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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Seminar & Pen Sale At Cinco C's Alpacas October 19th

Apartment & Single House For Rent In Coudersport For Rent

For Rent – Coudersport
Apartment – 2BR with Den
No HUD or Pets. Convenient to Everything
Tenant pays utilities
495 per month. Security & references required.

Single House
3BR. No HUD or Pets
Tenant pays utilities
595 per month. Security & References required.
Call for more information 814-698-2595. 
Leave message if no answer

Huge Antique & Clock Auction Saturday, October 19 In Allegany, NY

4 Charged in Illegal Taking of Deer

4 charged in illegal taking of deer

October 10, 2013
WELLSBORO - Four people were charged following a Game Commission investigation into the illegal taking of deer between Sept. 1 and Dec. 20, 2012.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard's office, Calvin D. Jennings, 25, Tulsa Frey, 31, and James K. VanVliet, all of of 240 Route 287, Morris were charged with several counts of unlawful taking of big game, conspiracy to take big game, possession of loaded firearms in a vehicle, unlawful devices and methods, shooting on or across a highway, and unlawful use of lights while hunting in in Morris and Liberty townships.

Game Commission Officer Rodney Mee said the charges were filed following an investigation into the shooting and possession of no less than eight whitetail deer and the unlawful means and methods to commit the crimes. Read more...

Child Protection and Property Tax Relief/Reform on the House Agenda Next Week

Child Protection and Property Tax Relief/Reform on the House Agenda Next Week


The House returns to session on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.
Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s child protection laws continues in the House…

Already, 22 House Bills to improve child protection – from the point of suspicion of an abuse to when an investigation is initiated and in progress – have passed the House and await Senate action.

Tuesday, the House will resume its work improving and strengthening Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.

The duty to report a missing child is the purpose of House Bill 494 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Luzerne County). The legislation would require a report be made about a missing child within 24 hours after his or her whereabouts became unknown, but will also require proof that a parent’s silence exhibited a reckless disregard for a risk of harm to a child, or for the child’s health, safety, or welfare under the circumstances.

The mandatory reporting bill is part of a bipartisan package of legislation introduced following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, which was formed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The task force presented a final report to the General Assembly last year that included a number of recommendations for improving Pennsylvania’s child welfare system.

The House Judiciary and Children and Youth committees held a number of hearings and meetings on the final report of the Task Force on Child Protection. Thanks to the work of the committees, the full House deliberated and passed 22 bills based on the recommendations of the task force aimed at protecting children from abuse.

To read more about, or for the listing of, these child protection bills, please visit www.pahousegop.com/ChildProtectionMeasures.aspx.


The Weekly Schedule

10/12/2013 8:13 PM FIRE / WILDFIRE 1617 HARDSCRABLE RD RUTLAND TWP

10/12/20138:13 PMFIRE / WILDFIRE 1617 HARDSCRABLE RD RUTLAND TWP

Several Tioga County Fire Departments have been dispatched to assist with a wildfire in the woods. Reporting about 4 acres in size. 

Mansfield, Millerton, Big Elm, Lawrenceville, Tioga, Middlebury, Wellsboro and Blossburg were dispatched to this fire or for standby assignments.

Rew/Bradford Dispatched For Crash On Looker Mountain Trail

Rew/Bradford Dispatched For Crash On Looker Mountain Trail
At 9:43 PM on Saturday, Rew Fire Dept. and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Looker Mountain Trail. 1 mile from South Kendall Avenue.

Driller Invoking PA Law Allowing Forced Pooling

Hilcorp Energy first in Pa. to test law allowing access to gas without property owners' consent

By Timothy Puko Triblive.com


Bob Svetlak has lived on his family's Lawrence County homestead since 1949, and none of it's for sale — not his house, not his trees and certainly not his gas rights.

But he may not have a choice about the gas. 
Hilcorp Energy Co. has taken legal steps to access natural gas beneath the 14.6 acres Svetlak owns near the Ohio border without his consent, arguing a law more than five decades old gives it the right to combine his land with others into a drilling unit. 
If Hilcorp succeeds, it would be the first time in Pennsylvania's shale boom that a driller used the tactic, and it could lead to more widespread use. 
“I didn't buy this land to sell it,” said Svetlak, 73, of Pulaski. “I bought it for peace and property, like a lot of people in this country. I live here for the tranquility.” 
Hilcorp is using a legal maneuver known as forced pooling, in which neighboring plots of land are combined into a single unit for drilling. In geologic formations deeper than the Marcellus shale, the 1961 law allows drillers to combine gas rights into pools, even if property owners oppose.

Read more: http://triblive.com/business/headlines/4828098-74/hilcorp-pooling-gas#ixzz2hXqYpgqe
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Car Crashed Into Tree In Smethport

Car Crashed Into Tree In Smethport
At 5:10 PM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to 407 Washington Street for a vehicle into a tree with one patient self extricated.

Tipster Debunks Stoneman's Bigfoot Photos That Circled The Globe

Huff Post
Pennsylvania hiker John Stoneman of Bradford, says he was driving his car through Kinzua State Park when he noticed not one, but two hulking creatures lurking in the woods. He slowed down and took the photographs, which do indeed appear to show at least one giant apelike creature behind some trees.

UPDATE: A tipster gave us some evidence that he says proves these are not photos of Bigfoot. Check his photo out here.

