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Monday’s high, 93; Overnight low, 70; .82” of rain
TUE-LINGERING SHOWERS, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 80
TUE NIGHT-CCLEAR, LOW 55
WED NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 52
THU-SUNNY, HIGH 80
THU NIGHT-LOW 59
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Pennsylvania becomes Purple Heart State…..Teen driver cited for speeding after Tioga County crash…Motorcyclist unhurt when bike collides with a deer…Kersey driver arrested for drug possession…..Ridgway woman charged with defiant criminal trespass….Potter County bar cited for violating liquor laws
Obituary: Arleta Butler, Genesee…
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Purple Heart Day is August 7.The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or killed during service. It was created by Gen. George Washington, whose appreciation of the importance of a soldier in any campaign impelled him to recognize outstanding valor and merit by granting a commission or an advance in rank for the person concerned.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 1782, he was ordered by the Continental Congress to cease doing so – as there were no funds to pay the soldiers, much less the officers. Deprived of his usual means of reward, he searched for a substitute. On Aug. 7, 1782, he created the Badge of Military Merit, later to be known as the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart has since become the oldest military decoration in the world still in present use.
To further honor our country’s heroes who have been wounded or killed in action, a resolution designating Aug. 7, 2018, as Purple Heart Day in Pennsylvania was approved by the House on June 22, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to honor its military veterans wounded and killed in combat by becoming a Purple Heart state. Companion legislation in the Senate) was also passed.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart – an organization established in 1932 that strives to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide services to all veterans and their families – established the Purple Heart Trail in 1992. It is a symbolic trail that runs throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat.
In Pennsylvania, the trail, known as the Purple Heart Highway, winds through 100 miles of Huntingdon, Centre, Union, Northumberland, and Montour counties on State Route 45. This route was chosen due to its proximity to many recipients of the Purple Heart residing in the Commonwealth.
The Purple Heart Trail actually begins at a monument in Mt. Vernon, VA, where George Washington is buried.
This is yet another reminder and acknowledgement of the brave men and women who were injured or killed during their service to our country. Everyone is asked to pay tribute to our combat-wounded and fallen soldiers on Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Purple Heart Day.
A Ridgway driver was slightly hurt Monday morning in a three vehicle accident on Route 219 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. According to state police, the pile-up occurred by Jeremy Dorsey of St. Marys slowed down his GMC Yukon for a Ford Superduty truck, driven by Geoffrey Sidelinger of Weedville which was stopped due to traffic. Albert Dippold failed to stop and his Chrysler Pacifica rammed the rear-end of Dorsey’s SUV and shoved it into a ditch on the right side of the road. The Dorsey unit continued straight and collided with Sidelinger’s truck before stopping. Dippold was treated at the scene for a minor injury. The other two men were not hurt.
A Blossburg teen driver and her passenger were not hurt when her car rolled over on the Barney Hill Road in Nelson Township Sunday afternoon. The 17 year old girl told police she lost control of her Chevrolet Aveo when she swerved to avoid a deer. The car slid off the pavement and into a ditch before overturning and coming to rest on the driver’s side in the ditch. The driver and her 15 year old female passenger were suing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Minor injuries were reported for a Roaring Branch resident whose Harley Davidson Sportster hit a deer on Route 414 in Union Township at around 8:30 last Thursday morning. Troopers report that after impact, Shane Koser tried to regain control of the machine but it laid down on its right side, coming to rest on the south shoulder.
A drug possession charge is pending for a Kersey man who was pulled over by Emporium based state police Sunday evening at the intersection of W 4th Steed and N. Maple Street in that town. Troopers claim after a consent search, they found a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia int 20year old Kyle Meyer’s2002 Ford Focus.
Ridgway based state police report a charge of criminal defiant trespass is being filed against a 27 year old Ridgway Township woman who was “caught” on video trespassing on Walmart property along the Million Dollar Highway Sunday afternoon.
The Cockeyed Cricket in Austin has been cited by the state bureau of liqueurs control for violating law. Authorities claim the bar was in violation from February 19-April 1 this year because the manager failed to have a board approved manager complete RAMP training within 180 days of the board’s approval of the appointment. The charges are being bought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties from $50 to $1000 dollars for minor offenses and up to $5000 for more serious offenses.
Arleta D. BUTLER, 98, formerly of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 13, 2018 in Absolut at Houghton, Houghton, NY. Born July 26, 1919, in Westfield, she was the daughter of Leon and Maude Thompson Dunham. On December 15, 1934, in Troupsburg, NY, she married Arnold T. Butler, who predeceased in her in 1988. She owned and operated Butler’s Fabric Shop in Genesee for many years. Arleta served as Justice of the Peace for six years, a notary for 35 years, and was a longtime member of the Genesee Township Board of Elections. She helped found the Genesee Area Library and was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church. Surviving are: two daughters, Carol (Stephen) Rukes of Rosedale, IN and Janet (Wayne) Erway of Genesee; five grandchildren, Bruce (Charity) Ordway of Troy, OH, Susan (Greg) Ralyea of Angelica, NY, Marie (Steve) Ackley of Wellsville, NY, Judy (Phil) May of Wellsville, NY, and Charles (Michele) Erway of Genesee; nine great-grandchildren, Michele (Eric) Selwyn, Philip (Sara) Ordway, Dustina (Wyatt) Schroeder, Jessica May, Alan (Athena) Ackley, Clifton Erway, Raymond Erway, Tristan Erway, and Evan Erway; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara White of Harrison Valley; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Marleta Ordway; three brothers, Roy Dunham, Basil Dunham, and Pearl Dunham; and two sisters, Iva Lawrence and Flora Bollock.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM with Funeral Services following at 11:30 AM. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923 or the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.