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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Shirley J. Bennett, 84, of Gaines, PA

Shirley J. Bennett

Shirley J. Bennett, 84, of Gaines, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Broad Acres, Wellsboro, PA. Born August 20, 1935, in Titusville, PA, she was a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Taylor) Coyle. Shirley graduated from Saegertown High School. 

On October 27, 1956, in Meadville, PA, she married Melvin Bennett, Jr. who preceded her in death in 1976. Shirley was a Registered Nurse and worked for the Wellsboro School District as an Instructional Support Specialist. 

Surviving are three sons, Kevin “KC” (Tina) Bennett, Gaines, William (Susan) Bennett, Wellsboro, and Timothy Bennett, Roseville, PA; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Patricia (Daniel) Crannell, Stauton, VA; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Shirley was predeceased by a brother, James Coyle and a sister, Elizabeth McNutt. 

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

4-H Field Day at Sinnemahoning State Park

Registration is still open for the 4-H Regional Wildlife Field Day, to be held on Saturday, February 29th, from 9 AM to 4 PM at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Kids ages 8-18, join us for an exciting day of hands-on activities designed to teach youth about healthy ecosystems, including the important roles of animals, plants, and aquatic habitats. Open to 4-H members across Pennsylvania, this fun, educational event includes four workshops taught by professional educators from PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Potter County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, PA State Parks, and more!

Are you up for a challenge? The workshops of this event will prepare the youth for the final challenge. This “challenge” activity will ask participants to apply what they have learned throughout the day in order to navigate through the steps of solving a mock environmental incident and devise ways to raise awareness around environmental problems.

Important details:

Who is Invited: youth ages 8-18 as of January 1, 2020.
Where: Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, 4843 Park Rd, Austin PA
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: free to registered 4-Hers
To Register: call 814-486-3350 or email
Requirements: Participants MUST be registered in their county’s 4-H Program to attend.
To Join 4-H: visit or contact your local 4-H Educator
What to Bring: Participants should bring a lunch and a reusable water bottle and dress for the weather. This event will have both indoor and outdoor workshops.

For more information about this event, contact the Cameron County Penn State Extension office by calling 814-486-3350 or emailing

Potter County Animal Assistance Project Available for Adoption.


March Events at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library:

March 3-4: Library Director Mary Grace Collier-Kisler will host at table at Port Allegany Elementary School Kindergarten Registration with information on the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library's Cruise into Kindergarten program and 2020 Census.

March 10, 7pm: Library Board of Trustees monthly meeting.

March 13, 6pm: Library Director Mary Grace Collier-Kisler will attend Family Reading Night at Port Allegany Elementary School as a guest reader. She will also bring some of the library's educational kits and toys.

March 19, 11:30am: Senior Lunch & Learn @ Port Freeze “A Meditation with Chocolate” by Bradford Senior Outreach. This event is open to Seniors 60+. A free light lunch will be served with a chocolate tasting. Please register by March 18 as this particular session is limited to 12 participants. Senior Lunch & Learn is held at the Port Freeze Restaurant in Port Allegany, PA.

March 26, 6pm: Book Buddies book club discuss Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. The Book Buddies meet the last Thursday of each month at 6pm in the library to discuss the monthly book selection. Any adult is welcome to join!

4-H Field Day at Sinnemahoning State Park

Registration is still open for the 4-H Regional Wildlife Field Day, to be held on Saturday, February 29th, from 9 AM to 4 PM at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Kids ages 8-18, join us for an exciting day of hands-on activities designed to teach youth about healthy ecosystems, including the important roles of animals, plants, and aquatic habitats. Open to 4-H members across Pennsylvania, this fun, educational event includes four workshops taught by professional educators from PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Potter County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, PA State Parks, and more!

Are you up for a challenge?  The workshops of this event will prepare the youth for the final challenge.  This “challenge” activity will ask participants to apply what they have learned throughout the day in order to navigate through the steps of solving a mock environmental incident and devise ways to raise awareness around environmental problems.

