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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Frost Advisory issued May 08 at 8:17PM EDT until May 09 at 8:00AM EDT by NWS Buffalo

DESCRIPTION: ...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM
EDT SUNDAY...
* WHAT...Temperatures in the low to mid 30s will result in frost
formation.
* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston,
and Chautauqua counties.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 8 AM EDT Sunday.
* IMPACTS...Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if
left uncovered.

INSTRUCTIONS: Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

Coudersport PSP Respond To A Suicide Attempt In Pike TWP.


 

Port Allegany High School 2021 Prom


Pam Fischer Photo 

The Port Allegany High School 2021 Prom will take place Saturday evening in the high school gym.  Enchanted Garden is the theme for this year's event, a gift of the Junior Class to the Seniors.  

Selected to the Prom Court are (front row, left to right) Mallory Causer, Dalton Distrola, Bre Garzel, Moran Witherell, Gracie Archer, Allie Kio; (back) Trey Ayers, Blake Price, Carter Moses and Taro Tanaka.  The crowning will take place at 9 p.m. 

 Parents who have facemasks will be able to watch the crowning.  DJ for the prom is Karizma (Kim Nelson).  Advisor for the Prom Committee is Mrs. Laura Strawderman.

Eldred Dispatched To Crash on Main Street


At 2:03 PM on Saturday, Eldred Borough Fire & EMS along with Eldred Township Fire have been dispatched to 90 Main Street for a vehicle crash. A box truck is in the ditch with 2 occupants reporting no injuries.

Derrick City Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash


At 1:45 PM on Saturday, Bradford EMS & Derrick City Fire dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash in front of Burger King.

Nelson Dispatched To Assist at a Structure Fire in Tuscorora


At 1:05 PM on Saturday, Nelson Fire Dept. dispatched to mutual aid to assist Tuscorora with a structure fire on Church Road. 

RECALLED

Tioga & Lawrenceville Dispatched For Vehicle Fire on Rt. 287

Potter-Tioga County Fire Wire 

4m · 

Tioga Twp on 287 near the bridge construction for a vehicle fire. Departments 7, 8

Special Weather Statement...SMALL HAIL POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON...

 Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1211 PM EDT Sat May 8 2021
 

...SMALL HAIL POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON...

Scattered to numerous showers will impact central Pennsylvania
this afternoon, tied to a strong upper air disturbance. Some of
the stronger cells will likely produce small hail, a brief wind
gust to around 35 mph, and perhaps a few rumbles of thunder.

Showers should begin to diminish in coverage after about 6 pm.

Investigation Determines No Physical Altercation Occurred In Jay TWP.


 

Portville Ambulance to Shinglehouse


At 11:42 AM on Saturday, Portville Ambulance was dispatched to Carr Hollow Road in Shinglehouse for a cardiac emergency.

.FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Temperatures in the lower to mid 30s will result in
frost formation.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 8 AM EDT Sunday. * IMPACTS...Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if
left uncovered.

INSTRUCTIONS: Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

PA Permit Violation Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 5/04/2021 to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland county. 102.4(b)1 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL REQUIREMENTS - Person conducting earth disturbance activity failed to implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-05-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 5/04/2021 to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland county. 102.11(a)1 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS – BMP AND DESIGN STANDARDS - Person failed to design, implement and maintain E & S BMPs to minimize the potential for accelerated erosion and sedimentation to protect, maintain, reclaim and restore water quality and existing and designated uses.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-05-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 5/04/2021 to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland county. 78a53 - EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT - Person proposing or conducting earth disturbance activities associated with oil and gas operations failed to comply with 25 Pa. Code § 102.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-05-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 5/04/2021 to XPR RESOURCES LLC in Derry Twp, Westmoreland county. 102.22(a) - SITE STABILIZATION – PERMANENT STABILIZATION – Permitee failed to have site permanently stabilized and protected from accelerated erosion and sedimentation upon final completion of earth disturbance activity.
Incident Date/Time: 2021-05-04 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

One Third of Adults in Potter County Have Been Vaccinated; Nineteen New Cases Reported Thursday & Friday

Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel met this week with top leaders of the Pa. Dept. of Health to discuss strategies for increasing the number of county residents who have been immunized against the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

Kristen Faust, DOH deputy director, said the department would work with elected officials, community organizations and others to set up vaccination clinics and other opportunities to distribute the vaccine. She will be following up with the commissioners to develop specific plans in the coming days. 