He told the HNGN, "I'm a skeptic myself. I'm not a believer, but this was not a bear and you can see fur on it ... It's wider at the shoulders and tapers down whereas a bear is bigger in the middle and stands differently with its paws out -- this was standing like a man, like a Bigfoot."

The 57-year-old noted that black bears in the area are much smaller than the apparent creature he captured in pictures two weeks ago. The photos haven't been verified, but Stoneman says he's never seen anything like the creature before. Read more.....

We here at Solomon's words were just a little bit skeptical of John Stoneman's photos and suggestion that he saw 2 bigfoots in the Kinzua State Park, but the Associated Press picked up the story and circulated it around the world. Huff Post ran the story with the photos, but later updated the story after a tipster sent them a photo from a different angle showing that Stoneman's Bigfoot was nothing but a tree stump from a fallen tree.

So now we know that Stoneman's full of poop and the hunt for Bigfoot goes on.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Walnut Street For Fall Victim

At 4:31 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Walnut Street for a person who has fallen.

Coudersport Ambulaqnce To Back Road In Homer Township For Fall Victim

At 4:29 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Back Road in Homer Township for a person who has fallen from a ladder.

Cuba Smokeeaters Make Quick Work Of Car Fire Saturday Morning

Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:33  
Cuba Fire/Ambulance were dispatched at 11:33 for a vehicle Fire with exposures. Cuba Captain Jason Jones was first on-scene with-in a minute and reported fully involved jeep threatening a garage. Cuba LT Aaron Appleby was on scene moments later and directed trucks into the scene. Cuba 1 was the first engine on scene and deployed 1-3/4 attack line from Cuba 1 and extinguished the fire. Cuba 502 Jason Butts looked over the entire vehicle with the Thermal Imaging Camera and deemed the Fire Out. Great work by all of making quick work at today's Fire! All units were Back in Service at 12:14. Total of 17 members were on the job today along with Cuba 7, and Cuba 9.

The Great Shakeout

www.shakeout.org

this will take place October 17th

This a nation wide event through FEMA, Homeland Security and PEMA

American Red Cross to hold second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz

American Red Cross to hold second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz

Outpouring of donors inspires follow up donation opportunity

Following an outpouring of community support at their first blood drive in August, the Buchholz Family and the American Red Cross are holding a second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz on Tuesday, October 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 120 West Academy Street in Shinglehouse, Pa.

The family elected to schedule this follow up blood drive for those donors who were not able to donate at the first drive and for those blood donors who wish to donate blood again. The generous blood donors who were able to donate at the August blood drive will be eligible to donate again on October 15, as this drive is at more than 56 days from the first drive.

About seven months into her pregnancy, Denise Buchholz started feeling very ill. When her condition didn’t improve, she went in to see her doctor where she received some terrible news. Her baby, Izabella, had detached from her completely. Doctors ran numerous tests to determine what their next step should be. Upon examination, doctors discovered that Denise’s kidneys had shut down, her liver was in the process of shutting down and her platelet count had dropped to 15,000. Denise had developed both HELLP syndrome and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). HELLP is short for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation is a rare, life-threatening condition that prevents blood from clotting normally. It may cause excessive clotting or bleeding throughout the body and can lead to shock, organ failure, and death.

Denise’s organs were shutting down one-by-one and in order to save her life, doctors recommended that she deliver as soon as possible. Denise received blood at a hospital near her home then was transported to a larger facility in Pittsburgh where she was admitted and delivered the baby. Denise’s condition was touch and go until she delivered Izabella on Saturday afternoon. Sadly, Izabella did not survive, but Denise was able to pull through thanks to the blood transfusions she received and the hard work of many doctors.

“When something like this happens, it really opens your eyes to how important donating blood really is. Without the blood I received, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Denise.

Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important. A blood donation can help save the life of a real person in your community. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. Additionally, all presenting donors during the month of October are eligible to enter to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.* Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.

Causer, Rapp Join Call to Action for PA Conventional Oil Industry

Causer, Rapp Join Call to Action for PA Conventional Oil Industry
 Unregulated 1860's conventional oil production that spewed pollution into area creeks and left thousands of unplugged oil and gas wells as the drillers abandoned the operations for greener pastures.

TITUSVILLE – Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) this week joined hundreds of independent oil producers and supporters at the world’s first oil well to highlight the challenges threatening the future of this 150-year-old industry.

Hosted by Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP) at the Drake Well Museum in Titusville, the event was designed to send a message to Harrisburg that regulations geared toward large-scale unconventional wells are not only unnecessary for shallow well drillers but may well be the industry’s death sentence.

“Our independent oil and gas producers are vital contributors, not only to our local economy but to our statewide economy as well,” Causer said. “We can’t afford to have government regulate them out of business. It’s time for the administration to work with us to ensure the future of Penn Grade crude and all the business and industry it supports.”

“I am proud to stand with all of you in the fight to not only protect this industry but to get government out of the way so it can grow and thrive,” Rapp said. “It’s time for the bureaucrats who write these regulations to be held accountable to the people.”

PIPP President Gary Hovis led off the event by highlighting the differences between drilling conventional and unconventional wells. Because conventional wells can be drilled more quickly and require less ground area, water and truck traffic, Hovis said the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should develop a separate set of regulations for unconventional wells and allow conventional wells to continue operating under current regulations.

