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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Planning To Run For an Office in Potter County? Petition Packets Available Monday At Potter County Elections Office

“Please note that petition packets will be available on Monday, February 4, 2019, for countywide, local and school board offices that will be on the ballot for the upcoming May 21, 2019 Municipal Election.”

Our office will have a complete list of all offices that will be up for this election by Monday, February 4, 2019. This listing will be available on the county website at www.pottercountypa.net, under Departments - Elections/Voter Registration.

No signatures can be obtained until February 19 thru March 12, 2019.

Allegany Fire At Colonial Village Under Investigation

Allegany Fire Department

On 2/2/19 at 14:49 Allegany Fire was toned for a working trailer fire in Colonial Village on Route 417. Chief 2 arrived on scene and reported flames showing from sides 1 and 2. 

Allegany Chief arrived on scene and took command. Engine 32 arrived on scene and advanced a line through the front door. While the interior crew advanced through the structure and conducted a primary search, a 2 1/2 inch line was deployed and a quick knock down was performed from the exterior. 

The interior crew reached the fire room and took over fire suppression. Westons Mills crews arrived on scene and conducted a secondary search. Both searches came up negative for any occupants. 

The fire is currently under investigation. Assisting on the scene were Westons Mills, Town of Olean, Knapp Creek, State Police, and Allegany PD. Standing by were Hinsdale and Portville fire Departments.

Lawrence E. “Flash” Galentine, 65, Olean, NY, formerly of Port Allegany, PA,

Lawrence Galentine 
beloved father, brother and uncle

Olean- Lawrence E. “Flash” Galentine, 65, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, passed away at home on Wednesday (January 30th, 2019) at his home following a brief illness.

Born July 31st, 1953 in Indiana, Pa he was a son of Rex B. and Doris E. Murby Galentine.

Army National Guard Veteran

Mr. Galentine was a 1971 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He then served with the Army National Guard for five years; he was then employed at several Strategic Missile sites in Helena, Montana prior to moving back to the area and being employed by several local contractors for many years. He was then employed as a custodian at the Aspen Towers in Olean and most recently at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany.

Lawrence was a past member of the American Legion Post in Port Allegany and greatly enjoyed socializing with his family and friends.

Surviving are one son, Johnathon Galentine of Topeka, Kansas; one daughter, Dawn (David) Lemon of Ignacio, Colorado; four grandchildren, Shadow Ballnan, Amber Carey, Austin Amack and Kelly Amack; three brothers, Robert (Gloria) Galentine of Turtlepoint, Allen (Virginia) Galentine of Sevierville, Tenn., and Eugene (Barbara) Galentine of Stoystown, Pa; five sisters, Jane (Samuel) Ruth, of Boquete, Panama, Central America, Evelyn (Carl) Winters of Redlion, Pa., Brenda (Jack) Shaw of Red Lion, Linda (Butch Burdick) Shaffer of Port Allegany and Lori (Scott) Freer of Eldred; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1974 and his mother in 2018 and by a sister, Carol Daniels in 2006.

Friends may call on Sunday (February 2nd, 2019) at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Dale Detweiler officiating. Burial will follow in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Birch Grove Mennonite Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com

Mt. Jewett, Hamlin Dispatched To Vehicle Fire At Nittany Minitmart

At 9:38 PM on Saturday, Mt. Jewett & Hamlin Township Fire Depts. have been dispatched to the Nittany Minitmart at 8906 Rt. 6 for a vehicle fire next to the building.

Vehicle struck a female pup that appears to be a Black LAB on Route 46

Smethport Fire Department Inc. is feeling concerned.
Just now ·

**Message** This evening Chief 2 was traveling by Herzog’s Gas Station on Route 46 and came across a vehicle that struck a female pup that appears to be a Black LAB. Likely with another dog that appeased to head North along Route 46. 

Please contact us via messenger or if needed call the 911 Center to contact Chief 2 about the dog we have.

Thank you.

Police Make Drug Arrest In Bradford

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Taylor Farms TX, Inc. Recalls Chicken Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens
Taylor Farms TX, Inc., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of chicken products incorrectly labeled as “Chile Relleno” products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Bradford Dispatched For Natural Gas Leak

At 5:32 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Firefighters have been dispatched to 10 Storey Place for a natural gas leak.

Landowner Seeking Information On Memorial

I purchased a cabin on west branch Dingman Run rd in Coudersport almost 2yrs ago. Coming from Dingman Run Rd on my right side heading towards Potter Game Club Rd there is a cross on that says “Jeremy” (no last name). 

In speaking with a tow truck operator over the summer he claims he hauled the vehicle and some kids were going to fast and rolled a vehicle and one boy died in the Cole memorial hospital from injuries. He believes that this was a birthday/ graduation party. Wasn’t sure of the exact date.

I can find nothing in trying to research the accident or find names or details. This cross is on my property and would like to pay respect to the site if it’s in fact appropriate. Not knowing or being able to track it down is frustrating and not living in that area is difficult. In reading your blog to get a lot of the news- I was hoping you might be able to provide me with the details. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Chad

Allegany Dispatched For Structure Fire At Colonial Village

At 2:50 PM on Saturday, Allegany Fire Department has been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at Colonial Village, Lot 149. Westons Mills has been dispatched for standby. Town of Olean, Westons, & Knapp Creek tankers dispatched to assist. Flames showing.