Important details:
  • Who is Invited: youth ages 8-18 as of January 1, 2020.
  • Where: Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, 4843 Park Rd, Austin PA
  • When:  Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost:  free to registered 4-Hers
  • To Register: call 814-486-3350 or email
  • Requirements: Participants MUST be registered in their county’s 4-H Program to attend.
  • To Join 4-H:  visit or contact your local 4-H Educator
  • What to Bring: Participants should bring a lunch and a reusable water bottle and dress for the weather.  This event will have both indoor and outdoor workshops. 

Roulette Ambulance Dispatched To Third St .

At 5:09 on Saturday February 22 Roulette Ambulance was dispatched to third street for a medical emergency.

Teresa A. Kaminski, 57, of Coudersport, PA

Teresa A. Kaminski
“Beloved Mother, MomMom and Friend”

Teresa A. Kaminski, 57, of Coudersport, PA passed away unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Born on Wednesday, November 28, 1962 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of John “Jack” and Shirley Chmil Kaminski.

Teresa was a graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie. She loved to fish and treasured the time spent with her family. She loved her dogs, Tammy and Simba.

Surviving are her mother of Quakertown; two sons, Jeremy J. (Nicole Perry) Camburn of Westfield and Nicholas C. J. “Nick” (Lindsey Sanders) Camburn of Muncy; three grandchildren, Fisher Camburn, Hunter Camburn, and Emmalyn Camburn; the father of her sons, Joe Camburn of Westfield, who stood by her  through thick and thin; three brothers, Jack (Pauline) Kaminski of Coudersport, Ricky (Lisa) Kaminski of Pennsburg, and Tommy Kaminski of Quakertown; a sister, Shirley (Jim) Dean of Telford; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Teresa was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Kaminski.

A celebration of Teresa’s life will be held in the future on a date, time and place to be announced.

Teresa’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Teresa, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Larry E. Knickerbocker age 64 of Osceola, PA


Larry E. Knickerbocker age 64 of Osceola, PA passed away Feb. 18, 2020 at his home. 

He was born April 2, 1955 in Elkland the son of Elmer L. and Lorina Jeffers Knickerbocker. 

He worked as a laborer remodeling stores, and construction work, was a accomplished musician, singing and playing lead/rhythm guitar. He loved working on Brian Beards farm, hunting, fishing and camping. He worked on small engines and liked to wheel and deal. Larry was a member of the Elkland Moose. 

He is survived by his spouse Tammy, children, Arietta (Robert) Allen, Osceola, Erica (Gary) Bliss, Genesse, Wade Knickerbocker, Genesse, Morgan Gerow, Lindley, NY., Amber Knickerbocker, Friendship, NY., Nicholas Farrand, Osceola, Alex Farrand, Harrisburg, Pa, Skyler Knickerbocker, Knoxville. Numerous grandchildren. sisters, Rosella (George) Barker, Florida, Naoma (Robert) Moon, Potterbrook, Sandy Cook, Elkland, Gina (David) Birdsall, Tioga, Shirley (Robert) Gee, Osceola and Darlene McNett, Mansfield, brother Robert (Charlene) Knickerbocker, Tioga. numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Larry Jr., brothers, Guy, Les and Nick and a sister Alverta McConnell. 

Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland Saturday Feb. 22, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. (

Criminal Mischief On Laurel Mill Road In Ridgeway

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Come and join the Rotary Satellite Club and The Rotary Club of Port Allegany for a fun afternoon of Bingo!

The prize for each game will be a designer bag from designers such as Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and more. There will also be special games with extra prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Larsen Law Office, Bayline Insurance or from any Rotarian. You may call 814-577-1075, 814-642-9515, or visit the Rotary Satellite Club of Port Allegany Facebook page for more information. 

Tickets are $30 per person and you must be 18 years old to play. There will be 16 games of Bingo, door prizes, 50/50 and Raffle Baskets along with light refreshments and cash bar. The event will be held March 1 at the Veterans Memorial,Inc. located at 4743 Route #155. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and Bingo games will begin at 2 p.m. 

