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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Leon, Randolph Dispatched For Snowmobile Accident


 Tri - County Alarms
5:35 PM
Cattaraugus County: Leon Fire & Randolph EMS are Responding to 7004 Riga Road for a Snowmobile Accident in a field.  

Caller reports that there is Serious Injuries. Victim was unresponsive but now conscious. Report is that snowmobile struck a tree. Helicopter transporting to ECMC.

FRIDAY P.M. Update: Potter County Has 58 ‘Active’ Cases

Potter County Today
February 5th, 2021


Some 503 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases and 12 more related deaths were confirmed across Potter and bordering counties over the past 72 hours. 

Twelve of the new cases between Tuesday and Friday were residents of Potter County. Current active case count in Potter County stands at 58, broken down as follows: Coudersport area, 19; Shinglehouse, 13; Roulette, 10; Harrison Township, 7; Ulysses, 3; Genesee, 3; Austin, 2; Roulette, 1. 

Since the pandemic began, there have been 847 cases and 20 COVID-related deaths in Potter County.

Public health officials are now cautioning that new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus have been detected in a growing number of states. This will likely prolong the pandemic, extending health and safety restrictions and reinforcing the need for preventive measures for several months. The discovery also underscores the urgency of making the FDA-approved vaccine available across the country.

Entering Friday, some 307 Potter County residents have received the full two-shot dosage and 312 have been given the initial dose. 

Three testing sites for the COVID-19 coronavirus remain available in Coudersport. In addition to the testing site at UPMC Cole for physician-referred patients, tests are also being administered at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 1-800-635-8611 to complete an eligibility assessment) and Rite Aid Pharmacy (visit the website here or call 814-274-0439).

Allegany County Reports 21 New Covid-19 Cases Saturday

 


Derrick City Fire Co. Dispatched To 3 Vehicle Crash

 


At 5:15 PM on Saturday, Derrick City Fire & City Ambulance dispatched to a 3 vehicle head-on accident in front of Sheetz on Bolivar Drive.

GAME ON IN MILLS, PA



Berwyn Calcote, Mills, PA Super Bowl LV Snowmen

Kansas City Chiefs VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game on 2-7-2021

Lawrenceville, Tioga Dispatched to Vehicle Fire on Rt. 287

 


At 4:35 PM on Saturday, Lawrenceville & Tioga Fire Companies have been dispatched to a vehicle fire at 17396 Route 287. Location is parking lot of Oscar's Clean Machines. Engine compartment is well involved.

Frances G. "Jerry" Chadderdon, 90, Bolivar, NY Native

ROCHESTER - Frances G. "Jerry" Chadderdon, 90, passed away from COVID-19 on Sunday (Jan. 31, 2021). She had been in memory care for a year in Rochester, near her daughter Mary and her family.

Jerry was a native of Bolivar with close family ties to Allegany.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1930, in Olean, daughter of Francis "Frank" and Amelia Gerringer Hungerford. Jerry married Richard "Dick" J. Buffington Sr. on Sept. 17, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1979. She married Clair J. Dunn in 1981, who preceded her in death, in 1999. She married LaVerne "Bones" "Chad" W. Chadderdon, on June 19, 2005, and was devastated by his death on Nov. 11, 2019.

She graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1948, attended the University of Michigan, and enjoyed numerous humanities and social sciences courses, into her 80's.

Jerry taught in Olean area Catholic schools, before she and Dick adventurously "packed up the kids," in 1961, camping across country to settle in what is now Silicon Valley. There, she loved her jobs at Sylvania (G.E.) and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department.

In 1969, the family moved back to Western New York, to Allegany. She worked for many years in administration at St. Francis Hospital, followed by employment at Manufacturers Hanover Bank Olean, Trust Department, and Cattaraugus County Community Action.

She came full circle, living most of her final years in Bolivar. She was a member of the Nile Community Church. Before moving back to Bolivar, she was active in St. Bonaventure Parish, and the Allegany Area Historical Association. In Bolivar, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the Pioneer Oil Museum.

Fred Rogers's mother's famously said "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." That was Jerry. She helped at the Warming House; on a mission trip with St. Bonaventure's to Vietnam; with Meals on Wheels; and for a full year in Kentucky, with the Christian Appalachian Project.

From childhood, she loved being outdoors, from picnics out on the Trio oil lease; at Rock City; under redwoods in Big Basin; in Allegany State Park; and as a snowbird on Florida beaches.

She taught her children and grandkids the same, taking them to Allegany State Park for card games, puzzles and porch sitting, and to Bucher Hollow for berry-picking and memories.

Her roots were always in Ireland where she traveled as an adult, and in the oil fields of the Southern Tier, and she made sure to pass those roots on.

Surviving are three children, Lynn (Don Nguyen) Buffington of Beavercreek, Ohio, Mary (Ricardo) Adams of Rochester and Rick (Ann) Buffington of Portville; five beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth Nguyen of Boston, Erin Shoemaker of Rochester, Jonathan Nguyen of Philadelphia, and Sarah and Maya Adams of Rochester; beloved great-grandson, Atom Shoemaker of Rochester; and special sister-in-law, Mary "Mac" Hungerford. She was close to stepchildren, Craig Chadderdon of Scottsville, Greig "Rusty" Chadderdon of Caledonia, Kathy Tucci of Avondale, Pa. and Kyle Chadderdon of Caledonia.

She was preceded in death in 2015 by daughter, Kath Buffington, with whom she shared a beautiful voice and a passion for singing.

Jerry loved music, especially musicals, John Denver and Frank Sinatra, and she performed with Olean Community Theater in the 1980's.

She is also predeceased by her beloved sisters and singing partners, Mary Fitzsimmons and Patricia Smyke, with whom she cherished numerous week-long and much celebrated family reunions of the extended Hungerford family. She is also predeceased by special sister-in-law, Patricia "Trish" Buffington McGrath; and special cousin, Tom Sullivan.

The family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Rochester Presbyterian Home and Manor Hills Assisted Living of Wellsville. A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Her chosen engraving, "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back."

