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Plant Sale

Pollinator Plant Sale - Perennials Annuals, Vegetables, and Herbs. Saturday, May 28 from 9 am to 1 pm at Penn State Extension, 17129 Rt 6, Smethport, PA. Sponsored by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Angelica Methodist Church Cub Scout Pack 736 Pinewood Derby Results from today

Angelica Methodist Church Cub Scout Pack 736 Pinewood Derby Results from today

Front row Luke Wilson, Timmy Hunt Best of Show, Brad Wilson

Back row Karson Osterhout 1st place, Stanley La Forge 2nd place, Karson Harvey 3rd place, Braylen Heitman most original.

Allegany Highland Council BSA Derby is next Saturday at Carter’s Auction Barn, Allegany, NY. Wish them luck!!!

Bradford Firefighters Dispatched To Zippo For Fire Alarm

At 10:10 PM on Saturday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to 33 Barbour Street at Zippo Mfg. for a commercial fire alarm. Report a sprinkler was activated.
10:29 PM--RECALLED by Captain 1-10.

Central PA Republicans Pick Fred Keller To Run In Special Election For Congress

Expected Snowfall Sunday, March 3rd


Washington Beef, LLC Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Washington Beef, LLC, a Toppenish, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 30,260 pounds of ground beef chubs products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. Read more....

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions Updated for Sunday Storm, Drivers Urged to Use Caution and Monitor Forecast

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and PA Turnpike are encouraging motorists to monitor forecasts and also provided an update on vehicle restrictions expected to be in effect during a storm expected to impact the state on Sunday.

The agencies adjusted planned restrictions based on forecast changes since yesterday and will make additional changes if necessary moving forward. At noon on Sunday, the agencies will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:
• I-70 full length in Fulton County;
• I-80 (I-99 to I-81);
• I-81 from the Maryland state line to I-83;
• I-99 full length; and
• I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80.

At 3:00 PM Sunday, the agencies will implement a full commercial ban (including buses) on the following roadways:
• I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
• I-80 from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
• I-81 from I-83 to I-80;
• I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
• I-283;
• I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid-County to I-80;
• Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
• Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

Also at 3:00 PM Sunday, the agencies will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; tractors without trailers (bobtails); any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:
• PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from Harrisburg East to Mid-County;
• I-81 from I-80 to the New York state line;
• I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
• I-176;
• I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80; and
• I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from I-80 to Clarks Summit.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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

A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.
To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on
When restrictions are effective, they can be viewed at under “Weather Restrictions” or in the “Alerts” section.

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast At Brydonson Farm Sunday For $5.

Summer Internship Opportunities Available at DCNR

Know a college student interested in learning more about DCNR and being a part of our mission to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations?
DCNR will be hosting paid internships at state parks and forest districts across the state, and in Harrisburg at our central office for the summer. Some of the areas where internship opportunities are available include:
  • Natural resources
  • Parks and recreation
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Forestry
  • Biology
  • Communications and media
  • Finance and budget
Candidates for an internship must:
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree program in an acceptable major
  • Have freshman year completed
  • Have good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
  • Have Pennsylvania residency or enrollment at a Pennsylvania college or university
To apply, please visit the PA Government Employment website. Select “Internships” on the landing page, then filter by department for DCNR-specific internships. Candidates must apply separately for each internship opportunity he/she is interested in.
If you have any questions about applying for DCNR internships, please send an email to

Neo-Nazi group's new leader is a black man who vows to dissolve it

Black activist James Hart Stern says he will work to undermine the National Socialist Movement, the group he now leads.

By Associated Press

One of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it.

Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based group's defense against a lawsuit.

The NSM is one of several extremist groups sued over bloodshed at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stern's filing asks a federal court in Virginia to issue a judgment against the group before one of the lawsuits goes to trial.

Stern replaced Jeff Schoep as the group's leader in January, according to Michigan corporate records. But those records and court documents say nothing about how or why Stern got the position. Read more...

PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Request Filed by UGI Utilities

HARRISBURG – February 28, 2019--The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate a proposed rate increase submitted by UGI Utilities Inc. – Gas Division (UGI) for natural gas distribution services.

The Commission voted 5-0 to suspend the proposed rate increase request for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and to assign the case to the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge for corresponding proceedings and the issuance of a recommended decision.

The UGI request, filed on Jan. 28, 2019, would increase its operating revenues by approximately $71.1 million per year (8.9 percent).

Under the UGI request, which would create uniform rates by rate classes across the utility’s three rate districts – UGI Gas South, UGI Gas North and UGI Central – the average monthly bill for a residential heating customer in the South district would increase from $62.45 to $72.93, an increase of $10.48 or 16.8 percent; the average monthly bill for a residential heating customer in the North district would increase from $89.72 to $97.37, an increase of $7.65 or 8.5 percent; and the average monthly bill for a residential heating customer in the Central district would decrease from $93.68 to $85.91, a reduction of $7.77 or
8.3 percent reduction.

