Stoltz Of Coudersport

Bokman of Wellsville

E & G

Java With JVB, Coudersport

Howard's Inc, Coudersport, PA

Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

St. Bibiana's Famous Fish Fry

St. Bibiana's Famous Fish Fry

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JVB

Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

Southern Tier Polaris, Olean, NY

Fat Tuesday Smorgasbord Feast

Fat Tuesday Smorgasbord Feast

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Solomon's Auction & Yard Sale Page

UPMC Cole

Friday, February 14, 2020

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, February 14, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol


Rep. Clint Owlett and I had a great conversation this week with newly elected Potter County Commissioners Barry Hayman and Nancy Grupp. Stream clearing, agriculture, fire and EMS are just a few of the topics we covered in our discussions about how we can work together for the region.
 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Next Week

Thank you to everyone who came out for the free Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinic in Kane last week. If you weren’t able to make it, you are more than welcome to visit the Kane district office at 55 Fraley St. for assistance. Or we have several additional clinics coming up, including the following scheduled for next week:
•   Tuesday, Feb. 18: Mt. Jewett Senior Center, 8 E. Main St., Mt. Jewett – 1-2 p.m.
•   Wednesday, Feb. 19: Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.
•   Wednesday, Feb. 19: Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.

Sessions are also planned later this month in the following community senior centers: Bradford, Oswayo Valley, Emporium, Port Allegany, Coudersport and Ulysses. Details are available at www.RepCauser.com.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. Also, applicants with veterans disability benefits and/or pensions do not need to declare that income.

Residents are reminded to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

For more information, contact my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769) or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).
 

Election Reforms in Effect for April 28 Primary Election

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in our elections will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.

Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. You may register online or in person at your county courthouse up to 15 days prior to an election, which is April 13.

For the first time, voters may choose to cast their ballots by mail for no reason other than convenience. The ballots will work similarly to absentee ballots, but voters need not be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote in person to qualify for a mail-in ballot.

You may apply for the mail-in or absentee ballots here.


The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the election, which is April 21. The completed ballot must be received via mail, or dropped off in person at your county elections office, by 8 p.m. on Election Day, April 28.

The last day for county election boards to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 p.m. April 27) is a week after the election, May 5.

Also under the new law, voters who have a permanent disability may ask to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list. Voters on this list will have an absentee ballot application mailed to them by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year.

For more information about the upcoming election, click here.
 

Think Spring! Trout Stocking Schedules Available

A much-needed sign that spring is just around the corner – trout stocking schedules from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are now available at my local offices, online and at the FishBoatPA mobile app.

The schedule is searchable by county, lists the waterways in alphabetical order, and indicates stocking dates and the species of trout that will be stocked. The commission plans to once again stock approximately 3.2 million trout in 707 streams and 130 lakes open to public angling. PFBC plans to double the amount of trophy-sized trout being stocked to approximately 60,000 fish, 70% of which are slated to be stocked during the preseason.

The 2020 trout season will officially open Saturday, March 28, with the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program in 18 southeastern counties, including: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York. The following weekend – Saturday, April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties.

A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the April 18 regular statewide opening day of trout season.

For more information on trout stocking, trout season and how to obtain a 2020 fishing license, visit www.fishandboat.com.
 

Hearings to Review 2020-21 PA Budget Proposal Start Tuesday

Presented with a costly $36 billion budget proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf – one that would increase state spending more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget – members of the House Appropriations Committee will get to work next week investigating the governor’s funding requests and the actual needs of state agencies.

The annual budget hearings kick off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the Department of Revenue, which includes the state lottery, and continue that afternoon with the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office and the Department of Aging.

On Wednesday, the committee will hear from leaders of the departments of State, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Labor and Industry. Thursday’s hearings will focus on criminal justice with the Pennsylvania State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Corrections and the boards of Pardons, and Probation and Parole.
                                    
For more information about the 2020-21 state budget proposal, click here. For a hearing schedule, or to watch live streams or archived video of the budget hearings, click here.
 

PennDOT Offices Closed for Presidents Day

In observance of Presidents Day, all PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 17. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 

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