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Saturday, April 11, 2020

A surprise for Ulysses Area from local high school senior

Northern Potter High School senior, Melissa Lehman has created an Easter egg hunt around town. Families can walk or drive around town and count the number of eggs and bunnies they find. Some are on sidewalks and some on the road , they are big enough to see from the sidewalk, . They are scattered from near the trailer park to the Dollar General and up to the busses. Please take your family out tomorrow and have fun finding the over 100 eggs/ bunnies. Happy Easter

canoe place fish and game club Announcement

The meeting for Tuesday the 15th is canceled and the drawing for the fishing pole raffle is going to be postponed until further notice. 


Austin VFD Bingo Cancelled


Coudersport Ambulance to Mapleview Lane

At 3:09 pm on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance has been called to Mapleview Lane for a woman to go to UPMC Cole.

Johnsonburg Fire Dept. Releases Photos of Market Street Fire

Johnsonburg Fire Dept.

Johnsonburg fire on Market Street

High Wind Watch issued April 11 at 2:09PM EDT until April 14 at 2:00AM EDT by NWS Buffalo

...HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT...
* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph
possible.
* WHERE...Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Oswego, Lewis, Livingston,
Ontario, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.
* WHEN...From Monday morning through late Monday night.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power
lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

INSTRUCTIONS: Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this
situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe
location prior to the onset of winds.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

PA FISH & BOAT COMMISSION MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS

FINAL 2020-21 PA HUNTING/TRAPPING SEASONS APPROVED

FINAL 2020-21 HUNTING/TRAPPING SEASONS APPROVED

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 license year. Highlights include:

· Expanding Sunday hunting opportunities on three days – Sunday, Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting, Sunday, Nov. 22 for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, Nov. 29 for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.

· Adopting a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and retaining a split-season in the remaining 13 WMUs.

· Extending the statewide archery deer season to end Nov. 20, giving bowhunters the opportunity to take advantage of peak and post-rut activity.

· Opening squirrel season statewide on Sept. 12 to create more opportunities for younger hunters to get afield.

· Shifting the statewide general bear season to run from Saturday through Tuesday –adding an additional Sunday opportunity for bear hunters.

· Bringing back a three-day Thanksgiving turkey season, running Wednesday through Friday, in select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs); removing the Thanksgiving turkey season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E, but making the regular season two weeks (Oct. 31-Nov. 14) instead of one.

· Increasing the bear hunting opportunities for archers by adding a week to the archery bear season and creating an overlap in the first week with the muzzleloader deer and bear seasons.

· Moving the start of the extended bear seasons to Monday of the first week of firearms deer season in all WMUs with extended bear seasons.

· Permitting either-sex pheasant hunting statewide, outside of Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas.

· Opening bobcat hunting and trapping seasons in WMU 2B, and river otter trapping seasons in WMUs 1A, 1B and 2F.

· Increasing the season bag limit for beavers from 40 to 60 in WMUs 1A and 1B.

The commissioners also set the number of antlerless deer licenses to be allocated, as well as the number of elk licenses to be allocated for the coming license year.

The board voted to allocate 932,000 antlerless deer licenses statewide, which is up from the 903,000 licenses allocated for 2019-20. Some Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) increases were tempered by the addition of a 14-day seasons to WMU’s containing Disease Management Areas. Allocations by WMU are as follows, with the allocation from the previous license year appearing in parentheses: WMU 1A – 49,000 (49,000); WMU 1B – 41,000 (35,000); WMU 2A – 46,000 (46,000); WMU 2B – 49,000 (54,000); WMU 2C – 58,000 (52,000); WMU 2D – 60,000 (66,000); WMU 2E – 39,000 (32,000); WMU 2F – 36,000 (31,000); WMU 2G – 27,000 (26,000); WMU 2H – 7,000 (6,000); WMU 3A – 21,000 (20,000); WMU 3B – 33,000 (38,000); WMU 3C – 49,000 (46,000); WMU 3D – 36,000 (25,000); WMU 4A – 49,000 (41,000); WMU 4B – 33,000 (32,000); WMU 4C – 32,000 (36,000); WMU 4D – 45,000 (46,000); WMU 4E – 37,000 (34,000); WMU 5A – 26,000 (22,000); WMU 5B – 60,000 (67,000); WMU 5C – 70,000 (70,000); and WMU 5D – 29,000 (29,000).

The board also voted to issue 164 elk licenses (36 antlered, 128 antlerless) across three 2020-21 seasons. For the one-week general season to run Nov. 2-7, 26 antlered and 78 antlerless tags have been allocated. In the archery season open only in select Elk Hunt Zones, to run from Sept. 12-26, 10 antlered and 16 antlerless licenses are available. And there are 34 licenses available for a late antlerless-only elk season to run from Jan. 2-9.

All elk licenses will be awarded by lottery, and hunters must apply separately for all seasons they wish to be eligible to hunt. Each application costs $11.90, meaning a hunter can enter all three drawings for $35.70. Individuals can be drawn for a maximum of one elk license per license year.

Hunting licenses for 2020-21 go on sale in mid-June and become effective July 1. After hunters purchase a general hunting license, they may apply for antlerless deer licenses based on staggered timelines, which will be outlined in the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, to be given free to all license buyers.

Here is a more-detailed look at the 2020-21 seasons and bag limits.


CONCURRENT FIREARMS DEER SEASONS ADOPTED IN 10 WMUS

The Board of Game Commissioners adopted a slate of deer seasons for the 2020-21 license year that will allow concurrent hunting for antlered and antlerless deer through the duration of the firearms deer season in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C and 5D. In these WMUs, the concurrent season will open Saturday, Nov. 28, include a day of Sunday deer hunting on Sunday, Nov. 29, then run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12.

In all other WMUs – 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B – a seven-day antlered deer season will be followed by a seven-day concurrent season. The antlered deer season opens on Saturday, Nov. 28, includes a day of Sunday buck hunting on Sunday, Nov. 29, then runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Antlerless deer hunting begins on Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 12, concurrent with the antlered deer season.

The commissioners had preliminarily approved a statewide concurrent firearms deer season, but said that the majority of the comments they received were from individuals who opposed the change out of concern it would decrease the deer population. In response to those comments, the Board voted to continue with the split firearm deer season in much of the state for the first week of the rifle deer season. Aside from WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, the WMUs where concurrent seasons were implemented are Units in which a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Disease Management Area (DMA) has been established, thereby providing hunters in those areas with an additional five days of antlerless deer season in those WMUs.

