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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Nurse Aide Training Class starts in June at SVM

Memorial Celebration For Doris Nielson Rigas Set For Saturday, June 13 In Coudersport

"Nature's Wonder" Coudersport Ice Mine Open Through Labor Day, Don't MIss It !!

Casella Announces Change In Trash & Recycling Collection Day In Port Allegany Borough

Benefit Chicken & Biscuit Dinner & Chinese Auction Saturday At Austin United Methodist Church

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ON-SITE AUCTION SUNDAY, MAY 31ST. IN PORT ALLEGANY, PA

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Clara Township Clean Up Days Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6

Leona's Has A Big Selection For Your Planting Needs


4WD Dodge Dakota Crew Cab Pickup For Sale, $8400. or Best Offer

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The Guidance Center Has Openings For A Teacher And Mental Health Workers In McKean County, PA

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Pancake Dinner Sunday At Fezz's Diner Benefits Sending Area Kids To Camp


Friday, May 29, 2015

Recalls

Total Packaging of KY, Inc. Recalls Turkey and Cheese Lunch Kits Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
Total Packaging of KY, Inc., an Owensboro, Ky., establishment, is recalling approximately 18,000 pounds of Anytime Foods Turkey and Cheese Lunch Kits due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

State Police Amity - Accident Investigation Leads to DWI Arrest

On Monday, May 25, 2015, New York State Police Amity Troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Clarksville. 

Subsequent to investigation LUCAS K. NEASE, 22, of Clarksville, NY was arrested for DWI. 

NEASE was processed and issued several Traffic Tickets. Nease will appear on June 3rd in the Clarksville Town Court.

Oswayo Valley Boys Baseball Team wins District 9 Title

by Monica Thomas

Coach Brad Buchholz and staff pose with 2015 District 9 Baseball Champs as they won 10-0 in a six-inning victory over Clarion Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Berwick Park.

The Green Wave are the 9-1 representative in the PIAA Class A tournament round and will face 7-2 California at Showers Field in DuBois on Monday, June 2 at (5 p.m.).

Coudersport High School Football Players & Lions Club Pick Up Trash Along Roadway

A few of the Falcon football team teamed up with the Lions Club to keep Pa beautiful by doing a trash pickup.

Blossburg & Liberty Dispatched To Morris Run Road For One Vehicle Crash

5/29/20159:29 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTMORRIS RUN RDHAMILTON TWP

At 9:32 PM on Friday, Blossburg Fire & Ambulance dispatched to Morris Run Road for a one vehicle crash with injuries & possible entrapment. Liberty has been dispatched as well. Now reporting 4 injuries.

West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquito Sample Detected



HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health are reporting the confirmation of the first 2015 detections of West Nile Virus from a mosquito sample that was collected on May 22 in Springettsbury Township, York County and a bird found May 26 in Harris Township, Centre County.

“DEP vigilantly monitors the mosquito population across Pennsylvania. When West Nile Virus is identified, DEP staff works quickly to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Today’s announcement serves as a reminder that all Pennsylvanians should take precautions to protect against mosquitos.”

Pennsylvania began its integrated pest management program in 2004, and has since improved identification and control of mosquito populations. The program routinely surveys counties based on historical West Nile Virus presence. When necessary, DEP treats impacted areas using effective and safe control substances.

Certain mosquito species carry the virus, which may cause humans to contract West Nile fever or West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in inflammation of the brain. Last year, West Nile Virus was detected in 39 counties and resulted in 13 human cases, including one fatality.

Although most people do not become ill when infected with West Nile Virus, all are at risk. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk of becoming ill and developing severe complications.

“The Department of Health will be following the incidence of the virus,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “We encourage all to use caution prior to spending time outdoors.”

The best defense against West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water around homes, weeds, tall grass, shrubbery, and discarded tires.

Homeowners should take precautionary measures including:

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
• Drill drainage holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
• Have roof gutters cleaned regularly, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to block drains.
• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

Homeowners can buy mosquito control substances, such as Bti products, at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, and other stores. Bti is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that kills mosquito larva but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life, and plants. Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods.
• Use insect repellants according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellant will contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile Virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

Mary E. Bancroft, 88, of Warren, PA

Mary E. Bancroft
Mary E. Bancroft, 88, of Warren, PA died Friday morning, May 29, 2015 at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness. 

