Friday November 15, 2019

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 28

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 40

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 18

SAT-FEW CLOUDS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 30

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR

SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 35

SUN NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE  LOW 28

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 28

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 40

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 18

SAT-FEW CLOUDS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 30

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR

SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 35

SUN NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE  LOW 28

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Obituary: Leonard “Lenny” Johnston, Eldred

Several state agencies team up to reduce litter along PA’s highways…..Potter County’s Community Development office has launched a Facebook page….Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are helping Mansfield PSP to solve theft of guns last fall…..

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The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT), in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced an initiative to reduce littering and presented results yesterday  of the first statewide litter study in over 20 years at a meeting attended by more than 125 local government, legislative, business, and community organization partners.

A phone survey collected 500 residents’ views on litter and littering. Field teams performed on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, including state and local roads and urban and rural areas.

Over 96 percent of survey respondents said littering is a problem in Pennsylvania. Field results indicate an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roads. The most common items are cigarette butts and plastics, such as plastic food packaging, bottles, and bags. Motorists and pedestrians are leading litterers, followed by improperly secured truck loads.

“PennDOT spends upwards of $13.9 million yearly to pick up trash along state-owned roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This enormous amount of resources spent on clean-up means there’s less funding available for improving our roads and bridges. Clean-up is not a sustainable strategy. PennDOT is proud to join forces with DEP, DCNR, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to take action to shift the focus to changing behavior to prevent littering.”

City government leaders from Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh detailed the high costs of addressing litter and illegal dumping in their cities. Wayne Bowen, senior recycling program manager at the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, discussed recycling infrastructure and markets in the state. Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Global Corporate Sustainability, demonstrated the economic, environmental, and reputational costs of plastics.

California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz presented his research on why people litter and a nationally recognized five-step process for behavior change. In an open discussion, meeting participants shared their views on priority areas and next steps in the development of a statewide framework for litter reduction.

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will release a report presenting conclusions and complete data from the study and open discussion early in the new year. At that time the agencies will use the data to begin the task of strategizing a framework of measures to reduce specific littering behaviors.

The Potter County Commissioners report that with a new countywide comprehensive plan nearing the launching pad, one county department is gearing up to make that vision of the 2020-29 decade become a reality.

Ellen Russell, who joined the county as community development director in September, has harnessed the power of social media to begin spreading information and building support for the plan’s objectives.

It calls for partnerships to create jobs, improve cultural attractions, support agriculture and tourism, and achieve many other objectives.

An overriding mission is to reverse two troubling trends — outmigration by young people and a steady decrease in the county’s overall population.

Russell recently launched an online service through the Facebook social media platform as a common reference point for the campaign. She is working with the county commissioners on a long-term strategy — to be formalized in the comprehensive plan — with a goal of achieving some of the objectives by a target date of 2025.

While less than a week old, the Facebook page has been growing. One post reached more than 2,000 people in less than 24 hours.

“Social media has become a huge part of our lives,” Russell said. “The idea was to capitalize on that and try to reach different citizens for their opinions, input and suggestions.”

“We would like to see more public engagement and try to get residents more involved in their community,” she continued. “The ultimate goal is to meet mold our county’s future, and who best to help us lead and develop that path than those who will actually be affected?”

The Facebook page features information on community activities, best practices in rural community development, and other features. It will be complemented by additional content on the Community Development Department’s website at pottercountypa.net.

PA State Police Troop F – Mansfield are continuing to investigate  a Burglary/Theft of Firearms at a seasonal camp located at 212 Mitchell Creek Rd. in Tioga Twp, Tioga County between a span of dates of September and October 2018.   Unknown actor(s) attempted to gain entrance to the front door of Victim 1’s camp by using a prying tool. The actor(s) were unsuccessful. The actor(s) then forced open the basement door, damaging the door frame. Once inside, the actor(s) stole a crossbow in a case, three game cameras, hunting accessories/clothing and a large gun safe containing several firearms. The actor(s) then fled the scene. Unique guns stolen include:  Browning A-Bolt 30-06, Smith Corona Mod 03A3 30-06, British Enfield Jungle Carbine 303, Remington Mod 591 15mm, marlin Mod 925 .22, Winchester NRA Commerative Mod 70 30-06, Ruger Mod M77 30-06, Winchester Youth .22, Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Ga, Model Remington Mod 1187 12ga, Ithaca Model 37 12 Ga, and a Parker Hornet Crossbow. The Gun Safe was a Green in color Stack-On Safe. Any persons with information regarding this are asked to contact the Mansfield Station at 570-662-2151 and speak with Cpl. Sweet or you can call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/burglarytheft-firearms-tioga-twp-tioga-county-help-us-solve-crime

 

Several state agencies team up to reduce litter along PA’s highways…..Potter County’s Community Development office has launched a Facebook page….Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are helping Mansfield PSP to solve theft of guns last fall…..