Pictured are Paula Bayline, Avaree Redmond and Beth Sigafoes. Avaree is a Sixth Level student at PAES who is working with the Rotary Club for her service project.

Man Arrested For DUI On Main Street In Eldred Boro

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Possesion Charges In Hamlin TWP.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Job Opening at Rev Forestry Services LLC

Ruby Pearle Salada, 92, formerly of Custer City, PA

Ruby Pearle Salada

Ruby Pearle Salada, 92, formerly of West Warren Road, Custer City, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020, at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Friends will be received on Monday February 24, 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 372 East Main Street, and again on Tuesday from Noon to 1;00pm in the Custer City United Methodist Church, at 1:00pm funeral services will be held with Rev. Seth McClymonds Jr., Pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials contributions if desired, may be made to the Custer City United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

A complete obituary will be published on Monday.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arnold H. Copp, 92, of Wellsboro, Pa

Arnold H. Copp

Arnold H. Copp, 92, of Wellsboro, passed away early Thursday February 20, 2020 at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Born March 13, 1927 in Wellsboro, to Harry and Elizabeth (Halstead) Copp, Arnold grew up and went to school in Wellsboro. He served in the US Army during WW II. On September 3, 1955 he married Isabel Cruttenden. Arnold worked for Borden Foods in Wellsboro, was a 60 year member of Ossea Lodge No. 317, worshiped at St. Paul’s Episcopal and Dexter Baptist churches, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

WWII Veteran
Arnold is survived by his son: Dennis Copp (Penny) of Hilliard, OH; 4 grandchildren: Autumn Abbott (Jay) of Massillion, OH, Chad Copp (Alysha) of Camp LeJeune, NC, Amber Copp of Brownstown, MI and Jeffrey Copp of Redmond, WA; 6 great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kallie, Tatum, Aria, Sofia, and Everett; and a brother: Charles “Toby” Copp (Janet) of Utah. He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; a brother: Orin Copp; and two sisters: Martha Jones and Esther Davis.

Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Arnold’s life from 6-8pm Tuesday February 25, 2020 at the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA, and to his funeral service Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 11am in the funeral home with Pastor James Truax officiating. Burial will follow in the Wellsboro Cemetery. To share a memory or condolence, please visit

Pennsylvania Wilds successes showcased in new DCNR Conservation Landscape report

Achievements made in the Pennsylvania Wilds, a 13-county region designated as a Conservation Landscape by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), were recently highlighted in a report by the state agency.

DCNR’s 2019 Pennsylvania Conservation Landscapes -- Models for Successful Collaboration report shares the results of a recent evaluation of the agency’s Conservation Landscape program. The report also highlights landscape efforts and best practices being used to achieve conservation and revitalization goals.

“The Pennsylvania Wilds Conservation Landscape (PAWCL) is one of the most ambitious landscape-level initiatives in the United States,” the report notes, pointing to the rural region’s success in attaining investments to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem. “This highly impactful practice is most evident in the Pennsylvania Wilds conservation landscape, a very rural place with more public land than anywhere in the state.”

The report, which points to the growing outdoor recreation industry and strategic investments in public lands and facilities in the Pennsylvania Wilds, positions the region as a model for how the Conservation Landscape program is gaining traction and creating real value for communities.

The PA Wilds Center’s work has grown by 900 percent over the last five years, visitor spending in the region has grown to $1.8 billion annually, and small businesses in the Center’s primary business development network -- the Wilds Cooperative of PA -- have created 99 jobs over the last two years. In addition, the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania has grown to include over 300 businesses, artisans, and organizations from across the region. Several of the artisans are also seeing economic benefits from selling their products at the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, where 90 percent of the products sold are regionally made by small businesses — boosting local economies and fostering community pride.

