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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Bailey Avenue

At 11:58 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Olean 10 have been called to Bailey Avenue for a medical emergency.

Corbett Administration Appeal Of Local Zoning For Oil & Gas Denied By Supreme Court

Pa. Supreme Court will not reconsider Act 13 decision

February 21, 2014 | 4:39 PM
By Marie Cusick
State Impact

Pennsylvania's highest court threw out sections of the state's oil and gas law in December, saying they violated citizens' environmental rights.

Pennsylvania’s highest court has denied a request by the Corbett administration to reconsider its recent decision, which found portions of the state’s oil and gas law unconstitutional.

In a 4-2 decision in December, the state Supreme Court court threw out portions of the law, known as Act 13, which restricted local zoning of oil and gas development.

One section of the law that was struck down called for statewide rules on oil and gas to preempt local zoning rules. Another section required local governments to allow oil and gas development in all zoning areas.

In the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Ronald Castille, the court determined both those provisions violated the Environmental Rights Amendment of the state constitution, which guarantees Pennsylvanians the right to “clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. ”

The decision was hailed as a major victory by environmental groups and local governments who argued Act 13 went too far in restricting local authority.

In January, the Corbett administration asked the court to reconsider its decision. Corbett’s General Counsel James Schultz argued the court, “made its own sweeping factual findings regarding the impact of Act 13″ without giving the state an opportunity to present its own evidence.

The court issued an order today simply stating, “the application for reargument or reconsideration of the opinions entered by this Court on December 19, 2013 is denied.”  

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Potter County Artisan Center Is A ‘Go’

Potter County Artisan Center Is A ‘Go’

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About 30 people, many of them artists themselves, have expressed interest in supporting a Potter County Artisan Center. The project got a green light during a meeting hosted by the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA). It will be located at the Penn-York Building on North Main Street in the joint office of PCVA and the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce. Plans call for a retail space to be established to showcase area artisans and allow them to sell their works.

The artisan center will serve as an “incubator” for local artisans. Many may eventually establish their own businesses. The center is also designed to attract visitors who will patronize local businesses. It will feature jewelry, herbal products, photography, paintings, wood and metal works, locally made foods and more.

Doug Firestone, a blacksmith from Germania who is president of the PCVA board of directors, said the center is off to a good start. “We’re pleased with the interest we’re seeing,” Firestone said. “Tourism is the key to our future. Our visitors want a complete experience. We can either shun them or embrace them. It’s up to us.” Locally made products and the stories behind the people who create them are in high demand by tourists, Firestone added. Participating artisans will staff the center. A grand opening will be held in April. More information is available at 814-274-3365.

Photo: Doug Firestone (in hat), who operates a blacksmith shop in Germania, discusses the artisan center concept during and organizational meeting. Firestone is board president for the Potter County Visitors Association and a juried artisan through the Pennsylvania Wilds tourist promotion and business development organization.

Recall

Canadian Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Without Import Inspection
Santa Maria Foods Corporation, a Rexdale, Ontario, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 8,895 pounds of various meat products, because they were imported without the benefit of full USDA inspection. Without full inspection, a remote possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

Thank You from Tri-Town

Thank You from Tri-Town

The TRI-TOWN FIRE COMPANY would like to thank all the extras that came out to help Friday evening at our Fish Fry because we were called out for a fire call. The families of our members that came down to fill in, neighboring fire companies that were standing by at our hall that came in to the dinning area to help out and Community members that stepped up also to help was greatly appreciated and we wish to thank you all for your help, We are so very fortunate to live in an area where NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR is a common practice.

THANK YOU EVERYONE AGAIN,

Chief 47 - Michael Hager

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

PA Wilds Planning Team seeks nominations for ‘Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ Awards

Program recognizes outstanding work at local level to grow region’s outdoor recreation economy

The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team wants to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the outdoor recreation economy in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Americans spend more than 600 billion each year on outdoor gear or on trips and travel to get outdoors and the Pennsylvania Wilds region is in a good position to grow this industry given its natural landscape and its manufacturing and product development background. The 12 1/2 -county region, which covers about a quarter of the Commonwealth, boasts 29 state parks, 8 state forests, 50 state game lands, two National Wild & Scenic Rivers, some of the darkest skies in the world, the largest wild elk herd in the northeast and a National Forest.

Strategic planning, marketing, stewardship and infrastructure work are being done at the local, regional and state level by a variety of public and private sector partners to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy and nature tourism industry in order to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The ‘Champion’ awards celebrate this work.

“Every time a local project ties in some way to the larger regional effort, it makes our region that much stronger,” said Planning Team Chair Dan Glotz. “It makes our region that much more of a destination or raises our collective awareness of how to help this industry thrive. Some of the projects and business efforts we’ve seen spring up at the local level are just incredible – and we want to make sure they get recognized. We invite the public to nominate champions from their areas.”

Categories for the 5rd Annual Champion of the PA Wilds Awards include: outstanding leader; tourism asset development and marketing; community character stewardship; conservation of natural assets; business development; youth outreach; artisan of the year; and outstanding event.

Awards will be presented at the Planning Team’s Annual Dinner on May 15, 2014 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.

Nominations are due April 7. To apply online, click here, or visit www.pawildsresources.org and click on “Nominate a Champion” under Programs & Services. To download a PDF of the application, go to www.pawildsresources.org and under Quick Resources click on 2014 PA Wilds Awards Nomination. For assistance contact Candi Hand at (814) 545-1333 or candih@pottercountyedcouncil.org.

The Pennsylvania Wilds region includes the counties of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Forest, Cameron, Elk, Clinton, Lycoming, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and northern Centre.

Judith Kathleen Turner, 54, of Manheim, PA

Judith Kathleen Turner, 54, of Manheim, PA passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born January 1, 1960, in Lancaster, PA she was one of five children by the late Thomas McKeone and survived by her mother Judith Becker McKeone. Kathleen put her life on hold over the last few months to care for and attend to her mother in Coudersport.