Former Congressman John Peterson, who served as emcee at the event, reiterated the call to separate shallow well drillers from the large-scale drilling in the Marcellus Shale saying that northwestern Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose one more job to state policy.

Hovis and Peterson were followed by more than a dozen speakers involved in various parts of the oil and gas industry, each sharing their stories of how state regulations have increased operating costs, decreased production and threatened the future of their livelihoods. The speakers ranged from fourth and fifth generation operators to students at the Warren County Career Center Gas Program.

“The modern petroleum industry started right here in northwestern Pennsylvania. It helped power the Industrial Revolution, and helped America win both World Wars,” the lawmakers said. “The industry is an important part of our past and we will join with the producers and workers in the fight to keep it here for future generations.”

Huge Antique & Clock Auction Saturday, October 19 In Allegany, NY

PA Drilling Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 212WELLRCD - Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 212WELLRCD - Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 212WELLRCD - Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-03 to Horizontal Exploration Llc in Lafayette Twp, McKean county. 212WELLRCD - Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to D &Amp; S Energy Corp in Hamilton Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-03 to D &Amp; S Energy Corp in Hamilton Twp, McKean county. 212WELLRCD - Failure to submit well record within 30 days of completion of drilling
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Rainfall Totals In South Central PA Storm


Mazing For Miracles Tonight From 7 to 9 PM In Ulysses


Seminar & Pen Sale At Cinco C's Alpacas October 19th

Apartment & Single House For Rent In Coudersport For Rent



For Rent – Coudersport
Apartment – 2BR with Den
No HUD or Pets. Convenient to Everything
Tenant pays utilities
495 per month. Security & references required.

Single House
3BR. No HUD or Pets
Tenant pays utilities
595 per month. Security & References required.
Call for more information 814-698-2595. 
Leave message if no answer

Friday, October 11, 2013

One Vehicle Rollover Crash On Rt. 155 Near Turtlepoint

One Vehicle Rollover Crash On Rt. 155 Near Turtlepoint
At 11:13 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 155 in the Turtlepoint area for a one vehicle crash.  Caller reports vehicle has flipped multiple times.
REPORT 2 PATIENTS, SEVERE INJURIES, 2 HELICOPTERS DISPATCHED TO HAWBAKER'S LANDING ZONE 

11:20 pm--ELDRED FIRE DEPT ENGINE FOR LANDING ZONE
11:23PM--SMETHPORT MEDICS & SMETHPORT FIRE RESCUE TO ASSIST AT SCENE. REPORTING HEAVY ENTRAPMENT.
11:30 PM--ELDRED TOWNSHIP FIRE POLICE REQUESTED TO CLOSE RT. 155 AT ANNIN CREEK. 
11:41--ROULETTE ENGINE COMPANY TO PORT ALLEGANY FOR STANDBY, STATION 12 TO SMETHPORT FOR STANDBY 
11:46 PM--PORT ALLEGANY AMBULANCE EN ROUTE TO LZ WITH 1 PATIENT

On-Site Public Auction Saturday, October 12 At Mt. Jewett, PA

Who's The Best Shot In The County?????

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Morris Dispatched For ATV Crash

Morris Dispatched For ATV Crash
At 9:00 PM on Friday, Morris Fire Dept. was dispatched to a report of a ATV over the embankment at a location we did not hear. A patient was reported unresponsive. Medics and a medical helicopter were dispatched and then cancelled.

UPDATE:
Wellsboro Gazette

A man was killed last night after he reportedly lost control of the ATV he was operating on Horn Hill Road, Morris Township.

Theodore Strang, 38, of Oakfield, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, by Tioga County Deputy Coroner Daugherty. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to police reports.  Read more....

Marie M. Canfield, age 94, Rushford, NY, Former Hallsport & Stannards Resident

Marie M. Canfield, age 94, Rushford, NY, went to be with her lord whom she served for many years on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville.

She was born on October 14, 1918 in Olean to Harold and Anna Furman Newland. On July 4 , 1936 in Wellsville she married Gerald Canfield who predeceased her on July 3, 1987.

Marie was a former resident of Hallsport and Stannards. She had taught Adult Education for over 30 years at the Hallsport Christian Church and also served as the church secretary. Marie later attended the Stannards United Methodist where she again served as the Adult Education Teacher and as the church secretary. She also served with Willing Fire Department Fireman's Auxiliary for 25 years. Marie loved children and had a full life babysitting her grandchildren and the children from the neighborhood.

Survivors include her 3 daughters, June (Melvin) Brandes of the Town of Willing, Donna (Rodney) Horton of Whitesville and Connie (Clair) Armison of Rushford; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grand children; and 2 great great grandchildren; A brother Donald Newland of Wellsville and a sister Marian Fitch of Rochester; several nieces and nephews; dear friends Sue Fuller and her family as well as Jim and June Eaton.

Marie was predeceased by 2 daughters Joyce Canfield and Betty Armison; a granddaughter Kimberly Armison; a brother Andrew Newland; 4 sisters, Elva Baker, Arla McKay, Florence Perkins and Helen McKay.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 14, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Stannards United Methodist Church where her funeral service will take place at 2 pm with Pastor Kim Snyder and Kathleen Timpano. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Marie's name may be given to the Rushford Rescue Squad, PO Box Rushford, New York. 14777. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Found Black and White Kitten

Found Black and White Kitten

Our daughter found this cute little girl on Burleson Ave. in Roulette tonight! If she belongs to you we will keep her safe until she can be picked up. Please call or text 814-558-0858 if she is yours!

