Friday October 19 2018

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 47; Overnight low 22

FRI-INCREASING CLOUDS, HIGH 54

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 45

SAT-RAIN, HIGH 50

SAT NIGHT-32

SUN-INCREASING CLOUDS. HIGH 44

SUN NIGHT-LOW 30

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Obituary: Walter Daniel “Dan” Kuhn, Roulette

Potter County Commissioners will hold public meeting later this month for input on a comprehensive plan….Pilot ATV Project to begin next spring at Lyman Run…..Railroad crossing repairs scheduled to begin next week in Elk and McKean Counties….Port Allegany man arrested for terroristic threats….allegedly cruelty to animals investigated……Ridgway woman’s car collides with deer earl today….

Potter County residents have an  opportunity to help shape the county’s future during a comprehensive “visioning” process that’s being spearheaded by the county commissioners and planning commission.

Those who have an interest in public policy development that affects the county’s economy, infrastructure, social well-being and way of life are welcome to engage in development of the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan.

First of many opportunities for public input on Potter County’s development during the 2020-2029 decade is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Gunzburger Building auditorium. Separate hourlong focus groups will identify goals and areas of concern or opportunity at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Those seeking to join a focus group are advised to call Joe Passmore at 717-221-2061. He can also be reached by email at joseph.passmore@mbakerintl.com.

Similar groups are being assembled in Cameron County, with an initial meeting planned for 8:30 am on Oct. 30; and McKean County, with meetings at 3 pm and 5 pm on Oct. 29 at the McKean County 911 Center in Smethport.

Community leaders, local government officials and concerned citizens should see the comprehensive planning process as an opportunity to be heard, according to Potter County Planning Director Will Hunt.

Among topics to be discussed by the focus groups are agriculture, tourism, small business, manufacturing and other sources of economic vitality and employment; transportation; housing; leveraging of state forest lands to support the economy and way of life; protection of natural resources and more.

Citizens will also be encouraged to complete an online community survey that will be available

later this year. To be placed on the email distribution list or to receive a hard copy in the mail, call or send an email to Joe Passmore (contact information above).

The plan began in August and will be completed next summer 2019.

 

Railroad Work Scheduled in Elk, McKean Counties

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that railroad crossing work in Elk and McKean counties has been scheduled through early November. Work on these Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad crossings is scheduled to take place as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 24 through noon Thursday, October 25: Route 1001 (Glen Hazel Road) in Jones Township, Elk County. The crossing is located between Stony Hill Road and Fritz Road.
  • Wednesday, October 31 through 5PM, Thursday, November 1: Route 46 (Kendall Avenue) in the City of Bradford, McKean County. The crossing is located between Mallory Avenue and Limestone Street.

These locations will be closed during the work activity and local detours will be in place. Motorists are advised to follow official detour signs. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Work at each location will include removal and replacement of the rail, followed by paving of the crossing.

PennDOT reminds drivers to follow detour signs, obey posted speed limits, approach railroad crossings with caution and to “Always expect a train.”

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting  www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL

Kane-based state police  have arrested 71 year old Ralph Dana Abbott of Port Allegany for terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. Troopers claim Abbott committed the crimes against a 44 year old woman on the evening of October 10 at a home on Route 155 in Liberty Township. Abbott was arraigned before on-call District Judge Engman and is awaiting further court action.

Troopers there report they are continuing to investigate an alleged cruelty to animals in Liberty Township Tuesday. No further details were released.

Following a bench trial on October 16, Allen Timblin was convicted of driving while under the influence and crashing his vehicle within the City of Bradford according to McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenberg-Shafer. Timblin  was convicted of Driving under the Influence, Accidents involving damage to unattended vehicle/property, driving on right side of roadway, careless driving, and reckless driving. Sentencing is scheduled for November 29.  Assistant District Attorney Jerry Grill prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Timblin was charged by officers with the Bradford City Police Department.

A Ridgway driver escaped injury early this morning when her car hit a deer on the Buena Vista Highway in Jones Township. According to Ridgway based state police, Deborah Barker  was going south on Route 321 and could not avoid the collision. Barker was wearing a seatbelt but her Jeep Sport sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Obituary

Walter Daniel “Dan” Kuhn, 60, of Roulette, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Dan was born on February 25, 1958 in Coudersport, the son of the late Walter and Shirley (Fourness) Kuhn.  He was a member of Wonderworks, participated in the Special Olympics and enjoyed books, games and going to the Roulette Fire Hall with his Dad.Surviving are two brothers, Rodney and his wife Linda Kuhn of Knoxville, TN and Robert Kuhn of Roulette; a sister, Shirley and her husband Gary Bilek of Cranesville. In addition to his parents Dan was preceded in death by a brother, John Kuhn and two sisters, Marsha Kuhn and Audrey Painter.Family and friends are welcome to a visitation Monday, October 22, 2018 from 12-1:00 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Ben Zimmerman, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Genesee Cemetery.The family suggests contributions in Dan’s name to be made to The Roulette Ambulance Company, 12 River Street, Roulette, PA 16746.