Memorials to Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Retreat, PO Box 100, West Clarksville, NY 14786.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.

Lois C. Weiss, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Coudersport and Harrison Valley

Lois C. Weiss                   

“beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Lois C. Weiss, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Coudersport and Harrison Valley, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., after a period of failing health.     

Born on Friday, March 23, 1928 in Palo Alto, she was a daughter of Charles E. and Helen I. Coleman Walton.     

Lois was a graduate of Pottsville High School. She had been employed as a sales associate for Olan Mills in El Paso, Texas.    

While residing in Pottsville, she attended Christ Evangelical Congregational Church and while living in Coudersport, attended Coudersport Alliance Church.  For a period of time while residing in Shinglehouse, Lois attended the First Baptist Church.  She enjoyed playing cards.    

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Roberta L. Sasser of Shinglehouse; a son, David Callahan of La Vernge, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Amber, Harmony, Anthea, and Jason; three great-grandchildren, Payten, Jaykub, and Kayson; a brother, Charles E. Walton, Jr. of Cressona; and several nieces and nephews.    

In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by an infant brother; and a sister, Evelyn Berger.    

In keeping with Lois’ wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.     

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Alliance Church, 7 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.     

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

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lois, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

St. Marys Fire Dept. Dispatched to Structure Fire At Metco


 At 2:43 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Firefighters have been dispatched to Metco on Brussells Street for a report of fire & smoke coming from the roof.

Potter County Coroner to seek re-election


Shinglehouse, PA----Potter County Coroner Kevin J. Dusenbury, Sr. of Shinglehouse has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Coroner in the upcoming spring primary election on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.     

Dusenbury has served as coroner since 1994 and previously served as Potter County deputy coroner since 1984.     

Since serving as coroner, Dusenbury has been involved in the development and updating of a mass fatalities plan for the county with Potter County Emergency Management officials and fire and emergency personnel throughout Potter County.     

In addition to his regular duties of the office, Dusenbury has in the past distributed many materials from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to area schools to discourage underage use of alcohol.  He has also participated in many Prom Awareness programs at several area schools in the county.  Dusenbury was instrumental in forming a Child Death Review Team in Potter County which he co-chairs.      

 His most recent accomplishments were the securing of $20,000.00 from grants for participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Health Drug Monitoring Program.  This funding was at NO COST to Potter County taxpayers.  His office will in part be using these funds to benefit senior citizens and area youth.      

He has also come into “modern times” with the launching of the Potter County Coroner’s Office Facebook page, a forum to share safety information and upcoming events for the residents of Potter County. (Please visit his page and “like” it.)         

He completed the Mediocolegal Death Investigation Seminar required for coroners at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, attends yearly continuing education programs, and has numerous education hours concerning all areas of forensic death investigation.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.     

Dusenbury states, “It is my greatest honor to serve the people of Potter County during one of the most, if not the most, difficult times of their lives. Throughout the years of serving as Coroner, I have always tried to comfort and care for families while diligently performing my duties.”      

A graduate of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, Dusenbury holds an associate in applied science degree in Mortuary Science.  A licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania and New York, he owns and operates the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse.  He is a member of several volunteer, civic, fraternal, and professional organizations.  He and his wife, Patty, have two children, Kevin (Nicole) Dusenbury, Jr. and Kathryn (Robert) Barger; and two grandchildren, Brody Barger and Gwynne Barger.     

Dusenbury thanks everyone in advance for their friendship and support. “Since first being elected Coroner I have run the office in a highly efficient manner, using my office, my professional vehicles, and equipment at no cost to taxpayers.”    

Kevin can be reached at 697-6570 or on the Facebook page, Kevin Dusenbury Potter County Coroner, should you have any questions.

US Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) Speaks on Proposed COVID-19 Relief Aid

Update on COVID
Spending Proposals

Congress has spent an unprecedented amount of taxpayer money - approximately $4 trillion - on COVID-19 relief aid. The staggering amount is on par with the size of the entire annual federal budget and is equal to about a quarter of our entire annual economy. Moreover, billions of authorized aid remains unspent.

The economy has rebounded well since last April. The unemployment rate has fallen by more than half of what it was then and savings and disposable income rates are currently at or near record high levels. Another round of stimulus checks and other aid will not address the biggest problem facing Americans - concerns about traveling, socializing, and dining out during the pandemic. Getting the vaccine into peoples' arms as quickly as possible does. This is what the federal government must be focused on. Once we've made significant progress on this goal, then Congress can revisit what pockets of the economy still require assistance.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the floor speech I delivered this week about the next steps I think Congress should take when it comes to another COVID relief package.

Bradford Dispatched To Fuel Spill


 At 12:54 PM on Saturday, Bradford City Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a truck leaking fuel at the North Kendall exit of Rt. 219.

Wellsboro Dispatched To Structure Fire On Shumway Hill Road


 At 12:22 PM on Saturday, Wellsboro Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire at 1415 Shumway Hill Road. Report dryer fire. Smoke is showing from exterior of house.

12:45 PM--FIRE IS OUT.  Checking for possible extension & ventilating.

Exterior Heating Unit Burned Sending Smoke Into Sweden Valley Manor; Residents Evacuated To Safe Area Inside


 Coudersport Vol FireDept
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2/6/21 08:44:42 2021-00003473 BOX 48-03 EULALIA TWP - FIRST ALARM STRUCTURE FIRE 1028 E SECOND ST, SWEDEN VALLEY MANOR.
ALARM ACTIVATION AS WELL AS A PHONE CALL CONFIRMATION OF SMOKE IN THE BREAK ROOM. 

Chief 48 arrived and established command with smoke conditions in the common hall between the kitchen and break room as well as in those rooms. 

The staff of the Manor had already laterally evacuated residents to safe areas within the facility. Crews from Engine 48-1 stretched a line, tied into a hydrant in front of the facility and began the search for the cause. 

