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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bradford Ambulance Dispatched For Asssault Victim On Gilbert Lane

At 11:32 PM on Saturday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to Gilbert Lane for an assault victim.

Centerville & Fillmore Dispatched For Crash With Entrapment

At 11:02 PM on Saturday, Centerville Fire Dept & Fillmore Rescue & Ambulance dispatched to the area of 11783 County Road 36 for a pickup into a tree with entrapment.

Bradford Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim

At 10:45 PM on Saturday, Bradford Ambulance has been dispatched to 1100 block of South Avenue for an assault victim.

Coudersport Ambulance To Cole Manor

At 9:21 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Cole manor.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to West Academy Street

At 7:47 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to West Academy Street for a patient with difficulty breathing.

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Fried Rice Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,094,186 pounds of frozen entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. Read more...

Salvatore P. Casanova, 89, of Warren, PA

Salvatore P. Casanova

Salvatore P. Casanova, 89, of Warren, PA, passed away on Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 at the John & Orpha Blair Hospice Home, Warren, PA. 

Born on June 1, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Giovanna Cincotta Casanova. 
Korean War Veteran

Salvatore had lived in Warren, PA for the past 12 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the U.S. Army from 1951-1957. He was employed with the former Eastern Airlines for 32 years. Following his retirement from there he went into the landscaping business in Forest Hills, NY. 

Salvatore was active with the Allegheny Community Center in Warren, where he enjoyed playing pool and bocce. He enjoyed playing chess and was a classic movie enthusiast.

Salvatore is survived by his 2 children – Joanne Sutton and her husband, Dr. John Sutton, of Warren, PA, and Joseph Casanova and his wife, Dale, of Deland, FL; 4 grandchildren – Marygrace Casanova, Kathryn Casanova, Vincent Casanova, and Christopher Sutton; 1 brother – Joey Casanova of Bushkill, PA; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Salvatore was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Carolina Cincotta Casanova, whom he married in 1955 and who died in 1999; and 4 brothers – Frankie, Christie, Tommy and Tony Casanova.

A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may do so to the Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA. 16365 or Warren General Hospital Development Department for the benefit of the Breathing Unit, c/o George Lilja, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA, 16365. 

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Wellsboro is a Quarterfinalist in Independent We Stand's America's Main Streets Contest; Now Vying to be in Top 10

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is one of the Top 25 in the Independent We Stand 2019 America's Main Streets contest based on voting, which ended on April 20. The town is now competing to be one of the Top 10 semifinalists. The grand prize is $25,000 in cash for downtown revitalization and “buying local” activities.

Voting for the Top 10 began at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 29 and will continue until 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top 10 and told of the win on Sunday, June 2. The public announcement will be made on Monday, June 3.

According to contest rules, an individual who was at least 18 years old as of Feb. 25, 2019 can cast an online vote for Wellsboro once every 24 hours now through May 26 from his or her IP address by visiting, clicking on the Wellsboro Main Street photograph and then on "Vote." Or, people can vote once a day by going to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or the From My Shelf Books Facebook page.

"During the inaugural contest in 2016, Wellsboro was named one of the top 10 semifinalists but did not win," said Kevin Coolidge, a member of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce who with his wife, co-own From My Shelf Books, an independent bookstore in Wellsboro. Coolidge nominated Wellsboro for the 2016 contest as well as the 2017 contest and this year's. "I am voting for Wellsboro to win $25,000 to invest in our downtown," said Coolidge. "People can help Wellsboro by voting online every day."

The grand prize is a $25,000 check; a $1,000 certificate for STIHL equipment; Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree; PPG $500 shopping spree; $500 Nationwide Marketing Group shopping spree; Free One Day Downtown Assessment from Flip This Town, a special plaque ($100 value) and recognition on Independent We Stand social media channels and public relations outreach.

Initiated in 2016 by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, the goal of this contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive and how communities can educate their neighbors about the many benefits of "buying local."

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

History Comes Alive at the Coolidge Theatre on May 8

Fred Powers is a third generation coal miner.
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro, the 2019 History Comes Alive series will continue with Fred Powers of Bluefield, West Virginia sharing his stories of the dangers that face underground coal miners.

Coal mining is done in the same way in the eight states in the Appalachian coal region, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Dressed as a miner with his face blackened with coal dust against a theatrical backdrop of the interior of a mine, Powers will speak in the first person recalling his own experiences in dangerous and sometimes humorous circumstances as a coal miner. Following his presentation, he will encourage the audience to ask questions and will bring an assortment of mining artifacts that show the evolution of mining technology from candles to modern day equipment.

