Wednesday February 28, 2018

Tuesday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, CLOUDS INCREASING, HIGH IN THE LOW 50s

WED NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 40

THU-RAIN SHOWERS TURNING TO SNOW, HIGH 40

THU NIGHT-SNOW, LOW 30

FRI-LINGERING SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH IN THE MID 30S

FRI NIGHT, LOW IN THE MID 20s

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Rep. Causer reports on Dairy hearing…..area students invited to apply for Robert Merten Scholarship….Cameron County woman scammed out of $5,000….Morris woman arrested for stealing another woman’s vehicle……St. Marys woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart…

Obituary: Julia Bean,Shingleshouse

                                                                                                       Photos by Gerri Miller

As a community outreach the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church serves spaghetti or pancake dinners free charge (although donations are appreciated. This past Saturday. February 24, the church members provided a delicious spaghetti dinner. Pictured above are Potter County icon Norma Nichols and Sharon Haskins who took a break from their hard work. Shay Small on the right, wife of Pastor Steven Small, kept busy as a waitress and bus person.

 

Recognizing the complex challenges facing the state’s dairy industry, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), met at the state Capitol on Monday to talk about solutions to help the industry thrive again.

“Although more than a third of the state’s agriculture revenues come from the dairy industry, our dairy farmers are really struggling to survive, mainly due to an oversupply of fluid milk in the market and persistently low prices,” Causer said. “But there are other factors as well, including regulatory issues and permit delays, and the limited processing capacity for milk in the Commonwealth.

“Today’s meeting was a great discussion about how we can work together to overcome these challenges,” he added.

Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, shared his experiences in more than 60 years of dairy farming with the committee. He indicated many of the challenges facing the industry today are similar to what he and his family experienced over the last six decades with fluctuating milk prices, dairies being sold or consolidated, and labor limitations. Milk prices especially are more volatile, he said, because of dairy being part of a world market.

A study of the state’s dairy industry, designed to help leaders and farmers plan a path forward to overcome these challenges, was referenced by several testifiers in their comments to the committee. Early results of the study, which was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Center for Dairy Excellence, have indicated an investment in additional dairy processing capacity in the Commonwealth could generate as much as $34.7 million annually in combined revenue generation and cost savings. A link to that report and other elements of the study is available at www.RepCauser.com.

In his testimony, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding noted new plants could keep more than 20 percent of the state’s milk supply in Pennsylvania, rather than being shipped out of state for processing. That would both reduce hauling costs and increase milk premiums for farmers.

In addition to building processing infrastructure, Redding also stressed the importance of capitalizing on branding and marketing opportunities, improving regulatory processes and the business climate, broadening workforce development and education opportunities, and investing in broadband infrastructure.

Jayne Sebright of the Center for Dairy Excellence talked about the changes in the marketplace, both from the global perspective and in the northeastern United States, noting that this is the first time in history when producers can’t find a market for their milk. She stressed the importance of planning to remain competitive.

The reality, at the end of the day, is that we are small business owners, and as a result, we assume part of that risk,” she said. “Being a farmer today requires careful thought, planning and continually challenging yourself to find ways to improve in every aspect of your business.”

 

 

 

She pointed to results of a Pennsylvania Dairy Producer Survey from last summer showing a low percentage of PA dairy farms having a written business plan or a formal succession or transition plan. There is also low participation in risk management education. She believes more farmers must engage in practices like these to succeed.

Sebright’s testimony was followed by that of Dr. Andrew Novakovic, professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University, who is helping to conduct the dairy industry study for the Commonwealth. He expanded upon the opportunities for more processing capacity in the Commonwealth and outlined data comparing Pennsylvania’s dairy industry with that of New York, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The final testifier, Jeff Ainslie of Red Barn Consulting, shared his experiences working with farmers in various states on permitting and construction, noting project costs in Pennsylvania are significantly higher than in other states due to the regulatory environment. He is encouraged by more collaboration between the departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection in regulation and farm-friendly best management practices and asked that lawmakers continue to support that effort. He also noted challenges at the local level due to inconsistencies among municipalities and efforts to balance agriculture needs and rapid development.

