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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Eldred Dispatched to Crash on Rt. 155

 


At 6:57 PM 0n Saturday, Eldred Township & Eldred Borough ambulance dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Route 155 near Newell Creek Road. Vehicle is reported into the bridge abutment. Command reports no one around the vehicle.

Edythe Marie Swedenjelm Gerhart, 89, formerly of 525 Greeves Street, Kane, PA

Edythe Marie Swedenjelm Gerhart

Edythe Marie Swedenjelm Gerhart, 89, formerly of 525 Greeves Street, Kane, Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 at Sena Kean Manor where she resided. 

Edythe was born September 11, 1931 to Edward and Margaret Swedenjelm and later married Robert Gerhart on June 8, 1957.

Edythe’s diverse interests and talents led her to her first job of popping and serving popcorn at the Temple Theater, to Secretary at the Stackpole Corporation, to working at the Kane Chamber of Commerce. She also spent many years working at the Blair Corporation in Warren and for the Allegheny National Forest. Edythe also spent time working at the Kane Manor, Colonial Inn, Widman’s, and the Sheffield Lumber Mill.  No matter the job, Edythe enjoyed the people she encountered each day.

Edythe was lively and spirited and made everyone smile. She loved being around people and would do anything to help the people she loved.  Edythe was a strong advocate for voting and enjoyed serving at the election polls in Kane. She also spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and served as neighborhood chairman for the organization in the Kane area. She was a member of the Kane Senior Center and enjoyed reminiscing and socializing at the club. Edythe also enjoyed playing cards with her friends, her Sunday school class at the First United Methodist Church, cappuccino with friends at Texas Hot Lunch, taking her granddaughters for pie and French fries with vinegar, teaching her granddaughters how to roller skate, cooking, cheering on the the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, sitting in the audience of the many dance shows her granddaughters performed in, and spending time with her daughter, Nancy, and her family.

She joins her husband, Robert Gerhart; her parents, Edward and Margaret Swedenjelm; sisters, Virginia Neitz and Mary Jane Brown; brother, Edward Swedenjelm; and great granddaughters, Josie Lee and Juliette Ann Mattocks. 

Edythe is survived by her beloved daughter, Nancy Gerhart (Darrell) Blankenship of Kane; granddaughters, Jennifer Blankenship (Jeffrey) Mattocks of Kane, Stephanie Blankenship Wormsley of Kane, Amanda Blankenship (Gregory) Mattocks of Grove City, and Chelle Blankenship of Kane; and great grandchildren, Elijah and Maxwell Wormsley and Quintin Mattocks, also of Kane; all of whom she dearly loved.

Grandma Edie made the best scrambled eggs in town. No doubt she is with Jesus and is making the best scrambled eggs in Heaven.

Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home on Monday, February 22, 2021. Memorial donations can be made to the United Methodist Church of Kane, Pennsylvania.

Jay Township Dispatched For Structure Fire on Sportsmens Road

 


At 6:00 PM on Saturday, Jay Township Fire Dept. was dispatched to 329 Sportsmans Road to assist with a structure fire with possible entrapment. Report 3 patients will probably be treated on scene. Horton Township Fire to close Rt 153 South at Bennetts Valley Highway.

Elkland Search and Rescue

Elkland Search and Rescue answered 2 calls on Saturday. The first dispatch was at 2:40 pm to assist Pa State Police, Ridgway Barracks locate a stranded motorist in the Hicks Run area off of Rt. 555. The stranded motorist used On-Star to call for help, when the vehicle became disabled on the snow and ice covered roadway.  Command was established at the entrance to Hicks Run Rd., and the On-Star coordinates were entered into the computer generated mapping software in the Command Post.  With the coordinates not registering directly in the Hicks Run Road area, Command sent 2 different tracked mobile teams into the Hicks Run area. One team searching the West Hicks Run Road and the other covering the East Hicks Run Road area.  3.8 miles into their search, tracked mobile team 2, located the stranded motorist where he slid off the road and the vehicle became undrivable on West Hicks Run Road.  The motorist was loaded into a utv and transported back to the Command Post. The PSP Trooper when transported the individual back into town so he could get phone service.
When returning to the station, around 6:35pm, Elkland SAR was dispatched to assist Station 41, Clearfield County with a structure fire in a remote location, off of Rt 153,south of Penfield.  Once on scene, Elkland SAR was able to use the tracked snow equipment, and also standard atv and utv to rotate equipment, fire department manpower and refreshments into the remote fire scene to support the firefighting efforts. All equipment was back in our station around 10pm.
Ladies and Gentlemen I do have to say, The Heroes of Saturday evening were the Volunteer Fire Fighters and EMS personnel. They came from all around the area to help those involved.  Some took care of the health issues of those involved, while others dealt with the fire or sat in the responding firefighters stations so others could respond to the scene. Witnessing them work together with Not One of them complaining they were cold, wet, tired, or the snow was deep was simply amazing to watch! They never gave up with whatever they were confronted with and got their job done.  As the saying goes, "There are Angles Among Us", and We got to witness that last night.
We continue to THANK our Community for Their continued Financial Support and Prayers! We couldn't do what we do without Our Community Backing us at Elkland Search and Rescue! Don't Forget Elkland SAR is Always looking for members, and we would be Happy to have additional volunteers to help out!
Be Safe, Be Healthy,
We Search So Others May Live......
John Feldbauer
Elkland Sar Chief