Powers is the third generation on his father's side to have worked at the Keystone #1 Mine in McDowell County, West Virginia. "My earliest memories are of living in a coal camp of 100 families just above that mine," said Powers. "When I was in elementary school, the mine owners decided to strip-mine the area underneath our community and everyone was forced to move. My family ended up nearby in the community of Keystone," he said.

"I worked underground at the Keystone #1 Mine full-time for 10½ years from 1973 to 1983. When I first began working there, I was 20 with a semester of college under my belt. I was told by several older miners that in 10 years the mine would be worked out and close," said Powers.

"I was married with a child and decided to attend a local college full-time, mostly on the hoot owl shift, to become a teacher. I was the first in my family to go beyond the eighth grade in school. I did my student teaching while working underground on the evening shift."

In April 1983, Powers was laid off from the mine. For the next 1½ years he worked full-time for a small mining business, helping to retrieve large, continuous mining machines from underneath massive roof falls. He and his wife both began teaching in August 1984. During summers and long weekends for the next eight years, from 1984 to 1992, Powers worked part-time for that same company doing the same dangerous work until tragedy struck and one of his coworkers, a good friend, lost his life.

"From the beginning of my storytelling journey, I wanted to pay respect to our nation's coal miners. My dad suffered from third-stage black lung respiratory disease after a career of supporting his family in the mining industry. I experienced that dangerous world myself while trying to support my young family. I felt someone should tell coal miners' stories to the general public and school children. I never thought I would be the one doing it."

In the summer of 2004, Powers attended a four-week American history class offered at nearby Concord University and saw a storyteller portray Mother Jones, an outspoken 20th century union organizer in the West Virginia mine wars. "That gave me an idea," Powers said.

"The following summer (2005), I attended another four-week summer class at Concord." For his project, he dressed as a miner, wore a headlamp and carried a dinner bucket and kept the 80 people in his class spellbound telling stories about his time underground in the mines. That summer, Powers began reenacting and telling his coal miner stories at different venues. His presentation at Wellsboro will be the first one he has ever given in Pennsylvania. "After my trip to Wellsboro on May 8, I will have traveled to nine states and told my coal mining stories at numerous festivals, churches, school-related events and on 10 college campuses since 2005," Powers said.

For 26 years, from 1984 until 2010, Powers taught middle school special education classes in all subjects. Since retiring from teaching, he has co-founded two heritage festivals in his local area with education days for students and has self-published two books, "Powerhouse: A Coal Miner's Story" and "Powerhouse Meets the Tommy Knockers."

Tickets are $15 and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.

For information or tickets, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Trout Unlimited Chapter #688 to Meet Tuesday, May 7

Jake Tomlinson
At 6 p.m. this coming Tuesday, May 7, Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 will meet at the Wellsboro Community Center at 3 Queen Street in Wellsboro.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Participants do not have to be a member to attend.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Jacob "Jake" Tomlinson, manager of the Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Program, will talk about Trout Unlimited National's habitat projects and initiatives in Pennsylvania and how the organization can help support TU chapters, conservation districts and other entities by providing streambank stabilization, habitat improvement and technical assistance. "The Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Program provides technical assistance for multiple organizations across the Commonwealth," said Tomlinson. "Each year thousands of feet of streambank stabilization is completed reducing sediment and other nutrients while also improving eastern brook trout habitat."

The meeting, led by President Jere White, will start at 6 p.m. To be discussed will be upcoming events and updates on various projects, including the Pennsylvania TU regional meeting in Bloomsburg; applying for an Embrace A Stream grant through National Trout Unlimited to do stream habitat work on Long Run in Gaines; Fly Fishing Film Tour fundraiser in 2020; feedback on the chapter's participation at Mill Cove's Earth Day on April 20; the need for chapter volunteers to work at Springfest on May 18; announcement of the 2019 Northeast Pa. Reel Girls Fly Fishing Clinic at Port Matilda, Pa. June 17-19 to teach girls 12 to 18 basic and advanced fly fishing concepts; and updates on Pine Creek Watershed Council riparian tree plantings and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Women's Initiative class and trout stocking dates and locations.

The next Chapter #688 meeting will be on Tuesday, June 4. Discussed on May 7 will be whether a picnic will be held in conjunction with the June meeting and a location.

