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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Coudersport Ambulance to Mapleview Lane


 At 8:04 PM in Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Mapleview Lane for a link to life call, a possible cardiac emergency.

TransAM Ambulance to Shinglehouse

 


At 6:14 PM on Saturday, TransAM ambulance has been dispatched to East Academy Street  in Shinglehouse for a woman fallen

Allegany County Health Dept. Records 56 New COVID-19 Cases; 2154 Total

 


Penn State Extension offers pesticide recertification credits by mail or online


Penn State Extension continues to offer pesticide recertification credits. What was old is new again, and in March of 2020, Nicole Santangelo and Liz Bosak of Penn State Extension in Potter/McKean and Dauphin/Perry Counties worked quickly to meet the needs of applicators without internet access. They were able to launch a correspondence course last summer that became an inspiration for Penn State Extension’s new line up of Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workbooks, available for purchase at our website extension.psu.edu/pestcredits or by phone at 1-877-345-0691. They cost $10 plus tax. Shipping and handling will be FREE through March 31, 2021.

Several workbooks are available now and include the following worth 2 category credits: Forage Diseases Workbook, Soybean Diseases Workbook (available in February), Pumpkin Diseases Workbook, Tomato Diseases Workbook and a Fumigation Workbook available in February 2021
Those needing 2+2 should also choose one of the following that provide 2 core credits: Adjuvants and Pesticides Workbook, Pesticide Recordkeeping Workbook, Pesticide Spill Protocol Workbook

For those comfortable accessing learning materials online, consider taking our Agronomic Pesticide Update – Webinar. Earn pesticide recertification credits from the comfort of your home or office! The Agronomic Pesticide Update webinar offers Pennsylvania commercial, public, and private applicators the opportunity to earn Core (2 credits) and Category (2 credits) towards pesticide recertification. Each webinar below is $10, and one should suffice for most private applicators that are caught up on credits.

Agronomic Pesticide Update with 2 Core and 2 Cat. PC, 01, 18 - $10
February 11, 2021 at 10:00am – Topic: Forage Pests
February 25, 2021 at 10:00am – Topic: Soybeans, Slugs & Cover Crops
March 11, 2021 at 7:00pm – Topic: Corn & other Grains
Recordings available through April so registrants can watch anytime. For a complete agenda or to register visit extension.psu.edu/agronomic-pesticide-update-webinar or call 1-877-345-0691

If you need just one credit to round out your applicator license renewal, check out our other online courses (now on sale at 50% off). They are around $7.50 per credit (at the sale price) and have a wide selection of offerings found at extension.psu.edu/pestcredits. There is also a “Pollinators and Pesticides” Workbook worth a single core credit available online or by calling 1-877-345-0691.  Additional webinars may be available.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Penn State Extension office in your area or call 1-877-345-0691 in advance of your participation or visit.

We encourage those without a pesticide license to also consider these educational products to further advance your agricultural expertise.

Krystan M. Sherman, 40, of Wellsboro, PA.

Krystan M. Sherman

Krystan M. Sherman, 40, of Wellsboro, died on Friday, January 8, 2021, at her residence.

Krystan was born May 15, 1980, in Wellsboro, the daughter of Bonnie and Jon Locey of Wellsboro; and Larry and Judy Sherman of Wisconsin. 

Krystan graduated from Wellsboro High School.  She enjoyed movies, music, gaming and spending time with her family and children.  

In addition to her parents, Krystan is survived by three children, Blake and Katie Sherman of Wellsboro; and Daughtry Sherman of Millerton; brothers, Matthew (Alison) Sherman, Lucas (Anjie) Sherman and a sister, Denise Sherman all of Wellsboro; nieces and nephews, MacKenna and Payton Gundersen, Dustin, Derek and Hunter Sherman and Ayden (Stephanie) Ruppert.   

The family will hold a private celebration of Krystan’s life.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. To share your fondest memories of Krystan or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.tusseymosher.com.