Additionally, the UGI proposal would extend the current temporary federal tax credit on customer bills for a 12-month period, beginning on the effective day of new rates, which would reduce the distribution rate portion of customer bills by 4.5 percent during that 12-month period.

NOTE: In May 2018 the PUC ordered 17 major utilities (including UGI) to begin returning excess federal tax savings to customers, in the form of a monthly credit on customer bills, until each of those utilities could come before the commission with new rate filings – at which point any future tax savings would be considered as part of new rates.

Public input hearings to gather comments about UGI’s rate increase request from concerned residents will be scheduled by the Administrative Law Judge and publicized by the PUC and UGI when dates and locations have been finalized. More information on the ratemaking process is available on the Commission’s website.

UGI provides service to more than 639,000 residents and businesses in 45 counties across Pennsylvania. A final decision by the Commission regarding the UGI request is due by October 29, 2019.

PUC Seeks Comment on a Proposed Policy Statement Setting Guidelines for CAP Customers Shopping for Electric Generation

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission today approved an Order requesting comments on a proposed policy statement designed to strengthen consumer protections for Customer Assistance Program (CAP) customers participating in the state’s retail electric market.
To view this press release in its entirety, select the following link:

300 Club & Giant Sportsman's Raffle Tickets Available Now at Coudersport Consistory

Coudersport Ambulance to Whitney Creek Road

At 12:23 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township for a woman ill.

Winter Outings are on March 9, 10 and 14

Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties continue with free events on March 9, 10 and 14, including a snowshoe or foot hike at Mill Cove near Mansfield, Charter Day at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum midway between Galeton and Coudersport on Route 6 in Potter County, a mountain or snow bike ride in Asaph, near Wellsboro and a Thursday night run in Wellsboro.

Snowshoe or Foot Hike at Mill Cove on March 9
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, a two-mile, family-oriented, 1.5-hour guided hike to explore the lowland trails at Mill Cove in winter will start and end at the main pavilion. It will either be a guided snowshoe hike or a hike on foot. A limited number of snowshoes will be available free of charge for people to use if there is enough snow. Those who have snowshoes are encouraged to bring them. The Mill Cove Environmental Area can be accessed by traveling to North Main Street in Mansfield, turning onto Decker Street, traveling on Pickle Hill for approximately five miles, turning left onto Mill Creek Road and continuing west through the gate into Mill Cove. The main pavilion is on the right, about one-quarter of a mile from the gate.

Lumber Museum to Celebrate Charter Day on Sunday, March 10
On Sunday, March 10, admission to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is free in celebration of the Commonwealth's 338th birthday. The museum is located midway between Galeton and Coudersport on Route 6 (GPS address: 5660 US Route 6, Ulysses, PA 16948). Charter Day commemorates the land grant made to William Penn by England’s King Charles II to settle a debt owed to Penn’s father. The land granted to Penn in 1681 eventually became the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Charter Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in March. For more information, call 1-814-435-2652.

Mountain or Snow Bike Ride on March 10 at Asaph
On Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31, Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring Mountain and Snow Bike Rides starting at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph in Shippen Township, eight miles west of Wellsboro. For weekly updates on equipment and clothing requirements based on weather conditions, contact Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097 or or visit

Tyoga Running Club is Hosting Runs on Thursdays, March 14 & 21 in Wellsboro
The Tyoga Running Club is holding free Thursday Night Runs open to the public on March 14 and 21. Meet at the Packer Park parking lot behind the Wellsboro Senior Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro. The one-hour runs will begin promptly 6 p.m. Wearing a headlamp is recommended. There are different pace groups with varying distances for runners of all ages and ability levels. For information, email or visit

To learn more about all Winter Outings events, most of which are free, or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, call 570-724-0300 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or visit Snow and ice updates are also posted on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA.

Rew Dispatched To Crash On South Kendall Avenue

At 12:15 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Dept. & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 1354 South Kendall Avenue for a motor vehicle accident with possibly one female patient.

Outside Track Concert is Saturday, March 9

The five members of The Outside Track, one of the top Celtic bands in the world, will perform Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton songs and step dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 in the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre, 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. 

These musicians are united by their love of traditional music and commitment to creating new music and blend their vocals with fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute and whistle. This is the fifth concert hosted by the Wellsboro Community Concert Association. 