Kane & Highland TWP. Dispatched For House Fire in Kane

 


At 5:01 PM on Saturday, Kane & Highland Township Fire Depts. have been dispatched to 501 Hacker Street in Kane Borough for a house fire.

COMING SOON TO A MAPLE FARM NEAR YOU; BRYDONSON'S

 

Emporium, Sinnemahoning Dispatched For Snowmobile Accident


At 2:40 PM on Saturday, Emporium, Sinnemahoning Fire & EMS along with Mountaineer Search & Rescue for UTV dispatched to Pepper Hill Trail in Gibson Township for a snowmobile accident. A female has a possible broken leg.

Air medical is requested in the air. Air medical aborted.

3:53 PM--Patient has been accessed by EMS. Report extended extrication time to get the patient out of the woods. 

 Mountaineer Search and Rescue

Mountaineer was called by Stations 14 and 16 today for use of their 6 Wheeler to help rescue a person injured in a snowmobile accident on Ridge Road in Cameron County.  All went well even with the extended time to get them loaded and out of the woods to EMS care.  While on this call they were informed of a 2 trucks stuck farther out Ridge road with 4 people , So we headed back out and found all 4 were ok and had gotten out and were on their was out,  Good team work with Stations 14 , 16 and EMS !

Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor

 


At 2:10 PM on Saturday, Coudersport ambulance dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor for a woman ill.

Rev Hoopes Is Hiring An Office Administrator For Their Ulysses Dispatch Office

 


Remembering Kane Patrolman Steven Jerman Who Was Fatally Wounded in a Traffic Stop in 1999


 In Memory of Patrolman Steven Jerman

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE McKEAN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer, District Attorney


During a seemingly-routine traffic stop in the early morning hours of February 20, 1999, Patrolman Steven M. Jerman's life was taken.  We pause to remember him on this somber anniversary.  His actions were the epitome of heroic sacrifice.  Even after suffering a fatal wound, Patrolman Jerman heroically returned fire and investigators would later report that, by doing so, he identified his killer.  His contributions to our community continue to live on and will continue to inspire.  We remember and honor Officer Steven Jerman and pray for his family.  On behalf of the McKean County District Attorney's Office and McKean County law enforcement, I express our gratitude and vow to honor his legacy.  

Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library (Emporium) and S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library (Port Allegany) To Host Virtual Art Display


Together with the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library (Emporium) and S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library (Port Allegany), curators from the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) will present a humorous art gallery tour titled "Living Through Tough Times: From Having a Bad Day to a Dystopian Apocalypse." As we endure a global pandemic, political upheaval, and unrelenting climate change, we light-heartedly examine works from the MOBA collection to discern how art reflects adversity.

MOBA collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. The Museum Of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. This program is free and is for adults.

Interested participants must provide the library with a name and an active email account to register. Registration is free, but participants must register by March 10. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArfuysqjIqH9Frn32MNarPn3sxVfX3heJZ?fbclid=IwAR0EzD1NiAlkmzqcV5pJ6vcxvZkRru_KUwutqrL8vID5Wi5vR4QMNKFSmFI

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library would like to thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) for making this program possible through a PHC CARES grant.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes From January 28, 2021




 

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda From February 11, 2021




 

‘Ramp Ministry’ helps individuals struggling with disability

Times-Observer

 In Russell — Akeley Life I usually write about some aspect of the previous history of Russell and Akeley.

In today’s column I’ll go a little farther afield into New York state and a larger area of northwestern Pennsylvania. First, let me ask you what you would do if you had a temporary or permanent disability and were not able to negotiate steps into and out of your house? There are many people in our area who have this disability.

Several years ago, my friend Ron Casteel introduced me to an answer to this question. He had become involved in a “Ramp Ministry” operated by the Kane District of the United Methodist Church. The ministry was actually started in Cortland New York in the Finger Lakes area. It migrated to the Erie, Pa., area before coming to the Warren County area (also including Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest, McKean and Potter counties) about 2013, when the first project in the county was completed.