Roulette Dispatched For Carbon Monoxide Detector Activation

At 2:48 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Department has been dispatched to 39 Third Street for a carbon monoxide detector activation.

Roulette Readers Book Club

Here is this month’s book. 

Meets the fourth Wednesday at the Roulette Library at 1:30. 

Next meeting: February 27.

Call Donna at 544-7716 for more information.

PA Permit Violations Issued to Swn Prod Co Llc

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-01-30 to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna 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 unauthorized by the rules and regulations of DEP.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-30 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-01-30 to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna county. OGA3218.2(A) - CONTAINMENT FOR UNCONVENTIONAL WELLS - SITES - Failure to design and construct unconventional well site to prevent spills to the ground surface and off well site.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-30 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-01-30 to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna county. 78A57(A)___ - CONTROL, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS - Operator discharged brine and other fluids on or into the ground or into the waters of this Commonwealth.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-30 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-01-30 to Swn Prod Co Llc in Franklin Twp, Susquehanna county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-30 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Jen DeLong Memorial Scholarship to support Franklinville/TBA grads

When Jennifer DeLong passed away in June of 2018 at just 36 years old, her family — parents Ken and Sue DeLong and siblings Teresa and Kevin — almost immediately made the decision to establish a scholarship in her memory.

The scholarship was set up to benefit a student at Franklinville Central School/Ten Broeck Academy, Jennifer’s alma mater, under the management of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, joining several other scholarships for students in the school district.

Jennifer graduated from Franklinville Central School in 2000. An avid problem-solver with an aptitude for math, she went on to a degree in computer science from SUNY Fredonia.

After graduation she found success as a computer programmer working for government contractors.

Despite a demanding career she never gave up her life-long love of music.

It began during her time at Franklinville Central School, where she was in both band and chorus and participated in many Solo Festivals and All-County and Area All-State Concerts. She continued to play piano volunteering her talents for local theater productions as well as a middle school chorus.

The scholarship bearing her name will support students with similar passions at her alma mater.

The $1,000 scholarship will be for a graduating senior from Ten Broeck Academy/Franklinville Central School District who is pursuing a career or demonstrates excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and music subject areas.

All applicants who apply will be considered, however, preference will be given to a female graduate. Reference letters and a list of extracurricular activities should address the student’s academic excellence or participation in STEM subject areas and band and/or choral music. As part of the standard goal statement to be submitted with the application, the student should include information on his/her academic and career goals.

“After the scholarship was established here at CRCF, we saw an immediate outpouring of love and support in Jen’s memory,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “So many memorial gifts were coming in that it was clear that Jen was special to the community.”

“It is our honor to play a role in supporting such a legacy.”

Donations can be made to the Jen DeLong Memorial Scholarship Fund at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, Olean, NY, or online at cattfoundation.org.

For 25 years, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has been the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

PITT-BRADFORD PLANS EVENTS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A still image from the documentary film “Man on Fire,” which will be shown on campus as part of activities planned for Black History Month.
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford invites the public to attend a variety of performances, talks, lectures and films planned as part of Black History Month activities on campus.

All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

On Monday, Feb. 4, the first of four weeks of “Real Talk” discussion sessions will take place at both noon and 9 p.m. in the special dining rooms near the café in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The topic for the first week is “Pay Discrepancies between Races and Genders.”

In following weeks, the topics are “Color Blind Laws Are Not Actually Colorblind,” Feb. 11; “African American Community and Mental Health,” Feb. 18; and “Women of Color in the House – The Rise of Women of Color in Prominent Politics.”

At 8 p.m. Feb. 4, adult alternative pop/rock band Nelly’s Echo will play in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The band plays a steady circuit of colleges, clubs, casinos and private events, such as the Democratic National Convention after-party. For more information, visit www.nellysecho.com.

Orin James, instructor of biology, will make several presentations on Black music in Fisher Hall room 205. All presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

On Feb. 6, he will talk about “Negro Spirituals.” On Feb. 20, the topic will be “R&B Music,” and on Feb. 27, he will hold a “Hip-Hop and DJ Workshop.”

At 7 p.m. Feb. 14, the university will sponsor a free showing of “Sorry to Bother You” at the Main Street Movie House. “Sorry to Bother You” is a 2018 comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. It is rated R.

Another movie, “Man on Fire,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. The film is a documentary about a preacher who sets himself on fire to bring attention to racism in a small town. The filmmaker will be on campus to discuss the making of the film during a pre-film talk at 3 p.m. in Blaisdell Hall Room 121.

The month ends with the annual One World Cultural Festival at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The festival is free for students. There is a small fee for those wishing to eat from the international stations.

Other events throughout the month include an “I Love My Hair” program with free haircuts and styling for hair of all types, service at The Friendship Table and Black History Month Jeopardy.

For disability needs related to Black History Month events on campus, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued in Lewis Twp Township

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lewis Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-01-28 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC GAMBLE 145H 53220 in Lewis Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lewis Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-01-28 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC GAMBLE 28H 52003 in Lewis Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Lewis Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-01-28 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site SRC GAMBLE 18H 51324 in Lewis Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jackson Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-01-28 00:00:00 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site BROWN 7H in Jackson Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jackson Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-01-28 00:00:00 to SWN PROD CO LLC for site BROWN 8H in Jackson Twp township, Lycoming county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-01-28 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Joseph S. King, "the Traveling Cowboy," age 86, Cochranville, PA

Joseph S. King

Joseph S. King, "the Traveling Cowboy," age 86, took his last trip on Thursday, January 31, 2019 when he left this earth for his heavenly home. 