 

 

Thursday October 18, 2018

 

 

Wednesday’s high, 55; Overnight low 33; .03” rain

THU-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 37

THU NIGHT-LOW 28

FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 53

FRI NIGHT-POSSIBLE SHOWERS, LOW 36

SAT-POSSIBLE SHOWERS, HIGH IN THE LOW 40s

SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW IN THE UPPER 30s

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Warren man killed in McKean County crash….Collisions with deer plague area drivers…One of Causer’s bills to help ambulance companies awaits governor’s signature….Bill would eliminate puppy mills…More than $2.000 raised during fundraiser earlier this month in Tioga County for animal sanctuary……

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A Warren man was killed in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Keating Township, McKean County. State police report 26 yer old Aaron Arnold was speeding when his Chevrolet Silverado went off of the Smethport Ormsby road on a left hand curve, struck a guardrail, crossed the road and collided with several trees before stopping. Arnold was not wearing seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill.

No one was hurt in a car /deer accident last night on Route 6 in Liberty Township McKean County. Troopers at the Kane barracks said Eric  Vicker of Bethel Park PA was going west on Route 6 near Wildwood drive when a deer standing on the center line jumped in front of his Pontiac Vibe. Both the driver and his passenger, Rhonda Vicker of Monessen, PA and a one year old boy were property secured with seatbelts and a child safety seat.

Rose Foreman of Wellsboro escaped injury early Tuesday morning when her Ford Taurus hit a deer on the Charleston Road in Charleston Townshp. Foreman was headed west just before 4:00 am when the deer entered her path.

An inmate at the McKean County Jail has been charged with criminal mischief. State police at Kane assert 29 year old Kenneth Nierenberger broke a jail cell window by punching it with a closed fist Wednesday morning.

Troopers at the Kane barracks are investigating a burglary taking place Tuesday on Dewey Avenue in Hamlin |Township. Burglars ented the home of a 45 year old HazelHurst man through an unlocked upstairs window and made of with $1680 worth of items.

A 54 year old Smethport man has been cited for scattering rubbish. State police did not release the suspect’s name but claim he placed a bag of recycling items outside of the designated area on Route 6 in Keating Township Wednesday afternoon.

 

completePennsylvania ambulance companies would be reimbursed for providing treatment, even if no transport takes place, under legislation approved by the House and on its way to the governor’s desk, said Rep.

said Causer. “As soon as an ambulance leaves the station, there is a cost. When emergency responders arrive on scene and use medications or other equipment to treat a patient, there is a cost. But, under current law, if the patient declines transport to a hospital, the ambulance company receives zero reimbursement for those costs.”

House Bill 1013 would require both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment without transport as long as the following conditions are met: The Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit must be dispatched by a county 911 center, and the EMS provider must have rendered emergency services even though the transport was declined.

 

This is the second major initiative to help ambulance companies approved by the House this year. In June, Causer’s proposal to increase Medicaid reimbursement for ambulance calls was incorporated into the 2018-19 state budget. Under that law, ALS reimbursements are increasing from $200 to not less than $300, and BLS reimbursements are increasing from $120 to $180. The increases will take effect Jan. 1.

A rally at the state Capitol in Harrisburg focused on closing down puppy mills in Pennsylvania by limiting where the animals can be sold.  Don Rooney has more

Senator Dinniman is co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1154, legislation that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless the animals came from shelters and rescues. This would keep pet stores from selling animals bred in puppy mills, where one mother dog can spend her life in a cage giving birth to hundreds of puppies, and where those puppies are kept in cages themselves until sold to a pet store. Advocates say puppy mills are inhumane and can spread disease and genetic abnormalities.

Also, under current law, a licensed kennel can sell a dog at any public place in the Commonwealth. A license does not guarantee a breeder is humane and selling healthy puppies; this loophole will be removed by the bill.

Finally, the legislation requires kennels with federal, state and/or local licenses to include license number(s) in all advertisements. Consumers will be able to research licensed kennels and be alerted to unlicensed ones.

Senator Dinniman has also introduced Senate Bill 636, which would make it a summary offense to confine a dog or cat in a car under conditions that jeopardize the pet’s health. A police officer or other public safety professional or humane officer would have the authority to remove the dog or cat from the unattended motor vehicle after a reasonable search for the owner or operator of the vehicle, and would not be held liable for any damages.

 

 

 

Below is the Jerry Gaye Benefit Raises $2,330 in Cash and $870 in Goods for Second Chance press release with photo and caption.