She was born July 7, 1926 in Warren, PA. She was the daughter of Walter and Helen Gern Blackwell. Mary was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1944 graduate of Warren High School. 

She was employed as a Psychiatric Aide at Warren State Hospital and employed with Warren Times Observer. She retired in 1989 from Sylvania Credit Union as an office manager, after 20 years employment. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church and the church Altar Rosary Society and was a former CCD Teacher and Eucharistic Minister. She was a member of the Desert Club, enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. She had served as a former Girl Scout Leader.

Mary is survived by her 3 Children – Cheryl D. Stanko and husband, Robert, Gerald Bancroft and wife, Suky, David Bancroft and wife, Sandra all of Warren, PA.
7 Grandchildren – Jason Stanko (Melissa) Karin Navarro (Rick), Matt Bancroft (Sherie), Doug Bancroft (Katie), Lisa Casey (David), Mike Bancroft, Aaron Kotzbauer (Kathleen), 12 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence C. Bancroft who died April 24, 2010, whom she married April 18, 1947 in Jamestown, N.Y., 1 Son – Jimmy Bancroft, 2 Grandchildren – Dennis and Beth Stanko, 1 Sister – Carolyn Gnage.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, PA., on Monday, June 1, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M.

A vigil service will be conducted Monday at 1:45 PM and members of the church Altar Rosary Society will recite the parish rosary at 7:45 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer Church Building Fund, 11 Russell St., Warren, PA. 16365 or the Warren Public Library Association, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365.
E–mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com


Little Museum is the Place to Visit

Little Museum in Sterling Run has made the top 10 seasonal museums to visit this summer. Jim Cheney a writer from Uncover PA writes, “ I’ve visited a lot of historical society museums in Pennsylvania, some of which are seasonal and some of which are open year round. However, none blew me away as much as The Little Museum in Cameron County.”

The items inside the Little Museum that attracted Cheney’s attention included Sylvania artifacts and person items from General Joseph McNarney. “I’ve traveled a lot around Pennsylvania over the last year and have been to some rather obscure destinations. However, I think The Little Museum has to be one of the most off-the-beaten-path places I’ve visited. What it shows is that fantastic things can come in small, out of the way packages,” continued Cheney.

This summer The Little Museum will host monthly activities. Saturday June 6 Theresa Genaux and Robin Kuleck from The Little Red Barn Farm will bring live alpacas and demonstrate spinning. July focuses on the Coke Oven rehabilitation project and August features a Night at the Museum with tours by the Cameron County Historical Society board members.

The Little Museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm until the middle of October.

Foot Licenses on Sale

Licenses now available for the annual Big Foot Hunt. The event to be held Saturday July 4 benefits Mountaineer Search & Rescue.

“This year the hairy Big Foot has been spotted on numerous trails in Cameron County and signs of overnight visits have been found at former Civilian Conservation Corp Camps,” says Steve Bajor from Mountaineer Search & Rescue. The hunt begins at daybreak and continues until 11am, when hunters should return their prey to the Mountaineer Search & Rescue stand during Weekend in the Wilds.

Each hunter must have a license that is proudly displayed! The $5.00 licenses can be purchased at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Sinnemahoning Tavern, South Park Supply and Weebulls.

Elk County Conservation District Inaugural Clay Shooting Event



DEP to Begin Drilling Work at Mine Fire in Carbon County Work also involves more air monitoring

WILKES-BARRE, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR) has announced that work will begin next week to determine the extent and intensity of the Jeansville Mine fire; located on both active and abandoned mine lands in Banks Township, Carbon County and Hazle Township, Luzerne County. A plan is also in place to do additional air monitoring in areas around the fire.

The work involves drilling 53 boreholes at the site to help determine the extent of the fire and provide ongoing monitoring. BAMR received a Declaration of Emergency from the federal Office of Surface Mining. The emergency declaration was needed to work on portions of the observed fire area and surrounding areas that are also a protected long eared bat habitat.

“This work will give us a clearer picture of the extent of the fire and help to determine the most effective next steps,” said DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mine Operations, John Stefanko.

Representatives from BAMR, the Pottsville District Mining Office, and DEP’s Air Quality Program met with residents on May 20 to discuss plans for exploration of the fire and for air monitoring at the site. Previously conducted air monitoring did not show indications of any dangerous levels of gases in the neighborhoods around the fire.

