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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Trout Run Man Not Injured When Vehicle Rolls On Rt. 287 Near Morris

Blossburg Woman Not Hurt When Pickup Hits Tree On Arnot Road


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BLOSSBURG, PA - On Saturday morning, February 9, 2019, a black sedan was totaled after it traveled off the southbound lane of Route 15 Highway and crashed.

The accident occurred around 8:15AM near mile marker 173 along the southbound passing lane just after the bridge. The vehicle was reported to have gotten entangled in the guidewire and then ended up striking the metal guiderail to the bridge with extreme force. The vehicle received front, rear and side damage, as well as, smashing the rear and front windshields. The guide wires and guiderail were both also heavily damaged due to the crash.

Blossburg fire personnel were requested for traffic control by Pennsylvania State Police, who were already on scene. 

It was reported to FNN by Blossburg Fire Chief Shawn Carey, that the female driver was amazingly lucky for she was not injured in the accident. Pennsylvania State Police have identified the driver as Emily R. Ebbert, 18, of Montoursville, PA.

All fire units, Blossburg Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police were cleared sometime after 9:00AM, a short time after the vehicle was removed from the scene.

The temperature outside during this time, was approximately 15 degrees.

St. Marys Dispatched To Elk Towers For Activated Fire Alarm

At 9:08 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire Department has been dispatched to an activated fire alarm at Elk Towers, Apartment 203 at 185 Center Street. Assistant 1 on scene reports heavy smoke from burned food.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sunrise Ridge Road

At 8:46 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sunrise Ridge Road for a woman with a leg injury.
9:00 PM--Austin & Roulette called mutual aid.

Westfield Dispatched To Vehicle On Roof On Cemetery Road

At 8:36 PM on Saturday, Westfield Fire Department and Galeton Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 11 Cemetery Road in Clymer Township for a vehicle on its roof off the roadway. Occupants are reported out of the vehicle.

Fully Involved Structure Fire at Methodist Church on Hallsport Road

Allegany County Fire Wire


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5:47 PM--Ulysses Tanker dispatched.

Stolen firearm in Emporium has been recovered after a separate incident

PSP Kane investigating theft of Amazon package from a mailbox

Bradford man arrested for DUI Drugs

NEW Ice Sculptures to be Carved on Main Street and Ice Carving Speed Competition to be on The Green in Downtown Wellsboro on Saturday, Feb. 16

The Old Man Winter throne (shown) is 
a favorite with adults, teens and children 
who enjoy sitting on it while friends 
and relatives take their picture.
On Saturday, Feb. 16 at this year's three-day Wellsboro Winter Celebration, Jeff Meyers and Shawn Eckhart, both of Cleveland, Ohio and Erik Cantine of Maryland, all from Elegant Ice Creations, Inc. will carve 22 blocks of ice weighing 3.3 tons into seven different figures in front of downtown Wellsboro businesses and six more during the Speed Carving Competition on The Green.

All ice events are free. People are invited to watch the carvers at work and ask them questions. The sculptures on Main Street and The Green will stay where they are carved until they literally melt away.

Three separate heats will be held during the speed-carving contest to determine whether Meyers, Eckhart or Cantine will earn bragging rights as the one who creates the best ice masterpieces. They will create six different ice masterpieces during the three heats using a 300-pound block of ice per sculpture. The heats will be at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on The Green. Two of the men will compete in the first heat. The loser will compete against the third man in the second heat, and the two winners will compete against each other in the third heat. Each will use a chainsaw and one tool he selects to create a different sculpture of his choosing during each 20-minute heat. At the end of the 20 minutes, the men will torch their sculptures to clean up the ice. The MC will pick different people from the audience to be the judges for each heat.

The first ice on Main Street will be carved in front of the law offices of Ginn & Vickery, PC at 99 Main Street in Wellsboro. The three men will work together for an hour to finish turning 2,100 pounds of ice into an Old Man Winter throne. By 9 a.m. on Saturday, the throne will be available for photographs. Adults, teens and children can sit on the throne while friends and relatives take their pictures.

