Tuesday, August 28, 2018

 

 

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

 

 

Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 69
TUE-SUNNY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH 87
TUE NIGHT-LOW 68
WED– HOT & HUMID, HIGH 87 CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 87
WED NIGHT-MODERATE SHOWERS, LOW 67
THU-HUMID, CLOUDS INCREASE, HIGH 78
THU NIGHT-57

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Obituary: Kenneth Birosh, Roulette

Port Allegany man wanted for various violent crimes….Another Port resident accused of sexually assaulting woman last week in a Liberty Township apartment…..Potter County joins nationwide Criminal Justice effort….

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A warrant has been issued for the arrested of 42 year old Chad Setzer of Port Allegany who is accused of several crimes in connection to a domestic violence assault Sunday a few minutes before noon. Kane based state police allege Setzer threatened to kill a 36 year old Port Allegany woman’s boyfriend and damage his truck. Setzer then reportedly confronted the woman while she was operating a vehicle in Liberty Township. Setzer allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed the tires on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The victim was able to get out of the area to a safe place from where she called police. Setzer left the location and has not been seen since. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call police at 814778-5555. Police did not indicate the relationship but listed a two Danville, NY residents as additional victims—a 40 year old man and 61 year old woman. Setzer was arrested last week on a criminal mischief charge. Troopers claimed he smashed out a I Troopers at Kane have charged 42 year old Chad Setzer with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Friday afternoon in Liberty Township. Police claim Setzer punched out the driver side window on a vehicle owned by a 36 year old Port Allegany woman, presumably the same victim.

Another Port Allegany man is accused of sexual assault in connection to an attack allegedly taking place last Friday afternoon in Apartment B at 230 N. Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township. State police report during a social conversation, Jacob Tarr, 25, physically assaulted a woman, then exposed himself, forced her through a hallway and pushed her onto the floor, flipping her onto her back on the floor where he proceeded to attack her sexually before letting her go. The victim left the residence and called 9-1-1.

The website, Potter County Today is reporting, the county has made a commitment to implement “Data-Driven Justice.” The process began with the Board of Commissioners enrolling in the national initiative. That was followed by the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) adopting DDJ as part of its 2018 strategic plan. Most recently, the national DDJ organization has taken a particular interest in the county’s efforts, raising the prospects of Potter County becoming a rural pilot project to implement DDJ. Jessica Giebel, who recently joined the county as criminal justice resources coordinator, has been tasked with developing a strategic plan to implement DDJ.

Phase 1: Research other counties’ experiences in successfully implementing data collection and analysis.

Phase 2: Determine how this data could benefit Potter County through: (a.) a review of current practices; (b.) an assessment of needs and potential applications through close engagement with the county’s criminal justice system — judiciary, district attorney/law enforcement, public defender, jail administration, human services and others.
Phase 3: Investigate DDJ support systems now operating in other counties, focusing on software and administration; operational and information-sharing/privacy issues; logistical challenges, and other considerations
Phase 4: Review goals of DDJ implementation – i.e., the options as identified through Phases 1, 2 and 3 — for consensus support among all affected parties.
Phase 5: Present recommendation to Potter County Board of Commissioners for acquisition and implementation of the data collection and analysis plan.
What is Data-Driven Justice?

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors. The average length of stay is 23 days and 95 percent of the cases are resolved at the local level without a prison sentence. On any given day, more than 450,000 people are held in jail before trial, even though they have not been convicted of a crime. Research shows that even a short stay in jail can impact a person’s health, job and family stability, and can also increase the likelihood that he or she will commit future crimes. The costs of administering local criminal justice systems are significant, both in terms of actual dollars to taxpayers and in the disruptive impact of incarceration on children, families and communities.

Counties, cities and states that have joined the DDJ initiative are developing strategies to address two key populations that drive jail populations:

“Frequent utilizers” who are often individuals with mental illness, substance abuse and health problems who repeatedly cycle through multiple systems, including jails, hospital emergency rooms, shelters and other services; and
People held in jail before trial because they cannot afford to bond out, not because they are a risk to the community or a risk of flight.