“A big part of our economy and way of life here revolves around our forest and public lands,” says PA Wilds Center Founder and CEO Ta Enos. “Our public lands make possible our internationally-acclaimed dark skies and habitat for our world-famous elk. They support the region’s timber, oil, gas, and outdoor tourism industries, inspire our vibrant maker culture and are essential to helping our major employers attract and retain talent. These lands also are the reason for our clean water – and many other people’s too. And, good land and water management is key to the pressing issue of climate resiliency. Through the PAWCL, we finally have a way to connect these dots and defy tired stereotypes you often hear about rural places, the private sector, and government.”

While each Conservation Landscape is unique, the goal of the initiative is to drive strategic investment and actions around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreational projects. A unique approach to regional development based on natural assets and sense of place, the efforts are carried out by external lead partners across eight identified Conservation Landscapes in Pennsylvania. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. is the external lead for the Pennsylvania Wilds Conservation Landscape.

There are a total of eight Conservation Landscapes throughout Pennsylvania, including: Laurel Highlands, Lehigh Valley Greenways, Pennsylvania Wilds, Pocono Forest and Waters, Schuylkill Highlands, South Mountain, Susquehanna Riverlands and Kittatinny Ridge.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn noted that the regional focus and partnership-building approach provided by the Conservation Landscape program is critical for meeting complex environmental challenges.

“We believe that the landscape-scale approach, now more than 15 years in practice, is well positioned to help Pennsylvania tackle the most challenging problems such as watershed protection, and our changing climate and its impacts on infrastructure, wildlife, and health,” Dunn said. “As we strive to accelerate the pace and scale of conservation efforts, a good understanding of what makes landscape efforts successful is critical.”


The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. For more information on the region, visit

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center promotes the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination and manages the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a business network of over 300 place-based businesses, in an effort to help businesses connect with travelers. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit

Potters Mills Update for Late February

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing a
late February update for its Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project in southeast Centre County. 

Up-to-date information can also be found on the PMG Project page at

Drivers can expect the following February 24 through 28:
• Crews will be setting beams on Monday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 26, as well as Friday, February 28 and Monday, March 2. PennDOT does not expect significant impacts to traffic flow on these dates. Beam setting work is planned to take place between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
• The beams are being delivered on the dates listed above, so drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting Route 322 through the Potters Mills area. Flaggers in the roadway may be aiding construction vehicle movements. Do not follow construction equipment into the work area.
• Motorists are reminded that passing is not permitted when traveling through the work zone. Any motorist convicted of a passing violation in an active work zone faces a $50 fine and three points on their driver’s license.
• Motorists are reminded that eastbound traffic uses the new local access road (Route 2015) east of Potters Mills for one mile before using a crossover to return to existing Route 322. This traffic pattern will be in place for the duration of the project.
• Motorists are reminded that westbound traffic no longer uses the crossover and is now routed onto the new local access road (Route 2015) east of the intersection of Routes 322 and 144. This traffic pattern will be in place for the duration of the project.
• There is a 13-foot width restriction on the western end of the project between Route 144 and Mountain Back Road. This restriction will be in effect until the fall of 2020.

• There is a 14-foot width restriction on the eastern end of the project between Sand Mountain Road and Route 144. This restriction will be in effect until the fall of 2020.

This is the third and final phase of a construction project dating back to 2015. Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. Phase Two created the new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road. The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. The completed project will alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $82 million project.

Lycoming Creek Road Closed for Police Activity

A section of Route 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road), Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, is closed for police activity.

The road is closed is in both directions between Log Run Road and Beautys Run Road, Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County. The road is expected to be closed for an extended period of time.

A detour is in place using local roadways. 

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Harrisburg News from State Rep. Martin Causer

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We had a great turnout for Business After Hours last night at The Temple Room in Kane! I'm pictured here with Brandy Schimp, Kane Mayor; Kate Kennedy, executive director of the Kane Area Development Center; and Jill Grosch of my Kane office.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Next Week

Our free Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics continue this week. The schedule is as follows:
  •   Monday, Feb. 24: Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 128 Lyons St., Shinglehouse – 9-11 a.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Emporium Senior Center, 105 E. 4th St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
  •   Wednesday, Feb. 26: Coudersport Senior Center, 165 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-2:30 p.m.