He was the oldest son of the late Valentine "Boots" and Naomi Yoder King and a lifelong resident of Cochranville. He was the husband of Catharine Scheffel King who he married on March 23, 1957.

Joe was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church and the King Hunting Camp in Potter County. 

He was a dairy farmer, who also grew potatoes, sold McNess products, and drove school bus for Octorara. He was very supportive of his wife and daughters as they traveled from church to church ministering as the King's Kids Evangelistic Team. 

When he retired from farming, he provided transportation to the Amish community. He was called "the Traveling Cowboy" because of his love of Gospel and Country music and Western style clothing. He worked regularly with John Ebersol and Levi Esh and their work crews. Joe was recognized by his Amish friends by the silver air horns on the roof of his van that he would blow when he arrived. He and Cathy also enjoyed many trips with his Amish traveling companions. Joe was a loving husband, father and friend. He was quick to forgive, willingly generous, and always put others needs ahead of his own. He loved to be ornery and make others laugh.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 62 years and his children: Gwendolyn and Dain Null of Cochranville, Yvonne and Zachary Mullins of VA, Joseph and Kimberly (Haught) King, Wanda and Douglas Lapp, both of Cochranville, Jewell and Steven Shivery of Christiana, Theresa and David Foltz of Downingtown, 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way. He is also survived by 5 siblings: Susanne King of Lititz, Parke (Betty Kinsey) King of Mount Joy, Nathan (Melba Beiler) King, Rose (Leroy) Saylor, both of Lititz, Linford (Mary Etta Lapp) King of FL. 

He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild and 3 siblings: Paul and Merle King and Pluma Hostetter.

The funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 5, at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 549 Swan Road, Atglen at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Lusby officiating. There will be a viewing at the church on Monday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Joe will be buried in the adjoining cemetery next to the stone wall he helped build as a youth. The family would like to thank Nurse Gina and everyone at Hospice and Community Care for their care of Joe these last few months. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe's memory to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. shiveryfuneralhome.com

Students to conduct door-to-door survey February 5

Faculty in the Penn State DuBois Administration of Justice program are advising the public that students will conduct a door-to-door survey from 10:45 a.m. until Noon on February 5, as a class assignment.

Specifically, students will visit residents in the Oklahoma area of Sandy Township. They will be supervised by a faculty member, who will also provide transportation in a university-owned van. Faculty wish to notify residents that may encounter this group that this is a legitimate class exercise.

As part of the “Criminal Justice and the Community” course, students will ask residents to complete a short questionnaire in order to better understand the public’s perception of law enforcement.

“Thus far, the students have found out that the local community has a favorable perception of the police and would like the police to interact more with the community,” said Lecturer of Administration of Justice Selena Price. “This assignment will show the community that their local community members care about their perceptions and want to possibly provide viable solutions to their concerns.”

Price noted that increased interaction between law enforcement and community can help make the community a better place in which to work and live. Students will complete community projects later in the semester to help facilitate such interactions. Price hopes to see more efforts like an event last year, "Discussion and Donuts with the DuBois City Police", when city police opened their department to have a town meeting.Officers also discussed their everyday duties that residents may not be aware of.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS MEETING

FLUORESCENT ORANGE REQUIREMENTS COULD BE SIMPLIFIED

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would simplify requirements to wear fluorescent orange material while hunting.

There would be no changes to the requirements that apply in many seasons. And the use of orange will continue to be highly recommended for all seasons, whether required or not.

The measure will be brought back to the April meeting for a final vote, and any changes would be put in place for the 2019-20 license year to begin July 1.

The proposal would eliminate the requirement to wear fluorescent orange at any time while archery hunting for deer or bear. This would eliminate all overlap periods when archery hunters are required to wear varying amounts of fluorescent orange while moving or post orange material while in a fixed position.

The proposal also would eliminate the requirement for fall turkey hunters to wear fluorescent orange material.

All other seasons would continue with their existing fluorescent orange requirements.

Hunters in deer, bear, elk firearms seasons, small game season, and those hunting coyotes during daylight hours within open deer, bear or elk firearms seasons, would continue with the requirement to wear, at all times, 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined, visible from 360 degrees. Woodchuck hunters would continue with the requirement to wear a solid fluorescent orange hat at all times. And hunters in seasons for crows, doves, waterfowl, post-Christmas flintlock deer, spring turkeys and furbearers (with the exception of coyotes as noted above) would continue without fluorescent orange requirements.

The requirement to post orange while deer, bear or elk hunting from an enclosed blind also would remain.

Commissioners said the changes are intended to clear up the complexity of existing fluorescent orange requirements, which each year result in a significant number of violations detected by State Game Wardens.

SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BIG-GAME HUNTING

With Pennsylvania in the stretch run of its first hunting season in which semiautomatic shotguns were permitted for big-game hunting, and semiautomatic rifles have been permitted for hunting small game and furbearers, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today announced it will entertain a proposal to allow semiautomatic rifles for big game in the 2019-20 license year.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is accepting public comment on the matter, which could be considered at the commissioners next quarterly meeting April 9. If voted upon and given preliminary approval in April, the measure could be considered for final adoption in July and put in place for the 2019-20 license year.

