Friday, March 15, 2019

 

 

 

Hopefully a scene from the past!

Thursday’s high 61; Temps went up to 55 overnight, then dropped to 44 by daybreak; .10 inch rain

FRI-LEFT- OVER AM SHOWERS, HIGH 50
FRI NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATON, LOW 29
SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, COOLER HIGH 33
SAT NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 21
SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36
SUN NIGHT-CLOUDS RETURN, LOW 24

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DEP launches tick surveillance….Avocados could provide anti-inflammatory help according to Penn State…Barn fire in McKean County caused by overloaded circuit….One driver hurt in Coudersport collision Thursday morning…

Obituaries: Matthew “Matt” Turk,Shinglehouse, Paul Bonser, Ulysses and Leslie “Les” Draper, Ulysses

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it is conducting a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania. Funding for this project is being provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The survey, which started in July 2018 in coordination with county governments, is part of the Pennsylvania Lyme Disease Task Force recommendations for combatting the growing incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It is funded annually through the state budget.

Pennsylvania ranks #2 of all 50 states with Lyme Disease cases. “Lyme disease is a major public health concern in Pennsylvania,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Many people believe that Lyme disease, and the ticks that carry the disease, can only be found in wooded areas. However, I know personally, as do many others, that ticks can be found in your backyard, where you walk your dog, or the local park. These surveillance efforts will help us to share with all Pennsylvanians the importance of taking steps to protect yourself.” The survey is taking place in every county in Pennsylvania to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases. Additionally, 38 counties are conducting a specific survey of nymphal blacklegged (Ixodesscapularis) ticks, which can transmit Lyme Disease to humans.

Ticks are collected using white felt drags that sample low-lying ground cover and understory vegetation for questing ticks.
Fall and winter surveillance focused on analyzing adult blacklegged ticks for emerging and changing disease burdens in public use habitats across Pennsylvania, such as parks, playgrounds or recreational fields.

The spring and summer surveillance will focus on collecting three tick species: the blacklegged tick in its immature nymphal stage, when it most often infects humans with Lyme disease, as well as human babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis; the adult American dog (Dermacentorvariabilis) tick, which transmits Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever and Tulameria; and adult lone star (Amblyommaamericanum) tick, which transmits Ehrlichiosis and Tularmeria.

The nymphal stage of the blacklegged tick causes the most tickborne illness in Pennsylvania due to its size and activity period. It is significantly smaller — about the size of a poppy seed — than the adult and therefore less likely to be discovered on the human body.
Since July 1, 2018, DEP collected 3,663 adult black-legged ticks for testing.

Lyme disease can exacerbate arthritis and joint pain and cause other inflammation-related ailments but there is hope for this reporter and others coming from Penn State. An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

The researchers developed the extract over the last decade as a food colorant and it is not known whether the compounds responsible for the extract’s vibrant orange color play any role in its ability to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, noted Joshua Lambert, associate professor of food science.

To determine the anti-inflammatory properties of the avocado seed extract, the researchers used cell culture models and enzymes that are important in immune response and inflammatory diseases. A class of immune cells called macrophages were grown in petri dishes and activated with a pro-inflammatory stimuli in the presence or absence of the avocado seed extract. The researchers measured the production of important pro-inflammatory mediators and signaling pathways in the cells after treatment with the extract.

“The next step, before we can draw further conclusions about the anti-inflammatory activity of this avocado seed extract, will be to design animal model studies,” said Lambert, co-director of Penn State’s Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health. “For example, we can look at a mouse model of ulcerative colitis where we formulate the avocado seed extract into the mice diet and look at whether it is able to reduce inflammation.”

Lambert believes the study lays the groundwork for more research because it provides evidence that there are bioactive compounds in avocado seeds that have anti-inflammatory activity.

“The level of activity that we see from the extract is very good,” he said. “We saw inhibitory activity at concentrations in the low microgram-per-milliliter range, which is an acceptable amount of activity to justify further studies.”

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, explained Lambert, whose research group in the College of Agricultural Sciences conducted the study. He pointed out that the findings, published recently in Advances In Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences, are especially encouraging because avocado seeds presently go to waste.

“If we can return value to avocado growers or avocado processors, that would be a benefit,” he said. “And if we can reduce the amount of this material being dumped in landfills, that would be a good thing, given the huge amount of avocados that are consumed. This is encouraging because there is a market for other high-value sources of bioactive compounds we have tested in my lab, such as cocoa and green tea – whereas avocado seeds are essentially considered to be garbage.”

Also involved in the research was Deepti Dabas, a doctoral degree student in food science, and Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science.

The researchers have filed a patent application for the use of the extract as a food color additive. In 2016, Lambert, Ziegler and two partners founded a company, Persea Naturals, to develop the extract for this application. The identification of potential beneficial biological activity, if it is borne out in subsequent studies, may add value to the extract and provide additional avenues for development.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported this research.

