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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Two Life Flighted In Car VS Deer Crash On RT. 49 In Deerfield TWP.


Criminal Mischief In Westfield TWP.


Mansfield PSP Investigating A Burglary In Charleston TWP.


Two Suspects Charged With Possession With Intent To Deliver Narcotics In Shippen TWP


Suspect Arrested For Simple Assault Following Domestic Incident In Emporium BORO


DUI And Drug Possession Charges Pending In Shippen TWP


Smethport Dispatched For Commercial Structure Fire on East Main Street

At  8:00 PM on Saturday, Smethport & Port Allegany Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a working structure fire at 103 East Main Street at Hull's Restaurant.
Mutual aid requested from Port A., Norwich & Hamlin. 
2 burn patients are reported. 
 Eldred Township Fire Dept. asked to set up a landing zone for 2 helicopters at the annex in Smethport.
Roulette to stand by at Port  Allegany.

Smethport Dispatched For ATV Crash

At 7:25 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Dept. & Smethport Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 16826 Route 6 west of Smethport for an ATV accident.

Lafayette Dispatched For ATV Crash

At 7:05 PM on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Rescue & City ambulance have been dispatched to Someplace Else Been road in Lafayette Township  for an ATV accident.
A 17 year old female has been injured in a rollover accident.

Hamlin, Mt. Jewett Dispatched to Motorcycle Accident

At 4:46 PM on Saturday, Hamlin Fire & Mt. Jewett Ambulance dispatched to the Roadside Rest for a motorcycle accident. The operator of the cycle may have head injuries.

SIZERVILLE STATE PARK FALL FESTIVAL CANCELLED

EMPORIUM: Sizerville State Park’s annual Fall Festival is cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 limit on group size that records show we exceed each year. For any further information, call the park office at 814.486.5605

Sizerville State Park is a 386-acre, multi-use park with overnight facilities and year-round recreational opportunities. With a swimming pool donated in 1931 by the American Legion, Olkosky-Jessop Post No. 194, the park is ideal for year-round family vacations and offers camping, environmental education, picnic pavilions, trails, and two trout streams for fishing.

To reserve a pavilion or campsite, please call 1-888-PA-PARKS.

SIZERVILLE STATE PARK FALL FESTIVAL CANCELLED

EMPORIUM: Sizerville State Park’s annual Fall Festival is cancelled this year due to the COVID-19

limit on group size that records show we exceed each year. For any further information, call the park office at 814.486.5605

Sizerville State Park is a 386-acre, multi-use park with overnight facilities and year-round recreational opportunities. With a swimming pool donated in 1931 by the American Legion, Olkosky-Jessop Post No. 194, the park is ideal for year-round family vacations and offers camping, environmental education, picnic pavilions, trails, and two trout streams for fishing.
To reserve a pavilion or campsite, please call 1-888-PA-PARKS.

GOODIES FOR OUR TROOPS is CLOSED MONDAY LABOR DAY September 7

GOODIES FOR OUR TROOPS is CLOSED MONDAY LABOR DAY September 7, 2020 and is still BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Thankfully, we have only a very few openings for our Mon., Tues., and Thurs. public packaging events, but we have lots of openings for "Field Trips" when just your group (family, friends, Scout troops, church and school groups, etc.) is here.


IF you're busily getting out your Fall/Winter stuff, we start shipping Christmas Care Packages in Oct. so if you have any SMALL, NON-BREAKABLE Christmas decorations our #Heroes could use to decorate barracks/tents, please consider donating them to us! We're also accepting NEW IN-THE-UNOPENED BOX TWINKLE LIGHTS and HOMEMADE GOODIES!



Best wishes to you all and your families for a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!



Thank you all for your ongoing support and prayers over these 15 years + 2 months! We can't do what we do without YOUR HELP that is so much appreciated!


Love, Hugs, and God Bless ~

Dawn

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Plank Road

At 4:15 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse ambulance dispatched to Plank Road for a finger laceration.

Coudersport Ambulance to Davidge Street

At 4:10 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance called to Davidge Street for abdominal pain.

Germania and And Galeton were dispatched to Button Hollow for a logging accident

On September 3:53  Germania and And Galeton were dispatched to Button Hollow for a logging accident were 2 individuals struck by a falling tree. 
Mercyflight dispatched to the scene. One person with serious injuries. Second person refusing transport. 

FIRST News Now
9h ·
1 FLOWN OUT AFTER LOGGING ACCIDENT
FNN Article © Saturday, September 5, 2020.