Admission at the door is $20 for adults and free for accompanying children 12 and under and $5 for students, 13 to 18. Tickets are available by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visiting or

Deadline to Sign Up for Shaw Festival Trip is Friday, March 15

Brigadoon is an enchanted Scottish village 
that appears out of the mist one day every 
century so it can be seen and even visited
by outsiders.
Those who go on Hamilton-Gibson’s 15th annual Shaw Festival Day Trip on Saturday, May 11 will see "Brigadoon," a musical about an enchanted Scottish village that seems protected from the growing corruption of the outside world by magically living in the past. This show is suitable for all ages. The performance will be given in the 856-seat Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Spending a Saturday afternoon in the “loveliest town in Ontario, Canada” can inspire Twin Tiers residents to begin “thinking spring” as they experience this historic village's floral parks and walkways, period homes, and fine shops and restaurants.

What would you give up for love? Tommy, a modern man, stumbles upon Brigadoon, a village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every 100 years, and falls in love with Fiona. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon or return to the world he knows and never see her again?

"Brigadoon" features a feast of song and dance that has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. The music was composed by Frederick Loewe with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, the team behind "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot." It first opened on Broadway in 1947. Among the show's well-loved classic songs are "Come To Me, Bend To Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," and of course, "Brigadoon."

Coordinators Craig Devenport and his wife, April conducted this one-day trip for the first time last year on behalf of the Hamilton-Gibson community theatre arts group. "When Larry Biddison announced he was willing to mentor anyone interested in serving as coordinator, my wife and I jumped at the opportunity to continue this valuable contribution to HG's offerings," Craid said. "April and I had gone on the Shaw Festival day trip for a number of years with Larry as coordinator. What we enjoy about it is the bus leaves and returns at a reasonable hour, sharing the experience with friends of HG, revisiting the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and seeing a quality play," he added.

“By taking advantage of group rates, we are able to keep the cost reasonably low while supporting Hamilton-Gibson’s ongoing educational and cultural outreach mission,” said Craig. “The cost of this year’s trip is a bargain at $130 per person. That is less than half the price of a single ticket," he said. Included is round trip bus fare and a reserved seat to see "Brigadoon" at 2 p.m. on May 11. Hearing devices are provided free for those who request them. Meals are not included.

The Shaw Festival Day Trip is open to adults and to children accompanied by adults. All must have valid passports. "It can take four to six weeks to get a passport," Craig noted. "Between now and May 11, the day of the trip, nine weeks remain so there is still plenty of time to get one."

Benedict’s Bus Service will provide transportation for Hamilton-Gibson’s professional theatrical outing. The bus will leave the Whitneyville terminal at 6:40 a.m. on May 11 and return by 9:30 p.m. People can also get on and off the bus in Mansfield, Pa. and Painted Post, N.Y. en route to Canada and back to Whitneyville.

Eighteen seats are still available. Reservations and full payment will be accepted on a first-come basis through Friday, March 15.

For information about the HG trip or for reservation forms, contact Craig Devenport at 570-971-2455 or To learn more about the Shaw Festival, visit

PUC Adopts Improvements to Procedures for Acquisition and Valuation of Municipal or Authority-Owned Water and Wastewater Systems

HARRISBURG –February 28, 2019-- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today adopted a Final Supplemental Implementation Order that addresses enhanced procedures for how acquiring public utilities or entities are to prepare and submit applications to acquire and value municipal and authority-owned water and wastewater systems under Section 1329 of the Public Utility Code. The Commission voted 5-0 to adopt the Final Supplemental Implementation Order, following the detailed review of public comments on the proposed changes to procedures and guidelines.

Signed into law as Act 12 of 2016, Section 1329 of the Public Utility Code addresses the sale of water and wastewater systems owned by municipal corporations or authorities by providing a process for the sale of public water and wastewater assets at fair market values.
With the benefit of more than two years of experience applying Section 1329 to applicable transfers of control under Chapters 11 and 13 of the Public Utility Code and PUC regulations, the Final Supplemental Implementation Order includes a series of enhancements, including:

  • Procedures for notifying all potentially affected consumers, including non-binding estimates of likely incremental rate effects to the ratepayers of the acquired and acquiring utility systems.
  • An Application Filing Checklist.
  • Application Standard Data Requests.
  • Additional Guidelines for Utility Valuation Experts.
  • Guidelines for testimony submitted by Utility Valuation Experts.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

Hamilton-Gibson is Accepting Summer Intern Applications Through Monday, April 1

Hamilton-Gibson Productions, the Wellsboro-based community theater arts group, is accepting applications now through Monday, April 1 for two summer intern positions. The three-month internships begin in mid-May and continue into mid-August. Stipends will be provided.

“Applicants must be at least 18 years old, planning to study or already be involved with some aspect of the performing arts or working or planning to work with a not-for-profit group,” said Thomas Putnam, artistic director. “Since the interns will be participating in all aspects of HG community theatre programming, they must be willing and able to pass the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check. These are required by Pennsylvania for anyone working with children,” he said. HG pays for the clearances.

