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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Doris B. Sprengle, 75, of, Hazel Hurst, PA

Doris B. Sprengle

Doris B. Sprengle, 75, of, Hazel Hurst, died Tuesday (June 23, 2020) in the Lutheran Home at Kane, Kane. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home, Smethport, are incomplete and will be announced.

Orvella Luce, 79, of Crosby , PA

Orvella Luce

Orvella Luce, 79, of Crosby died Friday June 26, 2020 in Robert Packard Hospital, Sayre. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home, Smethport Pa. are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary.

Police, EMS Dispatched To Physical Domestic Assault in Eldred

At 7:16 PM on Saturday, Eldred Ambulance & Smethport medic dispatched to assist an assault victims in the area of Cris Drive & Main Street. EMS stage away from the scene.
Multiple police agencies are en-route to the scene.

42nd annual Engine and Implement Show will be held on July 24-26, 2020

The 42nd annual Engine and Implement Show sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Engine and Implement Association will be held on July 24-26, 2020.

Featured will be the Buffalo Drilling Unit Model DE
2nd feature will be a small display of quilting items and history

For more information contact Peggy Cass at: (716) 353-2736 or

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 5:23 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor for a cardiac emergency.

Headline Harrisburg by Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, June 26, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol
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You are welcome to contact me through this link.

This email includes:
•   Why I Support the Protect and Serve Initiative
•   Your Second Amendment Rights
•   My Legislation on the Move!
•   Congratulations Mr. Speaker!
•   Reaching Out to Those in Need

Why I Support the Protect and Serve Initiative

This week, the House advanced two bills that would further ensure the best, most well-trained police officers are patrolling our streets:

•   House Bill 1841 would require complete disclosure of information to a law enforcement agency that is hiring a prospective officer. Current law allows for the possibility of critical information about an officer’s behavior or disciplinary record to be overlooked. The legislation would also create a database to collect and maintain the separation records of law enforcement officers for use by law enforcement agencies when hiring.

•   House Bill 1910 would train police officers on how to recognize and interact with individuals exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including fellow officers. It would also provide members of law enforcement with the ability to undergo a mental health evaluation for the purpose of assessing the possibility of PTSD.

The legislation also strengthens training on how to interact with individuals of diverse backgrounds; de-escalation, harm reduction and reconciliation techniques; and community and cultural awareness. It also covers the appropriate use of force and requires child abuse awareness training for officers and magisterial district judges.

Your Second Amendment Rights

My House colleagues and I took action this week to protect Second Amendment rights across Pennsylvania. House Bill 1747, which passed the House Wednesday, would repeal statutes that allow the governor to suspend or limit the sale of firearms during a disaster emergency declaration.

Additionally, the bill would repeal a section of the crimes code that infringes upon the right to open carry during an emergency declaration.

House Bill 1747 may now be considered by the Senate.

My Legislation on the Move!

My legislative effort to further ensure the safety of children being transported to and from school is a step closer to becoming reality following unanimous passage of House Bill 364, which moves to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

Please click here for more information.

Legislation that includes my effort to rename the bridge on Routes 219 and 322 over the railroad tracks in Brady Township as the LCPL Robert Clyde Gontero Bridge is now sitting on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk!

"Bobby” was a resident of Brady Township and a 1965 graduate of the DuBois Area High School. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps on August 6, 1968 and was killed in action by gunfire on June 26, 1969 while on a search and clear mission in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.

I'll let you know if/when the governor signs House Bill 1510 into law!

Congratulations Mr. Speaker!

Before serving as a state representative, I was employed by the House Republican Policy Committee. One of my earliest tasks involved working on a piece of legislation with state Rep. Bryan Cutler from Lancaster County.

On Monday, Rep. Cutler became Speaker of the House Cutler by unanimous vote, and I had the honor of asking to close floor nominations for speaker. Bryan is and will be a great leader for our chamber, in part because he has already done what he will now have to essentially specialize in - bring together the two sides of "the aisle" to enact meaningful legislation for all of Pennsylvania.

More importantly, Bryan is simply a good person and a great family man. I look forward to working with him for the remainder of this term.

Reaching Out to Those in Need

Clearfield and Elk counties are about to receive funding to help homeless families find affordable housing and combat homelessness from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

Eligibility for ESG falls into the following categories:

•   Rapid rehousing - helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation to swiftly move to stable housing.