The Game Commission manages deer populations at the WMU level through its antlerless allocations, and made adjustments based on the length of the firearms season within each WMU. Antlerless allocations in WMUs with concurrent seasons are lower than they would have been if a split-season had been approved.

The initially proposed statewide concurrent firearms season was not designed to broadly reduce deer populations across the state, but was intended to allow hunters more time to meet the deer-management objectives in each WMU and take into account the potential for inclement weather to negatively affect hunting opportunities.

The board retained the antler restrictions that have been in place for adult and senior license holders since the 2011-12 seasons. It remains “three-up” on one side, not counting a brow tine, for the western Wildlife Management Units of 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, and three points on one side in all other WMUs. Those exempt from these antler restrictions are mentored youth hunters, junior license holders, disabled hunters with a permit to use a vehicle as a blind and resident active-duty military on leave

FALL TURKEY SEASON CHANGES FINALIZED

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today adopted fall turkey seasons for 2020 and spring gobbler dates for 2021.

All recommendations on fall turkey season length are made in accordance with guidelines in the Game Commission’s Wild Turkey Management Plan.

The fall season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E will be from Oct. 31-Nov. 14, with no Thanksgiving season.

In WMU 1B, the season would remain one week (Oct. 31-Nov. 7), with no Thanksgiving season.

In WMU 2B (shotgun and bow only) and WMU 2C, the season would run Oct. 31-Nov. 20 and Nov. 25-27.

In WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4C, the season would be Oct. 31-Nov. 14 and Nov. 25-27.

In WMU 5A, the season would be from Nov. 5-7.

In WMU 5B, the season would be from Nov. 3-5.

And in WMUs 5C and 5D, the fall season would remain closed.

For the 2021 spring gobbler season, which will run from May 1-31, the board continued with legal hunting hours to reflect the following: from May 1-May 15, legal shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise until noon; and from May 17-31, hunters may hunt all day, from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

The one-day Spring Gobbler Youth Hunt will be held on April 24, 2021, which will run from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. All junior license holders and Mentored Youth Hunting Program permit holders can participate in this special half-day hunt, as well as the other spring season dates.


FINAL 2020-21 HUNTING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, and mentored youth – Sept. 12-26 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day).

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Sept. 12-Nov. 27; Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 17–Nov. 27 and Dec. 14-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail) Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Oct. 3-Oct. 17 (4 daily, 12 possession).

RABBIT (Cottontail): Oct. 17-Nov. 27, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANT: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license – Oct. 10-17 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male and female pheasants may be taken in all WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

PHEASANT: Oct. 24-Nov. 27, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male and female pheasants may be taken in all WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except within the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, as authorized by executive order.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 17-Nov. 27, Dec. 14-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 27 (8 daily, 24 possession).

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26-Jan. 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

CROWS: July 3-April 11, 2021, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E – Oct. 31-Nov. 14; WMU 1B – Oct. 31-Nov. 7; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow only) and WMU 2C – Oct. 31-Nov. 20 and Nov. 25-27; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4C– Oct. 31-Nov. 14 and Nov. 25-27; WMU 5A – Nov. 5-7; WMU 5B – Nov. 3-5; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored youth – April 24, 2021. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt.

SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): May 1-May 31, 2021. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) From May 1-15, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 17-31, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D): Sept. 19-Nov. 27. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (WMU 5B): Oct. 3-Nov. 14. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, ARCHERY (Statewide): Oct. 17-Nov. 7. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 17-24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR, SPECIAL FIREARMS (Statewide): Oct. 22-24, Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services only. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (Statewide): Nov. 21; Sunday, Nov. 22; and Nov. 23-24. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 5A): Nov. 30-Dec. 5. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

BLACK BEAR (WMUs 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D): Nov. 30-Dec. 12. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

ELK, ARCHERY: Sept. 12-26.

ELK (Antlered or Antlerless): Nov. 2-7. Only one elk may be taken during the license year.

ELK, LATE (Antlerless only): Jan. 2-9, 2021

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 19-Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; Nov. 16-27 and Dec. 26-Jan. 23, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: Oct. 3-Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; Nov. 16-20 and Dec. 26-Jan. 18, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER REGULAR FIREARMS (Antlered only) WMUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B: Nov. 28; Sunday, Nov. 29; Nov. 30-Dec. 4. One antlered deer per hunting license year. (Holders of valid DMAP antlerless deer permits may harvest antlerless deer on DMAP properties during this period.)

DEER REGULAR FIREARMS (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B: Dec. 5-12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER REGULAR FIREARMS (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 2C, 2D,2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C and 5D: Nov. 28; Sunday, Nov. 29; Nov. 30-Dec. 12. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

DEER, ANTLERLESS SPECIAL FIREARMS (Statewide): Oct. 22-24. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services only, with required antlerless license or permit. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license, or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ANTLERLESS MUZZLELOADER (Statewide): Oct. 17-24. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (Statewide): Dec. 26-Jan. 18, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS FLINTLOCK (WMUs 2B, 5C, 5D): Dec. 26-Jan. 23, 2021. One antlered deer per hunting license year, or one antlerless deer and an additional antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ANTLERLESS EXTENDED REGULAR FIREARMS: (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties): Dec. 26-Jan. 23. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

DEER, ANTLERLESS (Military Bases): Hunting permitted on days established by the U.S. Department of the Army at Letterkenny Army Depot, Franklin County; New Cumberland Army Depot, York County; and Fort Detrick, Raven Rock Site, Adams County. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license or permit.

FINAL 2020-21 FURBEARER HUNTING SEASONS

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

RACCOONS and FOXES: Oct. 24-Feb. 20, unlimited.

OPOSSUM, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

BOBCAT (WMUs 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Jan. 9-Feb. 3. One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

PORCUPINES: Oct. 10-Jan. 30, 2021. (3 daily, season limit of 10).


FINAL 2020-21 TRAPPING SEASONS

MINKS and MUSKRATS: Nov. 21-Jan. 10. Unlimited.

COYOTES, FOXES, OPOSSUMS, RACCOONS, STRIPED SKUNKS and WEASELS: Oct. 25-Feb. 21. No limit.

COYOTES and FOXES, CABLE RESTRAINTS (Statewide): Dec. 26-Feb. 21. No limit. Participants must pass cable restraint certification course.

BEAVERS (Statewide): Dec. 19-March 31 (Limits vary depending on WMU).

BOBCATS (WMUs 2A, 2B 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 19-Jan. 10.