Residential Fire Alarm At 194 Wetmore Trail

Residential Fire Alarm At 194 Wetmore Trail
At 5:50 PM on Friday, Kane, Ludlow and Sheffield have been alerted to a residential fire alarm at 194 Wetmore Trail in Hamilton Township.
6:02 PM--ON SCENE REPORTS NOTHING SHOWING--RECALLED

Veterans’ Services Could Be Affected By Shutdown

Veterans’ Services Could Be Affected By Shutdown

veteran-services-1024x680Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington continues to monitor any possible impact local veterans could experience as the federal government shutdown continues. He reported to the Potter County Commissioners that the Veterans Benefits Administration has been relying on carryover funding that will be exhausted next week. 

More than 7,000 VBA employees could be furloughed beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, at which time a number of services would be suspended such as the education call center, personal interviews and hearings at regional offices, educational and vocational counseling, outreach activities and programs.

Worthington also reported that claims processing actions necessary to the payment of compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits would continue until some time in late October. VBA would continue to employ staff at its compensation and pension call centers, available at 1-800-827-1000. 

Processing of appeals and remands would be suspended and recruiting and hiring of veteran job applicants would cease. Military services coordinator operations would be suspended, including overseas and VA secretary correspondence with veterans and veterans service organizations. Worthington said veterans hospitals would continue to operate as normal.

COUDERSPORT AND MANSFIELD VETERAN CLINICS TO GIVE FLU SHOTS

COUDERSPORT AND MANSFIELD VETERAN CLINICS TO GIVE FLU SHOTS

The Coudersport and Mansfield VA clinics have set walk in flu vaccination hours. The Mansfield VA clinic, located at 63 Third Street, will be open on October 23 and 30 from 8:00am to 4:00pm for flu vaccinations. The Coudersport VA clinic, located at 24 Maple View Lane, will be open November 6 and 13 from 8:00am to 4:00pm for flu vaccinations.

Vaccinations are available for eligible Veterans currently enrolled for care at VA. Veterans can call the clinics at 814-260-9342 (Coudersport) or 570-662-0507 (Mansfield) for more information.

St. Marys Police Looking For Maroon Car

http://1490newsblog.blogspot.com/

Missing Dog

Our dog was playing in the pasture yesterday and came up missing. 

He is about 10 yrs old, not wearing a collar but has a current license and rabies shots. He is short,  like a cocker spaniel, but colored like a springer spaniel. He may be in the Shay Town, Two Mile Road or Tinker Stevens areas. 

Please call 814-697-7656 if you have, or have seen our dog.

Thank you!

Douglas Charged In Crash That Killed 6 On Rt. 219 August 31

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408596/Mother-survived-Pennsylvania-highway-crash-killed-2-children-faces-charges.html
Link above to original story.

16 Year Old Girl Missing From Elmira Area has been located

Autumn Tanzini, the 16-year-old girl who was missing and being sought by the Elmira Police Department, has been located. No further details were released by the EPD.

PIANIST ALBERT KIM TO PERFORM FREE NOON TUNES CONCERT AT PITT-BRADFORD

Albert Kim
PIANIST ALBERT KIM TO PERFORM FREE NOON TUNES CONCERT AT PITT-BRADFORD

BRADFORD, Pa. – American pianist Albert Kim will give a free Noon Tunes concert Oct. 15 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of the Spectrum arts series.

The concert will take place at noon in the Bromeley Family Theater, located in Blaisdell Hall.

Among his selections will be Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata no. 8 and J.S. Bach’s Partita no. 2 in C minor.

Kim has given many solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States and Europe following his debut at the age of 10, when he substituted for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz in a gala performance at Carnegie Hall.

He has collaborated with a diverse range of performing groups and also maintains an active schedule as a composer, arranger and teacher of piano and music theory. He will earn his doctorate this fall from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he studied with Soviet pianist Natalya Antonova, and is currently a professor of music at Linfield College in Oregon.

Spectrum features visual, literary and performing artists chosen by university arts faculty with an emphasis on academic and curriculum-based events and activities.

Westfield Boro Police Department--Heroin is an illegal opiate

Westfield Boro Police Department
Every Friday we will post Info on a different Drug.
Heroin is an illegal opiate and like all opiates, it is a Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant
(Or sedative).
Normal functioning of the CNS is essential for a whole range of automatic bodily functions (such as maintaining your heart beat and breathing rate and to help you think clearly & make rational decisions).
The effects of heroin are felt throughout the whole body - SLOWING DOWN YOUR PHYSICAL, MENTAL & EMOTIONAL RESPONSES.

