Tuesday June 12, 2018

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Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County


Monday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 43







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Obituary: Edith Fuller, Mills

Galeton couple arrested for making drugs….Elkland woman accused of hitting boyfriend multiple times….House Ag Committee shows support for Causer’s attempt to shed light on PennVEST’s deal on private land sale….Cameron County selling “passport” to encourage tourists to spend more time in the region……

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Two Galeton residents are in jail today after being arrested during a drug raid last night in that town. The Galeton Borough Police Department with the assistance of Sweden Township Police Department , K9 Jay and the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at 112 Sherman Street Galeton last night where 20 plus bags of illegal drugs, (properties consistent with those to Methamphetamines, Cocaine and Marijuana) paraphernalia, and $1000.00 in cash and loose change were seized.Both Robert Hurd and Megan Elizabeth Bryant-Ranck of Galeton was arrested for  felony possession with the intent to and other charges and  were arraigned before being remanded to Potter and Tioga County Jail.

An Elkland woman has been arrested on a harassment charge. Mansfield based state police allege 24 year old Marrissa Loomis struck her boyfriend, 36 year old Ryan Eldrige of Westfield repeatedly Sunday morning. The assault reportedly took place just after 1:00 am at a home located at 729 Sperry and Young Roads in Westfield.

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has approved a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), calling for a thorough audit of more than 100 nonpoint source management transactions approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

The resolution, which was introduced in response to questions about the agency’s approval of nearly $51 million in loans to a private company to help finance the purchase of 60,000 acres of private forest land, passed unanimously.

Among the concerns raised by legislators is that PENNVEST was created to invest in water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state, and there are many municipalities with crumbling infrastructure systems that could use financial help. They also questioned what is the public’s return on investment in offering this low-interest loan, and whether the transactions are permissible under current law.

To help address these and other questions, House Resolution 948 would request the auditor general conduct a financial audit of all nonpoint source program projects approved by the PENNVEST board of directors and submit a report of the audit to the House of Representatives upon completion. While there have been more than 100 such transactions approved by PENNVEST, the $51 million in loans to Lyme Timber Company to purchase private land, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.

The Lyme Timber transactions were approved by PENNVEST at meetings last fall and in January, with the funding being loaned at an interest rate of just 1 percent. As part of the transactions, Lyme Timber will complete a small acid mine drainage project on the property at a cost of about $700,000. The company also agreed to place approximately 9,400 acres of the land into a permanent working forest conservation easement.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer called a public meeting at the state Capitol in March to gather more information about the transactions from officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PENNVEST, as well as concerned land owners and timber operators. However, many questions remain.

Eat Drink Explore the Elk Loop is the newest project of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hoping to encourage visitors to spend time in the region.  The booklet or passport is purchased for $35.  It gives the bearer access to 11 food/beverage locations in Cameron and Elk Counties.  If the purchaser completes all the visits within one year of purchase, they receive a one of a kind sweat shirt.

The emphasis is on locations that offer wine, spirits, craft beer and cider with food locations.  In Cameron County Aroma Café will feature Bearded Brewing products, in the winter Pizza Palace Plus will have mead (honey wine) available and Driftwood Saloon is known for its BBQ.  Elk County includes Straub Brewery, Copper Fox Wines, Calla’s Café, Marienstadt House, Gunners, Benezette Wines, Medix Hotel ad Chicken Hill Distillery.

According to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Solak, the idea came from Emporium resident Rob Aversa, who received a similar passport to locations in the State College area as a gift.  “When we  used Facebook to announce the Eat Drink Explore the Elk Loop we had 12,000 views and more than 80 shares!”  Solak is hoping the first 100 books are sold by the end of this month.  They are now available online at www.cameroncountychamber.org, Eventbrite.com or Facebook.com.  They can also be picked up at the chamber office, and by phone at 814-486-4314.  By the end of the month Lakeview Store and Cabins will also have the books.


Edith L. FULLER, 79, of Mills, PA, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 in her home.  Born July 20, 1938, in Harrison Valley, PA, she was the daughter of Earl Clifton and Goldie L. Glover Houghtaling.   On December 24, 1959, in Port Allegany, she married William F. Fuller, who predeceased her on May 23, 1994. Edith was emloyed by Hamilton’s Potato Farm.  She was a member of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, the Harrison Township Auxiliary, and the West Union Mennonite Church.  Surviving are:  four children, Ned L. (Wanda) Fuller of Westfield, Varley Fuller of Knoxville, PA, Robin (Jeff Hanes) Cary of Mills, and Martin (Sue) Fuller of Cowanesque, PA;  seven grandchildren;  16 great-grandchildren;  four sisters, Roxie Sharp of Mills, PA, Amy Sharp and Joyce Hanes, both of Westfield, and Lottie Slaby of Gaines, PA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two grandchildren, Ned L. Fuller, Jr. and Jessica Fuller;  three sisters, Sylvia Chandlier, Etta Hilfiger, and Bonita Dunham;  three brothers, Stephen, Raymond, and Alwin;  and a son-in-law, Kevin Cary.  A private graveside service will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.  The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co., 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfunera