Friday December 28, 2018

 

Black Forest Express

 

 Nearly 30 state parks, including several in this region, will be participating in “First Day” hikes…DCNR provides information about winter activities at state parks…Johnsonburg woman accused of stealing lost purse and using money to by merchandise for herself….Emporium man picked up on warrant allegedly found with pot and paraphernalia…..Illegal alien nabbed in Pittsburgh will be prosecuted by feds……

Thursday’s high, 42 Overnight low, 40 (rain not measured)

FRI-SHOWERS, HIGH 55

FRI NIGHT –SHOWERS, LOW 31

SAT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN/SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 36

SAT NIGHT-LOW 25

SUN-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 34

SUN NIGHT-LOW 30

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Nearly 30 state parks, including several in this region, will be participating in “First Day” hikes…DCNR provides information about winter activities at state parks…Johnsonburg woman accused of stealing lost purse and using money to by merchandise for herself….Emporium man picked up on warrant allegedly found with pot and paraphernalia…..Illegal alien nabbed in Pittsburgh will be prosecuted by feds……

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To promote a healthy start to the new year, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials will be joining hikers at several parks across the state as DCNR again sponsors free, guided hikes in 29 state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.

“Our First Day Hikes help remind people that our state parks and forests are open for healthy outdoor adventures in all four seasons, including winter,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn said. “They are a great way to make a resolution to enjoy nature and get more exercise, and keep it on the first day of the year.”

The following Pennsylvania state park facilities are participating during daylight hours January 1, 2019:

 

Bald Eagle

Beltzville

Black Moshannon

Caledonia

Canoe Creek

Codorus

Cowans Gap

Delaware Canal

French Creek

Gifford Pinchot

Greenwood Furnace

    Hills Creek

Keystone

    Kinzua Bridge

Lehigh Gorge

Lyman Run

Moraine

Nescopeck

Parker Dam

Pine Grove

Prince Gallitzin

Pymatuning

Racoon Creek

Shawnee

    Sinnemahoning

Jacobsburg, Kings Gap, and Nolde Forest environmental education centers

Pennsylvania state park staff and volunteers lead the hikes, which are usually about one or two miles, but can be longer depending on the park and its terrain.

“Last year, we hosted over 700 participants who hiked more than 1,793 miles in our state parks across the Pennsylvania,” Dunn said. “

Organized by the National Association of State Park Directors to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year-round recreation at state parks, all 50 states have cooperatively sponsored First Day Hikes since 2012.

Additional details can be found at the DCNR website; click on Events,” then select the “Hiking and Walking” link.

Hikers are invited to share their experience on social media using #FirstDayHikePA.

When winter weather returns, citizens can find activities going on  in state parks The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks.

The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season.

The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report also lists the snow thickness and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report is searchable by park and by winter outdoor recreation activity.

A Johnsonburg woman has been arrested for stealing lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake and theft by unlawful taking. State police at Ridgway report 75 year old Paula Sorg of Weedville forgot her purse in a shopping car in the St. Marys Walmart parking lot Wednesday afternoon. When she returned to the store she discovered someone had removed itl  After viewing video footage, authorities discovered 28 year old Sheilah Thomas had taken the purse and used the money tom purchase items in the store for herself.

Emporium-based state police are charging 36 year old Chad Delp of Sinnemahoning with possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug  paraphernalia.  Officers stopped Delp’s 2009 Chevrolett HHR on West Fourth Street last Thursday afternoon, December 20, on a warrant. While processing Delp, they allegedly found a small amount of pot and related paraphernalia.