•   Homelessness prevention resources - help families or individuals who are currently housed but may be in jeopardy of losing their homes with rental assistance and case management resources.

•   Street outreach - connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services.

•   Emergency shelter funding - supports costs associated with essential services, operating expenses, and renovations necessary to provide emergency shelter.

•   Homeless management information systems

•   Administration

Priority for funding is given to applicants representing areas of the commonwealth that do not already receive a direct allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Kathleen “Katie” Marie Stirnaman, 29, of Galeton,PA

Kathleen “Katie” Marie Stirnaman

Kathleen “Katie” Marie Stirnaman, 29, of Galeton,PA,  passed away the morning of Thursday June 25, 2020.   

She was born May 25, 1991 to Michael V. and Marguerite (Pope) Stirnaman, Sr. in Tucson, AZ.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, loved The Beatles, true crime dramas, The Andy Griffith Show, and Everybody Loves Raymond, but especially her daughter Allison.

Katie is survived by her parents, a daughter:  Allison Fay Bellinger of Wellsboro, a brother:  Michael V. Stirnaman, Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Galeton, a nephew:  Parker Stirnaman of Galeton and a niece:  Scottlyn Stirnaman of Galeton, and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home from 6-8 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to pay tribute to Katie’s life, and 9:30 am Wednesday July 1, 2020 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 38 Central Avenue, Wellsboro for a Memorial Mass, interment will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.  

Her family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA with her arrangements.  To share a memory or condolence, please visit

New York State Police Blotter

Olean man arrested for DWI

On June 26, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Christopher J. Spiller, 42, of Olean, NY for Driving While Intoxicated.
27 June 2020

Olean man arrested for DWAI-Drugs in Allegany

On June 25, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Steven M. Allen, 63, of Olean, NY for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
27 June 2020

Wirt man arrested for burglary, weapons charges

On June 21, 2020, SP Amity Troopers arrested Eric J. Kazcor, 36, of Wirt, NY for Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree.
27 June 2020

Salamanca woman arrested for DWAI-Drugs in Allegany

On June 20, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Christine A. Larson, 45, of Salamanca, NY for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.
27 June 2020

Olean man arrested for DWAI-Drugs

On June 19, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Joseph F. Chiarmonte, 49, of Olean, NY for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree.

Charges Pending For Drug Possession In Wetmore TWP.

Death Determined Natural Causes In Hamlin TWP.

PSP Emporium Investigating Megans Law Violation In Shippen TWP.

PSP Emporium Investigating Stolen Package In Shippen TWP.

Fire Ruled Accidental In Emporium Boro

Actions Taken to Protect Citizens of Long-Term Care Facilities

John W. “Jack” KAMINSKI, Jr., 61, of Coudersport, PA

John W. “Jack” KAMINSKI

John W. “Jack” KAMINSKI, Jr., 61, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Lansdale, died Thursday, June 25, 2020 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. 

Born December 26, 1958, in Philadelphia, he was the son of John W. and Shirley Chmil Kaminski. On January 15, 1977, in Pennsburg, he married the former Pauline Bengier, who survives. 

Jack was a self-employed home improvement contractor. 

Surviving besides his wife, Pauline, are: his mother, Shirley Kaminski of Quakertown; three children, Jason Kaminski of Lansdale, Shaun Kaminski of CA, and Jackie (Daniel) Stahlecker of Lansdale; a grandson, Noel Stahlecker; three siblings, Thomas Kaminski of Quakertown, Richard (Lisa) Kaminski of Pennsburg, and Shirley (James) Dean of Telford; nieces and nephews. 

 He was predeceased by his father; a brother, Stanley Kaminski; and a sister, Teresa A. Kaminski. 

Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses. Online condolences may be expressed at

Judith E. DICK, 79, of Rochester, NY

Judith E. DICK

Judith E. DICK, 79, of Rochester, NY, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Highland Hospital, Rochester. Born August 11, 1940, in Scio, she was the daughter of Paul and Mary Alice Sloan Fuller.

On June 14, 1963, in Rochester, she married Mark R. Dick, who survives. A graduate of Scio Central School, she continued her education at Fredonia College, earning her bachelor’s degree in music education and then her master’s degree in library science from Geneseo.