The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT), in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced an initiative to reduce littering and presented results yesterday  of the first statewide litter study in over 20 years at a meeting attended by more than 125 local government, legislative, business, and community organization partners.

A phone survey collected 500 residents’ views on litter and littering. Field teams performed on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, including state and local roads and urban and rural areas.

Over 96 percent of survey respondents said littering is a problem in Pennsylvania. Field results indicate an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roads. The most common items are cigarette butts and plastics, such as plastic food packaging, bottles, and bags. Motorists and pedestrians are leading litterers, followed by improperly secured truck loads.

“PennDOT spends upwards of $13.9 million yearly to pick up trash along state-owned roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This enormous amount of resources spent on clean-up means there’s less funding available for improving our roads and bridges. Clean-up is not a sustainable strategy. PennDOT is proud to join forces with DEP, DCNR, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to take action to shift the focus to changing behavior to prevent littering.”

City government leaders from Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh detailed the high costs of addressing litter and illegal dumping in their cities. Wayne Bowen, senior recycling program manager at the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, discussed recycling infrastructure and markets in the state. Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Global Corporate Sustainability, demonstrated the economic, environmental, and reputational costs of plastics.

California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz presented his research on why people litter and a nationally recognized five-step process for behavior change. In an open discussion, meeting participants shared their views on priority areas and next steps in the development of a statewide framework for litter reduction.

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will release a report presenting conclusions and complete data from the study and open discussion early in the new year. At that time the agencies will use the data to begin the task of strategizing a framework of measures to reduce specific littering behaviors.

The Potter County Commissioners report that with a new countywide comprehensive plan nearing the launching pad, one county department is gearing up to make that vision of the 2020-29 decade become a reality.

Ellen Russell, who joined the county as community development director in September, has harnessed the power of social media to begin spreading information and building support for the plan’s objectives.

It calls for partnerships to create jobs, improve cultural attractions, support agriculture and tourism, and achieve many other objectives.

An overriding mission is to reverse two troubling trends — outmigration by young people and a steady decrease in the county’s overall population.

Russell recently launched an online service through the Facebook social media platform as a common reference point for the campaign. She is working with the county commissioners on a long-term strategy — to be formalized in the comprehensive plan — with a goal of achieving some of the objectives by a target date of 2025.

While less than a week old, the Facebook page has been growing. One post reached more than 2,000 people in less than 24 hours.

“Social media has become a huge part of our lives,” Russell said. “The idea was to capitalize on that and try to reach different citizens for their opinions, input and suggestions.”

“We would like to see more public engagement and try to get residents more involved in their community,” she continued. “The ultimate goal is to meet mold our county’s future, and who best to help us lead and develop that path than those who will actually be affected?”

The Facebook page features information on community activities, best practices in rural community development, and other features. It will be complemented by additional content on the Community Development Department’s website at pottercountypa.net.

PA State Police Troop F – Mansfield are continuing to investigate  a Burglary/Theft of Firearms at a seasonal camp located at 212 Mitchell Creek Rd. in Tioga Twp, Tioga County between a span of dates of September and October 2018.   Unknown actor(s) attempted to gain entrance to the front door of Victim 1’s camp by using a prying tool. The actor(s) were unsuccessful. The actor(s) then forced open the basement door, damaging the door frame. Once inside, the actor(s) stole a crossbow in a case, three game cameras, hunting accessories/clothing and a large gun safe containing several firearms. The actor(s) then fled the scene. Unique guns stolen include:  Browning A-Bolt 30-06, Smith Corona Mod 03A3 30-06, British Enfield Jungle Carbine 303, Remington Mod 591 15mm, marlin Mod 925 .22, Winchester NRA Commerative Mod 70 30-06, Ruger Mod M77 30-06, Winchester Youth .22, Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Ga, Model Remington Mod 1187 12ga, Ithaca Model 37 12 Ga, and a Parker Hornet Crossbow. The Gun Safe was a Green in color Stack-On Safe. Any persons with information regarding this are asked to contact the Mansfield Station at 570-662-2151 and speak with Cpl. Sweet or you can call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/burglarytheft-firearms-tioga-twp-tioga-county-help-us-solve-crime

                                                                                Obituary

Leonard R. “Lenny” Johnston, 65, of Eldred, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on Friday, November 13, 1953 in New Brighton, he was a son of Richard H. and Rose Ann Marie Carvelli Johnston.