One bobcat per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

FISHERS (WMUs 1B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E): Dec. 19-Jan. 3. One fisher per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.

RIVER OTTERS (WMUs 1A, 1B, 2F, 3C and 3D): Feb. 13-20, 2021. One river otter per license year. Licensed furtakers may obtain one permit each.


FINAL 2020-21 FALCONRY SEASONS

SQUIRRELS (combined) Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (6 daily, 18 possession)

BOBWHITE QUAIL Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (8 daily, 24 possession)

RUFFED GROUSE Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (2 daily, 6 possession)

COTTONTAIL RABBITS Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (4 daily, 12 possession)

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (1 daily, 3 possession)

RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 1-March 31, 2021 (2 daily, 6 possession)

No open season on other wild birds or mammals.

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons to be established in accordance with federal regulations at a later date.

REVISED CWD RESPONSE PLAN DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

Public comments and professional input provided over the last several months have helped to shape the latest draft of Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan, and the public is invited to view the amended document and submit comments about it.

When adopted, the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan will guide the agency’s management of CWD, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects.

Those interested in reviewing and commenting on the latest draft may do so through May 7.

After final comments are collected, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will schedule a meeting to make final adjustments and implement the plan.

The latest draft is available to view on the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan page at www.pgc.pa.gov.

The draft CWD Response Plan outlines goals and objectives in managing CWD, as well as actions that could be implemented to achieve them.

Potential actions include a statewide ban on feeding deer, including the use of minerals or supplements; a statewide ban on the use or field possession of deer attractants, including natural urine and synthetics; increased hunting opportunities within CWD areas and the removal of deer antler-point restrictions within CWD areas.

If disease-management objectives are not reached through hunting, the post-season, small-scale targeted removal of deer could be conducted in parts of CWD areas where determined necessary.

CWD first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012. Since then, 460 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected within the state – 452 of them within Disease Management Area 2 in southcentral Pennsylvania.

At present, Pennsylvania has three active Disease Management Areas (DMAs), totaling more than 8,000 square miles. Within DMAs, specific regulations apply regarding the hunting and feeding of deer. It’s unlawful to intentionally feed deer within a DMA. Hunters in DMAs may not use or possess urine-based deer attractants. And deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported out of the DMA unless the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting the disease are removed first.

While CWD is always fatal to deer and elk, it is not known to infect people. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends never consuming meat from CWD-positive animals.

The Game Commission offers free CWD testing within DMAs. Drop-off locations and other instructions, as well as much more information on CWD, can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Comments on the latest draft of the CWD Response Plan can be submitted through the CWD Response Plan page at www.pgc.pa.gov or mailed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission ATTN: CWD Plan Comments, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

Catt. Co. nonprofits receive WNY COVID-19 Response Fund grants totaling nearly $130,000

OLEAN, N.Y., April 10, 2020 – Leaders of the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County recommended four local nonprofits to the Western New York Covid-19 Community Response Fund as potential grant recipients and together this week they received almost $130,000 to support their efforts to help those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cattaraugus County’s nonprofit grant recipients included Cattaraugus Community Action ($76,500), YMCA of the Twin Tiers ($30,000), Directions in Independent Living ($12,000) and Meals on Wheels/Friends of Aging Fund of Cattaraugus County ($11,000).

In addition the Salvation Army Olean Corps received $2,000 for food, financial assistance and transportation costs.

Funding organizations and foundations from across Western New York banded together to establish the WNY Covid-19 Community Response Fund and have been working with partners like the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to identify and provide resources to organizations immediately responding to the outbreak and supporting impacted residents.

Grant applications were accepted by invitation only, so groups like the COVID-19 Response Fund for Cattaraugus County, led by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, United Way of Cattaraugus County and Dr. Lyle Have F. Renodin Foundation, helped refer potential recipients who could make the biggest difference for those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cattaraugus Community Action will utilize funds for five main purposes, including:

Food supplies for Community Action food pantries, including fresh produce and dairy products, stocked canned and packaged goods, as well as prepared and frozen foods from local restaurants
Diapers for needy families
Household and agency cleaning supplies to ensure safety of customers, staff and volunteers
Technology aids to enhance virtual communication with customers
Activities for home-bound seniors and their families.

Community Action will also be partnering with other area food pantries to distribute food to those in need. Interested parties should contact John Haley, director of food security, at jhaley@ccaction.org. Individuals can contact Community Action at 716-945-1041 or by email using the contact form at ccaction.org.

YMCA of the Twin Tiers received a grant in support of two programs, Emergency Child Care and the Community Shepherding Program.

YMCA Emergency Child Care provides childcare services for employees of hospitals and medical facilities, nursing homes, group homes and First Responders, so that those essential workers can continue to provide services with the peace of mind that children are cared for.

Medical staff in need of emergency child care services can call the YMCA at 716-373-2400, option 1 (school-age) or option 2 (early learning).

The Community Shepherding program is a new effort to check in with our community’s most vulnerable populations: seniors, people suffering from mental illness, families with unique challenges, people who are suffering financially, and children who are being left home alone.

For more information on volunteering or if someone would like a volunteer to call and check on them, please call Megan Jennings at 716-701-1376.

The grant to Directions in Independent Living will replace computers and technology and provide a new HIPPA-compliant teleconference system so the agency can continue its work with clients remotely during the ongoing period of social distancing, a particularly difficult time to those with disabilities or mental illness who live independently.

Directions in Independent Living can be reached at 716-373-4602 or by email at info@oleanilc.org.

The grant to the Meals on Wheels/Friends of Aging Fund for Cattaraugus County will support the Meals on Wheels program in Cattaraugus County, which is now providing delivery of additional items to seniors sheltered at home, including essential groceries, cleaning supplies, pet food and mentally stimulating activities to help in times of isolation in order to help cut down on the need for vulnerable seniors to leave their homes.

Funding will support the agency in providing for a 30% increase in requests from seniors due to the COVID-19 Outbreak and helps provide for additional supplies not typically provided by the meals on wheels program, such as general groceries and household necessities like toilet paper, soap and cleaning supplies.

Individuals can reach the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 716-373-8062 or by using the email contact form at cattco.org/aging.

“We are thrilled that we were able to refer and facilitate this essential funding for nonprofits who are doing so much during this difficult time for the community,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “We felt it important to ensure that any needs our own COVID-19 Response Fund may not be able to entirely meet were filled by the WNY Fund so that these essential nonprofits are equipped to help those who need it most.

