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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Austin VFD Gun Bash Tickets Now Available

Potter County Tax Collection Committee will hold its annual meeting on Thursday

The Potter County Tax Collection Committee will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Gunzberger Building on Main Street in Coudersport. 

The public is welcome to attend.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Oswayo Street

At 7:36 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Oswayo Street to assist Shinglehouse Police with an elbow injury.

Friendship Dispatched To Crash On I-86

At 6:41 PM on Saturday, Friendship Fire Department & EMS dispatched to I-86 EB, east of the exit, for a motor vehicle crash with 2 minor injuries.

Elizabeth “Betty” Mader, 85, of 409 Tionesta Avenue, Kane, PA

Elizabeth “Betty” Mader

Elizabeth “Betty” Mader, 85, of 409 Tionesta Avenue, Kane, PA, died Friday evening, November 2, 2018 in her home after a recent illness.

Born June 9, 1933 in Fryburg, she was the daughter of Jacob C. and Margaret C. Brothers Groner. On July 2, 1955 in Kane, she married Harold L. “Fuzzy” Mader, who died in 2007.

Betty worked at Stackpole Corp. in Kane for 27 years, and briefly at the CeraMag division. She was a caregiver for elderly residents in the area for sixteen years and earned the degree of Certified Nurse’s Assistant. She also was a custodian at the former Kane Gas Light & Heating Co. in Kane.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Kane, where she was involved with the Sharing Room. Her volunteerism also included The Lutheran Home at Kane for ten years, Meals on Wheels and Angel Food Ministries.

Surviving are daughters Karen (John) Smith of James City, Susan (Steve) Meyers of Kane, Christine (Christopher) Dana of Mooresville, N.C. and Brenda (Jason) Stillman of Lancaster, Pa.; a son, Harold L. “Bud” Mader, Jr. of Lincolnton, N.C., nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death, besides her husband and parents, by brothers Joseph, William and Charles Groner, and sisters Frances Ellen Heatherdale, Annabelle Ochs and Mary Louise Hinkle.

Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8, and may attend a service at noon on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Kane with the rev. Calvin Cook, pastor, officiating. Interment, with a private graveside service, will precede the service in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 112 Greeves St., Kane, PA 16735, or to The Lutheran Home at Kane, 100 High Point Dr., Kane, PA 16735.

Wellsboro man arrested for stealing gas service from UGI

Car vs. Deer accident on Route 15

PSP Mansfield investigating a Burglary at BF Customs

No injuries in rear end accident involving 3 vehicles

No injuries when car slides off the road and gets stuck in the mud

Blossburg Dispatched For Tree Down on Power Lines

At 4:04 PM on Saturday, Blossburg Fire Dept. dispatched to tree on power lines at 544 Arnot Road. Caller reports smoke.

South Dayton Man Facing Murder Charge After Shooting Son

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office

Murder 2nd Degree Arrest

South Dayton - The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Richard L. Tyma Sr, 73, of South Dayton for Murder 2nd degree. 

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Tyma residence for a reported domestic disturbance. During the domestic, it is alleged that Richard Tyma Sr. shot his 46 year old son Daniel Tyma who also resided at the residence.

Richard Tyma Sr. was charged with Murder 2nd degree, he was arraigned in Village of South Dayton Court and was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail on no bail to await further proceedings.

Coudersport Ambulance To South Main Street

At 1:41 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance was dispatched to South Main Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Austin Volunteer Fire Dept. Christmas Auction Sunday, November 25th At Fire Hall

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Road

At 12:34 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Fishing Creek Road for a patient with chest pain.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Production Co Llc in Liberty Twp, Tioga County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-10-29 to Swn Production Co Llc in Liberty Twp, Tioga county. 78a81(a)3 - CASING AND CEMENTING - GENERAL PROVISIONS - Operator conducted casing and cementing activities that failed to prevent pollution or diminution of fresh groundwater.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp TownshipGas permit issued on 2018-10-29 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site TLC 7 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
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PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Eldred Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-10-29 00:00:00 to INFLECTION ENERGY (PA) LLC for site TLC 6 in Eldred Twp township, Lycoming county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas


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FNN Article Update © 2018.

ELKLAND, PA - Early Saturday morning, November 3, 2018, fire crews from Elkland and Osceola were dispatched to a structure fire in Elkland Borough.

FNN was told that the fire was set in an apartment located in Forestview Manor located at 101 Forestview Ave.

Residents from the manor were evacuated from their homes as fire personnel rapidly responded to apartment B106 to extinguish the reported fire.