“To give our interns a true feel for what is involved in community theater, they will assist with 'Little Miss Sunshine' in May; plan and staff our 'The Little Mermaid' Summer Theatre Arts Camp June 7-14 in Elkland, assist with 'Mamma Mia' our major summer musical production in July, either performing, stage managing or house managing as well as set building and strike; and planning and assisting with our Radio HG production in August," said Putnam.

The interns will spend a fair amount of time working in the H-G office at 29 Water Street in Wellsboro. "They will help with social media marketing and the ongoing coordination and organizing of our costume inventory," Putnam said. "There is mundane work that needs to be done as well but it's all part of the flurry of activities in a performing arts group."

To apply to be a summer intern, write to Hamilton-Gibson Productions at 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901, call 570-724-2079 or email


Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans today presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly, and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s website,, put your cursor on “Information & Resources” in the menu bar under the banner on the homepage, then select “Media & Reports & Surveys” in the drop-down menu, then click on the 2018 Annual Legislative Report.

Burhans’ testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee follows:

“Good morning, Chairman Gillespie, Chairman Kortz, and members of the House Game & Fisheries Committee.

“I am Bryan Burhans, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

“To offer you a closer look at the agency’s operations, I brought along hard-copy annual reports to acquaint you with our diverse responsibilities and accomplishments.

“We live by our mission to manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations. That entails managing 480 wild birds and mammals, including 20 endangered species, seven threatened species and 109 species of greatest conservation need.

“The agency also manages over 1.5 million acres of state game lands in 65 of the state’s 67 counties. These lands were purchased with hunting and trapping license revenues, and with help from many conservation partners.

“State game lands are purchased and managed primarily for hunters, trappers, and wildlife’s well-being. No other state-owned lands in the Commonwealth are managed with such directness for Pennsylvania’s hunters, trappers, shooters, and wildlife.

“Wildlife’s future is tied directly to habitat. Without it, neither wildlife nor hunters will have places to go. That’s why game lands are so important; they ensure game and wildlife will always have places to live and hunters will have places to hunt.

“In the past fiscal year, over 4,000 acres were added to the game lands system. These additions included two interiors, one indenture, and seven acquisitions to improve access into existing game lands. Donations from private citizens contributed 463 acres.

“The Game Commission also used controlled burns and timber harvests on approximately 18,500 acres to improve habitat for a myriad of species on game lands.

“The agency’s infrastructure on games lands is tremendous. We maintain 360 buildings, 29 public shooting ranges, approximately 38,000 bridges and culverts, and 1,500 ponds and dams. The intensity of our wildlife habitat-management efforts on game lands and the upkeep of infrastructure needed to support management efforts is reflected in our budget; approximately 43 percent of which is invested in habitat-management activities.

“In addition, the Game Commission paid over $1.8 million to local governments, counties, school districts, and townships as payment in lieu of taxes on state game lands during the past fiscal year.

“Pennsylvania is also fortunate to have 2.5 million acres enrolled in our Hunter Access Program. Participating private landowners enroll their properties and agree to allow hunting, by permission. Agency staff continued to work with these private landowners to improve habitat using funding secured through federal Farm Bill conservation programs. This past year, we created over 2,000 acres of habitat improvement on Hunter Access Properties using federal funding from the Farm Bill.

“In the past fiscal year, the agency’s law-enforcement officers logged 180,380 contacts, which resulted in 6,617 prosecutions and 11,421 warnings, for a ratio of almost 2:1 for warnings vs. prosecutions.

“Our law-enforcement contacts were down more than 14,000 from the previous fiscal year. We believe this is because up to 30 percent of the agency’s officer districts have been vacant.

“Fortunately, we graduated a new class of cadets just this past weekend, and those 27 new wardens will help increase our law enforcement efforts.

“However, we still won’t be at a full complement of officers, and because of that, we have already begun the process of recruiting applicants for a new class, which we intend to begin around this time next year.

“In regard to wildlife diseases, the challenges before us are immense.

“Chronic Wasting Disease threatens our hunting heritage, and the state’s $1.6 billion industry tied to hunting.

“Yesterday, we announced the expansion of Disease Management Area 3 as a result of another CWD-positive pen-raised deer found on a Clearfield County deer operation, a high-fence hunting operation in this case. This deer was a buck. This Disease Management Area expansion now moves the boundary, for the first time ever, into the elk range.

“This buck was one of two CWD-positive pen-raised deer found on two deer operations that Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced in their February 20, 2019 press release. The other CWD-positive pen-raised deer was on a Fulton County breeding facility within Disease Management Area 2.

“According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, both deer were born and raised in an area of Fulton County where wild deer have tested positive for CWD for several years. The CWD-positive pen-raised buck found on the high-fence hunting operation was shipped alive from within Disease Management Area 2 in the southern portion of the state to the Clearfield County high-fence hunting operation which was not within a Disease Management Area at that time. The pen-raised buck was harvested by the hunter. Neither deer showed any clinical signs of CWD. In other words, the deer appeared healthy.