“We are so grateful for everyone associated with the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund who stepped up to make this generous support possible,” Buchheit added.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation)

Mckean and Potter Counties report more positive cases

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Mckean and Potter Counties report more positive cases in the last 24 hours. McKean now has 2, and Potter 4. Secretary Levine from Department of Health says parade gatherings where people ride in vehicles to honor a birthday or senior high school students is a violation of governor order. She says Stay Home..

RECALLS

Jowett Farms Corporation Recalls Pork Products Produced without Benefit of Import Inspection

Jowett Farms Corporation, a Blumenort, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 42,587 pounds of raw pork trimmings that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.

Mckean County DA Comments On Early Release For State Inmates

On April 10, 2020, the Governor issued an order that allows for some inmates of Pennsylvania State Prisons to be released to Community Corrections Centers, Community Corrections Facilities, or home confinement and that the incarceration portion of their sentence be suspended during the COVID-19 emergency.
This Order applies only to inmates serving a sentence in a state facility – not the county or Federal prisons in our area.  Some of our county residents are employed at the state prison in Marienville and correctional staff’s health could also be impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.  
I immediately saw concern from people in McKean County about the release of state inmates.  And I don’t blame them.  When I first heard of this earlier in the week, I was concerned as well.  After I received more information, my concern was alleviated a great deal.    
            On April 8th, a representative from the Department of Corrections emailed me and the other District Attorneys across Pennsylvania and provided the names of inmates from each county who are being considered for release.  Nine (9) inmates were identified from McKean County, meaning they committed the crime and were sentenced in McKean County not, necessarily, that they live here.
The list of inmates was identified by the DOC as the “1st wave” so I expect that more inmates could be identified for early release, particularly as they approach their minimum.  The DOC explained the first wave includes the inmates who are within 3 months of their minimum or inmates at high risk due to their physical condition. 
Whenever a defendant is sentenced to incarceration, there is a minimum and a maximum set (the maximum has to be at least double the minimum).  If the maximum is 24 months or more (such as in a 12 month to 24 month sentence), that sentence will, generally, be served in a state prison rather than the county jail.  The minimum sentence is the time that an inmate must generally serve in prison before he is eligible for release.  If an inmate is released prior to his maximum, he is on parole for the length of his maximum.    Any inmate released under this Order will be supervised by a parole officer as well.   
            The legislature already has created programs that allow for parole prior to the minimum such as a 6-month Boot Camp program and a program called Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive which typically allows eligible offenders to be paroled after serving a shorter period (usually ¾ of their minimum).  The legislature has created the eligibility guidelines based on the current offense and the criminal history of the inmate.
            The Governor’s Order is similar to those programs in that it allows for early parole and it uses similar guidelines to identify eligible offenders.
            The DOC notice to the DAs stated that the DOC will ensure that each inmate has a viable reentry plan to include an approved home plan and a medical screening for COVID-19 prior to release. 
            Inmates who are eligible for early release under the Order are defined as those who are within 9 months of their minimum eligibility release date or 12 months for medically vulnerable inmates.  The inmates who are identified for release cannot be serving a sentence or have a prior conviction within the last 10 years for a personal injury crime; a crime of violence (that would include sex crimes, human trafficking,  and other serious crimes such as burglary and arson);  firearm violations; and crimes for which a deadly weapon was used.
Inmates who have a warrant pending for another crime; those who were previously denied paroled on the same sentence; and those who were convicted of crimes committed while incarcerated will not be identified by the DOC for early release according to the Order. 
The sentencing Court and the District Attorney are able to provide input to the DOC about the release of any identified inmate.  I have noted an objection to one of the inmates from McKean County because the crime committed was a crime of violence against a minor and I have been told this offender will be removed from the list of eligible parolees. 
Of the other inmates on the list for our county, all but two have already met their minimum or are within 2 months of their minimum. The other two (both theft convictions) are within 4 and 8 months, respectively, from their minimums.  We will continue to monitor any newly-identified inmates to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements and note our position, if warranted.
 

Gowanda Police Department Determined Search And Recue To Be False Alarm

Westons Mills Fire Department

On Thursday, April 9th, at around 4:00pm, police received a report indicating that two young kids had fallen off a Gowanda bridge into Cattauraugus Creek.

The Village of Gowanda Police Department, aided by Erie County Sheriffs Office, Cattauraugus County Sheriffs Office, and Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department immediately started canvasing the area, while more resources responded to the area. As more time went by and no kids were found, a helicopter and multiple advanced rescue teams from three counties responded to assist.

 The Kinney Hose Company water rescue team responded from Weston Mills, New York, a hamlet located just east of Olean, more than an hour's drive away. Also present was the Allegany Fire Technical Rescue Team, also based near Olean, and the Chautauqua County Dive Team, based in Mayville, New York. According to VGPD, Erie County Sheriffs Office responded with patrol deputies, Air 1, ECSO Water Rescue/Dive Team, Special Services Division, K9 units, Rapid Response SWAT deputies, detectives and command staff. Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office patrol and K9 units were also on scene.

More than a hundred first responders searched the area on foot, in boats, vehicles, and a helicopter for hours before the search was called off around 6:30pm, after police discovered it had been a false alarm. Multiple first responders at the scene initially stated it may have been a hoax, but an official statement released by the Village of Gowanda Police Department indicates that's not exactly true. The release notes that "the person who made the call stayed at scene, fully cooperated in the investigation. After using all information gathered, including immense knowledge from fire and police personnel, surveillance cameras, code red call, and interview with the witness, the search was called off. The person who made the call is getting the best care needed." At this there is no indication that no children were ever in the water or in any danger.
All road closed during the search have since reopened.

Yvonne E. “Bonnie” Setzer, 86, a longtime resident of Coudersport

Yvonne E. Setzer

Yvonne E. “Bonnie” Setzer, 86, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

DEPT. 39 Were Dispatched To Stevens ST. For Altered Level Of Consciousness

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SAFETY MATTERS IN UPCOMING SPRING GOBBLER SEASONS

Following COVID-19 protocols is important while afield hunting turkeys.

The extension of cabin-fever brought on by the coronavirus blues has hunters across Pennsylvania looking forward to the start of spring turkey season.

Hunting turkeys in Penn’s Woods will be different this year because of COVID-19, particularly during the youth spring turkey hunt on April 25. But Gov. Tom Wolf’s travel restrictions allow for turkey hunting as outdoor recreation.