GALETON, PA - Galeton and Germania fire crews and EMS units responded to a logging accident on Saturday afternoon, September 5, 2020, around 3:54PM in West Branch Township.
The land rescue was reported to have unfolded in the area of 167 Button Hollow Road, where a tree was reported to have fallen on two individuals, injuring one person seriously.

FNN does not have much information, but received word that Mercy Flight Medical Helicopter landed near the scene to fly out one individual who was reported to have suffered possible head and spinal injuries in the accident.

The other person was said to have been injured, refused being transported to the hospital to be check out.

It is unknown how long the rescue took, or when all fire and EMS crews were finally cleared from this incident.

3 Vehicle Crash on SR 19 Near Belfast

At 3:20 PM on Saturday, Several Allegany County Fire Rescue & EMS units have been called to a 3 vehicle crash at SR 19 & County Road 39.
Belfast, Houghton, Oramel & Rushford have been dispatched to this scene for multiple persons thought to have minor injuries.

Ridgway Ambulance dispatched for Motorcycle Accident

Elk County Alerts
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9/5 14:47. Elk Co. 8, Ridgway Ambulance. Area of 5313 Owls Nest Road, Highland Twp. Motorcycle accident.

Coudersport Ambulance Dispatched For Fall Victim

At 2:49 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to meet a black Ford pickup on Route 44 North, in Hebron Township, for a victim of a fall from a roof.

Panel #6 Installed at Serenity Glass Park in Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany Main Street
5h ·
Message Block Panel #6 was installed at Serenity Glass Park August 31st. It is beautiful and unique. Blocks for #7 Panel are now available @$50 each. Since these are the last message blocks in the 'Wall of Inspiration', it is first come, first serve. For more information contact: susanhcarlson@gmail.com

Mailman Dan's birthday is tomorrow September 6th

Mailman Dan's birthday is tomorrow September 6th. If anyone sees Mailman Dan wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Roulette Ambulance To Route 6 in McKean County

At 12:57 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance dispatched to the area of 24469 Route 6 for a person fallen outside.
RECALLED--Handled by Squad 3.

Germania, Galeton Dispatched for ATV Crash

At 12:55 PM on Saturday, Germania & Galeton dispatched to a location behind 46 Ridge Road for an ATV accident. A 14 year old male with a possible fractured leg.
Air medical is requested.

Doris Anne Parks KRYSIAK, 80, of Westfield, PA


Doris Anne Parks KRYSIAK

Doris Anne Parks KRYSIAK, 80, of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, September 3, 2020 in her daughter’s home in Elmira, NY. 

Born July 15, 1940, in Sayre, she was the daughter of George Edgar and Isadore Phillips Parks. On May 1, 1965, in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Westfield, she married Gerald James Krysiak, who predeceased her on November 10, 1986. 

1958 graduate of Northeast Bradford High School and a 1962 graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, she was a substitute teacher in the Northern Tioga School District and surrounding area for 10 years and at full-time teacher at Westfield Elementary School for 30 years, retiring in 2002. 

Doris was a member of the Westfield United Methodist Church, King’s Daughters, Order of the Eastern Star #33 in Westfield, Le Cercle Moderne Book Club, and served as secretary/treasurer of Champlin Cemetery Association for many years. 

Surviving are: three daughters, Angela (Matt) DiPetta of Elmira, NY, Brendalyn (Todd) Keefer of Corning, NY, and Colleen (Diane Strawser) Krysiak of Elmira; two grandsons, Thomas (Angela) DiPetta and James DiPetta, both of Horseheads; a great-grandson, Matthew Thomas DiPetta; a sister, LaVeta Rae (Duane) Jennings of Granville Summit; a brother-in-law, Timothy Krysiak of Memphis, TN; two sisters-in-law, Christine (Michael) Dodd of Fayetteville, TN and Jana Krysiak of Willowick, OH; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Private funeral services will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield. Memorials may be made to Northeast Bradford School District, 526 Panther Lane, Rome, PA 18837, Champlin Cemetery, c/o David Young, 1069 Locust St., Sabinsville, PA 16943, Rome Cemetery, 441 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 63, Rome, PA 18837, or Care First, 3805 Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY 14870. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Joel Gilfert Recognized by McKean County Department of Emergency Services

McKean County Dept of Emergency Services
2h ·
McKean County Department of Emergency Services would like to recognize Joel Gilfert today on his last official shift at our center. Joel has been a valued employee of McKean County DES for over 9 years as a 911 call taker/dispatcher. 