DUI In Ulysses TWP.


 

Bronx Man Arrested For Drug Possession In White Deer TWP.


 

Coudersport PSP Monthly Report For December 2020


 

Investigation Ongoing For Trespass In Keating TWP.


 

Galeton Dispatched For Traffic Control


 At 5:36 PM on Saturday, Galeton Fire Dept. dispatched to a vehicle crash near 1216 Germania Road for Traffic Control.

Shinglehouse Man Cited For Harassment In Sharon TWP.


 

Roulette Man Charged With Trespass


 

DUI In Shinglehouse Boro


 

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING JANUARY 5, 2021

 Borough of Galeton

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 5, 2021
ZOOM
The re-organizational and regular meetings of the Galeton Borough Authority took place on this date through ZOOM with the following members in attendance:  Tony Adami, Joe Cimino, and Tom Smith.  Not present was George Bowen. 

Others in attendance were:  Solicitor-Mike Plummer; Council Pres.-Joe Petrencsik; Dave Slusser and Dave Shaffer of Martz Tech.; and Andrea Caracciolo, Auth. Secy.
Chairman Adami called the re-organizational meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith to retain the same slate of officers for 2021 which are Anthony Adami-Chairman and George Bowen, Jr.-Vice-Chairman.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith to hire Michael Plummer as Authority Solicitor for 2021.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith retaining Northwest Savings Bank as depository.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith hiring Baker Tilly, US, LLP. as our auditors for the 2020 audit.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith keeping the meeting dates to the first Tuesday of every other month at 5:00 PM beginning with January ending in November 2021.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • A motion was made by Tom Smith, seconded by Joe Cimino to adjourn the re-organizational meeting at 5:11 PM.  All were in favor, motion carried.
  • Chairman Adami called the regular meeting to order at 5:12 PM.
  • A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith to approve the 11/3/20 minutes as presented.  All were in favor, motion carried.

WATER REPORT
Dave Shaffer and Dave Slusser both explained the quotes that we received for the water treatment plant upgrade that is to be completed through the PA Small Facilities water and sewer grant that we received because of a DEP mandate.  Quote # MTZ20237_ADS for $7,540.00 which include the design services for the bid specs, electrical drawings and project manual specs.  and Quote # MTZ20238_ADS for $5,915.00 is for Construction administration services, substantial completion inspection and final inspection to make sure everything is in working order and connected to our SCADA system.
A motion was made by Tom Smith, seconded by Joe Cimino to accept Quote # MTZ20237.  All were in favor, motion carried.
A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith to accept Quote # MTZ20238.  All were in favor, motion carried.
A third quote was submitted for $37,400.00 which was not accepted. 

Joe reported that the drought was lifted at last month’s Council meeting.  Everything is back to normal and water conditions are excellent at this time.
He reported that the crew is still doing meter replacements.  Most have been completed.
He reported that SSF Bed # 3 meter is starting to malfunction so giving the heads up that a new one will have to be purchased. 

SEWER REPORT
Joe reported that the bypass meter for the sewer plant will be in any day.  The crew will be installing it in the pit and Martz will be connecting it to the SCADA System.
Tony reported that the first public hearing for the CDBG competitive grant for the sewer plant was held Dec. 31, 2020 hosted by SEDA COG.  The second one is scheduled for Jan 14, 2021.  The application has to be in by Feb 3, 2021.
It is noted that it is important to have support letters from citizens and community organizations just like we had to have for the last round that we were turned down. 

