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Monday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 61; .54” rain (TST)
TUE-CLOUDY THEN PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 79
TUE NIGHT-LOW 60
WED-CLOUDY, CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN, HIGH 74
WED NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 53
THU-SUNNY, HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-LOW 46
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Obituary: Larry Tilburg, Costello
BFB Headlines (Tuesday June 19, 2018)Game commission reports CWD is increasing in PA….State House approves legislation to reduce sexual harassment of government employees….Three traffic accidents investigated by state police in McKean County Monday…..
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Pennsylvania hunting licenses went on sale yesterday for residents. And, the Game Commission says the number of chronic wasting disease cases continues to multiply in Pennsylvania, and more of the state’s residents are being impacted by rules that aim to slow the spread of the disease, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects . In 2017, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in 78 free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania.
That’s more than three times the number of free-ranging, CWD-positive deer documented in the state in 2016, when 25 were detected.
Most of the new free-ranging positives – 75 of them – either were within or near the boundary of Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2) in southcentral Pennsylvania. Three free-ranging CWD-positives were within or near DMA 3 in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Both of these DMAs have been expanded as a result of CWD-positive deer being detected near their boundaries.
And with the creation earlier this year of DMA 4, which was established after CWD was detected at a captive deer farm in Lancaster County, more than 5,895 square miles within Pennsylvania lie within DMAs, in which special rules apply to hunters and residents.
It’s unlawful to feed deer within DMAs. Hunters are prohibited from transporting high-risk parts (generally the head and backbone) from deer they harvest within a DMA to points outside a DMA. And the use or field possession of urine-based deer attractants also is prohibited within DMAs.
In 2017, the Pennsylvania Game Commission tested 7,910 free-ranging deer and 128 elk for CWD. More than half of these deer – 4,753 – were associated with DMAs 2 and 3. Samples from 3,304 deer from DMA 2 and 1,449 deer from DMA 3 were tested.
And only within or near these DMAs did free-ranging deer test positive.
With the additional 78 CWD-positives, a total of 125 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected in Pennsylvania since 2012 – all of them within DMAs 2 and 3.
CWD sampling increased in 2017, compared to the 5,707 deer and 110 elk collected in 2016 and tested. This largely is due to the Game Commission’s decision to provide free CWD testing for deer that hunters harvest within DMAs.
More than 1,533 deer harvested by hunters within DMAs were tested, at no cost to the hunter, after hunters deposited the heads from their deer in collection boxes set up in public areas. And 28 CWD-positive deer were identified through the collection boxes.
Since 2002, the Game Commission has tested over 69,000 deer for CWD.
DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded due to 2017 CWD sampling, and the newly established DMA 4 was put into place in February.
The most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries always can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov on the Chronic Wasting Disease page.
DMA 2 now totals more than 4,614 square miles and includes parts of Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties, in addition to all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.
Meanwhile, DMA 3 has been expanded to more than 916 square miles. It now includes parts of Armstrong, Cambria and Clarion counties, as well as parts of Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties.
And DMA 4 in parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counites encompasses 364 square miles.
Turn-by-turn descriptions of all DMA boundaries are available in the Game Commission’s executive order on CWD available on the Chronic Wasting Disease page at www.pgc.pa.gov.
While hunters are prohibited from removing high-risk deer parts from DMAs, the meat, hide and antlers attached to a clean skull plate may be removed from a DMA.High-risk parts are where the CWD prion concentrates. They are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes, and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone (vertebra); spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.
First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the disease is always fatal to the cervids it infects.
As a precaution, CDC recommends people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or that test positive for CWD.More information on CWD can be found at CDC’s website, www.cdc.gov.
There currently is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine. Clinical signs of CWD include poor posture, lowered head and ears, uncoordinated movement, rough-hair coat, weight loss, increased thirst, excessive drooling, and, ultimately, death.
Much more information on CWD, as well as a video showing hunters how they can process venison for transport and consumption, is available at the Game Commission’s website.