Working separately, Eckhart, Meyers and Cantine will also complete six individual sculptures each from 450 pounds of ice. The cold masterpieces will include: a sailboat starting at 9:15 a.m. in front of Timeless Destination at 77 Main Street; Winnie the Pooh at 10 a.m. in front of CafĂ© 1905 at Dunham’s Department Store at 45 Main Street; a swan on a heart at 1 p.m. in front of The Fifth Season at 100 Main Street; a koala bear at 1:45 p.m. in front of Peggy’s Candies & Bake Shoppe at 84 Main Street; a rooster head at 2:30 p.m. in front of Indigo Wireless at 64 Main Street and a snowman at 3:15 p.m. in front of the Arcadia Theatre at 50 Main Street.

Meyers, now a master carver, was a high school student studying advanced ceramics when he got a call in 2001 asking him to help the company to harvest ice blocks. “Six months later I started carving and have been with Elegant Ice ever since,” he said.

As a culinary arts student at the University of Akron, Eckhart got into ice carving. He graduated in 2011. Considered a very good carver, he has been working for Elegant Ice for the past four years on an as needed basis.

Cantine and Elegant Ice owner Aaron Costic competed against each other 30 years ago. "It was the very first ice competition for both of us," Costic said. "Erik is an outstanding carver. He has a ton of ice carving experience."

The carvers will use chainsaws to do the basic carving and smaller hand and power tools for the detail work. It will take about an hour to carve each of the six sculptures from a block and a half of ice. "Because ice carving can be done in a relatively short period of time, people can stick around to watch a carving from start to finish," said Costic.

For more information about the Wellsboro Winter Celebration, call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or visit

Yellow Ribbon Club Selling T-shirts…Upcoming Events

Yellow Ribbon Club are members (pictured left to right) Braxx Veilleux, Corbin Hamilton, Isaac Fessenden, Caleb Daugherty and Yarielly Colon.
The PAHS Yellow Ribbon Club is selling suicide prevention shirts to raise funds to bring in more suicide prevention assemblies to our school and to purchase yearbooks for seniors who are unable to afford one. The sale runs January 30th-February 13th. Checks can be made to PAHS Yellow Ribbon Club. Pricing varies depending on shirt option and extended sizes. Please see a member, visit our web link created by Lacey Barber (Canoe Place Creative), or call Melissa Hamilton at the high school 642-2544 ext 4140 to purchase yours today.

Upcoming Events:

Do you have a talent? Can you sing, dance, act, rap, read poetry, play an instrument, or have some other special talent? The PAHS Yellow Ribbon Club is seeking Port Allegany student applicants in grades K-12 to participate in our second annual talent show that will take place in the PAES gymnasium on Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. Sign-ups will be in the elementary school’s principal office and in Mrs. Hamilton’s room at the high school beginning March 4th. All paperwork and a $2 non-refundable application fee will be due at auditions on Friday, March 22nd after school in the PAES gymnasium.

The PAHS Yellow Ribbon Club is proud to present our second annual Class Act Variety Show. The talent show will be held in the PAES gymnasium on Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. An admission charge of $4 for adults and $2 for students in grades K-12 will be collected at the door.


Photo provided
Eric Kosek (right) and his wife, Becky both competed in the Jim Thorpe Half Marathon in Jim Thorpe, Pa. on April 29, 2018. He finished first in his age group and second overall. "Becky goes to all of the running events with me and competes in most of them." She participated with Eric in both the 2017 and 2018 Mt. Tom Challenges.

Photo provided
Eric Kosek (shown) finishes the Twisted Branch 100K Trail Race on Aug. 18, 2018 at Champlin Beach in Hammondsport, N.Y. From the start in Ontario County Park to the finish is 63 miles. He finished third overall and first in his age group.

Eric Kosek of Wellsboro set a new record in the Fourth Annual Mt. Tom Challenge in 2018. He was the first runner to start and complete five laps.

The Mt. Tom Challenge attracts experienced runners who enjoy testing their skills. Challenge action begins at the bottom of Mt. Tom in Shippen Township across Route 362 from the Pine Creek Rail Trail Darling Run Access.

Participants run, climb or scramble up Mt. Tom’s 1,100 vertical feet of trail to its summit, continue a short distance along the ridge and use a forest road to return to the start/finish line.

The challenge is to complete one lap up and down the mountain regardless of weather conditions. “It is for serious runners; not beginners," said organizer Tim Morey. There are no prizes, no swag bag or T-shirt and no entry fee.”