In 1993 she married James Turner with whom she celebrated her 20th anniversary on September 3, 2013. 

In addition to her mother and husband, surviving are 3 sons: Robert Thompson of Reading, PA, Richard Thompson of Lititz, PA and Kyle Thompson of Coudersport, PA; 4 grandchildren: Aydin, Logan and Kaelyn Thompson of Lititz and Lily Thompson of Coudersport: 2 brothers: Sean McKeone (Erin) of Coudersport, and Todd McKeone (Joyce) of Harrisburg, PA; 2 sisters: Faith McKeone of Norfolk, VA and Kara Neener (David) of Brighton, CO; and many nieces and nephews.

A public memorial will be held at Mt. Hope United Christian Church, Cider Press Road, Manheim, PA on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with a gathering from 10-11am and a service at 11am, Pastor Marlin officiating. To share your fondest memories of Kathleen visit www.lifecelebration.com

Arrangements by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 a “Life Celebration Home”.

Congratulations Port Allegany Elementary School

PAES JUMP FOR HEART SUCCESS

Left To Right Jessica Rohrer, Lily Duell, and Mike Nasto

The Port Allegany Elementary School raised $4,177 for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Students in grades three through six spent their gym classes jumping rope during the week of February 10. Pictured is Lily Duell, daughter of Wynn and Hazel Duell, who collected $1,363 for the cause. She was jumping in honor of her niece who was born with a hole in her heart Lily was also a "Jump Rope All Star" winning a jump rope contest with one winner from each homeroom. She is pictured with elementary school nurse Jessica Rohrer who coordinated the event and physical education teacher Mike Nasto. Following Lily as top fund raisers were Leigha Nelson in second place with $325 and Raelyn Torpey with $272.50.

PA Drilling Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Swepi Lp in Hamilton Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-02-14 to Swepi Lp in Hamilton Twp, McKean county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Bull Run Energy Llc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2014-02-18 to Bull Run Energy Llc in Sugar Grove Twp, Warren county. OGA 3211(A) - Drilling or altering a well without a well permit or no copy of the well permit at the well site.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

Whitesville Fire Dept is having the pancake breakfast


The Whitesville Fire Dept is having the pancake breakfast tomorrow morning. 7am till 11am. Proceeds of this breakfast will be donated to Children's Hospital. Please come eat a good breakfast cooked by some awesome volunteers who protect our community. Be part of a good cause.

Dog Sled Race scheduled today at the Coudersport Snowmobile Club has been cancelled.

 Dog Sled Race scheduled today at the Coudersport Snowmobile Club has been cancelled.

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendevous starts today

Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendevous starts today,
Feb 22 – Mar 1, 2014, in Ridgway, PA 15853.
World Champions create one-hour “quick carve” sculptures and work on larger, more complex pieces of exceptional beauty and complexity throughout the week. There is also plenty of music, an auction of chainsaw art, the chance to buy large and small pieces from the assembled artists, communal meals, live music.
Info: 814-772-040

Elizabeth Ensanian Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Feb. 22, 2014 at the Duke Center United Methodist Church

Elizabeth Ensanian Fundraiser
Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Feb. 22, 2014 at the Duke Center United Methodist Church from 4 P.M Until 6 P.M.

Elizabeth Ensanian is a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, who has been sick and spent more than a month in the hospital. We want to help Elizabeth and her son, Berj, with expenses that have accumulated since her illness.

We will serve a spaghetti and meatball dinner. There is no set cost for the dinner, but we will have a donation basket out.

We will also have a basket auction...tickets will be $.50 each - 3 for $1.00 and 20 for $5.00.

ALL proceeds will go to Elizabeth and her son Berj to help with her medical bills.

More information can be found at the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/184255241785725/

Smethport Responding To Crash Near Farmers Valley

Smethport Responding To Crash Near Farmers Valley
At 12:27 AM on Saturday, Smethport Fire Rescue and Priority Care EMS are responding to a  vehicle crash near 4475 Route 46 past the refinery.
EMS RESPONDED TO SCENE BUT IS NOT NEEDED

Gun Consignment Auction March 1st At Carter Auctions In Allegany, NY

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Full-Time LPN Position Opening At Sweden Valley Manor

Gigantic 2 Day Estate Auction Feb. 22 & 23 At Burkhouse Auction House In Bradford, PA

http://www.auctionzip.com/PA-Auctioneers/47592.html
http://www.auctionzip.com/PA-Auctioneers/47592.html

Friday, February 21, 2014

Petitions Being Circulated For May 20 Primary Election

Petitions Being Circulated For May 20 Primary Election

partiesBoth of Potter County’s political parties are looking to reverse a decades-long decline in interest as the 2014 election season gets underway. 

Candidates for Potter County Republican Chair position may now circulate nominating petitions to run for the office in the May 20 primary election. Those who obtain 100 signatures of registered party members will have their names listed on the GOP ballot. 

The Democratic County Chairman is selected by the Democratic County Committee, rather than by popular election.

 Incumbents are Carl Long, Republican, and Norma Cobb Nichols, Democrat.

Also on the May 20 ballot will be county Republican and Democratic Committee seats from each voting district in the county. Over the past quarter-century or more, both parties have had difficulty attracting candidates to run for these non-paid posts and committee meetings have been infrequent and sparsely attended. Ten signatures of registered voters within the voting district are required on those petitions.

Candidates have until March 11 to file their petitions with the Potter County Board of Elections.
 For more information, call 814-274-8467 or send email to slewis@pottercountypa.net.

A benefit for Michele Alcorn will be held today, Saturday, February 22 at the Eagles Club in Bradford

BENEFIT SATURDAY - A benefit for Michele Alcorn will be held today, Saturday, February 22 at the Eagles Club in Bradford. 

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature a homemade spaghetti and meatball dinner, raffles, 50/50, and auction. Music will be provided by a live band, Ambush, beginning at 5 p.m. 