Lenny attended school in Beaver Falls.  He was a house painter and was very passionate about his work.  He was an ordained minister who had a great faith in the Lord.

Surviving are his mother of Beaver Falls; a sister, Kathleen M. Johnston of Beaver Falls; several nieces and nephews; and many friends in Eldred, including a dear friend, Michele Johnston.

In keeping with Lenny’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lenny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

To send flowers to Leonard’s family, please visit our floral section.

 

Thursday November 14, 2019

Black Forest Express

             Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 33; Overnight low 24

THU-BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 36

THU NIGHT-LOW 24

FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 36

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 21

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 27

SAT NIGHT-CLOUDS BUILD, LOW 17

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Obituaries: Rovetta Winseck, Roulette, H. Darlene Yeager, Port Allegany, Charles Fenstermacher, Eldred and Marlin “Mo”Kellogg, Shingleshouse

Republican state senator continues to fight for ending Eastern Standard Time….Students reminded of deadline to enter PennDot contest….icy street blamed for one-vehicle accident in Kane….

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As we adjust to the return of Eastern Standard time  Senator Scott Martin (R-13) continues  to push for an end to the twice-yearly time changes, once and for all.Earlier this year, Martin reintroduced a Senate Resolution urging Congress to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the United States.Daylight Saving Time began as an energy-saving measure in World War I and was made permanent for most states in 1966 with passage of the Uniform Time Act. However, studies show that the twice-a-year time change results in more accidents, health problems and a loss of productivity of more than $400 million annually.“Studies have shown that the time change does more harm than good for our economy and for the safety of our citizens,” Martin said. “There is no good reason why we need to continue to move the clocks forward and backward every few months. It only robs us of daylight in the evenings when most families spend time together and creates more dangerous driving conditions when many people are going home from work.”Eliminating the transition between standard time and Daylight Saving Time would require action at the federal level. Arizona and Hawaii are currently exempt from time changes resulting from Daylight Saving Time, while exemptions from standard time have been proposed in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida.

With the December 20 entry deadline rapidly approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) remind students in grades 9-12 to participate in the third PennDOT Innovations Challenge. The Innovations Challenge encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges in a competition among their peers.

This year’s Innovations Challenge asks students to look at cost-effective technologies and innovative solutions – aside from laws, programs and educational campaigns – that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help PennDOT more efficiently, effectively and safely control litter along roadways.

Last year, PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter across Pennsylvania.  In addition, nearly 5,000 volunteers spend countless hours participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program each year. These dollars and volunteer hours could have otherwise been spent on delivering a better transportation network and making Pennsylvania a better state in which to live.

“While we are grateful for the selfless actions of our thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, we continue to look for ways to curb the amount of roadside litter across Pennsylvania, said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. Through the PennDOT Innovations Challenge, students can develop a long-term, sustainable solution to address this ongoing challenge, and make Pennsylvania a cleaner and more beautiful place to live. “

“In addition to a public health hazard and eyesore, the litter along Pennsylvania’s roads is an environmental problem, degrading soil, water, and wildlife,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  DEP is excited to support this opportunity to have young innovators bring fresh solutions to this longtime problem for the benefit of current and future generations of Pennsylvania.”

The Innovations Challenge aims to not only help students explore real transportation challenges that PennDOT is facing, but also open their minds to the very real possibility of working for PennDOT after graduation.

“Engineering and equipment operator positions are key to building and maintaining Pennsylvania’s vast road and bridge network,” Richards added”However, PennDOT employs more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians from a wide array of educational backgrounds in nearly 400 job classifications.”

Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. This year, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) organization are providing a combined total award of $3,000 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit www.penndot.gov/innovation. The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.