Many of those who complete one lap decide to do it again. “Each year, more participants are seeing how many laps they can do,” Morey said.

Kosek first entered the Mt. Tom Challenge in 2017. I was recovering from a knee injury and wanted to hang out with friends and test my knee to see how much I could do. I took it easy, didn't push and completed two laps,” he said. "I live close by Mt. Tom so I train on it for upcoming running events.”

"This mountain is popular with trail runners for training because it is the steepest climb mile for mile in this area," said Morey, a runner himself.

Kosek set a goal to complete five laps in the 2018 Challenge. "I knew you can start a lap any time between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and that once you start a lap, you are allowed to complete it," he said. "The course was fast. It wasn't slippery or covered with two feet of snow. The first mile is steep and gets steeper the higher you go. It wears on your brain. You want to walk a lot," Kosek added.

"A lap is 2.4 miles. I knew that to start the fifth before 11 a.m., I had to do four laps in less than 30 minutes each." He finished the fourth with 10 minutes to spare. At 10:50 a.m., Kosek started his last lap and set a course record by completing five laps (12 miles) in two hours, 23 minutes, 11 seconds. "That's an amazing time," said Morey.

In the 2017 Challenge, Adam Kolb of Liberty took top honors by completing four laps (9.6 miles) in a time of two hours, seven minutes, 17 seconds.

"The fact that I am the first person to do five laps is cool and rewarding," said Kosek. "I am competitive. On my running journey, I keep pushing my limits to see what I can do and how I can improve. I'm always racing myself. My goal is to keep getting better.”

He runs in half marathons, marathons and ultras including 100 to 200 milers. "I began running in 2016 and do between five and ten events a year,” Kosek said. “I try to do new ones in different areas but also love our local running events, from 5Ks on up."

Kosek, his wife Becky and their eight and ten-year-old daughters will be at the Fifth Annual Mt. Tom Challenge on Sunday, Feb. 17. "I'm not sure whether I am going to enjoy the day or push hard like I did last year," he said.

For more information about the 2019 Mt. Tom Challenge, call Morey at 570-724-8561 or visit

Ridgway Dispatched For Stuck Elevator on North Mill Street

At 1:35 PM on Saturday, Ridgway fire personnel have been dispatched to 101 North Mill Street for people stuck in the elevator on the third floor.

Ischua Dispatched For Crash On Rt. 16

At 1:30 PM on Saturday, Ischua Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 16 at Johnson Hollow for a vehicle crash. Hinsdale ambulance on standby. Olean 10 dispatched.
1:39 PM--Hinsdale ambulance to scene. Second ambulance requested. Report 3 patients.

Cross-country ski with Curt Weinhold on Snowmobility weekend at the Lumber Museum February 15-17

Coudersport Soldier Interviewed On ABC World News Tonight

God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited Seeking Teen To Attend Brook Trout Field Camp

The God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited wishes to sponsor a Potter County teen to attend the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s Brook Trout Field Camp on July 23-27, 2019. 

The five-day residential summer field school is held at the Sieg Conference Center on Fishing Creek, near Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Students gain extensive knowledge about brook trout and their conservation, leadership experience, and communication skills. 

For more information about the school and its curriculum, please visit the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s web site at

Prior to applying, a student wishing to attend the field camp must first be nominated by the God’s Country Chapter. If the student is selected, the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited will pay the $500 tuition fee. 

If you are a highly motivated student between the ages of 14 and 17 and wish to attend the Brook Trout Field Camp, please contact the God’s Country Chapter at The application deadline is March 15th, so act soon.

Blossburg Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Crash On Arnot Road

At 12:14 PM on Saturday, Blossburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the Arnot Road, 2 miles from Bloss Mountain Road for a 2 vehicle crash.

Gov. Wolf Leads Rally to Raise the Wage in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today held a Raise the Wage rally with legislators and advocacy groups as a reminder that it’s past time to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour. The boost in pay would enable tens of thousands of people to work their way off of public assistance, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and growing the economy for everyone.

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it today, and I’ll keep saying it – it’s past time that we raise the wage in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania must be a place where hard work is rewarded, but our minimum wage hasn’t changed in a decade and too many hardworking people are struggling to get by. We must raise the wage.”

