Tuesday January 30, 2018

East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north–Gerri Miller

Obituary: James Baker, Smethport

Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low 18, 1” new snow





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Causer’s bill to help ambulance companies advances in House…..Deadline approaching for Leadership Potter County 2018…..Theft of trail cameras in Elk County investigated….Tools stolen this weekend in Tioga County……

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The House Appropriations Committee last week unanimously approved Rep. Causer’s  legislation to help struggling ambulance services by providing a desperately needed increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates. The vote puts the bill in place for a vote by the full House in the near future.

House Bill 699 would increase reimbursements for Advanced Life Support (ALS) services from $200 to not less than $300, and for Basic Life Support (BLS) services from $120 to $180. The rates were last adjusted in 2004. Causer says”This is an important step toward addressing some of the most pressing financial challenges facing our emergency medical services. “


The Potter County Ed Council is reminding residents that the deadline to apply for Leadership Potter County is quickly approaching.

The course will help participants expand personal leadership skills, introduce them to key issues currently facing the region, and provide them with an understanding of future trends that may impact their community.

As LPC celebrates its tenth year in 2018, an updated program will be rolled out. The program will cover important topics that teach participants about their own leadership styles and connect them to valuable resources in the county. New to the program are a customized learning environment, additional small group work, and “walk and talk” activities.

Leadership Potter County 2018 is scheduled to begin in February. For more information or to request an application, call the Education Council at 814-274-4877.


The theft of some trail cameras over the weekend in Elk County is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Thieves took the equipment Sunday from along Robin Road in fox Township between 3:30 pm Friday and 4:30 pm. The cameras were owned by St. Marys resident Douglas Kline.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks are looking for a burglar or burglars who stole some tools from a Tioga Township home Criminals took a Dewalt 20 volt drill, 20 volt Dewalt Sawzall and Dewalt drill bit set from the home of Randy Swain on Mitchell Creek Road between 3:00 pm last Wednesday and 3:00 pm Friday.The tools are valued at a total of $200.00.

DUI charges have been filed against 45 year old Scott Keaton of Galeton by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Troopers claim when they pulled Keaton over for  a traffic violation on the night of December 29 on Sherman Street in that town, they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.


James A. Baker, 99, formerly of W. King St., Smethport,  passed away Friday (Jan. 26, 2018) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.
     Born January 7, 1919, in Bradford, PA, he was a son of Cecil J. And Gertrude M. Murry Baker.  On June 15, 1946, in Smethport, he married Carolyn L. Hallstrom, who died Dec. 21, 2008.  They were married 62 years.
Mr. Baker was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Smethport High School, class of 1938.
He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the US Army Air Corp.
James was employed in research & development and management with Airco-Speer Co., Bradford, for 20 years, Case Cutlery Co., Bradford for 7 years, and Intermediate IU9, Smethport, for 7 years before his retirement.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, where he was a past deacon, trustee, and usher.  He was also a member of the Enchanted Mountain Weavers’ Guild and the McKean County Historical Society.
Surviving are two sons, Timothy J. (Julie) Baker of Wrights, Phillip H. (Esther) Baker of Edmonton Alberta, Canada; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Carolyn, and a sister, Pauline R. Reese.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Jan, 31, 2018) in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. J.T. Madison, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.
Memorials can be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church Memorial Fund or McKean County Historical Society.  Condolences can be made to:  Tim J. Baker
139 Upper Portage Rd.
Port Allegany, PA. 16743