“Because high-fence hunting operations don’t abide by our Disease Management Area requirements, or any regulations set by the Game Commission, we do not know where these CWD-positive carcasses ended up. We continue to coordinate with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to gather this information.

“Last year, a deer tested positive for CWD on a Lancaster County deer farm, requiring the agency to establish a new Disease Management Area in parts of Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties. No cases of CWD had been found anywhere close to this area in the past and so far it appears isolated to the deer farm. This new Disease Management Area was in addition to the already established Disease Management Areas covering all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Perry, Somerset, Clearfield, Jefferson, and Indiana counties.

“The creation of a Disease Management Area results in increased regulations in those areas, affecting hunters, deer processors and taxidermists, as the movement of high-risk deer parts are prohibited from leaving the Disease Management Area. In addition, last year the agency instituted an all-states ban on importation of high-risk parts from deer harvested in any state that has tested positive for CWD. This ban placed a burden on hunters, deer processors, and taxidermists. However, high-risk deer parts represent a real risk factor in the spread of CWD.

“In order to determine the extent of CWD within those Disease Management Areas, we asked hunters who harvested a deer to remove the head and place it within a drop box for CWD testing. We also provide dumpsters for leaving the high-risk parts.

“Last year we received approximately 6,300 samples for testing from hunters within the Disease Management Areas and are awaiting the results of that testing.

“Understanding that our ability to combat this disease is dependent upon acceptance from the public, we increased our outreach concerning CWD to spread awareness of the risk the disease poses to our state mammal.

“This past year we held over two dozen public events and published approximately 15 press releases and social media posts concerning CWD. Those numbers will only increase as we move forward and ask our hunters to play a larger role in both monitoring the disease and combatting its spread.

“The only current strategy that is available to control the spread and prevalence of CWD is through targeted removal of deer in and around new CWD-positive deer, and herd reduction in areas with long-term infections. This, unfortunately, places the Game Commission in a very unpopular position with our hunters and the citizens of Pennsylvania.

“To ignore this disease will lead to one certain result – CWD will increase in prevalence and spread throughout the state. When CWD prevalence rates get too high, it is unlikely we can ever turn the clock back. We are witnessing this in Wisconsin right now where prevalence rates are over 50% in certain areas.

“It should be no surprise that hunters, and the public, do not like the idea of sharpshooters. We don’t like it either. However, these are the only techniques which are demonstrating progress in managing this disease. This Game Commission is not alone in being in this unfortunate position as every other state wildlife agency dealing with this disease is in the same predicament.

“Due to the constantly changing Disease Management Area boundaries, the complexity of CWD, and to combat the misinformation constantly being distributed to the public, we will be providing the agency’s hunter digest to all hunters at no cost to the hunter. In addition to the season and bag limits and regulations, the digest will include information on CWD, information on how the agency is managing this disease, and up-to-date information on the current understanding of CWD.

“Other challenges such as West Nile virus continue to impact our state bird, the ruffed grouse.

“Game Commission wildlife biologist Lisa Williams was the first scientist in North America to affirm that West Nile Virus was playing a role in grouse population declines. Now, Ms. Williams and her research colleagues are launching a project to evaluate where habitat improvements will be most successful in light of the West Nile Virus infections.

“White-nose syndrome also has eliminated 99 percent of some species of cave bats, resulting in a recent regulatory change by our Board of Commissioners to designate three species – the northern long-eared, tri-colored and little brown – as state-endangered. All three species have been decimated by white-nose syndrome since it first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2008.

“Some of these threats continue to grow. The fact Pennsylvania has more than 100 designated species of greatest conservation need speaks volumes to the difficulties that wildlife continues to face.

“On a more positive note, our hunters are enjoying some of the best hunting Pennsylvania has provided in the agency’s history.

“Here are just a few highlights: we continue to rank at the top nationally, both in number of turkeys harvested and number of turkey hunters, we have the most bear hunters in the nation, and the highest number of furtakers – demonstrating that Pennsylvania’s outdoor tradition is alive and well.

“The effectiveness of our deer-management plan continues to translate into great deer hunting, with Pennsylvania ranking at or near the top nationally for an array of categories, including number of antlered deer harvested, number of antlered deer per square mile harvested, antlerless harvest, and antlerless harvest per square mile.

“The Game Commission, and our deer-management program again received national recognition during 2018. The Game Commission was recognized by the Quality Deer Management Association as the organization’s Agency of the Year. This award comes on the heals of the Pennsylvania’s deer management plan being ranked in the number one position for all deer-management plans in North America. This ranking was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin, University of Victoria, Hakai Institute and the Raincoat Conservation Foundation.

“Huge bucks are being taken everywhere across the state, as evidenced by the increase of entries in this year’s Big Game Record Book.