A final clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Ulysses Senior Center, 522 Main St., Ulysses. Or you may visit any of our local offices for assistance.

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).

Budget Hearings Focus on Spending, Mismanagement

Citing concerns with overspending and mismanagement in the current year’s budget, members of the House Appropriations Committee kicked off this year’s budget hearings by grilling administration officials about their actual funding needs for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $36 billion budget, which represents a spending increase of more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget. Nearly $1 billion of that increase is the result of the administration’s overspending in this year’s budget. The committee met with officials from the departments of Revenue, Aging, State, Military and Veterans Affairs, Corrections, and Labor and Industry.

Several major state agencies are on next week’s agenda, beginning with the Department of Environmental Protection at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Other state agencies scheduled to appear include the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Transportation, Agriculture, Health, and Community and Economic Development. For a full schedule of these and other remaining hearings, or to watch live streams or archived video of the hearings, click here.

Additional information about the 2020-21 state budget proposal may be found here.

Reminder: Area Farmers, Ag Leaders Invited to Breakfast with PA Ag Secretary

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Rep. Clint Owlett and I are inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on Friday, March 13, at 9 a.m. at Pine Creek Inn, 1637 Route 6 West, Galeton.

This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done to support the industry in Harrisburg, and to share your concerns for the future with us and our state Agriculture secretary. We encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.

To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP by contacting my Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or registering online at

There is no charge to attend.

HealthierPA Initiatives Signed into Law

Two measures advanced by the House earlier this year as part of our HealthierPA Initiative are now law.

Act 6 of 2020 will help improve cancer treatment options for patients with Stage IV metastatic cancer by requiring insurance companies to cover the medication and treatments prescribed by the patient’s doctor, regardless of what their insurance plan typically covers.

The law recognizes time is of the essence for patients fighting cancer. They should not have to get sicker and sicker before being allowed to try something their doctor is recommending that could extend the length and quality of their lives.

Act 7 of 2020 will help protect infants who receive donated breast milk through milk banks. Banked donor milk is used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and by outpatients with medical issues. When a mother’s own milk is unavailable in the NICU, the use of banked donor milk has been shown to decrease mortality rates and the incidence of serious complications.

The new law will require the state Department of Health to regulate milk banks, which are entities that gather, process and distribute mothers’ milk for medically fragile newborns. Milk banks would be required to medically screen donors and to contact the health care provider of the donor’s baby to verify adequate growth. The donor milk must be processed to inactivate pathogens (pasteurized), and post-processing bacterial cultures must be performed. The law does not regulate breast milk donors or affect informal milk sharing that may occur.

Committee Discusses Bill to Better Coordinate Fire, EMS Services

Continuing the commitment to supporting the state’s fire and emergency services system, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a public hearing this week on a proposal to create a Pennsylvania State Fire Commission to better coordinate resources and services.

The bill is based on a recommendation offered by the Senate Resolution 6 Commission to ensure fire and EMS coverage, which is provided by volunteers in the majority of the state’s communities, remains available across the state.

Testifiers at the hearing included Bruce Trego, state fire commissioner; Dylan Ferguson of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services; David Chiaramonte and Adam Perreault of the PA Professional Firefighters Association; Charles McGarvey Sr. and Jay Delaney of the PA Career Fire Chiefs Association; and Steve Bair of the PA Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

Last fall, as part of our “Helpers and Heroes” initiative, the House passed a series of bills designed to improve recruitment and retention of volunteers for fire and ambulance companies, boost access to training and increase funding options. Most of the measures are now awaiting action in the Senate. Late last year, Act 106 was signed into law, making online training more readily available to current and prospective first responders.


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First Citizens Community Bank Honors Employees

Each year on President’s Day, First Citizens Community Bank busses all of their employees to a central site for a day filled with fun, learning, comradery and recognition. And that’s just what happened on February 17th at the Silver Moon Banquet Hall. According to CEO and President Randall E. Black, “This day provides us with the opportunity to share and celebrate the past year’s performance while also letting our employees know more about what’s on the horizon. The key to our success are our employees and giving them the recognition they so deserve in front of their peers is our way of saying thank you for another great year!”