Engine 48-2 crew along with AC Dunn, Haskins and Lt Saulter advanced forward to assist with investigation and locating the fire. 

Crews along with maintenance was able to locate the cause and origin of the fire - external heating unit which caught fire and the blower filled those specific areas ( the only area that it serviced ) with smoke. 

The heater unit was disabled and the incident was turned over to maintenance. All units were in service a short time there after. 

The only damage was to the external heating unit, there were no injuries and all of the staff acted accordingly to fire protocols. 

In all 15 personnel answered the call, assisted by SVM Staff, CVAA Stood by on scene. 

Chief Phelps

Roulette VFD Snowmobile Poker Run & Chicken BBQ Next Saturday

 


PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas showcases rural region’s unique assets, navigable maps


A new tool is now available to people looking for unique places to visit in the rural Pennsylvania Wilds, a designated 13-county region in north central and northwest Pennsylvania. The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas features over 45 pages of travel inspiration and useful details for navigating to some of the region’s most popular destinations as well as other points of interest.

“This is the first PA Wilds-branded print map of the region since 2010,” said Ta Enos, CEO of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), the nonprofit that produced the Atlas. “So much has changed on the ground since then, with new state-of-the-art visitor centers, trail connections and other outdoor rec asset improvements in so many communities. When the PA Wilds core marketing infrastructure integrated into our nonprofit in 2016-17, the map project was at the top of our list to overhaul and get back into print.” 

In late 2018, thanks to partial funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the PA Wilds Marketing Corporation, PA Wilds Center began to develop a new map of the PA Wilds. Hundreds of thousands of people travel to the PA Wilds every year, fueling a growing $1.8B tourism industry. The region is known for being home to the largest concentration of public lands in the Commonwealth -- over 2 million acres, as well as the largest wild elk herd in the northeast, world-famous night skies, the Allegheny National Forest and thousands of miles of land and water trails. 

“Our visitor bureau partners and DCNR developed the first map, and it was such a popular resource,” Enos says. “Parts of the PA Wilds are rugged and wild, and cell reception can be spotty, so having a navigable print map to accompany pawilds.com is important. Our goal was to build on that base, weave in more of the story of our region’s conservation legacy and entrepreneurial spirit, and create a model that was sustainable so it would not go out of print again. We thank all of our funders, partners and contractors for their help on this project. Maps are not an easy thing to tackle. Our Communications Director, LaKeshia Knarr, did yeoman’s work overseeing production of the Atlas.”

In addition to financial support, DCNR staff provided invaluable insights to help ensure accuracy of information presented in the Atlas.

“DCNR’s partnership with PA Wilds Center to collaborate and lead work in the PA Wilds Conservation Landscape has resulted in tangible and useful products like this one that assists DCNR in its mission to provide excellent visitor experiences to all who seek to explore the more than 2.2 million acres of public land in the region,” said Meredith Hill, DCNR’s PA Wilds and Conservation Landscape Program Director. “We were glad to help support the creation of this very worthwhile new resource especially at a time when visitation to our state parks and forests is at an all-time high as people seek the outdoors as a place of solace during the COVID pandemic.”

Telling the region’s story in an authentic way was important to all of the partners involved.

“We saw this project as a true opportunity to build on our region’s conservation legacy and collaborative spirit by choosing to produce the entire Atlas within the PA Wilds,” said Abbi Peters, EVP of Operations at the PA Wilds Center and co-founder of the Wilds Cooperative of PA business development network managed by the nonprofit. “We are proud to have contracted with The Graphic Hive in Williamsport for the design, Domtar to source paper from their Johnsonburg mill, local photographers to fill the Atlas with beautiful images of our awe-inspiring region, and Bayard Printing Group in Williamsport to print the final product. We know that this supported new opportunities for collaboration and jobs in our rural landscape, in addition to cutting down our environmental footprint.”

“The Graphic Hive is immensely proud of our contribution to the Pennsylvania Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas and also humbled to have the opportunity to work on a project with the potential for such impact, said John Yogodzinski, owner of The Graphic Hive. “Not only is it a fully immersive travel guide to our region, but by sourcing everything from within the PA Wilds, it is also a testament to the creativity, ingenuity and hard-working spirit of its residents.”

The atlas underscores the region’s rich conservation legacy by reflecting on its history as the Lumber Capital of the World during the Industrial Revolution, the impact the lumber industry has had and continues to have within the landscape, and how decades of concerted efforts brought back the beautiful forests seen today. Conservation of our forests has created economic value as well, including the region’s $1.8B tourism industry and a continued $1.2B hardwood lumber industry statewide.

“When PA Wilds Center first approached Domtar about this project and said the goal was to produce the Atlas 100% in-region and to weave in details about our region’s rich lumber and conservation legacy, we were immediately drawn to the project as it aligned with our own Sustainable Forestry Principles,” said Luke Dillinger, Wood Procurement Manager at Domtar. “The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas has the power to not only help travelers navigate our rural region, but to help them interpret the region’s incredible lumber heritage and the beauty we see before us today. Domtar is incredibly proud to have provided paper sustainably sourced from the Pennsylvania Wilds for the Atlas." 

MORE ABOUT THE ATLAS

The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas, a print companion to pawilds.com, orients seekers to the large region by breaking it down into thematic sub-regions, or landscapes, based on headliner experiences. The identified landscapes include: Allegheny National Forest & Surrounds, Cook Forest & the Ancients, Dark Skies, Elk Country, I-80 Frontier, and Pine Creek Valley and PA Grand Canyon.  Each landscape section showcases inspirational photos and outlines some of its unique characteristics, communities, and destinations. It also includes a directory of visitor organizations serving the landscape to help travelers plan their trips. In addition to the landscapes, the Atlas highlights regional heritage areas, including Lumber Heritage Region and PA Route 6 Alliance, conservation partners, a directory of popular regional trails by activity, and more!

The PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas is now available at the PA Wilds Conservation Shop at Kinzua Bridge State Park, 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett, PA, or online at ShopThePaWilds.com, and it will also be available for sale via regional partners (it retails for $9.95+tax). Retailers and organizations in the PA Wilds that are interested in selling the PA Wilds Outdoor Discovery Atlas are invited to do so. For more information, or to access free content from the Atlas, visit pawilds.com/outdoor-discovery-atlas/. 

ABOUT THE PA WILDS

The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. 

The PA Wilds Center promotes the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination as a way to diversify local economies and improve quality of life. The PA Wilds Center’s two core programs seek to help businesses leverage the PA Wilds brand and connect with new market opportunities: the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a network of over 300 place-based businesses and organizations, and the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, a retail outlet primarily featuring products sourced from the WCO. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit www.PAWildsCenter.org. To learn more about the WCO, visit www.WildsCoPA.org. Explore the PA Wilds at www.pawilds.com

Hamlin, Mt. Jewett, Kane Dispatched To Crash on Rt. 219 at Lantz Corners

 


At 10:59 AM on Saturday, Hamlin Township, Mount Jewett & Kane have been dispatched to Sheetz in Lantz Corners for a two vehicle crash. Unknown details.

11:04 AM--Hamlin RECALLED by Chief 10. 

11:15 AM--RECALLED. NO VEHICLES FOUND.

PFBC TO HOST VIRTUAL OUTDOOR EXPO FEBRUARY 8-12

HARRISBURG, Pa. (February 3) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) invites the public to participate in a virtual outdoor expo scheduled for February 8-12, 2021.

This virtual event will be hosted on the PFBC Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/PaFishandBoat), featuring agency experts conducting several informational sessions about fishing and boating topics.

“In the absence of many of the popular outdoor shows and expos that that have been cancelled across the state this winter, Fish and Boat Commission staff will be missing out on some great opportunities to interact with the public and let them know about our programs,” said Mike Parker, PFBC Director of Communications.  “By offering these virtual sessions with some of our most knowledgeable staff and educators, we hope to fill a void for people who have an interest in certain areas of fishing and boating, and provide them with the chance to ask a question or two.”

To provide interactivity between PFBC experts and the public during many of the sessions, questions that are relevant to the various topics may be submitted in advance to michparker@pa.gov.  Emails should include "Virtual Outdoor Expo" in the subject line with the question or comment contained in the body of the message.  Some sessions will be streamed live and provide an opportunity for viewers to offer relevant questions and comments through the PFBC Facebook page that may be incorporated into the discussion in real time.  All comments submitted must be in compliance with the PFBC's social media policy.

2021 Virtual Outdoor Expo Schedule:

Monday, February 8

10:00 a.m.  Virtual Tour of Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery, Centre County
 

1:00 p.m.  Pennsylvania’s State Fish Hatcheries, featuring Brian Wisner, PFBC Director of the Bureau of Hatcheries
 

Tuesday, February 9

10:00 a.m.  Conversation with a PFBC Waterways Conservation Officer, featuring Col. Corey Britcher, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement
 

1:00 p.m.  Pennsylvania’s Steelhead Program, featuring PFBC fisheries and hatcheries staff to discuss what’s behind one of the most unique trophy angling opportunities in Lake Erie and its tributaries
 

Wednesday, February 10

10:00 a.m.  Kayaking 101: What’s Behind Pennsylvania’s Fastest Growing Boating Trend, featuring PFBC Watercraft Safety and Education Staff
 

1:00 p.m.  Meet the Executive Director of the PFBC, featuring PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer
 

Thursday, February 11

10:00 a.m.  Employment with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, featuring tips for job seekers from a PFBC human resources expert
 

1:00 p.m.  Kayak Fishing Pennsylvania’s Rivers, featuring PFBC NW Region Education Specialist Chad Foster and tournament kayak angler Russell Johnson
 

Friday, February 12

10:00 a.m.  Let’s Talk Muskies, featuring PFBC Fisheries and Hatcheries experts to discuss the program behind this emerging fishery for those seeking the catch of a lifetime in Pennsylvania waters
 

1:00 p.m.  Virtual Outdoor Expo Wrap-Up Session, featuring a recap of the week’s most interesting topics and a look ahead to upcoming fishing seasons and PFBC programs in 2021

Owner Offers $1,000. Reward for *Recovery of Stolen Trailer


 City of Bradford Police

If anyone has information on this aluminum trailer stolen from Lafferty Hollow please contact the Foster Twp. Police or the City of Bradford Police at 814-887-4911. The jeep in the photo was not stolen, only the trailer. 

*The owner is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to both the arrest and conviction of persons involved and the return of the trailer.

SWN PROD CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township

 

SWN PROD CO LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Liberty Twp Township
Description: SWN PROD CO LLC reports drilling started on 2/6/2021 at site CUPPER 9H in Liberty Twp township, Tioga county
Incident Date/Time: 2021-02-06 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, spud, drilling

Blossburg Dispatched For Accidental Gunshot Victim


 At 9:56 AM on Saturday, Blossburg ambulance has been dispatched to Morris Run for an accidental gunshot wound to the hand.

Vaccines available in McKean County

 Bradford Era

SMETHPORT — McKean County officials announced Friday that local senior centers have joined the effort to assist local residents with registration for the Covid-19 vaccine. This announcement comes at a time when two locations in McKean County have received doses of the vaccine.

McKean County commissioner Tom Kreiner confirmed that 100 doses of vaccine were scheduled to be received by each of the two Rite Aid locations in McKean County, one in Kane and one in Port Allegany.

“The senior centers are giving out the information on where to get vaccinated and how to register,” stated Bruce Manning, deputy director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency. “They are also having their staff assist technology impaired seniors with scheduling appointments via the internet.”Anyone in need of help can call their local senior center.

Manning also stated that the local Rite Aid in Port Allegany was providing vaccines when he visited that site on Friday. “Their operation was going smoothly, with a few people waiting for the 15-minute period following their vaccination and a few waiting for the vaccine, which was being administered by the pharmacist.”