These populations represent an opportunity for targeted, resource-saving interventions since they comprise a significant percentage of many jail populations. New innovations demonstrate that finding better alternatives to jail for individuals in these categories can not only save resources, but also help stabilize families and better serve communities. There are multiple resources available online for those who want to learn more. One of the most informative websites is http://www.naco.org/resources/signature-projects/data-driven-justice

                                                             Obituary

Kenneth G. Birosh, 76, of North St. Roulette, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (Aug. 25, 2018) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born February 2, 1942, in German Township, PA, he was a son of William and Pauline Sholtis Birosh. On Sept. 11, 1965, in Roulette, PA, he married Joann R. Jankowski, who survives. They were married 52 years.
Ken was employed with Saint Gobain Container Co., (now Ardaugh Co.) of Port Allegany, for 35 years, before his retirement.
Mr. Birosh was a longtime resident of the area coming from Clarksville, PA.
He was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, where he had enjoyed being a church musician. He also was a member of the former music group, the Reverbs of Port Allegany. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers, International, AFL-CIO.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Joann, are a son, Kenneth D. (Penny) Birosh of Port Allegany, three daughters, Cindy A. Birosh/Robedee of Cocoa, FL, Penny L. (Scott) Lilly of Port Allegany, and Shelly K. (Ben) Perrin of Shinglehouse; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a brother, William C. (Louise) Birsoh of Kentucky; two sisters, Leona (Kenneth) Lester of Cleveland, OH, and Karen (Arthur) Wright of Greenville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, William Halle.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 29, 2018) in the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with Rev. John Minor, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery, Coudersport.
Memorials can be made to the Gospel Tabernacle, Couderspoprt.

Condolences can be made to: Joann R. Birosh
44 North Street
Roulette, PA 16746

 

Monday August 27, 2018

Black Forest Express

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

Elderly McKean County woman scammed out of $45,000…..Several people homeless after apartment building fire in Bradford….Austin woman hurt while trying to avoid several deer….Injuries reported for a NY state motorcyclist after spill in Potter County…..Re-paving of Route 49 near Harrison Valley begins this week…and Cameron County bridge closed for several months has been replaced and is open to traffic…

Obituaries: Marjorie Stilson, Shinglehouse and Terry “Mike” Woolley, Ceres

Sunday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 68; trace of rain Saturday night into Sunday

MON-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 84

MON NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS, LOW 69

TUE-CLOUDS GIVING WAY TO SUN,  HUMID, HIGH 87

TUE NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 68

WED-SUNNY, HIGH 83

WED NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY LOW 65

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Obituaries: Marjorie Stilson, Shinglhouse,  and Terry “Mike’ Woolley, Ceres

Elderly McKean County woman scammed out of $45,000…..Several people homeless after apartment building fire in Bradford….Austin woman hurt while trying to avoid several deer….Injuries reported for a NY state motorcyclist after spill in Potter County…..Re-paving of Route 49 near Harrison Valley begins this week…and Cameron County bridge closed for several months has been replaced and is open to traffic….

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A 75 year old Derrick City woman was scammed out of $45,000 by criminals who purporting to be from Publishers Clearing House. Kane based state police report the woman, whose name was not released, was told that a family member had won the lottery but they needed to collect taxes before the money could be released to the alleged winner. The victim sent $45,000 in cashier checks to the criminals. Police remind citizens not to give out any personal information over a phone call to an unknown party as  scams are designed to look very enticing and have been reported inmany different forms. Sweden Township policed chief told Black Forest Broadcasting news recently that he actually got into a conversation with a scammer who had no remorse for cheating people out of their money. The criminal bragged it was not actually a crime as victims willingly send them money. They are not forced to do so as in robbery.

The cause of a fire which left several Bradford residents homeless Friday afternoon remains under investigation. State Police Fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti reports flames heavily damaged a two story apartment building located at 5 Kiwanis Court .Flames originated in aApartment 5C at around 4:00 PM. The fire was contained to that apartment only but |Aparmtnes 5A, 5B amdFD sustained smoke and water damage which was held in that sectionof the building. However, four adults andthree children were dislaced. Damage is estimated to amount to $300,000.

State police at Ridgway have charged a Weedville couple with retail theft. Troopers claim 24 year old Tony Crum and 23 year old Charlene Smith tried to steal $74.46 worth of merchandise this past Friday night.