Folks participating in the Ramp Ministry build ramps from a convenient door in a house to the ground. The ramp has an easy gradient and hand rails, allowing a person with a walker or wheel chair to move easily from the house to the ground level. When a ramp is requested, a member of the ramp team visits the home to determine the ramp configuration needed. Drawings are made to ADA specifications and lumber is acquired. Ramps are constructed using pre-built modules which permit an on-site installation in approximately half a day. The Ramp Ministry maintains a trailer with all of the needed tools, including portable saws for cutting lumber at the site and power tools for driving screws and nails.

Once the materials have been acquired, a day is set and the team of builders comes to the site with the tools, lumber and plans. There is an infectious camaraderie in the group.

Each person takes on a job, cutting lumber to size, screwing or nailing the assembly together. Each person knows his / her job and the structure goes together quickly. The Ramp Ministry does not charge a fee for a ramp, though families are asked to evaluate their ability to contribute to the project. Funding for the project comes through a variety of channels including offerings from participating churches, private donations, grants from foundations and other philanthropic organizations.

The temporary ramps remain in place for as long as they are needed. If / when they are no longer needed, they are disassembled and the modules are used at subsequent locations.

Finally, those who need a ramp can contact the Kane District Office of the United Methodist Church, PO Box 767, Sheffield PA 16347; or call 814-837-6115. Dean Clough is in charge of the project.

BLUEBIRD NEST BOXES HELP CONNECT WITH WILDLIFE

It’s soon time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.

Spring might not be “just around the corner,” but bluebirds will be scouting out nesting sites before you know it, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission can help bring them and other songbirds to your backyard.

Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery are available for sale, and can be ordered over the phone or purchased directly at the nursery office, the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters and Game Commission region offices. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $12, plus Pennsylvania sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $11 each, plus sales tax.

Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and other conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details.

“Building and placing nesting boxes is a great project for individuals, families or civic organizations interested in connecting with wildlife in a natural way,” said Bryan Burhans, Game Commission Executive Director. “What better way to usher in spring than attracting bluebirds to backyards and properties.”

A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at www.pgc.pa.gov. Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2021 Wood Product Brochure.”

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The nesting boxes constructed at the Howard Nursery are approved by wildlife biologists, and have been proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens. Bluebirds are beautiful songbirds native to Pennsylvania. They are cavity nesters that became less common because of a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as urban and suburban sprawl. The decline in bluebird numbers is also due in part to non-native species, such as starlings and house sparrows, taking over bluebird nesting cavities.

Bluebirds are early nesters, and according to Game Commission biologists, now is the time to place new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes.

Boxes should be placed on a free-standing pole 3 to 5 feet above the ground, facing south, if possible, and facing a nearby tree or fence where young birds can safely land on their initial flights from the box. To reduce predation and competition from other species, no perch should be placed on the box; bluebirds do not need one.

Nesting boxes can be ordered and shipped directly from the Howard Nursery by calling 814-355-4434. Shipping and handling costs will apply. Shipping is not available from other Game Commission office locations. All purchases can be made with cash, check, money order or credit card. Sales will continue while supplies last.

The Howard Nursery is located at 197 Nursery Road in Howard, Pa. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Ave. exit off Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

Game Commission region office addresses and phone numbers are available on the agency’s website and in the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

For more information on bluebirds, visit the Game Commission website www.pgc.pa.gov, click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the page, then the “Birding” tab, and scroll down to “Eastern Bluebird” under the “Natural History” heading.

PITT-BRADFORD RESCHEDULES BLACK HISTORY MONTH PANEL

BRADFORD, Pa. – Due to a scheduling conflict, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has moved one of its Black History Month panel presentations scheduled for next week.

Additionally, the university will reschedule a talk with renowned poet Dr. Nikki Giovanni after technical difficulties reduced the quality of her presentation earlier this month. The new date will be announced when it is scheduled

Next week, “Reform and Revolution in 20th-century Black Politics” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 (instead of Feb. 23, as previously announced).

Dr. Drew Flanagan, visiting assistant professor of history, will present “The Harlem Renaissance Goes East: Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Global Cold War.” Dr. Adam Lee Cilli, assistant professor of history, will present “Homer Brown and the Black Reform Community in Pittsburgh,” and Dr. Tasha Alton, chief diversity and inclusion officer, will present “Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois: The Story, the Meaning, and the Legacy of Social Justice.”

Pre-registration is required at www.upb.pitt.edu/black-history-month.

PITT-BRADFORD NAMED A MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL


BRADFORD, Pa. – For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named a Military Friendly School by Viqtory Media for embracing military students and their families and dedicating resources to ensure their success.