Judy was a vocal music teacher in the Greece Central School District and then the librarian at the Bethany Presbyterian Church. Judy was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the choir, Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL, and volunteered many hours at the Greece Food Shelf and Habitat for Humanity.

Judy wished she could have done more hands-on helping. Together, Mark and Judy had visited over 40 countries in their life together. Surviving besides her husband, Mark, are: a son, Robert P. (Lan Bai) Dick of Chelsea, MI; a daughter, Joanna (Wade) Vero Gage of Tucson, AZ; five grandchildren, Rose, Mary, Mark, Levi, and Tirzah Bee; a sister, Mary Jane (Michael) Grammatico of Batavia; a sister-in-law, JoAnne (David Kunz) McGuire of Greece; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents. Funeral Services will be private at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House at Online condolences may be expressed at

Chef Grill to host Lions Club of Bolivar annual Chicken BBQ this Sunday, June 28

Chef  Grill

The Chef Grill will be hosting the Lions Club of Bolivar annual Chicken BBQ this Sunday, June 28 starting at Noon.

The Lions Club helps out the community is so many ways and this is just another way that you can help out, Thank you

Food Drive Today at Coudersport Ambulance Hall, Eggs & Butter Giveaway Until 1 PM


WHEN: Saturday, June 27th

TIME: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

WHERE: Coudersport Ambulance Hall We are back as promised with another food drive at the Coudersport Ambulance Hall!

Sadly, due to increased demands at processing facilities, we have not been able to secure processing at a USDA inspected meat plant to be able to provide hamburger again. Therefore, we used the previously donated money from our last food drive to help offset the costs to obtain 3,000 lbs of Land O'Lakes butter and 3,000 dozen eggs.

We plan to give 5 lbs of butter and 5 dozen eggs per car for the first 2 hours of the drive. After the first 2 hours of the drive we will increase the allotment of 5 lbs butter/5 dozen eggs per car for those who have multiple families in their vehicles or for those who are picking up for other family members or friends.

We understand that this may not be convenient, but please try to understand that we are trying to help as many people as possible. We will be accepting donations again. 100% of the donations will be given to Coudersport Ambulance Association. Our Ambulance Association provides an invaluable service to the community and has been absolutely financially devastated by the current economy brought on by the pandemic and needs your help. Please share and help us to get the word out!

Bolivar Ambulance to Goldsmithg Hollow in Sharon Township

At 11:31 AM on Saturday, Bolivar Ambulance dispatched to Goldsmith Hollow in Potter County for a female fall victim.
Portville taking this call. 

Four area students receive John J. Murphy Family Scholarship

Shilpa Thandla
Averi Saulter
OLEAN, N.Y., June 22, 2020 — Four area graduating students recently received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Tierney Hemphill and Shilpa Thandla of Allegany-Limestone Central School, Shayla Wilhelm of Portville Central School and Averi Saulter of Cuba-Rushford Central School each received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship is given in four annual increments of $2,500. The John J. Murphy Family Scholarship was established through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas and continued through donations from the late John J. “Jack” Murphy, former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries.

Shayla Wilhelm
The annual scholarship is given with preference for a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, engineering or business. The scholarship is available to area students from Allegany, Cattaraugus, McKean (PA) and Potter (PA) counties, but first preference is for students from the greater Olean area schools. Preference is also given to students whose family members are or have been employed by Dresser-Rand.

Hemphill will attend John Carroll University to study philosophy, law and politics. Thandla plans to study neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University.

Tierney Hemphill
Wilhelm will attend the Florida Institute of Technology to study aerospace engineering. Saulter will study biomedical sciences at the University at Buffalo.

Over the years, the fund has made possible over $500,000 in scholarships for area students.

Donations can be made to the John J. Murpy Family Scholarship at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203 in Olean, or online at

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation 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, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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Department of Agriculture: Pollinators Need Pennsylvanians Help to Sustain Future of Food Security

Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvanians – from kids and parents, to homeowners, to farmers – the importance of taking steps to protect our valuable population of pollinators to protect the future of food security.

“Many people are afraid of bees – they’ve got a scary stinger that some people are allergic to, but did you know that one out of every third bite of food you take is thanks to a pollinator?” said Secretary Redding. “Think twice before you swat them and consider what you can do to safeguard them and help their colonies flourish. Because when pollinators flourish, so does our food supply.”