The driver of a Ford 500 escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Tuesday night in Kane. The truck, which was headed east on Sedgwick Street failed to make a right turn onto Kinzua Avenue after hitting a patch of ice, went off the road and hit a fence. Since there were no injuries and the vehicle could be driven from the scene under its own power, the accident is considered a “non-reportable” so the driver’s name was not released.

Obituaries

Rovetta J. Winseck, 62, of W. Carley Hill Rd., passed away Wednesday (Nov. 6, 2019) in her home, unexpectedly.
Born January 31, 1957, she was a daughter of Jason E. and Helen Stuck Blose.  On Feb. 15, 1975, in Roulette, she married Carroll “Dude” Winseck, who died Apr. 9, 1997.
Rovetta worked as a bus driver for Charles Cox, Port Allegany, was a service agent for Adelphia Cable Co., and worked for Trucklite and Twin Tier Linen Service all of Coudersport, before her retirement.
Surviving in addition to her longtime companion, Roy E. Wertz of Roulette, two sons, Nathan D. (Casey) Winseck of Roulette, Carroll M. Winseck, III, of Townsend, DE, a stepson, Nicholas Wertz of Sunbury, PA; a stepdaughter, Mariah Wertz on active duty with the US Army, stationed in Ramstein, Germany; two grandchildren, Hannah and Melanie Winseck; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carroll, and a brother, Bryon K. Blose.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 23, 2019) in the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, Roulette, with Rev. Roger Laktash, officiating.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  Nathan D. Winseck
65 W. Carley Hill Rd.
Roulette, PA. 16746

H. Darlene Yeager, 70, of Skinner Creek Rd., passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) in Olean General Hospital, after a brief illness.
Born in February 1, 1949, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Leo and Flossie H. Smith Bosworth.  On July 24, 1976, in Port Allegany, she married Daniel A. Yeager, who survives.
Darlene was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1967.
Mrs. Yeager was employed with Pittsburgh Corning Co., formerly of Port Allegany, for 31 years, retiring in 2004.
She was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany. She enjoyed games on her Kindle, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her three dogs.
Surviving are two sons, Brud L. (Terri) Yeager of Winter Springs, FL, Stacy A. Yeager of Erie, PA; a daughter, Tammy M. (Matt) VanScoter of Port Allegany; 11 grandchildren: D-Kota Heysham, Miranda Wilber, Savannah Gray, Bladen Yeager, Parker Yeager, Jett Ruding, Coy VanScoter, Preston Yeager, Payton Yeager, Journey Wilmoth, Ayla VanScoter, 2 great-grandchildren,  Lillian Langworthy and Drew Heysham, ; two brothers, Ronald (Penny) Bosworth of Youngsville, PA, Larry (Connie) Bosworth of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews;  and her 3 dogs: Jack, Mr. Binx, and Kitty-kitty.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service from 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 16, 2019) at Moose Lodge 460, Port Allegany.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  Daniel A. Yeager
329 Sinner Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Charles F. Fenstermaker of 3401 Route 446 Eldred, PA., passed away Sunday (November 10, 2019) at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, PA., after a lengthy illness.Born January 14, 1939, in Kane, PA., he was the son of Charles L. and Gertrude Miller Fenstermaker.  On August 3, 1983 in Hinsdale, he married Mary Rucinski, who survives.Charlie worked as a draftsman at Dresser Rand in Olean for many years.  He was a member of the Pulaski Club in Olean and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Eldred, PA. He loved gardening and working outside.In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter; Deborah (Jessica) Fenstermaker of Washington, D.C.; four sons, Lawrence (Bonnie) Fenstermaker of Hesston, KS., Charles “Art” (Pamela) Fenstermaker of Stratham, N.H., Joseph (Lori LaBella) Fenstermaker of Gastonia, N.C., Donald (Darlene) Fenstermaker of Rochester, N.H., three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Wilber of Meadville, PA.He was predeceased by his parents.Friends will be received at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Olean on Thursday from 4-7pm.  Funeral services will be held on Friday (November 15, 2019) beginning with a 9:30am prayer service at the funeral home, followed by a 10am Mass of Christian Burial at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.Memorials if desired may be made to, Rural Ministries, 472 Sartwell Creek Road, Port Allegany, PA 16743.Online condolences may be expressed at, www.guentherfh.com.To send flowers to Charles’ family, please visit our floral section.