“When DEP representatives met with residents, one of their chief concerns was overnight air monitoring,” said Director of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office, Mike Bedrin. “Additional air monitoring will determine if any dangerous levels of gases are present.”

The property is owned by Pagnotti Enterprises of Wilkes-Barre. Hazleton Shaft Corporation, currently leasing the portion of the property that is actively being mined, has been extinguishing the fire within the permitted area since 2012.

DEP awarded the emergency drilling contract to Minichi Enterprises, Inc. of Dupont, Luzerne County; the company was the lowest bidder at $1,211,530.

The project is being funded by Pennsylvania’s federal abandoned mine land grant, which is subsidized by the coal industry via fees paid on each ton of coal mined. In 2015 Pennsylvania received $44 million from the federal program to support DEP’s abandoned mine land and acid mine drainage reclamation programs.

Resurfacing Project on I-80 in Union County Continues June 1

Montoursville – This is an update on the paving project on 3.5 miles of Interstate 80 in Union County.

At 7 a.m. on Monday, June 1, contractor, HRI, Inc., will begin work on the eastbound lanes of I-80. This work should be completed by noon on Friday, June 5.

The eastbound travel lane will be closed so the contractor can mill and pave the travel lane, auxiliary lane and shoulder from about 0.5 miles west of the Route 15 Interchange to the Susquehanna River Bridge.

The contractor also will be placing an epoxy overlay on bridges within the work area.

Motorists should expect delays, especially between 3 and 6 p.m. They are advised to be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

The $4.1 million project is scheduled to be completed by July 29.

House Returns to Session Next Week

The House returns to session on Monday, June 1. 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.

The Weekly Schedule

New Traffic Pattern on I-80 Next Week at Mifflinville River Bridge Project in Columbia County

Montoursville – There will be no lane restrictions next week on I-80 at the Mifflinville River Bridge project in Columbia County.

However, there will be a new traffic pattern for the westbound lanes from mile 242 to mile 241. Two lanes of traffic will be shifted to the right side of the interstate while the contractor performs bridge deck epoxy overlays on the left side of the highway.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

Amish Comic to do "adults only" stand-up comedy show at Wellsboro

Raymond the Amish Comic
WELLSBORO, PA—After wowing Wellsboro audiences last summer, Raymond the Amish Comic is returning Monday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. to provide more adult humor at the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue.

“We’re bringing him back because last year’s sell-out crowd appreciated his manic craziness and people asked us to,” said Thomas Putnam of Hamilton-Gibson Productions.

The risqué comedian has performed stand-up comedy for the past 20 years, including stints on television and film.

While working at a t-shirt screen-printing company, he would say silly things to his coworkers to make them laugh. They would call the WZZO radio morning show and hand him the phone. Soon, he was a WZZO regular.

His first appearance on stage as a comic was on May 17, 1991. He saved up vacation days from his T-shirt printing job so he could headline 12 sold-out shows in six days between Christmas and New Year’s in 1995. On the third day, the print shop called him to come in to print three jackets. He refused. “It was my first time headlining that many shows. I was a nervous wreck. When I returned to work on Jan. 2, 1996 I was fired. It was at that precise moment that I became a full-time stand-up comedian.

“I’m a cursing, ranting storyteller. I rant about everything from cell phones to scanning your own groceries to Netflix to weather and sports.”

His fans call him “an Amish version of Robin Williams.” Another said, “He talks about things we all go through. It’s like an hour of therapy.”

Snacks and beverages are included in the admission price of $20 for adults and $10 for full-time students 18 and older. A limited supply of legal beverages will be served to those 21 and over. Those who prefer can BYOB. Make reservations by calling 570-724-2079.

Award-winning paintings are on display at the Deane Center

Fred Lawrenson hangs “Tanglewood Touchdown,” one of his award-winning paintings now on display in the Deane Center lobby at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
WELLSBORO, PA—Original paintings and framed prints by C. Fred Lawrenson of Elkland are on exhibit now through the end of June at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

This award-winning artist creates acrylic paintings featuring realistic scenes of nature. He spends 180 to 200 hours on each one.

Lawrenson retired in 2005 after teaching art for 34 years at Cowanesque Valley High School. What he sees when hiking state and national parks inspires his work. “I often take paper and a sketch board with me.”