For more information, email Jere White at or call him at 570-662-2167.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 & 8

Auditions for Christopher, the main character in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 7 and 8 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

"I am looking for an actor who can play a 15-year-old," said Director Thomaa Putnam. "The character is on the autistic spectrum, is a math genius and on stage for almost the entire play. I am casting the role now, to give the actor more time to learn his lines."

The character is described as follows: "15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of the road; he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor's dead dog, Wellington who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world."

Any actor interested in auditioning for the role of Christopher who cannot attend on May 7 or 8 is asked to contact Putnam by calling 570-724-2079 or emailing

Auditions for other characters in the play will be held at a later date. They include: Siobahan, Ed, Judy, Voice One (Mrs. Shears and Others), Voice Two (Roger Shears and others); Voice Three (policeman and others); Voice Four (Rev. Peters and others); Voice Five (No, 40 and others); and Voice Six (Mrs. Alexander and others).

Co-sponsoring this production are Dr. Richard and Kate Black and Partners In Progress.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 1 and 2 and Nov. 7 and 8 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For more information about this play call 570-724-2079 or email

Come Learn all about the Ruffed Grouse at the Pa Lumber Museum on June 18

Rabies Clinic Today from 1 to 4 in Roulette

PA Lumber Museum holding "Fire Prevention & Safety" presentation with Smokey the Bear on May 18

Ham & Leek Dinner Today At Sweden Valley UMC

Coudersport Ambulance to Maple View Lane

At 11:41 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Maple View Lane for an unknown medical.

Demi named Educator of the Year

Assistant Teaching Professor LuAnn Demi receives her DEF Educator of the Year Award from DEF president Craig Ball.
LuAnn Demi, of Clearfield, has been named the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) Educator of the Year for 2019. Demi is an assistant teaching professor in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program at Penn State DuBois, as well as the OTA program director. She was presented with her award by DEF president Craig Ball during campus commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 3. 

The Educator of the Year Award is given annually by the DEF to recognize outstanding teaching. All nominees must be full-time faculty members with at least one year of prior service at Penn State DuBois. This honor is based purely on student feedback, as the students submit nominations and the award winner is chosen based on the number and quality of nominations received.

Ball shared some of comments students made in their nominations of Demi. One said, “LuAnn is just very easy to be around. She makes learning enjoyable and treats you with respect and never talks down to you when you are having issues.”

“LuAnn is very supportive and wants to see us succeed. She pushed me when I needed a boost,” said another nomination.

Another student said, “LuAnn has been a stalwart faculty member that demonstrates excellence in her field year after year. She is an excellent advisor that responds quickly to questions and gives thoughtful attention to every course. She adapts to her students’ needs without compromising the quality of her instruction.”

The award also acknowledges the educator for excelling as an advisor, showing genuine interest in the students' career and life goals, and his or her personal involvement at the campus.

Emporium Dispatched To Tree Down on Wires

At 11:39 AM on Saturday, Emporium Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Briton Hill Road & Rt. 120 for a tree down on wires.
While on this call firefighters were dispatched to a second call of wires down at another location. Power company has been notified.

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Shinglehouse Ambulance to Acorn Market

At 11:32 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to the Acorn Market for a woman ill.

Player of the Week hosted by E & G Auto

Stats on the week:
Average .857 (6-7)
2 HR
3 Runs Scored
8 RBI’s
Kullen Crosby, a senior at Coudersport High School, son of Kelly and Tracy Crosby of Coudersport is this week’s Coudersport Falcons baseball player of the week, sponsored by E&G Auto Plus. 

Crosby has been the starting 3rd baseman for the Falcons for the last 4 seasons and recently committed to Penn State Behrend to play baseball. The Falcons hot hitting continued this week against Galeton/Northern Potter and Smethport lead by Crosby who was 6-7 in these games with 2 home-runs 3 runs scored and 8 runs batted in. Coach McClintic notes, “This week Kullen has shined at the plate for sure but what has really impressed the coaching staff has been his great attitude and effort. His hitting has always been there but Kullen has ran the bases extremely hard these last two games and played well defensively too. This honor is well deserved.” 

Come see Kullen and the rest of the 2019 falcon baseball team when they host Otto Eldred,Wednesday May 8th at CARP, game time 4:30.

Olean, Ny man arrested for DUI

PSP Lewis Run release stats for the month of April

Rixford man arrested for DUI

Salvatore P. Casanova, 89, of Warren, PA

Salvatore P. Casanova

Salvatore P. Casanova, 89, of Warren, PA., died peacefully Saturday morning, May 4, 20019 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home, Warren, PA.

