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Dreary Saturday along Barnum Road Wetlands – Photo by Gerri Miller
PA turkey season opens Saturday….McKean County DA says prescription drop-offs have increased…….LPN Course to begin soon in Coudersport. ….Sweden Township police advise pedestrians about safety precautions while walking on highways ….Elkland man accused of criminal mischief….Car/deer collision reported in Tioga County…..Hit and run investigated by state police at Ridgway….
Thursday’s high. 44; Overnightlow, 26
FRI-CLOUDY, HIGH 46
FRI NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 38
SAT-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES, HIGH 46
SAT NIGHT-LOW 36
SUN-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF RAIN , HIGH 50
SUN NIGHT-LOW 38
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Oobituaries: Victoria “Vicky” Frederick, Coudersport & Dean Corey, Coudersport.
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Pennsylvania’s state wide Wild Turkey Season begins Saturday and the Game Commission saysthe 2018 spring-season harvests totaled 40,303 (2,048 youth season including mentored youth harvest, 571 mentored hunters during the regular season, 33,622 adults and licensed youth during the regular season, and 4,062 second harvests), which was 6 percent above 2017 (38,101) and 4 percent above the previous long-term average (38,671). Hunter success for the first bird, 21 percent, ties that of 2001 for the highest on record. The previous long-term average was 16 percent.
Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation. See the table below for harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).
Hunters are reminded to report any leg-banded turkeys they harvest or find.
Leg bands are stamped with a toll-free number to call. Although the agency’s research project is completed, and rewards are no longer valid, the information provided is still beneficial and hunters can learn the history of the bird.
In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.
Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.
Archery hunters who are hunting either deer or bear during the overlap with fall turkey season also must wear a fluorescent orange hat at all times when moving. The hat must contain at least 100 square inches of solid, fluorescent orange, visible from 360 degrees, and may be removed once in a stationary location.
Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990 (at a rate of 16.2 incidents per 100,000 hunters), to none in 2012 and 2016, and one nonfatal each year from 2013-2015 and 2017 (at an average incident rate of 0.8 incidents per 100,000 hunters). Causes since 2012 have been either victims shot in mistake for game, or in the line of fire. Positively identifying the target, and what is beyond, are essential for a safe season.
McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg- reminds residents that McKean County has 4 medication drop boxes that allow residents to discard their unused medication. The boxes were provided by the District Attorney’s Association and, the box in Kane, was sponsored by the Pennsylvania American Water. The purpose of the boxes is to keep drugs off the street; keep drugs away from juveniles; and to keep drugs out of the waterways .
The boxes in McKean County are located at the McKean County Sheriff’s Department located at the Jail; the Bradford City Police Department; the Bradford Township Police Department; and the Kane Police Department.
Each quarter, the medications that have been discarded into the boxes are weighed by a County Detective from the District Attorney’s Office and discarded.
This quarter, the total weight of the medications discarded was 212.4 lbs., an increase of 88.6 lbs. over the last quarter.
The box located at the McKean County Sheriff’s Department inside the McKean County Prison collected 41 lbs this quarter; the box at Bradford City Police Department collected 112.6 lbs; the box at Bradford Township Police Department collected 26.6 lbs; and the box located at the Kane Borough Police Department collected 32.2 lbs this quarter.
Many experts report that opioid addiction frequently begins with the abuse of medication. McKean County has seen overdose deaths from prescription medication as well as illegal drugs. Often times, dangerous illegal drugs are mixed with even more deadly substances like fentanyl. In a recent overdose death, the individual had consumed straight fentanyl, likely believing it to be something else.
The medication drop boxes are one tool to help prevent addiction by minimizing access to medication.
If anyone suspects illegal drug activity, please call the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or MCDTFtip@gmail.com.
The Sweden Township police department says it has s received complaints in the past two days, about walkers, Bikers, joggers and cyclist in the Lanes of traffic and/or on the white line wearing dark colored clothing.
