Thursday, January 24, 2019

 

Wednesday’s high 34 (late in the day) Overnight “low” 37 Freezing rain all day

THU-MORNING WINTRY MIX THEN CLOUDY, HIGH 35

THU NIGHT-WINDY AND OVERCAST, LOW 17

FRI-MORNING FLURRIES THEN PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 16

FRI NIGHT-CHILLY, LOW 13

SAT-CLOUDY, HIGH 21

SAT NIGHT-BRIEF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 16

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Obituaries: Ronald, “Ron” Onufry, Coudersport and Doris Clark, Ulysses and Harrison Valley

DCNR announces new wild plant classifications…..Knoxville woman accused of lying to police about a rape….icy roads blamed for several crashes including a tractor trailer in McKean County….

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The   Department of Conservation and Natural recently  announced that new regulations that apply to the conservation of native wild plants in Pennsylvania are now final. After a public comment and approval process taking place over more than a year, the final regulations were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 22, 2018.

Pennsylvania’s wild plant classifications includes rare, threatened and endangered, as well as others such as vulnerable, extirpated, tentatively undetermined and special population.

The updates to the list include:

Nine plants were added

Nine plants moved from a lower classification to a higher one

Two plants were downgraded

Thirty-one plants were removed from the list

Scientific names were changed  for 79 species

The department will continue working to maintain an updated list of classified plants in Pennsylvania by obtaining scientific information and classification recommendations from the public and experts across the state.

DCNR supports the newly formed Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network, which will focus on the stewardship of rare plants on private lands and outreach on the importance of plants. That work will be spearheaded by Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network Coordinator Kristi Allen.

Many factors can threaten populations of plants and cause them to become rare. Some of the most common threats to plants in Pennsylvania include:

Habitat loss and fragmentation, due to climate change, development, or conversion of habitat

Invasive plants displacing native plants

Creation of more edge habitat, increasing the threat of invasive plant species

Selective browsing by white-tailed deer or other wildlife may prevent plants from reproducing

Over-collection by people

There are some things everyone can do to help native wild plants:

Don’t pick native wild plants. Picking flowers means the plant will not go to seed. Take pictures, but leave the flowers in their habitats.

Do not remove plants from the wild to plant at home. They generally will not survive and removing them hurts their natural populations.

Don’t plant invasives and remove them at home. This will prevent their spread to other areas.

Plant natives in your yard, and ask for them at the garden center.

DCNR has reviewed more than 20 years of field and taxonomic data to make these regulation updates.

The department receives plant data, information, and classification recommendations from the Pennsylvania Biological Survey’s (PABS) Vascular Plant Technical Committee, which is comprised of professional botanists.

DCNR also receives input from a public forum of the committee — the Rare Plant Forum; which is attended by 50-80 amateur and professional botanists from across the state.

During the 1960’s, Multi-Flora Rose was seen as a natural fence but it was later determined to be an invasive plant and had to be removed. Some area conservation districts and state parks have held workshops on invasive plants and no doubt will be offering more.

For more information about the rulemaking and wild plants, visit the DCNR website, choose “Conservation.”

A 27 year old Knoxville woman has been arrested for making false reports. Mansfield based state police claim Erin Outman told them on October 4, 2018 that she had been raped the night before. Troopers say during their investigation, they determined the information was false and say she eventually confessed to the lie.

Mansfield based state police have also charged 24 year old Anna Brown of Cogan Station of harassment by communication. Authorities allege 24 year old Anna Brown made the harassing messages to 32 year old Shawn Clark of Osceola Tuesday afternoon.

Icy roads are blamed for several area accidents. A Dunkirk, NY tractor trailer operator received minor injuries just before noon Wednesday when his Peterbilt wrecked in Wetmore Township. William Nolan was taken to UPMC Kane for injuries he suffered when his semi swerved across the icy road, traveled down an embankment and hit a tree. The impact cause the trailer to overturn.

A Kane woman escaped injury Wednesday evening on Route 219 in Sergeant Township when her Jeep Wrangler spun off the slippery road while headed south , hit a section of guardrails and flipped onto the driver’s side. Hannah Tyler was using a seatbelt while going south near the Halsey Road.

State police at Mansfield have charged 19 year old Brett Buman of Lindley, NY for speeding after his Ford F-150 skidded off of the Baldwin Run Road  and hit a tree in Delmar Township Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks say they investigated a “non-reportable” accident Tuesday morning on the Vincent Hollow Road in Keating Township. A 2008 Dodge Caravan failed to make a left curve on the ice covered and slid off the pavement. However there was no damage and there were no injuries.

                                       Obituaries

Ronald F. “Ron” Onufry, Sr., 78, of Coudersport, formerly of Hop Bottom, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Born on June 26, 1940 in Perth Amboy, N.J., he was a son of Theodore Sr. and Regina Horan Onufry.  On November 28, 1963 in Nicholson, he married Patricia H. “Pat” Buffington, who survives.

Ronald was a member of the first graduating class of Mountain View High School in Kingsley.  He was self-employed.

Ron’s greatest love was his family and his strong work ethic.  He was well known for his famous barbeque chicken, using his secret recipe.

Surviving besides his wife are four children, Ronald F. “Ron” (Diane) Onufry, Jr. of Port Allegany, Lorraine M. “Lori” (Jerald) Loomis of Montrose, Michael P. C. (Lisa) Onufry of Austin, and Kimberly J. (Robert III) Reid of Factoryville; eight grandchildren, Amber Onufry, Ashley Onufry, Zachary Loomis, Ashton Loomis, Lily Reid, Robert “Bobby” Reid IV, Deanna Burkholder, and Jeffrey Prosser;  two great-granddaughters, Brooke Burkholder and Isabella Onufry; three sisters, Dolores Boucher of Richmond, Virginia, Regina (David) Evans of Nicholson, and Mary (Joel) Mersereau of La Pine, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Rice; and a brother, Theodore Onufry, Jr.

In keeping with Ron’s wishes there will be no visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held in the future on a date and time to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Ronald’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ronald, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Doris F. CLARK, 96, formerly of Ulysses and Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, January 21, 2019 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA.

Born November 21, 1922, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of William and Hattie R. Whitman French.On June 16, 1973, in Harrison Valley, she married Francis E. Clark, who predeceased her in 1996.Doris owned and operated a beauty shop in Harrison Valley for many years.  She was a member of the Harrison Valley Federated Church.Surviving are:  a daughter, Tracey Stermer;  four grandchildren, Benjamin Swan, Morgan (Timothy) LeRoyer, Ashley (Nicolas) Zakowitz, and Robert J. (Rebekah) Ace;  several great-grandchildren;  step-grandchildren;  a nephew, Darrell (Patti) Gamble;  nieces, Phyllis (Alan) Scardina, Bonnie Gamble, and Bonnie Louise Swartley; and a step-daughter, Caroline Jones.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Stephanie J. McGuire;  sisters, Ruth F. Gamble and Bonnie Miller;  a nephew, Quentin A. Gamble;  and step-sons, Thomas F. Clark and Richard A. Clark.A Graveside Service in Ulysses Cemetery will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on a later date.Memorials may be made to the Harrrison Valley Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.