Earlier this week, Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook and State Apiarist Karen Roccasecca joined The GIANT Company at their headquarters in Carlisle at their new, seven-acre pollinator field. The all native meadow will create a habitat for pollinators, birds, and other small wildlife while improving the quality of the soil and reducing runoff.

“The GIANT Company has always been an incredible partner to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, so it’s no surprise that they’ve extended that partnership from farmers to bees,” said Deputy Cook. “It’s important that we all take steps to protect our vital workforce of pollinators; their value to agriculture is nearly impossible to estimate, but we see it in the grocery store and on our plate every day.”

June 22-28, 2020 is National Pollinator Awareness Week. It’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them and their valuable services to our ecosystem.

A pollinator is anything that helps move pollen to fertilize flowers. Bees and butterflies are the most commonly known pollinators, but they also include moths, birds, flies, and small mammals such as bats. More than 75 percent of the world’s food crops depend on pollination. Everyone can play a role in protecting pollinators and their vital work.

Teach kids about the big job that bees and other pollinators have and teach practical ways for them to protect the population;

Downsize your lawn – lawns don’t have much to offer pollinators so consider converting some of your grass to a garden bed full of heavy pollen and nectar producing plants;

Grow native plants in your garden – pollinators and plants need each other to survive. Planting a diverse group of native plants that flower at different times of the year can make a huge different to pollinator populations;

Avoid or limit the use of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides in your home garden. They can kill pollinators and poison hives. If you do use them, follow the label directions carefully. Apply to plants when they are not flowering, at dusk and when the air is calm, to limit exposure to pollinators.

More bees mean a secure future for food availability, and it even means that our food tastes better. Farms with well managed pollination can increase their production by 24 percent and well pollinated plants produce larger, more uniform fruit. To foster a healthy natural pollinator habitat, farmers are encouraged to leave some areas of their farm under natural habitat and implement hedgerows.

Growers and beekeepers are also encouraged to sign up for FieldWatch and BeeCheck free, voluntary programs that allows participants to register their farmland and bee yards to protect it from chemical drift, which can affect honey bees, organic production, herbicide-sensitive crops, and pollinator protection efforts. The program encourages communication between beekeepers, sensitive crop growers, and pesticide applicators and will allow them to map bee yards, fields or pollinator gardens. Pesticide and herbicide applicators can also notify growers and beekeepers of spray applications through the program.

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House Votes to Strengthen Police, Community Relationships

‘Protect and Serve Initiative’ passes with unanimous support

HARRISBURG – As law enforcement, community members and elected officials engage in conversations around the country about how to grow the relationships among residents and the officers sworn to protect and serve them, the House advanced a multi-faceted plan to assist in those efforts.

“Issues that challenge our time are best addressed when every voice involved has a seat at the table,” Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “These bills are a reflection of that process. Hearing from law enforcement, community leaders and residents of our communities, this package takes strides to make our communities safer and promotes trust in the officers we rely on.

“For centuries, this chamber has never shied away from acting on the calls from the people of our Commonwealth,” Cutler added. “Our swift action in response to current events shows the greatness of our body and the success we can achieve when our processes are used appropriately and collaboratively to serve the greater good of Pennsylvania.”

House Bill 1841 would require a thorough background investigation on an applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer, including a review of the applicant’s employment information and separation records from prior law enforcement employment before the applicant may be employed. It would also require the establishment and maintenance of an electronic database containing separation records of law enforcement officers for use by other law enforcement agencies when hiring certified law enforcement officers.

House Bill 1910 would require the training of officers on interacting with individuals of diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds; implicit bias training; recognizing and reporting child abuse; and annual training on the use of appropriate force. In addition, the bill would establish better access to mental health evaluations for law enforcement officers.

Both bills received endorsements from the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association and passed the House by votes of 201-0. The legislation advances to the Senate for further consideration.

Chronic Wasting Diease Area Expanded With 200 new Cases This Past Year

More than 200 additional whitetails have tested positive in the past year.

The battle to control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania is expanding into new areas.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission maintains three Disease Management Areas across the state to control CWD. They are geographic regions featuring special rules for hunters and the general public meant to slow the disease’s spread while increasing chances of detecting it.

And now all three are larger than before.

The reason why is simple: more sick deer showing up in more places.