During the festivities, Heidi Monro and Dora Rodgers were named Employees of the Year. Monro joined FCCB in 2004 as a part-time teller in Canton but her potential for being a star performer was quickly evident. She’s experienced several promotions since that time and continues to demonstration energy and leadership in her office. Customers regularly comment to the bank about her enthusiasm, positive attitude and her dedication to serving them.

Rodgers became part of the First Citizens family when they acquired The First National Bank of Fredericksburg in 2015. She is the face of First Citizens in their Mount Aetna market. A jack of all trades and master of many, she’s a coach and mentor, opens new accounts, is their consumer lender and, she is one of the bank’s top trainers. Her concern for helping customers and co-workers is what really puts her over the top.

According to Black, “These two individuals continue to exceed expectations and truly believe in the Bank’s mission and understand how to achieve it.”

Also recognized during the day’s events was Veronica Seymour, Troy Office Operations Manager, who was named Volunteer of the Year. Communities depend on the giving nature of volunteers. Because community is important to First Citizens, they will donate $500 to the non-profit of Veronica’s choice in honor of her endless hours of giving to organizations such as the Lions Club, Christian Counsel, Chamber of Commerce, and the local food pantry.

And community isn’t forgotten on their day of celebration. Each year, the bank has a team contest to build something that can contribute to the welfare of their communities like the bikes they built and donated to kids in need. This year, they assembled 64 four-wheeled rolling walkers with seats that are being donated to organizations throughout their markets. Once they were assembled, the employees enjoyed a little friendly competition as teams of two raced their walkers to the finish line.

The day didn’t end without honoring employees who had reached certain employment milestones. Twenty-Five employees received extra vacation days and shares of Citizens Financial Services, Inc. stock for achieving a milestone. The longer the loyalty, the more they are awarded!

“Employee longevity is a game changer for any organization,” commented Black. “The knowledge and experience that comes with growing up through the company can’t be measured. This past year, we had 5 employees retire who had 195 combined years at First Citizens.”

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. They currently operate 28 offices throughout Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Clinton, Centre, Union, Lebanon, Lancaster, Schuylkill and Berks counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany County New York. They recently announced the acquisition of MidCoast Community Bank with offices located in Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware. For more information about First Citizens, visit, or find them on Facebook.


Marcie A. Barber, President and CEO of The Juniata Valley Bank, with offices in the Juniata Valley and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that JVB is sponsoring their 15th ANNUAL Food Drive March 14 - 29, 2020. 

Donations of food, paper goods and personal items will be accepted at all JVB community office locations during regular business banking hours for the benefit of food pantries in Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Perry, McKean and Potter Counties. 

For each food or personal-care item donated, JVB will add a donation of 25¢, up to a total of $2000, to benefit the local food pantries.

Programs available through the Potter County Education Council

Practical Nursing Program from Penn College coming to Coudersport
Come to an Information Session on the upcoming Practical Nursing Program. Learn how becoming an LPN can help give you a great career boost! Graduates find jobs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, private homes, physician offices, and other health-related offices. Successful completion of the course enables students to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure as an LPN.

This full-time clock hour program starts August 31, 2020, and students will graduate August 19, 2021. Graduates earn a certificate in practical nursing. An information session about the LPN Program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th at the Coudersport office of the Education Council. For more information or to register for a Coudersport Information Session, contact Marie Van Ess at (570) 724-7703.

Sewing – The Next Step
This intermediate sewing class will take your skills to the next level. Using a pattern, participants will learn to sew a simple garment (sleep pants). Students must already have a working knowledge of using a sewing machine, since class time will be used to complete the project. Please bring the following to class: a sewing machine (The instructor has a limited number available, so let us know in advance if you need to use one.); straight pins; fabric scissors (not the kind used to cut paper); tape measure; seam ripper; as well as the fabric needed for your project (2 ½ yards of 40” wide fabric for kids pants or 3 to 3 ½ yards of 40” wide fabric for adult pants). Also, please bring matching cotton/poly thread and one package of ¾” wide elastic.