 

 
Marlin L. “Mo” Kellogg, 69, formerly of Taylor Brook, passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) at the Swede Valley Manor in Coudersport, following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1950, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Robert Earl and Marie Lou Wilson Kellogg.He was a 1969 graduate of Shinglehouse High School and later attended Olean Business Institute and Jamestown Community College, and had also taken other correspondence courses.

Mo had proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He had been employed by the Alstom Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y., as a welder and fabricator prior to his retirement due to poor health.

He was a member of the Shinglehouse American legion Post 530, the American Welding Society, the Osweyo Valley Rod and Gun Club and PA Cleanways.

Mo loved being outdoors and especially trapping, hunting, fishing and gardening, but mostly his enjoyment was spending time with and teaching his grandchildren.

Surviving are one son, Vincent (Kendra) Kellogg of Portville, N.Y.; a daughter, Sadie (Brendon) Enty of Shinglehouse; and five grandchildren, Liberty, Layken and Landon Enty and Kenyan and Sawyer Kellogg.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jolene Kellogg in 2009; a grandson, Wyatt Enty in 2002; and a sister, Diane Frost in 2016.

A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at the framefuneralhome.com.

 

November 13, 2019

Tuesday’s high, 36; overnight low, 1; ½ inch of snow

WED-SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 30

WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 21

THU-MORNING CLOUDS THEN CLEARING, HIGH 39

THU NIGHT-LOW 24

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 40

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDS BUILD, LOW 20

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Elk Hunters were successful in this year’s hunt….Causer announces grant for ATV and snowmobile trails in Potter County…..Bradford woman suspected off  DUI with young child in her car….NY state man arrested for criminal mischief in McKean County….

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Ninety-eight hunters took part in Pennsylvania’s 2019 one-week general elk hunt, which closed Nov. 9. Most left elk country with a trophy.Eighty-nine elk were taken by hunters during the season. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent, with 27 of 27 tags filled.The 2019 harvest included some large elk. Fourteen bulls were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more. The heaviest bull, tipping the scales at 800 pounds, had a 10-by-9 rack and was taken in Gibson Township, Cameron County by Caleb Hostetter, of Boiling Springs, Pa.The second-largest bull in the harvest was a 788-pounder with an 8-by-7 rack taken in Covington Township, Clearfield County by Willis Humes, of Cheswick, Pa.Official measurements of bull racks taken in the hunt cannot be recorded until the antlers have air dried for at least 60 days after the animal was harvested.There also were some hefty antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Ten of the 62 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.Elk were taken across 12 hunt zones in the general hunting season, which demonstrates just how substantial Pennsylvania’s elk range has become, Banfield noted.Successful hunters within 24 hours of harvest are required to bring their elk to a check station, where tissue samples are collected to test for chronic wasting disease, brucellosis, and tuberculosis. To date none of these diseases have been detected in Pennsylvania elk.To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 40,000 applicants.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced more than $300,000 in state grant funding for ATV and snowmobile trail development in the Susquehannock State Forest in Potter County.“I’m very pleased to see the Commonwealth investing in these trails, providing both local residents and visitors to the area with more opportunities to enjoy all our region has to offer,” Causer said.A grant of $262,629 will be used for the development of the Indian Run ATV Connector Trail in West Branch Township. Work will include rehabilitation of approximately 3.2 miles of trail from the Susquehannock ATV Trail to the intersection of West Branch Road and Notch Road; construction of two bridges; and ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.A grant of $44,080 will be used for the development of the Losey Run Snowmobile Trail in Ulysses Township. Work will include construction of a bridge over Losey Run near Rock Run Road, as well as ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.In addition to the local grants, $242,266 will be used by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry to groom approximately 2,500 miles of snowmobile trails within DCNR state forests.The funding was part of $11.2 million in grants awarded through the Community Conservation Partnership Program.

A Bradford woman is facing DUI and child endangerment charges after being stopped by state police early last Tuesday morning for an alleged traffic violation on East Main Street in the city. Troopers allege when they investigated, they found the 22 year old woman whose name was not released, was driving under the influence of marijuana with a 2 year old girl riding in the car.

The theft of a Smokey Bear from a “Wildfire Danger Today” sign on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County, about a mile east of the Elk and Cameron County line. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.486.3321.

A Little Valley, NY man has been arrested by state police for criminal mischief in Keating Township, McKean County. Authorities claim, Anthony Bernardi, 21, entered a residence through a window to retrieve his belongings after being kicked out of the home.