Tuesday, June 16, at 1 p.m. he will give a talk about his paintings during the Deane Center’s Golden Afternoons program, free to those ages 55 and over. “I will briefly discuss some of the paintings in my exhibit and encourage people attending to ask me anything they would like to know about my work,” he said. Refreshments will be provided.

Two of his paintings on display at the Deane Center were named to the PaintAmerica Top 100. “Origins,” chosen in 2007, was included with 99 others on a yearlong touring exhibit in 2008. “Tanglewood Touchdown,” chosen in 2010, toured in 2011. It also earned the Elmira, N.Y. Regional Art Society’s Palette Award in December 2013.

On Saturday, June 20 during Laurel Festival, Lawrenson will be in the Deane Center lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available for purchase will be unframed prints of his paintings and copies of the wo award-winning children’s books he wrote and illustrated.

For information about Lawrenson’s exhibit or his Golden Afternoons program, call 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Minutes May 14, 2015




Potter County Commissioners Meeting For May 28, 2015








Nurse Aide Training Class starts in June at SVM


Final Opportunity to Attend Erosion & Sedimentation Management Workshop

The Conservation Districts of Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter, and Warren counties, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Allegheny National Forest, are sponsoring one final workshop for individuals interested in learning more information about erosion and sediment control. 

The course will cover permits and the permitting process for erosion prevention, installation and maintenance of best management practices for erosion control, aquatic organism passages at road stream crossings, and other topics including stream & wetland permits, floodplain requirements, and stormwater management. 

Information presented will be valuable to municipal officials, contractors, code enforcement officials, and individuals working in the oil & gas and timber industries.

“Erosion & Sedimentation Management ” will be held on Wednesday, June 10th in Coudersport at the Gunzburger Building on Main Street

Register for this workshop through the Potter County Conservation District at 814-274-8411 ext. 4. The workshop will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost is $15.00 per person, which includes lunch.

PennDOT Cameron/Potter County Maintenance work schedule for the week of June 1 to June 5

Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Cameron/Potter County Maintenance announces the following work schedule for the week of June 1 to June 5, weather permitting. Motorists should travel with extra caution in these and all work areas. Motorists should be aware that due to the nature of highway maintenance and emergency work, crews could be working on any highway at any time of the day or night

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Sign Crew:
● State Route: 4006 (Cameron County) sign work
Patching:
● State Route: 4013 (North Hollow Road)
● State Route: 3003 (Prouty area)
Spray Patching:
● State Route: 3015 (Dutch Hill Road)
● State Route: 1010 (Genesee to Mills)
Pipe Replacement:
● State Route: 4023 (Eleven Mile) Monday & Tuesday
● State Route: 4019 (Horse Run Road) Wednesday-Friday

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Patching:
● State Routes: Various SR’s throughout the County
Sweeping:
● Various SR’s throughout the County

The following work is scheduled to be completed by contractor, weather permitting:

● L C Whitford Company: Bridge restoration on SR 0144 over Cross Fork Creek in Stewardson Township (April-end of summer)

● Francis J Palo, Inc: Bridge removal and realign SR 3001 (East Fork Road) in Wharton. Temporary traffic disruptions with traffic signals at a later date. (April-November)

● Dolomite Products Company, Inc./A L Blades: Bridge replacement on SR 0449 near village of Brookland. Temporary run-around will be in place. (August )

'Lego Heroes' Event Kicks Off Port Library Summer Reading Saturday


Kick off your summer with the S.W. Smith Memorial Library's "Lego Heroes" event tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library in Port Allegany. Stop in and see some "Lego Heroes" and hear their stories!

This will be a fun-filled afternoon and a great beginning to Summer Reading, with this year's "Every Hero Has a Story" theme! This event will be led by Ann Dunkerton of the McKean County Cooperative Extension.

No sign-ups required for the Lego event, just show up and join the fun, and check out some books for summer reading while you're at it!

DEP’s New Public Comment Policy Enhances Public Participation, Transparency

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced improvements for public participation and transparency through a new online engagement system. DEP’s new online eComment system allows the public to more easily access Technical Guidance Documents and other policy-related proposals open for comment. The public can also view all support documentation, submit comments online, and view the full text of all public comments submitted.

“By publishing technical guidance comments as we receive them, anyone interested in a proposed policy will be able to read the comments and concerns raised by others online while the comment period is still open,” DEP Acting Secretary John Quigley said. “This more open and upfront process will lead to more meaningful engagement with the public and result in more effective policies.”