Ms. Alcorn was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012 and has had radiation and chemotherapy treatments and has had several surgeries. She in currently in remission but still requires more surgery. Proceeds from the event will help with her ongoing medical bills. 

Getting ready to cook some spaghetti in support of her Aunt Michele, is Makayla Alcorn.

Water from snow melt is freezing as the temps drop


Water from snow melt is freezing as the temps drop, creating many slick spots on roadways. Please drive with caution and take your time.

With Temps falling to below freezing tonight, roads are reportedly getting very icy. Watch out for frozen bridge surfaces and roads.

USE CAUTION -- ROADWAYS ARE A SHEET OF ICE

Roads have turns icy drive with caution!


Please use CAUTION tonight walking an driving. All the snow melt an rain is freezing an making for some black ice conditions. Please take it easy tonight an be careful.

Flood waters are entering Sunset Bay. Evacuate all motor vehicles. All elderly or people with medical issues should leave at this time.

...This is an ACTUAL FLOOD WARNING ALERT...

Issued By:  Chautauqua County Emergency Management
Affected Jurisdictions:  Chautauqua County


  Flood waters are entering Sunset Bay. Evacuate all motor vehicles. All elderly or people with medical issues should leave at this time.



Sunset Bay residents: an evacuation shelter is being open at the Silver Creek Assembly of God.  1385 Route 20 in the Village of Silver Creek

Flood waters are entering Sunset Bay. Evacuate all motor vehicles. All elderly or people with medical issues should leave at this time.  Sunset Bay residents: an evacuation shelter is being open at the Silver Creek Assembly of God.  1385 Route 20 in the Village of Silver Creek

An evacuation shelter is being opened at the Silver Creek Assembly of God.  1385 Route 20 in the Village of Silver Creek

Coudersport Dispatched For Standby

Coudersport Dispatched For Standby
At 5:19 PM on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. dispatched for standby at Ulysses.

Port Allegany Called To Pine Grove Road

Port Allegany Called To Pine Grove Road
At 5:13 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Dept. has been called to 1086 Pine Grove Road for an odor investigation.

2/21/2014 4:14 PM FIRE / STRUCTURE TANNERY ST HARRISON TWP

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243 E TANNERY ST
HARRISON TWP
4:17 PM Fire F20 DISPATCHED
4:17 PM Fire F05 DISPATCHED
4:17 PM Fire F47 DISPATCHED
REPORTING AT LEAST ONE BURN VICTIM IN A WORKING STRUCTURE FIRE WITH POSSIBLE ENTRAPMENT
ADDITIONAL AMBULANCES REQUESTED; LIFE NET HELICOPTER DISPATCHED
REPORTING 3 ALS BURN VICTIMS ON SCENE 
ANOTHER HELICOPTER DISPATCHED 
7:32 PM-FIRE OUT 


Helicopters wait while crew prepares patients for transport


Photos shared by Tracy D Burton
UPDATE: News sources are reporting 3 adults are victims in this house fire. One person was life flighted to a Rochester Hospital with severe burns, one jumped from a 2nd floor window suffering injuries in the fall and also suffered burns, and a third was taken to a local hospital with smoke  inhalation. The house was destroyed.


Family Raising Funds For Footstone For Murdered Mom

http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/a-headstone-for-nana/131759

DeWayne H. Hanel, 88, of Shinglehouse, PA

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DeWayne H. Hanel, 88, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.

Born September 6, 1925 in Kossuth, PA, he was a son of Glenn E. and Myrta Clark Hanel. On June 25, 1950 in Olean, NY, he married Norma C. Peterson, who survives.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1943. Mr. Hanel entered military service and served from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army, two years of which were spent in battles across France, Belgium, and Germany during World War II.

In 1946 he took over the Automotive Machine Shop in the former Capco Standard Parts in Olean, NY. In 1949 DeWayne went to work for the former Freeborn Motors, a Pontiac New Car Dealer in Shinglehouse and in 1951 went to work as a machinist at the former Clark Brothers in Olean.

On August 1, 1952 he and his wife bought the Mobil Service Station in Shinglehouse which became Hanel’s Friendly Service. In 1964 he added Shinglehouse Auto Parts, a NAPA parts store. In 1968 the business was destroyed by fire and while rebuilding, he ran his business out of the former Red and White Grocery Store in Shinglehouse for six months. In 1968 he added Agway Farm Supply to the parts store and also built the Robo Automatic Car Wash. In 1971 DeWayne purchased a store in Cuba, NY and started Cuba Village Auto Parts, a branch NAPA store, which he operated for 18 years. After selling the Cuba store he semi-retired due to health problems, retiring fully in 1996, after 44 years in business in Shinglehouse.

Mr. Hanel was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, a member and past master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M., Shinglehouse, and a member of the Coudersport Consistory where he worked in degree work and participated for 10 years in the Passion Play. He was also a member of the Ismailia Shrine Club in Buffalo, NY, a member of the Shrine “Legion of Honor” in Buffalo, a member of the Cattaraugus County Shrine Club, a member and past president of the Allegany Shrine Club, and a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge in Shinglehouse.

He was a member and past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was past president of the Board of Directors for the Shinglehouse Veterans Social Club where he also served as director, secretary, and treasurer for many years. DeWayne was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cuba, NY, a member of the Order of Eagles in Olean, NY, a member of the Elks Club in Olean, NY, a past member of the Chamber of Commerce in Cuba, NY and a member of the Federation of Businessmen. Mr. Hanel was instrumental in the formation of the Cuba Small Business Association. He also founded the Cuba Merchants Association. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club in Cuba. DeWayne was a charter member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He was an honorary member of the Cuba Volunteer Fire Department.

DeWayne was an avid hunter and fisherman. He most especially loved spending time with his family.

Surviving besides his wife of 63 ½ years are two daughters, Nerine C. (Martin) Maier of Allegany, NY and Brenda K. (Chris) Bernard of Powhatan, VA; five grandchildren, Jenifer L. (Joshua) Schallert, Brooks M. Bernard, Nicolas L. Bernard, Julie A. (Lee) Steele, and Scott M. Bernard; two great-grandchildren, Nathan J. Schallert and Emma J. Schallert; a brother, John R. (Yvonne) Hanel of Jacksonville, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and two angels, Bev Huber and Robin Murray.