Rite Aid vaccinations are by appointment only. Registration for vaccine appointments at each of these locations is available directly through their website at https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/apt-scheduler

“We are trying to get information out to the public as soon as we are aware of the availability of vaccines and the process to be registered,” said Kreiner. “With the rollout now working with chain pharmacies and large retailers such as Walmart, Weis and Giant Eagle, for example, we are not receiving that information from the Department of Health. People are seeing the option to register on the internet before it is hitting our desks.”The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is a collaboration between federal and state governments and 21 national partners and independent pharmacy networks. Some of the selected sites include pharmacies at Walmart and Sam’s Club in Western Pennsylvania.

“Any way we can get the vaccine into the arms of our eligible county residents is welcome, but we are feeling the frustration of not having the information to give to the public as to how to go about that,” said Commissioner Carol Duffy. “We do have an ongoing concern in rural Pennsylvania. We have limited eligible and available distribution centers. Having limited distribution centers, as identified in the state plan, delays access to our residents.”

Regionally, McKean County has six approved locations to receive and administer the vaccine, Elk County has five locations and Cameron County has one. Contact information for the two Rite Aid locations is provided above. Kane Pharmacy can be called at 837-8500.

Many facilities are overwhelmed by phone calls and email remains the best option to make contact. BRMC can be reached at covidvaccine@brmc.com; Kane-UPMC can be contacted at covidvaccine@upmc.edu or register at www.upmc.com/healthcarevaccine;

Port Allegany Pharmacy can be reached via email at miki@portpharmacy.com or one can register at https://www.facebook.com/PortPharmacy.

The Department of Health updates its web page with approved and operating vaccination locations in each county. Under Pennsylvania Vaccine Provider Information or https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx the site shows locations in McKean County. By clicking on the blue dot, more information is available for the location of the facility and for how to register at Rite Aid.

How to Teach Your Teen to Recognize the Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Few parents realize the alarming statistics about dating violence and abuse among teenagers. One in three high school students will experience physical or sexual violence perpetrated by someone they are dating.

Toxic relationships are dangerous, with or without physical or sexual violence. Teens often struggle with recognizing the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. Even when they recognize that something is wrong, they often struggle with ways to escape the relationship.

Signs that Your Teenager is in a Toxic Relationship
As a parent, you have the life experience to help inform your concerns about your teen’s relationships. This experience may help you recognize potential problems before your teen is aware that anything is wrong. You probably won’t like everyone your son or daughter dates, but it is time to act if you see warning signs.

Warning signs that could mean your teen is in a toxic relationship include:
Your teen’s partner is overly jealous or possessive. You may see that your teen spends less time with friends and family or stops participating in the activities they enjoyed. Jealousy and control can be exerted in a subtle way that may be hard for a parent to see. If your teen’s partner attempts to control how your child dresses, influence their social media use, or tells them that certain friends “are a bad influence,” it should serve as a red flag.
If your teen’s partner shows a lack of respect for your child’s goals and ambitions, you should pay close attention to the dynamics in the relationship. If your teen has worked to make the varsity team or wanted to work to save for a car, and their partner belittles their goals, beware.
Your teen feels the need to continually check in with their partner; one or both parties may be dealing with insecurity and jealousy. If your teen doesn’t respond to a text immediately, do their significant other begin to call incessantly?

Unexplained injuries are one of the scariest signs for a parent. Never hesitate to ask questions if you notice bruising, scratches, or other physical indicators that could mean abuse. Teens who are the victims of physical or sexual abuse often feel embarrassed, afraid, or protective of their partner, so they may not tell the truth about what happened.

Define and Model Healthy Relationships
Your teen absorbs and learns far more from what you do than from what you say. Do you treat others with dignity, respect, tolerance, and patience? Are your relationships based on mutual respect, healthy communication, and kindness? If so, your teen has a far better chance of recognizing toxicity in their relationships.

Discuss what healthy relationships should look like. Remember, it is not just about protecting your child, but also ensuring your child behaves appropriately in a relationship.

It is crucial for parents to understand that their child might be the problem in the relationship. Monitor your teen for signs that they behave in a controlling, jealous, or otherwise unhealthy manner. If you see your teen lashing out in anger toward their partner, it is your duty as a parent to intervene. Contact the parents of your teen’s partner if necessary.

Helping Your Teen Understand That the Relationship is Unhealthy
Recognizing the warning signs yourself may be the easy part. Now, you have to tackle helping your teen understand that the relationship is toxic. Talk to the teen about the behaviors you find concerning, and avoid ultimatums when possible. You can also help your teen identify resources for support and education and encourage them to reach out if they recognize unhealthy patterns in their relationships.

It is tempting to say things like “You are not allowed to date that person,” or ground your teen until they break up. Unfortunately, ultimatums often backfire and lead to sneaking around to continue a relationship with the person. Once that happens, they will feel that they can no longer come to you, and the relationship is then unmonitored.

Instead, set reasonable limits and keep an open dialogue with your teen. Limiting electronic usage is a good idea and gives the teen a break from the pressure of a potentially toxic relationship. Limit unsupervised contact, and instead, invite the love interest to your home. Having them hang out in your home may give you a clearer picture of what is going on.

If you suspect your child is in a relationship that may involve physical or sexual abuse, seek professional help immediately. Contact your local law enforcement to report suspected abuse and seek counseling for your teen. 

A Way Out, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center serves youth, adults, elderly, men, women, and children who have experienced or are experiencing any kind of domestic or partner violence and sexual assault.  To talk to an advocate or counselor anyone can contact us 24/7 at 814-274-0240 or M-F 8:30-4:30 at 814-274-0368.  You can also visit our website at: https://www.myawayout.org/, follow us online at: https://www.facebook.com/AWayOut/; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaQfkR2oidUXXItpn9ii8Hg

Third round of WNY Fund microgrants supports 36 grants, $45,000 in COVID-19 relief

OLEAN, N.Y., February 5, 2021 — For the third time since the beginning of the pandemic, philanthropic leaders in Cattaraugus County helped facilitate the distribution of microgrants from the WNY COVID-19 Community Fund Response Fund to organizations working on the front lines to provide relief to those most impacted by the ongoing pandemic, culminating in 36 grants totaling $45,000.