“Black bear hunting has never been better, and despite bad weather conditions this past season, we still had a harvest that ranked as number eleven all-time.

“Turkey hunting packs plenty of excitement and our numbers show that, overall, the turkey population is robust, providing great opportunities for our hunters.

“And those lucky enough to be drawn for an elk tag can experience the hunt of a lifetime, pursuing bulls that consistently rank as world-class trophies.

“In addition, recent changes to our pheasant hunting program has proved to be a resounding success. Recently, we underwent complete restructuring of the production model of our pheasant-propagation program by cutting our propagation farms from four to two and purchasing day-old pheasant chicks from a local Pennsylvania producer instead of holding over our own laying hens and incubating the eggs.

“The changes have worked. Prior to the restructuring, pheasant propagation cost the agency approximately $4.7 million, resulting in a production cost of almost $21 per bird.

“For this past year, propagation costs were $2.55 million, resulting in a production cost of $12 per bird.

“In addition, the Game Commission’s new pheasant permit provided over $1 million in revenue to support some of the program costs.

“This past fall we released just under 220,000 pheasants for our hunters – a more than 30 percent increase – and provided hunters with an updated mapping tool on locations of pheasant release sites.

“We are proud of the opportunities we can provide our license buyers to enjoy our wildlife resources. It’s a credit to sound wildlife management, active habitat management, and the resiliency of our wildlife species.

“In addition, this past year the Game Commission continued its efforts at better serving our hunters.

“We provided a free subscription of Game News to the almost 35,000 new hunters who passed a hunter education course so they can learn tips for being successful afield and stay up to date on information that concerns them as hunters.

“We continued our webinar series on topics such as the risk to bald eagles from ingesting lead, to ways to improve your backyard habitat for wildlife.

“In order to make hunters aware of one of the biggest safety risks they may face – hunting from a tree stand without a safety harness – we launched a “tree stand safety” campaign, which included articles in Game News, social media outreach, and was displayed on 59 billboards across the Commonwealth.

“We made available an improved smart phone app, with features such as “what’s in season” and directions and maps to game lands.

“The Game Commission also made significant infrastructure improvements, including enhancements at six of our shooting ranges which included building overhead shelters, new shooting tables and concrete walkways.

“We also completed four major road projects and 16 new bridges to provide greater access to game lands and constructed two new pavilions at the elk-viewing area. And Howard Nursery provided over a half-million seedlings, approximately 165,000 of which were distributed as part of our Seedlings for Schools program.

“These are just some of the efforts we undertook this past year in order to fulfill our mission of managing wildlife and its habitat for current and future generations.

“Before I conclude my prepared remarks, I would like to comment that our agency not only manages for the present, but we also are looking ahead to the future and preparing for challenges which lie ahead and how they can be addressed.

“To perform that task, our senior management team developed a suite of new projects that can be expanded upon to create more opportunities for our license buyers and the general public in a way that is consistent with the goals we have identified in our strategic plan.

“The results of this exercise is the second document, our Vision for the Future, which we will provide to you at the end of the accompanying video presentation to which the Game Commission sets forth – in a very tangible way – our vision for the future. The projects outlined in the document, as well as our video, are just a sampling of the many exciting new projects the agency is developing.

“We thank the committee for this opportunity to talk about our challenges, accomplishments, and plans for the future.

“We look forward to getting to know each of you in this upcoming legislative session and finding ways we can work together in pursuit of our shared goals.

“At the conclusion of this short video we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.”

PSP Lewis Run investigating an incident of harassment

Coudersport Ambulance To South West Street

At 11:32 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to South West Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Ham & Turkey Party Tonight At Roulette Fire Department

Little Genesee Men Fatally Injured In Ceres Crash Tuesday

Two men from Little Genesee, NY were fatally injured Tuesday evening when the 2004 Dodge Neon they were in slammed into a tree. 

Robert M. Garden, 34, and James M. Palidar, 22, died in the crash

Pennsylvania State Police reported that at 6:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Garden was driving  at apparent high speed, with Palidar a passenger. While traveling north on Route 44, the car went out of control and began spinning clockwise in the northbound lane. The car then traveled off the east berm of the roadway and struck a tree. After striking the tree, the car continued to spin clockwise and came to final rest facing southwest. Police said both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Police said the accident remains under investigation. Assisting troopers at the scene were Shinglehouse fire and ambulance, Portville ambulance, Olean 10 and the McKean County Coroner's office.

Obituaries for both men were previously posted on Solomon's words.