OLD BUSINESS
There was a discussion on the eight bucket list properties (which are properties that are vacant and/or abandoned where the water is off and have high delinquent balances).  There are liens on these properties but some will not ever be sold or are tied up in bankruptcy.
A water and sewer increase for 2021 was discussed.  The Authority would like to see a 3% increase which will all go into the Restricted Capital Improvement accounts for major projects, such as the water tank on Oak Street is in dire need of repairs; the main transmission line at the water plant is still in dire need of replacement before it breaks and so on.
Joe Petrencsik attended the meeting to ask the Authority to please hold off the increase until 7/1/21 so that residents are not hit with a tax increase and water, sewer increase at the same time.  The Authority agreed.
The increase would consist of approx. $1.09/month increase in water and $1.76/month increase in sewer.   The minimum bill would go from 94.92 to 97.77.   

A motion was made by Tom Smith, seconded by Tony Adami to increase the water and sewer rates by 3% effective 7/1/21 and for the entire increase to go into the Capital Improvement water and sewer accounts.  A vote was taken.  Tom Smith, aye; Tony Adami, aye; Joe Cimino voted present. The vote was two ayes out of three which is a majority.  Motion passed.
A motion was made by Joe Cimino, seconded by Tom Smith to amend the Water Operations and Management Agreement to have 13% instead of 10% of total water deposits to be deposited into the Capital Improvements Water Account and to amend the Sewer Operations and Management Agreement to have 8% instead of 5% of total sewer deposits to be deposited into the Capital Improvements Sewer Account.  All were in favor, motion carried. 

A motion was made by Tom Smith, seconded by Joe Cimino to adjourn.  All were in favor, motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 6:21 PM.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day



McKean County District Attorney's Office
Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer, District Attorney

January 9, 2021 is nationally recognized as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  

Each day, our officers risk their lives without recognition yet, with each shift, the officers and their families make sacrifices for the rest of us that we cannot imagine.  It is our privilege to know and work with them.  Patrolman Steven Jerman and Sergeant David Distrola remain in our hearts and their legacies live on.  

Today and every day we remember and honor them and all law enforcement officers across the country and locally- Bradford City Police, Bradford Township Police, Foster Township Police, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Police, Otto Eldred Regional Police, Smethport Borough Police, Port Allegany Police, Kane Borough Police, Sheriff’s Department, Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania State Police, McKean County Detectives’ Bureau, McKean County Drug Task Force, McKean County 911, FCI-McKean, SCI-Forest,  McKean County Jail, Potter County Jail, Warren County Jail, McKean County Juvenile and Adult Probation, State Parole.    

On behalf of the McKean County District Attorney's Office, I thank them and their families for their service and sacrifice.  Heroes run toward danger and we thank them for that. 

Nettie J. Mays, 96, of Wellsboro, PA

Nettie J. Mays

Nettie J. Mays, 96, of Wellsboro, died on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Leighton Place, Assisted Living, Williamsport.

Nettie was born October 26, 1924, in Morris, the daughter of the late Evan and Anna (Plumley) Jones.  She married Paul E. Mays on October 4, 1946 and they celebrated 64 years of marriage until his passing on October 27, 2010.

Nettie graduated from Wellsboro High School, Class of 1942 and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Wellsboro.

Nettie survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Larry Jackson of Wellsboro; grandchildren, Kris (Timothy) Hilbert of Knoxville, TN; and Thomas Jackson of Parkersburg, WV; and three great granddaughters of Knoxville, TN.  

In addition to her parents and husband, Nettie was preceded in death by a son, James Mays and a sister, Leona Ward.  

Due to COVID- 19 restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA. To share your fondest memories of Nettie or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.tusseymosher.com.

Ann G. HALLETT, 79, of Scio, NY

Ann G. HALLETT

Ann G. HALLETT, 79, of Scio, NY, died Friday, January 8, 2021. 

Born August 7, 1941, in Corning, she was the daughter of Irving and Dorothy Shufelt Gladstone. On August 17, 1963, in Addison, she married James W. Hallett, who predeceased her on August 9, 2010. A graduate of Addison Central School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree from Alfred University. She was employed as a math teacher at Wellsville High School for many years. One of Ann’s favorite pastimes included spending time with her family in the Adirondacks. 

