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Monday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 55; .53” rain
TUE-RAIN, AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMPOSSIBLE, HIGH 65
TUE NIGHT-SHOWERS LIKELY, THUNDERSTORM POSSIBLE, LOW 63
WED-OCCASIONAL SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, BEFORE 2PM THEN SHOWERS, HIGH 69
WED NIGHT-SHOWERS LIKELY BEFORE 8PM, MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 45
THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 61
THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 48
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Pennsylvania forestry personnel gearing up to give foliage updates….New $5 million state program enacted to help dairy farmers…McKean County Jail inmate arrested for assaulting another twice over the weekend…..Austin driver’s pick up truck wrecks after he swerved to avoid a deer…Ten mailboxes on the Wetmore Road near Kane were vandalized Sunday night or Monday morning….
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Fall officially arrived Sunday and there is already a change in the air and to celebrate the fall season in Pennsylvania, personnel from the Bureau of Forestry will be available to the news media to serve as regional experts on fall foliage, and resources from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office will be available for residents and visitors to experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways across the commonwealth.
Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks near the beginning of October across Pennsylvania. Starting THIS Thursday, September 27, weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) website and will be updated every Thursday. Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.
“With 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, Pennsylvanians are truly blessed with an abundance of prime fall-foliage viewing areas,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Across the state, our park personnel and foresters look forward to recommending both the best times and locations to glimpse our autumn woodlands in all their splendor.”
While the leaves are the star of the show, Pennsylvania is abounding with great festivals, pick-your-own farms, and unrivaled haunted attractions that make the state the obvious choice for autumn.
Each year, Pennsylvania’s nearly 200 million domestic travelers inject an estimated $40.8 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy, generate $4.1 billion in tax revenues, and are responsible for nearly 500,000 jobs related to or benefitting from tourism.
“Not only does Pennsylvania boast some of the best foliage in the world, it’s home to some of the most fun and unique ways to view the gorgeous autumn colors,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED
The regional experts can discuss the chemistry of fall foliage color, as well as the projected outlook for fall foliage in their region of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s experts include:
Chris Fireston, wild plant program manager: Tioga State Forest District, Wellsboro
Tim Latz, forester: Pinchot Forest District, Dalton
Cecile Stelter, district forester: Cornplanter State Forest District, Warren
Rick Hartlieb, assistant district forester: William Penn State Forest District, Elverson
Ryan Reed, environmental education specialist: Harrisburg
Rachael Mahony, environmental education specialist: Forbes State Forest District, Laughlintown
For fall-inspired festivals and experiences, go to visitPA.com or follow Visit PA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Pursue your happiness and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA.
A new state program will offer grants totaling $5 million to support Pennsylvania’s struggling dairy industry, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman Elder Vogel (R-47).
The Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Investment Program, which was created by lawmakers in June, is designed to improve the production, processing and distribution of dairy products throughout the state. The program will provide grants of up to $100,000 for research and development and marketing projects, and up to $50,000 for value-added processing projects and dairy operations transitioning to organic products.
“The dairy industry is one of the most important parts of Pennsylvania’s agriculture economy, but market conditions have created enormous challenges for dairy operations in communities throughout the state,” Corman said. “This new program will provide a much-needed opportunity for members of the dairy industry to modernize, streamline and expand their operations while keeping pace with changes within the industry.”
Eligible applicants include dairy businesses and cooperatives, not-for-profit agricultural organizations, schools, and institutions of higher learning. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as funding is available.
The program is administered by Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Grants are only available for projects that are not already underway; commencement of work on a project before receiving CFA approval will result in the project being deemed ineligible for funding. A 15 percent cash match of the total project cost is required.
Interested applicants must submit an application online with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Electronic Single Application for Assistance at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Additional program details will be available soon on DCED’s website at www.dced.pa.gov.
An inmate at the Kean County Jail has been arrested for assault in connection to a scuffle at the lock-up last Friday afternoon. Kane based state police allege 42 year old Christopher Salonis of Smethport sprayed an 23 year old male inmate in the eyes with a chemical cleaner. Then, on Sunday, the men got into an argument and Salonis allegedly grabbed the inmate by the throat. Salonis will now face charges in district court for the two incidents.
Coudersport based state police have not yet released details about an accident Saturday night on Route 6 between Coudersport and Roulette involving a deer and motorcycle. The operator was apparently seriously injured but no more information has been provided.
However, an elderly Austin d river escaped injury Monday afternoon when he swerved his pick up truck to avoid a deer on the Gardeau Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Lanty Phillips, Jr., 70, was going west and swerved his Ford F-150 to the right to avoid the whitetail causing the truck to go onto the right side of the road and hit an embankment before stopping about 20 feet later.
Vandalism on the Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township, McKean County is being probed by state police at the Kane barracks. Unknown persons damaged 10 mailboxes between 4;00 PM Sunday and 7:00 Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.