 Joel has recently accepted a position with Cutco Cutlery in Olean NY. McKean County DES would like to say Thank you for your hard work and dedication to us, and best wishes on your new journey.

RECALLS

Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Dog Food Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin
Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain dog food products due to levels of Aflatoxin that are potentially above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities.

The potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in these products was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry showing that a sample of a single 4-pound bag of one lot of the product contained elevated levels of aflatoxin. No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.

Robert M. "Johnny" Jordan, of 705 Queen St., Olean, NY

Robert M. "Johnny" Jordan

Robert M. "Johnny" Jordan, of 705 Queen St., Olean, NY, passed away on Thursday (Sept. 3, 2020) at his home, following an illness.
US Army Veteran

Bob was born on Jan. 28, 1944, in Olean, a son of Joseph and Anita Jordan. On July 9, 1965, in Olean, he married his wife of 40 years, Patricia Ann Griffin, who predeceased him on Dec. 3, 2005.

Bob served in the U.S. Army, from Feb. 28, 1967 to Feb. 27, 1969.

He worked for a couple of places in Olean, including Cutco, before going to work at Clark Brothers, which became Dresser Rand, where he retired after 30 years, in 2006.

Bob was a member of the Portville Conservation Club; the Olean Moose Lodge; Olean Elks Lodge; and the American Legion Post No. 1.

He enjoyed fishing, mostly ice fishing; hunting; traveling; camping; and going to the casino. Most of all, he truly loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by two sons, Robert P. "Bob" (Heidi) Jordan of Bolivar and Christopher J. (Kelley Olin) Jordan of Olean; seven grandchildren, Bryden, Caylinn, Austin, Raegan, Makenna, Caden and Kailey; and seven siblings, Richard Jordan of Allegany, Dennis Jordan of Olean, Gary (Kaye) Jordan of Shinglehouse, Pa., Mike (Marcia) Jordan, Patricia (Ronald) Gross Jr. and Bruce (Hazel) Jordan, all of Olean, and Joseph (Yong) Jordan of Alexandria, Va.

Along with his loving wife, Bob was predeceased by his parents; and three siblings, William "Billy," Jordan, Donald Jordan and Mary Jane Corson.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 9, 2020) at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, at which time a memorial service will be held. The Rev. David W. Herne, pastor of Heritage Aflame Ministries, will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Olean.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Allegany American Legion, Charles Harbel Post No. 892 Ritual Team.

Online condolences may be made at LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.

Memorials may be made to the Portville Conservation Club, PO Box 15, Portville, NY 14770 or to the Heritage Aflame Ministries, 198 Salt Rising Road, Bolivar, NY 14715.

Meet The Candidates Thursday at CARP Park in Coudersport


God’s Country Ministries- Backpack Blessings

I am excited to announce that my Backpack Blessings pantry will be affiliated with the God’s Country Ministries Church food pantry. Backpack Blessings will be focused towards school students in our communities who have little to no food to eat on weekends and other days off from school. I’m actively collecting pre-packaged non perishable food items such as individually boxed cereals , easy microwave meals (easy Mac, soup to go, etc) snacks like: , granola bars, cereal bars, cookies, crackers, etc. juice boxes, shelf-stable milk boxes, applesauce, pudding and fruit cups. 

My hope is to collect enough items each week to be able to pack a drawstring backpack and send the backpacks filled with enough to sustain them over the weekends until they return to school on Monday! So often kids are not able to eat much when they’re not in school. I am focusing on meals and food items that require little to no preparation for the kiddos to have. If you would like to make a donation to the Backpack Blessings pantry, please reach out to me via text message: 814-203-5889 or email: Vera.vanwhy73@gmail.com also on Facebook messenger. Also, if you know of a child or children that may be in need of weekend meals, do not hesitate to reach out to me. I plan to feed as many hungry kids as I possibly can and do this as long as I can maintain a well-stocked pantry. Any help is greatly appreciated! I have also created an amazon wishlist if you’d like to place an order through that. Please reach out to me for the wish list link if you’d like to shop from the comfort of your own home. I am very passionate about feeding those in need as it’s what my mother also felt the need to do. It helps me keep her memory alive and I know she would be right here cheering me on and helping in any way she could.

Thank you all so much for your prayers, help, love, and support !! It is true what they say, “ it takes a village”. And it really does !!

Route 246 Bridge Near Rixford is Open to Traffic

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed a bridge replacement on Route 246 in McKean County. The bridge spans Baker Run near the village of Rixford in Otto Township. The old bridge was replaced with a precast box culvert.
The structure carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day.

The bridge has been closed since August 3 and a detour using Route 246, Route 346, and Route 646 had been in place. With the new bridge open to traffic, the detour has been lifted.

This project was a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York. The contractor set the box culvert and performed paving. McKean County Maintenance performed excavation, site prep, demolition of the old bridge, backfill, and rock placement.

Port Allegany Shop n' Save Rib Fest & Football Kick-Off Sale


VIRGINIA HUNTER REGISTERS FIRST TWO COYOTES FOR STATEWIDE SEPTEMBER SONG DOG SLAM Wednesday, September 2 thru Saturday, September 12

VIRGINIA HUNTER REGISTERS FIRST TWO COYOTES FOR STATEWIDE SEPTEMBER SONG DOG SLAM

Wednesday, September 2 thru Saturday, September 12

Johnsonburg, Pa. – John Guido of Virginia, well-known predator hunter, registered the first two coyotes harvested during the statewide September Song Dog Slam run by the Rolfe Beagle Club. The two young coyotes were called in together on Friday morning, 9/4, and John was able to harvest both with a .30-.06 rifle. John does his calling with his mouth and does not use any other calls. Both male coyotes were harvested near Crenshaw in Jefferson County. The two male coyotes weighed 16.6 and 16.2 pounds, respectively. Congratulations, John.

The hunt runs thru Saturday, September 12, at noon. Coyotes will be weighed every day at 6:00 p.m. Crows will be counted in at the same time.


Route 246 Bridge is Open to Traffic Detour has been lifted

Bradford, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed a bridge replacement on Route 246 in McKean County. The bridge spans Baker Run near the village of Rixford in Otto Township. The old bridge was replaced with a precast box culvert.
The structure carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day.

The bridge has been closed since August 3 and a detour using Route 246, Route 346, and Route 646 had been in place. With the new bridge open to traffic, the detour has been lifted.

This project was a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York. The contractor set the box culvert and performed paving. McKean County Maintenance performed excavation, site prep, demolition of the old bridge, backfill, and rock placement.

Work on this project was done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan. The plan included protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Pipe Work Set for mid-September on Two Potter County Roads Each location will have a daylight detour

Coudersport, PA – In mid-September, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will perform pipe replacement work on two different roads in Potter County.
All work will be done by PennDOT Potter County Maintenance during daylight hours. Each work location will require a closure of the roadway and official detours will be in place. Detours will be lifted as work concludes each day. Work locations and detours are as follows:

• Route 1003 (Loucks Mills Road) will be closed between the villages of West Pike and Loucks Mills on September 14 and 15. The detour will use Routes 1003 (Loucks Mills Road), Route 1008 (Empson Road), Route 1001 (Fox Hill Road), Route 449, and Route 6. Work hours are set for 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. School buses will be accommodated in the morning and afternoon. Emergency vehicles will need to use the detour or alternate routes.

• Route 4013 (North Hollow Road) will be closed near the intersection with Route 49 on September 16 and 17. The detour will use Route 4013 (North Hollow Road), Route 49, Route 44, and Route 6. Work hours are set for 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. School buses will be accommodated in the morning and afternoon. Emergency vehicles will need to use the detour or alternate routes.

All work will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan. The plan will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Drivers are reminded to follow detour signs, obey pos

ted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Applications for this year’s grants from the Mental Wellness in Cattaraugus County Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will be due October 1.

“We know that the mental wellness of a community and its members is integral to its overall health and wellness,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “We also know that the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional stress on the mental health of so many, making this fund and its purpose even more essential this year.”

Grants from this fund support program services and activities that promote and support mental wellness in Cattaraugus County.

Typically grants will range from $500 to $1,500, but up to $4,000 may be available for special projects, particularly those that impact vulnerable and/or disadvantaged individuals.

The grant application can be accessed at cattfoundation.org/grant-seekers/grant-opportunities/.

Nonprofit agencies with questions about the grant application process are encouraged to contact CRCF at 716-301-2723 or foundation@cattfoundation.org

Former members of the dissolved Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County established the fund to financially support programs and activities that promote mental wellness in Cattaraugus County.

