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Saturday, November 17, 2018

County Commissioners Learning More About Oil & Gas on Saturday

Paul W. Heimel:  "Protecting water quality, economic opportunity, fossil fuels/nuclear/renewables and climate change, pipelines, abandoned wells, impact fees, pipelines, emergency response readiness, local regulation, exporting of natural gas, energy development on state land, etc., etc., etc. No wonder my head is spinning."

ROADS IN THE REGION ARE BEING REPORTED AS A SHEET OF ICE

Temperatures are hovering just above and just below freezing making roads wet one minute and a sheet of ice the next.

PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION IF YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL!!

State Police Release Details Of Double Fatal Crash On Rt. 49 In Nelson Township


Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 5:50 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor for a patient to go to hospital.

Austin VFD Gun Bash Sunday; Tickets Still Available


Jeannette M. McDunn, 92, of Warren, Pa.

Jeannette McDunn

Jeannette M. McDunn, 92, of Warren, Pa., died peacefully Friday evening, November 16, 2018 at Kinzua Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Warren, PA.

A complete obituary will be announced when available through the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.

All are Welcome At Potter County Thanksgiving Meal on November 22nd At Christ Episcopal Church


Roulette Ambulance To Burleson Avenue

At 3:55 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Burleson Avenue for difficulty breathing.

Coudersport Rotary Club Food Drive



Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Coudersport Movie Theater

5:30 p.m.

Bring one can or boxed non-perishable food item per person for entry into the movie,

The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Thank you for attending!

Man arrested for Murder over a property dispute in Allegany County Town of Burns

On November 16, 2018 at 8:49 P.M., SP Amity Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested Matthew J. Gilbert, 31, of Hunt, NY for Murder 2nd degree (A-1 Felony).

On November 16, 2018 at 2:49 P.M., Troopers and BCI responded to a report of a male with a gunshot wound at Monegan Road in the town of Burns. Further investigation revealed that Gilbert shot the 23-year-old victim with a shotgun over a property dispute. Gilbert was arrested and processed at SP Amity.

Gilbert was arraigned at the town of Burns Court and remanded to Allegany County Jail with out bail.

Forensic Investigation Unit also assisted in this investigation.

The D9 Title game will be played Monday at 4 PM in Karns City.

The District 9 Class 1A championship game 

The D9 Title game will be played Monday at 4 PM in Karns City.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc

PA Permit Violation Issued to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Colley Twp, Sullivan County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2018-11-16 to Chesapeake Appalachia Llc in Colley Twp, Sullivan county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or..
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp

PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

PA GEN ENERGY CO LLC reports drilling started on 2018-11-17 00:00:00 at site COP TRACT 596 PAD B 2757 in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling, gas, unconventional

Coudersport Ambulance To Cardiac Emergency

At 11:53 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to the intersection of Cherry Springs Road & Long Toe Road for a cardiac emergency.
11:55 AM-Now reporting patient in private vehicle enroute to hospital.

Coudersport Dispatched For Traffic Control At Crash On North Main Street

At 11:06 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to assist PSP at North Main & E. 7th Street for traffic control at a motor vehicle crash.

ST. Marys Dispatched To Rosalie Road For Victim of ATV Accident

At 10:48 AM on Saturday, Fire & EMS has been dispatched to Rosalie Road in St. Marys for a 60 year old male with a head injury from an ATV accident.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office: Domestic Arrest

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office:
7 mins ·
Domestic Arrest

Allegany- On November 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Marlon Tinson, 29, of Olean. 

Tinson was arrested following a domestic incident that occurred at Gargoyle Park for Assault 2nd, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Criminal Mischief 3rd. 

Tinson was taken to the Town of Allegany Court for arraignment. He was remanded to the Cattaraugus County jail and held on $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office Reports Narcotics Investigation and Arrest

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office
11 mins ·

Narcotics Investigation and Arrest

Olean- Following an investigation conducted by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Candy Leon (51) of Salamanca was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree (Class D Felony). Also charged were Patricia Manning (33), Jamie Richter (53) and Jeffrey Richter (53), all of Olean with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. 

The charges were the result of a search warrant executed at 628 S Union St, Olean where detectives located approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

Jeffrey and Jamie Richter were issued appearance tickets and released. Patricia Manning was issued an appearance ticket but was held in the City of Olean holding on a warrant. Candy Leon was held at the Olean City Police holding awaiting an arraignment in the Olean City Court. 

Assisting at the scene were the Cattaraugus County Child Protection, Olean City Police Street Crimes Unit, and the Olean City Police.