An Austin woman was treated at UPMC Cole after a car/deer encounter last Wednesday afternoon. State police at Coudersport over the weekend released details saying that Linda Ricklefs was going north on the Gardeau Road in Keating Township  when she swerved her Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo to avoid several deer which entered the road. The Jeep went off the pavement and collided with a nearby tree before rolling over onto its passenger side.

Minor injuries were reported for a NY state motorcyclist after an accident last Tuesday afternoon in Keating Township, Potter County. Troopers locally also over the weekend, reported Stanley Kacprzak of Hornell was going south on Route 872 when his Suzuki  went off the road on a right curve. When Kacpzak tried to bring  the bike back onto the pavement, it rolled onto its right side. He was also taken to UPMC Cole by ambulance. Police said he was wearing full gear and a full helmet at the time of the crash.

DUI charges are pending against a  Mt. Jewett man after state police initiated a traffic stop Saturday morning on Route 6 in Wetmore Township. Authorities claim the suspect’s2005 Cadillac Deville was seen crossing the western fog line three times before they pulled him over a few minutes before noon. Police allege the driver showed signs of impairment  and may have been under the influence of one or more drugs and before being  arrested after being given the Standardized Field Sobriety test.

Troopers at Kane have charged 42 year old Chad Sezer with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Friday afternoon in Liberty Township.  Police claim Setzer punched out the driver side window on a vehicle owned by a 36 year old Port Allegany woman

 PennDot is alerting drivers that roadway improvement work in Potter County will move to Route 49 this week. Beginning as early as Tuesday, August 28, crews will begin roadway milling along a 17 mile stretch–from the Coudersport end to Harrison Valley. This will be a moving operation with traffic controlled by flaggers in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should expect delays as work takes place. The milling work is expected to take about a week and will be followed by paving until mid-September. Overall work includes milling, roadway repair, ADA ramps, and paving. A small amount of drainage work is also planned along Route 49. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $5.1 million job, which is expected to be complete by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting  www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLLMedia Contact: Marla Fannin (814) 765-0423

PennDOT is also alerting area drivers that a new bridge in Cameron County has been fully opened to traffic.

Crews have been working since mid-March to replace a bridge on Moore Hill Road (Route 3001). The bridge spans West Creek about 5 miles west of Emporium in the village of Howard. Replacing the bridge removes it from the list of Cameron County bridges in “poor” condition.

Replacement also eliminates previous weight limit postings of 11 ton for single vehicles, 15 ton for combination vehicles, and the restriction of “one truck at a time”.

The previous bridge was replaced through half-width construction, using temporary traffic signals and an alternating traffic pattern. The signals were removed yesterday, August 23 and the new bridge was open to full, two-lane traffic.

The new concrete bridge will carry an average of 230 vehicles daily. Work also included drainage improvements, roadway widening, paving, and guide-rail updates.

Rylind Construction Company, Inc. of Lewisberry, PA was the contractor on this $1.7 million job.

Obituaries

Marjory “Margie” Stilson, 93, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 25, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on December 25, 1924 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Charles J. and Ethel H. Anders Osborn.  On December 16, 1972 in Bolivar, N.Y., she married Robert R. “Bob” Stilson, who passed away on June 20, 2008.

Marjory was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1942.  She was employed at the former Eldred Munitions Plant during World War II.  She later was employed at Red’s and Trudy’s in Portville, N.Y., the former Olean Tile Plant, and by the former Pine Wood Diner in Portville.  Before retirement, Margie was last employed at the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y.

She loved gardening, still having her vegetable garden this year.  She enjoyed baking.  Marjory was a loving and devoted wife, aunt, sister and friend.

Surviving are a nephew, Charles F. (Tina) Harris of Shinglehouse; two nieces, Donna S. Bianchi of Henrietta, N.Y. and Georgia L. Cooper of Port Gibson, N.Y.: and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Marjory was predeceased by a sister, Margaret M. Harris; and twin brothers, Elbert A. “Bert” Osborn and Robert C. “Bob O.” Osborn.