Pitt-Bradford was designated a bronze-level recipient in the small public school category. The campus was one of 750 schools to earn a Military Friendly designation. Nationally, fewer than 100 small public colleges and universities were recognized as Military Friendly, and of those, only 42 were designated bronze or higher.

Now in its 11th year, the Military Friendly Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, degree advancement or transfer, and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“The Military Friendly School designation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication made by so many different offices and people at Pitt-Bradford who actively help returning veterans and their dependents to be successful in their pursuit of higher education,” said Dr. James Baldwin, vice president of enrollment management at Pitt-Bradford.

Support at Pitt-Bradford for veterans includes academic coaching and tutoring, disability resources, an academic advising center, writing center and mathematics center, as well as career and counseling services.

Pitt-Bradford has also been named a Military Spouse Friendly School, a designation that helps military spouses select schools that will support them in their education journey by meeting their unique needs as part of a military family.

The list of 2021-2022 Military Friendly Schools can be found at https://www.militaryfriendly.com/.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management, at dilks@pitt.edu or visit https://upb.pitt.edu/veterans.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Shinglehouse Man Charged With Arson On A Motor Vehicle In Sharon TWP.


 

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Honeoye Haven

 


At 9:12 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance dispatched to Honeoye Haven for a woman ill.

2 Vehicle Crash on Rt. 38 Near Alma Pond


At 8:30 AM on Saturday, Alma Fire and Wellsville ambulance have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash near Alma Pond. Allentown also dispatched.
Air medical requested if available.
 
Responding firefighter reports one person entrapped in one vehicle. Occupants of other vehicle are self-extricated. 
 
A second ambulance from Wellsville requested. Location is in the 5000 block of Route 38.
 
Medical Transport Service ambulance also dispatched.


Don't Forget The Snowmobile Races Today at Alma Pond

Snowmobile races are today on the ice at Alma Pond in Southern Allegany County. DETAILS ON LOWER SIDEBAR IN EVENT SECTION OF THIS BLOG.

Ludlow, Kane Dispatched for Crash on Route 6


At 7:30 AM on Saturday, Ludlow Fire Dept. was dispatched to Route 6 for a crash. 

A mother and 2 children were reportedly not injured. 

Kane Fire Rescue was dispatched as the vehicle was hanging off a rock, making it dangerous for the occupants to exit the vehicle. 

The occupants have been removed as the Kane unit was enroute. 

Use caution if you are driving in that area. Firefighters have asked the 911 center to notify PennDot that the roads in that area need attention.

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

 


Morgan Advanced Materials Is Hiring A Second Shift Janitor


 

Coudersport Shop 'N Save Is Having Open Interviews February 23rd

 


Age In Place Is Hiring Caregivers

 


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

 


Carter's Special Consignment Auction & Mud Sale, Saturday, March 6th at 11 AM in Allegany, NY


 




Pike Township is looking for a part time, as needed, road worker / laborer.

 


McKean County Republican Committee To Host Petition-Signing Events


 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Fox Township Dispatched to 2 Vehicle Crash on Million Dollar Highway

At 9:00 PM on Friday, Fox Twp

 Fire & EMS have been called to a two vehicle crash at Million Dollar Highway and Fairview Road. Responder reports no injuries but vehicles blocking Rt. 948 and Rt. 255. One vehicle leaking fluids.

VIRTUAL FISHERIES SUMMIT TO HIGHLIGHT PENNSYLVANIA’S DIVERSE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES

HARRISBURG, Pa. (February 17) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) invites the public to participate in its 2021 Virtual Fisheries Summit on Saturday, February 20.

This virtual event will feature narrated presentations from PFBC fisheries biologists on the wealth of diverse fishing opportunities across the Commonwealth and discuss the status of various warm-water, cool-water, and cold-water fisheries.  Presentations will be viewable on the PFBC Facebook page with a schedule of individual presentations being posted throughout the day.  All individual presentations will be also published on the PFBC YouTube channel.

“Many Pennsylvanians don’t realize the incredible number of fishing opportunities that exist well beyond the world-class wild trout and stocked trout fisheries that are so popular,” said Kris Kuhn, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Fisheries.  “Through our Virtual Fisheries Summit, we hope to shine a light on many of Pennsylvania’s thriving and diverse angling opportunities, inspire anglers to try something new, and connect them with the resources they need to have a successful experience on the water.”

To provide interactivity between PFBC experts and the public during the Virtual Fisheries Summit, questions and comments that are relevant to the presented topics are welcome on the PFBC Facebook page in the comments section of each virtual presentation.  The Summit will conclude with a live streaming panel discussion where comments and questions will be addressed by PFBC experts.  All comments submitted must be in compliance with the PFBC's social media policy.