Donations can be made to the Mental Wellness in Cattaraugus County Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203, Olean, NY 14760 or online at cattfoundation.org.

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)

HUNTERS WHO HEAD OUT OF STATE REMINDED OF CWD RULES

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer, elk, mule deer or moose out-of-state likely can’t bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Pennsylvania long has prohibited the importation of high-risk cervid parts from areas where CWD has been detected. This prohibition reduces the possibility of CWD, which always is fatal to the cervids it infects, spreading to new areas within Pennsylvania.

There now are 25 states and four Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.

The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

High-risk parts include: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.

Hunters who are successful in those states and provinces from which the importation of high-risk parts into Pennsylvania is banned are allowed to import meat from any deer, elk, moose, mule deer or caribou, so long as the backbone is not present.

Successful hunters also are allowed to bring back cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.

Hunters who harvest cervids in a state or province where CWD is known to exist also should follow instructions from that state’s wildlife agency on how and where to submit the appropriate samples to have their animal tested. If, after returning to Pennsylvania, a hunter is notified that his or her harvest tested positive for CWD, the hunter is encouraged to immediately contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which they reside for disposal recommendations and assistance.

A list of region offices and contact information can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov by scrolling to the bottom of any page to select the “Connect with Us” tab.

Pennsylvania first detected CWD in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams County. The Game Commission has since tested more than 96,000 wild, free-ranging whitetails and more than 1,400 elk for CWD.

To date, CWD has been found in 489 wild deer. It has not been detected in Pennsylvania’s elk herd.

Presently, there are three active Disease Management Areas (DMAs) within Pennsylvania where special regulations apply to help prevent CWD from spreading to new areas. Deer harvested within DMAs also cannot be transported whole to points outside the DMA.

Much more information on CWD and Pennsylvania’s DMAs is available at www.pgc.pa.gov/CWD.

STATE AGENCIES ISSUE ALERT TO CONTAIN INVASIVE SPECIES IN QUEMAHONING CREEK

HARRISBURG, Pa (September 4) – With the recent confirmation of the aquatic invasive alga didymo Didymosphenia geminata, also known as "rock snot," in Quemahoning Creek, Somerset County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) are reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means to prevent its spread to other waters.

Recently, state officials discovered didymo in Quemahoning Creek downstream of the Quemahoning Reservoir. Didymo does not present a public health hazard, but it can cause ecological damage by smothering other organisms which also live on the riverbed and support the food web for the resident fish community. It's been called "rock snot" because of its appearance. When squeezed dry, the alga, which is generally tan to beige in color, has the feel of moist cotton or wool.

We may not be able to eliminate didymo from infected waterways, but there are things we can do to slow or prevent its spread to other waters,” said Heather Smiles, Chief of the PFBC’s Division of Environmental Services.

Photo courtesy: Tim Daley, PA DEP

Didymo cells can easily be carried downstream and can be picked up by any items or equipment in contact with infected water including fishing tackle, waders, recreational equipment, boats, and trailers. It takes only one live didymo cell to start a new colony of the alga. We urge anglers and boaters to clean your gear before leaving a water body and entering another one.

The PFBC recommends that anglers allow exposed equipment to completely dry before entering new waters. After equipment is dry to the touch, allow to dry another 48 hours. Thick and dense material such as life jackets or felt-soled wading gear will hold moisture longer, take longer to dry, and can be more difficult to clean.

Soaking equipment in hot water containing dishwashing detergent (2 cups of detergent for every 2.5 gallons of water) for 20 minutes or more also will kill didymo and some other AIS. If hot water is not available, a commercial hot-water car wash also makes a good location to wash boats, motors, and trailers. At the other end of the temperature range, freezing items solid for at least 24 hours is effective. If cleaning, drying, or freezing is not practical, please restrict the equipment's use to a single waterway.

“This section of Quemahoning Creek provides fishing opportunities for stocked trout as well as warm-water and cool-water fish. The PFBC annually stocks fingerling Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout in Quemahoning Creek downstream of the Quemahoning Reservoir,” said Gary Smith, Fisheries Biologist with the PFBC’s Fisheries Management Area 8.

Prior to detecting didymo in Quemahoning Creek, these blooms have been increasingly observed in Pennsylvania. Since 2007, didymo has been detected in the West Branch and main stem of the Delaware River, in Dyberry Creek in Wayne County, in the Youghiogheny River watershed in Fayette County, and in Pine Creek in Lycoming County.



