improve career and technical education opportunities and enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

The package includes measures to promote public-private partnerships; remove barriers for qualified career and technical educators; expand awareness of training opportunities and future earning potential; increase flexibility for innovative secondary career and technical programs; enhance and promote articulation agreements; develop and maintain a comprehensive online career resource center; coordinate state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities; improve local and occupational advisory committees; and add K-12 teachers to the membership of the Workforce Development Board.

The package was developed following recommendations made by the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, which was created to study and review the Commonwealth’s career and technical education policy.

The bills are expected to receive a final vote in the House the week of April 30. More information is available here.
Last Chance to Sign Up for Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar in Shinglehouse

Join me for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, 121 S. Puritan St., Shinglehouse.

Speakers will include Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and the Office of Potter County Sheriff.

Seating is limited. Please register in advance by visiting or calling the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769.