Governor Wolf was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sens. Christine Tartaglione and Vince Hughes, Representative Jason Dawkins, and representatives of Raise the Wage and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, among many others, at the Frankford Transportation Center in northeast Philadelphia.

“I fought hard in 2006 when we were a leader in raising the minimum wage,” Sen. Hughes said. “Doubters said it wouldn’t happen, but we beat the odds and won. I believe we can secure victory once again and pave a better path for Pennsylvanians. It is unacceptable for our commonwealth to continue with a minimum wage that, by law, drives people into poverty.”

“Let’s be clear about the people who we’re going to help by raising the minimum wage,” said Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, “It’s not just the teenagers who work at fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and other part-time, entry level jobs. The overwhelming majority of those who would see their paychecks get bigger – 90 percent in fact – are in their 20s or older. And half of them are full-time workers. On average, these folks earn more than half of their family’s total income. Raising the minimum wage to $12 this year would benefit more than one million Pennsylvania workers and their families.”

““Philadelphia is dealing with a 26 percent poverty rate,” said state Rep. Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia House Delegation chairman. “There are many families that are working minimum wage jobs and having difficulty making ends meet. We need to change this. The Philadelphia House Delegation stands behind Governor Wolf in finally raising the minimum wage. The increase would enable thousands of working class and poor families to transition out of poverty. Raising the minimum wage for Philadelphia and for all of Pennsylvania is long overdue.”

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Over the decade, 29 states, including all our neighboring states, have raised the wage floor for their workers.
The governor’s proposal raises the wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019, with gradual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. New Jersey recently became the fourth state on a pathway to a $15 minimum wage.

When workers are paid fairly, fewer people will need public assistance. At $12 an hour, nearly 17,000 adults will leave Medicaid next year and another 51,000 the following year. A portion of the savings will be re-invested to provide at least a $12 minimum wage for workers providing Department of Human Services-supported childcare and home care for seniors and people with disabilities.

With workers earning more and leaving the public safety net, taxpayers will save $36 million in Medicaid costs next year and $119 million the following year. The savings are achieved without raising taxes or increasing the size of government.

“I’ve been a homecare worker for 15 years and I love it, but the work is extremely challenging,” said Lolita Owens. “I don’t make enough to survive on my own. We need more homecare attendants to care for the state’s aging population, but without wages that workers can live on, half of the them will quit less than a year after they start.”

Governor Wolf also wants the state to transition to one fair minimum wage for all workers, as tipped workers are currently forced to survive on only $2.83 an hour plus tips. Tipping would continue, but workers, typically women, would not have to rely solely on consumers. Tipped workers are twice as likely to live in poverty compared with the overall workforce, and nearly half rely on public assistance. Pennsylvania’s tipped wage has been unchanged for 21 years, while seven other states have eliminated the subminimal wage for tipped workers.

Last year the governor put a similar plan into action for state workers. In June, he signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employers under his jurisdiction to $12 an hour on July 1, 2018. The wage will gradually rise to $15 an hour in 2025.

“Raising the minimum wage lets people afford the basics, like food, rent and transportation, and saves each of us who are currently paying for their public benefits because their employers don’t pay them enough,” Gov. Wolf said. “Raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is the right thing to do.”

Chambers Becomes Fifth D9 Boys’ Player to 2K Career Points

Feb. 8, 2019 Boys’ Recaps: Chambers Becomes Fifth D9 Boys’ Player to 2K Career Points

Feb. 8 boys’ basketball recaps.
(Photo of Coudersport’s Owen Chambers with his parents, Mark and Jennifer, after becoming the fifth boys’ player in District 9 history to score 2,000 career points. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Needing 29 points to reach the 2,000 career-point mark, Owen Chambers scored 31 points, the final three on a fourth-quarter 3-pointer, to become the fifth District 9 boys’ player to reach 2,000 career points while helping the Falcons wrap up the NTL title with a 72-53 victory over visiting Cameron County.

Chambers (2,002) joins Calvin Grumley (Johnsonburg, 2,255), Jesse Bosnik (ECC, 2,083), Garret Heath (Keystone, 2,215) and Brandon Housler (Keystone 2,084 points) on the 2,000-career points list in District 9 boys’ basketball.

