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Wednesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 67; .17” of rain
THU-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 55
FRI-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 79
FRI NIGHT-AM PATCHY FOG, LOW 51
SAT-SUNNY, HIGH 73
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State police look for a few good horses……..Grant Road in Ridgway is open…..NJ driver unhurt when tree lands on his moving car…Motorist unhurt in car/deer collision in Tioga County…citizens warned about discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia
Obituary : Dr. James Barke, Shinglehouse
The Pennsylvania State Police is asking the community for donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit.
The department maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations to fill a complement of 28 horses. The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security, and patrol of remote areas. They also participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.
Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall. Draft and draft-crosses are the preferred breed. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.
Animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.
Upon retirement, state police horses are first offered back to their original owners. The department finds them suitable homes if the original owners are unwilling or unable to accept the animals.
To arrange a donation or for more information, contact Corporal Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A bridge on Grant Road (Route 4001) near Ridgway will be open to traffic sometime today, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Work to repair the bridge has been taking place since mid-April, with a detour in place since June. Repairing the bridge will improve its condition from “poor” to “good”.
When the bridge re-opens, the detour using Route 4002, Route 948 and Route 3002 will be lifted. Work on the bridge will continue through early September. Drivers should remain alert for the possibility of flaggers in the roadway as work concludes.
The bridge spans Alyworth Run in Ridgway Township, just outside of Ridgway Borough. It carries an average of almost 850 vehicles each day.
The overall project has included wing replacement, joint grouting, drainage improvements, water and sewer line relocation, structure repairs, paving, and miscellaneous items. Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake, PA is the contractor on this $876,000 project.
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A New Jersey motorist escaped injury in a weather-related accident SXunday afternoon. According to state police at Mansfield Craig Basile of Somers Point ws traveling west on Route 414 when severe wind caused a tree to fall onto the roof of his 2008 Ford Explorer. The SUV sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene. Basile was using a seatbelt at the time.
Troopers at Mansfield did not release the name of a driver whose sedan collided with a deer in Hamiton Township Tioga County Sunday evening. State police report the driver was going north on Ogdensburg Road when she swerved into the left lane to avoid hitting the whitetail. When the woman tried to correct the Cadillac Seville’s path by returning to her lane, the car went off the road and went up an embankment. The car was towed from the scene. The driver was unhurt.
Sweden Township police are advising citizens that used needles and other drug paraphernalia have been found on Main Street in Roulette and also in Ulysses Borough and Sweden Township. Authorities advise finders to refrain from picking up the items; instead notify police of their location.
Born on July 8, 1943 in Woburn, MA, Dr. James Norman Barké, 76, of Shinglehouse, known to family and friends as “Sandy” and to many as “Doc,” died on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Erie, PA, member of the US Air Force from 1966-1970,. An intellectually curious and gifted man, he studied nuclear engineering at Arizona State University, earned a degree in Biology from Northeastern University, and a degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University. He worked as a nurse in Shreveport, LA. Before entering medical school and receiving his M.D. in 1986 from Ross University, completing an internship and his family practice residency in Reading, PA in 1989.
Surviving are daughter, Rachael Mueller, her daughters, Kayla Mueller and Maddie McDermott; daughter, Allison Dickson West, husband Jordan, and children, Sylvia and Abraham; daughter, Brittney Barké and Brad Williams, and daughter, Quinn; and his twins, Gavin and his fiancée, Haley Morgan, their daughters, Brinley and Bristo; and Gillian Brubaker and husband Kyle, and their daughter, Rylynn; son, Jeremiah Mehl and wife Mary and children Kyle, Kala, Cheyenne, and Jocelyn; son, Benjamin Mehl and wife Ali, and daughter, Josey; son, Josh Mehl and wife Kendra, and children Angela, James, and Shiloh; son, Steven Mehl and wife Charlene, and daughter, Faith; son, Jason Mehl and Brianna Broscious, and daughter, Kira; daughter, Jessie Perry and husband Shane; and son, Daniel Mehl and Katie Guyach. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert and wife, Nancy; Charles and wife, Rosemary; and Harvey, and many beloved and loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is also survived by the beloved mothers of his children Chris Barké, Joni Scott Dickson, Jan Barké (husband Tim Painter), and Carrie Lewis.
A celebration of life to honor and remember Dr. Barké will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Puritan Street, Shinglehouse. . Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors at 5 pm at the fire hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to donate do so to make memorials in Doc’s name to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Dr. Barké’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.