In Pennsylvania, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in these Disease Management Areas (DMAs): DMA 1 on a captive deer farm in Adams County in 2012 (DMA 1 has since been eliminated); DMA 2 in multiple free-ranging deer in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Fulton counties since 2012, as well as captive deer farms in Bedford, Franklin, and Fulton counties; DMA 3 in two captive deer farms in Jefferson County and a free-ranging deer in Clearfield County; DMA 4 in a captive deer at a facility in Lancaster County. In addition, CWD has been detected in wild or captive deer and/or elk in many other states and provinces.
The Pennsylvana House yesterday approved two resolutions, authored by Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), to further safeguard employees and any individual who works for government or at the state Capitol from sexual and workplace –related harassment.The resolutions would review current laws and regulations and make suggestions for improvements. Specifically, House Resolution 828 would create a task force to investigate the laws, practices and procedures surrounding harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. This comprehensive review would reveal any inadequacies in current laws, regulations and policies surrounding this subject, and produce a report to the General Assembly with its findings and recommendations. The task force – which would consist of attorneys, human resources professionals, employers, state agencies and victims’ service organizations – would provide legislators with a blueprint for potential legislation. It is largely based on the resolution that created the very successful Child Protection Task Force established in 2011 following the child abuse scandals in Pennsylvania.
House Resolution 829 would review anti-harassment and discrimination laws and policies affecting Commonwealth employees. The Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) would be tasked with reviewing the number, types and results of workplace complaints in state government agencies and entities, and provide a comparison of workplace policies related to harassment and sexual misconduct.
The Senate is working on its own companion resolution to put the task force in place.
Troopers at the Kane barracks were busy Monday investigating three traffic accidents occurring in McKean County with the span of a few hours. Theh first happened a few minutes befrore 9:00 a, on Route 6 in Hamlin Township when a Ford E350 driven by Robert Huey of Carnegie, PA went off the pavement while going east, hit a traffic sign and rolled over coming to rest upside down. Huey was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries but refused transport to a hospital. An elderly motorcyclist from Norton Shores, MI was hurt just after 2:30 pm on Route 6 in Wetmore Township. State police said James Campbell’s Kawasaki KLT 650 slid on some gravel when he tried to pass a vehicle on the right as it made a left turn. Campbell was taken to UPMC Kane for a left knee injury. No injuries were reported for a Mt. Jewett man whose Kia Sorento hit a section of guardrails on Route 6 west of the Old Smethport Road also in Wetmore Township last night when he swerved to avoid a bear which had entered his lane of travel. Mark Wenner was going west when the bruin appeared on the road. Police said Wenner was using a seatbelt at the time.
Larry R. Tilburg, 75, of Costello, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on January 28, 1943 in Sizerville, he was a son of Robert Tilburg and Jennie Haynes Tilburg Ludwig. On June 28, 1986 in Costello, he married Joan M. Glover, who survives.
Larry attended school in Emporium. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a state inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Clearfield, retiring after 44 years of service.
Larry was a life member of VFW Post 7810 in Austin. He loved mowing his lawn, gardening, and recycling bottles. He enjoyed going to the Coffee Club at Big Mike’s. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Tammy (Matt) Muisiner of Emporium and Paula (Bill) McCoy of Trout Run; a stepdaughter, Amber (Josh) Roeske of Austin; a stepson, Tim (Annette) Glover of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Zac, Dallas, Ty, Keigan, Treigh, and Jase; a great-grandson, Cole Thomas Tucker; a sister, Jean (Hugh)Crosby of Austin; six brothers-in-law, Richard (Nancy) Glover, Tom (Penny) Glover, Albie Glover, Joe (Vida) Glover, and Rick (Sheri) Glover, all of Austin, and Bruce Glover of Emporium; a sister-in-law, Cindy Glover of Austin; and several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lea Ann McCoy; two nephews, Tom Crosby and Jason Glover; a brother-in-law, Chuck Glover; a sister-in-law, Anna Glover; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, with the Rev. Donald R. Caskey, family member and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Larry’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 Larry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com