But that clearance doesn’t relinquish our obligation to families, friends and all Pennsylvanians to follow the social-distancing and stop-the-spread protocols that are helping the Commonwealth reverse -COVID-19’s hold on the Keystone State.

Some simple rules can make all turkey hunting safer. One of the easiest to follow is: If you live together you can hunt together. When you live in the same home as someone, there’s relatively no risk of spreading COVID-19, so long as no one in the home has it. If someone does, everyone in the home is expected to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Consider carefully whether you should mentor any hunter this spring turkey season. If Pennsylvanians are lucky, the state will be coming off COVID-19’s apex. But stopping the spread remains as important as ever. No turkey hunt is worth the risk of contracting COVID-19.

If you’re going, think of the problems that must be resolved to hunt turkeys safely while mentoring a friend or mentee. Hunting in a blind is out; it doesn’t meet social-distancing requirement to be at least 6 feet apart. So is sharing a vehicle to reach your hunting location.

If you can hunt close to home, here are precautions all mentor and mentee turkey hunters should follow. Follow social-distancing rules and wear gloves at all times. Use a camouflaged bandana or gaiter to cover your nose and mouth. Any equipment passed from one hunter to another should have been cleaned thoroughly before starting the hunt. Carry hand sanitizer for cleanups afield. Coordinate with pre-arranged hand signals.

“There’s no doubt turkey hunting will be tough on hunters used to hunting with friends and at camp,” noted Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans. “The same applies to hunters who usually mentor young hunters interested in gobbler hunting.

“But COVID-19 is bigger than spring gobbler hunting, and we all must do our part to ensure this pandemic stops haunting all Pennsylvanians,” Burhans noted. “I’m not asking anyone to stop hunting this spring. On the contrary, I’m hoping you’ll get afield and make the most of the spring season without taking COVID-19 risks.”

The statewide spring gobbler season runs from May 2 to May 30 and it’s shaping up to be a season that has something for every spring gobbler hunter. The statewide flock, expected to mirror 2019’s estimated spring population of 212,170 turkeys, has been aided by good reproduction last year, declining participation in fall seasons, and a mild winter with abundant natural foods.

“A strong base of old toms is strutting in our forests and fields in their annual quest for companionship followed by a healthy population of high-spirited jakes,” said Mary Jo Casalena, Game Commission turkey biologist. “There’s also a good supply of 2-year-olds roaming in some Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).

“So, if you’re willing to invest some time pursuing spring gobblers, you surely have a chance to bring home one – maybe even two – of these cabin-fever-chasing birds for you grill or dinner table.”

Last spring, hunters took 37,300 turkeys, which was down from 2018’s 40,300. The harvest generated a spring hunter first-turkey success rate of 19 percent and has ranged 19 to 21 percent for the past three years.

A record number of hunters again bought second gobbler tags – 22,517 – marking the third consecutive year second-tag sales topped 20,000. Those second tags led to 4,811 harvests, making for a 21 percent success rate for those who purchased a second tag. Interestingly, only 13 percent of spring-turkey hunters bought a second tag.



Free Digital Game News

For more details on the last spring’s harvest and this year’s Pennsylvania spring turkey forecast and outdoors news, visit Pennsylvania Game News magazine on Game Commission’s website, and read the entire digital May issue for free. It will be available online around April 20.

“The Game Commission currently is offering the latest digital issue of Pennsylvania Game News online to provide more recreation to hunters, trappers and other wildlifers homebound by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Steve Smith, Game Commission Bureau of Information and Education director. “We just wanted to do something more for the people who support wildlife and its conservation.”



Youth Hunt

All participants in the youth hunt must be accompanied by adults as required by law. A complete list of regulations applying to mentored youth and junior hunters can be found in the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which provided with a hunting license and is available online at www.pgc.pa.gov.



Hunting Hours

Hunting hours during the youth hunt end at noon. Junior hunters and mentored youth also may participate in the statewide spring gobbler season.

Hunting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at noon for the first two weeks of the statewide season (May 2 through May 16). Hunters are asked to be out of the woods by 1 p.m. when hunting hours end at noon. This is to minimize disturbance of nesting hens.

From May 18 through May 30, hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. The all-day season allows more opportunity at the point in the season when hunting pressure is lower and nesting hens are less likely to abandon nests.



Licensing and other regulations

During the spring gobbler season, hunters may use manually operated or semiautomatic shotguns limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined. Muzzleloading shotguns, crossbows and long, recurve and compound bows also are permitted. For a complete list of regulations, consult the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, available on the agency’s website.

Only bearded birds may be harvested during the spring season, and hunting is permitted by calling only. Hunters should refrain from knowingly harvesting bearded hens because they do nest and raise broods. The stalking of turkeys is unlawful and unsafe.

There is no requirement for hunters to wear fluorescent orange during the spring turkey season, though it is recommended that orange be worn while moving.

Blinds used while turkey hunting must be manufactured with manmade materials of sufficient density to block movement within the blind from an observer outside the blind. Blinds must completely enclose the hunter on all four sides and from above. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys from blinds made of natural materials such as logs, tree branches and piled rocks.

Blinds that represent the fanned tail of a gobbler do not hide all hunter movement, and therefore are unlawful to use in Pennsylvania.

It is unlawful, as well as unsafe, to stalk turkeys or turkey sounds. All hunters need to wait patiently and identify their targets properly prior to pulling the trigger. When in a stationary position, a hunter should sit with his or her back against a large tree, rock or other barrier that shields movement and offers protection from others who might approach from the rear.

Turkey hunters should not wear clothing that contains black, like the color found on a turkey’s body, or red, white or blue, like those on a turkey’s head.

Pennsylvania hunters again this year can purchase a license to harvest a second gobbler in the spring season, but only one gobbler may be taken per day. This license must be purchased no later than May 1 – before the statewide season begins.

The $21.90 license ($41.90 for nonresidents) may be purchased online, but cannot be printed at home. Therefore, if a hunter expects to need the license early in the season, purchasing it directly from an issuing agent might be better. The same goes for general hunting licenses. General hunting licenses purchased online also are sent by mail, and shipping charges apply.



Reporting harvests

Successful turkey hunters must immediately and properly tag the bird before moving it from the harvest site, and are required by law to report the harvest to the Game Commission.

For most hunters, harvests must be reported within 10 days. Mentored youth and mentored adult hunters must report harvests within five days.

Reporting harvests enables the Game Commission to more accurately estimate harvest and population totals, and is important to effective management.

