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Thursday’s high, 35; Overnight low. 20; 1.25” SNOW
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, WINDY, SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS HIGH 29
FRI NIGHT- SNOW TAPERING OFF, LOW 19
SAT-PARTL Y SUNNY, LESSS WINDY, HIGH 38
SAT NIGHT-LOW 21
SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 41
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Obituaries: Florence ZAPALOWSKI, 93, of Ulysses & Grace A. PETERSON, 57, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Wharton, NJ,
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Eagle Scout candidates Noah Leightly (L) and Miles Moate (R) and Troop Leader Jennifer Leightly (C)
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Potter County commissioners comment on fracking water facility proposed near Coudersport…14th Annual Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday in Potter & Tioga Counties…Causer invites area farmers to a breakfast with state Ag Secretary next week near Ulysses…Smethport man facing DUI charges after being stopped in Roulette Township….
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You may have been reading about the proposal to build a frac-water treatment plant near Coudersport. Epiphany Allegheny LLC is currently seeking permits to build the facility. The Seneca Nation is opposing the plant and was joined this week by the Cattaraugus County legislation in opposition. The Allegheny originates near Gold in Potter County and flows through a portion of Cattaraugus County, the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory and Salamanca on its way to Pittsburgh. Those opposing the plant cite potential negative environmental while those in favor say it will create a lot of jobs. Permits would have to be granted Coudersport Borough Authority, Eulalia Township, and the Department of Environmental Protection before construction could start. And of course there will be hearings on the issue to receive public comments. Two Eagle Scout candidates from Austin Boy Scout Troop #524, Noah Leightly and Miles Moate attended Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners to observe local government in action. In explaining government structure, the board used the current debate to explain what they can and cannot do. Chairman Doug Morley pointed out that Pennsylvanian is a commonwealth, not a state and therefore decisions originate at the most local level and move up rather than from the top down as in a state, such as neighboring New York State. He explained donly issues which require county funding can go through their office by Pennsylvania law. He said the best they can do in a situation such as the proposed treatment plan, is to put those interested in touch with the agencies which ultimately make the decision. Commissioner Paul Heimel acknowledged it is frustrating to constituents from time to time because it is only natural to look to them to “fix a problem>” Under the circumstances, he said all he could do was to forward the emails he has received on the subject to DEP. When asked by Black Forest Broadcasting, did they have personal views on the proposal. Commissioner Susan Kefover who was an award winning science student, said from the presentations she has seen and from what she has read, se does not believe it would adversely affect the environment.
March is Maple Month and Pennsylvania and a number of events are being held across the state including the 14th Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Seventeen producers in the two counties will be participating. Visitors can watch the many different ways maple is harvested, from the traditional bucket and tap collection process to the more modern tubing and vacuum-pump systems, as well as the various takes on the evaporation process that turns maple sap to syrup Each location offers their own maple specialty products, ranging from maple salad dressing to maple milkshakes and even cotton candy using recipes that have been passed down through the generations starting with Native Americans who introduced the sweet stuff to Pilgrims. Pancakes and maple syrup will be served at the Crary Hose Fire Company in Westfield and at the Masonic Lodge in Wellsboro. The popular combo will also be served at the Brydonson Farm near Coudersport; Hamilton’s Maple Products near Ulysses and Miller’s Purely Maple near Hill’s Creek State Park in Tioga County where park staff will be conducting demonstrations for backyard producers. But novices are forewarned it takes a lot of sap to make just one gallon of Maple Syrup. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 40 parts maple sap to produce 1 part maple syrup. This translates into 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon or syrup (or 10 gallons of sap for one quart of syrup). This estimate is dependent on the sugar content of your sap which is affected by the amount of rainfall and length of the season. Pennsylvania maple syrup is considered richer than the more famous Vermont maple syrup. The 2017 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.27million gallons, up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 13.3 million, up 6 percent from the 2016 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.320 gallon, down 4percent from the previous season
Members of PTMPA have ranked in the top three spots in every category for the past twenty years at the PA Farm Show, and the event has become a major fundraiser for the group. The US Department of Agriculture
This weekend’s tour is one of two major events sponsored by the organization.The Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association (PTMPA) was organized in 1963 by eighteen maple producers living within the two counties.
The Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Associations (PTMPA) was established in 1963 by 18 maple producers living in the two counties.
The first Maple Festival was held in 1967, featuring a booth with delicious, locally-produced pure maple products, other vending areas, and the crowning of Maple Sweethearts chosen from young women from Potter and Tioga Counties.
The event is held on Courthouse Square in historic downtown Coudersport the first weekend in May, and features a lengthy parade, carnival rides, community events, local business promotions, and a number of educational and shopping booths, as well.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at one of those producers facility next week.
The Farmer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at Hamilton’s Maple Products, 320 Gee Hill Road in Ulysses.
“This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done for agriculture in Harrisburg and to share their comments and concerns about challenges facing the industry,” Causer said. “I encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.”
To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP, either by contacting Causer’s Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or email@example.com, or by visiting RepCauser.com.
There is no charge to attend.
Coudersport based state police report DUI charges are pending against a 53 year old Smethport man they pulled over on Route 6 in Roulette Township Tuesday night. Troopers say they stopped the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier for an equipment violation and while talking to the driver determined he was driving under the influence. His name was not released pending results of chemical testing which could lead to his arrest at which time his name would be released.
Florence ZAPALOWSKI, 93, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Cheektowaga, NY, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in her home. Born November 8, 1924, at home in Cooper Township, Montour County, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Katherine Oshetski Scisly. Her mother and father died when Florence was very young and she was raised in an orphanage in Harrisburg. She was married to Casmir “Casey” Zapalowski, who predeceased her. Florence was employed by Trico Windshield Wipers in Buffalo from 1949 until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of Queen of Martyrs Church in Cheektowaga, NY and St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton. Surviving are: a sister, Anna M. Lewis of Ulysses; a brother, Joseph Scisly of North Hollywood, CA; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Scisly; and a sister, Mary Scisly. Friends may call at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton, PA on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 9:30 – 10:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 AM. The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg, PA. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
Grace A. PETERSON, 57, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Wharton, NJ, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. Born November 17, 1960, in Dover, NJ, she was the daughter of Harry and Lois Federicci Estwick. She was married to John C. Peterson, who survives. Grace was employed by Carson & Gable Ribbon Factory in NJ. She was a kind and generous soul. Surviving besides her husband, John, are: a daughter, Bethann of Emporium, PA; a grandson, Thomas; a sister, Louise; a brother, Harry; and nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.