In keeping with Marjory’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, alongside her husband.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marjory’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Marjory’s family has entrusted her 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 Marjory, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Terry “Mike” Woolley, 53, of Ceres, Pa., passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, August 24, 2018. Born on October 27, 1964 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Orland Woolley and Emogene A. “Punky” McDonald Woolley Reed.Mike was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1982, in Shinglehouse.  He was a self-employed carpenter.  He previously resided and worked in Florida and also had lived briefly in Bolivar, N.Y.Mike was a member of the Ceres United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.Surviving in addition to his mother of Ceres and his father of Pennsylvania, are two sons, Jacob M. “Jake” Woolley of Vero Beach, Florida and Jordan M. “Jordie” Woolley of Ceres; a granddaughter to be born in December; and several cousins.Mike was predeceased by his grandparents.In keeping with Mike’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Mike’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 Mike, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Friday August 24, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 74; low 48 No rain (!)

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 78

FRI NIGHT– CLEAR,LOW 57

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 78

SAT NIGHT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 61

SUN-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 81

SUN NIGHT-SHOWERS, AND THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 57

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Obituaries: Franklin “Sonny” Welch, Westfield & Marjorie Healy, Port Allegany

Two fugitives nabbed in Tioga County…Galeton man jailed after allegedly threatening female victim…alleged child abuse investigated by state police at Coudersport….Mansfield woman almost lost $700 from internet scam….Cyber thieves tried to use Galeton woman’s ID information…..TV stolen from Potter County home….motorcycle passenger hurt when run over by cart…..Sleepy Port Allegany driver unhurt when SUV crashes in Southern Potter County….Area fire departments receive federal grant to improve communications….

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Mansfield based state police apprehended two fugitives from justice this month. Brian Farnsworth, 36 from Osceola was taken into custody on the afternoon of August 6 at his father’s farm located at 432 Briar Hill Road. Troopers went to the farm when New York state police asked them for help in located Farnsworth who was wanted on an active warrant. When Pennsylvania  arrived at the farm they found the suspect working behind a barn. After being arraigned, Farnworth was committed to the Tioga County Jail to await extradition to New York State. Joel Uhler, 51 of Millerton was arrested Wednesday afternoon  on a warrant when he arrived at the Mansfield barracks to discuss a revised PFA issued in New Jersey. Uhler was committed to the Tioga County Prison pending extradition to New Jersey.

Unable to post bail, a Galeton man was committed to the Potter County Jail after being arraigned on one county of simple assault and two of harassment. State police claim 35 year old Bernie Bliss threatened a 39 year old Galeton woman around noon time  on August 5 at a home on the Rausch Road in Abbott Township. Authorities allege, during  a verbal argument, Bliss threatened a 39 year old Galeton woman.

The investigation a harassment  remains under investigation by state police at Coudersport who did not release the suspect’s name. The unidentified male reportedly fled a home on Kelleytown Road Tuesday evening after threatening a 28 year old Shinglehouse  woman during an argument.

The possible abuse of two young children is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Troopers and Potter County Children and Youth went to the home on Canada Hollow Road to investigate the care of a 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy from Port Allegany over the summer.

A 19 year old Mansfield woman was almost scammed out of $700 but was assisted by an alert financial institution. Troopers report 19 year old Patricia Weddle ton received a money order for payment of an item being sold on-line for $975.00. A criminal told Weddleton to send a money order back for the excess amount of $700 which she did. However the money order after being initially deposited in a bank was not ultimately honored because it was determined to have been forged. The crook was operating out of Atlanta, GA who used a false name.

Another ID theft is also being investigated by state police at Cpoudrsport. An unknown thief used  69 year Galeton resident Jane Dingma’s personal information to rent a vehicle from ENTERPRISE and tried to apply for credit from Walmart.

Troopers at Coudersport are also probing a tangible theft. A flat screen TV was stolen from the home of Heather Klimek on the Nelson Run Road in Allegany  Township sometime between this past Sunday and Tuesday while Klimek was away. The TV is valued at $100.

Minor injuries were reported for a motorcycle passenger after a spill last Friday afternoon Wharton Township. State police at Coudersport last night released details saying 63 year old Kevin Nelson was going north on Route 872 when 18 year old Rebecca Nelson became faint and started falling-off  the Harley Davidson Heritage. When the operator tried  unsuccessful to keep his passenger on the bike, he lost control and she was struck by a trailer being hauled by the cycle . Rebecca Nelson was taken to UPMC  Cole for treatment.