There are three ways harvests can be reported. The preferred reporting methods are for successful hunters to visit www.pgc.pa.gov, click the blue “Report a Harvest” button along the right side of the home page, then fill out a form and submit, or to report by telephone at 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681). Alternately, hunters can fill out and mail in the harvest report cards given to hunters at the time they purchase their licenses.

In all cases, it is helpful when reporting to have your license in front of you, as well as the tag you used in the field after harvesting the bird.

There also are a number of leg-banded turkeys running around in Penn’s Woods that the Game Commission is seeking information about, should you shoot one, or find it dead.

“This past winter the Game Commission leg-banded over 300 turkeys statewide,” Casalena said. “If you are lucky enough to harvest a leg-banded turkey, or find one dead, please contact us through either the toll-free telephone number or email address printed on the band. In return, we’ll provide details of when and where the bird was tagged. From these reports, we will estimate spring harvest rate and annual survival rate by wildlife management unit, which are critical elements of our turkey population model.”



Harvest photo contest

A beautiful gobbler might not be the only prize a successful turkey hunter brings home this spring.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is sponsoring its fourth annual Turkey Harvest Photo Contest, and hunters submitting the photos of themselves with their 2020 Pennsylvania gobblers are eligible to win one of two personalized, engraved box calls.

Entries will be narrowed to a field of finalists in each the adult hunter and youth hunter category, with one winner in each category then selected by voters on the Game Commission’s Facebook page.

But you must enter to win. Hunters should be sure to submit photos of their 2020 Pennsylvania spring turkey harvests by email to pgc-contest@pa.gov. Submissions should include the first and last name of anyone in the photo, the hunter’s hometown and the county in which the turkey was harvested.

The contest will run from youth season April 25 through Monday, June 1, with the winners selected shortly thereafter.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday Reflection by Fr. James Campbell, St. Eulalia Church, Coudersport, PA

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In the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ…we come face to face with the dreadful, shocking, and horrid reality of our own personal sins. Scripture says: “he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”

On Calvary’s Hill we see Jesus, Our Blessed Lord, bruised and beaten, torn and bloodied, cursed and hanging on a tree. So marred were his features, beyond that of mortals…his appearance, beyond that of human beings…He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye…no beauty to draw us to him.

He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain – Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and he was held in no esteem. Like a worm and no man, he was scorned by men, and despised by the people.

This is what sin looks like and we come face to face with this sickening, calous, and horrific reality in the Gospel account of our Lord’s Passion.

For it was our weaknesses that he carried, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one struck by God and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sin; upon him was the punishment that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

Our sin is not to be taken lightly. Sin is vile, it’s deadly, it’s dreadful and nothing communicates this more than the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The source of Jesus’ death was sin – your sin and my sin. Calvary was not God’s overreaction to a minor problem.

Sin is so destructive and devastating, horrible and horrific, lethal and deadly, that Jesus was willing to suffer on Calvary in order to save you from it.

Sin is so awful and offensive and it’s gravity so great and so heavy that it took no less than the Precious Blood of the Son of God to tip the scales, to save us and to redeem us from its power and to rescue us from its grasp.

You and I, we live in an age plagued by indifference, an age in which sin is no big deal, an age in which sin has become fashionable, and even celebrated and the most Merciful thing a merciful God can do for us, is to awaken us to the awfulness of sin.

Jesus says: “The gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

If a person is literally killing themselves because of addiction to drugs, alcohol, and meds the most merciful thing that one can do for that person is to have an intervention and to awaken them to the gravity, the awfulness, and the destructive and devastating effects of their habit.

Sin is terrible, it’s dreadful and devastating and nothing communicates that more than the Cross of Christ.

Look what it did to Innocence when left alone with Him for three hours on a Tree. Look what it did to Truth, to Goodness, to Beauty and to Love.

Sin is evil. It is diabolic, and it will destroy you if you do not repent.

You don’t play with sin. It will chew you up and spit you out. It will devour you and consume you. And when it’s done it will leave you lifeless and dead.

And you don’t have to take my word for it – look at the Crucifix. That’s reality.

That’s the small print that many don’t read when they’re young and they start to use drugs, when they engage in destructive behavior, and get caught up in the wrong crowd.

That’s the warning on the back of the label, that’s what our parents tried to tell us when they sat us down and gave us a talking to, when they washed our mouths out with soap, when they grabbed a hold of us and shook us and pleaded with us through tears of frustration, anguish, and pain.

Sin is ugly, it is destructive, and I don’t care if you’re ten feet tall and bullet proof – if you play with fire you’re going to get burned.

This current virus that has swept the globe and has claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 is a good sign or symbol representation of sin, its gravity, and its effects. It parallels perfectly with the story of the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, found in Genesis chapter three.

In the story of the fall of man, Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and they hid themselves from God. They also covered themselves, for their eyes were open and they knew they were naked.

Similarly as a result of this virus, we see churches empty, images of gowned medical personnel, people walking down the street with masks, and grocery shopping with gloves, covering themselves.

In addition to that, we see images of empty streets because everybody is hidden safely in their homes prudently practicing the social distancing called for and demanded of us in this moment of uncertainty.

Sin covers, conceals, and hides it separates and divides. Sin leaves us alone and isolated and can often trap and confine us and hold us in a fast bondage and enslave us.

Moreover, this particular virus affects people in different ways to various degrees. Some people have mild symptoms, while others are in critical condition, and still others are dying as a result of this virus.

Sin too can affect us in different ways to various degrees. In fact the Apostle John speaks of this in his first letter when he writes about sin that is deadly and sin that is not deadly (1 Jn 5).

Furthermore, as Cardinal Robert Sarah points out in a recent interview, this virus’ attack on humanity like the crucifixion scene recorded in the Gospel shows “the so-called all-powerful man…in his raw reality.” He says, “This epidemic has dispelled the smoke of illusion” and that man is now seen “naked” and that his “weakness and vulnerability are glaring” as we are “confined by a virus about which we know almost nothing about.”

This virus is an almost flawless symbolic representation of sin as it wreaks havoc across the globe we see that everybody is affected to some degree by this virus and its effects and the same holds true of sin.

There is no such thing as private sin; by its nature sin is very much like this virus. Sin is diabolic, destructive, and pervasive and spreads like wild fire.

However, even as sin destroys, God’s mercy allows for repentance, change, conversion, and hope.

Just as a forest fire burns and destroys afterwards there can be new and explosive growth, life, and beauty.