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

Today is International Fire Fighters Day

Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls 11,829,517 million pounds o Chicken Strip Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class I Recall 034-2019 EXP
Health Risk: High May 4, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: This release is being reissued as an expansion of the March 21, 2019 recall, which consisted of 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products. The scope of this recall expansion now includes more information and an additional 11,760,424 pounds of product.

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2019 – Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. The chart contains a list of the products subject to recall.[View Labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package. These items were shipped to retail and Department of Defense locations nationwide, for institutional use nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Genesee Environmental Center Taking Applications Sunday From 12 to 5

PA: Lt. Gov. reports on listening tour so far, more stops planned

May 03, 2019 Kate Zawidzki

Fetterman to visit Bradford, Susquehanna, Luzerne, Sullivan, Montour, Carbon, Potter, Bucks, and Cameron counties in the next two weeks.

On Monday, legislators heard Lt. Gov. John Fetterman report back on his marijuana listening tour. Fetterman reported attendees were overwhelmingly supportive of legalizing marijuana for adults' use. Opponents have only outnumbered supporters at two of the 50 stops.

The tour is in its tail end now, with only 16 counties remaining. Here are the next couple weeks’ stops.

Towanda (Bradford County)
Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Towanda Area Jr/Sr High School
1 High School Drive

New Milford (Susquehanna County)
Saturday, May 4, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Blue Ridge High School auditorium
5058 School Road

Wilkes-Barre, (Luzerne County)
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Wilkes College, Ballroom, second floor of the Henry Student Center
84 W. South Street

Laporte (Sullivan County)
Sunday, May 5, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Sullivan County High School auditorium
749 South Street

Danville (Montour County)
Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Montour Preserve Environmental Education Center auditorium
374 Preserve Road

Jim Thorpe (Carbon County)
Monday, May 13, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium
1 Olympian Way

Coudersport (Potter County)
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department
171 Route 6 West

Newtown (Bucks County)
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bucks County Community College, Zlock Performing Arts Center
275 Swamp Road

Emporium (Cameron County)
Thursday, May 16, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Cameron County Junior-Senior High School auditorium
601 Woodland Avenue

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil & Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil & Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-03 to Schreiner Oil & Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 78.53 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL - Operator failed to design, implement and maintain best management practices and an erosion and sediment control plan in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102, during and after earthmoving or soil disturbing activities, including the activities related to siting, drilling, completing, producing, servicing and plugging, constructing, utilizing and restoring the site and access road.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-03 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil & Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-05-03 to Schreiner Oil & Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-05-03 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

UPMC Cole Has Opportunities For Direct Care Workers in Potter, McKean, Cameron & Tioga Counties

Delivery/Service Technician Needed At Cole Care in Coudersport

Emporium Wellness Center Offering FREE WEEK to Newbies, Plus, 15% OFF All Regular Memberships in May

Estate Sale May 2/3/4 At 145 High Street in Westfield, PA

Real Estate & Antiques Auction Saturday, May 11th in Hornell, NY

Open House Saturday, May 4th At Larry's Sport Center in Galeton, PA

Kubota Reliability For 0 Down, 0% APR for 60 Months At Howard's Inc. in Coudersport, PA

$5. Rabies Clinic Set For Saturday, May 4th At Roulette Fire Hall

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mega-carrier Celadon to pay $42 million, exec charged, for fraud

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Federal investigators say that "executives hid losses in [their] aging trucking fleet and lied to auditors investigating allegations."

One of the nation’s largest trucking companies has agreed to a massive payout after more than a year-long federal investigation into the company’s accounting fraud.

Indianapolis, Indiana-based trucking company Celadon Group, Inc. has agreed to pay $42.2 million in restitution to shareholders for “filing materially false and misleading statements to investors and falsifying books, records and accounts,” according to an April 25 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana.

Danny Williams, former President of Celadon subsidiary Quality Companies LLC — a company that leased trucks to owner-operators — has also been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, to make false statements to a public company’s accountants, and to falsify books, records and accounts of a public company in connection with the federal investigation against Celadon. Read more...

Genesee Environmental Center Taking Applications Sunday From 12 to 5

Penn State DuBois Commencement Friday

Maple Festival Continues In Coudersport on Saturday

Mt. Jewett Dispatched for Possible Brush Fire

At 9:43 PM on Friday, Mt. Jewett Fire Dept. dispatched for possible brush fire near the old church at 3 Birch Street.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To North Union Street

At 9:15 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to North Union Street for a hemorrhage.