Both Shinglehouse drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Monday afternoon in Hebron Township, Potter County. According to state police at Coudersport, the collision happened when Stephanie Amidon failed to slow down in time and her 2012 Ford  Focus hit the back of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Rogers Mesler.

A Port Allegany man escaped injury on the afternoon of August 14 when he nodded off while driving on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township. Earl Saunders, 67, was going east at around 3:00 pm when he fell asleep and  allowed his 1996 Jeep Cherokee to go off the road and collide with a tree. Saunders is a rural mail carrier.

Drug possession charges are pending against a 24 year old Canton, Ohio man who was  pulled over by state police at the intersection of Main and Church Streets in Genesee this past Sunday. Troopers claim when they searched the suspect’s 2017 Mitsubishi they found remnants of two suspected joints and drug paraphernalia. Authorities did not reveal the suspect’s name.

Roulette Fire Chief Justin Fillhart  announced today that the Roulette Chemical Engine Co. # 1 was awarded $379,524.00 from the federal government’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program yesterday. This grant was spearheaded by Roulette (46) and includes Coudersport (48), Shinglehouse (39), Ulysses (47), Austin (44), and Port Allegany (McKean 3).  The “Regional Communications Grant” application comes with a total project budget of $398,500.00. This funding will allow departments to upgrade their  aging communications equipment, while increasing the amount of pagers to notify more first responders of an emergency, and increasing the amount of portable radios to increase fire fighter safety. This project, coupled with the county commissioner’s recent commitment of funding to upgrade our radio tower system should help to reduce the number of areas where there is little or NO radio communications with responding units and/or the dispatch center. Interagency, cross county, and cross state communications should benefit as well.

Fillhart said “The 46 House would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the federal government and the peer review board for awarding us this much needed grant, as well as our grant writer, John Sly for writing yet another successful grant for us. “

This grant is one of three AFG grants applied for by the 46 House this year. The first being a vehicle replacement to replace the 1998 Mack Tanker with over 330,000 miles on it which did not pass the initial round for AFG. The third grant is for new turnout gear for station 46 in order to increase fire fighter safety which the department is  still in the running for.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding praised winners of the annual Dairy of Distinction Awards during the Penn State College of Agricultural Science’s Ag Progress Days.

“Pennsylvania dairy farms have set the bar high for quality in both appearance and output,” Secretary Redding said. “The farms we’re honoring today represent the exemplary image of a farm that consumers trust, and a farm that is owned and managed by someone who is a good neighbor, a good steward of land and resources, and an exemplary business.”

Since 1983, the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program has recognized the hard work and dedication of dairy owner-operators who have attractive, well-kept farms and promote a good dairy industry image. Active dairy farms in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Vermont are eligible to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award. Winning farms receive the special Dairy of Distinction roadside sign for their farmstead, and undergo a yearly review to ensure that they maintain the high standards the award represents.

2018 Winners:

Clowney Family – Lagging Stream Farm, Gettysburg, Adams County

Ryan Carbaugh – Waterside Farm, Woodbury, Bedford County

Nevin J. Brubaker, Bethel, Berks County

Dennis Brooks – Brookway Holsteins, LLC, Bellefonte, Centre County

Jeanne and Peter Demchur – Shellbark Hollow Farm, Honeybrook, Chester County

Glenn Ranck – Glennview Farm, Cochranville, Chester County

Kevin and Beth Myers – Myra-Brek Farm, St. Thomas, Franklin County

 

Elam Miller – Miller Farm, Paradise, Lancaster County

Mark and Thelma Garman, East Earl, Lancaster County

Heidi Kreger – Kreger Farms, Morris, Tioga County

Several years ago, the Kenyon Family Jersey Farm in Hebron Township, Potter County received the award.

 

Also during Ag Progress Days, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding unveiled a plan designed to guide Pennsylvania’s dairy industry toward growth and development amid a challenging market that also offers tremendous opportunities for producers and processors. The Secretary released the Pennsylvania Dairy Development Plan during a breakfast of dairy industry leaders at the annual Ag Progress Days exhibition.

