Tuesday February 5, 2019

 

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Obituary: Tracy Tucker, Roulette

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has announced that the Pine Creek Rail-Trail project that runs through Wellsboro has been selected to receive $1 million through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

“This is huge news for the area,” said Owlett. “This is a greatly anticipated project that will have a big economic impact in addition to being a fantastic recreational resource. This funding will help get the project one step closer to reality.

“Just imagine one day hopping on your bike in Wellsboro and riding all the way down to Jersey Shore,” said Owlett. “This trail will be a great addition to our area.”

The Pine Creek Rail Trail begins just north of Wellsboro, runs south through Pine Creek Gorge, and ends at Jersey Shore.

The Pine Creek Rail-Trail project is one of 50 highway, bridge, transit, aviation, and bike and pedestrian projects in 23 counties that were selected to receive a combined $44.5 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.

PennDOT evaluated applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.

“A big round of applause goes out to all those behind the scenes who have been working so diligently on this project and the application submitted to PennDOT to receive consideration by the Multimodal Fund,” said Owlett. “State funding is always in high demand and only 50 of the best projects across the entire state were chosen to receive funding.”

PennDOT’s Multimodal Fund was established by Act 89 to provide funding for ports and rail freight, increase aviation investments, establish dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allow targeted funding for priority investments in any mode.

President Trump is expected to talk about the high price of prescription medications in tonight’s state of the union address. There is a movement underway here in Pennsylvania to address the problem,.
As third-party administrators of drug benefit programs for health plans, pharmacy benefits managers have seen success in containing costs. But concerns are surfacing because the terms of these agreements are often unknown to consumers, and some practices have been questioned for their effectiveness. A bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) is aimed at alleviating several of the most prominent problems identified.
“Our interest is in limiting as much as possible what Pennsylvanians have to pay for prescription drugs,” said Baker. “We need to be more aggressive in policing this process so our citizens are not unknowingly paying more than they should for medicines they need.”
The legislation is the result of a public hearing Baker conducted last year into concerns about anti-consumer aspects of the system of pharmacy benefit managers.
“There are certain practices, such as spread pricing and gag clauses, which may result in bigger profits for companies and higher costs for customers. We find there are available remedies to correct the situation. We can draw on what neighboring states – Ohio and Maryland – have successfully done to save money for their consumers,” Baker explained.
In addition to banning spread pricing and gag clauses, Baker is also seeking to require the use of federal guidelines to set the price of prescription drugs filled through Medicaid and to establish a program rewarding pharmacies and pharmacy benefits managers if some compliance and cost saving measures are met.
“This proposal contains the principles of transparency and fairness that we are trying to apply in every area of state law,” Baker stated.
“This is not to diminish the importance of the savings realized since the pharmacy benefit manager system has been in place. Rather, our experience shows there are changes that can and should be made to provide a better deal for prescription drug purchasers,” she added.

Coudersport-based state police report they have charged two area resident for beating up 55 year old Raymond Bennick of Knoxville. Troopers claim 32 year old Felicia Cary of Mills and 38year old William White of Westfield attacked Bennick on the afternoon of January 26 at a residence located at 4821 Route 49 west. The assault caused moderate injuries to the victim’s head, neck, face and torso. Police also allege the pair stole and then destroyed Bennick’s cell phone. Apparently Bennick’s “partial” dental plate was also broken. It is valued at $3000.00. Charges of assault, theft, and related offenses have been filed in district court.

A Verona, PA man has been arrested for firearms violation at a Potter County business. Authorities allege 56 year old Alan Dickerson of Verona, PA tried to buy a gun at Perry’s Sport shop in Austin on October 25 .Dickerson reportedly is not allowed to own firearms. He was released on bail after being arraigned in district court.

Tracy R. Tucker, 48, of Lanninger Creek Rd., passed away Thursday (Jan. 31, 2019) in Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.
Born October 9, 1970, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Kenneth R. and Jolene C. Connolly Perry. On June 20, 1998, in Roulette, she married Randall F. Tucker, who survives.
Tracy was a longtime resident of the area and attended Northern Potter High School for several years, and graduated from Coudersport High School, class of 1988.
Mrs. Tucker worked for UPMC Cole, Port Allegany Health Center as a medical technician.
Tracy was secretary of the Roulette Chamber of Commerce, enjoyed crafting, but most of all loved being with her two grandchildren, and her beloved two dogs.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Randall, are three sons, Uriah J. Perry of Coudersport, Levi D. Perry of Roulette, Kendall R. Perry of Troy, PA, a stepson, Jeremy F. (Nikki) Tucker of Port Allegany; a granddaughter, Delanie Perry, a grandson, Jaxson Perry; two sisters, Danielle (Jeff) Long of Lockwood, NY, Kelli J. Snyder of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends will be received from 1-2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23, 2019) in the Roulette Fire Department Social Hall, where a celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the Roulette Fire Department or Roulette Chamber of Commerce.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to: Randall F. Tucker
46 Lanninger Creek Rd.
roulette, PA. 16746