 

 

JERRY GAYE BENEFIT RAISES $2,330 IN CASH AND $870 IN GOODS FOR SECOND CHANCE PRESS RELEASE WITH PHOTO AND CAPTION:

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Photo by John Eaton

Jerry Gaye of Osceola presents $2,330 to Laura Clarson, Second Chance Heading Home Center shelter manager on Thursday, Oct. 11.

“We received 314 pounds of dry dog and cat food, 127 pounds of moist pet food and treats, cleaning supplies, pet bedding and toys,” said Second Chance Heading Home Center President Jim Howe during Jerry Gaye’s benefit for shelter animals. The event was held on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Howard S. Lines Knoxville VFW Post 6753.

Blue Country Roots band. The Chinese  Auction & 50/50 raffle $870 in pet food and supplies,” said Gaye. “It will all go to help the animals at the Heading Home Center.” The shelter at 725 Gee Road in Tioga is operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer-based organization founded in 2001 in Tioga County. 1,000 clams for those attending to eat.

 

Gaye has been doing these benefits since 2014, prompted into action when a one-year-old male dog was found in January of that year frozen to death in a plastic pet carrier in woods along Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township. Charlie was alive when he was left in the locked carrier on Oct. 3, 2013. He died “due to probable starvation over a period of time.”

 

Those who want to support the Heading Home Center are welcome to call the center at 570-376-3646.

 

Your chance to shape Potter County’s future

 

Potter County residents have a rare opportunity to help shape the county’s future during a comprehensive “visioning” process that’s being spearheaded by the county commissioners and planning commission.

Those who have an interest in public policy development that affects the county’s economy, infrastructure, social well-being and way of life are welcome to engage in development of the Northern Pennsylvania Tri-County Comprehensive Plan.

First of many opportunities for public input on Potter County’s development during the 2020-2029 decade is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Gunzburger Building auditorium. Separate hourlong focus groups will identify goals and areas of concern or opportunity at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Those seeking to join a focus group are advised to call Joe Passmore at 717-221-2061. He can also be reached by email at joseph.passmore@mbakerintl.com.

Similar groups are being assembled in Cameron County, with an initial meeting planned for 8:30 am on Oct. 30; and McKean County, with meetings at 3 pm and 5 pm on Oct. 29 at the McKean County 911 Center in Smethport.

Community leaders, local government officials and concerned citizens should see the comprehensive planning process as an opportunity to be heard, according to Potter County Planning Director Will Hunt.

“The blueprint will outline critical investments, initiatives, and policy development to pursue over the next 10 years to improve our vitality and livability,” Hunt explained. “We encourage our residents and stakeholders to make their voices heard.”

Among topics to be discussed by the focus groups are agriculture, tourism, small business, manufacturing and other sources of economic vitality and employment; transportation; housing; leveraging of state forest lands to support the economy and way of life; protection of natural resources and more.

Citizens will also be encouraged to complete an online community survey that will be available

later this year. To be placed on the email distribution list or to receive a hard copy in the mail, call or send an email to Joe Passmore (contact information above).

The plan began in August and will be completed next summer 2019.

 

Wednesday October 17, 2018

 

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 36

WED-CLOUDY, HIGH 47

WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, MAYBE SNOW LOW 30

THU-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 43

THU NIGHT-LOW 30

FRI-MILD, HIGH 53

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 43

 

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Obituary: James, “Jim” Hosley, Coudersport

Man killed in McKean County industrial accident….Kersey woman arrested for speeding after car crashes in Wetmore Township…Johnsonburg woman accused of trying to buy a gun illegally… Potter County Commissioners encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED….Police advise scam artists are calling throughout the area seeking donations for fire departments…

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Kane-based state police report a 41 year old Smethport man died early Monday morning in an industrial accident. Police did not release the victim’s name but said he fell 90-100 feet while working at the Georgia Pacific Panel Products LLC in Sergeant Township at about 1:15 am.  Authorities say the investigation is continuing.

Troopers at Kane have arrested a Kersey woman for speeding after a one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Wetmore Township. Cops allege 30 year old Atasha Simbeck was speeding a few minutes after 6:00 am when her westbound  Subaru Outback crossed the center line, hit a high voltage feed through box, then spun 180 degrees before colliding with a tree on the passenger side. Simbeck was not hurt.

State police at Emporium have charged 68 year old Mary Hines of Johnsonburg for illegally trying to buy a gun. Hines is accused of lying on an application to buy a firearm at Rytek on the Sizerville Road July 25. She has been arrested on a felony charge of “illegal sale or Transfer of Firearms:  and a misdemeanor charge of “Unsworn falsification to Authorities.” Authorities explained that Hines is not allowed to have a gun and the investigation began when she failed the Pennsylvania Instant Check System.