Fire Alarm At Maple Manor Was Burned Food In The Oven

At 10:26 AM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to Maple Manor for an automatic fire alarm. Alarm company now reports alarm was caused by something burning in the oven.  RECALLED.

Governor Wolf: Pa. Seeks Recent Graduates to Help Transform State Government

Harrisburg, PA – Continuing his effort to bring fresh ideas to state government, Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging recent advanced degree graduates and those completing an advance degree program by August 2019 to apply for the state’s William Penn Fellowship. The fellows work closely with state government leaders to find innovative solutions for challenges facing Pennsylvania.

“This is a unique opportunity to put your education and passion to work and make our Commonwealth better,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is a dynamic place and we need the best and brightest to consider public service. This is a chance to gain tremendous work experience and help us transform and modernize state government.”

A paid two-year fellowship is available at 13 state agencies. Participants will coordinate with the Governor’s Policy Office and agency policy office to research and develop policies ranging from improving healthcare, supporting the wellbeing of mothers and children, preparing students for 21st century jobs, addressing food insecurity, expanding forest products industry jobs and more.

“Pennsylvania is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “Our goal through this program is to attract some of that talent to state government service in order to bring fresh ideas, new skills and innovative solutions to our work on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.”

Individuals with master’s-level and above degrees earned from December 2015 to August 2019 are eligible for the William Penn Fellowship. The application deadline is Jan. 30, 2019. Selected candidates will be invited to Harrisburg in February for in-person interviews. Final selections will be announced in March with the fellowship starting in July.

This is the second class of William Penn fellows for the Wolf administration. The inaugural class has 10 participants, including Allen Landis, a fellow with the Department of Environmental Protection, who shares his experience in this video.

More information about this unique opportunity, including application instructions, is available on the commonwealth’s employment website.

Immediate Opening For Long-Term Substitute For School Nurse At Coudersport School District

UPMC Cole Seeking Candidates For Director Of Nursing

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UPMC Cole Seeking Candidates For Direct Care Worker.

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Immediate Opening For Substiture Health Room Monitor At Coudersport School District

Chinese Auction, Soup/Sandwich Dinner Benefit For Linda Weimer Sunday At Port Allegany VFW

Store Liquidation Auction Sunday At Lloyd Burkhouse Auction House In Bradford, PA

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Friday, November 16, 2018

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST SATURDAY...

Scanner reports of many icy roads tonight, one side of Denton Hill is reported CLOSED.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Patchy freezing drizzle and flurries. A coating of glaze
is expected.

* WHERE...Portions of central Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...Until 8 AM EST Saturday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Untreated roads may be slippery. Be
prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Instructions: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on driving conditions as winter weather impacts Pennsylvania roadways. Visit www.511pa.com for the latest travel, roadway and traffic conditions.
Target Area:
Cambria
Cameron
Clearfield
Elk
McKean
Somerset
Warren

Karns City Steps Up to Host D9 1A, 2A Title Games Monday

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Karns City has stepped to the forefront and will host the District 9 Class 1A and Class 2A championship games Monday.

After being turned down by numerous schools across both District 9 and other parts of the state, District 9 football chairman Bob Tonkin was able to confirm Karns City as the host site of the championship games.

The Class 1A title game between Coudersport and Smethport will take place at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, and will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by the Class 2A game between Ridgway and Brockway.

“A great deal of appreciation goes out on my behalf to Karns City for stepping in and being willing to get its field ready to play,” Tonkin said. “I also appreciate the cooperation of the schools playing in the game. They understood the problems in finding sites and have been very accommodating. I also want to thank the players, coaches and fans of these schools. This has been a frustrating day for all of us.”  Read more...

Alfred Station Dispatched For Vehicle Into Ravine

At 8:50 PM on Friday, Alfred Station Fire & Alfred Ambulance dispatched to County Road 11, 1 mile from Rt. 244 for a one vehicle crash into a ravine. Unknown injuries or entrapment.

McKean County Emergency Services Marks Departure Of Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson
2 hrs ·

Today was a very bittersweet day as the staff at McKean County Department of Emergency Services marked my upcoming departure to pursue a new career. 

For the past twelve and a half years, I’ve had the great privilege of working with the finest staff at the best 911 center, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. 

Serving the people of McKean County has been the greatest honor of my professional life, and I will truly miss it. Thank you to all of my friends in the emergency services community!

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SATURDAY...