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2021 Virtual Fisheries Summit Schedule:

Saturday February 20, 2021


 

8:45 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks from PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaeffer and Commissioner Rick Kauffman
9:00 a.m.  Riverine Black Bass Fisheries presented by Geoffrey Smith, PFBC Susquehanna River Biologist
9:30 a.m.  Lacustrine Black Bass Fisheries presented by Geoffrey Smith, PFBC Susquehanna River Biologist
10:00 a.m.  Panfish Fisheries presented by Mike Porta, PFBC Area 6 Fisheries Manager
10:30 a.m.  Inland Reservoir Striped Bass Fisheries presented by Bryan Chikotas, PFBC Area 7 Fisheries Manager
11:00 a.m.  Migratory Fishes presented by Daryl Pierce, PFBC Area 5 Fisheries Manager
11:30 a.m.  Overlooked Fisheries presented by Doug Fischer, PFBC Nongame Fisheries Biologist
12:30 p.m.  Walleye Fisheries presented by Timothy Wilson, PFBC Area 1 Fisheries Biologist
1:00 p.m.  Esocid Fisheries presented by Brian Ensign, PFBC Area 2 Fisheries Biologist
1:30 p.m.  Catfish Fisheries presented by Michael Depew, PFBC Area 8 Fisheries Biologist
2:00 p.m.  Lake Erie Fisheries presented by Mark Haffley, PFBC Area 9 Fisheries Biologist
2:30 p.m.  Wild and Stocked Trout Fisheries presented by David Nihart, PFBC Division of Fisheries Management Chief
3:00 p.m.  Aquatic Invasive Species presented by Sean Hartzell, PFBC Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
3:30 p.m.  Question and Answer Session featuring a panel discussion with PFBC Fisheries experts
4:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks from Andy Shiels, PFBC Deputy Director of Field Operations

Bradford Dispatched To A Working Apartment Fire On Kiwanis Court


At 6:20 PM on Friday, Bradford Firefighters have been dispatched to a working apartment fire at 3A Kiwanis Court. Occupants are believed to have gotten out.

Firefighters are working to locate the source of smoke in the building 

6:39 PM--Command reports FIRE UNDER CONTROL.

Karen A. Randolph, 74, of 9 Bank Street, Smethport, PA

Karen A. Randolph

Karen A. Randolph, 74, of 9 Bank Street, Smethport, PA, went to be with our Heavenly Father on February 19, 2021.  

Karen was born in Fillmore, NY on October 12, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Minnie Randolph.
 
She was a 1964 graduate of Rushford Central School.  She graduated from Alfred State College in 1983 with her nursing degree, in 2004 she graduated with a BS, later attaining her Nursing Home Administrator certificate.  

She worked at Cuba Memorial Hospital as an aide and later as an RN.  Karen worked in several locations as an administrator, finishing her career at Absolute of Allegany, a place  in which she loved and took great pride.  Patients and employees loved Karen.
 
Karen loved traveling. Her favorite trip was to the Alamo with her siblings.  She was fortunate to go on a cruise with her daughter and family to Alaska, and made several other journeys.  Her favorite hobby was playing Euchre, Skipbo (with Tammy), (any games) as long as she won.  Karen loved flowers, sunsets, fuzzy things, scratch off tickets, and diet pepsi.
 
Anyone who knew Karen also knew that she wasn’t the healthiest of eaters-ice cream and chips for dinner.  She was the most generous, loving person to people she loved.  The last several years were hard for Karen with the chronic pain she endured. She lived vicariously through her children.  Her family was the light of her life and she was so proud of all of them.
 
She is survived by her three children, whom she adored: Kimberly (Thomas) Ball of Smethport,  Brian (Theresa) Worthington of Rushford, NY, Tammy (Kirk) Hubbard of Little Valley, NY:  6 grandchildren - Stephanie Ball, Corrie Worthington, Sydnee Ball, Brian Worthington, Jr., Heather Worthington, Jacob Shawley: 5 great-grandchildren. Her loving companion dog - Abby; siblings: Connie Pomeroy of Texas, a twin brother Keith (Gerry) Randolph of Groton, NY, Vickie (Joe) Armbruster of Florida; several nieces and nephews.
 
She was predeceased by a great-grandchild - Brayson Worthington; brother Terry Randolph.
 
There will be a family service at Kim’s home in Smethport on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm.  Friends and family who would like to attend a live stream memorial service log on to: https://meet.google.com/dau-cybv-ybi
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Ronald Mc Donald House, 780 West Ferry St., Buffalo, NY 14222 or CARE for Children, 723 E. Main St., Bradford, PA 16701.  

Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport. 

Port Allegany Dispatched To Natural Gas Leak Outside


 At 4:44 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. dispatched to 910 Upper Portage Road for an outside natural gas leak from a meter.