In addition to his parents, DeWayne was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Anna C. Schallert; a brother, Edward Hanel; and two sisters, Martha Natzel and Katheryn DeRemer.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014 with the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Charge, and Mr. Hanel’s grandsons, Pastor Joshua Schallert and Pastor Lee Steele, officiating. Committal services and burial will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Members of Sharon Lodge # 598 F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic services at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday.
Memorials, in memory of DeWayne, may be made for the Shinglehouse Community Health Center Building Project to the Cole Foundation, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of DeWayne, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Russell E. "Russ" Coy, 81, of 2 South Ave., formerly of Williams St., Bradford, PA

Russell E. "Russ" Coy, 81, of 2 South Ave., formerly of Williams St., Bradford, PA, passed away, unexpectedly, Friday February 21, 2014 at his residence. 

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

Capitol Update State Representative Martin Causer



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Friday, February 21, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Town Hall Meetings Set for This Coming Week


 
Please join me for one of the following town hall meetings this week to discuss the state budget and other issues of interest to you.

Kane Senior Center
Joint meeting with Rep. Kathy Rapp
100 Fraley St., Kane
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center
1001 East Second St., Coudersport
Friday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m.

Refreshments will be served, and RSVPs are requested but not required. To register your attendance, please visit my website or call my office toll-free 1-866-437-8181.
              

Working to Expand Higher Education Opportunities in Rural PA

The House Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing next week on legislation I introduced to create a rural regional community college pilot program in our area.

A 2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee noted the growing importance of community colleges in meeting the demand to provide education and training necessary in today’s economy. However, it also found that 25 of 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community colleges and that rural youth typically pay twice the tuition of youth from areas with a community college.

House Bill 1701, and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 1000 sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati, were introduced in response to the findings of this study with the goal of creating a pilot program to expand affordable higher education options for students of all ages in the 11-county region of northwest and northcentral Pennsylvania. Community college opportunities here could also provide our economy with a much-needed boost.

Among those scheduled to testify at the hearing are representatives of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the State Capitol and will be streamed live on my website at RepCauser.com.
  

2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Forms Available

 
Applications for the 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available at my offices in Bradford and Coudersport. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet certain income guidelines. Renters may earn up to $15,000 annually and qualify for the program, while homeowners may earn up to $35,000. Exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when calculating income.

For additional information or to obtain claim forms, visit my website at RepCauser.com or contact my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., First Floor; 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1; 814-274-9769). Assistance with filing the Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms is available from my offices at no charge. 
 

Game and Fisheries Committee Accepts Annual Reports

 
The House Game and Fisheries Committee, which I chair, met this week to accept annual reports from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. In addition to accepting the reports, committee members had the opportunity to question PGC Executive Director Matt Hough and PFBC Executive Director John Arway about a variety of issues, including funding needs and the impact of their programs and policies on sportsmen and anglers in the Commonwealth.

Read the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s annual report.

Read the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s annual report.

Watch video of the meetings.
  

Trout Stocking Schedules

 
Think spring! Get your trout stocking schedules here or stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) to pick up your copy. 

Wine and Cheese Slated for March – Support Campus Athletics

Wine and Cheese Slated for March – Support Campus Athletics

DuBOIS – The public is invited to the Seventh Annual Lion Wine and Cheese at Penn State DuBois, sponsored by the DuBois Educational Foundation. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March14, in the Multipurpose Building gymnasium.

Organized by the DuBois Educational Foundation Athletics Fundraising Committee, the event will feature wine and cheese tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Live and silent auctions, raffles, and other games of chance will also be held. Numerous businesses and individuals in DuBois and the surrounding areas have donated prizes and auction items to the event. Up for grabs are items including travel packages, professional sports memorabilia, Penn State collector pieces, and more.

Admission tickets are $30 per person, and include a chance at the event door prize. All proceeds will benefit intercollegiate athletic programs at Penn State DuBois.

For tickets, or for more information, contact Ken at 814-3754857 or kcn3@psu.edu

Campus, Community Support THON with Sendoff Event

Campus, Community Support THON with Sendoff Event

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Six Year Old Adell Doty volunteered to have her hair cut by stylist Brenda McGarvey for the THON Hair Auction. Doty also plans to donate the 10 inches of her hair that was cut to Locks of Love, to be made into wig for a cancer patient.


DuBOIS – The Penn State DuBois THON Dancers, Evan Aravich and Jessica Metzger, were sent off to the world's largest student-run philanthropy event in style Thursday night, with the THON Dancer Sendoff in the student union. The event included a hair auction, which raised $1,680 for the cause. In all, the Penn State DuBois THON Committee raised $15,643 to contribute to the university-wide total this year, surpassing its $15,000 goal.

Aravich and Metzger will represent the campus at THON, the 46 hour dance marathon at the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park. They'll attempt to dance and stay on their feet the entire time from February 21, through February 23, along with more than 700 students from all Penn State locations. THON raised a record $12,374,034 last year. All proceeds directly benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization dedicated to battling childhood cancer. Students from across all of Penn State work in numerous ways to raise money for the cause, holding the dance marathon at the end of a long fundraising season.

The THON Dancer Sendoff featured a dinner, remarks by former THON dancers, and recognition of the campus' THON family, the Setlocks, of DuBois. One of the Setlock children, Joey, battled childhood cancer and beat it in years past. The family was supported by the efforts of THON and the Four Diamonds Fund throughout their battle, and the DuBois THON committee was their sponsor and support network.

"This is coming home," said mother Kathy Setlock. "It was a nightmare, but DuBois was there for us. You were always here."

A highlight of the evening was the hair auction, during which three volunteers went under the clippers for the cause. Those in the audience placed bids in order to raise enough money for the volunteers to get their hair cut. Each volunteer set a minimum amount that had to be reached in order for them to lose their locks, but all amounts were surpassed.