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST SATURDAY...
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of
an inch or less and ice accumulations of a few hundredths of
an inch.
* WHERE...Southern Erie and Wyoming counties and the western
Southern Tier.
* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Saturday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Any
untreated roads could be snow and ice covered.

INSTRUCTIONS: Periods of light snow and freezing rain will result in slippery
roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
Submit snow and ice reports through our website or social media.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

...FREEZING DRIZZLE THIS EVENING...
Use caution if traveling this evening. Patchy freezing drizzle
will fall over the region tonight, especially over the high
terrain. Although most roads are treated and just wet, any
untreated surfaces could be ice covered. In addition, areas of fog over the higher terrain will reduce visibilities to less than a
half mile.

Reports of icy roads are coming in on the scanners.

County Roads 31 & 31 A Closed Near Friendship

8:28 PM--Friendship Fire Department has been dispatched to close County Road 31 & 31 A until they can be treated by highway department. Roads are complete ice.

...FREEZING DRIZZLE THIS EVENING...

Tri County Fire Alerts
6 mins ·

Weather Alert

...FREEZING DRIZZLE THIS EVENING... Use caution if traveling this evening. Patchy freezing drizzle will fall over the region tonight, especially over the high terrain. Although most roads are treated and just wet, any untreated surfaces could be ice covered. In addition, areas of fog over the higher...

***ALERT***
Ok folks, the weather is turning again. As temperatures are dropping the wet roadways are turning to Ice and Black Ice. We have reports of crashes in St.Marys on North St.Marys Street and also in Kane on Route 6 between Kane and Lantz Corners. If you must be out please slow down and be cautious of the changing road conditions. Also hearing reports of Icy road conditions on Route 948 in Highland Twp.
PennDot is out and they are trying to keep up so please be patient.

Driver reports--Route 66 was a sheet of ice from 11 miles south of Kane. PennDot finally got truck out but was a parking lot for several hours

No Injury In Car/Deer Crash On Route 6 Near Port Allegany


No Injury When Car Hits Guard Rail


Franklinville Dispatched For Possible House Fire

At 7:49 PM--Franklinville Fire Department has been dispatched to a possible house fire at7930 Rt. 16 North. Caller reports smoke in kitchen. House being evacuated.
8:02 PM--Machias Dispatched mutual aid for basement fire. 
8:24 PM--Fire is under control.

Route 16 Closed Due To Disabled Vehicle

Road Closure: Route 16 is closed northbound and southbound from Page Road to Harrisburg Road, due to disabled vehicle at 6:40pm, for up to 4 hrs, Town of Olean, Cattaraugus County.
8:30 PM-- Route 16 is now open

Shinglehouse Ambulance to First Street

At 7:16 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to First Street for man ill.

Fire EMS dispatched to Rt. 6 Crash in Hamilton Township

At 6:03 PM on Friday, Fire & EMS have been dispatched to Rt. 6 near Hamilton Road for a Jeep rollover crash with one injury. Sheffield dispatched.

Blood Drive Monday At UPMC Cole IMAC


Mt. Jewett, Hamlin Township Dispatched To Crash on Route 6 Near Lantz Corners

At 4:34 PM on Friday, Mt. Jewett & Hamlin Township Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the area of 8799 Route 6 for a motor vehicle accident.
4:41 PM--RECALLED

Owlett Announces $200,000 in State Funding for Canton Borough Park and Wellsboro Trailhead

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved two Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP) grants totaling $200,000 for projects in Canton Borough, Bradford County, and Wellsboro Borough, Tioga County.
Canton Borough will receive $40,000 for improvements at War Memorial Park that include renovation of the tennis and basketball courts, construction of pedestrian walkways, installation of play area safety surfacing and kiosk, ADA access, landscaping and other related improvements.

Tioga County will receive $160,000 toward the purchase of approximately 2.8 acres of land in Wellsboro Borough for the development of a trailhead for the Marsh Creek Greenway and Pine Creek Rail Trail.

“Both of these projects will create additional family recreational opportunities in which to gather and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Owlett. “I am happy to see this funding going toward projects that will only add to the impressive portfolio of outdoor amenities we have in the 68th District.”

The CCPP program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

PennDOT - District 3 News: ​​Work on I-80 in Northumberland County Next Week

Work on I-80 in Northumberland County Next Week

Road work continues next week on Interstate 80 in Northumberland County.

Alternating lanes of I-80 westbound and eastbound will be closed from the Susquehanna River Bridge to just east of the I-180 Interchange. The closures will be from 5 AM to 2 PM Monday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 20.