The historic shot came when Daniel Frame found Chambers on the left wing, and the senior buried the triple. Frame reacted before the shot even went in, and Dillon Keglovits quickly greeted Chambers with a hug as the Coudersport bench emptied and the home crowd went wild.

Watch Chambers score his 2,000th career point. Submitted video.

Frame and Hayden Keck added 12 points apiece for the Falcons.

Jake Walters paced the Red Raiders with 17 points and 13 rebounds with Caden Beldin chipping in for 15 points.



Too few landowners gave permission, Game Commission will continue work to educate public about CWD.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has not received the necessary support from landowners in Bedford and Blair counties to move forward with plans to reduce the deer population in a 100-square-mile area as part of a pilot project on chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Reducing deer numbers was part of a strategy to reduce the effect and spread of CWD.

Other phases of the project, including placing GPS collars on deer to study their movements and survival, will continue. And it’s hoped that, by next year, increased awareness about CWD and the threat the disease poses to deer and elk statewide will bring about the support necessary locally to begin the phase of the project that has been put on hold.

While deer will not be taken in the pilot project this year, the Game Commission still is working to coordinate isolated targeted-removal operations in other areas where a solitary CWD-positive deer has been detected.

The pilot project and the response plan to conduct targeted-removal operations when a solitary CWD-positive deer is detected both were explained in detail at the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners meeting Jan. 28 and are available to view at the agency’s YouTube channel.

Targeted removal of deer to combat CWD always takes place following the close of hunting seasons, ensuring that hunters always have the first opportunity to take deer in a given area.

But where targeted removal of deer must occur on private land, it is done with landowner permission.

In recent weeks, staff with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (USDA-WS) began seeking landowner permission for targeted removal of deer to occur as part of the pilot project within Deer Management Assistance Program Unit 2874 in Bedford and Blair counties. Few permissions were secured.

“While the lack of access to private land is unfortunate, it could well demonstrate there is work to do when it comes to educating the public about CWD, and we will be ramping up our efforts to bring the facts about this disease and its potential impacts on Pennsylvania to light,” said Game Commission Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Matthew Schnupp. “As it is now, CWD has been detected only in a few parts of the state. Our pilot project in Bedford and Blair counties is being conducted where the problem is worst, but hunters in most areas of the state have not had to deal with CWD in the deer that they hunt, or abide by the regulations intended to slow its spread.

“While CWD is here in Pennsylvania, we can manage the disease to limit its spread and protect as many of the state’s deer as we can,” Schnupp said. “And we will continue to work hard to implement disease-control measures that benefit Pennsylvania’s deer and deer-hunting tradition.”

CWD is an always-fatal, incurable disease affecting deer and elk. In recent years in Bedford and Blair counties, the disease has been detected with increasing regularity. For more information on CWD, visit

Shinglehouse Dispatched To Two Vehicle Crash on Sunnyside Road

At 10:38 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Sunnyside Road for a 2 vehicle crash with possible injury.

Millerton, Big Elm Dispatched For Vehicle Fire

At 10:33 AM on Saturday, Millerton & Big Elm Fire Companies dispatched to 31 Pebble Road in Jackson Township for a vehicle fire with exposures.

Margaret E. Segulin, 85, of Mt. Jewett, PA

Margaret E. Segulin

Smethport - Margaret E. Segulin, 85, of Mt. Jewett, PA, passed away Thursday (February 7, 2019) in her own home in Mt. Jewett.

She was born Oct. 31, 1933 in Kane, PA, a daughter of Michael and Antoinette Santaniello Napolitan. On July 16, 1960, in Mt. Jewett, she married Joseph J. Segulin, who passed away on April 29, 2018.

Mrs. Segulin was a graduate of Hazel Hurst High School and attended instruction at Pan American World Airways and started her employment there. She ultimately worked at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport as a private secretary in the DA’s office and Director of Purchasing, retiring in 2001.

Margaret was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Mt. Jewett, where she was a member of the Holy Rosary Society and was also a former chairperson for the McKean County Republican Women and president of the McKean County Woman’s Club. She also served on the Mt. Jewett borough council.