According to Andrea Korman, the agency’s CWD biologist, the Game Commission tested 15,686 free-ranging deer and 161 free-ranging elk in 2019. The vast majority of those were hunter-harvested animals.

Of the total, 204 white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The top three counties for CWD-positive deer were Bedford County (99 new cases), Fulton County (56 new cases) and Blair County (30 new cases). Other counties that had at least one CWD-positive deer included Cambria, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Somerset and Westmoreland.

Once again, no elk were found with CWD.

With 2019’s new cases, there now have been 453 CWD-positive free-ranging deer found in Pennsylvania since the disease’s emergence in the state in 2012.

Even more notable than the total number of new cases, though, is where CWD-positive deer were discovered. Several were found on the fringes of, or even outside of, existing DMA boundaries.

That’s why the Disease Management Areas grew.

When CWD is detected, a 10-mile radius buffer is created around the CWD-positive deer. This buffer is then used as a reference when defining DMA boundaries with roads and waterways. If infected deer are found near an existing boundary, the Game Commission’s management strategy calls for expanding the Disease Management Area accordingly to account for that new detection.

DMA 2, for example, which accounted for 200 of last year’s new cases of CWD, is now approximately 7,470 square miles. That’s up from 6,715 last year. It expanded west into Westmoreland County as the result of a CWD-positive adult doe struck by a vehicle, northwest into Cambria and Indiana counties as the result of CWD-positive captive deer facilities, and north into Centre County and Mifflin, Union, and Snyder counties as the result of two CWD-positive adult bucks picked up as roadkills.

DMA 2 now covers all or portions of Indiana, Cambria, Clearfield, Centre, Union, Snyder, Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, and Adams counties.

DMA 3, meanwhile, accounted for four of last year’s new CWD cases and is now approximately 1,233 square miles. That’s up from 1,119 a year ago.

It expanded southwest into Jefferson, Indiana, and Armstrong counties because of a CWD-positive yearling buck killed on the road. It now covers portions of Jefferson, Clearfield, Indiana, Armstrong, and Clarion counties.

DMA 4 is also larger than a year ago. That’s not because of any sick free-ranging deer, however. None have ever been found there.

Rather, testing done by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture – which has responsibility for deer and other cervids behind fences – revealed another captive deer with chronic wasting disease.

As a result of this newest find, DMA 4 is now about 743 square miles, up from 346 a year ago. It expanded south into Lancaster County and now covers portions of Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

As for the special rules within Disease Management Areas, it’s illegal to move high-risk parts outside their boundaries. High-risk parts include the head (more specifically the brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

Hunters are also prohibited from using natural urine-based attractants. Feeding of deer is prohibited, too.

DMAP within DMAs

Hunters will notice a change in their opportunities to harvest deer within Disease Management Areas this fall.

In years past, the Pennsylvania Game Commission offered Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP, permits within DMAs. Most of those are going away this fall.

But that’s because of changes to seasons.

“At the April 2020 Commission meeting, Game Commission staff recommended and the board of commissioners approved increased antlerless licenses in Wildlife Management Units where CWD had been detected. In addition, the board of commissioners approved a 14-day concurrent firearms season for antlered and antlerless deer in these WMUs to provide more hunting opportunity,” said Christopher Rosenberry, the Game Commission’s Deer and Elk Section Supervisor. “The antlerless deer license increases and concurrent seasons in these areas eliminate the need for DMAP permits in CWD areas. Because of this, most DMAP units from past years, created specifically for CWD management, have been eliminated.”

That said, some CWD-related DMAP permits may be available in August.

The Game Commission’s CWD Response Plan will be presented to the Board of Game Commissioners at the July 2020 meeting for consideration. If the board votes to accept the Response Plan, a number of “Enhanced Surveillance Units” will be established in areas where DMA boundaries have been expanded. Within Enhanced Surveillance Units, additional DMAP permits will be available to increase opportunities for hunters to harvest deer and provide samples for CWD testing.

“Details on availability of DMAP permits within Enhanced Surveillance Units will be released by Aug. 1,” Rosenberry said.

About chronic wasting disease

CWD is an always-fatal brain disease that affects members of the cervid family including deer, elk and moose. There is no live-animal test for it and no cure.

First identified in Colorado in 1967, it has now been found in 26 states and four Canadian provinces.

Misfolded proteins called prions are believed to cause chronic wasting disease. Infected deer spread the disease to other animals and the environment by shedding prions through saliva, urine and feces.