This course is scheduled for Tuesdays, March 4 – March 24, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Sew Much More. The cost is $89/person. Class size is limited, so register today by calling (814) 274-4877.

Computer Fundamentals I
This six-week course, designed for beginner to intermediate computer users (ages 18 and up), will consist of hands-on, activity-driven learning in which learners will demonstrate proficiency in operating systems, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures.

This course will utilize the Meyers, Mike CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, Tenth Edition (Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002) McGraw-Hill Education, 2019 textbook. A textbook will be provided for use within the classroom, or you can purchase your own copy prior to the first class.

This course, taught by Brent Bryant, Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Network Systems Technology Instructor, is scheduled for Wednesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Networking and Security Shop at Seneca Highlands CTC in Port Allegany. The cost is $75/person. Registration is required, so register today by calling (814) 545-1333 or online at

Video Games, Gamers, and Gaming
This six-week course is designed to introduce learners to the many elements of video games. We will focus on gaming industry history, game development processes, game genres, storyboarding, game environment, character design, interface design, game play, and the psychology of game design.

This course, taught by Brent Bryant, Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center Network Systems Technology Instructor, is scheduled for Wednesdays, April 1 – May 6, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Networking and Security Shop at Seneca Highlands CTC in Port Allegany. The cost is $75/person; all class materials will be provided. The course is open to students in grades 6 through 12. Student arrivals are welcome after 3:35 p.m. Registration is required, so register today by calling (814) 545-1333 or online at


A huge opportunity is “nocking” for Pennsylvania’s student archers.

The 2020 National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament is set to be held March 13th in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging all schools participating in the program, commonly referred to as NASP, to attend a state qualifier competition.

Individuals and teams alike will need to shoot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held from October through February. The top scoring teams and individuals will then earn and invite to the state championships.

The NASP state tournament has been growing each year since its inception in 2011, and the March13th tournament to be held at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility figures to be close to 1,000 participants. Students from more than 45 schools across Pennsylvania are expected to participate. The increase is representative of growth in the program statewide.

NASP, which started in Kentucky in 2002 and has since gained participants around the globe, came to Pennsylvania in 2005. The Game Commission began coordinating the program in 2010 and, to present, the program has expanded to 300 schools.

The tournament should be a sight to see. 95 lanes, each with two archers, will be operating at once. About 9,000 arrows will fly each hour. And somewhere near 50,000 arrows will be fired on the day.
Scholarships and prizes will be handed out to the top performing archers in the state to help pay for continued education.

Schools are reminded that they must shoot a qualifying score at a sanctioned state qualifier shoot. Students can find state qualifiers listed on the following NASP Tournament website, To use the Game Commission’s website to register, place your cursor over the “Education” tab, then click “National Archery in the Schools Program.” Registration is just a few more clicks away.

NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical-education curriculum requirements standards set by the state Department of Education, and at the same time introduces students to the world of competitive archery. 

Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels, and Pennsylvania sent over 200 students to the 2019 national competition, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky;
To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Todd Holmes, at the Game Commission headquarters, at 717-787-4250 (ext. 73330). Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook at

PennDOT Restricts Juniata County Bridge to One Lane

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that a Route 22 eastbound bridge is now restricted to one lane due to being struck by a large piece of equipment.
The right (travel) lane of the bridge, which spans Route 35 approximately one-mile northeast of Mifflintown in Fermanagh Township, Juniata County, is closed until further notice. Concrete barriers are in place to enforce this closure.

The 109-foot bridge was originally built in 1972 and carries an average of nearly 7,500 vehicles per day.

Questions concerning the use of this section of Route 22 should be addressed to the Department of Transportation at (814) 765-0495. 

Motorists are encouraged to “Know Before They Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 950 traffic cameras. 

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.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at

For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL


This year’s symposium to be held at Northwest Region Office.