These changes are reflected in the notice of the interim final “Policy for Development and Publication of Technical Guidance" published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 30, opening a 45-day public comment period that will conclude on July 14.

For the first time, people commenting on proposed technical guidance documents will be able to submit comments electronically using eComment. In addition, DEP will publish the technical guidance comments it receives, both electronically and in writing, within five business days of receiving them, rather than wait until all comments are summarized in a comment and response document typically published after the public comment period has closed. The published comments will remain online until the respective documents are finalized.

These changes do not affect the current policy for development, approval and distribution of regulations.

Technical Guidance Documents provide practical and specialized direction to DEP staff, the public and the regulated community. They typically:
• Summarize what statues or regulations require;
• Explain how DEP interprets a statue or regulation,
• Explain technical or administrative procedures that assist in compliance with statues or regulations; and
• Establish policies.

As recommended by members of DEP’s Citizens’ Advisory Council, DEP, under this new policy, will publish a non-regulatory agenda twice each year that lists all of the policies and technical guidance documents the agency plans to introduce or revise. DEP currently publishes a similar agenda of anticipated regulatory changes twice a year in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as required by the Regulatory Review Act.

In addition, the policy expands the role of advisory committees by requiring DEP staff to consult with members of the corresponding advisory committee(s) when developing technical guidance documents and to do so as early in the process as practicable. That interaction should be detailed in a memo when transmitting draft technical guidance documents for review.

“These revisions enhance the public’s participation in the development of our policies and increases transparency,” Quigley said. “That’s government that works.”

DEP will conduct two webinars about the policy changes to allow people to learn more about the changes. The first will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015. To register, click here. The second webinar will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Participants can register here.

The public is encouraged to submit comments electronically on the “Policy for Development and Publication of Technical Guidance using the new eComment system, at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment.

Written comments may also be sent toLaura Henry, Technical Guidance Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Policy, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, or by email to ecomment@pa.gov.

Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. All comments, including those submitted by electronic mail, must include the originator’s name and address.

Benefit Pancake Dinner At Fezz's Diner Helps Send Kids To Camp

For many years now, Sweden Valley UM church has been sending kids to summer camp.  Many adults can remember the opportunities they had as a teen to attend camp.  The church has made it possible for many kids who might not have the privilege otherwise, to go to camp.  

The American Legion post 192 has helped greatly by providing funds over the past few years to help pay for sometimes as many as 30 kids along with the church.  Many of the adults from the church take time off their paid jobs to spend the week investing in the lives of our youth.
We once again will send adult counselors and   kids to camp in July.  We also do fundraising to help pay for these costs and ask for each family to pay for a small percentage if able.

We will be doing our next fundraiser this Sunday, May 31st from 4-7 at Fess's Diner, hosting a pancake dinner for the community for a donation.  Please show your support to our youth by joining us for dinner Sunday evening at the Diner in Sweden Valley!  


We want to say thank you to Fezz's and the American Legion post 192 for their support in our efforts to make a positive impact on our youth.
Call Pastor Steven with any questions 274-7097

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Agency Keeps Busy

DaveHydeWayOutAdministrators at A Way Out, Potter County’s agency for domestic violence and sexual assault services, have been fielding roughly 150 calls for help and advice or requests for services each month, and a growing number of those victims are men. 

Those were among the more interesting elements of a detailed report presented to the Potter County Board of Commissioners this week by David Hyde, executive director of A Way Out. 

Hyde emphasized the need for more volunteers and funding, especially now that the state will no longer be issuing grants for the agency to provide legal representation for victims who are involved in custody/support cases, protection from abuse orders or other civil litigation.

A Way Out provides a 24-hour helpline (1-877-334-3136 or 814-274-0240), crisis counseling, legal advocacy, medical accompaniment, emergency shelter, support groups and community and prevention education. Services are free and confidential. 

Hyde is shown here with Gerri Miller, news director of Black Forest Broadcasting, during the commissioners meeting.

Zenaide J. Verolini, 92 of Bolivar Dr., Bradford, PA

Zenaide J. Verolini, 92 of Bolivar Dr., Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at Bradford Ecumenical Homes.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Airport At Ceres

At 1:45 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Olean 10 have been dispatched to a location 1 mile south of Faulkner's Fruit Stand  on Rt. 417 at the airport for a male with a leg laceration.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County Now Available


Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging will be distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.


The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2015.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2015, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania.  Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $21,775 or less for a single person or $29,471 or less for a couple, or $37,167 or less for 3 people or $44,863 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2014.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks. 

IN ORDER FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO PICK UP CHECKS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, YOU MUST PICK UP A PROXY FORM THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THEN RETURNED TO THE DISTRIBUTION SPOT.  THIS IS ALSO THE PROCEDURE FOR HUSBAND/WIFE AND WIFE/HUSBAND.  ALL DISTRIBUTION SITES HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE NOW.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that will benefit eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce.  This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items.  It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program.  If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers belo

Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

Ulysses Senior Center                                                       Mon. – Wed.
Ulysses Community Bldg.                                                9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
522 Main Street
Ulysses, PA  16948
848-9880

Oswayo Valley Senior Center                                          Mon. – Wed.
106 S. Oswayo Street                                                        9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Shinglehouse, PA  16748
697-7178

Galeton Senior Center                                                      Wed. – Fri.
St. Bibiana Parish Hall                                                     9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
111 Germania Street
Galeton, PA  16922
435-2864

Coudersport Senior Center                                              Wed. – Fri.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training  Ctr.         9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
161 Rt. 6 West
Coudersport, PA  16915
274-7887

Potter County Human Services AAA
62 North Street
Roulette, PA  16746
814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560
Ask for Barb Kiel – Appt. Only

For more information, please contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

ADDITIONAL DISTRIBUTION SITES:

Austin United Methodist Church                                                    Monday, June 15, 2015
Turner Street                                                                                     9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Austin, PA  16720

Harrison Valley Township Bldg.                                                     Thursday, June 25, 2015
205 E. Main Street                                                                            9 A.M. - Noon
Harrison Valley,  PA  16927

Genesee United Methodist Church                                                 Thursday, June 25, 2015
306 Main Street                                                                                 2 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Genesee, PA  16923                                    

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Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, May 29, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol
Timber Tour Highlights Importance of Forest Management
 
Area lawmakers and forestry officials visited several sites in McKean County on Thursday, May 28, to talk about the timber industry and the importance of proper forest management. Here, John Saf, a consulting forester with Generations Forestry in Kane, talks about improvements that could be made in the management of an Allegheny National Forest site. The group also visited two timber sites owned by the Bradford City Water Authority and managed by Generations Forestry. The tour was organized by the Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group (AHUG) and the Legislative Timber Caucus, which I chair.

Outreach Office Hours Set for June 4
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, June 4:
•    Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
•    Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at www.RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.

At the Library…
 
I had a great time reading to kids at the Bradford Area Public Library last week! A sincere thanks to everyone who works and volunteers at the library to make these wonderful reading and learning opportunities available to people of all ages in our communities.

Work Continues on House Budget Plan
 
The House returns to session next week as work continues on the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Amendments to the proposed budget are expected to be considered next week, as a budget must be approved by June 30.  The House will be in session for the vast majority of June to finalize a budget, along with other critical legislative priorities.

The final state budget is expected to be significantly different from the proposal unveiled earlier this year by Gov. Tom Wolf. His $33.8 billion proposal calls for a 16 percent increase in spending over last year’s budget; the additional spending would be supported by increased taxes, mainly an expanded and increased sales tax as well as an increase to the Personal Income Tax. 

The Independent Fiscal Office recently found that the tax plans in the governor’s budget proposal would result in a tax increase for people across all income groups.  In addition, the tax increases would force Pennsylvania taxpayers to pay more for everything from day care and nursing home care, to utilities, newspapers and more.

Work will continue in the House to develop a responsible spending plan which funds the Commonwealth’s needs, but spends within its means.

Remembering Those Lost in the Vietnam War
 
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is partnering with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc. (VVMF) to remember Pennsylvanians who died as part of the Vietnam War.

The initiative was started to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the nation’s involvement in the conflict. 

The VVMF is working to collect photos of 58,307 men and women whose names are listed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., in order to preserve their legacies for future generations.  In Pennsylvania, out of the more than 3,000 servicemen and servicewomen who died during the conflict, officials still need 606 photos.

Among the men whose photos are still needed is Bruce C. Maynard of Coudersport and Anthony A. Gennocro of Emporium.

>> Visit the DMVA website to see which photos are still needed.
>> Find instructions on how to submit a photograph for the collection.