As of Friday, more than 4,000 Potter County residents age 18 or older — a full one-third of the adult population — have received the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine. Some 2,859 have been fully immunized. 

UPMC Cole offers two options for residents to use in setting up appointments for vaccinations. One is a telephone hotline, 814-274-5460. The other is an online resource, vaccine.upmc.com

Rite Aid pharmacies continue to book appointments as supplies become available. To access the online reservation form, click here.

Between Tuesday and Friday, there were 19 more cases confirmed in Potter County. Totals now stand at 1,105 cases and 23 COD-related deaths. 

Also over the past 72 hours, some 161 new cases and three more COVID-related fatalities were confirmed in the seven counties bordering Potter.

Nearby in McKean County, 

Port Allegany Pharmacy will be holding clinics at their facility. Please follow the links below to register. 

For Johnson & Johnson (Monday-Thursday) https://hipaa.jotform.com/211244837488160 

For Moderna (Every Friday) https://hipaa.jotform.com/211254036690147

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Rite Aid #RA101976

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207 Us-6
Coudersport, PA 16915
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BUCHANAN BROTHERS

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101 Main St
Coudersport, PA 16915
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Port Allegany Pharmacy #3953797

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7.57 miles
54 N Main St
Port Allegany, PA 16743
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Rite Aid #RA102474

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7.59 miles
59 N Main St
Port Allegany, PA 16743
5.
UPMC Cole

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1001 E 2nd St
Coudersport, PA 16915
6.
Cameron County Health Center

In stock

21.54 miles
90 E 2nd St
Emporium, PA 15834
7.
Walgreens Co. #12381

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23.36 miles
10 N Main St
Wellsville, NY 14895
8.
Fishers Pharmacy

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23.40 miles
138 N Main St
Wellsville, NY 14895
9.
Walgreens Co. #18976

In stock

23.47 miles
110 Bolivar Rd
Wellsville, NY 14895
10.
Rite Aid #RA110875

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23.98 miles
265 N Union St
Olean, NY 14760
11.
CVS Pharmacy, Inc. #00539

In stock

24.10 miles
415 N Union St
Olean, NY 14760
12.
Olean General Hospital

In stock

24.40 miles
515 Main St
Olean, NY 14760
13.
Cattaraugus County Health Department

In stock

24.91 miles
1 Leo Moss Dr
Olean, NY 14760

 

30TH ANNUAL UPPER PINE CREEK TROUT TOURNAMENT IS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 15 & 16; REGISTER IN PERSON ON FRIDAY, MAY 14 AND DURING TOURNAMENT HOURS

Photo provided
Ray Deater (left) and Tom Byrne tag trout that were float stocked in Pine Creek for the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament several years ago. 

Anglers can register in person at the tournament check-in station for the 30th Annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament on Friday, May 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during tournament hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16. The entry fee for adults is $25 and $15 for youth under 16.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, the tournament takes place along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill Street Bridge in Galeton Borough, Potter County and the Ansonia Bridge in Shippen Township, Tioga County. 

The check-in station is the snowmobile clubhouse at 4814 Route 6, 12 miles west of Wellsboro. The clubhouse is located on the south side of Route 6, halfway between Galeton and Wellsboro. While on club property, people must wear masks and follow CDC guidelines.

Top prizes are $1,000 and four $500 cash prizes. The minimum prize for a tagged fish is $50 and may be cash, merchandise or a gift card or a combination of the three. Anglers can receive more than one prize depending on how many of the 250 float stocked tagged trout they catch.

What anglers win is based on the luck of the draw. They have to bring their tagged fish in “live condition” to the check-in station. The angler draws a Ping-Pong ball for each tagged fish he or she catches. The number on the ball identifies the prize.

Every registered participant who picks up his or her badge no later than 4 p.m. at the check-in station on Saturday, May 15 will be entered in a special drawing being held that day to win one of two $1,000 cash prizes being awarded in celebration of the tournament’s 30th anniversary. Individuals need not be present to win.

Youngsters 12 and under, whether they register to fish in the tournament or not, can participate in the free “Draw A Ball and Win A Prize” giveaway.  With help from Smitty’s Sports in Gaines, the Tackle Shack in Wellsboro and club members who donate items, young anglers receive rods and reels and other fishing equipment.

All fish must be legally caught. No fish will be accepted one hour after the cut-off time. Anglers caught fishing before or after stated tournament times will be disqualified. 

Those competing in the tournament must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and must observe and obey landowners’ rights. Trespassing on private property is not allowed, nor is littering. 

To register for the tournament online anytime, visit www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com and download a registration form. Registration forms can also be found at many businesses in the area. 

For more information, call 1-717-881-9358 or the club at 570-724-2888 or visit the club’s website at www.pagrandcanyonsnowmobileclub.com.

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALK IS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 8 AT HILLS CREEK

A free morning bird walk will be at Hills Creek State Park this Saturday, May 8. Bird walks are also being held on Saturdays, May 15 and 22. All three will be led by volunteers from the Tiadaghton Audubon Society, the local birding group and are free and open to the public. 

The park is located on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro. 

Each walk will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Registration is not required. The walks are slow-paced, cover a limited distance and provide an opportunity to see the many varieties of water and woodland birds that live in the park or are migrating through. 

Meet at the Hills Creek State Park office at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro a little before 8 a.m. to drive to the nearby starting location. In case of inclement weather, the group may opt for a driving tour with several key stops nearby to keep participants dry. Everyone is welcome, including birders of all levels, first timers to experienced. 

Bring binoculars and cameras and wear subdued clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Participants are also asked to wear masks and social distance. 

For updates and local birding information, visit tiadaghtonaudubon.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/TiadaghtonAudubon/ or email tasmember@yahoo.com.  Call the park office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 570-724-4246 for information about Hills Creek State Park.

Pre-registration is open for the annual S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library Building Fund 5K Run, Fun Walk, and Kids Fun Run

June 12, 2021 4:30-6:30pm

Run, walk, bike, scoot, or skate to raise money for the library’s Building Fund!

4:30pm: Kids Fun Run for the Library

$5 per child

Kids Fun Run pre-registration available or register 3:30-4pm on June 12

Children run around the library building grounds 3x (not in the street)

5-6pm: Building Fund 5K Run or Fun Walk

5K Run and Fun Walk start and end at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library

Pre-register for 5K Run or Fun Walk before May 28th, 2021 for a reduced fee.

Pre-Registration Fees for 5K Run or Fun Walk:

Adults (age 21 & up) $25.00 (guarantees T-shirt)

Students (age 6-20) $15.00 (guarantees T-shirt)

Children (age 5 & under): Free (no T-shirt)

Registration for 5K Run or Fun Walk after May 28th or day of event:

add $5 to your age bracket pre-registration fee.

June 12 registration for5K Run and Fun Walk: 3:30-4:30pm

Pre-registration forms are available in the library or via Google Forms:


Payment in the library can be made with cash or check, the Google Form allows electronic payment via Network for Good.

COVID Safety Measures for Businesses, including masks, required inside the library

C&N Donates $800,000 to Benefit Local Education

C&N’s Bruce Smithgall (left) and Thomas Rudy (right) present a check in the amount of $198,000 to representatives of the First Community Foundation, Jason McCahan (left-center) and Jennifer Wilson (right-center) to support education in our local school districts. 

WELLSBORO, PA – C&N recognized the importance of investing in local education with donations totaling $800,000 to area Educational Improvement, Scholarship and Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations.  These donations were made under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

Education is key to a strong and prosperous community. However, there are many budgetary roadblocks preventing children from receiving the level of education they deserve. C&N is committed to closing this gap by supporting local organizations that have made it their mission to ensure every child has access to educational opportunities. By investing in our youth, we are putting our local economies on the path to sustained growth and creating more opportunities to thrive.


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Investigation Ongoing For Criminal Mischief In Ridgway TWP.


 

Investigation Reveals No PFA Violation Has Taken Place In Shippen TWP.


 

Coudersport PSP Are Investigating A Stolen Vehicle In Bingham TWP.


 

Coudersport PSP Are Seeking information For A Burglary In Sharon TWP.


 

HAMILTON-GIBSON CHILDREN'S CHOIR ALUMNA TO SING IN NEW 25TH SEASON CELEBRATORY CHOIR THAT BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 10

Photo by John Eaton
Kacy Hagan, a Hamilton-Gibson choral program alumna, is shown with Thomas Putnam, director of the new HG summer choir.

"I’m excited to be able to sing with Hamilton-Gibson’s 25th Season Celebratory Choir this summer,” said Kacy Hagan, an HG choral program alumna.

The first rehearsal of HG’s newest choir will be at 6:30 p.m. this Monday, May 10 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro. 

Invited to participate are singers entering the ninth through twelfth grades this fall, including boys with changed voices; HG Children and Youth Choir alumni; and anyone who was in HG's production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." 

In late winter of 1996, Kay Galloway and Thomas Putnam welcomed 18 fourth through eighth graders to the newly founded Hamilton-Gibson Children's Choir. Hagan was one of them. 

The children’s choir had its beginnings in March of 1993, when Putnam and Galloway produced "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Hagan was in the play. It is based on a book of poetry and drawings made by the children of Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp just north of Prague that existed from Nov. 24, 1941 to May 9, 1945.

Many talented musicians, composers, painters and poets housed at Terezin affirmed the children's humanity and gave them hope by encouraging them to write poetry and draw or paint on any scraps of paper they could find. Thousands of poems, drawings and paintings were created, hidden and then discovered years after World War II ended.

"For our production, we used songs created by a Philadelphia composer who set some of the children's poems to music," said Putnam. More than 100 children auditioned. About 80 youth ages 8 to 18 and several adults performed in the play at Mansfield University's Steadman Theatre.

"It was a powerful experience. Kay and I were amazed at how the children embraced the story and the difficult, challenging music. That led us to start the Hamilton-Gibson Children's Choir a few years later," Putnam said. 

"In 1993, I was in 'I Never Saw Another Butterfly' and in 1996, I was in the inaugural class of the HG Children’s Choir,” said Hagan. "I also participated in the reunion concert that we did a handful of years ago," she said. "It was so special to hear and sing some of the same songs that we sang when I was a child in the choir and to learn new ones that were familiar to other generations of singers. 

"The HG choral program is inspiring because it harnesses the talents and attention of children of so many different ages. It has been a very formative experience for so many of us," Hagan said. 

Over the years, the HG choral program has grown from one choir for fourth through eighth graders to four choirs for second through twelfth graders and has provided youth with a wide variety of places to visit and experiences to enjoy.

"Our 25th Season was actually in 2020,” said Putnam. “Because of the pandemic, we are celebrating our 25th Season this summer," he said. 

"We may be masked and distanced but we'll be singing SATB (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) music together," said Putnam.   

For more information about joining the 25th Season Celebratory Choir, call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com

Penn State DuBois celebrates graduates at 2021 commencement

Chancellor M. Scott McBride presided over Penn State DuBois commencement ceremonies at Heindl Field on Friday. 

DuBOIS, Pa - Members of the Penn State DuBois class of 2021 officially joined the Penn State Alumni community on Friday, as commencement ceremonies were celebrated at Heindl Field, with Chancellor M. Scott McBride presiding. Professor Arshad Khan served as faculty marshal.  A full list of more than 60 spring graduates as well as a streaming video of the event can be viewed here

“As Spring 2021 graduates of the Pennsylvania State University, you are among a unique group of individuals who have completed more than a year of your degree program during a world-wide pandemic,” McBride told graduates. “Your generation will long be remembered as the one that persevered through a dangerous health crisis, racial injustice, and social upheaval.  You succeeded in spite of debilitating grief and unthinkable hardship. But like a fine gem, the pressures have made you even more resilient and lustrous in your shine.  Never before has earning a coveted Penn State degree been more challenging, and more meaningful.” 

Academic achievement awards for the highest GPA were presented to Austin Miller, for associate degree students, and Dylan Fezell for baccalaureate degree students.

Miller is from Rockton, Pennsylvania, graduating with an Associate of Science in Information Sciences and Technology with a specialization in Networking. He remarked, “I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to the people who are responsible for me being able to receive this award. My family for being able to provide to me the opportunities to reach my true potential in school. My dog, Gump, for being the best boy there is. My friends for being able to always make me laugh no matter how stressed out I might have been. All the professors I have had throughout my college career who made class more about learning and less about taking tests. Anyone who I have ever interacted with on campus who gave me a memorable life moment, experience, or aided me in accomplishing my goals. I am confident in saying that I would not have achieved this academic feat if it were not for each and every one of you.”

Fezell, of DuBois, graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Business. He has been an active member of the Penn State DuBois campus community, working as a Peer Tutor in the subjects of Accounting, Math, Statistics, and Effective Communication, and served as the Student Government Association club coordinator, vice president, and as the Campus Activities Board co-chair. He also served as a Lion Ambassador, First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor, and as an Orientation Leader.

On receiving his award, Fezell said, “I would firstly like to thank my family for always being supportive of me throughout the entirety of my academic career. I would also like to thank all of the faculty and staff that have supported me on my journey to graduation and throughout my time at Penn State DuBois. Without all of those involved, I would not be where I am today, and thus I extend a very courteous thank you in that regard.”

See the entire list of graduates and a streaming video of the ceremony here




Electri-Cord Is Hiring In Westfield

 


Homer Township, Potter County, Coudersport, PA is accepting bids for the Southwoods Grant Project, Phase 1

 


Viant Medical Inc. Of Westfield Is Hiring

 


Homer Township Spring Clean Up May 8th & 9th

 


Lakeview Health Care and rehabilitation is Hiring A full time cook with benefits

 


Coudersport Shop 'N Save is Returning to Full Time Hours; Now Hiring

 


Homer Township, Potter County, Coudersport, PA is accepting bids for the Southwoods Grant Project, Phase 1

 


Truck-Lite Is Hiring Full Time And Part Time Assemblers

 


Sweden Valley Manor Is Hiring A Food Service Supervisor

 


Blueberry Hill Farm Opening Monday, May 3, For Large Selection of Mother's Day Flowers




 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Come to Galeton and Save $$$ At North Central Supply And The Shops of Quarter West

 





















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Coudersport ambulance to Maple Street

8:10 PM--Man fallen with head injury.

Wellsboro. Galeton Dispatched for a Possible Water Rescue

8:10 PM--Possible rescue.

Shinglehouse Ambulance to Eadt Honeoye Street

7:27 PM--Abdominal pain.

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer (R) Turtlepoint

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data Breach Must Be Investigated

In the wake of revelations of a data breach impacting more than 70,000 Pennsylvanians who were contact traced for COVID-19, we are calling for an immediate, independent investigation into how this happened and why it was not addressed sooner by the Wolf administration.

A WPXI-TV/Target 11 investigation that aired last Thursday revealed Pennsylvanians’ personal information was unsecured and accessible on the internet after they answered calls from employees of Insight Global, which was awarded a no-bid contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) to conduct contact tracing.

DOH officials have said they will not renew Insight Global’s contract, which has netted the company nearly $29 million, when it expires in July. I believe it should be terminated immediately.

Given the series of missteps by the governor and his cabinet over the last year, an independent investigation by someone outside of the administration – such as the attorney general, House Government Oversight Committee or even federal law enforcement – is necessary to restore the public trust.
 
 
Governor’s COVID-19 Mitigation Orders – Except Masking – to be Lifted May 31

COVID-19 mitigation orders still impacting businesses and organizations across the Commonwealth will be lifted as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 31, the Wolf administration announced earlier this week.

Masking orders will remain in place until the Commonwealth achieves a vaccination rate of at least 70% of the population age 18 and older.

The governor’s disaster emergency declaration also remains in place. It was last renewed Feb. 19 for 90 days. It began on March 6, 2020.

 
 
Cast Your Vote on Emergency Declaration Ballot Questions

By the time the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation orders are officially lifted at the end of this month, they will have been in place for more than a year. That’s more than a year of limited operations for businesses, leading to the permanent loss of more than half a million jobs. That’s more than a year of limited ability to visit loved ones in long-term care facilities. That’s more than a year of our children’s education being disrupted, despite the best efforts of school districts and teachers.

No matter how you feel about the restrictions, it’s important to point out that they were implemented entirely by Gov. Tom Wolf. The General Assembly had no say in the matter, and therefore, neither did you – the citizens we represent.

On Tuesday, May 18, you’ll finally have your say through two ballot questions that propose amendments to the state Constitution to change the way we handle disaster emergency declarations in the future.

I voted to put these questions on the ballot because I believe they would restore the foundational system of checks and balances that has been missing over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most important, I voted to put them on the ballot because you deserve to be heard.

 
 
Continuing the Fight for Oil and Gas Jobs

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week approved my legislation to ensure reasonable, responsible oversight of the conventional oil and gas industry that will both protect the environment and ensure the 160-year-old industry can grow and thrive in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 1144 would establish the Conventional Oil and Gas Wells Act to serve as a framework for establishing regulations specific to shallow-well drilling, which is vastly different from unconventional operations in the Marcellus shale. A similar bill passed the General Assembly last session but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

I will continue to fight for these small business owners and their employees who live, work and raise their children in the same communities where they are drilling for oil and gas. They have shown time and again they are capable of and committed to producing this valuable energy source while also ensuring clean air and water for themselves and future generations.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
 
 
Policy Committee Hears About Proposed Changes to State System of Higher Education


As chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, I hosted a roundtable discussion this week with Chancellor Dan Greenstein of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

PASSHE is embarking on a plan to restructure six of its universities into two as a means to restore financial stability to the system and still serve the needs of students. The plans include integrating California, Clarion and Edinboro universities into one university, and Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield into another. More information about the proposal is available at www.PASSHE.edu.
 
 
Reform Vital to Saving Jobs, Restoring PA Economy

Continuing our work to restore the state’s economy post-pandemic and ensure the availability of quality job opportunities, the House approved several government reform measures this week. The action comes on the heels of U.S. Steel’s announcement it was withdrawing plans for a $1.5 billion investment in western Pennsylvania due, in part, to permitting delays. We need to ensure the Commonwealth doesn’t lose out like this again in the future.

With the goal of making the Commonwealth a partner in ensuring compliance rather than a heavy-handed enforcer, House Bill 288 would require each state agency to designate an employee as its regulatory compliance officer. The officer would be accessible to businesses and organizations subject to regulations, working to explain requirements and resolve noncompliance issues before imposing penalties.

House Bill 72 would establish an enhanced review process for major regulations that impose a substantial cost burden on the Commonwealth.

House Bill 139 would reform the permitting process by requiring agencies to post information about the permits that they grant on their website, create an accessible tracking system for applicants to check the status of their applications and clearly state the legal authority that the agency relies upon when rejecting a permit application.

House Bill 950 would strengthen the system of checks and balances by empowering the General Assembly to initiate the repeal of any regulation currently in effect by concurrent resolution.
 
 
 
Did You Know PA Has a Tick Testing Lab?

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month! Did you know not all ticks carry Lyme disease? That’s great news, but how do you know for sure??

East Stroudsburg University offers free tick testing to analyze the type of tick, whether it’s carrying Lyme or other tickborne diseases, and even an estimate of how long the tick has been attached.

It’s easy to take advantage of free testing. Simply remove the tick by carefully pulling it straight out with tweezers and then placing it in a bag; order the tick test online; and then mail the tick and your receipt to the lab for free testing. Once the university receives the tick, you’ll have your test results within three business days.
 
To learn more or to order a tick test, visit www.ticklab.org.

June L. Root, 57, of 24 Walker Avenue, Bradford, PA

June L. Root

June L. Root, 57, of 24 Walker Avenue, Bradford, PA, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021.

Born September 8, 1963 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Victor and Anna May (Crawford) Lee. She attended Bradford schools.

On January 22, 1981 in her mother and father's home, she married Jeffrey L. Root Sr., who survives.

She enjoyed collecting Elvis Memorabilia as well as Wolves, needle point work, watching cooking shows, and the Hallmark channel, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Jeff of 40 years, she is survived by four children, Tasha Root, Tabatha Mihalko, Jeffrey Root Jr., and Jason Root, all of Bradford, four sisters, Sharon McCormick, Holly Forman, Shannon Smith, DeeDee Reed, five brothers, John Lee, David Reed, Ricky Reed, Randy Reed, and James Lee, 11 grandchildren, Angel Bryer, Ashley Root, Courtney Root, Tiffany Bryer, Kenza Mihalko, Elijah Mihalko, Chloe Ford, Ebony Ford, Jerimiah Ford, Jorganna Youngs, and Kanion Youngs, three great grandchildren, Ryder Banks, Kyson Banks, and Araya Banks, Bentey Ford and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Shelia Lee, and Jeane Lee, and one brother, Thomas Reed.

Friends will be invited to attend a Celebration of June's Life on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 2pm at 36 North Kendall Ave.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com