For more details on how to stop the spread of didymo, visit:

https://www.fishandboat.com/Resource/Documents/ais-action-didymo.pdf



For more information on how to clean your gear, visit:

https://www.fishandboat.com/Resource/AquaticInvasiveSpecies/Pages/CleanYourGear.aspx

THE RGS GRADUATES 16 WOMEN FROM WOMEN’S INTRODUCTION TO WINGSHOOTING IN PA

Mt. Jewett, Pa.: Sixteen women from two different states graduated in August from the Ruffed Grouse Society’s Women’s Introduction to Wngshooting program offered in Pennsylvania. The Allegheny and Upland Bird Hunt Chapters of the Ruffed Grouse Society offered the program, and the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club in Mt. Jewett hosted the program. Purina, Sportdog, and Federal support this program at the national level.

And the graduates are:

1. Tina Brewer, McKean County,

2. Linda Cole, McKean County,

3. Isabelle Champlin, McKean County,

4. Michele Ford, Elk County,

5. Terra Haines, Bedford County,

6. Taylor Holt, McKean County,

7. Tianna Johnson, McKean County,

8. Kristy Lorenzo, McKean County,

9. Sue McClelland, McKean County,

10. Marie Ober, McKean County.

11. Dorrie Olay, Elk County,

12. Julie Olay, Elk County,

13. Donna Puller, McKean County,

14. Barb Sherman, McKean County,

15. Melissa Stagnaro, Virginia,

16. Emily Thomas, Clearfield County,

The RGS congratulates these sixteen women! The women are invited to a hunt for quail, pheasants, and chukars at a Special Retrieve Training Area at the Rolfe Beagle Club on Sunday, 9/13, to use their newly acquired skills.

Any women interested in enrolling in next year’s Women’s Introduction to Wingshooting Course should contact Mary Hosmer at wlhab@windstream.net for further details.

Re: Solomon’s Word Article on Darlene’s murder

Dear Friends of the community,
Today there was a release of information about the senseless murder of Darlene Sitter and the despicable crimes of Gregory Eldred. It made many of us physically ill. I can only imagine how difficult it is for those whom Darlene loved and the many in our community who loved her.

Since Darlene’s murder, The First Presbyterian Church has not only dedicated a garden in her memory, but also has set up a prayer table near the church office. On the table, we have a box in which people can place a note about things they would like the pastors to lift up to God during the week. When I pass by, my eyes are always drawn to Darlene’s picture which is also on the table; this morning was no different. At the church I frequently sit down to relax by playing the organ. This morning after concluding, I said a prayer of thanksgiving and remembrance for Darlene. I then went home only to find the article released by Andy Watson.

Rather than dwell on the gruesome and tragic story of events, I ask that we use this as a time for remembrance of how Darlene lived her life and the example she left behind. May we continue to strive to be the type of person she encouraged us all to be. I am jolted to remember that this horrific event which happened at our church, didn’t just happen to her church family, but to the many who were a part of her life and whose lives she touched. When we are reminded of tragedies like this that hit so close to home, many are in need of pastoral support. Any of you affected by the reminder of this event, may need prayer and a caring person to listen to your sorrow. Pastor Warren and I are both here for you in any way needed. Please do not hesitate to call the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport if you are in need of prayerful support.

Sincerely,

Pastor Donald Caskey

Warren Cederholm

Penn State Laureate David Witwer to present ‘Searching for Jimmy Hoffa’

Penn State Laureate David Witwer.
DuBOIS, PA – Penn State DuBois will host a virtual presentation by 2020-21 Penn State Laureate David Witwer beginning at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, September 21. His program, “Searching for Jimmy Hoffa: The Disappearance of America’s Most Notorious Labor Leader and Why It Still Matters Today” represents a culmination of many years of Witwer’s personal research into this cultural phenomenon. This event is free and open to the public via Zoom at https://psu.zoom.us/j/99670730976?pwd=OHdRWG5rcWJocURMSktiZzhiNXVnUT09 with passcode: 326603

On a summer afternoon in 1975, the most notorious labor leader in the United States disappeared, the presumed victim of a mob hit. The case remains unsolved and his story continues to fascinate the public, finding its way into popular culture in myriad ways, including the recent Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman. Witwer's talk tells the story of James R. Hoffa’s disappearance, including why it mattered at the time, and why it continues to matter. It will link this case to the federal government’s successful war on organized crime and to the shifting fortunes of the American workers who had once been among Hoffa’s most avid supporters.