More information about this meeting, including video and written testimony and presentations, is available at www.RepCauser.com. Click on “House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee” from the left navigation bar.

Community Foundation Looking for Applicants for the Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Scholarship.

This scholarship was established in memory of Robert B. Merten, a Presbyterian minister,

teacher and musician. Throughout his life he took a strong interest in the young, the elderly and

the needy. He was an active volunteer and thoughtful commentator on significant issues. He

composed and performed music for several community organizations and functions and was a

member of a local band. This award is open to any Potter County senior graduating from any

public, private, or home school in Potter County or Port Allegany High School and accepted into

college or conservatory in the field of music.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 15th. Applications for the $900 scholarship are available on the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers website and through the high school guidance offices.

The Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Scholarship is one of many scholarships available through the CFTT. Information on the other scholarships can be found by contacting the CFTT. Suzanne Lee, President stated, “We are delighted to be able to provide scholarship opportunities to students in our community. The CFTT is pleased to able to help defray some of the costs through a partnership with our generous donors.”

CFTT serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a non-profit, that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.

The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, the earnings from these funds are used to make grants to meet identified community needs or fulfill the desire of the donor. Donors can even make recommendations to the CFTT of the charitable organizations to receive grants.

Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone – 570-888-4759; email – slee@twintierscf.org or website – www.twintierscf.org.

A Sinnemahoning has been victimized by a scam. According to Emporium based state police, The 67 year old woman received a phone call Monday morning advising their her granddaughter had been jail as the result of a crash and the victim would have to wire $5,000 to post bail and get out of jail. Once the money was wired, the victim learned her granddaughter was never in jail. Once again police warn about falling victim to such calls and advise checking with family members to see if it is true and/or check with police. Social media make it easy for criminals as they obtain enough information from the programs that they sound believable. Also, legitimate bail bondsmen do not post bail via phone. They may communicate by email or text but must meet the person posting the bail in person.

State police at Ridgway have arrested 42 year old Heather McClain of St. Marys for retail theft. Authorities claim McClain took $57.46 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys  Walmart Monday without paying for the items.

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing their investigation into a theft occurring last summer in Johnsonburg. Police claim a 27yearold Chicago, IL woman wrote a worthless check to Elk County Foods and has not made the check good since writing it on July 20, 2017.

Mansfield based state police have charged 41 year old Billie Arbaugh of Morris with theft of a motor vehicle. Police claim Arbaugh and the vehicle owner, a 77 year old woman, also from Morris, were in the victim’s Hyundai Elantra  last Friday afternoon near the Tioga/Lycoming County line when Arbaugh allegedly drove off leaving the victim stranded by the roadside.

Julia V. Bean, 87, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Olean, N.Y., entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Born on September 30, 1930 in Olean, she was a daughter of John and Helen Murowski Mazur.  In 1960 in Olean, she married Kenneth V. Nellis, who passed away in 1968.  On July 15, 1970 in Westons Mills, she married Lyle A. Bean, who survives.

Julia was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1949.  She was employed by Alcas Cutlery in Olean as an assistant supervisor, retiring in 1996 after 44 years of service.

Julia loved tending to her flower gardens.  After her retirement, she was a volunteer for local schools reading and writing programs.  Julia will be remembered for her warm personality and love for her family and friends.  She will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Rosemarie (Joseph) Kaluza; seven stepchildren, Mark (Rosemary) Hathaway, Luther (Crystal) Hathaway, Marcella (Harris) Steele, Melda Justice, Marlene Yeaples, Monalisa (Randy) Miles, and Marcia (Rich) Green; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Freelove and Rosemarie Mazur; and several nieces and nephews.

Julia was predeceased by her parents; her first husband; and a brother, Theodore “Teddy” Mazur, who died in 2015.

Friends may call from 9:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11:30am with the Rev. Edward L. Bean, Julia’s brother-in-law, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julia’s name may be made to local libraries or schools, as well as online to Donorschoose.org for teachers needing school supplies.

Julia’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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