Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek-Gerri Miller
Monday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 24; No precipitation
TUE-SUNNY START, THEN CLOUDS INCREASE HIGH 48
TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, RAIN THEN SNOW LOW 30
WED-EARLY SNOW SHOWERS THEN CLEARING, WINDY, HIGH 35
THANKSGIVING- SUNNY, BREEZY & COLD, HIGH 35
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First day bear harvest down…LIHEAP applications being accepted……Charges of DUI and Child endangerment pending against 43 year old driver…Galeton teen and Emporium man arrested for speeding after cars roll over…
Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, (Coudersport) & John C. Major, (Emporium)
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The first day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season resulted in a harvest of 659 black bears, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Archery-bear and other early-bear season harvest data are not included in this preliminary harvest for the statewide four-day bear season, which runs from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22.
Bears have been harvested in 49 counties during the statewide season so far.
The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 535 pounds or more.
The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 700 pounds – was taken in Oil Creek Township, Venango County, by Chad A. Wagner, of Titusville, Pa. He took it with a rifle at about 8 a.m. on Nov. 18, the season’s opening day.
Other large bears taken in the season’s opening day – all taken with a rifle – include: a 648-pound male taken in Dreher Township, Wayne County, by Joseph D. Simon, of Newfoundland, Pa.; a 609-pound male taken in Abbott Township, Potter County, by Michael R. Neimeyer, of Spring City, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken in St. Marys Township, Elk County, by Stephanie A. Siford, of North East, Pa.; a 595-pound male taken in Charleston Township, Tioga County, by Zachery L. Martin, of Wellsboro, Pa.; a 586-pound male taken in Oil Creek Township, Crawford County, by Brian K. Baker, Titusville, Pa.; a 576-pound male taken in Homer Township, Potter County, by Kirby R. Kornhaus, of Jonestown, Pa.; a 561-pound male taken in Ross Township, Luzerne County, by Richard B. Kollar, of Shickshinny, Pa.; a 536-pound male taken in Dean Township, Cambria County, by Matthew J. Lidwell, of Dysart, Pa.; and a 535-pound male taken in Blooming Grove Township, Pike County, by Bradley S. Delikat, of Telford, Pa.
The 2017 first-day preliminary harvest is a decrease compared to 1,297 bears taken during the 2016 opener. Hunters in 2015 harvested 1,508 bears on the opening day.
The overall 2016 bear harvest was 3,529, the fifth largest is state history. In 2015, hunters took a total of 3,745 bears – the fifth-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary first-day totals numbered 1,936.
Other previous first-day statewide bear harvest totals were 1,623 in 2014; 1,320 in 2013; 1,751 in 2010; 1,897 in 2009; 1,725 in 2008; 1,005 in 2007; 1,461 in 2007; and 1,461 in 2006.
The preliminary first-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 1 (9 in 2016); WMU 1B, 11 (24); WMU 2C, 18 (90); WMU 2D, 32 (37); WMU 2E, 5 (27); WMU 2F, 65 (145); WMU 2G, 129 (303); WMU 2H, 31 (45); WMU 3A, 43 (7); WMU 3B, 74 (95); WMU 3C, 44 (39); WMU 3D, 101 (105); WMU 4A, 29 (83); WMU 4B, 14 (51); WMU 4C, 20 (44); WMU 4D, 26 (102); WMU 4E, 14 (25); and WMU 5A, 2 (1). The top bear-hunting county in the state on the first day of the season was Tioga County, with 58. It was followed by Pike County with 55.
Opening-day harvests by county and region are:
Northwest (90): Warren, 22 (41); Clarion, 17 (19); Venango, 16 (35); Jefferson, 14 (29); Forest, 12 (38); Crawford, 7 (8); Butler, 2 (5);.
Southwest (23): Somerset, 8 (40); Fayette, 6 (21); Armstrong, 4 (6); Cambria, 4 (10); and Indiana, 1 (10).
Northcentral (263): Tioga, 58 (76); Lycoming, 47 (106); Clinton, 41 (97); Potter, 31 (65); Elk, 28 (43); Cameron, 20 (43); McKean, 16 (39); Clearfield, 12 (46); Centre, 5 (34); and Union, 5 (9).
Southcentral (57): Huntingdon, 16 (37); Bedford, 12 (42); Fulton, 9 (25); Mifflin, 5 (14); Franklin, 4 (10); Juniata, 3 (22); Perry, 3 (17); Adams, 2 (0); Cumberland, 2 (3); and Blair, 1 (15).