The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund was created by the philanthropic community to support nonprofits addressing immediate needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis in the eight counties of Western New York.

In the prior rounds of grantmaking, the WNY Fund’s microgrant program issued $34,000 in relief funding to the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, which acted as the fiscal agent to distribute grants to organizations providing needed services to vulnerable and impacted populations.

Representatives from the Cattaraugus County Department of Health, Cattaraugus Community Action, Healthy Community Alliance, United Way of Cattaraugus County and Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation worked to identify grant recipients in all three phases of funding

Recipients of the third round of microgrants include:

·         Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development Inc. (ACCORD) - $1,500 to purchase creditable food for 21 in-home childcare providers in Cattaraugus County

·         Canticle Farm Inc.- $1,200 for agency financial support

·         Catholic Charities of Buffalo – $1,500 for food and hygiene supplies for the Franklinville Food Pantry

·         Cattaraugus County Department of Aging (Meals on Wheels of Cattaraugus County) - $3,000 for food, PPE (personal protective equipment) and hygiene supplies

·         Connecting Communities in Action, Inc. - $3,500 for food and hygiene supplies for the CCA food pantry

·         Connecting Communities in Action, Inc - $2,500 for clothing, PPE, transition suppolies at Kinley Hill Shelter

·         Delevan Food Pantry - $1,000 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Directions in Independent Living - $700 for technology needed for virtual mental health client communication

·         Genesis House of Olean, Inc. - $1,000 for PPE, hygiene supplies, transition supplies

·         Great Valley Food Pantry - $1,500 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Healthy Community Alliance - $600 for fresh food and produce for Community Place country store

·         Hinsdale Food Pantry - $800 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Limestone Food Pantry - $600 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Loaves & Fishes - $1,500 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Love INC Gowanda - $2,000 for food and hygiene supplies for the Gowanda Food Pantry, $1,500 for utilities/rent assistance, transportation, food

·         Love INC Springville - $900 for utilities/rent assistance, transportation and food for residents of norther Cattaraugus County

·         Olean First Baptist Church - $600 to We Are His Hands program for assistance with purchasing food and hygiene supplies, utilities assistance

·         Olean Food Pantry - $3,500 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Portville Community Food Pantry - $800 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Salvation Army - $1,500 for food and hygiene supplies, rent/utilities assistance and food delivery

·         Saving Grace Outreach - $ 2,000 for food and hygiene supplies for Cattaraugus Food Pantry

·         Seneca Nation Food Pantry - $1,600 for food and hygiene supplies

·         South Dayton Food Pantry - $1,200 for food and hygiene supplies

·         St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Pet Food Pantry - $1,400 for pet food and supplies

·         St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store - $1,000 for food and utilities assistance

·         The Master's Plan - $1,700 for food, rent/utlities assistance, PPE and cleaning supplies

·         United Church of Ellicottville Food Pantry - $1,300 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Valley View Baptist Church Food Pantry - $800 for food and hygiene supplies

·         Warming House - $1,800 for food and hygiene supplies

The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has worked with CRCF and other community agencies to coordinate over $200,000 in grants to nonprofits in Cattaraugus County since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Roulette Ambulance To Oak Lane

 


At 9:07 AM on Saturday, Roulette ambulance has been called to Oak Lane for a person fallen.

Causer Bill to Expand Hardwoods Development Council Passes House

HARRISBURG – Acknowledging the importance of the state’s forestry industry, the state House has approved legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) to expand membership on the state’s Hardwoods Development Council.

“The council has done great work to help support and grow our forestry industry for more than three decades,” Causer said. “Expanding representation on the council to additional industry representatives will enhance the council’s ability to develop and advocate for this important segment of our agriculture industry.”

House Bill 110 would add a logger and a private-sector forester to the council. It also would add the secretary of the state Department of Education and replace one representative of the now-defunct Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing Association with a member of the PA Forest Products Association. 

Finally, it would specifically designate one seat for the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG), the oldest HUG in the state.

The Hardwoods Development Council was created by law in 1988. It works with state and local governments and other entities to promote access to timber resources on private and public land.  It helps promote and expand the development, processing and manufacturing of value-added forest products, as well as supports and assists the forest products industry in developing domestic and foreign markets for value-added products. It also promotes public knowledge of the industry through the WoodMobile and other initiatives.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Coudersport Fire Dept. Dispatched To Fire At Sweden Valley Manor


At 8:40 AM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a structure fire in the break room at Sweden Valley Manor.

Command reports smoke in the structure. Evacuating within the building. 

Source of the smoke has been located as a motor in the heating system. Coudersport Fire Units returning to station at 9:35 AM.

Coudersport Ambulance to Station


At 2:50 am on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance  has been dispatched to station to standby for a psychiatric emergency.

Shinglehouse Dispatched for Crash on Dug Road With Entrapment


At 1:50 am on Saturday, Shinglehouse Fire Dept. and ambulance have been dispatched to the Dug Road in Ceres Township for a vehicle crash on its side in the roadway with entrapment. The person has been extricated. Medic was cancelled.

Sena Kean Manor Is Hiring RNs, LPNs, And, Nursing Assistants


 

IU9 Seneca Highlands In Hiring A Maintenance/Custodial Worker

 


Sharon TWP. Is Taking Bids For A 2010 - F350 with Fisher Plow and Saltdogg Salt/Sand Spreader

 


God’s Country Grooming In Coudersport Now Open

 


Truck-Lite Is Hiring Full Time And Part Time Assemblers

 


LOCAL & COUNTY WIDE PETITIONS FOR MAY 18 PRIMARY WILL BE AVAILABLE MONDAY AT POTTER COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE

 


SUPERBOWL SPECIALS ALL THIS WEEK AT PORT ALLEGANY SHOP n' SAVE

 


Rick's Auto In Port Allegany Is Looking For A Mechanic

 


Olney / Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC, Ulysses, PA

 


Super Bowl Rib Fest at Port Allegany Shop n' Save Saturday Starting at 9 AM

 


Pennsylvania College Of Technology Is Hiring A Part-time Non-Credit Instructors, Practical Nursing



 

Mckean County Housing Authority Is Hiring A Full Time Property Manager


 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Joan M. Cauvel, 94, of Fullerton Road, Derrick City, PA.