Surviving are: two children, Catherine (Christopher) DeLorenzo of Saratoga Springs and J. Andrew Hallett of Wilmington; two grandchildren, John (Emily) DeLorenzo and Elizabeth DeLorenzo; a sister, Margaret Hargrave of CA; nieces and nephews. 

A private service will be held on a later date. Memorials may be made to Mountain View Lake Association, P.O. Box 235, Owls Head, NY 12969 or Fairlawn Cemetery, 5848 Comfort Hollow Road, Scio NY, 14880. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

Capitol Report by PA Rep. Mike Armanini


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This email includes:
  •   Up and Running and Working for You
  •   Update on Unemployment Benefits
  •   PennDOT Extends Deadlines
 
 
Up and Running and Working for You

The 2021-22 Legislative Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly is underway. My fellow House member and I were sworn into office Tuesday. Due to COVID-19, the oath of office was be administered to members in small groups of approximately 50 members each, rather than to the full 203-member chamber at one time. We will also re-elect state Rep. Bryan Cutler from Lancaster County as speaker of the House for the new session.

This is all possible because of the love and support I have from my family. They traveled with me to Harrisburg, although only my wife went to the House floor as we were allowed two guests per member.
 
 
Update on Unemployment Benefits


Thousands of Pennsylvanians are receiving an extra $300 next week in unemployment payments. The extension of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program is part of the federal stimulus that Congress passed last month.

The $300 is automatically added to each claimants’ payment so they do not need to apply. Approximately 127,000 claimants in the Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs will receive the $300 FPUC boost as soon as Tuesday. The program runs the claim weeks ending Jan. 2, 2021 to March 13, 2021. There is no additional cost to the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry is still awaiting additional information from the federal DOL on the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs. Because of program changes made in the federal CARES Act extension, this information is necessary to ensure L&I follows the law. When payments resume, the department will backdate eligible claims to the week of Jan. 2 and add on the FPUC to ensure claimants do not miss out on any eligible weeks.
 
 
PennDOT Extends Deadlines



The expiration dates for both commercial learner’s permits and commercial driver licenses scheduled to expire between March 16, 2020, and Feb. 22, 2021, is extended through Feb. 22, 2021. 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.

At that same online location, you may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
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Coudersport Ambulance To Cartee Street


 At 10:30 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been called to Cartee Street for a possible allergic reaction.

Hinsdale, Westons Mills Dispatched to Structure Fire

 


At 10:26 AM on Saturday, Hinsdale & Westons Mills have been dispatched to a structure fire at 3485 Rt. 16 in Hinsdale. Report smoke showing.

10:41 AM--Fire under control. 

Hinsdale Fire Department

*STRUCTURE FIRE*
01/09/2021
At 1023 Hinsdale Fire and Weston Mills Fire were dispatched to a structure fire on Rt 16 in Hinsdale. Hinsdale Chief arrived and reported smoke showing from a trailer and all occupants were out. Shortly after Engine 51 arrived and made entry into the trailer. Crews located fire in the wall behind a propane heater. The fire was knocked down within minutes of dispatch and extensive overhaul took place. Damage to the structure was minimal. Units were clear and back in service at 1145. Allegany Fire covered the fire district while crews operated at the incident. No injuries were reported.
Other Hinsdale units on scene:
E-52
TA-114
AM-238

Cuomo: Groups 1A and 1B can make COVID-19 vaccine reservations beginning Monday

During a media briefing on Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that those who are in the COVID-19 vaccination groups 1A and 1B can begin making reservations to get the vaccine on Monday.
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Wellsboro citizens fined $7,000 for keeping chickens

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

This summer, we asked for your signature to support legalizing chickens in the borough of Wellsboro, PA. Over 700 people responded in a few short weeks. When we presented the signatures to the borough council, they were dismissed. The pressure from the community was enough to change the minds of half of the borough council, ultimately, however, our attempts to persuade the borough council to allow for the keeping of no/low-impact animals in the borough was denied.