Written comments can be submitted by email to pgccomments@pa.gov up until the April meeting.

Like the proposal to move the opening day of the firearms deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which was given preliminary approval on Tuesday, the proposal to expand opportunities to hunt with semiautomatic rifles seeks to provide for the changing demographics of license buyers and their needs.

TROUBLED SPECIES GIVEN ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that updates the state’s list of threatened and endangered species, providing three cave bat species additional protection by reclassifying them as state endangered species.

The update also upgrades the peregrine falcon’s status from endangered to threatened; upgrades the piping plover from extirpated to endangered, and lists the red knot – a federally threatened species – as a threatened species within Pennsylvania, as well.

The three cave bat species that have been given additional protection are the northern long-eared bat, tri-colored bat and little brown bat, all of which have been decimated by white-nose syndrome since it appeared in Pennsylvania in 2008,

The northern long-eared bat was listed as a federal threatened species in April 2015. In addition, tri-colored bats and little brown bats currently are being considered for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The updates adopted today were approved preliminarily in September.

Written public comments on the measure were accepted through December. Of the 33 comments submitted, none opposed any of the listings.

These listings historically have ensured the Game Commission and other resource agencies work with industry if projects could be affected by the presence of endangered or threatened species. All projects are screened for potential conflicts through a state environmental review, which has been in place since the early 1980s and now is called the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI).

PNDI was established to provide current, reliable, objective information to help inform environmental decisions and guide conservation work and land-use planning. Resource agencies continually update PNDI’s species records to ensure the best guidance and conservation possible.

Northern long-eared bats currently are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. If they become state listed, the Game Commission will continue to defer comments on potential impacts to northern long-eared bats to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). No additional coordination with the Game Commission will occur.

Since tri-colored and little brown bats currently are not federally listed, projects within 300 meters of known summer roost locations and winter hibernacula used by these bats will require Game Commission consultation.

“Sites that held these bats prior to the arrival of white-nose syndrome, but not since, won’t affect projects,” said Dan Brauning, Wildlife Diversity Division supervisor. “That distinction alone immediately reduces the potential for conflicts when you consider bats have lost upward of 97 percent of their historic populations in Pennsylvania.”

For perspective, there are about 30 hibernacula and 120 maternity sites known to support little brown and tri-colored bats that will be added to PNDI as a result of the state-endangered listing.

Prior to white nose syndrome appearing in 2008 in Pennsylvania, there were about 250 bat hibernacula and 300 maternity sites listed in PNDI, according to Greg Turner, Game Commission Endangered and Nongame Mammals Section supervisor.

What works against these cave bats is their annual reproduction provides limited replacement. Most female cave bats have one pup per year, a rate that would place their potential recovery more than a century away.

But some of the proposals for status change represent better news.

The peregrine falcon has seen a steady statewide recovery, which qualifies its status to be upgraded to threatened under the agency’s Peregrine Falcon Management Plan. This upgrade would keep PNDI screening and Game Commission coordination at status quo.

Upgrading the piping plover’s status to endangered recognizes its return to breeding in Pennsylvania. After more than 60 years of absence, piping plover pairs successfully nested at Presque Isle State Park in 2017 and 2018.

And changing the status of the red knot – a rare migrant bird found in Pennsylvania mostly at Presque Isle State Park – recognizes its vulnerability to further declines.

Both piping plovers and red knots currently are federally listed. The Game Commission would continue to defer potential conflict coordination for both species to the USFWS.

MENTORED HUNTING PROGRAMS OPEN TO ALL AGES

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that bridges the mentored youth and mentored adult hunting programs.

The mentored hunting programs are designed to increase hunter recruitment by providing an opportunity to experience hunting without the requirement to obtain a license.

With the change, youth up to 16 years of age can participate in the mentored youth program, and those 17 and older can participate in the mentored adult program.

Under the previous framework, there was no opportunity for those 12 to 17 to participate in a mentored program.

Mentored permits under the new framework will be available when 2019-20 hunting licenses go on sale.

Mentored hunters may hunt only certain game species and must follow other requirements.

Mentored youth may hunt only squirrels, rabbits, doves, woodchucks, coyotes, deer and turkeys. Mentored youth under the age of 7 do not receive their own big-game harvest tags; their adult mentors must possess a valid harvest tag when hunting deer or turkeys, and the mentor must transfer the tag to the mentored youth upon harvest by the mentored youth. Additionally, the mentor and mentored youth may possess only one sporting arm between them, and it must be carried by the mentor at all times while moving.

Meanwhile, mentored adults may hunt only squirrels, ruffed grouse, rabbits, pheasants (pheasant permit required), bobwhite quail, hares, porcupines, woodchucks, crows, coyotes, antlerless deer and turkeys. Mentored adults receive only a spring turkey tag with their permits. To harvest a fall turkey, their mentor must possess a valid fall-turkey harvest tag; and to harvest an antlerless deer, their mentor must possess a valid antlerless license or Deer Management Assistance Program permit; then transfer the applicable harvest tag to the mentored adult at the time of harvest. And a mentored adult must hunt within eyesight of the mentor.