Six year old Adell Doty, the daughter of Assistant Director of Student Affairs Marly Doty, captured the hearts of the THON faithful by having 10 inches of her hair cut off. Not only did she raise money for THON, but she's also donating her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients from real human hair. Adell said, "I did it for love, and so kids with cancer can have hair."

Penn State DuBois student Chrissy Lockwood also volunteered, but it wasn't her first time around. In 2011 Lockwood went all the way for the THON Hair Auction and shaved her head. At that time she had hair past her shoulders, which she also donated to Locks of Love.

"I donate my hair because I am not financially capable of giving the amount of money that I can raise by donating my hair," Lockwood said. "I am fortunate to have hair. I don't have cancer, I haven't lost my hair to chemotherapy. This is the least I can do. It makes me feel good, but more importantly, I just feel like I should because I can."

Another special guest who volunteered for a haircut was Steve Bearfield. Bearfield helped to start the tradition of the hair auction when he was a student on campus in the spring of 2001.

"I spent 4 years at Penn State DuBois, and during that time, I learned many things. In my opinion, the most important lesson I learned was one of service to community. Service takes many forms from helping build a house for a family in financial need, to buying a hoagie for a child's soccer team, and even allowing a group of students to auction off someone's hair to raise money for children suffering the horror of cancer," Bearfield said. "THON affected me in a deeply personal manner when I was a student at DuBois, and it is probably the one aspect of being a Penn State Alumni that time and distance will never diminish in meaning. I marvel and applaud how the campus and students have rallied around the mission of THON and brought it into the greater DuBois community."

Metzger and Aravich left the sendoff event and immediately set course for Happy Valley, energized by the experiences they just had, and by the anticipation of those to come.

Metzger said, "The dancer sendoff was inspiring, and it really set the mood that we are dancing for THON."

Aravich agreed, saying, "It was a really great recognition not only for us as dancers but for the amount of hard work our committee at DuBois has done all year. It was so nice to sit with my family, enjoy a dinner, and just know that for 46 hours we will have the support of everyone who attended the sendoff as we stand 46 hours to bring pediatric cancer to its knees. I cannot wait for our committee members to take the stands in the Bryce Jordan Center, there are no words to explain the atmosphere at THON and all of their hard work will show during this weekend."

THON 2014 will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23.






I-180 work-zone traffic impacts for next week

I-180 work-zone traffic impacts for next week

Montoursville – Here’s a rundown of the traffic impacts tentatively scheduled in the Interstate 180 work zone between Turbotville and Muncy for next week, Feb. 25-28.

Weather permitting, the contractor will set daylight signing patterns in the westbound and eastbound lanes, with lane closures using cones, between Exits 5 and 10 (Turbotville and Muncy Main Street), from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Friday.

The contractor will be surveying, constructing rock entrances, installing erosion-control devices, clearing and grubbing, and tree trimming and removal.

Close-Up Photography

Close-Up Photography

Wildflowers, ferns, stamps and coins are projected and / or photographed in this two hour class. Instructor Curt Weinhold will bring a variety of equipment that may be used to best capture the subject. Specialized macro lenses and simple, inexpensive close-up filters to adapt your existing camera lens will be shown. Depth-of-field and lighting the subject properly, key to an interesting photograph, will be explained.

Please bring your camera, DSLR (interchangeable lenses) preferred, any additional lenses, memory card and a fully charged battery.

This class is being held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the at the Coudersport office of the Potter County Education Council. The cost is $39 per person. To register, visit our website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or call (814) 274-4877.

Farmers, Foresters, Conservationists and Researchers Praise Reforms Under Recently Passed Farm Bill Reauthorization

Farmers, Foresters, Conservationists and Researchers Praise Reforms Under Recently Passed Farm Bill Reauthorization

Industry Leaders Tout Law, Including Thompson-Sponsored Provisions, as
Beneficial to Economic Competitiveness, Job Growth, Food Security

Bellefonte, PA – On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, the five-year Farm Bill reauthorization that passed Congress with bipartisan support and reduces annual budget deficits by $16.6 billion over 10 years. Industry professionals including farmers, foresters, conservationists, researchers, and policy advocates have praised the law as a historic improvement to federal agriculture policy that will support key areas of economic activity in Pennsylvania and across the country.

· Susan Benedict, American Tree Farm System certified forest owner, State College, PA: “As a Pennsylvania Tree Farmer, I can happily say this Farm Bill was well worth the wait. With the promotion of new market opportunities in the Biobased Markets Program and green building markets, improved access to critical conservation programs, and increased regulatory certainty when protecting water quality of my forests roads, this Farm Bill is truly the best Farm Bill yet for forests. I applaud Conference Committee members and my own Representative, Mr. Thompson, for championing strong forestry provisions, such as the Biobased Markets Program changes, for America’s 22 million family forest owners.”

· Kenneth C. Kane, President, Generations Forestry, Inc., Kane, PA: “From the outside looking in, Congress displayed a level of bipartisanship on the Farm Bill that has been lacking, which is far better than the gridlock we’ve encountered. This is a wonderful bill and a good final product from numerous standpoints. From the standpoint of the Forest Service, this bill gives Secretary Vilsak and Forest Chief Tidwell more tools to actively manage forests, which is critically important. Now that these tools are available, the Forest Service must use them. This bill also offers our foresters and private industry more tools to actively manage, so this is also very important.”

· Barbara Christ, Interim Dean of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University: “Agricultural policy impacts every American by advancing food security for our nation and beyond, including providing for critical research and education programs. We are thrilled a new five-year Farm Bill is now a reality. As a specialty crop state, of particular interest to Pennsylvania is the inclusion of the specialty crop research initiative. These programs help keep our Pennsylvania farmers competitive in an increasing complex environment and help tackle the ongoing challenge of feeding a growing population.”

