Wednesday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 34; drizzzle
THU-CLOUDY, HIGH 53
THU NIGHT-CLOUDY, RAIN SHOWERS, LOW 43
FRI-RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW, HIGH 43
FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 16
SAT-CLOUDY, HIGH 31
SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 27
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Peregrine falcons return to Harrisburg…..Charles Cole Hospital is temporarily restricting some visits because of widespread flu….Details revealed about last year’s drug death in Elk County….uninsured Ridgway home destroyed by fire….$15,000 worth of copper wire stolen from gas supplier in McKean County …..Ulysses accused of imitation Goldilocks…..
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Just in time for Valentines Day, the Harrisburg falcons18th courtship season has just begun, with a couple of newcomers and the elder resident pair vying for affections and eyeing the nest site on the 15th-floor ledge at the Rachel Carson State Office Building. The nest is the most productive peregrine nest in Pennsylvania.
The return of healthy peregrine falcon populations after their dramatic decline in the mid-20th century is one of the great environmental comeback stories, and Pennsylvania plays an important role, said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
By 1960, when DDT was in wide use, there were almost no peregrine nests in the eastern United States, said Secretary McDonnell. Biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson, a Pennsylvania native, detailed DDTs insidious effects on wildlife in her ground-breaking book, Silent Spring, and helped bring about a ban on this pesticide in the 1970s. Reintroduction work since then, including efforts by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Peregrine Fund, have returned the number of Pennsylvania peregrine nests to greater than pre-DDT levels of historic known nest sites.
For students, teachers, citizen scientists, and other Harrisburg falcon fans worldwide, the DEP Environmental Education and Information Center provides many learning resources, including a falcon educators workshop (https://pennsylvaniadep.ticketleap.com/) on March 29; lesson plans; a timeline of falcon history in Pennsylvania; a chart showing the stages of falcon life; Falcon Wire news updates; and the popular FalconCam, which livestreams the nesting site, with infrared night viewing and new microphones for improved audio. In 2017, over 55,000 viewers around the world watched the FalconCam over 300,000 times.
In addition, falcon updates will be shared in Teaching Green, the centers new quarterly e-newsletter, and a new online tool at Harrisburg falcons enables FalconCam viewers to log the varieties of prey they see the falcons bringing to the ledge, contributing citizen science to DEPs educational. A new DEP video recaps in a few minutes the entire 2017 season, from courtship to the growth of young falcons, preparing to fly.
The wide ledge at the Rachel Carson building is virtually a #peregrinepenthouse, ideal for courtship and nesting because it provides a high perch, shelter from severe weather, and space for young falcons to strengthen their wings. In addition, its urban location offers some protection from predators such as great horned owls and golden eagles.
The longtime resident female is nearly nine years old and originally from the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge in Bucks County. The longtime resident male is 15 years old and originally from Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia. They’ve nested and raised young at the Rachel Carson building for the last five years.
But if anything can spark competition, its love and real estate, and two newcomers have appeared at the ledge in recent weeks: an 8-year-old male, banded in Clinton County, and almost 2-year-old female banded in Logan Township, NJ.
To impress their potential mate during courtship, male peregrines engage in spectacular displays of flight, and demonstrate their hunting skills by bringing gifts of food back to the female. They also bow to their mate, and the pair engage in vocalizations.
For the last 18 consecutive years, 64 young falcons have successfully hatched at the nest at the Rachel Carson building. Thirty-five have been female, 27 have been male, and the sex of two hatchlings (2008 and 2017) was undetermined. All were banded by biologists from the Pennsylvanian Game Commission.
Which pair will mate and claim the nesting site this year? The question is on the minds of the many fans who share their sightings of and speculations about the #Hbgfalcons on Twitter @Falconchatter.
Once the falcons work it out, their dedicated fans hope to be on to #eggwatch in Marc
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced a temporary change in visitation. A recent Pennsylvania Department of Health Advisory has determined that this influenza (flu) season has seen the highest number of flu cases reported per week since the 2009 pandemic. As a result, Cole Memorial Hospital will be temporarily restricting visitations. The restrictions will protect patients, visitors and staff from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious flu virus.
Effective immediately, Cole Memorial is requesting that visitors postpone any visits to a hospitalized patient if they are experiencing signs or symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Vomiting, nausea or diarrhea.
In addition, visitors must be at least 18 years old during this temporary restriction (except siblings who are not exhibiting flu symptoms will be allowed to visit new babies in the Maternity Department).
As a reminder, Cole Memorial encourages these strategies to prevent spreading the flu:
- Avoid close contact.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Clean your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and practice other good health habits.
- Get a flu shot—it’s not too late.
Cole Memorial employees are required to receive an annual flu vaccine to protect patients and staff. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine can still benefit from its protection. Flu shots are still accessible. To locate a Cole Memorial Medical Group primary care provider, visit www.colememorial.org.
Two Elk County women are in jail awaiting further court action after allegedly supplying a relative with lethal doses of fentanyl last March . Details about the death of 24 year old Kaitlyn Buerk last March 29 were revealed during a news conferenced yesterday in the Elk County Courthouse Annex. Allison Louise Miller, 29, of Brynedale,the dead woman’s sister and 27 year old Theresa Lynn Sample of Johnsonburg, her cousin are accused of providing the victim with straight fentanyl which Miller purchased, as heroin in Pittsburgh on March 29., Fentanyl is often used to” lace” heroin and can be deadly to the touch—often putting rescue personnel in peril. The suspects were arrested by warrant on Tuesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of bail after being arraigned before r District Judge James Martin. Miller”s bail was set at $100,000 and Sample’s $75.000. Preliminary hearings for both women have been tentatively scheduled for February 89 before Judge Martin.
Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgeway barracks, Elk County DA Shawn McMahon and Capt. Bernard Petrosvsky provided details and answered reporters ‘ questions.
The state police fire marshal has found that a fire which caused $100,000 in damage to a two story Ridgway home Monday night was accidental. The occupants, Heidi Wildnauer, Barbra Russell and a two month old boy got out of the house safely and there were no firefighter injuries. The loss was not covered by insurance.
State police at kane are looking for clues in a theft taking place last month on a private lot on the Clermont/ Wilcox Road in Wetmore Township. Thieves stole approximately 60000 feet of red and black insulated copper wire owned by Dominion Energy between January 19 and 31. The wire is valued at $15,400. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.
Did she think she was Goldilocks? Troopers in Mansfield have charged 26 year old Skyler Williams of Ulysses with criminal trespass. Authorities claim Williams used a back doo to enter the home of 77 year old Walter Bowers on KrusenStreet in Westfield at around 3:00 am last Wednesday in a drunken state. She removed her jacket, long sleeve T-shirt, cell phone an d boots and began cooking breakfast on the wrong burner, cooking a wooden cutting board instead. She then crawled into bed with an elderly couple who called police. Williams the reportedly left the house without her belongings but was later found and placed under arrest.
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Peregrine falcons return to Harrisburg…..Charles Cole Hospital is temporarily restricting some visits because of widespread flu..Details revealed about last year’s drug death in Elk County….Uninsured Ridgway home destroyed by fire…..$15,000 worth of copper wire stolen from gas supplier in McKean County ….Ulysses accused of imitating Goldilocks….
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