Their explanation? "That's what the town fathers decided [in 1991], and we are going to keep it that way."

Nevermind that they recently allowed for the keeping of llamas and sheep in rural residential zones in 2020.

When our requests were denied, we filed for a variance. Almost 6 months later, our hearing date has been set. In the meantime, the borough council has approved fining us $7,000 for not removing the birds from our property while we waited for a zoning board hearing. 

That's $7,000 for four chickens and four ducks in rural residential zoning approved for agricultural use.

We received two letters this week. The first letter was good news: We finally have a hearing before the zoning committee on Tuesday, January 26 for our variance application. Yay! The second letter was to inform us that the borough is fining us $7,000 for keeping the birds while we waited for this zoning hearing. We go before the magistrate on Wednesday, January 27. Yikes!

We still feel strongly that homeowners in any part of the borough, especially in rural residential areas approved for agricultural use, should have the right to keep and maintain a small flock of no-impact poultry as pets or as food. The bird's presence was therapeutic, entertaining, and functional. And zero harm came of keeping them on our property. We hope to see the ordinance changed to reflect all of the practical reasons for keeping low-impact animals. If you live or grew up or plan to move in the borough and feel similarly, we encourage you to reach out to the leadership of the borough council and borough zoning committee to voice your opinion. We need all the support we can get - letters, phone calls, emails, showing up at the meeting on January 26 at 5 PM on Crafton Street....

Now, more than ever, we need the support of the community to make a change. Please, reach out to the borough council and the zoning board and make your voice heard (because they sure are not listening to the two town mother's with a toddler and a couple of birds).

Please write to the leadership at Wellsboro Borough Office and ask for a change. https://www.wellsboroborough.com/index.php/contact

Angelica Community Radio facilitates Donation of Suffrage Materials to Southern Tier Library System

Angelica, NY –   In celebration of the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment, Angelica Community Radio coordinated the "Votes for Women! 19th Amendment Book Club,” a four-part reading and discussion series developed and funded in part by Humanities New York.  

The funder loans multiple copies of books to grantees, but one book we wished to include had been recently published and was therefore not yet in Humanities NY’s inventory for such a loan.   We contacted the authors, Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello, who contacted the publisher (Cornell University Press) and were thrilled when we were gifted fifteen copies of Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State.  

Rather than keep these books, we chose instead to donate them to the Southern Tier Library System (STLS) to become part of its permanent collection so they may circulate among member libraries.  

As an additional part of WRAQ’s planned community celebration, the Friends of the Angelica Free Library purchased the Ken Burns-PBS documentary, Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, intending to screen it for the public over two consecutive evenings. COVID unfortunately upended that plan.  The Friends have similarly donated this DVD (which comes with unlimited public screening rights) to STLS.  

Angelica Community Radio president Jim Ruschak said, “Our non-profit, community station exists to enrich the lives of people in our community. The 19th Amendment Book Club program and associated community events paved the way for donations that will enable library patrons in five counties to access these valuable suffrage materials.  We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Cornell University Press and the Friends of the Angelica Free Library for helping us to fulfill our mission.”

Angelica Community Radio is a 501c3 community radio station broadcasting from its studio at 19 W. Main St., Angelica at 92.7 FM and streaming on-line. Visit www.WRAQ.org  to learn more or follow us on FB.  Email info@wraq.org or call 585-466-5031. 

Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 51 New Troopers


01/08/2021

​Harrisburg, PA – Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced today that 51 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 160th graduating cadet class. Troopers assigned to area barracks are: See all graduates here....

Troop E, Corry
Nichole R. Klapchar
Matthew D. Stercho

Troop E, Erie
John R. Stutz
Kevin P. Wilson

Troop F, Coudersport
Luke W. Fusco

Troop F, Montoursville
Brett M. Harvey

Ridgway PSP Seeking Information For A Hit And Run On Shawmut RD. In Horton TWP.