She is survived by one sister, Rose Cronk of Portsmouth, NH, and a sister in law, June E. Napolitan of Clarendon, along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Napolitan, and two sisters, Theresa Ostroski and Carmela Napolitan.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 9-10 AM at St. Joseph Church, Mt. Jewett, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as Celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Johnsonburg, PA.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice Online condolences may be made at

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

Sherri Himes Swanson Announces Candidacy For McKean County Treasurer

Sherri Himes Swanson,
Acting McKean County Treasurer
My name is Sherri Himes Swanson; I am currently Acting McKean County Treasurer. It is my intention to seek the Republican nomination for McKean County Treasurer in the May 2019 primary election. I have been with the County Treasurer’s office for over 6 years and have been appointed Acting Treasurer since November 2018 when former Treasurer, Mary Jo Sherwood, resigned. Prior to that, I was First Deputy for 5 years and Second Deputy prior to that. 

“As First Deputy I worked closely and established a good rapport with the Treasurer, Controller, Commissioners, Financial Director, and Chief Clerk. I am involved in all of the functions of the Treasurer’s office. 

As McKean County Acting Treasurer, I am currently responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day operations of the office. I maintain daily cash journals, and record all revenues and expenditures for the County. I continue to manage more than fifty bank accounts, and am responsible for the accounting of over $4,500,000.00.”

“Prior to being appointed First Deputy, I held the position of Second Deputy. I have had the unique opportunity to experience all of the functions of the Treasurer’s office. Since being appointed Acting McKean County Treasurer, I have made improvements to the tax collection software and every day duties up to date including advanced bookkeeping and accounting. I have new ideas and plans for further improvements in these areas that I am eager to implement as I continue to serve the people of McKean County.”

During my 6 years with the Treasurer’s Office, I have completed numerous courses and participated in educational seminars related specifically to the functions of the Treasurer’s Office which include Munis, the primary accounting software used by the county, Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University and tax collector training. I am also a certified Notary Public making herself available to the public and other offices of the county. “I believe my years of experience in the Treasurer’s Office and my training make me uniquely and exceptionally well qualified for the position of McKean County Treasurer.” 

A Hazel Hurst native, I am a 1999 graduate of Smethport Area High School. Among my civic duties, I also enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time with my husband, Chris, and three children, Lily, Reiter, and River.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Saturday, February 09, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • My Reaction to Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address
  • Advancing the Budget Process
  • My Legislation on the Move
  • Recognizing Our Future Leaders
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Update
  • Thank you each for your service!

My Reaction to Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Click here to view video.

Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget address for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Please click on the video to hear my thoughts on what he is proposing.

Advancing the Budget Process

I am now a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is about to begin a series of hearings designed to highlight individual government agencies and evaluating the role they play in crafting the 2019-20 budget.

All the hearings will be streamed through my website,

Here is the schedule of testifiers for next week:

Monday, Feb. 11 -
10 a.m./Independent Fiscal Office
1 p.m./Department of Revenue (including Lottery)
3 p.m./Department of Aging

Tuesday, Feb. 12 -
10 a.m./State retirement systems (PSERS and SERS)
1 p.m./State System of Higher Education
3 p.m./PA Higher Education Assistance Agency

Wednesday, Feb. 13 -
10 a.m./Treasury Department
1 p.m./Auditor General
3 p.m./Attorney General

Thursday, Feb. 14 -
10 a.m./Department of Environmental Protection
1 pm./Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3 p.m./Department of Labor and Industry


Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations to Ben Sherry, Luke Chileski, Alex Breindel, Nicholas George Daghir, Matthew Dippold and Cody Ritter, who will each join the rank of Eagle Scout this Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in St. Marys.

Chronic Wasting Disease Update

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has had a change of heart about thinning the deer herd in Bedford and Blair counties, in an effort to confront the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

Please click here for the details.

Thank you each for your service!

Congratulations to Clearfield County's Nicholas D. Gray, and James W. Lenze and David A. Swanson Jr. of Elk County on graduating from the State Police Academy last Friday.

Trooper Gray is assigned to Troop C, Clarion; Trooper Lenze is joining Troop C, Kane; and Trooper Swanson is a member of Troop C, Ridgway.


One of these years, Pennsylvania is going to break the 4,000-bear barrier for a third time in annual black bear harvests.

There was hope it would in 2018 with a bear population estimated at 20,000 and a fine start to the November firearms season. But unfavorable weather conditions dashed those hopes.

