Tuesday April 9, 2019




Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 38

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Proposed bill would temporarily take guns away from unstable people….PA Wilds seeking RFP’s for a facility in McKean County…Area police advise residents about dangers of encountering hypodermic needles with the increase in outdoor activity…slush covered road blamed for Tioga County accident…

Governor Wolf, lawmakers and activists joined in a rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to support legislation that would temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or others.

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The group Moms Demand Action hosted the rally in support of legislation that would empower families and police officers to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or others. Senate Bill 293 would allow a county common pleas court to suspend an individual’s access to firearms for up to a year. The proposed Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) would require such individuals to immediately surrender their guns to police. The ERPO would also prohibit them from buying, selling or possessing firearms during the suspension.

In issuing an ERPO, the judge could also refer the person in crisis for evaluation to ensure that they get the help they need. During the suspension period, the subject could request a hearing to have the ERPO rescinded. Once the suspension period ends, a hearing would be held to determine if the ERPO should be lifted or renewed.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PA Wilds Center) has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of the PA Wilds Media Labs space in Kane, PA, McKean County.A link to the complete RFP can be viewed at: www.pawildscenter.org/news/media-labs-rfp

The project is listed on PA Builders Exchange: http://home.pbe.org
PA Wilds Center is seeking a Single Prime General Contractor for the project. The PA Wilds Media Labs is a tenant build-out on the second floor of the Broadbent-Stiteler building located at 59 N. Fraley Street in Kane, PA. The building is owned by the Laughing Owl Press Company, a letterpress business that occupies the first floor. Proposals are due April 19, 2019. An open house to view the space and meet with project stakeholders will be held on April 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Candidates interested in attending the open house may RSVP to Abbi Peters apeters@pawildscenter.org
The PA Wilds Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that strengthens and inspires communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds. PA Wilds Center is building rural PA’s largest network of creative entrepreneurs, and a lifestyle brand and commerce platform to help these local businesses get their products and services to market.

The PA Wilds Media Labs will be a new physical location to support this growing ecosystem. The PA Wilds Media Labs is a business accelerator space to support our entrepreneurial network through tools, technologies and professional development.
The project is approximately 5000 square feet of space. The construction scope will include all materials, work, means, and methods associated with general, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical construction. Preconstruction services may be required of the selected general contractor including estimating, scheduling, and technical input. Please refer to the full RFP for proposal requirements and work scope.

The selected contractor will need to be a team player willing to work with PA Wilds Center, and the professional design team to achieve the project goals for budget, energy efficiency, schedule, and any additional project imperatives.
Selection of the contactor will be made based on qualifications and interviews.

The PA Wilds Center has partnered with West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Collins Companies Foundation and Envinity Inc. to design and build this space. As an extension of our passion for rural development, sustainability, and conservation stewardship, we seek to understand how this project can be a model for revitalization of main street America and be as energy efficient as possible on a practical budget.

Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps is asking folks to be careful while enjoying the nicer weather as it is becoming common to find discarded needles.With the increase in Drug activity throughout the county, police have encountered and been alerted to discarded used drug paraphernalia in every municipality that his department serves( Sweden, Roulette Townships and Ulysses Borough.

Other police agencies within the county have encountered the same. We reported yesterday on two hypodermic needles being found at the intersection of Routes 244 and 449 in Genesee Township These items can cause harm and contain dangerous drugs and or diseases.

Chief Phelps says, “PLEASE check playground equipment, grassy areas, ball fields and parks or ANY place your children may be playing prior to letting them.If you find anything that looks dangerous or out of place, contact the police to check it out and to properly remove and dispose of these items. Checking these areas first can ensure a safe and healthy summer for all, share and help spread the word.”

A Gaines woman was hurt in a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in West Branch Township, Potter County. State police said Kristina Grant was going north on Route 144 when the right tires on her Volvo V70 dropped off the pavement. Grant made a sharp left turn and applied the brakes which sent the car into a spin hitting an embankment twice before stopping. Grant was taken by Tri-Town ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

About 90 minutes later, another Gaines woman was involved in a weather-related accident. Jessica Thornley was going east on Route 362 when her Ford Taurus spun out of control on the slush covered and hit an embankment before spinning into a ditch along the north side of the road.

A one-vehicle accident Friday night sent a Mansfield woman to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. According to state police Merridith Strain was traveling north on Route 549 in Jackson Township when her Ford Ranger went out of control on a left hand turn, traveled across both lanes , went off the road and struck a grove of trees where it came to rest.
A downstate man was slightly last night when his SUV hit a deer on Route 15 in Covington Township, Tioga County. Mehana Moosa was able to bring his Hyundai Tuscan to a controlled stop on the east berm. He did not require treatment at a medical facility.