HOW DOES HEROIN AFFECT YOU PHYSICALLY?
It slows down your heart beat & breathing rate.
The depth of your breathing becomes shallower.
It slows down the movement in the Gastro-intestinal tract causing:
Nausea & vomiting
Constipation
Dry, sticky mouth
Heroin decreases muscle tone & strength resulting in:
Slurred speech
Sluggish movements
Delayed reactions & response, a heavy sensation in arms & legs
Lack of energy & coordination

HOW DOES HEROIN AFFECT YOU EMOTIONALLY & MENTALLY?
Heroin causes confusion & clouds your thought processes
You make irrational decisions
It alters your perception of reality
Emotional growth becomes arrested
It suppresses emotions
Heroin causes depression and lack of motivation
It gives you a false sense of detachment from reality & the pain it may cause
You have a false sense of ‘normality’
HEROIN CAN ALSO CAUSE TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE TO THE AREAS OF THE BRAIN INVOLVING:
Learning & short term memory
Emotional growth & maturity
Decision making & problem solving
Speech
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU USE HEROIN FREQUENTLY/REGULARLY?
You develop a greater tolerance to all opiates
You become physically & mentally dependent on heroin (or addicted)
Chemical imbalances in the brain affect your moods & emotions
A depletion in the production of brain endorphin levels makes you depressed
Your body stops producing its own naturally occurring endorphins

HEROIN AND PREGNANCY
If you use heroin or other opiates whilst you are pregnant, the drug will be carried directly from your blood stream into your baby’s blood stream!
IF YOU USE HEROIN WHILST PREGNANT - YOU MAY LOSE YOUR BABY BY MISCARRIAGE!
OR YOUR BABY COULD BE BORN WITH:
Birth defects
Brain damage
An addiction to heroin
ONCE YOUR BABY IS BORN HE or SHE WILL GO THROUGH THE SAME PAINFUL SYMPTOMS AS A “COLD TURKEY” HEROIN DETOX!

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HEROIN WITHDRAWAL?
Stomach, leg & arm cramps
Muscle & bone pain
Insomnia, nightmares & disturbed sleeping patterns
Muscular tremors & spasms
Excessive sweating, goose bumps, hot flushes & chills
Nausea, vomiting & diarrhoea
Restlessness, agitation & anxiety
Runny nose & watering eyes
Severe lethargy & excessive yawning
Hyper-sensitive skin
Severe hunger / loss of appetite

"Once you’re addicted to heroin, there are only three possible ways your life can go:
YOU SEEK TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION,
YOU END UP IN JAIL,
OR YOU END UP DEAD!”

Northwest Savings Bank Supports Potter County Education Council Youth Programming

Northwest Savings Bank Supports Potter County Education Council Youth Programming

Northwest Savings Bank has made a generous contribution of $7,500 to the Potter County Education Council in support educational programs for youth in Potter, McKean, and Cameron Counties. These funds will be used to support career exploration camps scheduled for Summer 2014. These camps focus on high demand occupations for the region, with a goal of introducing area youth to career fields they may not currently be considering. This year's camp programs will focus on technical, health care, and information technology careers and will be offered in partnership with area schools, the Seneca Highlands IU9, and local industries. 

Thanks to the support of organizations like Northwest Savings Bank these camps can be offered free of charge to local students. Once finalized, information on summer camp programs will be available on the Potter County Education Council website, through local media, and distributed to students through area schools.

Photo: Steve Erway and Mary Davis from Northwest Savings Bank present Bob Veilleux from the Potter County Education Council with a $7,500 check to support education programs for area youth.


Samuel C. Alexander, 83, of 665 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA

Samuel C. Alexander, 83, of 665 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, at his daughter's residence in Rixford.

Born May 17, 1930 in Bradford, he was a son of the late A.O. and Elinor (Meachem) Alexander.

On October 13, 1956, in Mayville, NY, he married Suzanne L. (Mount) Alexander who survives.

Mr. Alexander was a 1950 graduate of Bradford High School. He served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on July 29, 1953.

In addition to his wife Suzanne of 57 years, he is survived by three daughters, Diane (Mark) Burns, of Rixford, Lori (Arthur) Goodman, of Bradford, and Amy (Daniel) Williams, of Rixford, one brother, John Alexander, of Bradford, three sisters, Elinor Wasden, of AZ, Sally Burkett, of Derrick City, and Karen Calderwood, of Bradford, four grandchildren, Rachael (Ryan) Ours, Alexander Goodman, Samantha Williams, Sierra Williams and Brett Williams and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Mahlon, James, and Gerald "Meach" Alexander and one sister Molly McAndrews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Narissa McGill Oncology Fund, c/o Bradford Hospital Foundation, 116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, C.A.R.E. for Children, Ashley Booth-Griffin Center, 723 East Main St., Bradford, Shriner's Cripple Children Hospital, 1645 8th Street, Erie, PA 18769 or a charity of the donor's choice .

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Potter County DES--Weather Update

Weather Update - NWS State College

•Rainfall is expected to slowly taper off in intensity during the afternoon and evening

–Additional rainfall amounts should generally be under 1 inch...with greatest amounts favoring the far south and east

•Some pockets of heavier rainfall could still produce over an inch

•Main stem river flooding is not expected, but some flooding on tributaries is occurring or expected

•Small stream and urban flooding continues across portions of the southeast

•Drying-out will be gradual, with showers expected through Sunday

–Chance of rain slowly diminishes over the weekend

Citizens & Northern Bank 2014 calendars available Tuesday, October 15th

We had so much fun hosting our 2014 Calendar Photo Contest winners at the annual winners' luncheon today. What a great group of people! 
 
Our 2014 calendars will be available in all of our offices beginning Tuesday, October 15th. Stop in and pick up your free copy!

10/11/2013 2:11 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 50 BROOKLYN ST MANSFIELD BORO


10/11/20132:11 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 50 BROOKLYN ST MANSFIELD BORO
Report vehicle into a garage. No injuries.