Hot Dog Bar & Mac-n-Cheese Brunch Today at God's Country Ministries in Coudersport

Sweden Valley Inn's St. Patrick's Day Party & Fundraiser For Coudersport Senior Center is Saturday, March 16th

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Headline Harrisburg
Saturday, March 02, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Discussing Gov. Wolf’s Minimum Wage Proposal
  • Working Toward a Taxpayer-Friendly State Budget
  • Welcome Home!
  • Elk County Construction
  • Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims
  • Bill to Save on State Pensions

Discussing Gov. Wolf’s Minimum Wage Proposal

This was a busy week of hearings by the House Appropriations Committee, of which I am a member. Here are some of the questions I asked as part of testimony by individual departments.

Click here to view video. 
Asked Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin about his thoughts on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour now, then $15 an hour by 2025.

Click here to view video. 
Shared ride services and Medical Assistance Transportation Programs play a vital role in the lives of many Pennsylvanians, especially those in rural areas.

I asked PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards about the efficiency of these services.

 Click here to view video.
The hearings serve as a formal, detailed examination of Gov. Tom Wolf's overall budget proposal. During my research, I discovered a plan to roll the cost of Medicare penalties - $100,000 worth – into a larger line item instead of leaving it as a standalone, which is better transparency.

I asked Secretary of Administration Michael Newsome about that accounting practice.

Click here to view video. 
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are in the process of implementing a new statewide radio system. I asked PSP representatives about it, as well as the Pennsylvania Instate Check System (PICS), which is used by retailers in firearms transactions.

Working Toward a Taxpayer-Friendly State Budget

Next week, the House Appropriations Committee concludes its series of hearings designed to highlight individual government agencies and evaluate 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:

Monday, March 4
10 a.m. – Department of Education

Tuesday, March 5
10 a.m. – Department of Environmental Protection
10:30 am. – Department of Agriculture
1 p.m. – PSERS/SERS

Wednesday, March 6
10 a.m. – Office of the Budget
1 p.m. – Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Welcome home!

On Friday, I met with new Sandy Township Manager Shawn Arbaugh, who is originally from DuBois. Shawn previously served as the municipal manager for Bethel Park near Pittsburgh.

Elk County Construction

Preliminary work for repairs along Bendigo Road in Elk County got underway this week with guide rail removal. Additional roadway closure barriers are in place today, with excavation for the repair set to start tomorrow.

PennDOT has authorized emergency work for slide repairs and is partnering with Bencor Global Incorporated and Seneca Resources to fully fund the project. Without this partnership, repairs to Bendigo Road would have been delayed until the summer.

Crews will be working to excavate the slide area and stabilize it with rockfill material. PennDOT expects the work to take about three weeks.

While repairs are taking place, the closure and detour for Bendigo Road will remain in effect. No through traffic will be allowed in the closed section. Area residents will be able to access their homes from either end of Bendigo Road, but they will not be able to travel through the closed section.

Protecting the Rights of Crime Victims

Understanding the struggle many crime victims face when seeking justice, lawmakers have been working to advance a package of bills designed to protect the rights of crime victims.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved five bills for consideration by the full House. The package includes:
  • House Bill 276, a joint resolution known as Marsy’s Law, would add a victims’ bill of rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution.
  • House Bill 502 would ensure victims can attend proceedings against their abusers.
  • House Bill 503 would help victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism testify in court.
  • House Bill 504 would shield rape victims from irrelevant cross examination.
  • House Bill 505 would strengthen protections for young abuse victims.
Just as those accused of a crime have certain rights, House Republicans are ensuring crime victims are treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire criminal justice process.

Bill to Save on State Pensions

Last week, House Republicans passed House Bill 60 to prohibit future hires of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), which serves three states, from participating in the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

The SRBC was created by federal law in 1970 that also was adopted by the legislatures of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office – a non-partisan entity created to provide unbiased information to the state Legislature – there were 65 employees of the SRBC who were active, contributing members of SERS in 2017.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.


Candy Vasquez, a sophomore from Port Allegany, Pa.
BRADFORD, Pa. -- Nearly 200 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students from the six-county region will have their Pell grants doubled when they return to school in the fall.

Last week, officials from the University of Pittsburgh announced the creation of the Pitt Success Pell Match Program, which will match dollar for dollar the Pell grant amount students receive. The program, which will begin this fall, will benefit current students as well as new students who enroll this fall and receive a Pell grant.

One of the students who will benefit from the new program is Candy Vasquez, a sophomore from Port Allegany who is studying sociology.

“My road to success cannot be traveled if the funding for paving my path is not in hand,” she said. “College funding is the dry patch of grass in my big field of dreams.”

Vasquez said both of those ideas sum up her life. “Basically, with more money, I will be able to further my education without an absurd amount of debt.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant program provides need-based grants – money that does not have to be paid back -- to help promote access to postsecondary education for the neediest students. Students whose total family income is $50,000 a year or less qualify. In addition to income, grant amounts depend on several other factors, including the cost of attendance and if the student will attend full or part time.

For Pitt-Bradford students from McKean, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Forest and Warren counties, the average Pell grant award was $4,538 and the total amount awarded was $450,992 for the 2018-19 academic year.