Northeast (211): Pike, 55 (34); Wayne, 32 (27); Sullivan, 24 (19); Monroe, 18 (27); Luzerne, 15 (37); Wyoming, 15 (8); Lackawanna, 14 (16); Susquehanna, 13 (20); Bradford, 10 (28); Carbon, 9 (12); Columbia, 4 (12); Montour, 1 (0); and Northumberland, 1 (1).
Southeast (15): Dauphin, 9 (16); Berks, 3 (1); Schuylkill, 2 (12); and Northampton, 1 (1).
The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for home heating assistance grants, according to Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,090; for a couple, the limit is $24,360; and for a family of four, it is $36,900.
Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence as follows:
Cameron County, 411 Chestnut St., Emporium, 1-877-855-1824.
McKean County, 68 Chestnut St., Suite B, Bradford, 1-800-822-1108.
Potter County, 269 Route 6 West, Room 1, Coudersport, 1-800-446-9896.
For additional information or to apply online, visit www.RepCauser.com.
Charges of DUI and endangering the welfare of children are pending against a 43 year old driver stopped by Coudersport based state police Friday night in Abbott Township. .Troopers did not release the suspect’s name, but claim he was found to be impaired while driving at about 8:30 pm and had a 13 year old female passenger in his vehicle. Police promise details, including the suspect’s name will be released once the blood results are received.
A Galeton teenager has been cited for speeding following a one-vehicle crash Friday morning in West Branch Township. According to Coudersport based state police 18 year old Brittany Wallace was going too fast whenher Chevrolet Cavalier went off Germania Road on a left curve, slid across both lanes, hit an embankment and rolled over, coming to rest upside down. Wallace did not require treatment at a medical facility for her minor injuries.
A speeding charge has also been filed against an Emporium man whose sedan overturned Saturday afternoon in Portage Township, Cameron County. Troopers there relate Preston Housler was going north on Route 155 when his Chevrolet Impala hydroplaned in a rain storm on a left hand curve on the Sizerville road, spun across the road and collided with an embankment. Housler was not hurt.
Jeffrey C. “Jeff” Ness, 70, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a short illness.
Born on June 21, 1947 in York, he was a son of Charles and Dorothy Gladfelter Ness. On April 11, 1972 in Newberry Township, he married Jacqueline E. “Jackie” Stoner, who survives.
Jeff was employed as a cook at his family’s business, the former Sam’s Motel, now the Laurelwood Inn, in Coudersport. He was also a cook at the former Northern Restaurant in Coudersport and the former Kay’s Restaurant, also in Coudersport. He retired from Twin Tier Linen in Coudersport.
He was an avid golfer, belonging to the Coudersport Golf Club and also enjoyed bowling.
Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Wendy S. Stevens of Coudersport and Jennifer L. Ness of Bradford; four grandchildren, Karissa Ness, Bretton Harris, Hannah Larry and Derek Stevens; two sisters, Bonnie (Jervis) Lentz of Dover, Delaware and Peggy Slawson of Tampa, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents.
In keeping with Jeff’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. There are no other services planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jeff’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, Funeral Director/Owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jeff, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.
Born on August 26, 1972 in Coudersport, he was a son of James L. and Sandy M. Nelson Major. On May 15, 2010 on “Top of the World” in Driftwood, he married Juneann C. Butson, who survives.
John was a graduate of Cameron County High School in Emporium. He was employed as a machinist at the former Graftech of Emporium until retiring due to ill health.
John was very active in Boy Scouting. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud member of the Order of the Arrow. He continued his love for scouting in his adult years as a scout leader and a volunteer at Camp Elk Lick. He was an avid hunter, hiker, and fisherman, having enjoyed tying his own flies. He enjoyed everything about the outdoors. He was an EMT serving with Cameron County Ambulance and was a volunteer with Mountaineer Search and Rescue in Emporium. John loved metal detecting, a hobby which helped him fight his battle with cancer, but his greatest love was his family.
Surviving besides his wife of Emporium, are his parents of Kersey; four children, Jaecey M. Major, Crissy J. Major, Lilli C. Major, and Brice L. Major, all of Emporium; a sister, Heather L. (Brenda) Major of Roseto; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
John was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Arlene Nelson; and his paternal grandparents, LaVerne and Ruth Major.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium, with the Rev. Lionel Owen, pastor, officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in John’s name may be made to Warren Semmel, Calumet Chairman, Boy Scouts of America, 307 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.
John’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of John, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com