Monday, July 9, 2018

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 42

MON-SUNNY, HIGH 82

MON NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS, LOW  62

TUE-PARTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 82

TUE NIGHT-CLEAR LOW 56

WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 77

                                                                WED NIGHT –CLEAR, LOW 54

Sunday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 42

MON-SUNNY, HIGH 82

MON NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS,LOW  62

TUE-PARTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 82

TUE NIGHT-CLEAR LOW 56

WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 77

WED NIGHT –CLEAR, LOW 54

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Obituary: Louis Felicetti, Ulysses

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Rep. Causer calls  governor’s school plan, devastating…..PC Commissioner Paul Heimel  agrees rural counties penalized for lack of population….Warrant issued for Portville man accused of strangling Eldred woman…..Harassment charges filed against Coudersport woman….Reported animal cruelty in Allegany Township, Potter Count investigated by state police….Minor injuries reported for Cameron County teen driver…Theft of puppy from Emporium home being probed… 

 

 

Rep. Martin Causer takes on the governor’s school funding proposal. Recently, Gov. Tom Wolf called for a major change in how public schools are funded in the Commonwealth – a change that would have a devastating impact on students in our local school districts and across rural Pennsylvania according to Causer.

Under the governor’s plan, 100 percent of the state’s Basic Education Funding appropriation in the annual state budget would be distributed through a formula that sends more money to school districts with a growing student population and less money to districts with a shrinking student population. On its face, the formula seems to make sense. But let’s look at the numbers.

f the governor’s proposal was to be implemented today, 300 of the state’s 500 school districts would see cuts in state funding. And for each and every one of the 12 school districts that serve students in the 67th Legislative District, the cuts would be dramatic. Here’s the breakdown (numbers based on 2017-18 state budget):

Austin Area School District – CUT 47 percent ($692,310)

Bradford Area School District – CUT 33 percent ($4.3 million)

Cameron County School District – CUT 49 percent ($2.67 million)

Coudersport Area School District – CUT 24 percent ($1.06 million)

Galeton Area School District – CUT 21 percent ($454,556)

Kane Area School District – CUT 42 percent ($3.44 million)

Keystone Central School District – CUT 29 percent ($5.87 million)

Northern Potter School District – CUT 46 percent ($2 million)

Oswayo Valley School District – CUT 27 percent ($1 million)

Otto-Eldred School District – CUT 56 percent ($3.17 million)

Port Allegany School District – CUT 46 percent ($3.37 million)

Smethport Area School District – CUT 48 percent ($3.14 million)

“For districts like ours that mostly rely on state funding to cover 50 percent to 70 percent or more of their annual budgets, such a severe and abrupt drop in state funding would be financially devastating. Our communities do not have the local tax base necessary to make up for such a significant loss of funds, and our students would suffer as a result. Sadly, this is another example of how the governor is out of touch with rural Pennsylvania.”

Causer’s concerns were echoed by Potter  County Commissioner Paul Heimel during last Thursday’s board meeting. Heimel reported that he will be attending a meeting of the National Associatin of County Commissioners as vice presiden4t of the organization and will express the inequity which exists between rural and metropolitan counties. Heimel said rural counties are expected to fund state mandated programs using a formula established for areas with much higher populations which unfairly burdens rural residents.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Portville, NY man accused of strangling and Eldred woman during a domestic violence assault Saturday afternoon in Eldred Township. Kane based state police report when they responded to a call at a home on McCrea Brook Road, they found 63 year old Terry Miller had choked a 44 year old Eldred woman causing airway restriction. Miller reportedly left the scene by vehicle before police arrived. Under a relatively new Pennsylvania law, strangulation is a stand alone crime, meaning a suspect can be prosecuted for the crime by itself.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 54year old Patricia Karr of Coudersport for harassment. Authorities allege Karr shoved a 25 year old man up against a walland grabbed a 24 yea rold woman by the arm during an argument at a North Main Street Coudersport home early last Thursday morning.

Troopers at Coudersport are also investigating an animal cruelty case on Cowburn Road in Allegany Township . Authorities have not released details but say they are continuing to investigate the report after going to the location last Tuesday morning.

Minor injuries were reported for an Emporium teenager following a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Norwich Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, 19 year old Samantha Bickford was going north on Route 46 when her Jeep Cherokee drifted across the northbound fog line and abruptly swerved back onto the road, crossed the center line, and went off the south side of the road before colliding with a garage about 20 feet off the western side. Bickford did not require medical attention for her minor wrist injury.

A Sharon, PA motorist has been cited for improper entrance or crossing roadway for a collision Sunday morning. State police at Emporium explained the collision occurred when Thomas Jones pulled his Chevrolet Colorado onto Route 120 in front of a Ford F-150 driven by Paul Franceus of Sinnemahoning. Both drivers were unhurt but the vehicles had to be towed away.

Three drivers have been arrested by area state police for DUI. Thomas Friedl, 27 of Emporium, was arrested after being stopped at about 1:30 am Saturday on MaIn Street in Kersey. Edison Lavalle, 24, of St. Marys was arrested after he was pulled over on Brusselles St. in St. Marys at around 2:30 Sunday morning for alleged traffic violations. David Miller, Jr. 44 of Gaines was arrested after he was stopped by patrol officers on Route 6 in Pike Township back on the night of March 10. Details of Miller’s arrest were just released over the weekend by Coudersport based state police.

The theft of a puppy from a Cameron County home over the weekend is being probed by state police at Emporium The 5 month old German Shepherd puppy was kidnapped at around 11:30 this past Sunday morning from  a home located at 5925 Sizerville Road in Portage Township .  He responds to “Max” and has the traditional coloring of a German Shepher, brown and black.Anyone who knows of the dog’s whereabouts is asked to  call state police at 814.486.3321.

 

Obituary

Louis R. FELICETTI, 83, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia.  Born December 13, 1934, in West Chester, he was the son of Louis E. and Margaret Hodgson Gochnauer Felicetti.  On May 29, 1954, in the First Baptist Church, Kennett Square, he married the former Janet S. Hansen, who survives.  He was employed by the US Postal Service for 37 years in Kennett Square and by Jubilee in Coudersport in the bakery department for 12 years.  Lou was a member of the Ulysses First Baptist Church and the Brookland Club.  Surviving besides his wife, Jan, are:  five children, James (Patricia) Felicetti of Lincoln University, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Felicetti of Middletown, DE, John (Jacqueline) Felicetti of Elverson, Andrew (Karen) Felicetti of Genesee, and Ann Felicetti of Middletown, DE;  four grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren;  a sister, Margaret Pennington of West Grove;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Dolores Barbacane.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Jason Reed will officiate.  Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Brookland.  Memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.