· Robert Maiden, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts: "The new federal farm bill has many strong conservation programs that are lifelines for Pennsylvania farmers. We needed Congress to understand these points and ensure that the importance of conservation efforts wasn’t lost in the final farm bill language. One major reason our message was heard and received was thanks to the efforts of U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, the chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry. Thompson took the time to connect with local conservation groups such as ours to garner local solutions to address the challenges being met at the federal level in regards to finalizing the farm bill…This outreach resulted in a conservation title in the farm bill that will allow for cleaner water for Pennsylvania waterways, resulting in healthier communities and stronger economies."

· Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy: "Despite the polarized political climate and challenging budget times, this farm bill would be one of the strongest ever for conservation and forestry…the farm bill’s conservation provisions are practical, cost-effective and provide solid ways for the government to collaborate with individual landowners…The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees are to be commended for finding this healthy way forward by working together, listening to the people on the ground about what works, and leading the way for all of Congress to vote for smart, efficient solutions...”

· Tom Martin, President and CEO, American Forest Foundation: "The long-awaited Farm Bill provides resources critical to implementing conservation practices on the ground and making good forest stewardship affordable. The improvements in the new Farm Bill, critical to ensuring long-term forest sustainability, include stronger market opportunities for forests, specifically with improvements to the Biobased Markets Program and a strengthened commitment to expanding prospects for wood in green building markets, the fastest growing market for wood products; Improved access to conservation resources, particularly the Conservation Stewardship Program, which rewards landowners for taking the ‘next step’ in conservation; Strong support for programs that combat forest invasive pests and pathogens and; Provisions to increase forest owners’ regulatory certainty when protecting water quality…”

· Dave Tenny, President and CEO, National Association of Forest Owners: “This is a great outcome for the families, particularly in rural communities, who rely on 2.4 million forestry related jobs throughout the United States…We applaud Congress for inclusion of these pro-forestry provisions in the bill. Promoting healthy forests and strong markets for forest products encourages landowners to keep working forests intact, providing clean air and water, recreation and jobs for our recovering economy."

· Jay Farrell, Executive Director, National Association of State Foresters: "State foresters across the country are encouraged by the inclusion of key forestry provisions in the Farm Bill Conference Report. The House-approved Conference Report includes many provisions that will help state foresters and our partners – from communities to the federal government – accomplish our shared goal of ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the nation’s forests…It provides important tools and legal certainty that are both vitally important to improving and maintaining the health of the nation’s forests…”

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, and served as a member of the House-Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Senator Scarnati Announces Safe School Targeted Grants

Senator Scarnati Announces Safe School Targeted Grants

On February 21, 2014

Seven schools in the 25th Senatorial District have been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to receive Pennsylvania school safety grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The grants being awarded today are for the Safe School Initiatives Program. The funding will be used by educational institutions to establish and implement plans to prevent and reduce incidents of violence. Each of the schools selected in the 25th Senatorial District will receive the maximum grant award of $25,000.

“Ensuring that students and teachers feel safe in their learning environments is a crucial part of helping children to learn and succeed,” Scarnati stated. “I am very pleased that seven area schools have been selected to receive this grant funding. Across Pennsylvania each school’s safety needs are unique, which this program recognizes by allowing local school officials to determine how best to use the grants to protect our children.”

Scarnati explained that last year he introduced legislation to expand and enhance the safe schools grant program within PDE, partly in response to the tragic shooting which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012. As a result of Scarnati’s leadership, funding allocated for Safe Schools Initiatives increased from $500,000 to $2.6 million. Each school district across Pennsylvania was able to apply for the grants, to aid with the cost of providing an increased level of security at Pennsylvania schools.

The following Schools in the 25th Senatorial District will receive the Safe Schools Targeted Grants:

Brockway Area School District – Jefferson County
Brookville Area School District – Jefferson County
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center – Clearfield County
DuBois Area School District – Clearfield County
Otto-Eldred School District – McKean County
Saint Marys Area School District – Elk County
Smethport Area School District – McKean County

Scarnati noted that the program is administered by PDE through The Office of Safe Schools. Across Pennsylvania a total of $2.6 million was awarded to 110 public schools throughout this round of funding. This latest announcement completes the School Safety Grant Program awards for 2013-2014. The other portion of school safety grants for School Resource Officer (SRO)/School Police Officer (SPO) funding was announced last month.

“Providing the greatest level of security possible at our schools is something that parents, teachers and children expect and deserve,” Scarnati stated. “As we begin to work through Pennsylvania’s annual state budget process for the upcoming fiscal year, I will continue to be a chief advocate for the School Safety Grant Program. Our children are our future and keeping them safe is of the greatest importance.”

Clearfield, Brookville, DuBois, & St. Marys Hospitals to get name change

Clearfield, Brookville, DuBois, & St. Marys Hospitals to get name change

The Progress News--Clearfield

DUBOIS - Thomas Gasbarre, board chairman, announced today that in order to publicly solidify its network of services, Penn Highlands Healthcare will change the names and logos of its four hospitals to reflect the Penn Highlands brand.

The four campuses will be known as Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk. Accompanying each new hospital name will be the logo utilized by the parent organization, Penn Highlands Healthcare.

"We announced internally in November that this change would be coming," Penn Highlands Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Raymond A. Graeca said. "While it will take some time to fully transition all of the components into the Penn Highlands brand, our patients and visitors will begin to notice new logos and names on certain materials over the next few months."  Read more..

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Notice For Families of Children in the Northern Potter School District

Northern Potter School District Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Information

Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Notice
For Families of Children in the
Northern Potter School District

“This is for Northern Potter School District Residents Only”

Dear Families in the Northern Potter School District Communities,

If you have a child who will be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2014, or know of someone who does, please contact the Children’s School Office at (814) 848-7563 to register for the 2014-2015 preschool (K4-Kindergarten for 4 year olds) program. Children turning 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2014, and are not enrolled in Northern Potter’s preschool program, are eligible for kindergarten or preschool. (Children already enrolled in the preschool program do not need to register for kindergarten.)