While the mentored programs are viewed as important recruitment tools, they’re not intended as a substitute for getting a hunting license.

And the measure approved today requires that all mentored hunters ages 12 or older may participate in a mentored program for a maximum of three, unbroken license years. After that period, or following any year they lapse from the program, they’ll be required to obtain a license if they want to continue hunting. Youngsters who participated in the mentored youth program for at least three years before turning 12 would be required to get a license at 12, rather than continuing as a mentored hunter.

DISABLED VETERANS OF ANY AGE ELIGIBLE FOR GOOSE HUNT

A minor change adopted today by the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners ensures resident disabled-veteran hunters continue to be eligible for special disabled-veteran goose hunts at Middle Creek and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Areas, even after they give up their disabled-veteran licenses for senior lifetime licenses.

Previously, only resident disabled-veteran license holders were eligible to apply for the special hunts. The change extends the ability to apply to anyone holding a senior lifetime hunting or senior lifetime combination license who can provide documentation evidencing their eligibility for a resident disabled-veteran license or reduced fee disabled-veteran license.

BOARD OFFICERS TO CONTINUE IN POSITIONS

At its first quarterly meeting of 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners selected to maintain its existing panel of officers.

Timothy Layton, who represents District 4 southcentral Pennsylvania, will continue to serve as president; James Daley, who represents District 1 in northwestern Pennsylvania, will continue to serve as vice president; and Stanley Knick Jr., who represents Region 7 in northeastern Pennsylvania, will continue to serve as secretary.

ENERGY LEASE AGREEMENT OK’D

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved amending an existing lease agreement with Greylock Production LLC to include the Game Commission’s oil and gas rights beneath about 24 acres on State Game Lands 223 in Greene County.

The existing agreement leases the agency’s oil and gas rights beneath 724 acres on State Game Lands 223.

The five-year non-surface-use agreement will result in a one-time bonus payment of about $70,916 being deposited into either the Game fund or an interest-bearing escrow account to be used for the future purchase of wildlife habitat.

Oil and gas development under the agreement will be regulated by the Commonwealth’s oil and gas regulations and the agency’s Standard Non-Surface Use Oil and Gas Cooperative Agreement.

LAND ACQUISITIONS TO EXPAND GAME LANDS

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved a host of land acquisitions that, combined, would add more than 3,000 acres to the state game lands system.

The majority of that acreage – 2,166 acres – is the result of a single acquisition in Lower Yoder and Upper Yoder townships in Cambria County. The acreage would become part of State Game Lands 42.

The land, which is dominated by hardwood forest, is being purchased from Brookville Wood Products Inc. for a $1,650,000 lump sum to be paid with third-party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on game lands from previously approved projects.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy holds a pre-existing conservation easement on most of the acres, which among other things limits development, surface mining and forest management there.

Other acquisitions approved at today’s meeting are:

· The acquisition of 513 acres in Taylor and Shenango townships, Lawrence County, to be donated by the estate of Mary Joan Pavlich. A mix of hardwoods and shrubland, the property is about 4 ½ miles north of State Game Lands 148. The oil, gas and minerals on this property have been bequeathed to other entities. The Game Commission would be responsible to pay any outstanding unpaid property taxes, and most likely an inheritance tax on the property.

· The acquisition of 99 acres in Union and Hunlock townships, Luzerne County, to be purchased from Lynda Gail Johnson for the option price of $400 per acre. The property, which is mostly forested and lies within Important Mammal Area 29, adjoins State Game Lands 224.

· The acquisition of more than 91 acres in Cambridge Township, Crawford County, to be purchased for about $64,076 now held by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The tract, which contains hardwood forest, reverting old field and a floodplain wetlands, adjoins State Game Lands 277. The acquisition carries several restrictive covenants. No timber harvesting or tree cutting can occur unless approved by the conservancy. No farm crops or food plots can be planted, unless done with native species. There could be no infrastructure except for parking and reasonable access improvements. And no fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides could be used, except for invasive-species control.

· The acquisition of 56 acres in Pine Grove Township, Warren County, from the estate of Ruth M. Horner for a $53,000 lump sum to be paid with third-party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on game lands from previously approved projects. Most of the tract, which adjoins State Game Lands 282 is made of reverting old fields, with about 10 acres in mixed hardwoods. The property is also located within the Akeley Swamp Important Bird Area.

· The acquisition of 55 acres in Steuben Township, Crawford County, from Theodore J. and Pamela L. Weaver. The $134,000 lump sum option price is to be paid with third-party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on game lands from previously approved projects. The tract, which is mostly mixed hardwood forest, is an indenture to State Game Lands 122.

· The acquisition of 28 acres in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, through donation from Natural Lands Trust Inc. The tract, which has 18 acres of red oak and seven acres of agricultural fields, adjoins State Game Lands 43. The property lies within an Important Bird Area.

· The acquisition of a 4,752-foot-long, 33-foot-wide right-of-way in Pleasant Valley Township, Potter County from Kenneth R. Comstock and Janice G. Comstock for access into a detached parcel of State Game Lands 59. The $14,390 lump sum option price is to be paid with third-party commitments for compensation of habitat and recreational losses that occurred on game lands from previously approved projects. The Game Commission has an existing road right-of-way granted by the Comstocks by a prior deed that was never developed and would be abandoned by the Game Commission as part of this agreement. The new right-of-way is a fully developed gravel road, and by acquiring it, the Game Commission would avoid the cost and significant environmental disturbance of developing a new road where none exists.