The state police fire marshal says a blaze which destroyed a McKean County barn early Thursday morning was caused by an overloaded electrical circuit. The fire erupted at about4:45 am in a barn on Canfield Hollow Road owned by Kevin and Brandi Welch. There were no human injuries but three sheep died in the blaze. Damage is estimated to be $200,000 but the loss is covered by insurance.

A Coudersport woman was hurt in a collision Thursday morning on Route 6 in front of UPMC Cole. According to Coudersport borough police the accident happened while Larry Henrichson of Genesee was following Ashley Bucholz while headed east. Henrichson did not notice Bucholz had stopped to make a left turn into the hospital’s parking lot and allowed his 2012 Ford d F250 Supercab pick up truck to run into the back of Bucholz’s 2001 Nissan. The impact pushed the Bucholz car into a telephone pole, shearing it off. Buchholz was treated at the hospital for minor injuries while Henrichson was not hurt.

DUI charges have been filed against 46 year old Patrick Heath of Wellsboro. State police at the Mansfield barracks allege when Heath was pulled over on Route 6 in Charleston Township on the afternoon of February 10, he was driving his 2009 under the influence.

State police at Emporium are looking for the owner of a SentrySafe lock box found outside the front doors of the Sheetz store at around 1:15 pm Tuesday. Anyone with information as to ownership is encouraged to call state police at 814.486.3321,

                                            Obituaries

Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. Born May 29, 1942, in Port Huron, MI, he was the son of Angus and Anna B. CharronBonser. On June 17, 1967, in Starville, MI, he married the former Barbara S. Easterly, who survives. A US Air Force Veteran, he served honorably from 1962 — 1964. A graduate of Marine City High School, Marine City, MI and Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, NY, he was employed as a truck driver by Riverside Spline and Gear Co., Marine City, MI for 24 years. He was then employed in maintenance by Zion Ministerial Institute for 10 years and drove school bus in the Northern Potter School District for 15 years. Paul was a member of the Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are: his mother of Coudersport; four children, Stephen Bonser of Roseville, MI, Sarah (George) LeMay of Concord, NH, Rebecca (Gerald) Russell of Ulysses, and Mark (Paula) Bonser of China, MI; eight grandchildren, Lichelle, Regina, Lyndsay, Brian, Chase, Andrew, Stephen, and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Maxine, and Lucas; a brother, Donald Bonser of Maryville, TN; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, David Bonser. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Friends may call at Zion Christian Assembly on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul G. Caram officiating.Due to allergies, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.

Matthew J. “Matt” Turk, 79, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, on Monday, March 11, 2019, after a long illness.Born on April 25, 1939 in Meadowlands, he was a son of Matthew J. Sr. and Stella J. Krizay Turk. On June 13, 1970 in Shinglehouse, he married D. Louise Lundy Turk, who passed away on February 4, 2004.Matt was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School in Meadowlands. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1960 to 1963, attaining the rank of buck sergeant.For many years, Matt was the owner and partner of Penvose and Turk Electrical Service. In 1970, he moved to Shinglehouse. He then was employed by Butler-Larkin in Wellsville, N.Y. and then later was employed as a machinist for West Brothers (now Gas Field Specialists) in Millport until his retirement.Matt was a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport and a member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest pleasure was riding his 4-wheeler in his free time.Surviving are a son, Matthew Steven “Steve” Turk of Shinglehouse; three stepsons, Jeffrey (Pam) Goodliff of Shinglehouse, John Goodliff and Barry Goodliff; seventeen grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents and wife, Matt was predeceased by a stepson, Michael Goodliff; and a brother, James Frank Turk.In keeping with Matt’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Matt entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Matt, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. Born May 29, 1942, in Port Huron, MI, he was the son of Angus and Anna B. CharronBonser. On June 17, 1967, in Starville, MI, he married the former Barbara S. Easterly, who survives. A US Air Force Veteran, he served honorably from 1962 — 1964. A graduate of Marine City High School, Marine City, MI and Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, NY, he was employed as a truck driver by Riverside Spline and Gear Co., Marine City, MI for 24 years. He was then employed in maintenance by Zion Ministerial Institute for 10 years and drove school bus in the Northern Potter School District for 15 years. Paul was a member of the Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are: his mother of Coudersport; four children, Stephen Bonser of Roseville, MI, Sarah (George) LeMay of Concord, NH, Rebecca (Gerald) Russell of Ulysses, and Mark (Paula) Bonser of China, MI; eight grandchildren, Lichelle, Regina, Lyndsay, Brian, Chase, Andrew, Stephen, and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Maxine, and Lucas; a brother, Donald Bonser of Maryville, TN; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, David Bonser. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Friends may call at Zion Christian Assembly on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul G. Caram officiating.Due to allergies, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.

Leslie A. “Les” DRAPER, 80, of Ulysses, formerly of North Fork and Sunderlinville, PA, died Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport, PA. Born February 15, 1939, in Harrison Valley, PA, he was the son of Arthur and Florence Shelley Draper. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Iva and Clayton Lewis. Les attended the Harrison-Ulysses-Genesee senior center. He is survived by a sister, Esther Johns of Coudersport. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn F. Draper; and a brother, Lyle Draper. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.