The 2018 bear harvest came in at 3,153 bears, 11th-best all-time, but also the lowest bear harvest in the past 11 years.

“I thought Pennsylvania was capable of producing a 4,000-bear harvest the past two years,” explained Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear biologist. “But we’ve had some bad breaks with weather events during our bear seasons the past two years.

“With better hunting conditions, I do believe hunters would have taken another 1,000 bears in each of the past two seasons,” he said.

A season-by-season breakdown shows hunters took 2,017 bears (1,862 in 2017) in the general firearms season, 699 (1,083) in the extended season, 424 (493) in the archery season, and 12 in the early season.

A rainy bear firearms opener hamstrung the 2017 harvest by hundreds of bears. The same thing happened on the 2018 extended bear season opener, which also is the opening day of firearms deer season.

Opening-day harvests are typically responsible for 50 to 60 percent of the bear harvest during that particular season segment. When weather interferes, the season’s take suffers.

Seventy bears weighing 500 pounds or more, including 20 weighing 600 pounds or more, were part of the 2018 harvest.

Bears were taken in 60 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).

Even with new bear-hunting opportunities – including an earlier bear archery season that overlapped with a week of the archery deer season and expanded extended bear seasons – the bear harvest failed to reach management objectives.

That unfulfilled harvest potential has generated interest to further increase bear-hunting opportunities. Proposals to expand the mid-October muzzleloader and special firearms deer seasons to include bears statewide; increase 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; and expanding four-day extended bear seasons to six days in most WMUs in the 2019-20 bears seasons could be adopted at the April Board of Game Commissioners meeting.

Pennsylvania’s all-time bear harvest high was recorded in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested. Hunters harvested 4,164 in 2005. All other bear harvests have been under 4,000.

While the 2018 harvest was down compared to 2017’s harvest of 3,438, harvest totals increased within the Game Commission’s Northcentral and Northeast regions.

The largest bear harvested in 2018 weighed an estimated 780 pounds. It was taken with a rifle in Howe Township, Forest County, on the second day of the general bear season in WMU 2F by Michael J. Rubeo, of Mercer.

A day later, a 708-pound male was taken by Timothy J. Weaver, of Dallas, Pa., with a rifle in Harvey’s Lake Borough, Luzerne County.

Other large bears taken during the state’s slate of bear seasons – all but one taken with a rifle – include: a 704-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield; a 697-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Chapman Township, Clinton County, by Scott Yorty, of Bloomsburg; a 688-pound male taken in the extended season in Stroud Township, Monroe County, by Phillip R. Counterman, of East Stroudsburg; a 681-pounder taken Nov. 17 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, by Robert L. Britton III, of Coal Township; a 680-pounder taken Nov. 19 in Chest Township, Clearfield County, by Douglas D. Routch, of Curwensville; a 679-pound male taken with a handgun Nov. 17 in Farmington Township, Warren County, by Jordan Tutmaher, of Warren; a 666-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Earl F. Timothy, of Brockway; and a 627-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Wayne C. Kline, of Reynoldsville.

Tioga County finished with 166 bears to take the top county bear harvest. It was followed by Lycoming County with 159. Other top counties for bear harvests in 2018 were: Clinton, 158; Huntingdon, 142; Potter, 109; Luzerne, 105; Pike, 104; and Monroe, 103.

Final county harvests by region (with 2017 figures in parentheses) are:

Northwest – 517 (388): Venango, 96 (61); Crawford, 79 (40); Jefferson, 79 (55); Warren, 72 (109); Forest, 70 (35); Clarion, 52 (51); Erie, 29 (13); Butler, 26 (18); Mercer, 13 (6); and Lawrence, 1 (0).

Southwest – 261 (237): Somerset, 85 (75); Fayette, 58 (66); Indiana, 34 (11); Armstrong, 33 (36); Westmoreland, 26 (26); Cambria, 21 (21); Allegheny, 2 (1); Beaver, 1 (0); and Greene, 1 (1).

Northcentral – 989 (1,187): Tioga, 166 (214); Lycoming, 159 (252); Clinton, 158 (153); Potter 109 (161); Centre, 87 (93); Clearfield, 87 (66); Cameron, 67 (52); McKean, 67 (86); Elk, 54 (72); and Union, 35 (38).