The plan includes a series of intermediate- and longer-term strategies, including calls to better use existing funding to support research and development; an emphasis on identifying economic development projects; incentives for existing producers to upgrade their dairy equipment and facilities and invest in on-farm processing capacity; further streamlining and reform of Pennsylvania’s regulatory processes; and broader marketing efforts to promote the sale, consumption and health benefits of Pennsylvania milk.

These strategies are designed to complement and supplement other work and short-term accomplishments of the Wolf Administration specific to dairy. As examples, the department and Center for Dairy Excellence launched a statewide study by some of the nation’s leading dairy economists in 2017 to evaluate opportunities and inhibitors to growth in the industry. In April 2018, the department petitioned the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board to use the full extent of their statutory and regulatory powers to provide relief to dairy farmers affected by the persistent low-price environment, as well as evaluate what amendments to the state’s Milk Marketing Law are needed to respond more effectively to the present dairy challenges.

More recently, the department, dairy farmers, and industry advocates kicked off “Choose PA Dairy: Goodness that Matters,” a campaign to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry by educating consumers on how to find and buy locally-produced milk, and why it matters to Pennsylvania’s economy and the health of its residents. The fiscal year 2018-19 budget also includes $5 million dedicated to spurring additional investment and innovation in the dairy industry. The new funding, which will be made available later this year through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, may be used for projects focused on research and development, organic transitioning, value-added processing, and marketing efforts.

Additionally, the Wolf Administration has undertaken several initiatives to strengthen the commonwealth’s dairy industry, including actively working to attract new processors to Pennsylvania and surveying county economic development organizations to create an inventory of sites suitable for a dairy processing operation.

Read the dairy development plan at agriculture.pa.gov. Find brands that locally source their milk, a map of PA Preferred® and other Pennsylvania-based milk processors, and other consumer information at choosepadairy.com.

 

                                                                             Obituaries

Franklin J. “Sonny” WELCH, 89, of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in his home.  Born December 28, 1928, in Adrian, NY, he was the son of James and Louella Anne Chapman Welch.  On October 4, 1948, in Westfield, he married the former Lorraine A. Dapp, who predeceased him on January 2, 2010.  He was employed by Eberle Tannery and Westfield Tanning Company.  His constant companion for the last year was fur baby Patch. Surviving are:  five children, Kay L. (Steve) Schenck of Burlington, WV, Cynthia Potter of Westfield, Franklin “Butch” (Joanne) Welch, Jr. of Cairnbrook, PA, Pamela (Shirley Bell) Welch of Westfield, and James Terry (Angela) Welch of Everett, PA;  19 grandchildren;  36 great-grandchildren;  eight great-great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two great-great-grandsons, Isaac Lucas Ridenour and Baby Boy Hickey;  a sister, Mary Mattison;  three step-sisters, Frances Whitehead, Louise Burdick, and Lois E. Wheaton; and his step-father, Frank Knight. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM.   Mr. Edward Heyler will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Cowanesque United Methodist Church or the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

The life and many wonderful civic accomplishments of Mrs. Marjorie S. Healy of Port Allegany, PA will be celebrated and honored in a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Allegany on Saturday, September 15, 2018 beginning at 3 p.m.

 

Mrs. Healy passed away on Friday, August 3, at the age of 94. Her death followed a brief stay in the Hospice unit of UPMC Cole Hospital in Coudersport during which time she was surrounded and comforted by her six children, family, and friends.

 

Mrs. Healy was known to many as “Marg” until family and friends began lovingly referring to her as “Granny.” She was a modest individual, but she had significant influence on her many civic, church, family, and other involvements.

 

She had lived in Port Allegany since the age of 16 after she was graduated early from high school in southern Pennsylvania. She was born in Punxsutawney, PA on May 28, 1924 to Cyril Miller Stoops and Orpha Maud (Anthony) Stoops. Her father was a postmaster for the town of Punxsutawney; her mother was a widely known and popular confectioner, baker, and general store owner.

 

After her post-graduate years in the Port Allegany school system, she completed a business degree at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY, which prepared her for a long business career in Port Allegany. She worked in the local First National Bank, and then spent nearly three decades as the Executive Assistant to the President of what was then the North Penn Gas Company, from which she retired. Additionally, as her mother had been back in Punxsutawney, Mrs. Healy was integral to her family’s local grocery business, Beck’s Store.