Friday May 11, 2018


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Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 45


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Informational meeting on Denton Hill scheduled for May 23…..Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases and May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month…Bridgework will create detours between Shinglehouse and Coneville…Second Emporium fire leaves 13 people homeless….Teen suspected of stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry from McKean County home…

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Rep. Martin Causer reports The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will hold an informational meeting about a master plan for Denton Hill State Park on Wednesday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the lodge in the park.
According to DCNR State Parks Director John Hallas, the agency has worked to develop a plan that will provide infrastructure improvements to the ski area, and position a concessionaire and the park to grow recreational opportunities in all four seasons.
The park first opened as a ski area in 1958 and was operated by the Commonwealth until 1979. In 1983, DCNR signed a 35-year concession lease agreement with Denton Hill Family and Ski Resort Inc. The concessionaire notified DCNR in November 2014 that it would no longer be able to operate, and ski operations have been closed since that time.
Bridge work that’s part of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT improvement job on Route 44 in Potter County, will bring traffic pattern changes starting May 16. The overall project will improve ride quality across 9 miles of roadway, extend the life of the roadway surface from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville, and bring repairs to three bridges.
Repairs will get underway next week on the Oswayo Creek bridge near Millport. During the first phase of the repair work in the westbound lane, drivers will encounter an alternating traffic pattern at the bridge enforced by temporary traffic signals, as well as not being able to access Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) from Route 44. Drivers needing to access Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) will follow a detour using Plank Road (Route 4014) and Honeoye Road (Route 4021). This detour will be in place through June.
During the second phase of the repair work in the eastbound lane, Canada Hollow Road (Township Road 339) will be closed for access from Route 44. Drivers needing to access Canada Hollow Road will follow a detour using Cow Run (Route 4017) and Canada Hollow Road (T-339). This second detour will be in place through mid-August.
The 187-foot bridge spans Oswayo Creek in the village of Millport. The bridge carries an average of 1,700 vehicles each day and repairs will remove it from the structurally deficient list.
Temporary signals are also in place on a smaller Route 44 bridge near the intersection with Back Road, east of Millport. A third Route 44 bridge between Millport and Shinglehouse will see repair work later this year.
Work activity on the overall project includes roadway grinding, installation of pavement base drain, drainage replacement, pipe flushing, roadway widening, overlay, tree trimming for daylighting, pavement markings, basic bridge repairs, new signage, and miscellaneous construction.
Roadway work zones feature flaggers in the roadway enforcing alternating traffic patterns.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $9.1 million job. The project is expected to finish by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
May is World Lyme Disease Day, a time to raise awareness of a disease that more than 25,000 people contracted in 2015, and was suspected in over 35,000.Pennsylvania has had the highest number of cases for the past threeyears. Rates of Lyme disease continue to rise in the Northeast United States. To protect yourself and your loved ones from this painful bacterial infection, read up on the following key facts to know about the disease, and how to prevent it.

What Is Lyme Disease?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borreliaburgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.
The ticks can’t fly or jump, the CDC report. Instead, they wait for either a human or animal host while resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Although they can attack anywhere on the body, their favorite places to attach are in areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include: Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Thankfully, most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. However, if the infection is left untreated, it may develop into more serious symptoms such as arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints, and facial palsy where you may experience a droopiness on the face, The CDC report.
The main route of exposure to the Lyme disease bacteria is through ticks, therefore, the best route of prevention is preventing tick bites. This can be done by avoiding wooded areas with especially high grass or large amounts of leaf litter.
In addition, use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. It also helps to wear clothing and use tents that contain 0.5 percent permethrin, the CDC advises. If you do not have permethrin clothing, it helps to wear long socks or pants when walking through wooded areas to prevent ticks from attaching, WebMD report.
In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted, the CDC reports. So it’s helpful to search yourself and your loved ones for ticks after you have been in tick-infested areas, such as hiking through the woods. It also helps to take a shower or bath after returning from wooded areas, as this can not only wash away newly lodged ticks but also make them easier to spot.
In addition, put clothing in the dryer after washing to ensure that you’ve completely killed or dislodged any ticks that may have caught a ride on your clothing.

The state police fire marshal reports the fire Tuesday night which heavily damaged a seven unit two story apartment building in Emporium was caused by improper  disposal of smoking materials which ignited nearby combustible items. There were no injuries however seven families comprised of 13 people were left homeless. The building is owned by Laura Ann Hoffman-Williamson of Olean. Damage is estimated bo be about $185,000. Volunteers from Coudersport, Austin, Port Allegany, St. Marys and Kersey assisted Emporium firefighters. It was the second major fire in Emporium within a month. On April 8, another apartment building and a nearby single family home were destroyed by fire leaving seven people homeless.

A 17 year old boy is accused of stealing a small amount of US currency and $10,200 worth of jewelry from the home of Betty Mosburg on Flickerwood Road in Wetmore Township McKean County between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm April 26. State police claim the boy stole the money and jewelry while cleaning the victim’s house.


State police at Kane are investigating a criminal mischief occurring between May 1 and 5 on Route 155 just west of Birch Run Road. Would-be burglars tried to force their way into a garage owned by Nnecia Wood but were not able to gain entry.

DUI charges are pending against a 27 year old Ridgway man who drove his vehicle off the road at the intersection of Montmorenci Road and Evergreen Road in Ridgwayt Wednesday night. Troopers said when they investigated they determined the man had been driving under the influence of alcohol and took him into custody. The suspect’s name will be released when charges are formally made.