Southcentral – 474 (383): Huntingdon, 142 (91); Bedford, 80 (57); Fulton, 58 (29); Blair, 44 (27); Juniata, 34 (41); Perry, 31 (44); Mifflin, 29 (43); Franklin, 26 (24); Cumberland, 12 (8); Adams, 7 (6); Snyder, 7 (13); and York, 4 (0).

Northeast – 775 (1,112): Pike, 104 (193); Luzerne, 105 (108); Monroe, 103 (82); Bradford, 96 (112); Wayne, 70 (156); Carbon, 60 (57); Sullivan, 53 (156); Susquehanna, 46 (66); Wyoming, 40 (70); Lackawanna, 34 (65); Columbia, 38 (29); Northumberland, 24 (16); and Montour, 2 (2).

Southeast – 137 (131): Schuylkill, 50 (47); Dauphin, 48 (49); Northampton, 17 (19); Lebanon, 10 (8); Berks, 8 (7); and Lehigh, 4 (1).

The final bear harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (with final 2016 figures in parentheses) were: WMU 1A, 23 (17); WMU 1B, 161 (103); WMU 2A, 7 (3) WMU 2B, 4 (4); WMU 2C, 193 (207); WMU 2D, 155 (131); WMU 2E, 75 (39); WMU 2F, 259 (232); WMU 2G, 422 (474); WMU 2H, 73 (87); WMU 3A, 222 (213); WMU 3B, 223 (457); WMU 3C, 134 (262); WMU 3D, 323 (417); WMU 4A, 218 (96); WMU 4B, 114 (130); WMU 4C, 168 (157); WMU 4D, 252 (296); WMU 4E, 105 (94); WMU 5A, 8 (7); WMU 5B, 4 (1); and WMU 5C, 10 (11).

While the overall harvest was down in 2017 and 2018, primarily because of weather events, those light harvests could lead to excellent bear hunting this fall, Ternent said. Prior to the start of the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons, the statewide bear population was estimated at 20,000. It’s still appears to be holding strong.

Lower-than-expected bear harvests the past two years still produced a combined bear harvest of more than 6,500 bears, including more than a hundred 500-pounders, said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. Just 40 years ago, the agency had closed bear season to protect the resource.

“Just 40 years removed from a time when the Game Commission was closing bear season to safeguard the resource, Pennsylvania has become one of North America’s premier black-bear destinations,” emphasized Burhans. “You probably would have to go back in time more than 100 years to find bear hunting comparable to what Penn’s Woods offers today!”

Blossburg Dispatched For Pickup Into Tree Crash

At 9::32 AM on Saturday, Blossburg Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 544 Arnot Road for a pickup truck into a tree crash with injury.

PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-01 to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong county. 78.54 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - Operator failed to control and dispose of fluids, residual waste and drill cuttings, including tophole water, brines, drilling fluids, drilling muds, stimulation fluids, well servicing fluids, oil, and production fluids in a manner that prevents pollution of the waters of the Commonwealth.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-02-01 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-01 to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong county. 78.57(a) - CONTROL, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS - Operator failed to collect the brine and other fluids produced during operation, service and plugging of the well in a tank, pit or a series of pits or tanks, or other device approved by the Department or Operator discharged brine or other fluids on or into the ground or into waters of the Commonwealth.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-02-01 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-01 to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong county. 91.34(A) - ACTIVITIES UTILIZING POLLUTANTS - Failure to take necessary measures to prevent the substances from directly or indirectly reaching waters of this Commonwealth, through accident, carelessness, maliciousness, hazards of weather or from another cause.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-02-01 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-01 to Us Energy Exploration Corp in South Bend Twp, Armstrong 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: 2019-02-01 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Benefit Dinner For Betty Shalkowski At Roulette Fire Hall Saturday From 1 to 5

Morgan Seeking Applicants For Full-Time Opening For General Maintenance

Teachers: Farmers Insurance Offers A Preferred Discount For Going The Extra Mile

Rev Hoopes Trucking Expanding In Pennsylvania, New York & New Jersey; Many Positions Available

Falcon Follies Set For Saturday, Feb. 9th At Coudersport High School

Winter Extravaganza Estates Auction at Daniel A Carter Auction Inc. in Allegany, NY

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