Parents can stop by the Children’s School at anytime, Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM-3:30 PM to pick up a preschool and/or kindergarten registration packet.

Completed registration information is due in the Children’s School Office by May 1, 2014.

PLEASE Call 848-7563 before May 1, 2014
to register for the 2014-2015 Northern Potter preschool and kindergarten programs!

“This is for Northern Potter School District Residents Only”

Dale A. STOKES, 70, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Harrison Valley and Ulysses

Dale A. STOKES, 70, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Harrison Valley and Ulysses, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. 

Born April 16, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of Jay and Catherine Heil Stokes. 

US Navy Vet

A US Navy Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1963. 

On February 21, 1972, in Mt. Holly, NJ, he married the former Gloria Rouse, who survives. 

He was employed as a painter, carpenter, and truck driver. Dale was a member of the North American Hunting Club and the NRA. He enjoyed watching his boys play sports, spoiling grandchildren, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Surviving besides his wife, Gloria, are: three sons, Dale (Desiree) Stokes, Jr. of Minot, ND, Michael Stokes and John (Lisa) Stokes, both of Great Falls, MT; six grandchildren, Gabrielle, Robert, Justin, David, Brandon, Nicholas; two sisters, Linda Jones Seeley of St. Marys, PA and Catherine (Martin) Gasper of Beverly, NJ; nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Jay Stokes, Jr. and Barry Stokes. 

 Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard following the visitation at 3:00 PM. 

Memorials may be made to the Green Home Activity Fund, 37 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

2 VEHICLE CRASH AT BOTTOM OF BYRNEDALE HILL

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/PINNED
Address: 21449 BENNETTS VALLEY HWY
City: JAY
Cross Streets: OLD BYRNEDALE RD * OLD BYRNEDALE RD
2 VEHICLE CRASH AT BOTTOM OF BYRNEDALE HILL
Agency: ELK COMPANY 5 FD; BENNETTS VALLEY AMB; ST MARYS MEDIC
2/21/2014 2:13:53 PM

REPORTING 2 PATIENTS, 1 SIGN OFF

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY SPECIAL MEETING FEBRUAY 17, 2014

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY SPECIAL MEETING FEBRUARY 17, 2014

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tony Adami - Chairman; Joe Cimino, Tony Cimino

OTHERS PRESENT: Mike Peleschak- Benesch; Trixie Blass - Secretary

NOT PRESENT: George Bowen; Ben Hoppe

The chairman called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.

Pledge to the flag.

This meeting was scheduled to open bids for the Sherman Street Sewer project and other business. There were no bids received.
The board discussed their options and chose to wait for Mike to contact PENNDOT as well as discuss options with his colleagues before moving forward.

Mike delivered the Chapter 94 reports for signatures and mailing to DEP.

There was a brief discussion regarding the issues at the Wetmore. Mike and Joe feel the best thing to do is to create 3 observation holes for access to the pipes. This will create a vent if the lines are air locked and will also create a point to view the lines. The remainder of the board is in agreement with this. Mike will be contacting the contractor to discuss and will then provide the information to the board.

Trixie informed the board that her resignation was accepted by the council and that George Bowen was appointed to replace her. George accepted provided the meetings are not on the second Tuesday of the month. After a brief discussion Tony A. motioned that meetings be held on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in April. Joe seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Joe motioned to adjourn the meeting at 5:20 p.m. Tony C. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the meeting was adjourned until the next regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Borough Office.

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 11,2014

GALETON BOROUGH AUTHORITY REGULAR MEETING FEBRUARY 11,2014

MEMBERS PRESENT: Tony Adami - Chairman; Joe Cimino; Tony Cimino; Trixie Blass

NOT PRESENT: Ben Hoppe - Vice Chairman

OTHERS PRESENT: Joe Petrencsik - Mayor; Mike Messino - Council Member; Alison Leach; Dustin Shepler - Student journalist; Mike Plummer

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by the chairman.

Pledge to the flag.

Minutes of the January meeting were presented for approval. Joe motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Trixie seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

CITIZENS
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WATER REPORT

Joe informed the board that he met with Chris Boll of Harger Construction and Martin Perry or Panelogic at the Wetmore for training on the new system. He stated that the Level Troll is calibrated and the training went well.
There seems to be an issue with the batteries for the meters. The project called for 6 volt batteries but it seems the manufacturer recommends 12 to 24 volts for optimum performance. After a brief discussion, the board asked that the engineer be contacted regarding the batteries.
Joe stated that he is still experiencing problems with pressure in the new system. Unfortunately because of the extreme weather conditions, it is difficult to make any assessments as to what the problem is. The board recommended that he speak with the engineer on the 17th prior to the special meeting that is scheduled.
The board was informed that the crew has been extremely busy with frozen meters and water pipes. The extreme weather has created an exceptionally deep frost line below the ground’s surface. Property owners need to be reminded that they are responsible for maintaining and protecting the water meters. Those who need meters replaced due to negligence will be charged for the new meter. There was a brief discussion on the property owners’ responsibilities regarding their water and sewer lines. It was agreed that most are mis-informed as to where their responsibility begins and ends. Efforts to educate will be made.

SEWER REPORT

Joe reported that the crew has been working on replacement/repairs at the sewer plant. There have been some complications but they are moving forward.

OLD BUSINESS

Trixie presented a letter from Michael Plummer stating his proposal and interest as Authority Solicitor at a rate of $125/hour. Tony C. motioned that the board accept Mr. Plummer’s proposal. Joe seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried. Mr. Plummer stated that he wanted all to be aware that he plans to continue to be present at the meetings as a citizen. The Authority will be invoiced only when legal requests have been made and NOT for his presence at the meetings.

The secretary also presented Resolution 1 of 2014 for adoption, approving Tony Adami, Anthony Cimino and Trixie Blass to execute signatures for routine business at Northwest Savings Bank. Joe motioned to adopt the resolution as presented. Trixie seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried.