I-80 WB rest area project traffic patterns for next week

I-80 WB rest area project traffic patterns for next week

Here is a traffic pattern update for the reconstruction project at the Interstate 80 westbound rest area at mile 246 near Mifflinville in Columbia County.

Next Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 15-17, the contractor will set up a 1,000-foot daytime lane closure in the I-80 westbound passing lane at mile 246 for a hauling operation. This lane restriction will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The rest area is currently closed to all public traffic for reconstruction activities.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

Update for SR 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois, Week of Oct. 14

Update for SR 255 Betterment Work near I-80/DuBois, Week of Oct. 14

DuBois – Roadway improvement work is continuing on Route 255 near the I-80 DuBois/101 interchange. PennDOT now expects most work to be complete by the end of this year with a smoother roadway surface and new traffic signals at the I-80 ramps providing area drivers with more efficient travel and improved traffic flow.

The week of Oct. 14 will feature the following activity:

• The contractor will perform binder course and finish course paving on the interchange ramps. Traffic will flow in both directions using the right and center lanes of Route 255 but traffic will occasionally be stopped to allow I-80 ramp traffic to move through the area. Motorists can expect intermittent travel delays during daytime work hours.

• The contractor will build up and perform finish paving on the transitions between the I-80 ramps and mainline Route 255.

• The contractor will perform saw-cutting, joint sealing, and paving of driveway entrances. Motorists can expect intermittent travel delays during daytime work hours.

• Signal work will begin off the mainline. This work is not expected to impact traffic.


PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert and proceed through the work zone with caution.

Overall work on Route 255 will include milling and paving, bridge deck repair, cleaning and upgrading of pipe culverts and inlets, water-line extension, and installation of new traffic signals at the I-80 ramps.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Inc. is the contractor on this $3.7 million project.

Robert Clyde Devling, 88, Galeton, PA

Robert Clyde Devling, 88, Galeton, PA

The son of Clyde A. and Emma Schramm Devling, Bob was born June 2, 1925 in Galeton, PA and died October 10, 2013 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He and Betty Jo Miller were married in Galeton on October 23, 1948.

Survivors are Betty Jo, his wife of almost 65 years; daughters Barbara (Dennis) Smoley, Baden; Susan (David) Karvonen, Wellsboro; sons Stephen (Brenda) Devling, Dallas, TX; James (Madonna) Devling, Newport Beach, CA; granddaughters Megan Smoley, Walnut Creek, CA; Melissa (Chad) Seamon, Ambridge; Ashley (Clayton) Patterson, Plano, TX, Sophia Devling, Mew Port Beach, CA; great granddaughter, Ava Beth Patterson, Plano, TX; sisters, Patricia Klotz, Pasadena, CA, Mary and Betty Devling, Galeton; brother-in-law, Kenneth Miller, FL; seven nieces and several great nieces and great nephews; and best friend for 73 years, Twist Campbell. 

Bob was predeceased by his parents, sister, Wilhelmina Watson, and infant sons, Peter and John.

Bob graduated from Galeton High School in 1943 and immediately enlisted in the Navy where he was in flight school to prepare for Pacific duty. World War II ended in August 1945 before he saw active duty. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Ensign. After his discharge from the service, Bob was employed at his father’s hardware business, Devling Brothers, Inc. and later became sole proprietor of the store, retiring in 1991. Then he was a driver for Campbell Trucking, in Galeton.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton, the Galeton Masonic Lodge, the Coudersport Consistory and the Jaffa Temple. 

Bob was a life long resident of Galeton and no matter where he traveled, he was always happy to return to the place where he belonged.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 14 West St., Galeton, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm with Funeral Services at 3:00pm. Rev. Tom Shatto will officiate. Burial following in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton, PA.

Route 6 Bridge In Smethport Nears Completion

Concrete was poured on the deck of the new Rt. 6 bridge across Marvin Creek last Monday. Forms for the side rails are near complete today, Friday. The sides will have an impressed stone texture and be stained to look like real cut stone. It won't be long and the bridge will be completed (approx. Nov.

The Scarnati Update--Pennsylvania Senator

Senate Hearing Focuses on Rural Community College Initiative

The Senate Education Committee recently held a public hearing on legislation I have introduced to increase post-secondary educational opportunities to underserved counties in the Commonwealth.  Senate Bill 1000 would create a Rural Community College Initiative and help set the foundation for establishing rural public community college opportunities in Pennsylvania.
Senate Bill 1000 is a bipartisan measure based largely on the recommendations of a 2011 Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study.
The LBFC study concluded that there is a significant need for public community college programs in rural Pennsylvania.  According to the report, by 2018 most jobs will require post-secondary education training, however 25 of the 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community college programs.
Testifiers at the October 2nd hearing included the North Central Workforce Investment Board, American Refining Group Inc., Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Rural Community College Alliance.
Providing rural communities with access to affordable higher education is critical to creating new career opportunities for students and improving the economy. In the current job market higher education in the form of skilled training, certificate courses, two-year and four-year degree programs are all crucial to preparing students for future employment opportunities or to retrain them for new jobs.