Allentown, Wellsville Dispatched For 3 Vehicle Crash on Co. Road 18

 


At 4:23 PM on Friday, Allentown Fire Rescue & EMS, along with Wellsville dispatched to a 3 vehicle crash on County Road 18.

Ceres Township Draft Meeting Minutes For Feb. 2 Meeting

 CERES TOWNSHIP                  MEETING AGENDA                    2 FEBRUARY 2021

Meeting called to order by Vice Chairman Anthony Plants at 6:00 PM.
                                    ***PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE***
Minutes of previous meeting of 4 January 2021 reviewed. Motion made by Supervisor Jeffery Moyer to accept as read. 2nd by Supervisor Anthony Plants. Motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS  
Shinglehouse Fire Department Contract for Fire Protection  for 2021.  

NEW BUSINESS
Auditors’ report on 2020 General Fund, State Fund, and Tax Collector’s Records. Auditors found the records to be accurate.
U.S. Census Bureau Certificate of Recognition for Ceres Township.
National Fuel Bond Continuation for Super Heavy or Oversize Loads. All roads in Ceres Township, which are maintained by the Township, are continuously bonded by National Fuel.
New tires needed on grader – Supervisor Jeffery Moyer is in the process of getting three bids for new tires on the road grader.
The Supervisors agreed to a sub-division of land for Fay and Diane Schoonover.  

ROADMASTER’S REPORT
Roadmaster Jeffery Moyer stated that the township has been spending large amounts of money for repairs to the ’02 International. He also said that the road crew has been experimenting with a different kind of gravel on the slippery roads.  

SUPERVISORS’ COMMENTS
Supervisor Anthony Plants said that the Township roads are looking good, thanks to the road crew.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Residents had no comments. 

ROADS BONDED
The following roads in Ceres Township are bonded:
Jander Run from 44 to end – Potter Lumber
44 to Hackett Hill – Potter Lumber
State Line from Portville to Eldred Township Line – Patterson Lumber
Church Hollow to Bell’s Run to end – Patterson Lumber
Coon Crossing from Sharon Township to Bee Hollow – Wayland Lumber
44 to half-mile up Lynch Hollow-  C & S Lumber

BILLS REVIEWED – motion made by Supervisor Anthony Plants to pay bills, 2nd by Supervisor Jeffery Moyer – motion carried.
The next regular meeting will be 2 March 2021 at 6:00 PM, at 12 Barbertown Road, in Ceres Township.
Motion to adjourn by Supervisor Anthony Plants, 2nd by Supervisor Jeffery Moyer -  Motion carried.
Those present:
Supervisors – 2   Anthony Plants, Jeffery Moyer
Secretary/Treasurer - 1   Larry Miller
Residents/Attendees – 5   Greg Maxson, Kyle Maxson, Ruthie Sisson, Deb Payne, Walt Smith

                                                                                      Respectfully Submitted

                                                                             ____________________________
                                                                               Larry Miller, Secretary/Treasurer
BILLS FOR JANUARY 2021
Solomon’s Word                 50.00         Shinglehouse Fire Dept.        5082.88
Frontier                              188.47          Bradford Hospital                       84.00
Penelec                               110.49         IA Construction                         795.48
Henry Hill                              71.96         North Pro Hardware                   18.52
Bobcat of Olean                 217.66         Summit Truck & Tractor           425.00
Hawbaker                          1197.56        Carquest of Olean                      161.99
Big Dog Heavy Duty           617.39         New Enterprise
Hunter Truck                       651.08         Joseph Neal                                 100.00
Anthony Plants                    100.00        Jeffery Moyer                            3500.00
Chad Carpenter                 2685.38        Larry Miller                                 1541.12
Beth Bell                                150.17        Steve Langworthy                          50.00
Amy Mallison-Austin             65.00         Deb Payne                                      40.00

Belmont, Amity Rescue Dispatched For Truck/Snowmobile Groomer Crash


At 2:10 PM on Friday, Belmont & Amity Rescue have been dispatched for a truck vs Snowmobile Trail Groomer with possibly 3 injuries. Location is near 3161 SR 244.
Alfred and MTS ambulances requested to assist.

Applicants Sought for the 2021 Galeton Foundation Scholarships

GALETON – C&N is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021 fall semester on behalf of The Galeton Foundation, formally known as the William & L.R. Gale Community Foundation. 
Applicants must be a current high school senior attending Galeton Area High School with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school. The student and parent(s)/guardian(s) must have been residents of the Galeton Area School District for at least one full school calendar year prior to applying and must remain residents of the Galeton Area School District for the duration of the scholarship.

Applications are due by April 15, 2021. Students interested in more information may contact C&N Wealth Management at 800.487.8784, visit cnbankpa.com/GaletonFoundation or contact the Galeton High School Guidance office.