2019 MEETING DATES SELECTED

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today set its schedule of meetings for the coming year.

The next quarterly meeting is Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters. Meetings also are scheduled for July 22 and 23, and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

The Working Group Meeting schedule has not yet been finalized.

Open Arms set to host its Big Game Party on Sunday

Open Arms Church of Bradford will host its 16th annual Big Game Party and Wing Sauce Competition on Sunday.
The event will feature the game on the big screen, a children’s movie, the popular wing sauce competition and free food. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and food will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

“This is our way to bless and bring our community together in a fun, safe, family friendly event. We ask everyone to come as they are and have fun,” said Pastor Mike McAvoy. “While most people have the perspective that the church just wants from them, we want to cultivate the view that we want for them. Join us for food, fun, and friends.”

The event is free, and open to the public. Open Arms Church is located at 1289 E. Main St. in Foster Township, 1 mile north of Walmart.

PRELIMINARY 2019-20 HUNTING/TRAPPING SEASONS APPROVED

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year.

Modifications proposed for the 2019-20 seasons include: moving the opening day of the firearms deer season to the Saturday following Thanksgiving, creating an 13-day season that includes three Saturdays; shortening to two days the late November turkey seasons to accommodate a Saturday firearms deer opener; expanding the mid-October muzzleloader and special firearms deer seasons to include bears statewide; increasing to two weeks the length of the statewide archery bear season and shifting it to the two weeks following the muzzleloader and special firearms bear seasons; expanding four-day extended bear seasons to six days in most wildlife management units (WMUs) where they are held; establishing a September archery season and a January antlerless season for elk hunters; expanding bobcat hunting and trapping seasons to WMU 4B; extending fisher trapping opportunity to WMU 4A; increasing the season limit on beavers from 20 to 40 in WMUs 2A and 2B; and reducing the length of the porcupine season by about 10 weeks statewide.

The public may offer comments on all proposed 2019-20 seasons and bag limits, as well as other board actions, between now and the board’s next quarterly meeting, when 2019-20 seasons and bag limits will be finalized, and antlerless license allocations will be determined.

The board’s next quarterly meeting is scheduled to be held April 8 and 9 at the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters.

Following are several articles on meeting highlights.

SPLIT FIREARMS DEER SEASONS UP FOR APPROVAL

The Board of Game Commissioners adopted a slate of deer seasons for 2019-20, proposing a split, six-day antlered deer season (Nov. 30-Dec. 6) and seven-day concurrent season (Dec. 7-14) in 20 Wildlife Management Units. The list includes WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B. The package also retains the full-season (Nov. 30-Dec. 14) concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.

The preliminarily adopted season would start on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, rather than on Monday.

Hunters with Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits may use the permits on the lands for which they were issued during any established deer season, and would continue to be allowed to harvest antlerless deer from Nov. 30-Dec. 6 in 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B. Fees for DMAP permits are $10.90 for residents and $35.90 for nonresidents.

DMAP permits also may be transferred to Mentored Hunting Program participants.

The board retained the antler restrictions that have been in place for adult and senior license holders since the 2011-12 seasons. It remains the “three-up” on one side, not counting a brow tine, provision for the western Wildlife Management Units of 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, and the three points on one side in all other WMUs. Those exempt from these antler restrictions are mentored youth hunters, junior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active-duty military on leave.

Once again this year, the commissioners gave tentative approval to concurrent hunting of antlered and antlerless deer in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D during most seasons, with the first segment of the archery season to run from Sept. 21 to Nov. 29 in those WMUs.

All preliminarily approved seasons and bag limits will be brought back to the April meeting for a final vote.

FALL TURKEY SEASON CHANGES MOVE FORWARD

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to fall turkey seasons for 2019 and spring gobbler dates for 2020.

All recommendations on fall turkey season length are made in accordance with guidelines in the Game Commission’s Wild Turkey Management Plan.

With final approval at the board’s next quarterly meeting, the fall season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B would be one week (Nov. 2-Nov. 9), plus a two-day Thanksgiving season (Nov. 28 and 29).

In WMU 1B, the season would remain one week (Nov. 2-9), with no Thanksgiving season.

In WMU 2B (shotgun and bow only), the season would run from Nov.2-22 and Nov. 28 and 29.

In WMU 2C, the season would be Nov. 2-22 and Nov. 28 and 29.

In WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E, the season would be Nov. 2-16 and Nov. 28 and 29.

In WMU 5A, the season would be from Nov. 7-9.

In WMU 5B, the season would be from Nov. 5-7.

And in WMUs 5C and 5D, the season would remain closed for the fall seasons.

For the 2020 spring gobbler season, which is proposed to run from May 2-30, the board continued with legal hunting hours to reflect the following: from May 2-May 16, legal shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise until noon; and from May 18-30, hunters may hunt all day, from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

The board proposed holding the one-day Spring Gobbler Youth Hunt on April 25, 2020, which will run from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. All junior license holders and Mentored Youth Hunting Program permit holders can participate in this special half-day hunt, as well as the other spring season dates.

PROPOSED 2019-20 HUNTING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, and mentored youth – Oct. 5-Oct. 19 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day).