Senate Passes Sweeping Update of Child Protection Laws 

Senator Scarnati
The state Senate recently approved a series of bills which I strongly supported to provide significant improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.   The bipartisan package is based on recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, created by the passage of Senate Resolution 250 in December 2011. The panel held a series of public meetings and released its report in November 2012.
These bills will help to make our child protection laws stronger and more effective, ensuring that we are doing everything we can to protect children from abuse and neglect. Members of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee have worked diligently on the package of bills that will provide needed updates to many of Pennsylvania’s child protection laws. (Audio remarks by Senator Scarnati.)
The Senate unanimously approved six child protection bills.  The legislation enjoyed broad support from child advocates across Pennsylvania.  Additional bills in the child protection package are still advancing in the Senate and are expected to be considered in the near future.

Bills Would Provide Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing Licenses to Disabled Vets

Senator ScarnatiDisabled Pennsylvania veterans would be eligible for reduced-fee hunting & fishing licenses, under legislation that I have sponsored in the Senate.
My legislation, Senate Bill 1101 and Senate Bill 1102, would reduce the cost of annual hunting & fishing licenses, to a cost of $1 each, for all disabled veterans in the Commonwealth. Currently, Pennsylvania law allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one or more limbs.
Any Pennsylvania veteran eligible for disability compensation as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs would qualify for the $1 licenses.  Veterans certified as having a total disability would continue to qualify for free licenses.  Pennsylvania currently offers $1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as well.
Disabled veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country.  Offering them the opportunity to participate in hunting and fishing activities at a reduced fee is a small but important measure to honor their bravery and express our gratitude for their service.

Fifth Annual Scarnati/Cawley Charity Bike Ride Raises $132,670 to Benefit Children’s Hospitals

September 13-15, I co-hosted the 5th annual “Scarnati/Cawley 100? with Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley. This three-day, 100-mile charity bike ride from Gettysburg to Annville benefited three outstanding children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Over 40 riders took part in the Scarnati/Cawley 100, which raised $132,670 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  Over the last five years, this event has raised approximately $690,000.
My family has experienced first-hand the dedicated and compassionate care provided by children’s hospitals. We have some of the top pediatric institutions in the country and it is an honor to ride for them and the many children and families they provide with care.
I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the ride and the many generous individuals and organizations that contributed to making this year’s ride such a success. *Click here for additional photos and information on the bike ride.

DEP: PA Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-10 to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 210UNPLUG - Failure to plug a well upon abandonment
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-10 to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 210UNPLUG - Failure to plug a well upon abandonment
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-10 to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 210UNPLUG - Failure to plug a well upon abandonment
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-10 to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 210UNPLUG - Failure to plug a well upon abandonment
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-10-04 to Schreiner Oil &Amp; Gas Inc in Bradford Twp, McKean county. 210UNPLUG - Failure to plug a well upon abandonment
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-10-09 to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna county. 402CSL - Failure to adopt pollution prevention measures required or prescribed by DEP by handling materials that create a danger of pollution.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

CARE Playgroup Learns About Fire Safety

CARE Playgroup Learns About Fire Safety

The CARE for Children playgroup class stands with (l-r) Lucas Johnson, Star Hose Company #1 firefighter; Vivian Lamont, teacher’s aide; and Alexis Close, playgroup teacher; after taking a tour of the fire truck.

Port Allegany, PA – Students at the CARE for Children Early Learning Playgroup learned about Fire Safety during National Fire Prevention Week. The Port Allegany Star Hose Company #1 made a visit to the playgroup to show students what a firefighter looks like fully dressed in gear, what to do in case of a fire, and how to stop, drop and roll.

Students were also given a tour of the fire truck.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, every day at least one child dies in a home fire and 293 children are injured by fire and burns. Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half.

Young children almost always associate fire with happy events; campfires, birthday candles, and fireworks. Through age appropriate education, parents and teachers can teach fire safety, how to respond to a smoke detector, to not be afraid of rescue personnel and how to use a home escape plan and safe meeting place.

For more information on fire safety contact the Star Home Company #1 or the local chapter of Safe Kids McKean County at www.careforchildren.info.

CARE for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children of all abilities and the lead agency for Safe Kids McKean, a collaboration of community organizations, business and individuals dedicated to promoting child safety and injury prevention through education, collaboration and advocacy.

Partial Power Outage In Roulette Area

Partial Power Outage In Roulette Area
West Penn Power customers are reporting a power outage in the Roulette area. West Penn outage map shows between 21 and 100 residences are out of power in the area East of Roulette village. They are estimating power will be restored by 1:00 PM.
LATEST ESTIMATE IS NOW 2:30 PM. 
POWER WAS RESTORED ABOUT 2:00 PM

Electrical Safety Basics

Electrical Safety Basics

This course investigates and describes the safety concerns that exist when electrical equipment containing hazardous substances must be handled, the proper methods and requirements for avoiding exposure, and the regulations for preventing environmental contamination.
The focus is on electrical maintenance personnel tasked with performing lighting upgrades in fluorescent lighting fixtures, where fluorescent tubes containing mercury or magnetic ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present. Examples are schools, hospitals, stores, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, etc.

This class is being taught by Steve Quelet and is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Port Allegany office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $60 per person. Register online at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or call (814) 545-1333.

PFBC Issues Alert to Contain Invasive Species in Centre County

PFBC Issues Alert to Contain
Invasive Species in Centre County
 
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 11) – After confirming the presence of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) known as New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarium) in Spring Creek, Centre County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.
 