If you are one of those people..polivr su wear reflective clothing, stay out of the traffic lane, you as well as motorist have responsibilities in keeping yourself safe. The situation will worsen in a week when Daylight Saving Time ends.
Penn College, in partnership with the Education Council, will be offering a Practical Nursing Program in Coudersport starting in February 2019. Application deadline is Dec. 15.
This full-time program is scheduled over one calendar year with classes and clinicals held four days per week, plus every other Friday.
The course provides the knowledge base and experience necessary to become a safe practitioner, operating as a member of the healthcare team, caring for patients as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Graduates will earn a certificate in practical nursing and will be eligible to take the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and will be prepared to seek employment in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, physician offices, and home care agencies.
Classes begin Feb.4, 2019, with graduation set for January 30, 2020. This course is eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Loans. Students must apply by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or Marie Van Ess of Penn College at Wellsboro, (570)724-7703.
An Elkland man has been arrested for criminal mischief. Mansfield based state police say 29 year old Caleb Robbins kicked the car stereo in a 2014 Scion XD owned by Katherine Parry of Painted Post, MU causing $250 in damage Tuesday morning.
A Little Marsh woman was not hurt Tuesday morning when her Chevrolet Equinox hit a deer on Rpoute 249 in Chatham Township, Tioga County. State Police at Mansfield report Nikki Schaer was going south just before 8:00 am when the whitetail jumped over the guardails in front the SUV. . Schauer was able to bring the to a controlled stop along the western side of the road.
State Police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused some damage Monday morning along the Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township. An unknown southbound vehicle went off the rad and nit a mailbox. The driver left the scene without notifying the property owner or police.
Victoria M. “Vicki” Frederick, 97, one of “The Ladies Of Coudersport”, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.
Vicki was born on May 4, 1921 in Austin, the daughter of the late John and Bridget (Dynda) Zawislak. She was the wife of the late Stanley Kowalski and Jack Frederick.
She worked at the former Mackey’s Restaurant, Jim & Hilda’s Restaurant, John & Jean Karr’s Old Hickory, and H&L Tool and Pure Carbon.
Victoria was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, decorating her home for the seasons, playing cards and shopping.
Victoria is survived by a daughter, Sandra K. and her husband William H. Rockey of Centre Hall; a granddaughter, Megan E. Rockey who still lovingly called her grandmother “Mama”, and nieces and nephews who called their aunt “Aunt Toya”.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Victoria was preceded in death by three brothers; Joe and Frank Zawislak and John Deresock, and two sisters; Pauline Gresmer and Bridget Smithbaur.
A memorial mass at St. Eulalia Catholic Church will be held at a later date with burial in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Vicki’s name can be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn., 122 East 2nd St., Coudersport, PA 16915.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.
Dean D. Corey, 87, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.
Dean was born on July 5, 1931 in Coudersport, the son of the late Glenn and Lida (Roberts) Corey. He was married to Jean L. (Simpier) Corey for 63 years until her passing October 9, 2017.
He was a graduate of Coudersport High School and a veteran of the Air Force. Dean owned and operated his own construction company and built many homes in the area. He was a State Building Inspector and retired as the Maintenance Supervisor for the Coudersport School District.
He was a member of the Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 192, Coudersport and loved working with his hands.
Surviving are a son, Rod D. Corey of Coudersport; two brothers, Ed and Paul Corey and a sister, Bonnie Reed all of Coudersport, and six grandchildren; Rachel, Ryan, Jedidiah, Brianna, Joshua and Colton.
In addition to his parents and wife, Dean was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Haskins, brothers, Hoxie and Rodrick Corey and a sister, Glendora Chilson.
In keeping with Dean’s wishes there will be no visitation or services.
The family suggests contributions in Dean’s name to be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 E 2nd St, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Arrangements in the care of the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.
Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport is having a rummage sale from 9a-5p Thursday and Friday and 9a-2p.