Tuesday January 9, 2018

Monday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 36; 1” new snow







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Today is diversity day at the state farm show…..ID thefts probed in two counties….Walmart thefts investigated including one from employee…..speed blamed on recent crashes….

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Obituary: Ray Dart, Smethport

Today is diversity day at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), is hosting an informational meeting  at  3:00 pm today with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding during the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The meeting will feature a discussion about a variety of issues facing the industry. Barring any technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at www.RepCauser.com.


 Tuesday January  9

10 a.m.         Nicolette Spudik, Pick your Poison Consulting – Food labels presentation (CCS)
Carving Spurtles and Spoons Demonstration (GFS)

10:30 a.m.    Junior Livestock Sale; Goats, Swine, Steers, Lambs, Rabbits (SA)

11 a.m.         Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

12 p.m.         Deidre Bloch, Co-owner and Chef at ScottDee’s Catering (CCS)
Make It and Take It: PA Rocks (EL)

1 p.m.           Ben Beaver, Executive Chef at Café 1500 (CCS)
Horse Pulling Contest; Light and Heavyweight (LA)

2 p.m.           Robert Dacko, Food Service Specialist for Weis Markets, Inc. (CCS)

3 p.m.           John Reis, Corporate Executive Chef at The Hilton Harrisburg (CCS)

4 p.m.           Chef Instructor Claire Dacko and Students from Dauphin County Technical School (CCS)
Pennsylvania’s Greatest Whoopie Pie Contest, Sponsored by Good Foods (GFS)

5:00 p.m.      School Cooking Challenge with Students from the Dauphin County Technical School (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (EA)
Rabbit Hopping Demonstrations (E)

6:00 p.m.      Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Horse Shoe Pitching and Musical Entertainment by Make Mine Country and Chapel Hill (LA)
Celebrity Draft Horse Team Driving Contest (EA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Public Officials Days

8 a.m.              Antique Tractor Display and Farm Activity Area (EA)
Speed Horse Demonstration (LA)

8:30 a.m.         Agricultural Education Demonstrations (LF)

10 a.m.            Youth Fleece to Shawl Contest and Auction (SA)
Blacksmith Demonstration (GFS)

11 a.m.            Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

11:30 a.m.       Youth Pedal Tractor Pull Registration (EA)

12 p.m.            The Meatball Showdown presented by the PA Beef Council (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (LA)
Make It and Take It: Microwave Mug Mix  (EL)
Fiber Art Demonstration by E. Anderson (GFS)

12:30 p.m.       Youth Pedal Tractor Pull (EA)

1 p.m.              Jim Switzenberg, Director of Operations at John Wright Restaurant (CCS)
Wood Carving Demonstration by C. Lubkemann (GFS)

2 p.m.              Doug Krick, Executive Chef at Dodge City Steakhouse (CCS)

2 p.m.              Doug Krick, Executive Chef at Dodge City Steakhouse (CCS)
Speed Horse Demonstration (LA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

3 p.m.              Travis Mumma, Executive Chef at Cafe Fresco (CCS)
Sheep to Shawl Contest and Auction (SA)
Gerald Putt Wildlife Artist (GFS)

4 p.m.              Chef Instructor Robert Corle and Lebanon County Career and Technology Center Students (CCS)
Antique Tractor Pull (EA)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)

4:30 p.m.         Draft Horse Pleasure Showmanship (LA)

5 p.m.              School Cooking Challenge and Lebanon County Career & Technology Center Students (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)

5:30 p.m.         Bid Calling Contest (BH)

6 p.m.              Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)

7 p.m.              Speed Horse Demonstration (LA)

ID thefts in two counties are being probed by state police. Nicholas May of Rixford  told discovered recently that cyber thieves made multiple  unauthorized on-line purchases totaling $143.93 on January 2, 2018. Crooks used a Kersey man’s information to make illegal on-line purchases from Alta’s website amounting to $812.82 on December 29, 2017.

Recent thefts at the St. Marys Walmart have been investigated by troopers at the Ridgway barracks. Authorities released only a few details about a Ridgway man who is suspected of stealing from the store twice last Friday evening. The suspect allegedly rang a different toy in place of multiple boxes of Legos and then went back to the toy aisle and stole another box of Legos without paying for them. A few minutes later, he is suspected of removing several video games valued at $165.60 without paying for the merchandise. An Austin woman is accused of removing $325 in cash from her drawer while working in the store December 21 through December 30, 2017. Police did not release the suspectrs’ names.

Speed and slippery roads are blamed for two accidents Saturday in Elk County. Kylee Goetez of Ridgway was slightly hurt when her Ford Taurus slid off of Route 948 (Shelvey Summit)at around 9:30 am and hit a tree. She did not require treatment at a medical facility. A Pontiac Torrent driven by Cheryl Wickerham of Belleveue, PA spun off of Route 66 in Highland Township Saturday afternoon and struck a ditch., The  car spun back onto the road and collided with the ditch a second time before stopping. Both drivers were cited for speeding.


Ray G. Dart went to be with the Lord on Friday (January 5, 2018) after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Aug 1, 1947, a son of Lawrence and Sylvia Dart. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam war.

Ray was employed by Pennzoil for 26 years and then as co-owner of Phillips Dart Oil Field Services until his retirement in December 2012.

He devoted his life to the family business, Rainy Day Farm, and will be remembered for the special way he had with the animals he worked with.

He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association and also raised Angus cattle. With the support of his family, Ray was able to show at several NCHA shows during the last summer of his life and was named the $2000 Limited Rider Champion for Region 6, encompassing the North East States. He was also an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 45 years, Nancy, his beloved step mother, Dorothy Scott Dart, three loving sons, Matt, Dan and John, three special daughters in law, Tabby, Shalee and Katie, and his “adopted” daughter, Amy. Seven grandchildren: Luke and Cali, Kaden, Kyler and Kenzie, Lanie and Halle, his sister in law and her husband, Andrea and Ray Herigodt, and several cousins.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at a date to be announced.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library, Smethport or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.