 

Maryland Man Charged With DUI In Wetmore TWP.


 

Ridgway PSP Seeking Information For A Lost Firearm In Horton TWP.


 

PSP Ridgway Are Investigating Bad Checks In Fox TWP.


 

Mansfield PSP Are Investigating A Possible Sexual Assault In Gaines TWP.


 

Star Hose Members Get COVID-19 Vaccine

 


New Covid Cases in Allegany County Jumps to 47 Friday


 

Family Design Resources Is Seeking A Paralegal In Smethport

 


Sweden Valley Manor Is Hiring For The Position Of RN

 


Coudersport Magisterial Court Office To Move To 24 maple View Lane January 1st

 


Sagewood Counseling Is Hiring Behavioral Health Technicians In Port Allegany, Shinglehouse, Eldred , And Coudersport

 


Lake View Is Hiring We have openings C N A’s, Personal care aides, and dietary aides

 


Catalus Corporation Of Galeton Is Hiring

 


Seneca Highlands Are Hiring For Multiple Positions


 

Friday, January 8, 2021

FRIDAY P.M. Update: Regional Case Count, Death Toll Rise

 There were 584 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 20 more deaths related to the virus across the region between Wednesday and Friday. 

Twenty-one of those cases were in Potter County, with the largest concentrations in Coudersport, Austin and Shinglehouse. 

Most recent active case count shows 149 in Potter County. Of those, 53 are in the Coudersport area, 36 in Shinglehouse, 27 in Austin, 9 in Roulette, 8 in Ulysses, 7 in Genesee, 6 in Galeton and 3 in Harrison Township. Pa. Dept. of Health considers a case to be “active” and the victim contagious if a positive test result occurred over the past 14 days. 

A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control model has found that the actual number of COVID-19 infections in a locale could be as much as eight times higher than the detected cases. Details of the model can be found here. Since the pandemic began, there have been 680 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths among residents of Potter County (chart above).

Also over the past 48 hours, there were 110 more cases and four more deaths in McKean County; 27 more cases and four more deaths in Tioga; 226 cases and nine deaths in Lycoming; 10 cases in Cameron; 53 cases and two deaths in Elk; 53 cases and two deaths in Clinton; 41 cases and one death in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.; and 58 cases in Allegany County, N.Y.

 Entering Friday, overall case counts since the virus was detected stood as follows: Tioga, 2,043 cases, 73 deaths; McKean, 2.014 cases, 29 deaths; Cattaraugus, 2,836 cases, 51 deaths; Allegany, 2,051 cases, 75 deaths; Clinton, 2,138 cases, 31 deaths; Elk, 1,628 cases, 21 deaths; Cameron, 183 cases, 4 deaths; and Lycoming, 6,700 cases, 140 deaths. Statewide in Pennsylvania, there have been 703,265 cases with 17,393 deaths.

MASSES CANCELLED IN SMETHPORT & MT. JEWETT

 Masses for 1/09/21 and 1/10/21 are cancelled at St. Elizabeth, Smethport and St. Joseph, Mt. Jewett.  There will be no daily masses the week of 1/11/21 through 1/15/21.

Bradford Firefighters Make Fast Work of Attic Fire on Bank Street


 Bradford Firefighters

***STRUCTURE FIRE***
Today at 14:19 Shift 1 was dispatched on box 1-2 for a residential house fire. 

Chief 1 arrived on scene at the Bank St residence and reported a working attic fire. 1 hand line was placed into operation quickly extinguishing the fire. 

Shift 3 was requested to stand by at Central Fire Station. City Police assisted on scene.
Chief 1 (Taylor) had Bank St. command.
Photos courtesy of J. Bradish.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

 

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Fighting for Rural Health Care

Earlier this week, the Bradford Era published an article regarding the future of the Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC). In case you missed it, Upper Allegheny Health System, which manages BRMC and Olean General Hospital (OGH), announced plans to restructure services by moving acute and surgical care entirely to OGH. BRMC would continue to have an emergency room, outpatient services and 10 inpatient beds.