Joan M. Cauvel

Joan M. Cauvel, 94, of Fullerton Road, Derrick City, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021, at her residence, surrounded by her family. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

James T. McNulty, 66, of Marshburg, PA.

James T. McNulty

James T. McNulty, 66, of Marshburg, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at his residence. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Rev Hoopes Is Expanding And Hiring For Multiple Positions


 

Owlett Applauds Passage of Bills to Support PA Farmers

HARRISBURG – The state House passed two important bills this week that will help support the state’s agriculture industry by removing barriers to agritourism and ensuring dairy farmers can transport their milk in inclement weather, said Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

“Our farmers are the reason we have food on our tables each day,” Owlett said. “They need and deserve our support, and one way we can do that is by adopting policies that will make their jobs a little easier.”

House Bill 101 creates the Agritourism Activity Protection Act to provide limited civil liability protections to people who offer agritourism activities on their farms. The bill would require the farmer or other activity provider to post specific warning signs and have a signed, written agreement with a participant that they have acknowledged the risk of participating in the activity.

The protections would not apply if the farmer or provider acts in a grossly negligent manner, purposefully causes the participant injury, commits an action or inaction that constitutes criminal conduct and causes the participant injury, or recklessly fails to warn or guard against a dangerous condition that causes injury or damages to a participant.

 “Agritourism has helped many farmers diversify their operations to keep their farms going,” Owlett said. “It’s also beneficial because it gives the public the opportunity to explore and learn about farming and the hard work that goes into raising crops and animals that help feed us on a daily basis.

Owlett also voted in support of a bill that would exempt milk trucks from weather-related commercial vehicle travel bans in the Commonwealth. A similar measure was approved in a bipartisan vote last session but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf. House Bill 186 would require milk haulers who wish to be exempt during travel bans to obtain a decal issued by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board.

“Cows don’t stop producing milk just because it starts to snow,” Owlett said. “Milk is highly perishable, and farmers have limited bulk tank capacity to store it. Milk haulers need to be able to get to the farms and transport the milk; otherwise, farmers will be forced to dump it, which causes more financial strain on their operations.”

Both bills passed with significant bipartisan support and head to the Senate for consideration.

Lois C. Weiss, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Coudersport and Harrison Valley,

Lois C. Weiss                   

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Lois C. Weiss, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Coudersport and Harrison Valley, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., after a period of failing health.

Funeral arrangements, entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary. 

Roulette VFD 1st Annual Snowmobile Poker Run


 

COVID-19 UK Variant Case Found in Allegany County

Allegany County has its first case of the United Kingdom (UK) variant of COVID-19. The variant was found in a student who traveled here from another part of New York State. The student who tested positive was already isolated and the contact tracing was completed even prior to finding out from the random sampling conducted through the Wadsworth Center. 

The  New  York  State  Department  of  Health  says  public  health  experts  are  working  to  better  understand the potential impacts of this variant including how the variant spreads and how it affects people who are infected with it.

Some of the other counties in New York State with a case of the UK variant of COVID-19 include Essex, Long Island, Niagara, Warren, Westchester, Onondaga, Saratoga, Tompkins,and New York City.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the UK variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants, but right now there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death.

For more information about COVID-19,go to the Allegany County website at www.alleganyco.com; the New York  State  Department  of  Health  website  at https://health.ny.gov/or  the  Centers  for  Disease  Control  and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov. ##

My Manifesto (Or, ‘I Have a Dream’) Paul W. Heimel


 Paul W. Heimel 

Comments welcome! 

Tourism is the second-leading industry in Potter County, second only to agriculture and forest products. Manufacturing and other “hard jobs” are also major elements of our economic foundation. None of these suggestions is meant to suggest that tourism is THE salvation to the county’s most serious challenges – population decline, steadily increasing median age and economic recession near the top of the list. But my particular assignment for the Revitalize Potter County Steering Committee is to work on building the tourism/recreation industry, so that is my focus here. 

Based on my hands-on involvement with Potter County tourist promotion and my own family’s foundational role dating back to post-World War II era, I have a fairly solid knowledge base. I will also say up front that some of these suggestions (Number 2, surveying, for example) may already be taking place. So with all that, here are my suggestions of potential goals for the new Tourism & Recreation Work Group: 

• 1. Businesses and communities pull together to create a countywide organization, as a successor to Potter County Visitors Assn. Its primary functions would be, first, to support and make optimum use of the outstanding marketing services of Visit Potter-Tioga; to establish an organization that can support events, activities, festivals (Eliot Ness Fest, Marathon, etc.), across the county; to help reinvigorate community organizations facing membership decline (chambers of commerce, etc.) and new groups; to support the arts; to facilitate training on hospitality and volunteer recruitment, and more. 

• 2. Surveys. What are owners of tourist-based businesses seeing? What do they need to survive and grow? How has the pandemic affected them and what lessons have been learned from it? Where are our tourists coming from? Why did they choose Potter County? What do they see as our strengths and weaknesses? What businesses or services would they like to see? How can they help us spread the word on our region’s assets and attractions for tourists? 

• 3. Johnny Appleseed Festival. Borrowing the concept from the now-defunct celebration of the same name in Olean, N.Y., our apple crop could be something to celebrate and promote. Let your imagination run wild in terms of vendor booths, apple products (cider!), children’s activities, seminars on uses of apples (don’t forget beekeeping), music, a parade, Civil War re-enactments. We have at least vague connections with John (“Appleseed”) Chapman and, allegedly, the one and only Sir Isaac Newton. (See Austin Dam Memorial Park clipping, https://www.endeavornews.com/articles/how-bout-these-apples/ 

• 4. Norwegian Festival. Every other year, descendants of Ole Bull’s colonists would flock to Ole Bull State Park for a reunion celebrating their ancestors’ valiant struggle to make a life for themselves in the New World (right in southern Potter County). Norwegians and those of Norwegian descent would be drawn by this festival, as would other people. Unlimited potential celebrating the Ole Bull colony and Norwegian culture.