Tioga, Lawrenceville Dispatched For Wildfire in Rt. 15 Median

At 8:49 PM on Friday, Tioga & Lawrenceville Fire Depts. have been dispatched to Rt. 15 northbound near scene of prior crash for a wildfire in the median started by a flare from the accident scene.

Happening Now at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport

Emporium Dispatched To ATV Accident

At 8:01 PM on Friday, Emporium Fire Company has been dispatched to an ATV accident near 977 Moore Hill Road.
Helicopters unavailable due to weather.

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Friday, May 03, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • High-Speed Broadband Internet Access for All Pennsylvanians
  • Local Groups Visit Harrisburg
  • Great News for Pennsylvania Taxpayers
  • Government Done Right – Pennsylvania Needs an Upgrade
  • Attention Veterans

High-Speed Broadband Internet Access for All Pennsylvanians

On Monday, the House State Government Committee, of which I am a member, will vote House Bill 305, an omnibus piece of legislation that would expand the availability of high-speed broadband internet service in underserved and unserved areas of the Commonwealth.

In these locations one can often arrive at schools 30 minutes before the start of the school day and observe parents in their idling cars while their children feverishly work to complete their computer homework assignments using the school Wi-Fi…… because high-speed broadband internet is unavailable in their residential areas.

Please click here for more information on House Bill 305.

Local Groups Visit Harrisburg

Congratulations to Mrs. Stewart's DuBois Central Catholic team for competing in the statewide “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video contest. The group was in Harrisburg Tuesday to accept their awards.

The team of Cece Blasdell, Tess Stewart, and Addison Yanek won the Outstanding Creativity Program and Outstanding Educational Value awards for the North Central Region. They competed against 17 schools in their region and nearly 240 schools statewide.

Here is their video, which was made in conjunction with Gasbarre Products, Inc. in DuBois.
Click here to view video.

The mission of Leadership Elk and Cameron is to educate its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the region in order to develop informed, civic-oriented volunteers to help direct the future.

This group made its annual trip to the state Capitol Tuesday, and it is always a pleasure to spend time with them.

On Wednesday, the House approved my legislation recognizing the 80th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Jaycees.

It was a honor to present a House citation to (from left) former Pennsylvania Jaycees President Colleen Witman, State Treasurer Sheri Price (from DuBois), former President Peter Urscheler and current Jaycees President Neil Hanes from St. Marys.

Here is a recording of my floor remarks.
Click here to view video.

Great News for Pennsylvania Taxpayers

There is great economic news to report related to the state budget!
State revenue collections are more than $828 million ahead of estimates with two months to go in the current fiscal year. But that does not mean we should be spending it all.

House and Senate Republicans came together earlier this week to stress our intention to devote much of the additional funding to building up the state’s reserves for the next “rainy day” to help ensure we can weather the next economic slowdown.

The Commonwealth’s revenue growth is the result of pro-growth policies and our commitment to standing up for taxpayers – and standing against excessive taxes and spending proposed by the governor over the last several years.

We will continue that commitment through this year’s budget negotiations. A final 2019-20 state budget is due by June 30.

Please click here for more details.

Government Done Right – Pennsylvania Needs an Upgrade

House Republicans are devoting the month of May to giving our state government a long-overdue upgrade.

Having “government done right” means upgrading to a more effective and efficient government while providing core services. It means repealing out-of-date laws, reexamining the effectiveness of some state boards and commissions, and putting a stop to the red tape and overregulation that has tied the hands of job creators and hampered economic progress.

We kicked off the effort this week by passing House Bill 762 to require state agencies to designate a regulatory compliance officer to facilitate better understanding of new and existing regulations and boost compliance rates among affected businesses.

We also passed House Bill 509, which would boost transparency in the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information online and create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications.

Finally, we started a spring cleaning of sorts to get rid of some our most outdated, irrelevant laws. These include measures that regulate when things can or cannot happen on Sundays, such as movie times, baseball and football games and even playing music. Other laws we are working to repeal include antiquated sections of our Public School Code and the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, which closed in 2009.

You can read more about what we are doing to improve Pennsylvania’s government by clicking here.
Attention Veterans


This Tuesday, May 7, a representative from the Pennsylvania American Legion will be available in my DuBois district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer individual questions and offer information on veterans’ programs and benefits.

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