Bradford Regional Medical Center is vital to the health of our citizens and the health of our economy. Since first hearing of this proposal last month, I have been in communication with both the state Department of Health and the board of Upper Allegheny Health System (Click here to read the letter) to convey my concerns with this proposal. I will continue to fight to maintain hospital services here in Bradford.
 
 
State Police Warn of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The Pennsylvania State Police issued a disturbing warning last week about scammers using COVID-19 vaccine distribution as a means to steal people’s money and/or personal information.

Scams already circulating include:

  •   Emails claiming to offer a vaccine waiting list, early access or doses shipped to your home. These emails may have poor grammar and spelling, as well as links that may contain malware that, once installed on your computer, steals your information.
  •   Texts, robocalls or messages on other platforms containing links to websites that promise the vaccine but solicit personally identifying information such as addresses, banking or credit card information. The sites may claim to be official sites belonging to manufacturers, medical providers or public health organizations and may be difficult to spot as fake.
  •   Social media posts with disinformation or misinformation about the vaccine’s origins or efficacy or claims of political motivation. These posts may really be selling worthless or harmful products.

To help protect yourself, never provide money or personal information to anyone who requests it in exchange for special access to the vaccine; instead, rely on public health agencies for information on vaccine availability. Also, be sure your computer has the latest updates and an antivirus program. Delete any email from people you do not recognize or that has attachments you are not expecting.
 
 
2021-22 Legislative Session Underway


I was happy to be joined by my son, Matthew, at the state Capitol this week as I officially took the oath of office to serve as state representative for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. In addition to taking the oath, the House reelected Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County as speaker and adopted rules to govern the chamber during the two-year session.
                                    
 
Working for You


In addition to serving as your voice at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, my local offices are also available to assist with any state-related issues. Please feel free to contact us!

Services available include:
  •   Assistance with PennDOT paperwork: driver’s license applications and renewals; vehicle registration applications and renewals; lost cards; changes/corrections; special registration plates; vanity plates; and applications for disability placards.
  •   Information and applications for state programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate, PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  •   Birth and death certificates.
  •   Information about legislation.
  •   Assistance resolving matters related to state agencies.
 
The offices can be reached as follows:
  •   Bradford: 78 Main St., First Floor. 814-362-4400.
  •   Coudersport: 107 S. Main St., Room 1. 814-274-9769.
  •   Kane: 55 Fraley St. 814-837-0880.
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Apply Now for Fire, EMS Grants

Pennsylvania fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads are encouraged to apply for the next round of state grants to help support their mission to protect our communities. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

Eligible organizations may apply for grant funding for up to two projects in the following categories: facilities construction or improvement; equipment needs; debt reduction; training and certification of members; recruitment and retention; training and education of the public; and revenue losses related to COVID-19. For career departments only, grants may also be used for overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters attend training.

The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services.

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Virtual Farm Show Set for Jan. 9-16

The Pennsylvania Farm Show – typically the largest indoor agricultural expo on the east coast – is going virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Agriculture recently unveiled its schedule of events for the show, which will take place from Jan. 9-16. The full schedule is available here.

Events will include 4-H demonstrations, live duckling pond and beehive cams, STEM demonstrations that can be recreated at home with kids, culinary demonstrations, veteran-farmer stories and more.

In addition to live and pre-recorded events that will be featured on the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook page and the Pennsylvania Cable Network, the Farm Show will host virtual exhibits at www.farmshow.pa.gov. These more than 180 virtual exhibits include videos, activities and other learning opportunities that range from all things about bluebirds, gourds and cider to how to cook dried beans, raise hogs or make a blue-ribbon-winning apple pie.

Don’t miss out on this showcase of our state’s top industry!