Osceola fire units were recalled within minutes of being dispatched, as Elkland firefighters had things quickly under control.

As for the tenant who allegedly set fire to the apartment, that individual ran along Walnut Street and was trying to kick in doors of residences in that area.

Elkland police responded to that area in attempts to locate the disturbed individual, who was said to have a knife with him.

The individual was said to have also broken out some windows in the area during his rampage. Police were able to take the suspect into custody just before 8:00AM.

It was reported to FNN that the fire was out around 8:21AM.

As for the individual in custody, he was transported to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment. It was unknown if that resident was injured due to his aggressive and destructive behavior.

Elkland Borough Police Department released the following information on Saturday's incident.

Press Release

On November 3, 2018 at 0742 hours the Elkland & Osceola fire department along with Valley Community Ambulance was dispatched to Forestview manor for a structure fire. The fire was extinguished by the fire department upon their arrival. The fire was contained to the male’s apartment with no other damage reported and there was no injuries. The Elkland Police Department took a 62-year-old Elkland man into custody shortly after he set the fire. The male reportedly had a psychiatric emergency prior to setting the fire. The male was taken to UPMC Soldier’s & Sailor’s Emergency room for further evaluation and treatment. The investigation is ongoing and the male’s name is being withheld as charges are pending.

FNN thanks readers for their news tips and a special thanks going out to borough police and the local fire department for their continuous service to the community and surrounding areas.

FNN will update the article when new information comes in.

Bradford Dispatched To Crash On Main Street

At 10:42 AM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Main Street at McDonalds. One injury is reported.

Jay Township Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 555

At 10:39 AM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 555 in Benezette for a vehicle that hit a guard rail after swerving to miss an elk. A female is reporting a head injury.

Middlebury, Chatham Dispatched To Car Fire on Rt. 249

At 10:10 AM on Saturday, Middlebury & Chatham Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a vehicle fire near 3928 Rt. 249. Reported to be a car in the ditch.

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hector Twp Township

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hector Twp Township

Gas permit issued on 2018-10-25 00:00:00 to JKLM ENERGY LLC for site GENESEE FORKS 155-6V in Hector Twp township, Potter county
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Lester A. HUNT, 91, of Wellsville, NY

Lester A. HUNT

Lester A. HUNT, 91, of Wellsville, NY, died Friday, November 2, 2018 in his home. Services will be private. 

A complete obituary will be announced by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Larry K. Reagle, 73, of 414 Depot Street, St. Marys, PA

Larry K. Reagle

Larry K. Reagle, 73, of 414 Depot Street, St. Marys, PA, died on unexpectedly on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Penn Highlands Elk.

He was born on January 25, 1945, in Stump Creek, PA, a son of the late Donald and Ruby Frantz Reagle.

On October 26, 1968 in Queen of the World, he married Sandra Caskey Reagle, who survives. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

US Navy Veteran
Larry was a lifelong resident of the area and was employed as a salesman for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Queen of the World Church, where he was also very active with and enjoyed the men's Cursillo.

He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. He was also a talented woodworker, having made much of the furniture that decorates the homes of his family. Larry was a loving father, grandfather, and uncle who loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife of 50 years, Sandra Caskey Reagle, he is survived by two daughters; Danielle (Stephen Jimick) of St. Marys, and Dana McCue and her husband Dwight of Lackawaxen, PA, and by five grandchildren; Haley, David, Payton, Aaron, and Liam. He is also survived by two brothers; Carl (Beverly) Reagle of Big Run and Glenn (Joan) Reagle of Stump Creek, by three sisters; Patricia Fox of Big Run, Linda Helsell of Jacksonville, FL, and Kay (Richard) Pearce of Big Run, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by one brother, Theodore Reagle.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Larry K. Reagle will be celebrated on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 12:00 PM at Queen of the World Church with Fr. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.

Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.

Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Queen of the World Cursillo Movement, or to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Oncology/Hematology Department.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at

Rose "Sis" Grieggs, 85, of 504 High Avenue, St. Marys, PA

Rose "Sis" Grieggs

Rose "Sis" Grieggs, 85, of 504 High Avenue, St. Marys, PA, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Highland View Health Care.

She was born on March 10, 1933, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Francis Grieggs. She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate Central High School.