HRI, Inc. is the prime contractor on this $3.4 million project.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

April M. Baxter, 44, of Port Allegany, PA

April M. Baxter

April M. Baxter, 44, of Port Allegany, PA, died Wednesday (November 14, 2018) at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport, PA.

She was born Apr 28, 1974 in Coudersport, a daughter of Edwin and Shirlee Covert Winans. On September 14, 2002 in Kingston, Jamaica, she married Timm F. Baxter, who survives.

Mrs. Baxter was a 1992 graduate of Port Allegany High School.

Mrs. Baxter was a Office Coordinator, employed by UPMC-Cole at the Port Allegany Health Center.

She was a certified Phlebotomy Technician, a certified Pharmacy Technician, certified Professional Coder, a Register Health Information Technician and a certified Risk Assessment Coder. She was a member of the HCMA for 15 years and AAPC for 10 Years

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother Shirlee Winans

Three sons; Tyler J. Tucker, Benn F. Baxter, Jacob P. Baxter all of Port Allegany

One daughter; Jennifer L. Baxter of Port Allegany

Two brothers; Rodney (Kelly) Winans, of Wellsville, NY and Edwin Winans. Jr. of Scio, NY

One sister; Nikki (Shawn) Moore, of Coudersport

several nieces and nephews. .

She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany. Funeral and committal service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 11:00 am from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany with the Rev. Randall Headley, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials if desired may be made to the Port Allegany Ambulance Service or the Port Allegany Fire Department

Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

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

HUNTERS HARVEST 99 ELK IN 2018

Bull hunters fare better, but overall elk hunt a success.
Nearly 100 lucky participants in Pennsylvania’s 2018 elk hunt have taken home a trophy.

Ninety-nine elk were taken by 125 hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 10. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 96 percent, with 25 of 26 tags filled.

The 2018 harvest included some large elk. Thirteen bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with two of them going more than 800 pounds. The heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt was estimated at 894 pounds. That bull, which sported an 7-by-8-point rack, was taken in Gibson Township, Cameron County by Richard L. Reicherter I, of Wynnewood, Pa.

Meanwhile, an 806-pounder with a 10-by-7 rack was taken in Goshen Township, Clearfield County by Mark D. Copp, of Wellsboro.

Official measurements of bull racks taken in the hunt cannot be recorded until the antlers have air dried for at least 60 days after the animal was harvested.

There also were some large antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Eight of the 74 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.

Thirty-nine elk – nine bulls and 30 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 5.

“Overall, the 2018 elk season was fairly typical with a slightly lower success rate for antlerless elk hunters,” said Jeremy Banfield, Game Commission elk biologist.

One difference from previous years was the distribution of elk harvests across all the hunt zones, Banfield noted.

“Normally we’d like at least a 50 percent success rate in each zone, where this year several zones had 100 percent success, while others reached only 20 to 40 percent success.

“Poor weather on Monday, Tuesday, and again on Friday might have contributed to the lower harvest, but most hunters recognize the rarity of having an elk tag and will hunt hard no matter the weather. Several hunters reported seeing elk while hunting and just not being able to connect with them.”

Successful hunters within 24 hours of harvest are required to bring their elk to a check station, where tissue samples are collected to test for chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, and tuberculosis. To date none of these diseases have been detected in Pennsylvania elk.

To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 30,000 applicants.

Wellsboro Community Concert Association Presents Genticorum Concert on Saturday, Nov. 24

The Genticorum trio (shown) based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada will perform Québécois music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. 

Pascal Gemme is the trio's fiddler, singer and arranger. 

Yann Falquet sings and plays acoustic guitar and the jaw harp. 

Nicholas Williams plays wooden flute and accordion. 

Québécois has a Celtic flair with Irish and Scottish reels mixed over the last few centuries with music from France, marching band music from the United States and German polkas and waltzes. The trio weaves fiddle, flute and accordion music, vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a feast for eyes and ears. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence make them a must-see. 

For tickets visit www.wellsborocca.org or call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

Christmas at the Point

Judith DeGregorio of Montoursville creates mini-lights to floor lamps. Ten to fifteen of her lamps will be available among the handcrafted one-of-a-kind gift items and homemade goodies at Christmas at the Point being held this Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the barn at the Sienkowski farm in East Point, not far from downtown Liberty. Admission and parking are free. There will be door prizes.