Overall, 38 percent of Pitt-Bradford’s students receive a Pell grant. However, that percentage is significantly higher for students from the region. In McKean County, 46.3 percent of students receive a Pell grant, Elk County, 41 percent; Potter County, 53.3 percent; Warren County, 50 percent; Cameron County, 50 percent; and Forest County, 33.3 percent.

“This new Pitt Success Pell Match Program will have an enormous impact on our students from the region,” said Lawrence Feick, Pitt-Bradford’s interim president. “Receiving matching Pell grant dollars will lighten their financial burden, reduce the amount of money they need to borrow, and ultimately help them achieve their Pitt degree with less debt when they graduate.”

This new program will not only benefit current Pitt-Bradford students but incoming students as well, according to Dr. James Baldwin, vice president for enrollment management.

“The Pell Match program opens the door to many prospective students with the desire and the qualifications to be able to attend and be more successful.”

For more information on the Pitt Success Pell Match program, visit or contact the Financial Aid office at 814-362-7550 or

Penn State DuBois Faculty, staff recognized for length of service

DuBOIS - Some faculty and staff members at Penn State DuBois were recognized on Thursday for their length of service to the campus. Penn State DuBois annually recognizes faculty and staff members for their years of employment when they reach personal, five year milestones.

Those recognized this year are:

Row 1, left to right: Ram Rajagopalan, assistant professor of engineering, 5 years; Jackie Atkins, assistant teaching professor of English, 30 years; Laurie Breakey, assistant teaching professor of business, 30 years; LuAnn Demi, assistant teaching professor of occupational therapy, 20 years;

Row 2, left to right: Diana Kreydt, student advocacy specialist, 15 years; Carrie O’Brien, lecturer of forestry, 5 years; Jill Benton, campus nurse, 10 years; Kim Lumadue, administrative support, registrar, 5 years; Jessica Clontz, lecturer of Human Development and Family Studies, 5 years; Tony Vallone, associate professor of English, 30 years; Roxanne Masisak, administrative support, academic affairs, 35 years.

Row 3, left to right: Randy Spaid, Technical Service, 15 years; Dennis Duttry, Technical Service, 20 years; Garrett Roen, registrar, 15 years; Byron Parizek, associate professor of mathematics and geoscience, 15 years.

Coudersport Arboretum Association to Meet Tuesday, March 5th at the Gunzburger Conference Room

The Coudersport Arboretum Association will have their first organizational meeting of 2019 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5th at the Gunzburger Conference Room.

We will be discussing arboretum development and maintenance as well has planning social events. We encourage all interested people, families and organizations to join us. 

Chris Herzig
Arboretum Association

Early Childhood Education students make fleece blankets for Project Linus

Picture is L to R: Mackenzie Torrey (BAHS), Harley Haynes (Cameron County), Brianna Keller (BAHS)
Fun was had making fleece blankets for Project Linus on March 1st as a joint activity between Bradford Area High School and the Seneca Highlands IU9 Career and Technical Center Early Childhood Education students. 

Kim Preston and Kim Mooney, the instructors, welcomed Lisa Brown, a representative from the McKean County, PA and Cattaraugus County, NY Chapter, and her expertise at making baby, toddler, child, and teen blankets to the SHCTC in Port Allegany, PA. 

Blankets will be distributed to various organization throughout the area to help young victims in crisis or experiencing trauma. Thanks to all the students, teachers, Lisa Brown, and the Blaisdell Foundation for making this event possible and truly enjoyable! For more information about Project Linus go to

Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor

At 8:13 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a patient with difficulty breathing.

PA Permit Violations Issued to Eqt Prod Co

PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-27 to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield 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: 2019-02-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-27 to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield county. 78a56(a) - TEMPORARY STORAGE - Operator failed to contain regulated substances and wastes used at or generated at a well site in a tank, series of tanks or other storage structures approved by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-02-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-02-27 to Eqt Prod Co in Huston Twp, Clearfield 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: 2019-02-27 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

UPMC Cole Seeking Patient Accounts Representative

Mountain Laurel Recovery Center Has Openings For Full & Part Time LPN's & RN's In Westfield, PA

Shinglehouse Ambulance Annual Chicken BBQ Sunday At Shinglehouse Fire Department

Full-Time School Nurse Applicants Sought By Northern Potter School District

Part-Time Breakfast Cook Wanted At Millstream Inn in Coudersport, PA

Hamilton's Maple Products & Pancake House Open For Breakfast Sat. & Sun.


Potter County Beverage Now Hiring For Part-Time Employment

New Moon Power Equipment – Year End Blowout!!

Cameron County Children & Youth Service Has An Immediate Caseworker Vacancy

Full Time Assemblers Needed At Truck-Lite Co., LLC Facility in Coudersport, PA