She is survived by two sisters; Ruth Burkett and her husband David of Punxsutawney, and Joan Berkson and her husband David of Chicago, by three brothers; William Grieggs and his wife Joan Marie of La Place, LA, David Grieggs and his wife Peggy of St. Marys, and Joseph Grieggs and his wife Rose of Harrisburg. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece with whom she made her home, Jamie Grieggs.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Thomas, Robert, and Paul Grieggs, and by a sister, Mary Dixon.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Grieggs will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 12:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5-8 PM..

Memorial Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at

Earl F. Williams, 94, of Slatington PA

Earl F. Williams

Port Allegany - Earl F. Williams, 94, of Slatington PA, died Wednesday (October 31, 2018) at his daughter’s residence in Port Allegany.

He was born Nov 23, 1923 in Slatington, the son of John and Ellen Nichols Williams. He married Hilda Palkovitz, who died in March of 1989. .
WWII Veteran

Mr. Williams was a student of Slatington High School and served as a veteran of the US Navy during World War II on the USS Fessenden.

He was employed by Northern Lehigh SD in the maintenance department, where he was instrumental in unionizing the maintenance and office staffs . Later, he proudly served as president of the local union.

He is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth (Robert) Mikovitch of Walnutport, Fran Williams of Port Allegany, and Ellen Haas of Slatington.

His memory lives on in his four grandchildren, Stephanie (Scott), Bob (Denise), Hilary, and Breana and seven great grandchildren, Lauren, Camryn, Jacob, Tyler, Justin, Brilynn and Eva who were his source of pride and happiness.

Earl's sense of humor will be passed on through stories told to his many friends and family. .

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brothers and sisters.

There will be no visitation.

Private funeral service will be held at later time.

Memorials may be made to the Port Allegany Ambulance Service or Lehigh County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made at

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

Come Out To A Warm Car This Winter With A Remote Car Starter

Vote To Send Marc Friedenberg To Congress To Represent PA's 12th District

Paid for by Friends of Marc Friedenberg.

Multi-Estate Auction Saturday, Nov. 3 at Daniel A. Carter Auctions in Allegany, NY

Become a Dementia Friend November 6th at Sweden Valley Manor

Call James Young In Bradford To Save Money On All Kinds Of Insurance Needs

New Lower Prices At Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home In Coudersport
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Saturday is Last Day For 2018

Estate Sale, Saturday, Nov. 3rd In Lewis Run, PA

LeCerf Estate Auction November 10, 2018 in Coudersport, PA

Rev Hoopes Trucking LLC is Hiring Class A/B CDL Water Haulers; 2nd Shift Equipment Operators

Coudersport High School Presents "Give My Regards To Broadway" Nov. 2 & 3

Farm Machinery Auction by Carters, Saturday, Nov. 10th in Port Allegany

Fall Festival on Port Allegany Square Saturday, November 3rd ftom 1 to 4 PM

Friday, November 2, 2018

Austin VFD Gun Bash Tickets Now Available

Bolivar, Richburg Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire

At 10:40 PM on Friday, Bolivar & Richburg have been dispatched to a possible structure fire at 64 Olean Street. Caller reports hearing loud pop and cellar is filled with smoke.

10:47 PM --Have Bolivar 1 respond, other units hold in quarters. Smoke is from electrical box that has water leaking into it. RG&E requested to scene.

Fillmore Dispatched To Crash On Route 19 South

At 10:32 PM on Friday, Fillmore Fire & Ambulance has been dispatched to a vehicle on its roof on State Route 19 South of Country Road 3.

Arts & Craft & Antique Show At Portville Central School Saturday & Sunday

Rachael Mae Girts, 28, of 3228 Rte. 219, Kane, PA

Rachael Mae Girts

Rachael Mae Girts, 28, of 3228 Rte. 219, Kane, PA, passed away Friday (November 2, 2018) after a lifelong illness.

Born August 11, 1990, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Richard Johnston and Kimberly Girts Williams.

Surviving are her mother, Kimberly Williams; her father and stepmother, Richard and Renee Johnston of Mt. Jewett; three sisters, Caitlin (Jeremy) Madden of Bloomsburg, Shania (Marla) McMillen of St. Marys and Cheyenne Johnston of Kane; two brothers, Brandon Johnston of Kane and Ryan Johnston of Port Allegany; her step grandfather John Thiry of Johnsonburg; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Friends will be received Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc and again on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 11:15 am Monday with the Rev. David Pflieger officiating.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the family to offset expenses.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Genesee Dispatched For Unknown Type Fire On Dogtown Road

At 8:55 PM on Friday, Genesee Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Dogtown Road for an unknown type fire.
Came out to be gas well burning off

The Next Steps in Raising Sheep or Goats? A Continuation of Penn State Extension Small Ruminant Series

Join us Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Sweden Valley Grange as Penn State Extension presents a continued series on sheep and/or goat production.