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 19-Nov. 29; Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 19–Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail) Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Oct. 5-Oct. 19 (4 daily, 12 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANT: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – Oct. 12-19 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

PHEASANT: Oct. 26-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (8 daily, 24 possession).

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26–Jan. 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

CROWS: July 5-April 12, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMU 1B – Nov.2-Nov. 9; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Nov. 2-Nov. 22 and Nov. 28-29 WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B, – Nov.2-Nov. 9 and Nov. 28 and 29; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E– Nov.2-Nov. 16 and Nov. 28 and 29; WMU 2C – Nov.2-Nov. 22 and Nov. 28 and 29; WMU 5A – Nov. 7-9; WMU 5B – Nov. 5-7; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored youth – April 25, 2020. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): May 2-May 30, 2020. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) From May 2-16, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 18-30, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D): Sept. 21-Nov. 29. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (WMU 5B): Oct. 5-Nov. 16. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (Statewide): Oct. 28-Nov. 9. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 19-26. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, SPECIAL FIREARMS (Statewide): Oct. 24-26, Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 23-27. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): Nov. 30-Dec. 7. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 30-Dec. 14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active duty military.

ELK, ARCHERY: Sept. 14-28

ELK (Antlered or Antlerless): Nov. 4-9. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.

ELK, EXTENDED (Antlered and Antlerless): Nov. 11-16. Only one elk may be taken during the license year. Eligible elk license recipients who haven’t harvested an elk by Nov. 9, in designated areas.

ELK, LATE (Antlerless only): Jan. 4-11, 2020

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 21- Nov. 29 and Dec. 26-Jan. 25, 2020. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Oct.5-Nov. 16 and Dec. 26-Jan. 11. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Nov. 30-Dec. 14. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER (Antlered Only) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Nov. 30-Dec. 6. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 5A and 5B: Dec. 7-14. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS SPECIAL FIREARMS (Statewide): Oct. 24-26. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 19-26. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 11. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): Dec. 26-Jan. 25. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS EXTENDED REGULAR FIREARMS: (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): Dec. 26-Jan. 25. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Military Bases): Hunting permitted on days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

PROPOSED 2019-20 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

RACCOONS and FOXES: Oct. 26-Feb. 22, unlimited.

OPOSSUM, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 11-Feb. 5. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

PORCUPINES: Oct. 12-Feb.1, 2020. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

PROPOSED 2019-20 TRAPPING SEASONS

MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 23-Jan. 12. Unlimited.

COYOTES, FOXES, OPOSSUMS, RACCOONS, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: Oct. 27–Feb. 23. No limit.

COYOTES and FOXES, CABLE RESTRAINTS (Statewide): Dec. 26-Feb. 23. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 26-March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCATS (WMUs 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 21-Jan. 12.

One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

FISHERS (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 21-Jan. 2. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

RIVER OTTERS (WMUs 3C and 3D): Feb. 15-22, 2020. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

PROPOSED 2019-20 FALCONRY SEASONS

SQUIRRELS (combined) Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (6 daily, 18 possession)

BOBWHITE QUAIL Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (8 daily, 24 possession)

RUFFED GROUSE Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (2 daily, 6 possession)

COTTONTAIL RABBITS Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (4 daily, 12 possession)

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (1 daily, 3 possession)

RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (6 daily, 18 possession)

No open season on other wild birds or mammals.

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons to be established in accordance with federal regulations at a later date.

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

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Cast Away Charters Now Booking 2019 Fishing Trips on Lake Erie Starting May 3rd

Very Large Estate Sale Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 2830 Route 46, Smethport, PA

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Super Bowl Rib Fest At Port Allegany Shop'n Save Saturday, February 2nd

Public Auction Sunday, February 3 rd At Burkhouse Auction House in Bradford, PA

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Programs Saturday at Sinnemahoning State Park

February 2019 Programs at Sinnemahoning State Park

Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee with the Birds - Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, INDOORS, as we learn about the birds visiting the feeders just outside the classroom window and participate in a Project Feeder Watch bird count. No pre-registration is required for this free program. Wildlife Center Classroom

Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cross Country Skiing for Beginners - Join Sinnemahoning State Park staff for a fun lesson on the popular sport of cross-country skiing. All equipment, including skis, poles, and boots (adult sizes) will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, 1/30. Wildlife Center Classroom

Allegany man arrested for aggravated DWI at nearly triple the legal limit

Phil E. Voorhees
On January 26, 2019, SP Amity Troopers arrested Phil E. Voorhees, 35, of Allegany, NY for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Troopers responded to a report of a two-car hit-and-run property damage accident at a residence on Birch Run Road in the town of Allegany. 

During their interview of the complainant, they discovered Voorhees had been the operator. He returned to scene in his vehicle, then again fled upon seeing the Troopers. They located his vehicle a short distance away, and observed Voorhees exit the vehicle in an attempt to flee on foot. He was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication. He failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. 

He was then arrested and transported to SP Olean, where a chemical breath test revealed him to have a 0.23% BAC.

Voorhees was released with appearance tickets returnable to Allegany Town Court in February.

Wirt father and son arrested for animal cruelty


On January 30, 2019, SP Amity Troopers arrested Daniel D. Hint, 55, and Joshua D. Hint, 36, both of Wirt, NY for Failure to Provide Sustenance. Daniel Hint was further charged with Neglect of an Impounded Animal, Improper Disposal of Dead Animals, and Failure to Provide Shelter for Dogs Left Outdoors.