Witwer is a professor of American studies in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities. After college, David worked for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He was an investigative analyst on assignment with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force looking into the mob’s role in the construction industry. Later, he drew on that investigative work when he served with the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York and worked with Office of Investigations in the Teamsters Union. He has written three books on labor racketeering: Corruption and Reform in the Teamsters Union (2003); Shadow of the Racketeer: Scandal in Organized Labor (2009); and most recently, Murder in the Garment District: The Grip of Organized Crime and the Decline of Labor in the United States (2020).

“We are excited to bring David, with his wealth of knowledge, into this virtual speaker series,” said Penn State DuBois Associate Chief Academic Officer Mary Mino.” Not only does this provide a fantastic opportunity for the public to engage with our Penn State Laurate, but it is also of particular interest to many of our students. The students in our Criminal Justice program are preparing for careers as law enforcement officers, investigators, and more. We are grateful that we can offer them the chance to connect with someone possessing David’s experience.”

Established in 2008, the Penn State Laureateship was founded in order to provide an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. One faculty member receives the honor each year, and embarks on a state-wide tour to share their work.

For more information on this program, or questions on how to access the virtual presentation, contact Mary Mino at obc@psu.edu or 814-375-4808, or Lecturer of Criminal Justice Selena Price at srp151@psu.edu or 814-375-4703.

There is still time to enter the $50,000 Big Idea Contest Before September 21

DuBOIS, PA - Ben Franklin Technology Partners has once again teamed up with the North Central PA LaunchBox and a list of other partners to offer the BIG Idea Contest. Partners are looking for tech innovators or small manufacturers located in Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, or Cambria counties in Pennsylvania who are developing new products, processes, or software applications. Winning applicants could take home up to $50,000 for their idea.

Other prizes and services available to contestants include a free consult on how to access federal research and development grant money from the Innovation Partnership (IPART), free passes to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center, business mentoring offered by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania SBDC, and a $2,500 “Peoples’ Choice” Award.
Eligible applicants should be located in Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, or Cambria county with less than $500,000 in current sales revenue and plans to commercialize a business idea.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 21. For an application and a complete list of rules, visit www.bigidea.benfranklin.org

For more information, contact Jill Edwards at 717-948-6625 or jilledwards@psu.edu
The BIG Idea Contest is also made possible by support from the Small Business Development Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, JARI, Downtown Indiana, the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, Indiana County, the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana County Development Corporation, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Last year’s success stories from the BIG Idea Contest can be viewed at https://dubois.psu.edu/story/7756/2019/11/22/north-central-pa-launchbox-announces-winners-big-idea-competition

Annual Farm Show At The Klien Family Century Farm


The Barabara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is excited to announce extended fall hours and current contests and events with the community.

Update on Library Hours and Happenings


The Barabara Moscato Brown Memorial Library is excited to announce extended fall hours and current contests and events with the community.

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the Library will extend weekday service hours. The new hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 11a.m.-6p.m., Saturdays 10-2, and closed to the public Wednesdays and Sundays. Although the building is not open to the public on Wednesdays.

“We do still offer our Library-2-Go-Go pickup service in the foyer on that day,” said Librarian Yelena Kisler.

The Library is currently running a mini-fundraiser, a Bear-Tastic Basket Raffle is happening now through September 19. The Basket, valued at $150, includes a heavy-duty canvas basket, giant stuffed teddy bear, and several brand-new bear-themed books (including the newest Paddington release). To enter, stop by the Library and purchase a raffle ticket at $5 each or 5 for $20. Winner will be drawn on September 21.

The Library is also running several contest throughout this month. The first is our Women’s Right to Vote Write-in Contest, going on now through November 1. To enter, simply complete the entry form (available at the library, Cameron County Chamber, and in copies of the Cameron County Echo) answering our question by no later than November 1. A winner will be chosen at random from those who submitted a completed entry form. The basket, also valued at nearly $150, is geared towards teen/adult women, but anyone interested is welcome to enter.

The second contest is a digital puzzle contest running on the Library’s Facebook Page. Each Monday in September, the library will post a new digital puzzle, each harder than the last. The first person to complete the puzzle and post their finished work on the Facebook Page, wins their choice of a brand new book from our selection. Books in all genres and age ranges are available to choose from.

Additionally, the Library will be holding another Mini Used Book Sale September 24-26 during regular library hours. The sale will be under the awning in front of the building (weather permitting). In the case of bad weather, the Sale will be held in the multipurpose room with limited entry. All books will be sold on a donation basis. Look for several special collections to be featured on the Library’s Facebook Page.