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 6 on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2020-21 waterfowl hunting seasons.

The briefing will begin at 1 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Northwest Region Office, 1509 Pittsburgh Road, Franklin, PA 16323. 

In addition to reviewing frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for upcoming waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, Game Commission staff will provide updates on current and planned research and management programs, as well as past hunting results.

Public comments will be accepted at the meeting; by sending a letter to: Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797; or via email through

Based on public comments and results of previous hunter surveys, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. 

All migratory bird-hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the USFWS. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks.

All selections will appear in the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.


Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Phenytoin Oral Suspension USP

Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (“Taro” or the “Company”) is voluntarily recalling two (2) lots of Phenytoin Oral Suspension USP, 125 mg/5 mL both in 237 mL bottles, to the consumer level. Phenytoin Oral Suspension USP, 125 mg/5 mL is indicated for the treatment of tonic-clonic (grand mal) and psychomotor (temporal lobe) seizures and is packaged in amber plastic bottles with an inner seal and a white child proof closure, and each bottle contains 237 mL. The reason for the recall is that product from these two lots of Phenytoin Oral Suspension may not re-suspend when shaken, as instructed for administration, which could result in under or overdosing. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the FDA.

The population at risk is primarily infants and young children. In those patients, there is a reasonable probability that inaccurate dosing might result in a serious adverse effect such as intoxication or breakthrough seizures requiring medical intervention. For a small minority of patients, who might have severe or repeated breakthrough seizures, a drop in their phenytoin blood levels could result in life-threatening status epilepticus requiring immediate emergency room treatment. To date, Taro has not received any adverse event reports related to this recall.

News from State Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, February 21, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
 •  Questioning Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget
 •   They're here!
 •  Recognizing Our Future Leaders
 •   New ATV Trails Coming to PA?
 •  Attention Veterans

Questioning Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget

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 - my colleagues and I on the House Appropriations Committee continue next week to work on investigating the governor’s funding requests and the actual needs of state agencies.

Here are some of the questions I asked during this past week’s hearings:

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I heard two different perspectives on the governor’s plan to raise the minimum wage. The video above is from my questioning of representatives from the Department of Revenue, while the video below paints a different picture, compliments of the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office.

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I asked representatives from the Department of State to discuss the status of Pennsylvania’s voting system as the state prepares for a presidential election.

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I questioned representatives of the PA State Police and Office of Homeland Security about costs associated with background checks that are conducted on gun owners.

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Members of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs were asked about state spending in support of their efforts.

Here is a schedule of testifiers for next week’s hearings, which may be viewed live online at

Monday, Feb. 24
10 a.m. - Department of Environmental Protection
1 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
3 p.m. - Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs

Tuesday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. - Department of Transportation
1 p.m. - Department of General Services
3 p.m. - Liquor Control Board

Wednesday, Feb. 26
10 a.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development
1 p.m. - Department of Agriculture
3 p.m. - PA Emergency Management Agency/State Fire Commissioner

They're here!

Trout season in Clearfield and Elk counties opens Saturday, April 18, and statewide trout stocking schedules have just arrived in my district offices!

Please stop by and pick up yours today!

Recognizing Our Future Leaders

Congratulations to Kolton Mehalko, who joins the rank of Eagle Scout Sunday afternoon at the Wilcox Fire Hall!

New ATV Trails Coming to PA?

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has revised its policy and is now considering new ATV trails and connectors on state forest lands.

With demand for riding opportunities increasing above the existing more than 260 miles of trails, DCNR is examining the possibility of using existing forestry roads to expand ATV access and wants your opinion on the idea.

The proposal may be viewed by clicking here. 

Written comments are being accepted until Friday, March 27 and may be submitted to

Attention Veterans

On Tuesday, March 3, Service Officer Bradley Baranski from the Pennsylvania American Legion will visit my DuBois district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer individual questions and offer information on programs and benefits to the men and women who serve and have served our country.

Appointments are necessary! Please call the office at 375-4688 if you wish to meet with Brad.