• 5. Stronger advocacy for ACTION on the “Denton Hill Adventure Center” four-season attraction blueprint for Denton Hill State Park. And an addendum, based on a newspaper column I read just this morning, how about a planetarium at the Cherry Springs State Park International Dark Sky Preserve? 

Paul W. Heimel
Feb. 5, 2021

Philip R. Krise, age 90 of Osceola, PA.

Philip R. Krise

Philip R. Krise, age 90 of Osceola passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at UPMC Wellsboro. 

Born April 20, 1930 in Canton, PA, he was the son of the late Raymond and Eleanor (McNeal) Krise. Philip served in the US Navy and retired from Corning Glass Works. He was a member of the Osceola Fire Department and the Osceola Ambulance. Phil was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and riding 4 wheeler. He liked wood working, going for long rides and dancing, attending many Corning/ Painted Post Single’s Dances. 

He is survived by his children, Richard “Dick” and Sue Krise of Lawrenceville, Crystal and Donald Foster of Woodhull and Sally Krise of Osceola; grandchildren, Becky and Brian Dunn, Melissa Foster, Dawn Foster, Jody and Jason McNeill, Ashley Krise, Luke and Katie Krise, Jason and Lindsey Krise and Dakota Simmons; great grandchildren, Britney Brutsman, Jimmy Snyder, Katie and Robert McNeill, Mason Friends, Ella, Adalyn, Asher, Breeann, Heidi and Rayelynn Krise, Chloe and Aiden Unrue and Ember Secrest; his brother, Jack Krise of Addison and several nieces and nephews. 

Phil was preceded by Dorthy Casbeer Krise; an infant son, Scotty Krise; great grandson, Emitt Krise and his siblings, Phyllis Miles, Lois Rice and Donald Krise. 
U.S. Navy Veteran


The family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland on Monday, Feb. 8th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. A funeral service with military honors will be held immediately following at 5:00 PM with Rev. Larry O’Dell officiating. 

All Covid precautions will apply. Memorial donations may be made to the Osceola Fire Department, 7654 Route 49, Osceola, PA 16942. www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.

Patient advocates speak out against restrictive health insurance processes

Rep. Steven Mentzer, Sen. Phillips-Hill and advocates urge lawmakers to move HB/SB 225 forward

HARRISBURG, Pa., February 5, 2020 – On February 9, state Rep. Steven Mentzer (R, Lancaster) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R, York) along with patient advocates from across Pennsylvania will host a virtual press conference to encourage legislators to prioritize HB 225 and SB 225. If passed, this legislation would curb restrictive prior authorization and step therapy (fail first) practices imposed by health insurers.

A practice that started as a method to control costs for experimental or new procedures, prior authorization requires physicians to obtain approval from insurers before prescribing medication or moving forward with a specific treatment. Step therapy requires patients to try, and fail, on one or more prescription drug, test, or treatment option chosen by their insurance company before gaining access to the drug, test, or treatment option that was recommended by their physician.

Prior authorization and step therapy are often applied to patients living with a wide range of diseases and chronic conditions, like, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

 Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many states and insurers have temporarily lifted these restrictions in an effort to provide greater access to care. However, patient advocates are warning the issue goes much deeper than our present environment.

 “Prior authorization and step therapy, also known as fail first, can undermine a physician’s ability to effectively treat patients and can lower the quality of care,” said Emma Watson, Pennsylvania government relations director for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “Patients need the ability to quickly assess their condition with their medical professionals and find the best course of action for their individual health needs.”

According to a recent survey of physicians by the American Medical Association, the negative impact of processing prior authorization requests on patients is clear. A staggering 78% of patients report prior authorization delays can lead to them abandoning their treatment. And 92% of doctors report prior authorization delays can have a negative clinical impact on patients. 

Patient and provider advocates will share their individual stories with prior authorization and step therapy.

This press conference will occur virtually:  Tuesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. EST

Link for Conference: https://my.demio.com/ref/3TyL3DnHT9rSM0Fm

Roulette Ambulance To Lanninger Creek Road

 


At 1:44 PM on Friday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to Lanninger Creek Road for an infant to go to UPMC Cole.

Horton Township Fire Dept. Dispatched Mutual Aid to Snyder Township


 At 1:24 PM on Friday, Horton Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to assist Jefferson County mutual aid at a structure fire at 3323 Mt. Daniels Road in Snyder Township.

Tioga County Fire Companies Dispatched Mutual Aid To Structure Fire on Rt. 414 in Canton


 Several Tioga County Fire Departments have been dispatched & responded to a structure fire at 3235 Rt. 414, reported to be the Canton Township building.


 

WNY Health Departments Express Concerns About Travel-Based Covid-19 Cases With Spring Breaks



As a reminder,
New York State Department of Health guidance from November 2020 noted that although teachers, school staff,and child care workers are considered essential, the NYS Travel Advisory exemption for essential workers does not apply to teachers, school employees, or child care workers, due to the sensitivity of these congregate settings.

 #NYS Travel Advisory: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

NYSDOH Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in NYS Following Out of State Travel: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/11/interm_guidance_travel_advisory.pdf 

CDC Travel Guidance During COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html 

CDC COVID-19, People with Certain Medical Conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html 

CDC Information on New Variants of the Virus that causes COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html

Allegany County Department of Health: www.alleganyco.com/health-department 

Cattaraugus County Department of Health: www.cattco.org/health

Chautauqua County Department of Health: www.chqgov.com/public-health/public-health 

Erie County Department of Health: www.erie.gov/health 

Niagara County Department of Health: www.niagaracounty.com/health