In 1988, Lucille Gale Knapp established the William & L.R. Gale Community Foundation to honor the memory of her father L. R. Gale and grandfather William Gale. The Gale family came to the Pine Creek Valley in 1880 and built the largest sole leather tannery in the U.S. at the junction of Pine Creek and West Branch. The tannery employed over 200 people and was the life blood of the community for over 50 years.

The Foundation has been approved to award scholarships to Galeton Area High School Seniors meeting the above criteria. In past years, the foundation has supported Galeton area charitable organizations with many of their community projects and plans to continue to do so in addition to funding the scholarship program. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and welcomes contributions to grow the fund to help assist charitable organizations in the Galeton area and provide scholarships for Galeton high school seniors.

Beginning this year, in addition to the Galeton Foundation Scholarship, a local resident has established an annual, vocational scholarship to be administered under the umbrella of the Galeton Foundation in memory of Herman and Berta Robbins. Applications and further information about the Herman and Berta Robbins Vocational Scholarship can be obtained from the Galeton Area High School Guidance office. 

C&N Wealth Management, Trustee of the Galeton Foundation, administrates the account. Applications for scholarships and grants are available on C&N’s website cnbankpa.com/GaletonFoundation.

About C&N: C&N is an independent community bank providing complete banking, financial, investment and insurance services through 30 full-service offices located throughout Bradford, Bucks, Cameron, Chester, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga, counties in Pennsylvania and Steuben County in NY. C&N also operates two loan production offices in Elmira, NY and York, PA, which offer commercial, residential and consumer lending services. C&N can be found online at cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Beautiful Potter County Home Available For Immediate Sale


 

Applications Being Accepted for Environmental Grant Program

 Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore, or protect the watersheds, surface water, and groundwater supplies in local communities.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2021, and recipients will be notified in May.
Established in 2005, this annual grant program has donated more than $525,000 to fund more than 100 projects to protect and improve the environment across the commonwealth.

Last year, 11 organizations received a share of grant funds totaling $40,000 for their community-based projects.

Virtual: How to Choose and Use a Telescope Next Friday

 Friday, February 26 -- Virtual: How to Choose and Use a Telescope -- Cherry Springs State Park (12:00 P.M. - 12:30 P.M.)

Pre-Register For Free Drive-Up Covid-19 Testing in Allegany County


 

Allegany County Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

The Allegany County Department of Health will NOTbe holding a first dose COVID-19 Vaccine Point-of-Distribution (POD) clinic this week due to inclement weather and a delayed shipment of the Moderna vaccine. 

We plan to hold a larger P.O.D. (clinic) next week if the vaccine is available.   

Second dose COVID-19 vaccines will still be offered this Friday, February 19, 2021 at the County Building at 7 Court Street, Belmont, NY 14813. 

You must be pre-registered to attend the second dose clinic.The link to register for future COVID-19 vaccine PODs will be posted on the County web page located at www.alleganyco.com and clicking on ‘vaccine information.’ Vaccine is still very limited so please be patient.  

Future clinics are only open for individuals that are in phase 1-B.To see if you are eligible for the next COVID-19 vaccination clinic, please click on the following link: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine#phase-1a---phase-1b 

Please remain patient as we are only able to vaccinate as many individuals as we have doses. If you need assistance with registration due to lack of internet access, please contact our office at 585-268-9250.

New Moon Power Equipment Service And Sales

 


SBA Working Capital Loans Available in Pennsylvania Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration for Freeze and Frost

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in McKean, Susquehanna, Warren and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania due to freeze and frost that occurred on April 1 through June 1, 2020.     

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov and should apply under SBA declaration # 16853, not for the COVID-19 incident.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, February 19, 2021 The latest news from the State Capitol
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Attention Employers: How Can We Help?

The House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, launched a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Business Survey this week. The goal is to gather feedback for use by the caucus’ Economic Recovery Task Force as it works to develop and implement policies to restore the state’s struggling economy.

The survey is open to employers in all sectors and businesses of all sizes. The brief survey seeks information about your business or industry and then invites feedback about the challenges facing your particular business or industry, the type of assistance that would be most beneficial, the one most impactful thing state government could do to support your future success, and any other ideas to kickstart the Commonwealth’s economic recovery.

Please take a few moments to fill out this survey and share your insights and expertise. We must get the Commonwealth on the road to recovery as soon as possible and we can only do that by working together. Click here to take the survey.  We will be taking responses through March 19.
 
 
 
Policy Committee to Host Hearings on Impacts of Wolf Budget Proposal

While the House Appropriations Committee continues its in-depth review of the governor’s budget plan with various state department and agency heads, the House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, is planning two hearings to further assess the impact of the governor’s proposals.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the committee will hear from economics and tax experts about how families would be impacted by the governor’s minimum wage, income tax and overall spending plans. On Wednesday, March 3, we will hear from business owners in various sectors of the economy about how their operations would be impacted by the governor’s plans.

Both hearings will be streamed live at www.PAGOPPolicy.com. The Feb. 24 hearing beings at 9:30 a.m. The March 3 hearing beings at 1:30 p.m.
 
 
Budget Hearings Continue Next Week

Several key state agencies are on the agenda for next week’s state budget hearings, including a full day devoted to the state Department of Health, which has been front and center in the state’s COVID-19 response. On Thursday, Feb. 25, the House Appropriations Committee has scheduled two sessions with the department, one beginning at 10 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. The focus of budget hearings is not only to assess the financial requests of state agencies but also to review the effectiveness of their operations.

Also on tap for next week are the departments of Environmental Protection, General Services, Transportation, Agriculture, and Drug and Alcohol programs. Hearings are also planned with the state Liquor Control Board and Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, as well as officials from state-related universities, which include Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln. All hearings will be streamed live at www.PAHouseGOP.com.

The committee completed hearings this week with, among others, the Department of Revenue and the Independent Fiscal Office. A major point of discussion in those hearings was the governor’s proposed 46% Personal Income Tax hike, how it would impact families and small businesses, and how it fails to comply with the uniformity clause in the state Constitution. For video of completed hearings and a schedule of hearings coming up, click here.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined a budget proposal that seeks to increase state spending by more than $3 billion, or 8%, over the current fiscal year, as well as increase the state income tax on families and small businesses by 46% and impose a new tax on the energy industry.
 
 
‘Mixed Earners’ UC Program Now Available

The state Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is now accepting applications for the new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program. Payments will be retroactive and will begin in several weeks.

The MEUC program was created by Congress as part of the federal Continued Assistance for Unemployment Workers Act of 2020 to assist workers who had multiple sources of income that varied in eligibility for traditional Unemployment Compensation. MEUC provides an additional $100 weekly in extra benefits to eligible claimants.

MEUC Eligibility Requirements include:
  •   You must be receiving an unemployment benefit from a program other than Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
  •   You must be receiving an unemployment benefit for claims weeks covered by the MEUC program, which are Jan. 2, 2021, through March 13, 2021.
  •   You must have at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment during the most recent taxable year.
  •   You must apply for the MEUC program and submit documentation which clearly shows $5,000 net income.

For more information about the program, acceptable document and how to apply, click here.
 
 
Pennsylvanians Urged to Stay Alert for Fraud

Administration officials are again urging everyone to be alert to potential fraud in the wake of additional federal unemployment program funding, which has prompted increased attempts by scammers to steal people’s personal information.

In an effort to create fraudulent unemployment program claims or log into existing claims to redirect benefits payments, fraudsters are working to steal peoples’ usernames, passwords, unemployment Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) and Social Security numbers. In many cases, they are relying on phishing or spoofing attempts, such as:
  •   Contacting intended victims by calling, texting, emailing or messaging via social media.
  •   Posing as representatives of the PA Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) or other government entities or groups to “help” claimants with issues so they can gather their personal and confidential information.
  •   Pretending to be unemployment claimants on Facebook or Twitter and offering to help legitimate claimants with their issues via phone or email, with the goal of stealing their personally identifiable information.

Pennsylvanians are reminded that L&I never contacts anyone and asks for their username, password, PIN or full Social Security number. Additionally, L&I does not communicate with claimants over social media and the only valid email addresses to contact Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Compensation Service Center are uchelp@pa.gov and ucpua@pa.gov.

Also be on the lookout for unemployment fraud that may also indicate you have been a victim of identity theft. L&I officials say anyone who received a 1099-G form for unemployment benefits they did not apply for is likely the victim of a widespread national unemployment fraud issue and should take the necessary steps to report the fraud and protect their information.

Additional information about these fraud threats is available at www.dli.pa.gov.
 
 
Do You Have Unclaimed Property?

The Pennsylvania Treasury is currently holding on to $3.8 billion in unclaimed property, and some of it could be yours!

Across the state, one in 10 Pennsylvanians is owed unclaimed property. The average claim is worth about $2,000. Unclaimed property includes things such as uncashed checks, forgotten bank accounts, stocks and bonds, and contents of safe deposit boxes. Something as simple as a misspelled name or incorrect address can land property with Treasury. State law requires properties be turned over to Treasury after three years of dormancy, or two years for payroll checks.

Anyone can search Treasury’s online database any time to see if they or friends and family have property waiting to be claimed. You need not pay anyone a fee to search for or claim property from the state. For more information visit
www.patreasury.gov.
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