Symptoms include lowered head and ears, weight loss, excessive drooling, rough-hair coat, uncoordinated movements, and, ultimately, death. But on average, infected individuals don’t display symptoms for 18 to 24 months.

To date, CWD has not been found to infect humans. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people avoid eating meat from CWD-infected animals.

More information on CWD can be found at

Winners Of The Family Fishing Day Tournament At Hills Creek State Park

John Baney displays the medallion he won for catching the largest bluegill.

Winners of the Family Fishing Day Tournament on Saturday, June 20 on Hills Creek Lake at Hills Creek State Park, 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, near Wellsboro, were announced by Park Naturalist Jim Mucci following the 7 p.m. weigh-in. A total of 75
anglers had registered.

Mucci presented medallions individually to the three winners of the five tournament categories. "The purpose of our tournament is for people to have a good time and enjoy themselves. That's what it's all about," said Mucci.

Brett Shirk of Blanchard Pa. won the largest bass and largest stringer of game fish by weight categories. The largest bass he caught weighed 6.21 pounds. His stringer of bass totaled 29.79 pounds.

Ed Hicks wears the two medallions he won for catching the largest crappie weighing .588 pounds and the largest perch, .281 pounds. 

Brett Shirk holds the 6.21-pound bass he caught during the Family Fishing Day Tournament at Hills Creek Lake. He won both the largest bass and largest stringer of game fish by weight categories.
John Baney of Mill Hall, Pa. caught the largest bluegill of the day. It weighed .527 pounds.

Ed Hicks of Houtzdale, Pa. caught the largest crappie, weighing .588 pounds and the largest perch, .281 pounds.

Shirk said he has been competing in the Hills Creek tournament for 13 years and Baney and Hicks each said they had been competing for more than 30 years. All three were staying at the park and said they come back each year to take part in the contest.

Harvey Lee Case, 84, Peculiar, MO, Little Genesee Native

 Harvey Lee Case

Harvey Lee Case, born May 9, 1936, in Olean, NY, passed away peacefully June 14, 2020 at his home in Peculiar, MO.

Harvey lived his early life in Little Genesee, NY and attended the nearby Bolivar Central High School. During these years, he was an eager participant in many activities including band, choir, football, basketball, baseball, and golf earning several awards and honors such as the Babe Ruth award, selection to the All State Choir, Student Council President, and a 4-year Letterman. 
US Air Force Veteran

After High School Harvey briefly attended Alfred State College before joining the US Air Force where he served 4 years at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, MO, where he not only reached the rank of Airman First Class, but also where he met his wife of 60 years, Mary Lynn Case.

After the military, Harvey began a career in the field of data collection and insurance reporting. Harvey initially worked for Retail Credit (now Equifax Services) for 25 years before working his way up to eventually start his own business, Case Profile Services, where he, with Mary as his partner, contracted his services nationwide, interviewing many well-known individuals in business, entertainment, and sports. It was through this time that Harvey added repertoire to his incredible gift of storytelling.

Harvey had a true passion for people in his family, friends, and the community around him. He coached countless baseball, basketball, and softball teams for Catholic schools and other youth organizations; he was a member and elder at South Broadland Presbyterian Church where he also sang in the choir; and he often showed his great sense of humor and knack for warm conversation with everyone he met. He also loved KU sports and rarely missed a Royals or Chiefs game.

Above all Harvey will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family. His wife and 4 children recall his doting love, constant encouragement, and pride in their many activities from sports to music and theater. His grandchildren benefited greatly from his active role in their upbringing. In his final years he even had opportunity to enjoy getting to know his great-grandchildren. He was also a proud uncle to many nephews and nieces in whom he showed great interest.

Harvey is preceded in death by his father George, mother Flossie, and brothers: Burdette, George, and Don. He is survived by his sister Helen Randolph, wife Mary, children: Brian Case (Caroline), Sherryl Tripaldi (Darin Thomas), Dennis Case (Megan), and Cindy Howe (Bob Farney), grandchildren: Brandon (Ariel), Alex (Kirsten), Caty (Jonathan), Dylan, Keleigh, Haley (Shawn), Mandy, Tara, and Logan, and great grandchildren: Axel and Ryleigh

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 27th at 3pm at South Broadland Presbyterian Church at 7850 Holmes Rd KCMO.