Along with Allegany County SPCA Investigators, Troopers investigated a complaint of deceased, malnourished, and neglected animals at three farm properties located on State Route 275 and County Road 8 in the town of Wirt and located nine deceased animals. In total, the SPCA removed 140 other animals from the three locations. Troopers determined the Hints had committed the offenses listed above.

Both Hints were arrested and arraigned in Wirt Town Court and released on their own recognizance. They are due to reappear in that court late this month.

Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women Grant Application Period Now Open

Alfred Station, NY, February 1, 2019 - Announcing the open period for grant applications through the Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women (ACC-FFW). Grant applications, for individual grants, are being accepted February 1st through March 15th, 2019. A thorough review of applications will precede an award announcement on April 30th 2019.

Grants are awarded based on demonstration of need and applicant explanation on how the money will be used toward continued betterment. The amount awarded may vary from year-to-year, based on number of applications and funds available, but will not be less than $200 per grant.

Grant applications are being accepted online, https://www.accffw.org/grants, or by emailing info@accffw.org to request an alternative application vehicle (paper application or individual interview).

The vision of the Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women is to be a resource that will provide financial assistance and open doors for women who seek continued betterment. The Fund for Women exists to invest in the lives of women in our communities in order to promote sustained self-sufficiency. The goals of the Fund for Women are:

To establish an endowed fund that will support the vision and mission of ACC FFW.

To award individual and agency grants, on an annual basis, in direct proportion to our endowment, through a thorough review of applications.

To promote philanthropy by and for women.

About ACC-FFW:

The ACC-FFW was established in 2017 to combat poverty in the tri-county area by providing women the opportunity to seek financial assistance for long-term self-improvement, and by promoting philanthropy by and for women. The ACC FFW is a component fund of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to this fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Join us for our monthly book discussion group on Thursday, February 14th, at 10:00 a.m. The group will be discussing The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern this month. All are welcome!
Spring Story Hour: Spring Story Hour for children ages 4-7 will take place Saturday mornings at 10:00 during the month of March. Please stop by or call the library at 814-697-6691 to register your child by Saturday, February 23rd, so we can plan accordingly.
Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. 

For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: every Wednesday afternoon, 1-3
● Book discussion: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:00AM
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30PM

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

Memorials & Donations:
● Donations:
○ Hebron Township
○ Anonymous
○ Berdina Dunn
● Memorials:
○ Robert Franz by Larry & Tami Adams
○ Mary Shon by Annie (Shon) Shaffer, daughter
○ Kate Nichols by Norma Nichols
○ Kathryn Nichols by Jeff Nichols & Kathy Smikrud

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at www.ovmlibrary.org. You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve. 

Board of Trustees Meeting: Board meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda for the January 31 Meeting


Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.

In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected. Read more...

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes for the January 17 Meeting


No injuries in one vehicle accident


PSP Kane investigating an incident involving an 18 year old sending inappropriate pictures to minors


Lawrenceville business gives another vehicle that should have failed an inspection sticker


Investigation reveals Lawrenceville business gave a vehicle inspection that should not have passed


Liberty woman has checkbook stolen from her vehicle


No injuries when driver loses control and hits a ditch


Ridgway Dispatched To Residential Structure Fire On Portland Mills Road

At 7:52 PM on Friday, Ridgway Fire Department has been dispatched to 31400 Portland Mills Road for a residential structure fire with smoke showing.
8:23 PM --Tanker from Johnsonburg to scene. Engine to Ridgway station for standby.

Port Allegany Youth Baseball Sign Ups are Thursday, February 7th At Port Elementary School


Leon Baxter REED, 82, of Coudersport, PA

Leon Baxter REED
 
Leon Baxter REED, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 in his home. 

Born April 12, 1936, in Ridgway, he was the son of Lester and Iola Alice Baxter Noragon. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Devere and Josie Newton Baxter until age 9, when he went to live with his mother and Henry Reed, who adopted him. 

On September 13, 1956, in Akron, NY, he married the former Betty McGuire, who predeceased him on April 27, 1997. On December 27, 1997, in Falconer, NY, he married the former Shirley Kay Brownell, who survives. 
US Army Veteran

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1961. 

A graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed as a millwright and electrical engineer by Blackstone Corp./Valeo for over 40 years. 

Leon was an active member of Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer, where served as a board member and CYC leader, Falconer Kiwanas, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Scoutmaster for Troop #123 in Falconer, Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport, and served as President of the Potter County Historical Society for several years. 

Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are: a son, Leon B. (Kimberly) Reed, Jr. of Jamestown, NY; a grandson, Leon B. Reed, III of Jamestown; four step-children, Debra (Joseph) Borer of Friendship, NY, David (Mary) Szczudlik, Jr. of Alden, NY, Michael (Daisey) Szczudlik of Ellenville, NY, Dennis Szczudlik of Alden, NY; three step-grandchildren, Elizabeth (Metta) Crouse, Megan Szczudlik, and Shirley Szczudlik; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Elaine Setzer. 

A Memorial Service will be announced on a later date. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery, Borie, PA. 

Memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, P.O. Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Levant Wesleyan Church, 1670 Lindquist Dr., Falconer, NY 14733. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.