East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north–Gerri Miller
Thursday’s high,. 29:overnight low, 10 no precipitation
FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 43
FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 30
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 40
SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY THEN RAIN
SUN-MORNING SHOWERS, OVERCAST, HIGH 40
SUN NIGHT-low 25
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Game Commission says CWD results for last hunting season will be available soon…..Area lawmakers advise residents forms are available now for 2017 property tax/rent rebates….Constitutional amendment to reduce legislature moves ahead….Penfield man previously accused of stealing at Walmart, charged again plus drug possession….Tioga County man accused of furnishing booze to teenage girl last summer…
Pennsylvania’s statewide deer seasons have come to a close, and within the next several weeks, final chronic wasting disease test results will return from deer harvested by hunters in the 2017-18 seasons.
he Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from deer harvested across the state and tests them for chronic wasting disease (CWD), as part of the agency’s ongoing CWD surveillance.
Within the state’s Disease Management Areas – where the disease has been detected in captive and free-ranging deer – intensified sampling occurs.
This past hunting season, the Game Commission offered free CWD testing for hunters harvesting deer within Disease Management Areas (DMAs). Free testing offered hunters a way to have their deer tested prior to consuming it, and it provided the Game Commission with additional samples to better pinpoint areas where the disease exists, so specific problem spots might be addressed.
Successful hunters within DMAs dropped off heads from more than 1,500 deer in the boxes. About 1,000 of these samples already have been tested for CWD, with the results reported to hunters.
Additionally, Game Commission staff collected more than 3,000 other samples within DMAs to test for CWD. In total, nearly 8,000 samples were collected statewide. Slightly more than 5,700 whitetails were tested for CWD in 2016; 25 tested positive, all were in or near DMA 2, the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild.
At this time, 51 deer from the 2017-18 hunting seasons have tested positive for CWD. All have been within the DMAs. Forty-eight were within DMA 2, in southcentral Pennsylvania; and three were within DMA 3 in northcentral Pennsylvania.
But the majority of samples collected still are being analyzed.
Area lawmakers, Rep. Martin Causer, Matt Baker and Kathy Rapp have announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2017 tax year are now available online through their websites.
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.
Eligibility income limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
- $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
- $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
Residents need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Baker’s office at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.
For additional information or assistance, contact your representative’s office.
Speaking of the legislature. This may not be a welcome proposal in the Black Forest Broadecasting Service area.
The House State Government Committee passed House Bill 153 on Tuesday, a measure to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from its current membership of 203 to 151.
Those who support the bill believe a reduction could save tax dollars and lead to greater efficiencies, as technology allows legislators to better serve their districts. Those who oppose the bill are concerned about the loss of representation in more rural areas of the state such as the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.
Since the proposal seeks to amend the state Constitution, identical versions must pass both chambers in two consecutive sessions before going before the voters. The measure already passed both the House and Senate last term, and it now goes before the full House in the coming weeks. If the legislation is approved again in both chambers, it will go before voters as a referendum.
A Penfield man, previously charged with stealing from the St. Marys Walmart has been arrested for a third theft along with violation of drug laws. Tristan Cheatle, 21, allegedly admitted to state troopers that he stole several items Monday afternoon including an air sanitizer, Marvel finger spinner, Arid Ultra Fresh deodorant, Little Tree air freshener and a bottle of Broadway nail polish totaling $11.82 in value. Police claim upon further investigation, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person. Additional charges are now being filed in District Court.
State police at Mansfield have arrested 33 year old Alvin Starkweather for furnishing alcohol to a minor last summer Authorities claim Starkweather furnished booze to a 16 year old Tioga County girl on July 8 along Wolf Run Road in Delmar Township. If convicted, he could face a fine of up $4,000 and/or a jail term of up to one year.