Wednesday June 27, 2018

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Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 63; .06” rain

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Obituaries: Mary E. Crowell, Coudersport and Jackson Manning, Port Allegany

Unemployment rate drops across the region…Panelists sought for Art Advisory Council….Gov. Wolf signs school safety bill….Genesee man bound over to court on attempted homicide and related charges…

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The jobless picture improved all across Pennsylvania, especially in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area, between April and May according to figures just released by the state Department of Labor and Industry. Potter and McKean Counties both realized a full one percent drop. Potter’s went down from 5.5% to 4.5%; McKean’s decreased from 5.1% to 4.1%. Cameron County, often the lowest in the state, also realized improvement from 5.% to 4.5%; Elk dropped from 5.4% to 4.1%; and Tioga went down from 5.2% to 4.6%. Chester County had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 2.7%–a a decrease from 3.3%. Forest was still at the bottom of the 67 county list at 6.0% but that was better than the 7.1% recorded in April. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.5% during the period while the national figure was at a rare time low of 3.8%.
The Elk County Council on the Arts seeks individuals to serve on a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Advisory Panel.The 2018 Panel will be held on Friday, August 17th, location TBD. Selected panelists serve one full day, from 8:30am-5pm. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
Panelist Qualifications
Panelists must reside or work in Elk, Potter, Cameron, Mckean, Jefferson, Clarion, or Forest Counties must be an adult 18 years of age or older.
Panelists do not need a specific arts education or affiliation, just an appreciation. This process is about making sure that residents of each community have access to the arts.
You do not need to work in arts and culture to be a panelist. Consultants, attorneys, community leaders, legislative staffers, educators, philanthropists, non-profit administrators, and arts enthusiasts have all been panelists in the past.
Panelist Responsibilities
Participate in an online panel orientation. Panel orientations are conducted online through a free webinar. Orientation is mandatory for each panelist. During the panel orientation, panelists will learn how to review and score the applications. The orientation is approximately 30 minutes and is offered multiple times for convenience. Potential panelistswill receive the dates and more information about the orientation after their application is accepted.
Read and rate each grant application.
All panelists are required to read and rate each application according to criteria established by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Reading the grant applications must be done in advance of the panel session and on their own time. They will have about three weeks to read and rate approximately 25 applications. Participants should plan to spend between 5-10 hours preparing for the panel.

Attend the Panel Session.
The panel session is a one-day commitment where
the applications will be discussed and scored by all of the panelists. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be included. Panelists are not compensated for their service. PPA Contact: Liz Scacchitti;Website:]
Phone: (814) 772-7051 Fax: (814) 772-7049 Mailing address: 237 Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed school safety legislation that passed Friday as part of a response spurred by February’s high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.Wolf signed the bill shortly after it passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly as part of a broader budget package.The bill sets up state-administered programs to distribute school safety grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools.It also tasks a new committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to develop an assessment of school safety and security, and use it to suggest improvements to school districts.The grant program is to be seeded with $60 million to start.School districts can apply once a year for a grant for a wide range of purposes, including safety and security assessments, security-related technology, training, counselors, police officers and anti-violence programs.Each grant must be at least $25,000, but it is limited to 10 percent of the cash in the program account. Up to $7.5 million will be set aside for municipalities, institutions of higher education and community organizations to undertake anti-violence programs.The anonymous reports program, called “Safe 2 Say” will be administered by the attorney general’s office, which would relay reports to police. It is modeled on a similar program Colorado created after 1999’s Columbine school shooting.
A 21 year old Genesee resident has been bound over to Potter County on charges of attempted homicide. Aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment following a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Kari McCleaft.State police State police allege that John Polen IV and 91 year old Turner Polen were arguing at a house located at 221 Corcoran Road in Genesee Township on the afternoon of June 1, when the younger man allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun hitting the elderly victim in the shoulder and face. He was taken first by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and later flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Mary Elizabeth Crowell, 89, of Coudersport, passed away, Friday, June 22, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Mary was born on May 6, 1929 in Bingham Township, the daughter of the late Lavern B. and Viola (Teater) Howe. She was the wife of the late Adelbert C. “Del” Crowell who preceded her in death on July 31, 2003.She was a graduate of Ulysses High School, Class of 1947, and attended the YWCA Secretarial School in Buffalo, NY. Mary was by her husband’s side, Adelbert C. Crowell, CPA, for over forty years as his secretary.Mary was a member of the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport and a fifty year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ulysses Chapter #95. She was the daughter of farmers and loved the outdoors and gardening. She also enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family. Mary was forever young and a friend to all.Mary is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda L. Crowell of Coudersport and Julia A. and T.J. Jackson of Loveland, OH; five grandchildren; Cassie E. Fish of Pittsburgh; Alexander B. Fish of Coudersport; Holly A. Jackson of New Orleans, LA; Autumn L. Jackson of Loveland, OH and Elizabeth C. Jackson of Cincinnati, OH.In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a son, Bruce T. Crowell, a sister, Phyllis L. Burrell and a brother, Rev. P. Burdette Howe.Family and Friends are welcome from 6- 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018 for a visitation at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport and from 10-11:00 am, Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Scott R. Ogden officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at the North Bingham Cemetery, Genesee. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
A 21 year old Gemesee man is in the Potter County jail after being arraigned on one count of attempted homicide; two of aggravated assault and one of reckless endangerment. State police at Coudersport over the weekend released the name of the suspect claiming that John Polen IV and 91 year old Turner Polen were arguing at a house located at 221 Corcoran Road in Genesee Township Friday afternoon when the younger man allegedly fired a h9 mm handgun hitting the elderly victim who was taken first by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and later flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Police have not revealed the victim’s condition nor the family relationship between the men. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Monday, June 25, 2018 before District Judge Kari McCleaft.