Biologists with the state Department of Environmental Protection collected the samples in April in Spring Creek between the Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery and the State Route 550 bridge near Bellefonte. Earlier this month, snail experts from South Carolina’s College of Charleston and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum confirmed the findings.
 
New Zealand mudsnails are small, measuring less than one-quarter inch, with a long, narrow, coiled shell with deep grooves. Like other aquatic invasive species, they disrupt ecosystems by rapidly multiplying and competing with native species for space and food.
 
“Based on studies conducted in western U.S. streams, if the population grows quickly, they could become the dominant organisms in the benthic – or bottom dwelling – community, upon which many others species depend for food,” said Bob Morgan, the PFBC’s ecologist who studies aquatic invasive species. “Because this is the first known occurrence of the New Zealand mudsnail on the Atlantic slope of the eastern U.S, the effects of the snail on higher organisms, such as fish, are not certain at this time.”
 
The invasive species has spread to Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. They were discovered in the Snake River in Idaho and Wyoming in 1987; in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in 1991; and in Lake Erie about 4 miles north of Presque Isle Bay in 2007. Additional populations were found in a small stream near the Niagara River in New York in 2008 and in another Lake Ontario tributary in 2011.
 
“Spring Creek is one of the most heavily fished streams in the state, with anglers travelling to it from all over the world,” added Morgan. “Given the presence of the mudsnail in other areas of the country, it’s not surprising they have been found here. As with many aquatic invasive species, they are nearly impossible to eradicate once established. This is even more difficult with the mudsnail because it usually takes only one small snail to be able to produce offspring. But we must do our best to slow its spread to other waters.”
 
Anglers and boaters are urged to “Clean Your Gear!” before leaving a water and entering another one.
 
New Zealand mudsnails require some specialized disinfection measures. Gear should be visually inspected and any clinging matter should be removed and disposed of in the trash. To kill mudsnails, three methods are effective. Gear can be frozen for a minimum of six hours, or it can be soaked in hot water - 120°F to 140°F - for five minutes. This last method is not recommended for Gortex.
 
Also, a 2005 study by the California Department of Fish and Game showed that mudsnails can be killed by soaking gear for five minutes in a one-to-one solution of Formula 409® Cleaner Degreaser Disinfectant and water. After soaking gear for five minutes, thoroughly rinse it with plain water. Simply spraying gear with the disinfectant or the mixture does not work. Also, general cleaners have not been shown to be effective against the mudsnail.
 
If you suspect that you have found New Zealand mudsnail (or any other AIS) in another waterway, please report your information at: http://www.fish.state.pa.us/ais-reporting.htm. When reporting an AIS sighting it is very important to include as much information as possible including close-up photos of the organism, the exact location (GPS coordinates work best), a description of what you found, and your contact information.
 
For more information about New Zealand mudsnail, visit http://www.paseagrant.org/fact_sheet_group/invasive-species/ and scroll down to Fact Sheets – Invertebrates and the mudsnail photo/link.

Hanger: Corbett administration wasting millions on voter ID TV ads

Corbett administration wasting millions on voter ID TV ads
Posted On October 11, 2013 ·
by John Hanger
John Hanger
You’ve probably seen the “Show It” TV ads running that tell viewers that they need to show ID if they want to vote, but that they really don’t have to. Confusing? The Pennsylvania Department of State is spending $1 million to air that confusing mixed message.

The voter ID law that requires all voters to show government-issued picture IDs in order cast a ballot has been challenged in court. Implementation of the law is delayed until the courts rule on its constitutionality. The latest $1 million the Corbett administration is spending is added to the millions in legal fees being spent to defend the law in court.

The voter ID law makes it more difficult to vote. It especially makes it difficult for the elderly, people with no driver’s licenses, college students and others who do not have government-issued identification.

Voter ID laws have been enacted across the country by Republican state legislatures and governors to discourage groups of voters likely to support Democratic candidates. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Michael Turzai admitted that the goal of passing voter ID here was to ensure that presidential candidate Mitt Romney would win the state.

Voters do not have to show ID to cast a ballot in the November election, so this $1 million in TV ads is a waste of money at a time when school districts are closing libraries. I will repeal the voter ID law, and I will support laws to make it easier, not harder to vote. Our democracy is healthier when more people participate.

Missing Dog in Port Allegany is home

My dog somehow ran off 
She's home now. Thank you! 

Potter County Approved For Human Services Block Grant

Potter County Approved For Human Services Block Grant

humservPotter County was notified this week that its request for inclusion in the state’s “human services block grant” pilot program has been approved. Benefits will include greater flexibility in how state funds are used and more services for the mentally ill, at-risk children, addicts, the intellectually challenged and other vulnerable citizens.

Speaking at a recent meeting, Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover noted that under the previous funding formula, money that was allotted to the county for specific human service programs had to be returned to the state. As a result, Kefover added, transportation and homeless assistance programs were underfunded. “We could use this extra flexibility to reduce waiting lists and improve the services we provide,” she noted.

Commissioners Doug Morley and Paul Heimel also supported the block grant concept.
“The idea is that counties can make better decisions than the state can when it comes to local needs,” Morley said. “We’ve become pretty accustomed to doing more with less.”

“This really is a win-win situation for the state and for the county,” Heimel added. “After all, the state has cut funding for human services at a time when the demand for services is rising. What this really boils down to is giving counties more authority.”