Tony Adami provided a copy of his draft letter in support of allowing watershed officials to review all gas/oil drilling applications that are located in a water source area. All agreed that the letter was concise and should be mailed. Mike Messino asked to present the letter to council first so that they might be included in the support.

Mike Messino also proposed that the delinquents that are considered to be “uncollectible” be abated. More discussion led to possibly removing them from the billing software so that more money isn’t wasted on mailing monthly bills but that the accounts be kept on file, accumulating charges as is the current policy with liens placed, so that it can be collected in the event that a property sells. After a lengthy discussion, the Authority recommends that the accounts NOT be abated but that a different solution is found. The accounts being discussed are vacant properties that continue to accumulate sewer fees according to current billing policies and procedures. This would ultimately be a council decision but the Authority asks to be kept informed.

NEW BUSINESS
n/a

ADJOURNMENT

Joe motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 p.m. Tony A. seconded the motion. All voted aye and the motion carried. The meeting was adjourned until the next meeting, a special meeting, to be held Monday, February 17th at 4:30 p.m. in the Borough Office.

Water Over Road On Route 248 in Willing

Water Over Road On Route 248 in Willing
At 1:36 PM on Friday, Willing Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the area of 3113 State Route 248 for water across the roadway.

GET A ‘BIRD’S-EYE VIEW’ OF BALD EAGLE NEST ONLINE

GET A ‘BIRD’S-EYE VIEW’ OF BALD EAGLE NEST ONLINE

Streaming video of Pittsburgh nest available at Game Commission’s website.

Last year, a young bald eagle fledged from a nest within the city limits of Pittsburgh for the first time in perhaps 200 years or more.
And in the months that led up to that moment, hundreds looked on from a distance.
This year, a pair of eagles is nesting near the same site and countless more onlookers can follow along – this time with a bird’s-eye view, and from within the comfort of their own homes.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission, in cooperation with Pix Controller Inc., has installed a video camera high above a nest two bald eagles have built along the Monongahela River in what is known as the Hays section of Pittsburgh.
Live footage from the camera is being streamed on the Game Commission’s website. The eagle pair’s appearances at the nest have become more and more frequent since the live-streaming began in late December. And on late Wednesday afternoon, something else appeared – a freshly laid egg.
The hope, of course, is that a healthy eaglet will fledge the nest, and the camera will capture every second of it.
There are no guarantees the story will have a happy ending. But the live stream offers a rare, real-life look at an unfolding natural wonder.
Streaming footage is available on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Play” icon to see real-time footage of the nest.
In good weather conditions, the live stream will be available round-the-clock. In colder temperatures, the video equipment must be shut down for brief periods, so if you have trouble accessing the live stream, just check back later.
The nest featured on the live stream was built new in recent months after a branch gave way under the nest used in the same area last year.
Last year’s nest didn’t offer as up-close a view, though many people would congregate regularly along a nearby bicycle trail to view the nest through binoculars. Because there wasn’t a good vantage point inside the nest, however, eagle-watchers could only judge from the mating pair’s changed behavior that an eaglet had been hatched. It took weeks to confirm suspicions.
With the camera in place, however, online viewers were able to verify the exact moment an egg was laid.
Video of the egg being laid has been posted to YouTube, and can be found easily by searching “Hays eagles egg.” Other highlights from the nesting attempt so far also have been posted to the site.

Nest etiquette

While viewers always are welcome online, those making trips to view bald-eagle nests in person are reminded to keep their distance.
Different pairs of eagles have different levels of tolerance for human activity near nests. Nests like the one in Hays, which are built in spots with a lot of surrounding bustle, often offer opportunities to view from a distance without invading the eagles’ comfort zone.
But federal safeguards exist to protect nesting eagles, and persons encroaching a 660-foot perimeter around a nest are in violation of federal law.
Signs are posted around many known nest sites, but the rules apply regardless of whether signs are posted.
Approaching an eagle nest too closely could frighten off the adults and cause them to abandon the nest or prevent them from keeping eggs at the proper incubating temperature. Frightened eaglets might also jump from the safety of a nest, then have no way to return.
More tips on nest-viewing etiquette can be found on the bald-eagle page of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Bald eagles in Pennsylvania

                The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at its January meeting gave final approval to a proposal to remove the bald eagle from the state’s list of threatened species.
                Game Commission staff in September recommended the change based on the bald eagle’s remarkable recovery in Pennsylvania, and the fact that the commission’s bald-eagle management plan calls for upgrading the bald eagle to “protected” status when all of four criteria measuring the health of the state’s bald-eagle population have been met for a five-year period.
Removing bald eagles from the state threatened species list neither hinders eagle populations in Pennsylvania nor knocks off course the species’ comeback here, said Game Commission endangered-bird biologist Patti Barber.
The bird continues to be protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act. Under the Eagle Act, those who harm or disturb eagles are subject to a civil penalty of up to one year in jail or a $5,000 fine for their first offense, and criminal convictions can result in fines as high as $250,000.
Additionally, state penalties for disturbing protected wildlife include fines of up to $1,500 and bolster protection for Pennsylvania eagles.
Bald eagles have come a long way in the 30-plus years since the Game Commission first began efforts to restore them to Pennsylvania. In 1983, when the Game Commission launched what would become a seven-year restoration program, only three pairs of nesting bald eagles remained in Pennsylvania – all of them in Crawford County in the northwestern part of the state along the Ohio border.
This year, there were more than 270 known bald-eagle nests statewide.
A 22-minute film celebrating the bald eagle’s success is available at the Game Commission’s website. From the homepage, click on the icon title “PA Eagles 30 Years of Restoration.”

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                Photos courtesy of Pix Controller Inc. and the Pennsylvania Game Commission:
            A pair of bald eagles has nested in the Hays section of Pittsburgh and on Wednesday, the nest received its first egg. In the coming weeks and months, viewers can watch the action unfold. Footage from a camera positioned high above the nest is being live-streamed on the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website by Pix Controller Inc.