Topics will include selecting a startup flock /herd, a fencing panel discussion, feeding and nutrition, and how to maximize grass pastures.

Presenters include Lynn Bliven, Agriculture Issue Leader with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County, Tim Elder, Northwest Grazing Specialist with NRCS and local Potter County sheep farmers, Jack Thomas and Rob Thompson.

Both lunch and the meeting are free. Register at or by calling 877-345-0691.

Elder Law Days in McKean County

Wednesday, November 7, 2018                                 Monday, November 19, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM                                                              4:00-600 PM
Bradford Senior Center                                             Kane Senior Center
60 Campus Drive                                                        100 Fraley Street
Bradford, PA 16701                                                    Kane, PA 16735

4:00- Opening Remarks- Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney

4:00-5:00- Elder Scam: The speaker will walk you through how to become "Scam Smart", protect yourself from fraud, and understand con's and other crimes related to charitable contributions, sweepstakes, lottery, checks and money orders, home improvements, and identity theft.

Alan McGill - Senior Supervisory Special Agent, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Alan McGill is a Supervisory Narcotics Agent with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and currently assigned to the Office of Public Engagement. Agent McGill has been a professional investigator for 30 years with 23 years in law enforcement. He began as a Police Officer for three years with the Freeport Police Department and 20 years with the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control. 

Agent McGill has served the Attorney General's Office as an Undercover Narcotics Agent, Drug Task Force Coordinator, Drug Diversion Agent, Narcotics and Drug Diversion Unit Supervisor, Computer Voice Stress Analyst, PDMP BNI Statewide supervisor, Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Program member and an "A" and "B" Technician installing wiretap equipment. Agent McGill has personally conducted and/or supervised hundreds of investigations throughout Western Pennsylvania ranging from worker's compensation fraud to undercover narcotics investigations. Agent McGill also trains law enforcement on various investigative subjects. Additionally, Agent McGill serves on the Executive Committee of NASCSA (National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities) where he chairs the Education Committee.

5:00-5:45-Legal Issues:The speaker will walk you through the importance of planning ahead with Wills, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives.

Tony Clarke-Attorney, The Clarke Firm. Speaking on November 7.

Erik Ross-Attorney, Woods Baker & Ross. Speaking on November 19.

5:45-6:00-Leaving a Legacy- The speaker will give an overview of the McKean County Community Foundation.

Paula Fritz Eddy-Executive Director of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Paula Fritz Eddy is the Executive Director of the newly formed McKean County Community Foundation. Having worked for Penn Lakes Girl Scout Council and the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society, she has had over 35 years of experience in the nonprofit world and for the past 15 she has worked with individuals, businesses and organizations to create a legacy that can make our communities a better place to live. The Community Foundations tries to connect people who care with causes that matter.

Sponsored by the McKean County District Attorney's Office, McKean County Collaborative Board, PA Office of Attorney General and the LINK to Aging and Disabilities.

No RSVP is required.

Lane Closures Planned for Maintenance Work on Three McKean County Bridges

Clearfield, PA – Motorists in McKean County should prepare for daytime lane closures next week on three different bridges. Work will take place Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9.

Routine bridge and roadway maintenance work will take place from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the following locations:

• JV-57: A bridge on Route 6 over Marvin Creek in Hazel Hurst, Hamlin Township;
• JV-64: A bridge on Route 155 over Newell Creek in Eldred Township, 2 miles southeast of Larabee;
• JV-70: A bridge on Columbia Hill Road (Route 1015) over the north branch of Cole Creek in Keating Township, north of Wrights Corners;

Drivers are reminded to obey flaggers and traffic control signals and drive with caution through work zones as slowdowns may occur.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

These bridges were replaced in 2017 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) Rapid Bridge Replacement program, which is replacing a total of 558 bridges across Pennsylvania.

Thompson Statement on October Jobs Report

Employee wages increasing at fastest rate since 2009, workforce training remains critical to continued growth

BELLEFONTE, Pa. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s October 2018 jobs report:

“Today’s report shows that American jobs have grown and wages have expanded at the greatest rate over the past decade. The U.S. added more than 250,000 jobs in October, while many employers admit challenges to finding employees with the skills they need.

“This is tremendous news, but it also continues to show the importance of a highly-skilled workforce to meet modern employment demands. This why I continue to advocate for career and technical education for learners of all ages. As the Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law in July, is further implemented we need to ensure that workers are obtaining the skills they need to remain competitive.