A criminal mischief taking place last week at the intersection of Shin Hollow and Deer Lick roads in Gaines Township. Vandals damaged the door on a mailbox owned by Joseph Bochanski of Westfield. Damage is estimated to be $25.00.

 

Earlier this year, the Potter County Emergency Management Agency launched a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. This week, Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover renewed a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.

 

“This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator.  “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve provides the Potter County DES a database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit www.pottercountypa.net and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically assume he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.

 

From weather alerts, to scam alerts, Sweden Township police chief Bryan Phelps has posted on Facebook that several areas of Potter County  have received phone solicitations for funding for Fire Departments.Local Fire Departments DO NOT solicit funds via phone, If you wish to donate to your local fire depts. Contact them directly or stop by any of the stations.The latest have been in Roulette Twp, and the Coudersport area. One call was received by an assistant chief in Roulette but when asked what they do for his local department – they hung up…the number used cannot receive calls back….Phelps says don’t be scammed, if you wish to help out your LOCAL fire department do so locally, for instance attending the chicken barbecue this Saturday in Roulette.web

 

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Potter County Education Council are pleased to announce that Dr. Michele Moore has been selected as the new Executive Director of our organization, effective October 29, 2018.   Michele has spent most of her career working as a teacher or college instructor/professor, with over 26 years of experience working for various school districts or colleges in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.  She has been working within Mansfield University of Pennsylvania for 17 years in various positions.

She has worked extensively with university, community and school collaboration services.  In addition to teaching, Michele has worked as a Practicum Supervisor with Penn State University from 1997-2001, the NCATE Coordinator for Mansfield University from 2010-2012, and the Assessment Coordinator for The Education and Special Education Department of Mansfield University from 2014-2017.

Michele is a 1992 graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. In 1996, she received her Masters of Education in Elementary Education with Reading Specialist Certification from Mansfield University. In 2003, she earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Most recently she has been a researcher for a pilot study entitled Co-Teaching Triads: Redesigning Practice in Teacher Preparation at Mansfield University.

We are fortunate that Dr. Michele Moore has chosen to lead our organization in the pursuit of fulfilling our mission to provide a full range of cost effective educational services to the residents of Potter and McKean Counties.  Collaboration with area institutions of learning, businesses, and industries will help the Education Council in creating opportunities for residents of our region to achieve their educational, job, and life goals.

Senator Dinniman is co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1154, legislation that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores unless the animals came from shelters and rescues. This would keep pet stores from selling animals bred in puppy mills, where one mother dog can spend her life in a cage giving birth to hundreds of puppies, and where those puppies are kept in cages themselves until sold to a pet store. Advocates say puppy mills are inhumane and can spread disease and genetic abnormalities.

Also, under current law, a licensed kennel can sell a dog at any public place in the Commonwealth. A license does not guarantee a breeder is humane and selling healthy puppies; this loophole will be removed by the bill.

Finally, the legislation requires kennels with federal, state and/or local licenses to include license number(s) in all advertisements. Consumers will be able to research licensed kennels and be alerted to unlicensed ones.

Senator Dinniman has also introduced Senate Bill 636, which would make it a summary offense to confine a dog or cat in a car under conditions that jeopardize the pet’s health. A police officer or other public safety professional or humane officer would have the authority to remove the dog or cat from the unattended motor vehicle after a reasonable search for the owner or operator of the vehicle, and would not be held liable for any damages.

 

 

Several areas of our county have received phone solicitations for funding for Fire Departments.

Local Fire Departments DO NOT solicit funds via phone, If you wish to donate to your local fire depts. Contact them directly or stop by any of the stations.

The latest have been in Roulette Twp, and the Coudersport area. One call was received by an assistant chief in Roulette but when asked what they do for his local department – they hung up…the number used cannot receive calls back….

Please don’t be scammed, if you wish to help out your LOCAL fire department do so locally.

 

Please share with your friends, families as well.

James H. Hosley, 75, of Coudersport, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018.

 

Jim was born on May 10, 1943 in Coudersport, the son of the late Lawrence and Rose Hosley.

 

Jim was a graduate of Coudersport High School and served his country in the Air Force.  He was the owner and operator of Hosleys Amusements since 1971.

 

Jim was an outstanding pool player, captain of his boxing team, had a warm smile, and was a good listener, highly intelligent, he loved playing guitar, enjoyed religious debates and writing poetry.

 

He is survived by his three children, Jay Hosley of Coudersport, James Hosley of Northglenn, CO and Alison Sallade of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, Jace, Jazlen, Nicholas and Gavin; and a sister, Sally Burns of San Diego, CA.

 

In keeping with Jim’s wishes there will be no viewing or service but family and friends are welcome to a visitation with family  from 1- 3:00 pm, Thursday, October 25, 2018  at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.

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