In a similar vein, the Story of Christ’s Passion “ends on a conciliatory note” as Pope Benedict reminds us in an Easter homily he delivered during his pontificate in which he stated: “The faithful women are there. Their compassion and their love are held out to the dead Savior.”

The robber…the one on his right…sees something…that the scoffers do not see…he recognizes something that the other thief is ignorant of…he grasps the mystery that lay hidden from the wise and the learned…the priests, the scribes, and the elders.

“He sees that this man crucified beside him truly makes the face of God visible; he is truly God’s Son. So he asks: ‘Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power’ (Lk 23:42). And Jesus knowing that he would enter directly into fellowship with the Father says: ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise’(Lk 23:43). And the Roman centurion – the commander of the execution squad – in his consternation over all that he sees taking place, acknowledges Jesus as God’s Son: ‘Truly, this man was the Son of God’ (Mk15:39). At the foot of the Cross….Jesus’ Blessed Mother…wails aloud in pain, as if ready to give birth…the Church of the Gentiles comes into being…Through the Cross, the Lord gathers people together to form the new community of believers.”

From his pierced side the Church is born…Hope is given…Darkness is vanquished…and sin is destroyed. The transforming power of Jesus’ Passion has begun.

And the one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Recalls

Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Frozen Not-Ready-to-Eat Chicken Bowl Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Conagra Brands, Inc., a Russellville, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 130,763 pounds of not ready-to-eat chicken bowl products because the product may contain extraneous material

Franklin D Rausch, 72, of Mankato, Minnesota

 Franklin David Rausch

Franklin David Rausch, born February 21, 1948 in Mankato, Minnesota, passed away April 9, 2020 in Hudson Florida with his wife of 52 years at his hospital bedside following a stroke.

 Frank, who lived in Hudson at the time of his passing had married and raised his family in Ulysses, Pennsylvania.

 Employed by Morgan AM&T until his retirement after 49 years of loyal service, Frank was an avid fisherman enjoying lakes from his boat and camper, spending most summers on a resort in Ontario Canada and retiring to his RV in Florida with Connie. He enjoyed football though he remained a Bills fan and loved NASCAR.

Frank is survived by his wife, Constance Lee (Connie) Rausch (nee Easton-Merrick), one son, Jonathan David Rausch and two daughters, Pamela Ann Hunt (nee Rausch) and Christina Lee Morgan (nee Rausch). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kristen and Michael Gray, Mariah and Grace Morgan, and Connor, Jillian, and Elisabeth Rausch, and step-grandsons: Kyle, Kaleb, and Krischen Hunt. He is survived by a great grandson: Reuben Gray, son of Michael and Ashley Gray (nee Seeley). He is also survived by his brother Lawrence (Larry) Rausch, and sisters: Janice Evva Rausch, Pauline Erckel, and Josie Shaw and several nieces and nephews.
Frank is predeceased by his parents: Simon Ferdinand Rausch and Wilma Rausch (nee Butler), brothers Wallace (Cub) Taylor, Harold Taylor, and Fredrick William Rausch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to a charity of donor’s choice. A memorial service date and location will later be posted.

Shinglehouse Dispatched for a Possible Structure Fire

At 5:55 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. has been dispatched to 717 East Honeoye Street for a possible structure fire. An electrical fuse box is involved.

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2020 Online Field Of Flags Announcment

Due to recent social distancing restrictions, the annual Field of Flags in Wellsville had to be cancelled. Dylan Foust, licensed manager at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, wanted to see this event continue and conceived the idea of moving it to an online platform. He approached the event’s organizers and was encouraged to proceed. “With everything going on in the world now and facing new uncertainties every day, we still need a way to continue this important annual commemoration of our deceased veterans,” said Foust. With the help of Wellsville Technologies, the site www.WellsvilleFlags.org is now live online. Individuals are encouraged to visit the site and place a virtual flag in memory of a deceased Veteran.

There is no cost place a flag, but donations are welcome. All proceeds received will benefit the LEEK Preserve which provides a safe and friendly environment where wounded U.S. service members can assist each other through the healing process, both mentally and physically. LEEK offers recreational opportunities specifically geared to each wounded veteran’s needs and abilities.

The 2020 online platform is sponsored by American Legion Riders Post #702, UR Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville Technologies, and Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home. Questions about how to place a flag or make a donation may be directed to Dylan Foust at 585-593-5431.

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North Central PA LaunchBox to host ‘Mindfulness tips for Small Businesses During Tough Times’

Instructor Blake Colaianne
DuBOIS – In ongoing efforts to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the North Central LaunchBox has scheduled a free, informative webinar at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

“Mindfulness tips for Small Businesses During Tough Times” addresses this time of uncertainty and how it has caused many to experience feelings of sadness, fear, and grief. The webinar will admit the difficulty of this time and discuss ways to help our minds cope. Mindfulness strategies have been shown to alleviate stress and emotional difficulties and can be useful to practice in difficult moments. The program will explore ways to understand how the brain processes stress, and then practice some simple mindfulness strategies, recognizing that this time of chaos calls for moments of stillness.

Instructor Blake Colaianne is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University. His research focuses on the use of prevention and promotion programs that teach mindfulness and compassion skills. He has worked with school districts around Pennsylvania, teaching mindfulness and compassion workshops to students, teachers, and community members. Prior to graduate school, Blake was a high school science teacher for five years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Juniata College and holds master’s degrees from Penn State University and Harvard University.

To register for this webinar, visit https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gX3BB1PgR76hZ1bra6sDUw

For more information, contact Lori Sabatose at the North Central PA LaunchBox at (814) 372-3020 or lxb125@psu.edu

Coudersport Ambulance Were Dispatched To Sweden Valley Manor For Transport To The Hospital

On April 10, at 4:57 Coudersport ambulance were dispatched to Sweden valley Manor to transport a woman to the hospital

Harold “Tooter” Randall, 80, of Coudersport



Harold “Tooter” Randall, 80


Harold “Tooter” Randall, 80, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at The Gatehouse Hospice, Williamsport.

Tooter was born on September 16, 1939 in Coudersport, the son of the late Gerald W. and Alice (Glace) Randall.

Tooter graduated from Williamsport Tech and was the Director of the Art Department at Adelphia for many years. Eventually Tooter accomplished his dream and opened A & S Enterprises, which was a successful graphic arts design company he operated until his retirement.

Surviving are daughters; Bessi Gerber and Sharon Randall, a son, David Randall, brothers; Richard (Judy) Randall and Fred (Ginger) Andreano, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his former spouse, Wanda Randall, with whom he remained very close friends.