““I remain committed to supporting pro-growth policies that will unleash the true potential of America’s workforce and our national economy. This growth can be attributed unprecedented reforms such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and efforts to repeal burdensome and ineffective regulations. We must ensure Americans have the right skillsets to take advantage of this booming economy and continue to pave the way to new jobs and opportunities.”


Want to learn how to dress in period clothing and join in the fun by participating in Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 1 when the town’s streets become an early Victorian marketplace?

Plan to attend the FREE Dickens of a Christmas Costume Workshop this coming Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the lobby at the Penn Wells Hotel at 62 Main Street in Wellsboro. Larry and Barbara Biddison will host the workshop. Light refreshments will be available.

Learn how to put together a costume using items on hand or that can easily and inexpensively be obtained and where to go to find them.

Find out how leftover Halloween costumes, wedding or prom attire, curtains, tablecloths, old coats and hats can be used to create the Victorian look.

At the workshop, Northern Tier Children’s Home Thrift Store staff members will model Dickens clothing and explain how they put their outfits together. They will also have ready-to-wear clothing in the lobby that can be purchased on the spot for reasonable prices.

Linda Huntington will demonstrate how to dress children in Victorian styles that will keep them warm on a cold day.

The workshop is for first-time Dickens vendors; people who plan to participate in the 10 a.m. and/or 2 p.m. Victorian Strolls on Saturday, Dec. 1; enter the Third Annual Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest that day with a chance to win a basket of prizes valued at $1,000; stroll the marketplace between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or join the Dickens Fezziwig Street Players to perform.

For more information, call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.

At the free Dickens of a Christmas Costume Workshop on Nov. 7, Northern Tier Children's Home Thrift Store staff will show how easy it is to create outfits to wear during the Dickens festival on Saturday, Dec. 1. Pictured in Dickens attire are thrift store staff, including (from left): Robin Minnick, Assistant Manager Denise Powers, Susan McConnell and Manager Amber Marshall. Photo By John Eaton

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Friday, November 02, 2018
The latest news from the State Capitol 

School Safety

Each school district in Rep. Gabler's Legislative District – Brockway Area , Clearfield Area, DuBois Area, Forest Area, Johnsonburg Area, Kane Area, Philipsburg-Osceola Area, Ridgway Area, Saint Marys Area and West Branch Area - has received a $25,000 School Safety and Security Grant, which is part of the 2018-19 state budget.

The program, for which individual schools needed to apply, provides grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety. Grants for institutions other than public schools will be announced at later date.

Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

Fighting Opioid Abuse

A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

At one time, written prescriptions were the safest form of prescribing opioids, which state law required. Since that time and the rise of the opioid epidemic, providers’ prescription pads have been stolen, leading to fraudulent use and driving fake prescriptions for the addictive drug.

Act 96 of 2018 (formerly House Bill 353) will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.                                    

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 4, and Pennsylvania residents will be turning their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

Experts recommend using this reminder to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.

Bringing State Government to You
Rep. Gabler’s office is hosting two constituent outreach events in November at his DuBois district office in Suite 10 of the DuBois Area Plaza, located at 1221 East DuBois Ave.

• On Tuesday, Nov. 13, a representative from Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson’s office will visit Gabler’s office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. District representative Mike Glazer will be available to answer questions on federal issues such as Social Security and Medicare.

•  Due to Election Day, Gabler’s monthly veterans’ outreach will be moved to Tuesday, Nov. 27. That day, a representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer individual questions and offer information on veterans’ programs and benefits.

You do not need to be an American Legion member to take advantage of this service.

Questions about these events or any state government issue should be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688, his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301 or his Clearfield office at (814) 765-0593.

Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now Law

Two new laws signed by the governor will assist grandparents raising their grandchildren and help them better access both private and public resources.

House Bill 2133, now Act 89 of 2018, will establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource for these grandparents that will operate both as a website and a toll-free hotline. The website will offer information on support and services available, and a specially trained navigator through the hotline will be able to provide support and guidance to kinship caregivers, and serve as a mediator to establish relationships between kinship caregivers and relevant federal, state and local agency staff.

The cost to state taxpayers will be greatly reduced, as the Commonwealth just received $479,307 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to develop the program.

Another measure to help grandchildren, House Bill 1539, now Act 88 of 2018, will allow grandparents to have temporary guardianship when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues.

An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for the nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

The Medicare Open Enrollment period….

….continues through Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Please click here to schedule an appointment close to where you live.