"I find, buy or make bases," DeGregorio said.."Just about anything can be turned into a lamp base. I have used stuffed animals, baseballs, baseball mitts, firemen's helmets, canning jars, dolls and figurines, such as wolves, bear, deer, etc." She has found old lamps and refurbished them and used bases made from turned wood and wrought iron created by her friends.

As for the shades, it takes 16 steps to make one. It begins with determining the right size of the shade, drafting an arc, choosing the paper and transferring the design. "Then you can cut and pierce; or stencil, cut and pierce or watercolor, cut and pierce; sculpt the cut areas to let the light shine through and attach the arc to the rings," said DeGregorio. The final steps are to bind and trim the edges. 

Sit down to eat while listening to Christmas tunes in the barn, which is decorated for the holidays. There will be homemade foods for lunch, a snack or take-out, including soup and chili, coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate as well as cookies and slices of fresh homemade pie.

In Liberty, take Route 414 east. Just beyond East Point Church turn left onto Bogar Run Road. At the “Y” bear right onto Taylor Run Road. The Sienkowski Farm is last on the left. The number on the mailbox is 299. From the turn onto Bogar Run Road to the Sienkowski farm is nine-tenths of a mile. For information call 570-324-5951.

Re-Elected House Republican Majority Chooses 2019-20 Leadership Team

By acclamation, Turzai elected caucus-designee for speaker and Cutler elected majority leader
The 110 members of the incoming Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus today once again elected Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) as their choice for speaker of the House and chose Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) as the new majority leader for the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session.

Today’s caucus election comes seven days after Republicans retained control of the House for a fifth consecutive term. This is just the second time since 1924 that Republicans have maintained control of the House for more than four terms in a row.

Turzai’s and Cutler’s elections highlighted this morning’s reorganization session of the Republican Caucus. The formal election for speaker will take place in the full House when the 2019-20 session begins on Jan. 1, 2019.

Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the state House, but two vacancies will exist on swearing-in day: Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) died in October, and Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was convicted of violating state conflict of interest laws and accepting bribes. The speaker will set special election dates in January.

The caucus leadership elections took place this morning in the House Majority Caucus Room. The 19 newly elected Republican members who will begin their terms in January participated in the balloting. Members who are leaving office did not participate in the election.

Turzai said: “I am humbled to earn the caucus’ faith to be nominated to serve as speaker. I look forward to working with all members to move Pennsylvania forward in the next session with a principled but commonsense agenda focused on fiscal responsibility; private sector job creation; transparent, limited government; and respect for long-standing values.”

Cutler said: “Our caucus has consistently led on protecting Pennsylvanians from tax increases. As we head into an historic fifth term in the majority, we will continue to prioritize being responsible with the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. We will also focus on running government as efficiently and transparently as possible, ensuring our students have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed and working to create an environment which promotes job growth and economic prosperity.

“I am incredibly appreciative of the caucus’ vote of confidence in me, and I look forward to working with them for the good of all Pennsylvanians.”

Benninghoff said: “I am humbled and grateful to have been entrusted to serve my Republican colleagues as Majority Whip. We will, together, stay true to our commitment to stand up for taxpayers, support hard-working families, encourage job growth and improve educational opportunities for our children. This newly elected leadership team has an exciting opportunity, and also a responsibility, to work hard and accomplish big things for Pennsylvania. I’m thankful to be part of that team, and I look forward to this next session with great expectation.”

Saylor said: “Pennsylvanians can be assured we will continue budgeting responsibly as we keep an eye on state revenues and expenditures. The House Appropriations Committee will keep its focus on effectiveness of state programs and whether they match their intent.”

The Republican leadership team includes:

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DESIGNEE: Rep. Mike Turzai (28th District, Allegheny County) is completing his second term as speaker. He was elected majority leader for two sessions, serving in that capacity from 2011-14. Turzai was first elected to the House in 2001 and previously served as whip during the 2009-10 legislative session and Republican Policy Committee chairman during the 2007-08 session.

MAJORITY LEADER: Rep. Bryan Cutler (100th District, Lancaster County) was elected to the House in 2006. Cutler, a lifelong resident of Lancaster County, is currently completing his second term as majority whip. Prior to his election to the House, Cutler worked in the health care industry and attended law school.

WHIP: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (171st District, Centre and Mifflin counties) was elected to the House in 1996. Benninghoff is concluding his second term as Republican Policy Committee chairman. Previously, Benninghoff served as chairman of the House Finance Committee, chairman of the Cancer Caucus and chairman of the Rural Health Caucus.

APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN: Rep. Stan Saylor (94th District, York County) was first elected to the House in 1992 and is currently completing his first term as Appropriations chairman. From 2011 to 2014, Saylor served as majority whip, and in the 2009-10 session, he was the Republican Policy Committee chairman.

CAUCUS CHAIRMAN: Rep. Marcy Toepel (147th District, Montgomery County) was first elected to the House in 2010. Prior to being elected, Toepel served in various positions in the Montgomery County government. This will be her second term as caucus chairman.

POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Rep. Donna Oberlander (63rd District, Armstrong, Clarion and Forest counties) was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008. Oberlander is concluding her second term as caucus secretary. Previously, she chaired the House Oil and Gas Caucus, and the House Diabetes Caucus.

CAUCUS ADMINISTRATOR: Rep. Kurt Masser (107th District, Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties) was first elected to the House in 2010. This will be Masser’s second term in the leadership position.

CAUCUS SECRETARY: Rep. Mike Reese (59th District, Westmoreland and Somerset counties) was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008. Prior to his election to the House, Reese worked at the University of Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County Community College. Immediately prior to his House election, he served as the Westmoreland County Assistant Director of Financial Administration.

MARILYN HORNE MUSEUM TO OFFER NEARLY $1000 IN PRIZES TO SHOPPERS ON MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY


The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is giving away nearly $1000 in prizes to shoppers on November 25, 2018 - Museum Store Sunday. Prizes will include everything from plane tickets and opera tickets to shopping and restaurant certificates. In addition to the prizes, the first 25 shoppers will receive a 25% discount off of their total museum store purchase.

Museum Store Sunday is an international shopping day on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. The event celebrates the uniqueness of museum stores and the roles they play in the cultural life of communities. This year’s theme is “25 on the 25th.” Museum stores around the world will be offering discounts and shopper incentives that play off of the theme of 25.

The museum shop at Marilyn Horne Hall has been busy ordering hundreds of new items for the holiday shopping season. New items include the 2018 Signature Bradford Ornament Collection, toys, puzzles, and novelties designed by the French toy company Djeco, an assortment of play swords, crowns and shields created by Danish toy company Liontouch, a full range of dazzling costume jewelry made by 1928, children’s books, and more.

The Marilyn Horne Museum Gift shop will be offering a variety of promotions this Museum Store Sunday. The centerpiece is being called “25 Sur-prizes.” There will be 25 “secret” items available for purchase in the store, each with a mystery prize attached. Shoppers will not know if they’ve won until after they’ve checked out. Prizes include: two $25 gift cards to Beefeaters Restaurant at the Historic Carnegie Library, a $25 shopping certificate from the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce valid at a number of downtown merchants, two tickets to the Pittsburgh Opera production of La Bohème at the Benedum Center, two tickets to the sold-out production of the Nutcracker at the Bromeley Family Theater at Pitt-Bradford, two round-trip plane tickets from Bradford to Pittsburgh courtesy of Southern Airways Express and the Bradford Regional Airport.


“This is the most exciting day of the year for museum stores around the world,” said Matthew Hileman, museum manager. “We wanted this year to be as fun as possible and offer a really magical shopping experience for our guests.”


Other prizes include gift certificates for classes offered by Pitt-Bradford’s Continuing Education, tickets to “Art of Circus” presented by BCPAC, tickets to “Cherish the Ladies” presented by Pitt-Bradford Arts Programming, which include a wine and cheese pairing, and gift cards for Starbucks at the Marilyn Horne Museum Café.

Shoppers could possibly win more than one prize, Hileman added. The 25 prizes will be awarded after checkout. Only Hileman knows which items in the shop will include a prize and the list will not be revealed until after a purchase is made.

Museum Store Sunday was created as an alternative to the hectic mayhem that often accompanies Black Friday. Patrons can visit their favorite museums and shop in a fun and relaxed environment where unusual, quality and educational gifts are sold. The Marilyn Horne Museum joins more than 700 museum stores representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, ten countries and three continents for this year’s event. Prizes have been generously donating by participating businesses and organizations.

The museum shop at Marilyn Horne Hall will be open Sunday, November 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to arrive early to take part in the fun. More information can be found at www.marilynhorne.org/mss.

About the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center


The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is a division of the University of Pittsburgh. The museum's mission is to further interest in the art of opera and to inspire and educate new generations on the importance of art, culture and philanthropy through the life, achievements, and personal archives of renowned mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. The 3,400 square-foot exhibition space features 19 interactive exhibits, a documentary film, costumes, and artifacts from the personal archives of Marilyn Horne. Open daily. Admission is free.

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