In addition to his parents, Tooter was preceded in death by sisters; Ruth Ann Tassilo Moran and Judy Persing.

A Celebration of Life for Tooter will be planned for at a later date.

The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 with his arrangements.
To share your fondest memories of Tooter or to sign his guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

Easter Morning Services At The First Presbyterian Church Of Coudersport


NEW PITT-BRADFORD FUND HELPING STUDENTS DURING PANDEMIC

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has created a Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help its students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Catherine Koverola, president of Pitt-Bradford, notified students of the fund on Thursday. By Friday, the university already had more than 20 requests for assistance. Those requests included money for temporary housing, rent, utilities and internet connection.

The applications also reflected that students are facing difficulties due to loss of work, a reduction in hours at work, low income or parents who are not able to work.

Donors – including 17 faculty and staff members – gave the fund a $5,600 start. After just the first day of grants, the fund is depleted.

“It is clear that many students are experiencing unexpected and overwhelming financial difficulties related to COVID-19,” Koverola said. “It is difficult or impossible for students to excel in their studies when their basic needs aren’t being met.”

Students facing financial hardships may apply to receive grants up to $600 from the fund. The grants cannot be used to cover standard financial aid, including tuition, fees, health insurance and more. In addition, students must demonstrate financial hardship, experience an unforeseen event and be enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student.

Students are also required to submit documentation such as a loss of employment, eviction notice, utility shut-off notice, etc.

While the U.S. government will begin sending coronavirus stimulus money to families, many college students will not receive funds. Too old to qualify as dependent children, those who are still claimed as dependents by their families will not receive the $1,200 other adult Americans will.

Additionally, with the United States reporting more than 10 percent unemployment, students may have family members who have become unemployed or be unable to find a job.

Many families had little financial cushion. Last year, 38% of Pitt-Bradford students came from families whose total family income was less than $50,000 per year.

To help students, the University of Pittsburgh will continue to pay its student employees until the end of the spring semester, despite their inability to work. The university announced its move to online instruction due to the pandemic on March 11. Those who were living on campus have been given a pro-rated refund for their unused room and board. All but 17 students who could not return home for various reasons are now studying remotely.

Contributions for the fund can be made at www.givetoupb.org (select Student Emergency Assistance Fund) or by mail to Student Emergency Assistance Fund, Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

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Fr. James' Holy Thursday Reflection

In an ancient homily on Holy Saturday an unknown author penned the following: “Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh.” It is as though this ancient author had written these for us today. It can seem as though our Lord is asleep, far, distant, and his presence undetectable as we experience this worldwide crisis, this pandemic which has caused countless to suffer and claimed nearly 100,000 deaths worldwide.

As we gaze upon the landscape of our country’s towns and villages, its rural communities and small cities, and even its more populated metropolitan areas, we are left with an eerie, strange, and peculiar feeling that all is not right in this world of ours. Our city streets are bare. Our stores are closed. Schools have been shut down for the remainder of the academic year. When we enter restaurants, we are greeted by empty chairs at empty tables. Even the Church seems to have gotten the wind knocked out of her sails as the beautiful and bellowing sounds of her pipe organs can no longer be heard and the songs of the faithful go unsung.

There is a silence that has enveloped creation. The world is still as we enter into this holiest of weeks in the Church’s calendar. This is the week in which our Blessed Lord celebrated the Last Supper and left us the memorial of his sacrifice handing on the mysteries of his Body and Blood for us to celebrate. This is the week in which Jesus died on the Cross, redeemed us by his blood, and won for us our salvation. This is the week in which Christ broke the prison bars of death and rose triumphant from the grave.

I imagine this quiet and eerie atmosphere is reminiscent of the experience of the Jewish people as they locked themselves in their homes and marked their doorposts with the blood of the lamb waiting for the angel of death to pass over them. They did not have television sets in their houses and there were no news channels to keep a running tally of the death toll; but death really has no need of reporters to announce its daunting presence, for the sadness and sorrow it left in its wake could be heard in the loud and deafening cries of mothers mourning the loss of their first born child.

There are many parallels and striking similarities between the sacred mysteries that we as Christians celebrate this holy week and the worldwide crisis that we are experiencing as a result of the Wuhan virus. In fact, there are so many parallels that it seems that this current crisis has been torn from the pages of Scripture and written by the same author. However, in this Post-Christian era, many are reluctant to believe and quick to doubt that God has anything to do with this current pandemic, for them such parallels are simply coincidental. Yet, in the realm of divine providence, there is no such thing as coincidence.

When meditating and reflecting upon the story of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, that is to say, when pondering the mysteries of Redemption and Salvation, and observing the present situation that the world is in, one thing is made abundantly clear – you and I are not in control. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t have all the remedies. And nothing communicates this message more clearly than the fact that this tiny, little, microscopic virus can penetrate into our homes, our families, and our communities and wreak such havoc on global markets, global governments, and global economies, as it causes industries, countries, and nations to shut down across the globe.

In meditating upon the events of holy week we come to see that it is Jesus that is in control. It is Jesus who is in charge. It is Jesus who is in command. This is evident from his entrance into Jerusalem when he instructs his apostles to go and prepare a place for him to celebrate the Passover and says: “Go into the village opposite you and, you will immediately find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply ‘the master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This authority is again manifested in Jesus’ interaction with Judas at the Last Supper where he says, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” It is further revealed in the prediction of his betrayal. As they were at Supper, Jesus said to his apostles: “Amen. I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And not to belabor the point but Jesus further communicates this reality by predicting Peter’s denial. The abandonment he would experience by his apostles; “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be dispersed.” And finally, he states: “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the power to lay it down, and the power to take it up again.”

If there is a conciliatory note in the gospel tonight as we witness Jesus denied and abandoned. If there is a conciliatory note in the gospel tonight as we witness Christ weeping aloud, trembling, and sweating drops of blood in his agony. If there is a conciliatory note in the gospel as we witness Jesus betrayed with a kiss and handed over to the soldiers of the chief priests. If there is a conciliatory note to be found in the Gospel it is this. Jesus is in control. Jesus is in charge. Jesus is in command. And this is our consolation as well, as we remain in our homes, as our loved ones are furloughed and lose their jobs, and worse yet, as death sweeps across our nation. As loved ones suffer, are alone, are dying and we feel helpless and powerless in the face of this virus. Jesus, the Great I AM is God and it is he who is in control, he is in charge, and he is in command.