Also coming soon will be a second round of basket raffle fundraising with 2 large baskets available. One basket is American Girl-themed and the other is Magna Tiles-themed. Both are on display at the library for preview. More details on the raffle to come soon!

Despite not being able to resume in-person programming, the Library continues to regularly post Story Hour videos with take-home activities twice each week, and offer as many take-home, online activities and resources as possible.

Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to contact Library Staff at 814-486-8011, email brocampl@zitomedia.net, or message them on Facebook.

Come get your beautiful fall mums at the Galeton Library today. 10am.


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This email includes:
  •   The Decision Belongs to the Schools
  •   Honoring Bobby Gontero
  •   Democrats Prevent Override of Gov. Wolf’s HR 836 Veto
  •   Remembering Our Vietnam Era Veterans
  •   Ensuring the Security of PA Elections
  •   Attention Commercial Drivers
 

The Decision Belongs to the Schools


On Wednesday, as the House was preparing to pass - with bipartisan support - legislation (House Bill 2787) that would allow schools to make their own decisions regarding whether spectators are permitted to attend sporting events, Gov. Wolf conveniently changed his guidance on the subject.

All sports-related activities must adhere to the gathering limitations set forth by the Governor’s Plan for Phased Reopening (25 or fewer people for indoor activity, 250 or fewer people for outdoor activity) and the facility as a whole may not exceed 50 percent of total occupancy otherwise permitted by law. All individuals present at the facility at which such activities are held count towards gathering limitations and must comply with face covering order and social distancing guidelines.

This differs from his previous guidance and allows spectators to attend.

Acting quickly, the Senate Education Committee passed House Bill 2787 on Thursday, setting up a possible vote by the full Senate next week.
 

Honoring Bobby Gontero


Of all we as legislators are charged with caring for and have the opportunity to do, honoring our war dead is one of the most humbling and gratifying tasks we can perform.

On Saturday, we gathered at Salem United Methodist Church in Luthersburg to pay tribute to Brady Township-native LCPL Robert Clyde Gontero, who was killed in action during a search and clear mission in the Vietnam War.

A dedication service preceded the official unveiling of new signage on the Route 219/322 bridge over the railroad tracks in Brady Township.
 
 
Attempt to Override Wolf HR 836 Veto Falls Short


 

Here is the vote count on Wednesday’s attempted override of Gov. Wolf’s veto of House Resolution 836.

With every Republican House member voting yes, 24 supportive Democrat members were needed in order to be successful. Only nine crossed the line, meaning the override effort came up short.
 

Remembering Our Vietnam Era Veterans

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On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed my legislation that would designate a portion of U.S. Route 219 in Ridgway Borough as the Elk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Please click on the video above to hear my floor remarks made in support of House Bill 1954, which may now be taken up by the Senate.
 

Ensuring the Security of PA Elections


Recognizing that elections are the foundation of our democracy, I joined a majority of lawmakers in the state House this week in approving several updates to our laws to ensure their integrity.

Based on a report assessing issues that arose during the June primary election, House Bill 2626 seeks to ensure timely results by adjusting the timelines for applying for and returning absentee and mail-in ballots, and allowing county boards of elections to begin verifying and processing (also known as pre-canvassing) the absentee and mail-in ballots as early as the Saturday before the election. To ensure integrity, pre-canvassing and canvassing meetings would be recorded and made available to the public, and a chain of custody would be required for ballots being canvassed at a site other than the county board of election’s offices.

To improve election security, the bill would clarify that absentee and mail-in ballots may be returned in only one of four ways: by mail; in person to the county board of election’s main office; in person to a location in the courthouse designated by the county board of election; or in person to the voter’s polling place on election day. The measure also would require establishing a procedure to notify a voter whose signature on an absentee or mail-in ballot does not match the signature on file with the person’s voter registration; require establishing a bar code system to track absentee and mail-in ballots issued and to verify that the ballot has not been previously returned; and double all criminal penalties for any violation of the Election Code.

Again, acting quickly, the Senate State Government Committee passed the legislation on Thursday, setting up a possible vote on the Senate floor next week.
 

Attention Commercial Drivers


PennDOT is extending expiration dates for the following items through Sept. 30, 2020:

  •   Commercial learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
 
  •   Commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
 
  •   Commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
 

For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.